Chestnut Mountain Ski Resort

Chestnut Mountain Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of Illinois in USA. The resort is in the town of Hanover, IL.

Chestnut Mountain is not a part of any nationwide lift pass system. Passes such as Epic, IKON, or Mountain Collective allow pass holders to ski at multiple mountians with a single purchase. Unfortunately, none of those passes with with Chestnut Mountain Ski Resort.

Chestnut Mountain Lodging:

Chestnut Mountain Ski Resort Terrain Overview

Chestnut Mountain has a total of 19 ski trails, which are serviced by 9 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Chestnut Mountain is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 146 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 59 hectares, 0 square miles, or 1 square kilometers.

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
146(1 km2)
Annual Snowfall

Chestnut Mountain Ski Resort Elevation

Chestnut Mountain Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 1,040 feet, or 317 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 565 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 475 feet (145 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

Chestnut Mountain has a very low summit elevation. The summit of this park is one of the smaller ones in the country.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
1,040'(317 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
475'(145 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
565'(172 m)

Chestnut Mountain Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
34.4out of 100
←  EasyHard  →
Chestnut Mountain can be beginner-friendly, but it depends on the ski trails you ride. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 70% of its trails rated at or above intermediate ski level.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

Skiiable Area by Difficulty Level

Chestnut Mountain has 146 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Chestnut Mountain is mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 30% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 70%.
30%(44 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
40%(58 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
30%(44 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Chestnut Mountain Ski Resort good for beginners?

Chestnut Mountain can be beginner-friendly, depending on the runs you take. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 70% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.

Chestnut Mountain Ski Resort Location

Chestnut Mountain Ski Resort is located in the state of Illinois, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Hanover, IL.

Hanover, IL 61041 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
42.32000, -90.38000

Getting to Chestnut Mountain Ski Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Chestnut Mountain Ski Resort), its coordinates of 42.32000, -90.38000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Hanover, IL to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Chestnut Mountain Ski Resort.

O'Hare International AirportORDChicago, IL129 mi
Milwaukee Mitchell International AirportMKEMilwaukee, WI133 mi
Midway International AirportMDWChicago, IL140 mi

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Chestnut Mountain.

Dubuque Regional AirportDBQDubuque, IA18 mi
Quad City International AirportMLIMoline, IL61 mi
Chicago Rockford International AirportRFDChicago/Rockford, IL66 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Chestnut Mountain Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Chestnut Mountain Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Seven OaksBoone, IA975 ft32%69 mi
The Rock SnowparkJanesville, WI290 ft33%73 mi
SunburstMadison, WI1,100 ft41%81 mi
Devil's HeadMerrimac, WI995 ft35%85 mi
Cascade MountainPortage, WI1,280 ft35%92 mi
Christmas MountainWisconsin Dells, WI1,250 ft26%92 mi

Chestnut Mountain Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation1,040 ft
Base Elevation565 ft
Vertical Drop475 ft
(30% Beginner,  40% Intermediate,  30% Expert)
Skiable Acres146
Avg. Annual SnowfallN/A inches
Chestnut Mountain Ski Resort Mountain Stats