[R385R, Ski Snowstar Winter Sports Park], near the Quad Cities in the Coal Creek Valley, has one week left to go for its season pass sale. The last chance to purchase a discounted pass is Nov. 7.


An adult VIP Pass is currently $275, and will go up to $300 on the above date. It allows you to head direct to the slopes without having to pick up a lift ticket. If two people get together and purchase a Two Pack VIP Pass, the cost is $485, or $242.50 per person. If three people purchase a Three Pack the cost is $670, or $233.33 per person.


The Gold Season Pass allows you to ski or ride anytime the area is open with the caveat that you have to stop at the lift ticket window first. A single pass is $230 through the above date. The Two and Three Pack Gold Pass is respectively $415 and $580. An evening season pass is now $160. Click here for more information.


Ski Snowstar expanded their rental building over the summer, which will contain expanded restrooms and a new state-of-the-art tuning shop. On the slopes, they are covering the magic carpet lift since the cover on the tubing hill lift got rave reviews last season. The 70-foot Battle Ship Rail was moved to the north side of Lift Four, which will help facilitate a three-jump-line down Pluto's Plunge. The parking lot was also enlarged.


Snowstar opened in 1981 with one lift and three trails. Since that time over three-quarter-million skiers and riders have visited the area. Today it offers two quads and one double chairlift, three surface tows, 15 named runs, terrain parks and five tubing lanes.