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2024 Winter Games

At this time, Winter Games are proceeding as planned. Special Olympics Illinois will assess snowshoe course conditions on Monday, February 5 to determine if a schedule change is needed for Tuesday, February, 6.  Snowshoe course conditions will then be re-evaluated on Tuesday to determine if schedule changes are needed for Wednesday. Please do not contact Special Olympics Illinois regarding these schedule changes as the most recent updates will be available at www.soill.org as well as the Special Olympics Illinois social media channels. For instant text alerts regarding schedule changes, please sign up for the text alert system by texting “Winter” to 844-393-0980.

Snowshoe Race Update:  The 100M snowshoe race is being modified to a shorter distance (approximately 75M) due to ground conditions because of lack of snow.  This decision was made to ensure the safety of participating athletes.  We appreciate your understanding.

2/7/24 – Alpine Ski Update:

Due to current snow conditions on Blackhawk and possible inclement weather on Thursday, there will be an alpine schedule change.

All Alpine Level 3 & 4 slalom skiers will begin immediately once all skiers are present.

All Alpine Level 3 & 4 giant slalom skiers will begin competition at 1:30pm today.

There will be no competition for Level 3 & 4 on Thursday.

2/8/24 – Alpine Ski Update:

The remainder of Alpine Ski events scheduled for today have been canceled. The course conditions have necessitated this cancellation. As always, the safety of our athletes, coaches, volunteers, spectators, and staff is our main priority and the ski conditions make hosting the competition unsafe. This event will not be rescheduled.  Awards are being presented based on yesterday’s performance. 

If you have any questions, please contact Brianna Beers at bbeers@soill.org or 847-845-6481.

What is Winter Games?

Winter Games is one of 13 state sports competitions. It is the culminating competition for those participating in alpine skiing and snowshoeing. Winter Games is hosted at Chestnut Mountain Resort and Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa in Galena, Illinois. Typically, more than 450 athletes will compete in this three-day event to show off their winning form.

Competition Information

Competition is offered in Alpine skiing and snowshoeing. Athletes cannot participate in more than one sport.

Sports competition runs from Tuesday, February 6th to Thursday, February 8th.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend any and all parts of Special Olympics Illinois Winter Games.

Snowshoe competition will be held at Eagle Ridge Resort.  Please be aware there have been slight course adjustments and improvements. (See the 2024 Winter Games Snowshoe Map). Alpine competition will be held at Chestnut Mountain Resort.  Final sports schedules will be posted on website by Friday, January 26, 2024.  Competition will be held all 3 days.

Alpine Equipment

Athletes can pick up lift tickets and rental equipment at the ski school the morning of Tuesday, February 6th.  If you have requested alpine equipment, the ski school will have it pulled and marked for you Tuesday morning.

Coaches, families and volunteers will be responsible for their own rental, however SOILL will pay for your lift ticket which will be available at the volunteer table on the lower level of Chestnut.

Alpine Assessment

All Alpine athletes must attend the Alpine Assessments on Tuesday, February 6, 2024 at Chestnut Mountain Resort at 12:00PM. Athletes have been tentatively entered into the level they were in at the 2023 State Games or at their 2024 Region Qualifier.  New athletes will be entered into Level 1.  Athletes will report to assigned hill for assessments.  Final levels will be determined after the alpine assessment.

Alpine Meeting 

Special Olympics Illinois is hosting an informational meeting regarding the future of Alpine Skiing.  Alpine coaches, family members and athletes are invited and encouraged to attend the meeting.  Meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 7th at Chestnut Mountain at 3:30pm (or at the end all alpine competition) in the Mississippi Vista Room near the awards area.  Refreshments will be served.

Alpine Competition Changes

Tuesday Alpine Assessments will begin at 12pm (1 hour earlier than in years past).  Additionally, Level 3 and Level 4 time trials will begin on Tuesday after assessments!!!

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: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Snowshoeing

  • Tuesday: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Disqualifications 

All necessary information will be displayed in Tournament Central or posted on our website at www.soill.org.  Each evening a DQ / No Show list will be sent to all SOAD’s to indicate who was disqualified from an event and why. 

Event Details

Registration  

Registration will be on Tuesday, February 6, 2024 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am.  Agencies must register at their assigned Hotel to pick up agency packets.  Please ensure you arrive early enough to have lunch and be ready for competition.   

Agencies with any Class A issues will receive hotel keys and notifications at assigned hotel, but they must report to tournament central at Chestnut or Eagle Ridge to resolve issues prior to receiving any competition paperwork or wristbands.  Once issues have been resolved, the competition packet will be given to agency. 

Please contact your Region Office if you have questions regarding the Class A status of any of your coaches. 

No Bussing 

Special Olympics will not offer transportation at Winter Games.  Agencies will need to provide their own transportation to get to competition, meals, opening ceremony and hotels.  

Athletes will be housed at Eagle Ridge Resort, the Ramada and Stoney Creek Inn.  To see which hotel your agency has been assigned to, please see 2024 Winter Games Housing At-A-Glance located on the website.

Overnight accommodations will only be offered on Monday night to agencies from Region K & J.  All other agencies will be responsible for arranging and paying for Monday night housing if they choose to stay.

Final housing assignments will be sent to Head Coaches by January 29th.

Breakfast

Breakfast will be served to agencies at their assigned hotel.  Menu will vary based on hotel assignment.

Lunch 

The first meal offered to agencies will be lunch on Tuesday, February 6th.  Agencies will pick up their lunch at the sport venue location. 

Boxed lunches for all athletes and coaches will be available for pick up at dining room at Chestnut or the Ballroom of Eagle Ridge. 

Wednesday Dinner 

For agencies assigned to Eagle Ridge, the Ramada and Stoney Creek, Wednesday dinner will be served in the Eagle Ridge Ballroom or the Eagle Ridge Galena Room.  Please refer to the assignment sheet in your agency packet upon arrival.

Volunteer Information

Click here for more information about volunteer opportunities at the 2024 Winter Games!

Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony and the Parade of Athletes will be in downtown Galena beginning at 5:30 PM on Tuesday. Line up will begin at 5:15 PM on Green Street near the historic Post Office building. Agencies will line up behind their region’s 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, Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run officers will hand off the torch to athletes who will then carry it along its path and light the Flame of Hope cauldron to kick off the Games! Please dress appropriately for the weather – it is all outdoors.

Dinner Downtown

All Agencies will be assigned to a specific location for Tuesday night dinner after the Opening Ceremony.  Please refer to the assignment sheet in your agency packet upon arrival.    

Winter Games Reception

The Winter Games Reception will be at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa from 7:30 – 9:00 PM on Tuesday, February 6th. The dress is business casual. Light appetizers will be served and guests will enjoy presentations as well as socializing with other families, sponsors, volunteers, Board members, and staff.

Souvenirs

Souvenirs will be sold on-site only at Eagle Ridge. Those staying at Chestnut Mountain will need to pre-order their items and can pick them up in Tournament Central at Chestnut Mountain. Customized items at either venue are only available via preorders. The souvenir area at Eagle Ridge is located in the lower level lobby area and is open Tuesday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM and Wednesday 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM.  Cash and most major credit cards are accepted. Checks are not accepted. The cut-off for preorders is January 22. 

Please click here to view items and submit your order.

Souvenir items are offered by Minerva Promotions and a percentage of sales are given to Special Olympics Illinois.

Families

Families are an integral part of Special Olympics Illinois and of Winter Games. Parents and family members attending Winter Games should stop by the families registration area, located on the lower level of Chestnut Mountain Resort and Eagle Ridge Resort.

Families are invited to take part in the Opening Ceremony on Tuesday evening in downtown Galena. At 5:30 PM, the Parade of Athletes will walk through downtown Galena and end up at the Post Office for the official ceremony ending at 6:00 PM. Dress appropriately for the weather – it is all outdoors.

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

Victory Dance

A Dance will be offered after dinner on Wednesday, February 7, 2024 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm.  There will be 2 locations:  Eagle Ridge Ballroom and Eagle Ridge Galena Room.

Please note that no swimming will be offered in 2024.

Text Alerts and Event status Updates

In case of inclement weather, schedule changes or cancellations check the website here for updates or sign up for the text alert. This alert will send you any last minute changes in the Winter Games schedule. Please text “Winter” to 844-393-0980.

Awards

Chestnut Mountain: Awards will be downstairs in the Mississippi Vista Room. Alpine awards will take place
immediately after the completion of last event for each level each day.

Eagle Ridge: Awards will be located downstairs in the Galena Room. Snowshoe awards will take
place immediately after each final race.

Supporting Documents

2024 Winter Games Scratch List

2024 Winter Games Scratch List Wednesday February 7th

50 M Final Divisions

100 M Final Divisions

4×100 Relay Final Divisions

200 M Final Divisions

400 M Final Divisions

1600 M Final Divisions

Alpine Giant Slalom Levels 1 and 2 Final Results

Alpine Giant Slalom Levels 3 and 4 Final Results

Alpine Slalom Levels 1 and 2 Final Results

Alpine Slalom Levels 3 and 4 Final Results

Super G Levels 1 and 2 Final Results

Super G Levels 3 and 4 Final Results

2024 Winter Games Coach Proof

Please review your list to ensure everyone is listed and they are in the correct events.  If changes are needed, then please contact Brianna Beers at bbeers@soill.org or 847-845-6481.  Changes must be made by Thursday, January 18, 2024 at 12:00pm).  In most cases, changes will not be made after this deadline and no changes will be made at the tournament.  Please proof your list!!

2024 Winter Games Handbook

2024 Winter Games Snowshoe Map

2024 Winter Games Updated Snowshoe Schedule 2/7/2024

2024 Alpine Schedule

2024 Housing at a Glance

2024 Housing Assignments

2024 Meal Assignments

2024 Menu

Winter Games 2024 Souvenir Flyer

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

To see a complete list of all State Championship competitions, click here.

To find out more information about the Knights of Columbus, who support Special Olympics Illinois throughout the year, click here.

Final Results

50 M Results

100 M Final Results

200 M Results

400 M Final Results

800 M Final Results

1600 M Results

4×100 Relay Results

Who We Are

Special Olympics is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, every day around the world. Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports for more than 21,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and 9,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to realize their full potential in sports and in life. Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support.

Sponsors

Date

Feb 06 - 08 2024
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Time

All Day

Cost

Free

Location

Chestnut Mountain Resort
8700 W Chestnut Mountain Rd, Galena, IL

Location 2

Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa
444 EAGLE RIDGE DRIVE, GALENA, IL 61036
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