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Encyclopedia > Wilmot Mountain
Base of Hill, Evening
Base of Hill, Evening
Upper Cat, Evening
Upper Cat, Evening
Upper Cat, day
Upper Cat, day
By Lift #8, in front of lodge
By Lift #8, in front of lodge
Base of Competition run
Base of Competition run
Lift #1, over State Line run
Lift #1, over State Line run
Inside the Iron Kettle
Inside the Iron Kettle

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General

Located in the southern region of Wisconsin's Kettle Moraine, Wilmot Mountain is the result of Glaciation – not a covered a garbage dump as local myth has it! The self-proclaimed “Matterhorn of the Midwest” was founded by Walter Stopa in 1938 after a thorough research of the area’s topography. With a maximum elevation of 300’ it is a relatively small hill. It is also one of the few hills where the mountain is wide open, with few trees or barriers to crossing the hill. A skier can transverse several runs while skiing downhill. Night skiing is available on the entire hill. Kettle Moraine is a large moraine in the state of Wisconsin stretching from Walworth County in the south to Kewaunee County in the north. ... A glaciation (a created composite term meaning Glacial Period, referring to the Period or Era of, as well as the process of High Glacial Activity), often called an ice age, is a geological phenomenon in which massive ice sheets form in the Arctic and Antarctic and advance toward the equator. ... The Matterhorn (Italian: Monte Cervino, French: Mont Cervin or Le Cervin) is perhaps the most familiar mountain in the European Alps. ...


Wilmot Mountain is located 60 miles North of Chicago and has been owned by the same family since it was founded. It still retains a non-corporate look and feel, from the vintage lifts to the huge open fireplace. Most days small aircraft from the nearby Westosha airport can be seen high above, circling the hill. Nickname: The Windy City, The Second City, Chi Town, The City of Big Shoulders, The 312, The City that Works Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in Chicagoland and Illinois Coordinates: Country United States State Illinois County Cook & DuPage Incorporated March 4, 1837  - Mayor...


Winter Sports - Skiing and Snow Boarding

Deep powder skiing Alpine skier carving a turn on piste Members of the U.S. Air Force skiing (and snowboarding) at Keystone Resorts 14th Annual SnoFest This article is about snow skiing. ...

Recreational

Wilmot Mountain Features two terrain parks (one beginner, one intermediate), 24 runs (6 black, 9 blue, 9 green), 8 chair lifts and a children’s area with tow ropes. The longest run, State Line, actually runs across the Illinois / Wisconsin border. A terrain park is an outdoor area that contains jumps and half-pipes that allow snowboarders and skiers to do tricks. ...


Wilmot's Ski School offers a free analysis of your skiing proficiency, identifies special problems and gives valuable tips to upgrade your skills. Snowboard lessons are also available. There is a Terrain Garden for the kids a program for Children ages 4 to 8.


It also has an award winning National Ski Patrol group.


Racing

Wilmot has an active race program and is the destination of many race clubs and groups. They also host NASTAR races weekly. Weekly race training is run in the evenings by thier on-site race program. Most weekends the Chicago Metro Ski Council (CMSC) holds races on two runs.


Snowmaking

Wilmot started making their own snow in 1952 using “Joe Tropiano” snow machines, basically a lawn watering device with heaters to prevent freezing. Today they use a combination of older and new, high-tech snow making equipment. Wilmot makes snow whenever the temperature drops low enough, even during hours of operation.


Summer Sports – BMX, Skating, Boarding

Wilmot terrain makes it a natural destination for bikers and boarders. It offers with slalom, MBX, BMX freestyle, cross-country, downhill, skate boarding and in-line skating. One chair lift available for return trips up the hill. A BMX Race. ...


History

Science Fiction Conventions

Wilmot Mountain was famous among Science Fiction fans for WilCon, a private invitation only Science Fiction convention hosted at the mountain by Jon and Joni Stopa over July 4th weekends. Guests still tell of the dozens of tents, acres of parties, special guests and unforgettable hospitality of their hosts.


Auto Racing

Many visitors wonder why the roads surrounding the parking lot and resort have such an unusual shape, including a hairpin curve. The answer is surprising – there used to be a race course on the grounds. From 1954 to 1967, the ski resort was home to Wilmot Hills Race Course. In the summer months the Ski Lodge served food and drinks to race fans. Aerial photos of the area clearly show the race track, even today! Part of the course is now covered by bulding additions.


Facilities

The resort has several cafeterias, a bar, pizza restaurant, ski shop, rentals and lockers. Nearby Wilmot and Antioch offer the typical selection of restaurants and accommodations.


Notable facts

- Wilmot’s Ski School was founded in 1939 by Helmut Teichner


- Gander Mountain was founded in Wilmot


- Exhibition Run was re-contoured in the mid 1980’s and a large boulder removed


- Lights installed for night skiing in 1955 (It was such a novelty that the Tonight Show featured it)


- Walter Stopa was responsible for several improvements to the original snow making machines


Location

Wilmot Mountain is located just 1/2 mile south of Wilmot WI on the east side of Fox River road and north of CK. It is 60 minutes northwest of O'Hare Airport. From I-94, take the exit for Route 50 west to County Road W south. W is not marked at the intersection - just look for the gas station. Go east on County Road C to Wilmot.


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