If you're looking for a snow-filled getaway without leaving the great state of Illinois, this is your answer. Chestnut Mountain has surprisingly steep hills for these parts, as well as on-site lodging and awesome Friday deals. We suggest you play a little afternoon hooky from work and take advantage of $25 lift tickets. Plus, the adorable nearby town of Galena offers tons of activities if your thighs are burning from tearing up the powder.
Chestnut Mountain, 8700 West Chestnut Road; Galena, IL; 800-798-0098.
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