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post #211 of 229
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Originally Posted by Coyote27 View Post
.. My favorite run there is the one to the left of Warpath looking from the top of the mountain...
I agree - there is nothing like it in Cascade, Alpine or DH.

Thanks for all the advice ,Coyote27 - we had a great day today. I wish it was less crowded and they need at least one speed quad there.
I liked the fact that runs were not groomed - thin crud and soft bumps bring at least some feeling of real mountain. As you mentioned it did get monotonous after 3.5 hours , so we packed and drove back home.
Now we just need to survive 2 more weeks before our trip to Colorado.
post #212 of 229

No comments on 190 North

No comments on 190 North. I'm disappointed. You have another chance Saturday 2/24 at 11 p.m.

Of course, I'll be enjoying Mammoth this weekend, so won't be watching ABC 7 Chicago. Not to make you envious, I'm just excited for the trip!

--Wags
post #213 of 229
Marquette Saturday or Tyrol Sunday?
post #214 of 229
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No comments on 190 North. I'm disappointed. You have another chance Saturday 2/24 at 11 p.m.
Missed it, gonna try to catch the rerun.
post #215 of 229
Thought I might as well ask everyone around Chicago:

Where do you go for tuning/repairs and who's your bootfitter?
post #216 of 229
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Originally Posted by num View Post

Thought I might as well ask everyone around Chicago:

Where do you go for tuning/repairs and who's your bootfitter?


I use Snowcrest, though they will be closed soon due to the season.  Right on Cicero, just south of I294

post #217 of 229
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Originally Posted by Coyote27 View Post

Wireless - Chestnut isn't bad, but depending on your skill level can get monotonous. I believe there are only 3 blacks and from what I can remember are more difficult than the blacks at other resorts like Cascade; however, they are a little shorter. I feel the blacks increased difficulty drives the traffic up on the other runs. I haven't been there a ton of times, so I'll let others comment. My favorite run there is the one to the left of Warpath looking from the top of the mountain. As for the drive after Rockford, it's not a highway, but the road is not bad. Don't speed through the little towns. Speed limit drops very quickly.

I'll be up at DH this Saturday, anyone else? Went to Crystal last weekend and the snow was excellent. I highly recommend giving that place a try if you have never been there.

Later


If you live on the north side, you'll probably take 20, which is a scary 2 lane road in Jo Daviess county.  I've been forced to divert on farm roads due to accidents on the main road, not much fun at night!  An alternate route that I like is to take North Ave out (you can cheat on I88 to I39 and then it's pretty much smooth sailing all the way to Savanna, it's 2 lane roads, but not as hilly and twisty as 20.

 

My favorite run is Apache, the one to the right of Warpath from the top.  It's a twisty double fall line, that's fun.  The one Coyote27 mentioned is Crazy Horse.  Warpath is fun if the conditions are good, Eagle is fun, just the transition at the bottom is exciting when you cross Moser (the intermediate run).

 

I like the view at Chestnut, it's pretty.

 

post #218 of 229
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I use Snowcrest, though they will be closed soon due to the season.  Right on Cicero, just south of I294



Absolutely.  Jon Doyal is awesome!

 

post #219 of 229

yikes, added to a 5 yr old thread!  very cool as it should get renewed with some new names, contacts,etc.

 

while my wife and I have started a few more trips out to Co, this yr was the least I've skied since she forced me to learn 12 yrs back. 

 

so, I'm in Iowa, my trip up to Chestnut is only 1 1/2 hrs at most but 2 yrs back I hit Granite in Wausau for the first time and found it great. 

 

So, if anyone wishes to add to this tread, giving some contacts for next season, I'll use it when I get a hankering to head northeast and search for some new buds to ski with.

 

It'd give my bro in law out in Wheaton another reason to meet up with me, if we get a bigger crowd to a resort.

 

pete

 

post #220 of 229

Snowcrest is a great ski shop...owner Tom has more ski experience than any other shop owner in the Chicagoland Area...

post #221 of 229

Woo Hoo, winter is coming back!  Looking forward to fun times in the months ahead!

post #222 of 229

yeah,

 

sad to say but I'll never again dismiss the comment that it's a dry cold in the mountains verses a wet in midwest!

 

anyhow, yes ... pipe in the areas and who will go where and be willing to meet!

 

I plan Chestnut to Wausau for any weekend with some notice ... really, Chestnut only 1 1/2 out could be almost any night for me ...

post #223 of 229

I hit Chestnut on 12/27/2012 and conditions were really good after Draco dumped snow and brought some cold for snowmaking to catch up!  The new web-cams really help to see the coverage and also the crowds.  In spite of that, it was relatively uncrowded given a holiday weekday!  Apache, my favorite, was in great shape, lower Warpath was nice, but the top was rather hard.

I went by myself and was able to bring out some old Volkls, still fun after 20 years!  I also got to play on my new Elan's and my new Full Tilts and was very pleased with the conditions.

 

The day's highlights included getting a great parking spot!  Meeting a couple from the same little town in Iowa where I was introduced to skiing and where I lived when I first started skiing at Chestnut (so long ago that lift tickets were $6 on weekends!) and spent a couple of runs with a very nice guy also skiing by himself and happy to share the chair and make some turns with another skier!  

post #224 of 229

very good to hear, not surprised that it was slow on a Thursday.   drop an email to me next time and I'll try and make it up given just a short notice - if you wish, only  1 1/2 hr from me. 

 

Hit Sundown on Sunday thinking a weekend would be packed, wasn't that bad depending on what run one hit.  Personally I still like Chestnut a bit more for layout but both are pretty good for the Midwest.

 

Always had fun meeting folks from all about at Chestnut, many of the crew there are from outside of Galena as I've met a good handful from as far as Rockford and Iowa City.

post #225 of 229

Anyone goes to Wilmot?  I know it's one of the least recommended place around here, but it's also the closest.
 

post #226 of 229
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Originally Posted by genski View Post

Anyone goes to Wilmot?  I know it's one of the least recommended place around here, but it's also the closest.
 

 

I'd go to Alpine Valley over Wilmot. 

 

I'd also drive to Cascade over both of those two places.

post #227 of 229
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Originally Posted by IL_Skier View Post

 

I'd go to Alpine Valley over Wilmot. 

 

I'd also drive to Cascade over both of those two places.


Yeah, I've heard better things that goes like this:  Cascade > Alpine > Wilmot.  Yet, Wilmot much closer and convenient for me.  With that said, I still haven't gone there yet.  Maybe later this week or early next.

 

Any feedback on whether the Wilmot bunny slope is similar to the one at Alpine?

post #228 of 229

The other option is going the Michigan route. From Chicago, its between 5 to 5 1/2 hour drive up to Boyne Mt.

post #229 of 229

Hi All,

 

New to EpicSki.  Been a snowboarder for  the past 8 years and just started skiing this year.  I am from the Rockford area.  Here is a nice little spreadsheet a few friends and I put together this year just to help some people out if you are not from the Illinois/Lower Wisconsin area.  We've been out at the cascades the last 4 weekends and has been great so far this year.  While i just converted this year, I plan on sticking to skiing now as I just picked up a pair of skis.  If any of you are ever at any of these locations let me know, I would love to improve my new found passion.

 

P.S- The time to location is from Rockford.

 

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