Re: Thunder Mountain in Chicago
Date: January 16, 2012 05:33PM
Thunder Mountain was built by my grandfather, Robert Carey, on the site of one of the family brickyards, which is now the Brickyard Shopping Center. It was still an operating brickyard at the time, in 1968 and 1969, with the skiing primarily going down into the hole created by the digging for clay over the years. There was a chalet there, for eating, drinking, equipment rentals, etc. It is a great trivia question to know that there was a real, legitimate ski area in the city of Chicago with multiple lifts, ski patrol, instructors, etc.! Win a bet at your local watering hole. The two years it was open were historically low for snowfall and this was before snowmaking equipment that so many ski areas rely on now. Who knows, it might have still been around today with present technology. Our family also owns and operates Hawthorne Race Track for more than 100 years and are all avid skiers. I personally was inspired by Thunder Mountain and was fortunate to get involved on the team that developed the Telluride Ski Resort and Mountain Village in Colorado.