Chestnut Mountain is a real nice place, Has places to stay for the weekend on the mountain. Has like 15-20 trails, an EZ hill the bunny hill tons of black diamonds, a park, lots of intermediate runs They make there own snow (if it doesnt snow). Lots of places to get air/jumps & so on. It's located in Galena IL about 2 1/2 hours from me, we go pretty often in the winter months. Others that have been here chim in. CHESTNUT
A thread just for us midwesterners. one of the hardest areas to snowboard. the west have their damn rockies and frequent fresh white stuff they call powder. the east have their smaller mountains covered in ice, while we have our big hills covered in ice.
My favorite places to go in the midwest is Chestnut in Galena,IL and Cascade in Portage, WI. Chestnut has some great runs for freeriding given that there isnt much around here. Its park is also great, but lacked when i went there last year. Great timing, eh?
Cascade trumped every midwest resort's park. There was huge! features and there was a lot of stuff to hit. I havent gone last season, but saw pictures and heard stories. I was so pissed when i didnt go last season. I always go atleast 2x there a year.
Fourlakes. My little shitty paradice. I live 5 minutes away. Its super small. Takes less than 10 sec to get to the bottom. But the park is good to practice on. I'm Park Ranger there
thats all i feel writing so far, so add on. share a story or a review about ur favorite or non favorite midwest 'resort'
Last edited by midwestrider; 08-25-2007 at 11:36 PM.
umm. its pretty tough choice. i guess cascade wins in who has more difficult with 2 of their trails. they are super narrow, so if u cant control yourself at highspeeds than i guess you'd have trouble with those runs. theres a lot of runs similiar to chestnut's trail eagle.
but i prefer chestnut for freeriding. a lot more fun. eagle is steeper than any of cascade's trails. and MINESHAFT!! (you know what im talkin about?) Man i love this trail. Its the closeest thing you get to the backcountry in the midwest. Theres a small 3ft cliff goin into the trail and is the steepest trail in all of the midwest. (its pretty short though) the incline is awesome though, you pick up speed in a matter of seconds. so you can do a lot of variation. launch off it and shit. (man writing this made me soo pumped/excited to snowbaord)
i only been to chestnut 2x (first time last season) and cascade more than 10x. if cascade doesnt live up to last years park than im goin to chestnut everytime i go up north.
I live in Geneva IL (Used to live in the Carol Stream/Glendale Heights area, Nikolai is my Cuz and lives in the Bloomingdale area VERY close to my area. We are gunna go boarding alot this year, Fluke also lives close to us, he is our friend Can't wait for this years season to start! Weve only pretty much been to chestnut, we wanna try Devils head & cascade.
from what i heard. devils head isnt worth checking out. they have slow ass outdated lifts and there isnt anything real specail there.
i live down south of you guys in Naperville
i'll be making a 3-4 day trip after christmas to chestnut or cascade. i'll let you guys know and maybe we can chill for a few runs or w/e if you guys will be there the same days. i'm always down to meet new riders.
Last edited by midwestrider; 08-27-2007 at 06:55 AM.