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Iowa's Mt. Crescent Has Been Sold

Mt-Crescent-3 Enjoying a sunny day on the deck at Mt. Crescent

Mt. Crescent, a popular ski area located just south of Omaha near Council Bluffs in western Iowa, has been sold to Pottawattamie County, which will continue to operate the ski area. The county plans to explore further recreational development of the area hoping to make it into a year-round destination, according to a report from KMTV3.

The ski area sits on a bluff adjacent to the Hitchcock Nature Center, and the purchase is part of a long-term plan for the county to acquire the entire bluff for year-round recreational possibilities. The 60-year-old ski area sold for $3.5 million. Former owner Korby Fleischer will continue to manage the ski area through the rest of the 2021/22 season with the county taking over next summer. Fleischer's son Chad, who learned to ski here, was the National Downhill Champion in 1996 and 1998 and was on both the 1994 and 1998 Olympic Teams.

Fleischer, who purchased the area in 2008 had made several improvements over the years adding night skiing and tubing, improved snowmaking, and remodeling the two-story day lodge adding an outdoor deck. Being close to two large metropolitan areas night skiing is very popular here.

The area boasts a 300-foot vertical drop, which is decent for the lower Midwest. It offers 11 runs, a terrain park, a tubing hill, two chairlifts, and a surface tow. Their season normally runs from December into March. It's like an oasis for snowsport enthusiasts in western Iowa and eastern Nebraska. To ski or ride elsewhere would involve a lot of driving.

Pottawattamie County's taking over a small local ski hill is reminiscent of a similar deal earlier last year when Polk County bought Sleepy Hollow Sports Park in Des Moines. It was also a popular central Iowa park known for offering winter sledding and tubing.

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