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Monday, March 11, 2013

Dubuque Iowa Skiing-Last of the Winter Fun

Before we usher in spring with our upcoming 50 degree weather, which I am glad to do, I've got one maybe two more winter posts left.  I was so excited to be able to get in at least one day of skiing this year.  I wish we could have gotten in more, but since my child is still learning, anyplace even remotely expensive was not in our travel plans.  Not yet!  Especially since he spent most of the afternoon like this....
Skiing in Dubuque
See him in the far back, on the ground and in the snow.  My husband and I spent the bulk of our time trying not to laugh, so we didn't make him feel bad.  Poor kid, he was trying, but was having a hard time of it. 
We took Pulaski Day(a Monday), which I don't think anybody else but weird central Illinois people take off, in early March and made the drive up to Sundown Mountain outside of Dubuque Iowa for our skiing.  It has decent hills for the area.  The hill was pretty empty, we only saw a handful of other skiers around.  This made it great for helping to teach my son how to ski.  This was just his second time on skies.  We are trying to teach him to stop and his version is to land on his tush and go for a ride!  The ski area itself is very pretty, considering we are in the midwest.  Very hilly, the glaciers stopped at this northeast corner of Iowa and northwest corner of Illinois.  Galena, IL is just down the road, with another ski area called Chestnut Mountain.  We haven't been there yet, but will eventually.
Skiing in Dubuque
All of these pictures were taken with my cell phone. Skiing is one place I will not take my DSLR. I have an Olympus Stylus Tough, point and shoot but somehow it didn't make it out here with us.  Part of that is that we weren't even sure if we were going to make it to ski this day.  Northern Illinois and Iowa were in for a big snowstorm that was supposed to start the day we went.  We hem and hawed and finally just decided to do it.  My husband drives a big, 4 wheel drive truck so driving was going to be ok if it snowed  We can plow through just about anything :)!  We knew this would be our last shot to ski this season.  On a nice budget note, because of the lateness of the season we got a discount on our ski tickets, whoo hoo!  We only had to pay the child's rate.
Skiing in Dubuque
It was a very windy day because of the upcoming snowstorm and that may have kept many people away.  The snow was pretty decent to ski on and the lack of skiers made it nice for me to practice.  The few people who were on the hills were super nice.  Several of them stopped by to help my son out, give him pointers and some "You'll Get It Buddy" support.  

I am getting myself prepped for a ski trip to Colorado, soon.  My husband is an avid skier and pretty good.  Myself, not so much.  I didn't want us to get to Colorado and for him to have no fun because I'm too afraid to hit the blue hills and he absolutely hates the greens.  After this past ski trip, I have one more thing I need to master before he says I am ready for Colorado.  Yay!!  I cannot wait and plan to do a lot more practicing next season so I can get it mastered.  We have another ski area that is pretty small in Andalusia, IL, about two hours from us called Snowstar .  It's also on the border of Illinois and Iowa near the Quad Cities.  This is closer then the 4 hour trip up here, but the hills aren't as good.  Even so I want to spend some time there to really get myself as ready as I can.  I hope to bring my son along for the ride and get him ready for Colorado too.  Even with all the frustration he had, he's a trooper and was really interested in learning so he could ski with us.
Skiing in Dubuque
Sundown Mountain Stats
1.  21 runs on 85 acres with a mixture of beginner(green), intermediate(blue) and advanced(black) hills
2.  Vertical drop of 475 feet
3. 2 terrain parks
4. 4 lifts and 2 conveyor carpets
5.  Ski and snowboard lessons for kids and adults
6.  Regular priced tickets are Adults-$42(weekend and holidays), $34(weekdays), and $30(after 4pm) 2013 prices
7. Regular priced Youth(6-11yrs. old) are $31(weekend and holidays), $23(weekdays) and $23(after 4pm) - 2013 prices
8. Ski rentals are $29 all day, $24 after 4pm
9.  Snowboard rentals $29 all day and $24 after 4pm
10.  They do have night skiing, but no tubing park
Interesting thing to note:  The National Ski Areas Association(NSAA) gave out 6 awards of excellence to outstanding USA resorts and they are the only midwestern recipient.
 
 
 
Some people I've talked to have toold me that we just need to head out to Colorado and take some ski lessons on the slopes there. The snow is a lot better and to some extent easier to ski in.  I'm hesitant to go someplace like Colorado and not be comfortable on skis, simply because I don't want to ruin the trip.  I'm a brave soul, but I have issues with pain and hurting myself, so I would rather get comfortable on smaller hills before tackling the bigger hills.  That and the thought of all that $$$ being spent and 2/3 of our family not being good on skies seems so wasteful.  What are your thoughts??? 

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12 comments:

  1. You and your husband are very intelligent. I like the way you are learning your child. Skiing is good adventure and I am happy that you got a good deal. Photos clicked from your camera are beautiful. Really there is no need of using DSLR.

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    1. Skiing is a lot of fun and I plan to do more of it. Thank you! I would NOT bring my DSLR to the slopes, my goodness the thought makes me shudder haha. Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. Good for you! Hang in there - I gave up skiing some years ago because I was too afraid to get hurt as a busy mom, but now I kind of regret it because I've never actually gone skiing with my kids!

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    1. You should try it again with the kids! I know my son really enjoyed it, even with all the falling. It's never to late to try again right?

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  3. My husband snowboards and the kids ski. I sit in the lodge and relax :) I've tried the ski lessons a few times but just realized skiing isn't for me (with the weather and the thought of injuries). You're doing a great job with your son though. Yes, definitely do lessons in Colorado. It's well worth it especialy with your son. Have fun!

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    1. I enjoy skiing but I can only handle it for a little bit before I start to get really cold
      :(. A bummer really because my husband and son could be out there all day. Thanks!

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  4. Hi there, these slopes look fab because there aren't too many people, there's something magical about being up high in the hills or mountains isn't there.

    I reckon that some time just spent skiing would have you and your son flying around very fast. This is my plan maybe this Aussie winter, might just take the kids and the wee two and teen1 can learn in a few days. I might read a book for most of the time...

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    1. Yeah it was pretty empty the day we went. That made it more enjoyable I'm sure :). I hope to take him next season and get some more practice in so we can be ready. You should definately try it out and yes the mountains are magical. There's always that debate between a mountain or an ocean for where I would live in my dream world haha.

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  5. skiing is really great activity :) fascinating and exciting .

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    1. It is fun! I really enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. I think you'll like Colorado skiing much better than Illinois/Iowa. Sure, the mountains are high, but there are always easy slopes to get started. The snow is much better & probably won't be as bitter cold as you're used to, as well. Years ago, I skied in northern Illinois and Wisconsin, but never really liked it until I came west.

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    1. Sounds like good advice! That is what my husband tells me too. I am excited to check out the skiing out west. The midwest has that wet cold that just seeps into you, which I think is different from the west as well. Thanks!

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