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Barberry Hills

Buffalo Park / Buffalo Mountain* - See: Raging Buffalo

Camden Park Rope Tow (Mt. Camden)

Fox Trails Sports Area

Fox Valley Ski Hills

Fyre Lake

Gander Mountain

Hidden Valley* (see Lost Valley)

Holiday Park (Holiday Park Safari Resort / Holiday House?)

Illiniwek Forest Preserve

James Park

Lincolnshire Resort (Marriott)

Lost Valley (originally named Hidden Valley)

Mt. Camden* - see Camden Park Rope Tow

Mt. Trashmore* (see James Park)

Pere Marquette

Quincy Park

  • Quincy, IL - west central Ilinois - York St.??
  • Google Maps / Google Earth ??
    39.92915105215366, -91.41513467637274
    39°55'44.9"N 91°24'54.5"W
  • SKI Mag, Sept. '67 ??
  • The Lost Ski Areas of Illinois - - Scroll down
    • "QUINCY PARK ( ?? ), [very obscure], New lift in 1967. [Sep 67 SKI] "

Raging Buffalo Snowboard Park (previously called Buffalo Park and later Buffalo Mountain )

Wagon Wheel Resort

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near Raceway Woods

  • Carpentersville, IL - northeast Illinois - N of Raceway Woods Forest Preserve; S of Miller Rd., W of Hwy 31
  • Skiers and Snowboarders of the Midwest Facebook Group - see comments by Steve Drecoll
    • "There were remnants of a rope tow (rims/wheels from cars attached to poles) just north of Raceway Woods on the same side of Rt 31. Not sure if they're still there."
    • "I think where the rope tow was is the property next to Raceway south of Miller Rd (about a mile south of Raging Buffalo), the house there is vacant, but with all the foliage I couldn't see the upper part of the hill. Might try another reconnaissance at a later date."

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Eastern Illinois University ?

  • Charleston, IL EIU, SE of Greek Court
  • v: 35 ft
  • Eastern's "ski hill" shaping up - Herald and Review (Decatur, Illinois) · 28 Sep 1990
  • maybe XC skiing only

Highland Park, IL

Mt. Hoy^ (never became active)

Mt. Ned - Ned Brown Forest Preserve (Busse Woods)

Round Lake, IL

The Windings

Palos Park IL

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Chestnut Mountain Resort (formerly Chestnut Hills)

Four Lakes

Plumtree (also called Lake Carroll) - private

Ski Snowstar Winter Sports Park

Snowpark at Alpine Hills

Villa Olivia

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