Even though the Midwest calendar flips over into the heart of winter and weather conditions start to take a chill, activities and entertainment options in the Dubuque area are just heating up.
The first sign of snow traditionally brings an avalanche of visitors to award-winning Sundown Mountain. Located just west of Dubuque in rural Peosta, Sundown showcases 21 runs.
During the recent off-season, Sundown underwent an extensive addition as the resort added its first new building in more than three decades with the opening of the 14,500-square-foot Mountain Center. According to the Dubuque Telegraph Herald, the building will serve as a multi-purpose facility and includes a 3,000-square-foot mezzanine level with an observation area.
If cross-country skiing is more of your style, Dubuque County Conservation provides a pair of opportunities for you to enjoy the sport.
Cross-country skiers are invited to take on the challenges provided by the 26-mile Heritage Trail, which stretches from Dubuque to Dyersville. (The trail is also open for snowmobiling when the four or more inches of snow have accumulated on the trail.)
Meanwhile, at Swiss Valley Nature Preserve, in rural Peosta, many of the 10-plus miles of trail space convert into groomed trails for cross-country skiing.
Parks and trails in the city of Dubuque are also open for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Bunker Hill Golf Course and Eagle Point Park are especially scenic sites for the activities.
After a year hiatus, sledding is again allowed in the City of Dubuque’s park system, including at popular Bunker Hill Golf Course.
The treacherous hills for chip shots during the spring and summer on the 18-hole Bunker Hill prove to be the perfect launching points for sledders during the winter months.
If the Dubuque area’s long list of the outdoor winter activities wear you out, venture indoors for the hottest action on the ice with the Dubuque Fighting Saints.
The Fighting Saints, of the United States Hockey League, play their games at the 3,000-seat Mystique Community Ice Center, located on Chaplin-Schmitt Memorial Island.
Dubuque boasts one of the nation’s top junior hockey program, sending over 50 players onto college teams and also served as a training ground for NHL all-stars Zemgus Girgensons and Johnny Gaudreau during their six-year existence.