by Jessica Waytenick •

Address: 9500 126th Street West in Andalusia, Illinois (20 minutes outside the metro area)
Phone: 309-798-2666 or 800-383-4002
Web Site:
Hours: December-March (weather dependent)
Admission: Varies with lift tickets and rentals. Check web site.
Media Contact: Ed Meyer, 309-798-2666 or
What's New:

  • Ski Snowstar has made a quarter of a million dollars in improvements over the summer, including expanded parking and more snow guns to make snow.
  • U.S. AiRBAG will be at Snowstar on January 18-27.  This GIANT, puffy airbag is a perfect landing spot for all of the sick tricks that you don’t want to try on plain powder yet.
  • Ski Snowstar has one of largest uphill capacities per acre of any resort in the country.

When the weather gets colder in the Quad Cities, it is time to head outdoors to play in the winter wonderland. One place to have a great time in the snow is at the 28-acre Ski Snowstar Winter Sports Park. With 14 trails, 4 chair lifts, a rope tow, and a magic carpet, there are no lift lines in which to wait. Don't care to ski or board? The all-thrill/no-skill tubing hill is a perfect choice. Their ever-expanding snowmaking system is the key in maintaining great conditions throughout the season.

Snow tubing at Snowstar is a great family or group activity. The tube hill is twice as wide now with more chutes!  Adults and kids can slide down one of the groomed chutes on a giant inner-tube and then a specially designed "Magic Carpet" tow takes a person and the inner-tube back to the top. They prefer tubers be four years or older.

For the beginner, anyone nine years or older can be taught to ski and snowboard. Even kids 4-8 years old can have fun while learning to ski safely in Snowstar's Coal Creek Ski School. Snowstar has added a new Magic Carpet tow, that replaces the traditional rope tow, to its teaching area so it is the perfect place to learn to ski. For advanced skiers, the staff will develop a lesson designed to meet each individuals needs. The popular Learn to Ski/Board program has been expanded to every night.

Skis and snowboards can all be rented, with full-day or partial-day prices available. Snowstar is open seven days a week and group rates are available with two weeks advanced registration. Purchase the "Grab a Friend" Season Pass and that pass will entitle the holder to discounts at other ski resorts in the Midwest.

Ski Snowstar has revamped their patio, and expanded it with a new deck overlooking the slopes.  It also has a geo-thermal floor to prevent ice/snow buildup. 


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