Chestnut Mountain, perched high on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River near historic Galena, Ill., will be hosting its sixth annual Slush Cup Sunday, March 14.

Event registration takes place at 11 a.m., and the competition starts at noon.  There are two events: the three people Team Survival and the Last Man or Women Standing.  Grand prizes will be awarded for both events, and all you need to enter is a lift ticket. Speedos are optional.  It's a great spectator event.

Through the end of the season don't forget Fantastic Fridays when all lift tickets are $25 from 4 p.m. to close.  There's also Two-fer Tuesday when you get two lift tickets for the price of one, and the Wednesday Great Escape Special when $40 gets you an all-day lift ticket, lunch, and a cocktail.

Chestnut also offers a couple of affordable lift and lodging specials that are good through the end of the season.  The Ski 'N Z Package includes a night's lodging, Sunday-Thursday, and lift ticket for $74.95 per person, based on double occupancy. Each additional person in room, over age 6, pays $35.  The No Frills, Just Thrills Package starts from $110 per person, per night based on double occupancy.  It requires two nights' lodging Friday and Saturday nights and includes a two-day lift ticket.

The views of the Mississippi from the 500-foot bluff where the hotel sits are incredible.  It reminds me of a miniature Mont-Sainte-Anne overlooking the St. Lawrence Seaway from the top of the mountain.  The ski runs, cut through the rocky bluff, offer some of the best skiing and riding in the lower Midwest.  It's one of the most unusual and scenic ski resorts found in the Heartland.  

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