Hit the slopes in Illinois

written by Enjoy Illinois on November 20, 2012 in Adventure/Outdoor Illinois and Seasonal Fun - Winter and Western Illinois with no comments

Looking for a family-friendly winter weekend getaway filled with adventure and excitement? Plan a trip to visit Illinois’ ski destinations during winter break. Hit the slopes, be pampered at luxurious spas, stroll through quaint downtown shops and dine at some of Illinois’ best restaurants. Chestnut Mountain Resort in Galena and Ski Snowstar near the Quad Cities offer everything you need for a fun-filled winter getaway the whole family will enjoy. Plan your trip on EnjoyIllinois.com.

Chestnut Mountain Resort

Chestnut Mountain Resort in Galena (Photo courtesy of Michael Seroni)

Chestnut Mountain Resort in Galena is the Midwest’s premier ski resort featuring 19 runs and a terrain park. Slopes range from beginner to expert to ensure that everyone can enjoy a ski excursion. For visitors learning to ski for the first time or seasoned skiers looking to brush up on technique, Chestnut Mountain Resort offers ski lessons for all ages and skill levels.

After a day on the slopes, rejuvenate at one of Galena’s luxurious spas, such as the Stonedrift Spa and Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa. Next, explore the picturesque European-style Galena, situated on the banks of the Mississippi River. Galena’s Main Street is one of the most historic streets in the Midwest, filled with over 100 storefronts that boast art galleries, rustic antique stores, eclectic boutique shops and world renowned cuisine. Make sure to dine at one of Galena’s renowned restaurants on Main Street, such as One Eleven Main or Fried Green Tomatoes.

Galena offers a variety of accommodation options, including charming bed and breakfasts, historic hotels, major resorts and cabin rentals. Many locations offer specialty suites, indoor pools, on-site spas and an abundance of amenities. Remember to ask about special ski packages when booking your stay.

Ski Snowstar

Ski Snowstar in Andalusia

Ski Snowstar  is a family-friendly ski resort located only a short drive from the Quad Cities in Andalusia. Featuring 28 acres of ski terrain and 14 trails for beginners to experts, Ski Snowstar provides days of entertainment and adventure. The resort features a day lodge with a cafeteria, pizza and sub shop, fireplaces and an outdoor cooking area.

The nearby Quad Cities offers culture, history and fun to complete a weekend winter getaway. Comprised of Moline/East Moline and Rock Island in Illinois, and Davenport and Bettendorf in neighboring Iowa, the Quad Cities is a destination with no shortage of fun. Warm up after a day outside with creamy hot chocolate at the historic Lagomarcino’s soda fountain, visit the newly redesigned John Deere Pavilion and enjoy hearty dishes and micro-brewed beer at Bent River Brewing Company.

The Quad Cities has an abundance of hotels and bed and breakfasts for your weekend getaway. Many options offer winter packages for your family getaway.

–The Illinois Office of Tourism