Can't speak highly enough about the ski hill! Just returned from a weekend at Chestnut Mountain Ski Resort. Blues at Chestnut Mountain are steeper & longer than all black runs at Alpine Valley! It's my new favorite ski hill in the Midwest! (Just over 500 ft of vert per my Ski Tracks iPhone App)
They have 3 black runs that are 24 - 45 degrees steep! Cascade Mountain's steepest slopes are at a respectable 20% grade.
At 2.5 hours away from both Milwaukee & Chicago with on-sight lodging, this is a MUST DO for every skier/boarder in our megopolis!!
Lodging / Amenities:
Onsite lodging is incredibly convenient for ski in / ski out experience. There is a mix of brand new amenities (ski shop & rental building) to very worn ready to tear down & start again lodging (rooms on south side of lodge nearest pool & appear not to have been touched since opening in 1959).
The edelweiss rooms on the north side of lodge were renovated 6+ years ago. They are large with two double beds, a sleeper sofa, circular dining table and large wall to wall windows.
Our room was clean. Bath was retrofit with a tub & shower liner. Counters were original or near original faux marble laminate. Television is a traditional tube set 25ish inch in size.
Although they provide several WiFi routers to choose from, connection is spotty at best and requires log in each time ur kicked off (very time consuming because of SLOW speed & over burdened infrastructure). Cell signal among our group of seven with multiple carriers was near non existent.
Food & Spirits:
Lower level Mountain Top Cafe is slope side & convenient to hill. It reminded us of college cafeteria dining. Simply sustaining as a fuel source & nothing more...
Skipped Sunset Grill for upscale options in historic downtown Galena.
Thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere and beverage selection / service at The Summit pub/bar.
Mixed with regards to sophistication but most were helpful & courteous. Ski School staff are recruited from around the Midwest. They are fantastic! The hotel staff are local, sincere (for most part...) but lacking an understanding of reasonable expectations of what good service entails... (Offer insights regarding lodge, amenities, map & at least pretend you want to be there if not enjoying ur job)
Topside view overlooking ski hill with Mississippi River with bluffs on opposite bank of river are gorgeous!!!
Like everything in life, there is an abundance of fun and entertainment at this resort to have a great time! ENJOY!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Only in the Midwest will you find such an unexpected diamond in the rough. High above the Mississippi, tucked nicely in the hills near historic Galena, Chestnut Mountain is a premier Illinois. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chestnut Mountain Galena
- Chestnut Mountain Hotel Galena