[R444R, Sundown Mountain], located in the highlands above Dubuque, Iowa, is hosting a new event called the World Cup of Wine Event, which takes place from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Feb.14-15. Come early and ski and ride and than warm your toes by the fireplace in the North Lodge bar and sample some of Iowa's finest wines from local vinter Stone Cliff Winery. Customized bottles of Riesling, cabernet sauvignon and hot spiced wine will be available for purchase.

If you're coming for the weekend and staying in one of the many fine lodging choices found in the historic old river port of Dubuque, don't forget that Sundown stays open until midnight on Friday nights throughout the month of February. Come early on the weekend and extend your skiing and riding hours by taking advantage of the late Friday night lights.

Sundown is one of the largest ski areas located in the lower Midwest. With a big 475-foot vertical drop countless skiers and riders return year after year to enjoy great snow conditions, 21 trails, and two terrain parks all carved out of a beautiful century-old cedar forest reminiscent of Colorado. Located on a high bluff overlooking an ancient river valley that flowed into the nearby Mississippi River, you can see three states - Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin - from the top of the ski hill. It's very scenic.