If you're looking to experience the Norge Ski Club in Fox River Grove like a local, then you've come to the right place! This year-round training facility and competition venue for world-class athletes is home to a 150-feet ski jump that rises high above the Fox River. No matter the weather, the plastic covering on the hill creates a slick surface, even on 90-degree days. To help you make the most of your visit, we've put together a list of tips to make sure you have a great time at the Norge Ski Club:

  1. Learn how to pronounce "Norge." It's pronounced nor-GE (rhymes with "more tea").

  2. Dress appropriately for the weather and the terrain. Leave your 4-inch red stilettos and cute dresses at home and opt for hiking boots and long johns instead.

  3. Plan to tailgate. Bring a tent, chairs, and a grill, but remember to leave the food and drinks in the parking lot when you're done. No outside food and beverages are allowed beyond the tournament gates.

  4. Arrive early to grab the best tailgating spots. It's not fashionable to be late for this party!

  5. Bring a cowbell to ring when the skiers have a great jump. If you don't have one, you can buy one at the tournament.

  6. Wear your Viking helmet and animal skins for some great selfies and even better stories to tell your friends.

  7. Keep your Norge Ski Jump Tournament button. It's your ticket in, and in future years, wear the buttons like badges of honor, showing the number of years you've attended.

While the crowds party at the bottom of the hill, the ski jumpers at the top of the tower take their jumps seriously. These international Olympic hopefuls climb the tower in full ski gear and fly at speeds of up to 60 mph down the 70-meter hill. From the top of the tower, they can see Chicago.

If you want to learn how to ski jump like a pro, the Norge Ski Club offers lessons for all ages and levels. And if you're looking for more than just skiing, banquet facilities and jumping demonstrations are also available. Come experience the Norge Ski Club for yourself and create memories that will last a lifetime!