Where to Ski, Snowboard and Tube Near Chicago

If you love snowy sports, you’re in luck! Chicago is close to a number of resorts and areas that make for the perfect winter day or weekend getaway. Find the coolest spots to ski, snowboard and tube below.

Note: We’re updating our website as quickly as we can, but changes may occur due to COVID-19. Please double check before heading out for the most updated information on safety precautions and any last-minute closings. Stay safe!

Four Lakes Alpine Snowsports

Distance from Chicago: 1 hour

Where: 5750 Lakeside Drive, Lisle

COVID-19 updates: Face coverings are required for indoor and outdoor activities. Find more information on their website.  

Whether you’re an experienced skier or first-time snowboarder, Four Lakes Alpine Snowsports operates on an “anyone can do it” philosophy, offering lessons for littles as young as four. The facility has mild hills with towropes, making it a popular destination for beginning snow sports enthusiasts.

Villa Olivia

Distance from Chicago: 1 hour

Where: 1401 W. Lake St., Bartlett

COVID-19 updates: Face coverings are required for guests. Find more information on their website.

Villa Olivia is a smaller park with seven downhill runs and a tubing hill that’s close to home and is a great option for beginners. They offer a Snow Kids program that focuses on safety, fun and learning, with a goal of getting the little ones comfortable with basic skiing and snowboarding skills.

Snowstar Winter Sports Park

Distance from Chicago: 3 hours

Where: 9500 126th Street West, Andalusia

COVID-19 updates: Face coverings are required for guests. Find more information on their website.

Snowstar is a family-friendly ski park located just outside the Quad Cities, with 28 acres of skiable terrain and 11 snow tubing trails. The park also offers night skiing and tubing — a fun option for families looking to try something different!

Wilmot Mountain

Distance from Chicago: 1 1/2 hours

Where: 11931 Fox River Road, Wilmot, Wisconsin

COVID-19 updates: Face masks are required when you’re unable to social distance. Find more info on their website.

One of the Midwest’s premier winter destinations for snow sport activities, Wilmot Mountain boasts nearly 120 skiable acres with 23 trails, and 22 lanes of tubing. They also have a dedicated snowboard school for kids.

Alpine Valley Resort

Distance from Chicago: 2 hours

Where: W2501 Co Rd D, Elkhorn, Wisconsin

COVID-19 updates: Face masks are required when social distancing is not possible. Find more information on their website.

Alpine Valley Resort offers some of the most diverse skiing and snowboarding terrain in the Midwest, with more than 90 acres of skiable terrain and a vertical drop of 388 feet spread out over 20 runs. There’s also a ski school for newbies. Insider tip: If you’re already making drive to Alpine Valley, consider a 30-minute detour to Lake Geneva to see the ice castles.

Sunburst Winter Sports Park

Distance from Chicago: 2 1/4 hours

Where: 8355 Prospect Drive, Kewaskum, Wisconsin

COVID-19 updates: Guests and employees are asked to wear face coverings. Find more information on their website.

Boasting more than 50 tubing lanes and two conveyors to take tubers to the top, Sunburst Winter Sports holds the record for the world’s largest tubing park! In addition to tubing, there are ski trails and snowboard runs for all skill levels.

Timber Ridge Ski Area

Distance from Chicago: 2 1/2 hours

Where: 07500 23 1/2 St., Gobles, Michigan

COVID-19 updates: Face coverings are required. Find more information on their website.

Timber Ridge Ski Area is Southwest Michigan’s oldest and largest ski area with 40 acres of skiing, snowboarding, and a snow tubing park. Great for families who want to experience the beauty of Pure Michigan, Timber Ridge caters to winter sport enthusiasts of all skill levels.

Bittersweet Ski Resort

Distance from Chicago: 2 1/2 hours

Where: 600 River Road, Otsego, Michigan

COVID-19 updates: Face coverings are required in certain areas. Find more information on their website.

Located in the scenic Kalamazoo River Valley, Bittersweet Ski Resort has 20 runs and 7 chairlifts, a ski school and a Wonder Carpet lift on the bunny slopes, making it optimal for first-time skiers.


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This story originally published on Dec. 20, 2019. It has been updated with the most recent information. 

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