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Reviews for Chestnut Mountain Resort

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by: Kevin - 2nd February 2015

  • 3
  • 3Beginner
  • 4Intermediate
  • 2Expert
  • 3All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 4Family Friendly
  • 4Aprés Ski
  • Terrain Park
  • 4Overall Value
Steeps, Ski conditions, number of lifts
Very utilitarian, not scenic

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My son and I are experienced intermediate skiers who have skied both in New England and Colorado. We spent two days at Chestnut recently. The first day was a typical Illinois winter day with temps in the 20's and 30's. We hit the trails right as they opened and skied the entire day. We skied all the trails except Eagle (black diamond mogels) and upper Warpath (black diamond - we did ski lower Warpath). The trails were well groomed, but towards early afternoon had become skied off, showing the layers of packed powder and ice below. In this regard, Chestnut is similar to what you find on eastern ski resorts in the late afternoons. While the three major ski lifts at the bottom of the mountain do a good job of moving skiers back up, the trails themselves did get crowded at times, especially in the mid-mountain area (trails Moser, Fox and Catwalk). The resort has a learner's area, and then an easy green trail (Old Main), which is served by it's own lift. Progressing from there to the blues might be somewhat challenging for true beginners. Take lessons. As for the intermediate trails, we found plenty to keep ourselves busy. Again the runs are not long, but the lifts do a good job of moving you back up to the top quickly, so you can get a lot of runs in. We skied all the blues, and were pleasantly surprised by the variety and the challenges that the different runs posed. Our favorite trail was Crazy Horse. I would warn beginners to not attempt this trail until at least Moser and Apache have been mastered. The Mountain Top Cafe was pleasant and the food adequate and the Summit was comfortable and the food good. Apres Ski in the Summit was fun and the atmosphere relaxing. My son had rentals for both days, and the equipment seemed to be either new (skis) or in decent condition (boots). All-in-all I would rate the facilities here very good. On the second day, Illinois got hit with about 8 inches of new snow overnight. The resort let the snow accumulate before grooming, so we ended up skiing through some very skied up powder before the snow cats came out. A good opportunity for everyone (including Ski Patrol) to get acqainted with different snow conditions. The only downside that we experienced was the lack of scenery. The resort makes its own snow, so the trail conditions were fine, but the area itself was not snow covered and was consequently somewhat bleak. Small issue, I know, but if you are looking for the Winter ambiance that a large eastern or western resort gives you, you won't find it here. Come here for the ski practice (and the fun) and not the scenery.

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