Drive north out of Chicago and Wilmot Mountain, located on the Wisconsin side of the Wisconsin/Illinois border, is about the first rise you see in the landscape. Its unassuming vertical drop of 230 feet is offset by its stature with the million or so Chicagoland snowsports enthusiasts that have skied here since it first opened in 1939. There were less than a handful of ski areas in the Heartland at that time.
Helmut "Pepe" Teichner, considered the dean of Midwest ski school directors, founded the ski school at Wilmot Mountain in that year, and over the next half-century taught more than half-a-million Chicagolanders to ski. He passed away in 2001, but the Wilmot ski school is still going strong and teaching a whole new generation the sport of skiing and snowboarding.
Wilmot's season pass sale is underway and prices won't get any lower. They will be going up in price Oct. 16. An Individual Season Pass is now $460 and a Family Pass is $1,350. Passes are good any time the ski area is open; no restrictions, no blackout dates. The Family Pass is for immediate family, and children must be under 18 at time of purchase.
The ski area stretches for almost a mile along a ridge formed by an ancient glacial moraine. Eight chairlifts and six surface tows keep skiers and riders moving up and down that ridge. Nightfall finds the parking lot full of cars and the lodge rocking with people, a scene typical of ski areas near large metropolitan areas. There's racing for all age levels and a busy après ski scene. Weekends can be hectic, but they handle crowds well.
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