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Illinois might be one of the flattest states in the country, but there's no reason for local ski bums to despair—there are still plenty of opportunities to hit the slopes within a few hours' drive of Chicago, no expensive trip to Aspen required. Head to a publicly-run center in the suburbs or travel over the border for impressive hills in southern Wisconsin; either way, you'll find options for beginners and expert skiers and boarders alike. (And if you prefer sledding in Chicago, note that many of these spots also offer tube sledding options.) Whether you're looking for a day trip or want to make a whole weekend getaway near Chicago, you'll learn to love the winter when you visit the best snowboarding and ski resorts near Chicago.
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