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"We took the kids ages 8 and 7 to Cascade for their first ski experience and it was awesome!!! I had only been skiing once when I was 15 and was terrible, so I really wanted the kids to learn at a younger age so hopefully they would do better than I did. Some friends of ours from our area(St. Louis) ..."had told us great things about Cascade and the fact that kids ski free was a big bonus. it's about a 6.5 hour drive for us which is ok for a long weekend. The place was very crowded; I think President's Day weekend is one of their busiest ones of the season. We got there around 8:45(slopes open at 9) because they wouldn't let me make a private lesson reservation over the phone and we had to have one...I knew this would be hard with all the crowds and it was--we got the last instructor for 9-10 slot otherwise it would have been afternoon(and I would have probably been in the ER by them!) Larry was great and helped us with getting our boots, skis, everything. He was so patient with the kids, w...
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"This is a closest place from Chicago where you can say you skied. If you have family (kids younger than 12) it is probably the best/cheapest one day option too, given that you don't have to pay for the kids with a paying adult. Trails are decent, though nothing special. Lines are alright and it is n..."ice that you can ski through the night too, so you can really use your 8 hours pass.
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"The schoolmarm hill and the bunny hill were very good for beginners. We took our children there and we're able to watch them from the lodge while they went on run after run. We hired Chad to give our son a snow board lesson. Chad was a good teacher who gave some fundamental skills training and pro..."vided some advice on how to continue some practice runs on his own. The workers in the rental lodge were efficient and helpful. The price was reasonable.
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