Locations, Details, Pricing for Skiing and Snowboarding Near Chicago

Looking for a new wintertime adventure with the family? Look no further than our 2017–2018 guide of places to go skiing and snowboarding near Chicago! Whether you have a family of beginners or more experienced skiers and snowboarders in your group, we’ve composed a great list of places that cater to all levels. Stay local, travel a few hours for a day trip, or even take a weekend away to one of these awesome destinations below. Just think of the cozy fireplace snuggles at the lodge after an active day on the slopes — the perfect recipe for winter family fun!

Skiing and Snowboarding Near Chicago

Please call or check the website before planning your trip to make sure your destination is open for the season and based on the weather.

Illinois Skiing and Snowboarding

Four Lakes Alpine Snowsports
5750 Lakeside Drive
Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 964-2550
Great place for beginners! Offering private and group lessons. Seven tow ropes, rental shop, free parking and a recently remodeled lodge with a restaurant/bar. Daily slope ticket: $28, Mondays: kids ski free, Tuesdays: special rate $20, Wednesdays: half price, Thursdays after 7:00 pm: $20, Fridays: special rate $17. Ski equipment rental is $20, snowboard rental is $38, and lessons start at $16.

Villa Olivia
1401 W Lake St
Bartlett, IL 60103
(630) 289-1000
Weeknight ski and snowboard specials, family fun nights and season passes available. Group and private lessons offered. Snow tubing and ski cafe, too! Slope tickets are $40 for adults (age 12 & over), $29 for age 7-11, and $17 for ages 6 and under $17. Discounts on night tickets (4:30 pm – 10:00 pm). Ski equipment rental is $27 for ages 12+, $23 for children 7-11, and $20 for children 6 & under. Snowboard equipment rental is $39.

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Raging Buffalo
19-265 Western Ave
Algonquin, IL 60102
(847) 836-7243
Has a snowboarder-exclusive area, as well as ski areas, too. Offers kids’ classes and season passes. Tickets are $32 on weekdays, $45 on weekends and holidays. Snowboard rentals for weekends, holidays, and all-day weekday rentals are $45; snowboard rentals for weekday half days are $35.

Chestnut Mountain Resort
8700 W Chestnut Rd
Galena, IL 61036
(800) 397-1320
About a three-hour drive from Chicago, Chestnut Mountain features 19 trails for skiers and snowboarders of all ability levels. There are many discounts for weekday and weekend skiing as well as lodging packages. Lift tickets for ages 13 and up are $55, $40 for ages 7-12, and free for kids under 6. Equipment rental is $35 for all ages.

Michigan Skiing and Snowboarding

Swiss Valley
13421 Mann St
Jones, MI 49061
(269) 244-8016
About a two hour car ride from Chicago, Swiss Valley features 11 slopes with lights for night skiing and a chalet/lodge. Season passes and a Valley Kids ski program are available, too. Weekday tickets are $30 for ages 13 and up and $25 for ages 6–12; weekday rentals start at $22 for skis, $25 for boards or blades, and $10 for helmets. See website for full rates and specials.

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Timber Ridge
23 1/2 Street
Gobles, MI 49055
(269) 694-9158
Roughly a 2.5-hour drive from Chicago. Check out their tubing hill, as well as their annual Winterfest event with special games, food and drink specials. Children 7 and younger ski free. Adult tickets – $30 (weekdays), $40 (Saturdays/holidays) and $38 (Sundays). Juniors ages 7-11 tickets – $24 (weekdays), $29 (Saturdays/holidays) and $27 (Sundays). Ski rental ranges from $14-$20.

We’ve heard that Boyne Mountain Resort is also a great skiing spot for families, but is about 5 hours from the Chicago suburbs.

Wisconsin Skiing and Snowboarding

Wilmot Mountain
11931 Fox River Road
Wilmot, WI 53192
(262) 862-2301
About an hour north of Chicago, Wilmot Mountain features 23 runs and seven chair lifts, making it a great destination for skiers and snowboarders of all ability levels. Nearby lodging, kids ski and snowboard school, as well as a tubing hill featuring 22 tubing lanes and two conveyor lifts. Lift tickets for adults are $56 (Monday-Thursday) and $66 (Friday-Sunday). Lift tickets for children ages 7-11 are $51 (Monday-Thursday) and $61 (Friday-Sunday). Kids under 6 are free. Ski and snowboard equipment rental is $32.

The Mountain Top at Grand Geneva
7036 Grand Geneva Way
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
(262) 245-7516
Located in Lake Geneva, this resort has 20 runs and three chair lifts. For a fun day trip, take advantage of their family ski packages that include a group lesson. Lift tickets are $49 for adults, $39 for children ages 7-11, and free for kids 6 and under. Equipment rental is $34 for adults and $25 for kids.

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Alpine Valley
W2501 County Rd D
Elkhorn, WI 53121
(262) 642-7374
Features three high-speed quad chair lifts and three conveyor lifts… which translates to getting up the hill just as fast as you can get down! Caters to skiers of all ability levels with expanded ultimate beginners and intermediate areas. Lift tickets are $51 for all areas; kids 5 and under are half-price. Adult equipment rental is $29 and kids’ equipment rental is $15.

Cascade Mountain
W10441 Cascade Mountain Rd
Portage, WI 53901
(608) 742-5588
Features 36 different runs with wide appeal to snowboarders because of its four terrain parks. Plenty of nearby lodging options available with its proximity to the Wisconsin Dells. Tubing hill, too! Adult lift tickets are $59, ages 13-17 are $49, children under 12 are free. Equipment rental is $29-$40 depending on time of day.

Devil’s Head
S6330 Bluff Rd
Merrimac, WI 53561
(608) 493-2204
Located three hours from Chicago, Devil’s Head features 30 runs, seven lifts, lodging/dining and ski school/lessons. Lift tickets for adults are $50/weekdays, $57/weekends. Junior/senior tickets are $45/weekdays, $50/weekends. Kids 5 and under are free.

Granite Peak
3605 N Mountain Rd
Wausau, WI 54402
(715) 845-2846
Features 75 runs and three high speed lifts, great family festival packages, season passes, lessons and night/midweek specials. Adult (30+) tickets are $76, young adult (19-29) tickets are $62, and child (6-18) tickets are $52.

Cascade Mountain | photo courtesy of Suzy Hoff | follow her family’s adventures at hoffpack.com

About the Author

Jill Borkowicz
Jill is thrilled to be sharing her insight and knowledge of local fun on Kidlist! As an Oak Park native, Jill and her husband settled in La Grange Park in 2007 and couldn’t be happier with the community they call home. Raising two lovely daughters, ages 8 and 10, Jill is always on the lookout for cool things to do as a family. She is passionate about yummy food, an organized abode, creative entertaining, frugal finds, travel adventures, a healthy spirit, and overall family fun. Jill’s favorite wintertime activity with the fam? Ice skating followed by hot chocolate! Summertime family favorite? Long pool days with friends that end with a BBQ!

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