Winter Games

February 3, 2015 – February 5, 2015 all-day
Chestnut Mountain
8700 West Chestnut Mountain Road
Hanover, IL 61041
David Shindley

Weather Update

Winter Games competition for Thursday, Feb. 5, will run on an hour delay to start. Competition will begin at 10 a.m. View updated schedules for Thursday.

What is Winter Games?

Winter Games is one of 9 state sports competitions. It is the culminating competition for those participating in Alpine Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing. Winter Games is hosted at Chestnut Mountain in Galena, IL. Approximately 400 athletes will compete in this 3-day event and show off their winning form!


ComCrossCountrySkiingpetition is offered in Alpine Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing. Athletes cannot participate in more than one sport.

Sports competition runs from Tuesday, Feb. 3, to Thursday, Feb. 5. The public is invited and encouraged to attend any and all parts of Special Olympics Illinois Winter Games.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer registration is current closed. When registering to volunteer for our event you can register for multiple days by selecting your first day from below and then once you are signed into the system and have picked your slot you can select the next day from the calendar list available while logged into our CERVIS volunteer system.

Tentative Competition Times

All times listed below are tentative and subject to change once event specific schedules are determined. Times only reflect actual competition times and do not include time frames for coach meetings, weigh-in times, etc. For a final schedule please check the Supporting Documents section close to competition day.

Alpine Skiing

  • Tuesday, 1:30pm Assessments
  • Wednesday, 9am – 4pm
  • Thursday, 9am – 4pm


  • Tuesday, 1:30-4pm
  • Wednesday, 9:30am – 4pm
  • Thursday – 9:30am – Noon

Cross Country Skiing

  • Tuesday, noon-2pm
  • Wednesday, 8:30am – 4:45pm
  • Thursday 9am – 2pm

Young Athletes

Young Athletes from around the state will enjoy participating in snowshoeing, socializing and so much more during the 2014 Winter Games.

Young Athletes have the opportunity to participate in the 50-meter and 100-meter snowshoe exhibition on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 3 & 4! Participating in exhibition events is a great way to help Young Athletes transition to the traditional Special Olympics program! To take part in the transitional exhibitions Young Athletes must have a valid Medical Application. For more information, please email

Family Activities

Families are an integral part of Special Olympics Illinois and of Winter Games. Parents and family members attending Winter Games should stop by the Family Registration area at Chestnut Mountain to pick up their registration packet.

WG-OpeningCeremoniesFamilies are invited to take part in the Opening Ceremonies on Tuesday evening in downtown Galena.  At 5:30 p.m., the Parade of Athletes will walk through downtown Galena and end up at the Post Office for the official Ceremonies ending at 6 p.m. Dress appropriately for the weather – it is all outdoors.

Family members attending Winter Games will also be invited to the Eagle Ridge Reception from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa. Space is limited so pre-registration is required for attendance at this event. The dress is business casual. Light appetizers will be served and guests will enjoy presentations, socializing with other families, sponsors, volunteers, Board members and staff.

Family members are also invited to the Victory Dance at Chestnut Mountain or the Ramada from 7:30 – 9 p.m. Wednesday. The dance is typically a highlight for many of the athletes as they get to dance away the night!

Opening Ceremonies

WG-TorchRunOpening Ceremonies and the Parade of Athletes will be in downtown Galena beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Line-up will begin at 5:15 p.m. on Green Street near the historic Post Office building. Agencies will line up behind their Area flag. The parade will progress through the downtown area and back to the Post Office area where Opening Ceremonies will be held. Finally, to top off the Ceremonies, Law Enforcement Torch Run officers will hand off the torch to athletes who will carry it along its path and light the cauldron holding the Flame of Hope to kick off the Games! Dress appropriately for the weather – it is all outdoors.

Dinner Downtown

WG-DinnerAthletes and coaches will eat dinner at a variety of restaurants downtown following the Opening Ceremonies on Tuesday evening.

Winter Games Reception

The Winter Games Reception will be at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. Space is limited so pre-registration is required for attendance at this event. The dress is business casual. Light appetizers will be served and guests will enjoy presentations, socializing with other families, sponsors, volunteers, Board members and staff.

Victory Dance

The Victory Dance will be from 7:30 – 9 p.m. Wednesday at Chestnut Mountain and the Ramada. The dance gives the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois a chance to celebrate their accomplishments and to socialize with others from around the state. Old friends will catch up and new friends will be made. The smiles and joy of the athletes are a testament to how Special Olympics Illinois helps transform lives.


Located at Chestnut Mountain, you can purchase all your Special Olympics Illinois swag here. Items are available at various prices.  We accept cash, checks, and all major credit cards.

  • Tuesday - 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Wednesday – 9 a.m. through the Victory Dance
  • Thursday – 9 a.m. – noon


In case of inclement weather, schedule changes or cancellations check the website here for updates. You can also call 309-888-2000 Ext. 245

View the Visit Galena site for information on lodging and activities in Galena.

Supporting Documents


2015 Winter Games Event Handbook

2015 Winter Games Coaches Memo

Galena Lodging Information

2015 Winter Games Families Mailing

2015 Ramada Memo

Map to Ramada Galena

2015 Winter Games updated agency list 1-22-15

2015 Winter Games Menu

2015 Winter Games Fact Sheet

2015 Winter Games List of Athletes Expected to Compete (for Media)