WMR sent a comment that he used to ski at Royal Valley which later became Ski World in Buchanan in the late 70’s and early 80’s. He sent a link to a Chicago Tribune snow report listing the Ski World area and its address. The address puts it on the only hill near town, just west of the river, uphill from the trailer park. The lodge was apparently at the top. The satellite view doesn’t show anything like the remains of slopes. I haven’t found any further mentions on the web.
Karen Vocke sent a link to a couple pictures of Ski World she found on Panoramia, They were posted by Shylos10 and show a skier doing a tip stand on a narrow trail through the woods. One of the pix seems to show a double chairlift running overhead and a Poma or T-Bar running up another hill in a different directions Check it out here.
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