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5 Best Ski Destinations for Families in Illinois

By April Dowling

5 Best Ski Destinations for Families in Illinois

It doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced skier or a complete newbie, skiing with the family is a fun way to enjoy the winter season. Illinois’ ski areas offer pristine conditions, lessons for all experience levels, and an abundance of other amenities. Enjoy skiing, snowboarding, and even some tubing, at these five great ski destinations for families in the state.  

1. Chestnut Mountain Resort, Galena, IL

Known as the most beautiful ski area in Illinois, Chestnut Mountain Resort offers both indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family. This premier ski and snowboarding resort offers beautiful views of the Mississippi River, exhilarating activities, and abundant amenities. The mountain features 3,500-foot slopes, a 475-foot vertical drop, and a variety of lifts. 

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2. Snowstar Winter Park, Andalusia, IL

Located near the Quad Cities, Snowstar Winter Park is a family-friendly ski area featuring 15 trails and 11 snow tubing lanes. Their massive terrain park offers something for everyone including novice and experienced “snow athletes.” They also offer lessons for both kids and adults. Snowstar is the perfect spot for skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing, and all snow sports. 

3. Villa Olivia, Bartlett, IL

Villa Olivia is located near Chicagoland and offers fun winter sports for the entire family. Relax at the ski cafe or practice your skills on the slopes. Skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing are popular activities here. They also offer ski and snowboard lessons including group lessons for all skill levels. 

4. Raging Buffalo Snowboard Ski Park, Algonquin, IL

Raging Buffalo is known for being the world’s first exclusive snowboarding area. The terrain park changes regularly, so the hills stay fresh. The beginner’s hills feature two rope tows, table tops, half pipes, a staircase, and magic carpet. Raging Buffalo also offers lessons on the hour. 

5. Four Lakes Ski & Snowboard Area, Lisle, IL

Four Lakes is the ideal place to learn the ski or snowboard in the Lisle area. The hills are great considering the natural terrain is flat. Both newbies and experienced skiers appreciate the park. According to user reviews, the lessons are the best aspect of this ski resort. 

As local communities continue to update Covid-19 regulations, local destinations for outdoor recreation may be closed. Please visit official websites for the latest information.