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Where to ski in Chicago ?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
My kid recently started college in Chicago, I will go visit sometime, is there any place to ski around Chicago, I know it snows and windy, search the forum turn up nothing.


Thx
post #2 of 13
There is a place outside Kalamazoo (2 hrs?) called Ski Bittersweet. I skied there once many many years ago and all I remember about it was it was 27 below 0 and the wind was blowing around 15-20 mph. Trek Chick is from somewhere in the great state of Michigan, she may have better suggestions.
post #3 of 13
Get a connecting flight in SLC.
post #4 of 13
The skiing is really weak. Tour the museums, then go out to dinner and hit a show.
post #5 of 13
The skiing in the area is definitely small. It's enough to keep me happy, getting my skiing fix a few nights a week, but it's definitely a whole different ballgame from mountains. Like Shredhead said, there's plenty of great stuff to pack into visits if you're not particularly looking to ski. If you are looking to get some Midwestern skiing in, here are my two personal favorites.

Cascade is three hours away, and if you and him want to ski together and are up for a day trip or overnighter. They've got a high speed quad and longer runs than places closer to Chicago. As a Chicago dweller, it's a good place to head on weekends.

Wilmot is much smaller and old fashioned. It's the kind of place that's described either as nostalgic or dilapidated, depending on the person talking about it. The lifts are slow, the snow is icy, but it's close and stays open til 11 pm. It makes it easy to get on the snow a few nights a week after work.

If you want more places or links for skiing around here or general Chicago info, feel free to ask.
post #6 of 13
Or another small place is Alpine Valley in SW Wisconsin. Small, nothing remotely steep, but skiing.

Unless it snows a lot when u are there, forget skiing IMO. Do Chicago stuff, less hassle for mediocre at best ski territory.
post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all your reply, I will see if my kid is up to it while I am there, we have never ski east before.
post #8 of 13
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Thanks for all your reply, I will see if my kid is up to it while I am there, we have never ski east before.
Chicah-go is not east.
post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 
Roger that, I guess that is east of west coast. :-)
post #10 of 13
You can fly to Alaska from there.
You can figure all the rest out.
post #11 of 13
This past winter I was in the same situation as you are in, trying to plan a ski trip while visiting Chicago. After a lot of research, I ended up deciding to try two places, Alpine Valley Resort and Devil's Head Resort. Alpine Valley is 2 hours north of Chicago and in my opinion, not worth going.

Devil's Head is 3 hours north of Chicago and was excellent; it was almost like skiing at a real mountain, if you only took the first chairlift. Devil's Head has 500ft vertical, 260 acres, and 8245ft longest run. I would definitely recommend it.

However, we went in January and it was -15F low 4F High both days so bring a parka.

FYI, I spent many, many hours researching midwest ski resorts. Devil's Head is the biggest ski area (other than Granite Peak: 5 hrs north of Chicago, 700ft vertical, 400 acres, 1 mile longest run) until you get to the Canadian border.
post #12 of 13
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FYI, I spent many, many hours researching midwest ski resorts. Devil's Head is the biggest ski area (other than Granite Peak: 5 hrs north of Chicago, 700ft vertical, 400 acres, 1 mile longest run) until you get to the Canadian border.
I don't think this is true. Devil's Head has a 500 ft. vertical and 260 acres. Lutsen in MN (600 ft. vertical, 986 acres), MI UP ski areas (Big Powderhorn 600 ft. vertical, 250 acres, Mt. Bohemia 900 ft. vertical) as well as northern MI ski areas (Boyne 500 vertical 416 acres, Boyne Highlands 552 vertical, 430 acres) are bigger than Devil's Head. Check out www.ski-guide.com.

With that being said, if you're really itching to ski, Wilmot or Alpine Valley are the closest (1.5-2 hrs away depending on traffic). If you want a ski area that's a bit bigger with longer runs Cascade and Devil's Head are 2.5-3 hrs away. If you go to Cascade/Devil's Head stay overnight and hit them both. Like someone else said, it's a bit like taking the lowest lift at a East Coast resort and it can be bitterly cold, icy and crowded.
post #13 of 13
Prosper is right. I guess these others are not all the way at the border, but they are all significantly farther away with Boyne being 6 hrs away from Chicago at the closest, Big powderhorn 7hrs, bohemia 9hrs, and Lutsen 9.5hrs.

That being said, do check out www.ski-guide.com or other similar websites as they offer lots of info.
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