Snowstar-Facebook-4 Snowstar has one of largest tubing parks in state.

Snowstar Winter Sports Park, located within 10 minutes of the Quad Cities, has been purchased by Jennifer and Doug Harper from nearby Illinois City. They managed the ski area last season and bought it this past summer. Without their assistance, the resort would not have opened last year, according to the assistant manager at the time of the sale Valerie O'Rouke in a press statement.

They added disc golf, a zipline, and paintball activities this past summer, and continued sprucing up the ski area for the upcoming winter season.

The ski area serves a nearby population of over 400,000. It's a popular winter sports stop for many in the area. The Quad Cities is made up of cities in both Illinois and Iowa along the Mississippi River. Winter sports enthusiasts may just want to hone their skills at night or take a snow day without having to drive for an hour or more. It's taught thousands of Quad Cities the sport of skiing and snowboarding in the last four decades. The ski area has routinely been able to provide reliable snow for a 75-day winter season. There are only four ski areas south of it in the Midwest.

Snowstar is open seven days and nights per week during the season. It offers six lifts, 15 trails, with the longest being around three-quarters-mile. A massive terrain park offers numerous features that are constantly being reshaped and relocated throughout the season. Snowstar's 11-lane tubing park is one of the largest in the Prarie State. The large 6,000-square-foot lodge offers a cafeteria, a pub serving beer and fresh pizza, and two fireplaces to relax and recant the day on the slopes.

The longtime winter sports park, operating for over 40 years, near the Quad Cities, is on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River in Andalusia. The ski area is considered an asset to the community hosting fundraisers for the Andalusia Fire Department during the summer.

Snowstar Winter Sports Park (Facebook)