Just because it's cold outside doesn't mean that there isn't fun to be had in the outdoors--like skiing.

Skiing is a classic winter activity that all ages can enjoy. The only problem is, when you think of skiing, Iowa isn't exactly the state that comes to mind. Most of it is comprised of flat farmland. Who knew there would be prime slopes? And not just one either. Did you know there are actually several places to get your ski on in the state? Seriously. If you're looking to hit the slopes you don't have to travel far.

There are four places in Iowa that are perfect for skiing. Let's take a look from east to west.

Sundown Mountain Resort- Dubuque

According to their website, they have 21 varied ski runs of different skill levels, two terrain parks, lessons for all ages, and two mountaintop lodges overlooking 100 square miles of countryside.

Sleepy Hollow Sports Park- Des Moines

This place is about a mile east of the Iowa State Fairgrounds. You don't exactly ski here, it's more about sledding and tubing. And it looks awesome! Although, unfortunately, due to the warmer temperatures and rise in COVID the snow park is not open this winter.

Seven Oaks Recreation- Boone

According to their website, this park offers 11 runs varying from beginner to expert, a terrain park, a snow tube park, and more!

Mt. Cresent Ski Area- Honey Creek

This place is in the Iowa Bluffs and has been open every year since 1961, according to the website. Their ski runs are up to 2,400 feet long-- that's 7seven football fields! There's also a cozy lodge where you can grab your favorite beverage.

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If you're looking for some more winter fun, look no further. There's plenty of fun to be had right here in Iowa. There's free ice skating, and a ton of winter festivals to look forward to. See, winter doesn't have to mean being cooped up inside.

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