Ski Wilmot

A skier prepares to go down the mountain at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Wilmot, Wis. The Colorado-based company Vail Resorts recently purchased Wilmot. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

A skier prepares to go down the mountain at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Wilmot, Wis. The Colorado-based company Vail Resorts recently purchased Wilmot. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Skiers ride the lift as blowers create snow at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Wilmot, Wis. The Colorado-based company Vail Resorts recently purchased Wilmot. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Skiers ride the lift as blowers create snow at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Wilmot, Wis. The Colorado-based company Vail Resorts recently purchased Wilmot. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Blowers create new snow at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Wilmot, Wis. The Colorado-based company Vail Resorts recently purchased Wilmot. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Blowers create new snow at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Wilmot, Wis. The Colorado-based company Vail Resorts recently purchased Wilmot. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

A snowboarder takes off down the mountain at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Wilmot, Wis. The Colorado-based company Vail Resorts recently purchased Wilmot. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A snowboarder takes off down the mountain at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Wilmot, Wis. The Colorado-based company Vail Resorts recently purchased Wilmot. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Skiers ride the lift up at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Wilmot, Wis. The Colorado-based company Vail Resorts recently purchased Wilmot. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Skiers ride the lift up at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Wilmot, Wis. The Colorado-based company Vail Resorts recently purchased Wilmot. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

A sign warns that Walter's Folly is a "more difficult" run at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Wilmot, Wis. The Colorado-based company Vail Resorts recently purchased Wilmot. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A sign warns that Walter's Folly is a "more difficult" run at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Wilmot, Wis. The Colorado-based company Vail Resorts recently purchased Wilmot. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Skiers ride the lift up at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Wilmot, Wis. The Colorado-based company Vail Resorts recently purchased Wilmot. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Skiers ride the lift up at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Wilmot, Wis. The Colorado-based company Vail Resorts recently purchased Wilmot. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

A skier goes off a rail at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Wilmot, Wis. The Colorado-based company Vail Resorts recently purchased Wilmot. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A skier goes off a rail at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Wilmot, Wis. The Colorado-based company Vail Resorts recently purchased Wilmot. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Instructor John Harding, right, talks to Monika Przysiez, of Chicago, as she takes a snowboard lesson at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Wilmot, Wis. The Colorado-based company Vail Resorts recently purchased Wilmot. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Instructor John Harding, right, talks to Monika Przysiez, of Chicago, as she takes a snowboard lesson at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Wilmot, Wis. The Colorado-based company Vail Resorts recently purchased Wilmot. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Skiers can be seen coming down the mountain from the dining area at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Wilmot, Wis. The Colorado-based company Vail Resorts recently purchased Wilmot. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Skiers can be seen coming down the mountain from the dining area at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Wilmot, Wis. The Colorado-based company Vail Resorts recently purchased Wilmot. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Sharise Campbell, left, and Nemanja Uzelac, both of Chicago, look at a phone at they sit by the fire at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Wilmot, Wis. The Colorado-based company Vail Resorts recently purchased Wilmot. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Sharise Campbell, left, and Nemanja Uzelac, both of Chicago, look at a phone at they sit by the fire at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Wilmot, Wis. The Colorado-based company Vail Resorts recently purchased Wilmot. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Jon Maahs of McHenry heads down the Upper Cat Trail at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Wilmot, Wis. The Colorado-based company Vail Resorts recently purchased Wilmot. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Jon Maahs of McHenry heads down the Upper Cat Trail at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Wilmot, Wis. The Colorado-based company Vail Resorts recently purchased Wilmot. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Colorado-based company Vail Resorts recently purchased the tiny Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort just over the Illinois border in Wisconsin, and plans to make renovations to the lifts, terrain park and lodge, as well as improve snow-making conditions. Wilmot Mountain was created by Walter Stopa, who had a million cubic yards of dirt trucked into the Wisconsin cow pasture to create the slope 80 years ago. It's a popular place for Chicagoans who ski and snowboard - one of the only options in the Chicago area.