Ski You Later at Mt. Crescent Ski Area!

Who’s ready to don their boots and hit the slopes at Mt. Crescent Ski Area this winter?

Pottawattamie Conservation is proud to announce that the ski hill, which has been operating just north of Crescent since 1960, will be open for business this year after the county acquired it in December 2021.

“We know how important this area is to Pottawattamie County and to our neighboring communities and we’re excited to make improvements that residents are asking for and to develop attractive and affordable four-season recreation opportunities.” — Mark Shoemaker

Pottawattamie County residents will receive a 25% discount on lift tickets and season passes, which will go on sale on October 1st at Seasonal positions at the ski hill will also be posted on the county’s website,, in the coming weeks. 

If you’ve been out to Mt. Crescent before you can expect some changes this year including increased snowmaking and grooming, reduced wait times for a smoother customer experience, and expanded evening hours during the week to better accommodate working individuals and families.

Longer-term improvements to the property will include connecting Mt. Crescent Ski Area to Hitchcock Nature Center through new and expanded trail systems, making improvements to ski trails, and developing more four-season recreation opportunities. 

Check back for updates as the county works to preserve Iowa’s rare and globally significant Loess Hills while expanding recreation opportunities that provide public health and economic benefits for residents. See you on the slopes!

This post was originally published on September 7, 2022 on the Unleash Council Bluffs blog.