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Old 10-02-2011, 10:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Might have to move to Des Moines so sounds like Minnesota will be the closest thing. However I've never boarded there. Suggestions? Thanks.
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Old 10-02-2011, 12:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Iirc, des moines is pretty damm flat, there is something around council bluffs and maybe dubuque...otherwise maybe a garbage pile or some hay bales with snow and quad for a tow in.
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Old 10-02-2011, 02:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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ouch. well maybe just have to save up for some big trips to CO then.
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Old 10-02-2011, 03:21 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Des Moines is pretty much in the middle of nowhere as far as places to ride. You have your choice between Sundown in Dubuque, or Mt. Cresant by Counsel bluffs. Sundown is on the far east side of the state and Cresant is on the far west side of the state. Cresant is a nice little place, but nothing special, it's ok to get a board fix. Sundown looks better, and both are about the same distance from DM. The good news is both places have pretty cheap lift tickets around 40 bucks. Both places are open late, depending on the day usually till 8-9pm. If you go to Cresant there are casino's a couple miles down the road if your into gambling.
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Try Cascade and Devils Head just south of Wisconsin Dells, both are good hills. More north is Granite Peak best park in the Midwest per TW, I know we had a blast there. A much smaller hill Christmas Mountain just the north side of the dells.

Looks like a 5 hour ride. Not sure whats on the southern tip of Minnesota.
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Old 10-02-2011, 08:01 PM   #6 (permalink)
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your looking at a minimum of 3 1/2 hour drive to anyplace in mn.

Growing up in southern mn id recommend going to Welch Village and Afton Alps, everything else is so small you'll be bored after an hour or two.

ive heard good things about devils head over in wisconny but never made my way over there
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Old 10-02-2011, 08:12 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Tyrol Basin is about 4 1/2 hours looks like the parks in MN are the closest but I don't know how they compare to each other, but Devils Head and Cascade are about the best we got with Granite Peak being the highest elevation hill and usually very good park, again for what the midwest has to offer.

Where are you moving from??? Did you have great hills there???

For a longer drive and maybe a long weekend the UP of Michigan offers some nice resorts. Looks like 8 1/2 hour drive for you give or take
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Old 10-03-2011, 03:46 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks guys. I was thinking devil's head or welch were about it. Crescent is little more than a man made hill with no park. I'll check into the others. A 4 hour drive is nothing considering it takes me 8 to get to CO now.
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Old 10-03-2011, 03:47 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Moving from Lincoln NE so no hills here. Have friends in CO so go there a lot during the season.
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