The mountain lodge and resort offer guests a chance for fun no matter the season. With a wide variety of adventures, from ski slopes to zip lines, guests of any age and skill level can come and have a great time. The ski lodge is located in beautiful and historic Galena, Illinois, a town known for its unique shops and dining options, boasts a huge ski area and a resort that offers a variety of dining, craft beer, and adventure options.

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Rated in the top ten list of Midwestern ski resorts by Ski Magazine, this has been a top destination since its creation. It contains over 7 acres and has the ability to lift over 10000 skiers per hour with its renowned ski lift.

Permanent Attractions

The attractions offered are divided into two categories: winter activities and summer activities.


Winters at the resort is a magical time at the ski lodge. With a spectacular view of the historic Mississippi River Valley, the resort and lodge offer 19 different ski slopes and trails for snowboarders and is open for guests from Thanksgiving through Saint Patrick’s Day. The mountain has a steep 475-foot vertical drop and multiple 3500-foot ski slopes. There is also a seven-acre terrain park (Far Side), which is the biggest of its type in the entire Midwest region.

There is a complete map of the trails and decide whether to take on a beginning course, an advance course, or even a freestyle course. If guests are not sure where their skill level is or if it has been awhile since they have skied or snowboarded, it is recommended that they start out on one of the beginner slopes (Bunny, Acorn, Old Main, or Rookie Ridge). More advanced guests can try their hand at Black Diamond! There are also multiple skiing and snowboarding lessons offered, and a full ski slope condition report on their website to check out the conditions prior to a visit. Younger visitors can take part in one of the children’s programs, designed to help kids become more comfortable on the slopes. Powder Pups is a great place for any young visitor to start developing their skills. Check the website so available dates, times, and costs.


Summers offer different but equally as exciting adventures, both indoors and outdoors! Check out the 2050-foot Alpine Slide, a tailored track with a sled guests ride on that offers an adrenaline rush like no other! There is also a zipline (the Soaring Eagle - check the website for guidelines and height and age requirements prior to booking), tours by Segway, a river cruise (lasting 1.5 hours and cruising down the scenic Mississippi River), both disc golf (9 holes) and miniature golf courses (with 18 holes), and bike rentals (available half or full days).

Take advantage of the many packages offered, including a variety of combinations of the different adventures offered at the resort.

Special Events

There are often frequent events and promotions offered at the mountain resort, all of which are updated on a regular basis on their website. For instance, November brings with it the $20 lift ticket promotion. In December, the resort comes alive with lights and holiday spirit. Watch 30 windows spring alive with holiday animations and decorations. With over 5000 luminaries lit up all over, guests can walk or take a carriage ride through the resort and enjoy the spirit of the season.

Around the beginning of the year, visitors can take part in Litfest. This literary festival has been a hit for the last several years, with many free activities and seminars, tea with author re-enactors (Jane Austen is a favorite), lunch offerings, and workshops, Galena comes alive with literary talent and excitement.

There is also a yearly county fair, with over 150 unique vendors selling a wide variety of arts and crafts as well as food items and wines. Come browse, participate in the auction, and raffle, and take home a few goods unlike anything that guests can find anywhere else!


There are 3 restaurant options while staying at the mountain resort - Sunset Grille, The Summit, and the Mountain Top Cafe. Featuring a variety of cuisine types at a variety of price points, from casual to fine dining, there is something to please every taste bud. Some restaurants do recommend reservations, so guests should call ahead to verify.

Chestnut Mountain Resort, 8700 W. Chestnut Mountain Road, Galena, IL, 61036, hone: 800-397-1320

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