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Chestnut Mountain Resort


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



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.



Fritz and Frites


Perry Street Brasserie


Gobbie's Sports Pub Pizzeria


  • Additional dining options available in Galena, Illinois.

 New Sunset Grille


2010 - 2011 Rental Equipment Rates

2010 - 2011 Lesson Rates


Chestnut Mountain Resort

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.

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Lifts-Total number of lifts9
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General-Base elevation
General-Vertical drop475
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General-Back country access
General-Total area in bounds220 acres
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Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC


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!


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.