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Address: Taylor Ridge, IL

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Great place to learn to ski or to tune up your skills

Background: I've skiied a lot in the Rockies and enjoy black diamond runs. And Ski Snowstar is not Squaw Valley at Lake Tahoe -- but neither is the price or the distance to get... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 17, 2014
Mark c
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Decatur, Illinois
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Bettendorf, Iowa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2016

Took the kids to Snowstar for a day trip and it was a disaster from the start. they were hopelessly understaffed because they booked a bunch of student trips, so after waiting in line for an hour for rental skis, we just gave up and decided to do the snow tube. Granted, they happily refunded our money, but both skiing... More 

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Cuba, Illinois
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Highly recommend if you are a first timer. Tubing hill was great to. Wife said the lodge was not really what she was expecting. Still nice though.

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Decatur, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Background: I've skiied a lot in the Rockies and enjoy black diamond runs. And Ski Snowstar is not Squaw Valley at Lake Tahoe -- but neither is the price or the distance to get there. What it IS is a great place to learn to ski (or snowboard) or to tune up your skills or have fun day trip at... More 

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Normal, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

We took a large group of young men to ski for the first time. They had plenty of equipment and the instructor was great. No complaints.

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Chicago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

I live in a Chicago suburb so snowstar is a 3 hour hike for me. But for family fun I think it is worth it. My daughter had a 2 hour lesson package with instructor Jim. He is awesome. Not only does he know how to teach but he was able to related to my 12 year old daughter. We... More 

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West Burlington, Iowa
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

Always enjoy skiing at Snowstar. I agree with the post that the jump from bunny hill to intermediate is a little too much for beginners, but doable. I do think there is enough here to offer all skiers for a family day on the slopes. Rent skis, snowboards or tubes. They have a nice area for advanced snowboarders, with obsticles... More 

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Davenport, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

To have any kind of Ski area is great! If you are looking for black diamond you won't find it here, but it is a great family day for a reasonable price. The tubing is also fantastic even for our 2 year old! Great family fun day.

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North Aurora, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

Not a bad place at all, its only about a two hour drive from where I live, so traveling is nice to here. Snowboarding is always much more fun at night with the lights on, its usually much less crowded! If you go I recommend staying until it closes or at least later in the day. At night they have... More 

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Peoria, Illinois
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96 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2012

We chose this ski resort for the proximity to home and the cost. I guess we get what we pay for. We had a lot of fun, but as beginners we were quite limited on what we could do. After taking lessons and going on the beginner hill for a while, we decided to purchase an upgrade to our ticket... More 

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Yorkville, IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

Inexpensive day outing with kids 5,6,12. Tubing - even though our Chicagoland snow was lacking..we drove near Quad Cities, and they had all lifts open. For Tubing you stand on a magic carpet conveyor belt (enclosed) to the top of a giant hill, with 4 runs. Well staffed, and controlled. Jump on a tube, let them spin you, or go... More 

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