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Chestnut Mountain Resort

8700 W Chestnut Rd, Galena, IL 61036
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Ranked #8 of 16 attractions in Galena
Type: Ski/ Snowboard Areas
Activities: Skiing
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Chicago, Illinois
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48 reviews 48 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for the Wine lovers weekend. This resort is a little tough to get to esp. at night from the town. We occupied 3 rooms here. They are all outdated. This resort definitely needed upgrade. Dirty and smelly carpeting. You can feel the springs on the mattress and they have stain marks on them. The bathrooms were decent... More

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Sullivan, Illinois
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Very nice ski resort. Clean and in good shape. Easy to follow layout from purchase booths to rentals. It was late season middle of the week so not crowded at all. Runs and lifts in good shape. Snow was icy in a few spots but that was expected. Beautiful view over the Mississippi River. Good lesson instruction. Will definitely be... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Since there are no mountains to ski on in the Midwest, there are several ski resorts built around hills, like this one in Galena, Illinois. This is a nice, small (compared to resorts out west) place to ski for a day or a weekend with a family. The are about five lifts open during the main season with maybe a... More

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Highland Park, IL
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32 reviews 32 reviews
4 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

I learned how to ski at Chestnut Mountain as a 6-year old in 1978, and both of my boys (ages 10 and 14) have also learned to ski there. It's a friendly place, with a great ski school and beautiful views of the Mississippi River. We just got back from another successful and fun visit over the weekend. I've skiied... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

This is a nice ski area, especially for the Mid-West. Its not real big but they really make the most with what they have. Its kind of out in the middle of nowhere but that adds to the place. It has some easy runs and the harder runs are good for speed but they don't look very intimidating which makes... More

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Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
106 reviews 106 reviews
26 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

I try to to hit the slopes at Chestnut Mountain at least once a year. It's a 3-hour drive, but worth it. The final few miles, along Blackjack Road, are dreamily scenic, especially in a snowstorm. Service is friendly and knowledgeable, especially the folks who help you choose your gear. You can stow your gear in lockers for 75 cents,... More

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Elmhurst, Illinois
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Recommend a ride up to Chestnut Mountain to enjoy the view at the bar and have a drink if you are visiting and not planning on skiing. The resort was very very busy and cannot speak for the skiing itself.

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Naperville, Illinois
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Chestnut Mountain is a fun place to go for a couple days with the kids. We have been going here since 2005 and always have a great time. There is a lodge on-site, and so once you park the car you are set. No shuttling back and forth! The mountain has a self-contained terrain park for the kids to do... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

We visited Chestnut Mountain a week ago while they were making snow and grooming the trails. It was windy, cold and snowing as we walked around. Perfect for a wintry day. We ate lunch at the Summit Restaurant, sat at the window and enjoyed the view. The service was good however the food was just average. My mushroom sandwich was... More

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Galena, Illinois
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

While I enjoy the winter season more than most folks and I am admittedly biased toward snow sports, I must say that Chestnut Mtn. has one of, if not the best snow making systems in the Midwest. In less than a week they were able to cover nearly all of their terrain and despite what you may think, this Midwest... More

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