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Chestnut Mountain Resort

 

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Conditions

 

Snow Report 

 

Transportation
Transportation
AIR TRANSPORTATION

 

Dubuque Regional Airport
Airlines operating from Dubuque include American and American Eagle.

 

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION
 
 
 

Lodging
Lodging
 
Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

Chestnut Mountain Lodge

 

A full-service, 100 room slope side lodge offering an indoor pool, sauna, whirlpool and free Internet access.

Extra person charges may apply

$79 and up

 

Country Inn & Suites Galena

 

Spacious rooms with complimentary breakfast daily and Internet access and an indoor water park with 72' water slide.

Extra person charges may apply

$86 and up 

Stoney Creek Inn Galena 

 

Convenient location offering complimentary breakfast, indoor pool, hot tub and sauna.

Extra person charges may apply

$83 and up 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Additional lodging options available in Galena, Illinois.

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Dining

 

Fritz and Frites

 

Perry Street Brasserie

 

Gobbie's Sports Pub Pizzeria

 

  • Additional dining options available in Galena, Illinois.
 

REAL ESTATE
 
 
 
DEALS
 
 
 
WHAT'S NEW
 
 New Sunset Grille
 
ACTIVITIES
 
 
SERVICES

 

2010 - 2011 Rental Equipment Rates


2010 - 2011 Lesson Rates


 

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Chestnut Mountain Resort
Description:

Chestnut Mountain Resort is located near the historic town of Galena, high above the Mississippi River. With 17 trails from beginner to expert up to 3,500 feet and a 475 foot vertical descent, in addition to 2 quad, 3 triple, and 5 surface lifts, Chestnut offers some of the most exciting and state of the art skiing in the winter and mountain biking in the summer in the Midwest. A full-service resort, Chestnut is the perfect destination for groups, family vacations and for romantic getaways. With 120 rooms, an indoor pool, sauna and jacuzzi, 2 dining rooms, lounge and its proximity to all that Galena has to offer, Chestnut Mountain Resort provides one of the most value-packed experiences available to today's short-distance traveller.

Details:
DetailValue
Snow making percent
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Magic carpet
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Rope tow3
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Poma
Lifts-Surface Lifts-T bar
Lifts-Surface Lifts-J bar
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Single
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Double
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Triple4
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Quad2
Lifts-Chair Lifts-High speed quad
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Five person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Six person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Eight person
Lifts-Gondola
Lifts-Tram
Lifts-Coggle train
Lifts-Funicular
Lifts-Other
Lifts-Total number of lifts9
Lifts-Total lift capacity
Trails-1-Beginner
Trails-2-Intermediate
Trails-3-Advanced
Trails-4-Expert only
Trails-5-Terrain park
Trails-6-Half pipe
Trails-Total19
Runs-Steepest run
Runs-Longest run
General-Base elevation
General-Vertical drop475
General-Owner
General-Mountain range
General-Annual skier visits
General-Back country access
General-Total area in bounds220 acres
General-Snow making coverage
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Posted

Pros: Scenery, conditions, terrain

Cons: midwest

Chestnut counts as home, I've skied here for a long time.  The area is one of the most scenic that I've enjoyed, with the Mississippi at the base.   The conditions are good due to extensive snowmaking and an ample water supply (did I mention the Mississippi at the base!)  The terrain has plenty to offer for a Midwest resort, the down side is that the runs are short.

 

Personally, I love Apache, it has a sweet double fall line most of the way down, which gives you ample room to play with gravity.   

 

The newer developments are 2 new runs at the south end, Warpath has a nice steep pitch at the top, which is great when conditions are optimal.  Crazy Horse sees more traffic and is shaded most of the day.  The other new development is the Far Side terrain park, which is serviced by a single triple, but offers a mix up of terrain and features (for those so inclined) and a half pipe.  

 

Given my other choices from the Chicago area, there really isn't any other choice that offers the pros of Chestnut!

Posted

Pros: Excellent range of difficulty in runs, good snow coverage, friendly staff

 

Chestnut Mountain is one of my favorite resorts in the Midwest.  The only other resort in the region that can compete IMO is Granite Peak, which is several hours North in Wausau, Wisconsin. One of the things that stands out about Chestnut is the variety and difficulty of terrain offered.  There are several good beginner runs, most notably 'Old Main' which is a nice easy cruiser run for beginners that runs down the north end of the resort.  Intermediate runs have a nice range of difficulty from Moser & Fox that run down to one of the quad lifts and Crazy Horse, which while rated as a blue, but could easily be rated a black diamond by most Midwest standards.  The crown jewel of Chestnut is an expert run called 'Warpath'.  Warpath rises 475 feet above the Mississippi river and provides an excellent view of the river in the distance from its precipice, there are no other runs in the Midwest that I have experienced that have the steepness, vertical and snow quality that can be found here.  The other two expert runs are Eagle, which is usually setup with seeded moguls and Mineshaft which is a quick steep run towards the Village quad lift. 

 

The lodge at Chestnut consists of a cafeteria, two bars and a restaurant.  The bar food & beer selection could be better but is not really out of step with other area resorts, the same can be said for the cafeteria food. 

 

The town of Galena, which is approximately 15 minutes away has a downtown straight out of the early 1900s. There are numerous shops, restaurants, wineries, etc that provide a nice alternative for a way to spend the day for any non-skiers in your group. 

 

A great early season deal at Chestnut is 'The Date is the Rate' where until the 20th of December the day of the month is the price of the lift ticket.  This is an excellent opportunity to get in several days of skiing for a very low price.  The only con of this deal is that being early season there is often times snowmaking in progress during the day.Overall, I would highly recommend Chestnut Mountain to any intermediate or expert skiers in the Midwest.