Sledding, Skiing and Snow Fun in Central Iowa

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Snow and cold weather are part of life living here in Iowa.  But that doesn’t mean I can’t take the kiddos out for some fun in it?  Now that my kids are getting a bit older I look forward to introducing them to some bigger sledding hills and some exciting times on the snow.  Here are a few places I plan on checking out this winter:

Waveland Golf Course (Driving Directions)

Waveland Golf Course is the hottest spot to sled for free. Sledding is at your own risk. The Waveland Clubhouse will remain open through the year. Stop by for some pizza, hot chocolate and warm yourself by the fire.

In order to sled at Waveland Golf Course, their must be a 4 inch base. Signs will be posted at gate when sledding is permitted. You can also call the Des Moines Parks office at (515) 237-1386 to find out if sledding is open.[divider]

Sleepy Hollow Sports Park (Driving Directions)

At Sleepy Hollow, they make their own snow on all of the runs. All areas are lighted for night safety, and are groomed daily, The bunny hill always offers free beginner lessons, and private lessons are available. They have a full rental shop for skis, snowboards, and Zipfy sleds, as well as ski patrol on duty at all times.  Winter Activities include snow tubing, snowboarding, skiing and more!  Click here for hours and  rates.

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Seven Oaks Recreation (Driving Directions)

Located 50 minutes north of Des Moines in Boone, Seven Oaks Recreation offers skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing.  They offer Ski Rentals, Free Lessons and a Lodge with supplies and food.

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Do you know of any great sledding hills around town?  Leave a comment and share your knowledge!


Thomas Brogan

Thomas Brogan, a native of Des Moines, was the original founder of Des Moines Parent and is a father to a 12 & 14-year-old. In his free time, he likes to explore nature, try new local restaurants, and enjoy life as best as he can.

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