If you wanted to ski at Snowstar Winter Park in Andalusia, you will have to wait until they receive the proper permit.

According to WQAD and the Quad City Times, the outdoor winter park has been temporarily shut down after not getting an up to date operating permit.

Snowstar's Facebook page, they say they hope to be back open by this Friday.

They also recently released this press release to easy customer's feelings about why they are briefly shut down.

Illinois Department of Labor's Chief Ride Inspector Thomas Coe confirmed that Snowstar has been without a permit since the beginning of the year. This means the ski lifts there haven't been inspected properly prompting Snowstar to close until an updated permit has been issued.

Snowstar has to have a third party inspection done at the park in order to get their permit back. After the third party has completed their inspections, then the state will come and do another inspection.

This is the history of the winter park according to Snowstar's website.

Snowstar was the vision of entrepreneur Allen Rexroth in 1980 after his son Thomas Rexroth became an avid skier. They started with one quad chairlift and four runs. Snowstar became a reality in 1981.


Most of the growth and expansion came under the capable leadership of Ed Meyer. They now have two restaurants, Rex's Lounge, extensive snow making, 15 runs, four chairlifts, a beginner hill with magic carpet, one rope tow, a large well-managed terrain park and a tubing hill.


In 2018, Snowstar started year round activities. They now a venue for weddings, receptions, corporate meetings, birthday parties and more.

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