Snow Sports in Siouxland



It's officially snowy fun season in Sioux City!

While we don't have huge mountains, we do have plentiful snow, and some great places to enjoy snow sports. I researched the best places to enjoy snow sports in Sioux City and our surrounding communities in Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota and was inspired by the beautiful scenery, and by the pictures shared with me of families having so much fun out in the cold. Here's where to go sledding, tubing, skiing, snowboarding, ice fishing, and ice skating in or near Sioux City:

Sledding

Sledding at Ponca State Park, photo courtesy of NEBRASKAland magazine

  • Grandview Park Sioux City, IA
    • Sledding at Grandview Park is free and open to the public in the designated sledding zone (near the playground off Stone Park Blvd)
  • Sertoma Park Sioux City, IA
    • Sledding at Sertoma Park is free and open to the public in designated sledding zone
  • Sledding not allowed in Sioux City public parks other than those two
  • Hillview Recreation Area Hinton, IA
    • Sledding at Hillview Recreation Area is free and open to the public except during tubing hours (see next section for more details)
  • Ponca State Park Ponca, NE
    • Find great sledding within Ponca State Park on "Scout's Hill" 
    • Nebraska State Parks Permit required

Tubing

Lazer tubing at Great Bear Ski Valley, photo used with permission from Great Bear Ski Valley

  • Cone Park Sioux City, IA
    • Cone Park's tubing hill opening date is TBA (they posted on Facebook that they plan to share the opening on 12/14), but tentatively planned for the weekend before Christmas if weather allows
    • Open Tuesday-Thursday , $7 per session (includes tube rental), 6-9pm
    • Open Saturday & Sunday, $10 per session, 11-2pm and 2:30-5:30pm
    • Open for Glow Tubing on select Friday & Saturday nights (exact dates TBA) for for $10 per session, 6-9pm and 9-11pm
    • Open Sunday nights, $7 per session, 6-9pm
    • More info and reservations available on the Cone Park website
  • Hillview Recreation Area Hinton, IA
    • Hillview Recreation Area is open for public sledding and tubing during most hours, but will be staffed and offer a tow rope, tube rental, and supervision from 1-5pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and New Years Day
    • $5 per person during these times, which includes the tube rental and tow rope
    • Hillview is free and open to the public during other times but tube rentals and tow rope will not be available
    • You can check the Hillview Facebook page for information, but they suggested that families call (712)947-4270 to find the most up to date information about hill closures
  • Great Bear Ski Valley Sioux Falls, SD
    • Great Bear Ski Valley opening date for tubing is Friday 12/14
    • $9-20 per session depending on options chosen
    • 12 lanes of tubing!
    • Lazer tubing sessions will be held on 1/5, 1/26, 2/9, 2/23, and 3/2 from 9:30-11:30pm with tickets available online for $20

Skiing

Ski race at Great Bear Ski Valley, photo used with permission of Great Bear Ski Valley

  • Adams Nature Preserve North Sioux City, SD
  • Ponca State Park Ponca, NE
    • Ponca State Park features many miles of groomed cross-country ski trails
  • Great Bear Valley Sioux Falls, SD
    • Great Bear Ski Valley offers trails for cross country and our area's only downhill skiing slopes
    • Open starting Sun 12/9
    • Kids 5 & under free with paid adult
    • Lift tickets $23-26
    • Ski gear rental $23, helmets $9
    • Adaptive ski equipment also available, which I love to hear as a parent of a child with special needs. When he is a tween or teen, I love knowing that the option even exists, which I didn't until I heard about it from Great Bear!
    • Lessons available, including fun group programs for kids 4-14
    • Special $5 deals for 5th graders available--if you have a 5th grader, make sure to read about their 5th grade deals on their website!
    • For more info on their skiing options, check out the Great Bear Ski Valley skiing page.


Ice Fishing

Ice fishing at Ponca State Park, photo courtesy of NEBRASKAland Magazine

  • Ponca State Park Ponca, NE
    • The pond at Ponca State Park is stocked with rainbow trout
    • Nebraska Parks Permit and Fishing License required
  • West Lake Okoboji, Okoboji, IA
    • Okoboji ice fishermen have been to known to find perch, bluegills, walleye and more
    • Iowa fishing license required
    • More info in this great post 

Snowboarding

  • Great Bear Ski Valley Sioux Falls, SD
    • Snowboarding at Great Bear Ski Valley is open starting Sun 12/9
    • Lift tickets $23-26
    • Snowboard rental $23, helmets $9
    • Lessons available, including fun group programs for kids 4-14

Ice Skating

Ice skating at Cone Park, photo used with permission from Sioux City Parks & Rec Department

  • Cone Park Sioux City, IA
    • The huge outdoor ice skating rink at Cone Park is now open!
    • open Tuesdays-Fridays 6-9pm and Saturdays & Sundays 11am-4pm
    • $5 per person
    • ice skate rental available for $3
    • More information available on the Cone Park website
  • Leif Erickson Park Sioux City, IA
    • Sioux City Parks maintenance staff basically flood the upper part of the park along 31st street, where almost a century ago a pool sat
    • Opening date TBA
    • Free and open to the public, no equipment rentals available
  • IBP Ice Center Sioux City, IA
    • Sioux City's only public indoor ice skating
    • Public hours are Friday and Saturday nights from 7-9pm
    • Additional December hours just announced:
      • 12/24 from 1-3pm
      • 12/26 from 1-3pm
      • 12/31 from 1-3pm
    • $2 for kids 5 & under, $5 for kids 6-18, and $6 per adult
    • Skate rental available for $3 per pair
    • More information available on the IBP Ice Center website


One of my last memories of my great-grandma was a snowy day when we were visiting and we kept peering outside. She eventually asked us what we were looking at, and we told her, she exclaimed "well what are you doing in here fer?!? Grab yer fella and yer sled and get out there!"
And that's what I want you to do too. I know some of you naturally love winter sports and the fresh cold air and don't need much encouragement, and some of you are cold weather wimps like me who prefer cocoa and quilts to snowy boots, but for all of you (and me) add to your winter bucket list:

Grab those you love and get out and enjoy the snow!

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