Chestnut Mountain Alpine Slide
August 12, 2011
I've known about the Chestnut Mountain Alpine Slide for years and
wanted to do it but we were never in the area. So when Bond and I
took our end of summer Wisconsin trip in 2011 the route home took us through
Southwestern Wisconsin very near Galena, Illinois where Chestnut Mountain
is we made sure to take the detour that ended up being one heck of a detour
to the Chestnut Mountain Resort.
Chestnut Mountain is south of Galena and the twisty two lane road out to
the resort from Galena took what seemed forever but eventually we arrived
to find this amazing view of the Mississippi River Valley before us.
As there are no actual mountains in the state of Illinois the name is a
bit of a misnomer but Chestnut Mountain is primarily a ski resort so that's
how the name fits.
The summer is Chestnut Mountain's off season so they have the alpine slide
and mountain bike trails to bring in a few guests.
Alpine Slides are distant relatives to coasters and are more of a summer
time bobsled as you have a sled and a brake run to control your speed as
you zoom down the run.
There are two identical alpine slides at Chestnut Mountain that wind down
the hillside down to the shore of the Mighty Mississippi.