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 SKI IOWA - Tourism and Travel Division, Iowa Development Commision 1972



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Beaver Hills Ski Association ???

Big Sioux Park

Bunker Hill Golf Course* - see Dubuque Ski Club Hill

Canton, IA

  • Canton, IA - northeast Iowa
  • possible rope tow at present site of Wildwood Acres Association (seasonal camping)
  • Google Maps / Google Earth
    42.17178740586281, -90.90084137504238
  • Facebook post - Skiers and Snowboarders of the Midwest Group

Clear Creek Ranch

Davenport Country Club

Dayton Del Ski Area

Dexfield Sports Area

Dubuque Ski Club Hill (probably the same as Bunker Hill Golf Course, near hole 11)

  • Dubuque, IA - eastern Iowa (Kaufman Ave. near water level station, near Bunker Hill) -
  • o: 1952
  • Google Maps / Google Earth
    42.51147062481716, -90.69817997191613
  • Snomad Ski Club - Encyclopedia Dubuque
  • SKIING - Encyclopedia Dubuque
  • picture -

Duck Creek (also called Mount Duck)

Fun Valley

Hawkeye Ski Hill (also callled Hawk Hill)- Hawkeye Ski Association (private)

Hickory Hills Ski Slope

  • Waterloo, IA - S. on County Rd. X
  • 13 miles south on highway 21, off 412 and about 2 miles east on county road X
  • maintained by Cedar Mountain Ski Club and later by the Waterloo Ski Club (combined with Cedar Mt. Ski Club in 1971)
  • v: 190 ft.
  • Google Maps / Google Earth
    42.27013757049143, -92.32072991827218
    42.27151402162604, -92.31191747156461
  • Hickory Hills Ski Slope Open and Tow Is Working - The Courier (Waterloo Iowa), Jan. 22, 1971
  • Judge Wood Recalls Skiing in the Black Hawk Alps - The Courier (Waterloo, Iowa) · Sun, Jan 24, 1971
  • Ski Iowa - Tourism and Travel Division, Iowa Developement Commission, 1972 (.pdf)
  • Iowa Aspen? - picture of rope tow - The Courier (Waterloo, Iowa) · Sun, Dec 21, 1975

Holiday Mountain Inc. (later called Riverside Hills)

Horseshoe Bend

Humboldt Winter Playground* (Playland) see Silver Creek

Iowa County Park

  • Millersburg, IA - off I-80 5 mi N of Millersburg; runout on Lake Iowa
  • Currently Lake Iowa County Recreation Area
  • Google Maps / Google Earth
    41.63737012840509, -92.17756325727444
  • Snow means fun for skiers - The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) · Sat, Jan 6, 1979

Kalen's Ski Area * see Ted's Ski Hill

Kent Park / F. W, Kent Park

Mount Duck* - see Duck Creek

Nob Hill Ski Area (close to Pilot Knob State Park)

Nor-Ski Runs Ski Area

Oak Highlands

Raccoon River

Riverside Hills* - see Holiday Mountain

Scott County Park Rope Tow

Silver Creek (also called Winter World, Humboldt Winter Playground; Winter Playland)

Ski-Pal Ski Area

Ski Valley+ (reopened as Seven Oaks Recreation Area)

Ski Villa

  • Waverly, IA - northeastern Iowa (north on 1st . NW past north power plant to north side of Stockwell Bridge, first turn on north side of bridge)
  • o: 1971, v: 250
  • In 1978 (Skalka): 6 rope tows
  • Google Maps / Google Earth ???
    42.74902709936494, -92.47766857591458
    Please email - - if you know a more precise location.
  • Ski Villa Opens Near Waverly - The Courier (Waterloo, Iowa) · Tue, Feb 2, 1971
  • Ski Iowa - Tourism and Travel Division, Iowa Developement Commission, 1972 (.pdf)
  • More Iowa Ski Areas - Des Moines Register, Nov. 5, 1978, p. 119

Snomad Basin* (Dubuque) see Veterans Memorial Ski Hill

Squaw Creek Park Rope Tow


Ted's Ski Hill - sometimes called Kalen's Ski Area

Veterans' Memorial Ski Hill (also called Snomad Basin)

Waterloo Ski Club

Wildwood Acres

Winter Playland *see Silver Creek

Winter World *see Silver Creek

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1979 map

Beaver Hills Ski Association

Raccoon River

Nob Hill Ski Area

Hickory Hills Ski Slope

Hawkeye Ski Hill- no location

Chestnut Mound ??

Iowa Skiers Seek Other Slopes - The Des Moines Register (Des Moines, Iowa) · Sun, Feb 28, 1965

  • Mount vernon Ski Pal Ski Area
  • Eldora
  • Des moines
  • Hawkeye

outside of Eldridge

  • Elridge, IA - east central , N of Davenport
  • "Ski Bug" Bites Teachers - Quad-City Times (Davenport, Iowa) · Sun, Feb 10, 1963

Snow Valley


Longview Ski Club (Longview Ski Hill / Longview Ski Slide)

Canton Ski Hill (Sioux Valley Ski Club)

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Pilot Knob State Park^ NEVER OPENED

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Mt. Crescent Ski Area (Crescent Hills)

Seven Oaks Recreation Area (formerly Ski Valley)

Sleepy Hollow Sports Park

Sundown Mountain Resort

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The Des Moines Register Sun, Jan. 25, 1976

 Map of Present and Lost Iowa Ski Areas created by Lucas Schryver



The Des Moines Register (Des Moines, Iowa) · Sun, Nov 18, 1979



The Gazette (Cedar Rapids Iowa) · Sun, Jan. 5, 1986



The Des Moines Register (Des Moines, Iowa) · Sat, Dec. 6, 1997

Still open in 2023: Mt. Crescent, Sleepy Hollow, Sundown, and Seven Oaks

* renamed; closed
+ renamed; open
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