If you think Galena, IL is just for history buffs and antique enthusiasts, think again! In the winter, our town transforms into a snow-covered wonderland filled with many outdoor activities. Whether you are a novice looking to try something new or an experienced outdoor enthusiast, you will find plenty of things to do, from sledding and ice skating to snowshoeing and skiing in Galena, IL. This winter, come and experience the scenic rolling hills and magical snow-covered landscape. Unsure where to begin? We recommend starting your adventure with a day of Galena, IL skiing!
Chestnut Mountain has the Best Galena, IL Skiing and Snowboarding
If you’re looking for a fun skiing experience, head to Chestnut Mountain Ski Resort for the perfect day on the slopes. It’s the best place in Illinois for skiing, as it is the largest ski resort in the state, and features the highest vertical with a 475-foot drop. If you’ve never been to a ski resort before, Chestnut Mountain is a good place to start. It has options that range from novice to black diamond, so there are plenty of opportunities to hone your skills at any level. Ski and snowboard across several unique rails and sculpted features at the Far Side Terrain Park, the largest snow-covered terrain park in the Midwest. Some other features of Chestnut Mountain include:
- 19 rails ranging from beginner to expert
- A 475-foot vertical drop
- Six chairlifts and three surface lifts
- A 7-acre terrain park with over 25 rails that has been recognized by Transworld as a top-rated snowboard park in the Midwest for the past 3 years!
For the Chestnut Mountain Trail Map, information on lift tickets, hours of operation and more, check out their website. To warm up after skiing and snowboarding the slopes, you can enjoy a delicious meal at the Chestnut Mountain Resort restaurant. In the summer, you’ll want to return to the area to experience the Chestnut Mountain zip line and the best alpine slide in Galena, IL.
More Winter Activities in Galena, IL
Skiing in Galena, IL, is just one of the many great winter sports to enjoy on a getaway with us. At the Eagle Ridge Nordic Center, you will find a wide variety of other outdoor activities. You can go sledding, ice skating on a 1.5-acre pond, and snowshoeing and cross-country skiing on over 7 miles beautiful trails. In addition, the center has daily bonfires for keeping warm and offers cross-country skiing lessons and phenomenal sunset snowshoe walks.
Plan a Winter Getaway with Confidence at the Farmers Guest House!
Are you worried that your dreamy winter getaway might turn into a blizzardy nightmare? If so, reserve your room at the Farmers Guest House! With our winter weather guarantee, you can book with confidence knowing that you don’t have to worry about expensive cancellation fees if the weather turns ugly! When you stay with us, your cares will melt away, and your every need will be taken care of.
The Farmers Guest House is the perfect place to stay for a cozy winter escape. You will enjoy a warm welcome, complete with hot cocoa and chocolate chip cookies, and inviting guestrooms complete with toasty fireplaces! We are a short drive away from the Chestnut Mountain Resort, and our location in downtown Galena means you are within walking distance of Main Street (that is, if you’ve brought your layers with you). Despite being so close to top attractions, you’ll discover peace and solitude at our hospitable, historic inn.
Be sure to browse all our luxurious accommodations before book your next getaway! We can’t wait to have you.