If you are looking for opportunites to take trips out west, check out Sanctuary Ski and Snowboard
Club Chicago Ski Clubs - Sanctuary Ski Club - In the Western Suburbs
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Most of the demographic is comprised of of the geriatric/skier type but they are well organized, good people, and always have some great trips on their calendar. I'm one of the few riders that go on their trips, but always have a great time.