Due to the Winter Weather Advisory in effect through early Wednesday morning, we have been forced to cancel Tuesday’s competition as well as the Opening Ceremony. As always the safety of our athletes, coaches, families and volunteers is our highest priority. This weather system has the potential to make travel hazardous with heavy snow, sleet and winds.
Competition will resume at noon on Wednesday and continue on Thursday, but it will be up to each agency to make the best decision for them in regards to traveling and attending the competition.
Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday for those agencies that travel on Wednesday. If your agency arrives on Tuesday, you can register your athletes when you arrive at your housing site. Meals will be provided to registered athletes and coaches where they are staying. The Tuesday night reception at Eagle Ridge will move forward as planned.
View the revised schedule for the Winter Games. Please continue to check back here for additional updates/changes.
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!
Competition is offered in Alpine Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing. Athletes cannot participate in more than one sport.
Sports competition runs from Tuesday, Feb. 2, to Thursday, Feb. 4. The public is invited and encouraged to attend any and all parts of Special Olympics Illinois Winter Games.
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.
- 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 from around the state will enjoy participating in snowshoeing, socializing and so much more during the 2016 Winter Games.
Young Athletes have the opportunity to participate in the 50-meter and 100-meter snowshoe exhibition on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 2 & 3! 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Families are invited to take part in the Opening Ceremony 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 Ceremony 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 Ceremony 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 Ceremony will be held. Finally, to top off the Ceremony, 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.
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.
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.
The Cubby Hole will be onsite at Chestnut Mountain selling tournament specific items and for an additional fee can personalize some items with names, events, year and state qualifier information. A percentage of The Cubby Hole sales will be given to Special Olympics Illinois. The Cubby Hole accepts cash, checks and all major credit cards except for American Express.
- Tuesday – 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
- Wednesday – 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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.
- 2016 Revised Weather Schedule
- 2016 Winter Games Lodging Information
- 2016 Winter Games Families Letter
- 2016 Winter Games Tentative Schedule
- 2016 Winter Games Event Handbook
- 2016 Winter Games agency list for coach proof
- 2016 Winter Games Coaches Handbook Memo
- 2016 Winter Games List of Athletes Expected to Compete
- 2016 Winter Games Fact Sheet
- 2016 Winter Games Schedules
- 2016 Winter Games Agency report with divisions
- Map to Ramada Galena
- 2016 Winter Games Menu
- 2016 Winter Games Agency List with results