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Nordic Center at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa Welcomes Fever River Outfitters

New Management Offers New Equipment, Activities and Fun


GALENA, Ill. (Jan. 3, 2014) – Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa (www.eagleridge.com) in Galena, Ill., today announced that Fever River Outfitters, the premiere sports outfitter and outdoor adventure company in Northwest Illinois, is now managing the resort’s Nordic Center. The Nordic Center is open now and is home base for winter activities ranging from cross-country skiing to skating and sledding.

“We’re excited to start this partnership with Fever River,” said Thomas Ruhs, general manager at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa. “They bring a level of expertise to our Nordic Center that our guests will love. We now have more activities and newer and more modern equipment than we’ve ever had.”

Just two-and-a-half hours away from Chicago, the Nordic Center at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa is located on the grounds of the resort. Formerly only open to guests, this year, for the first time, the Nordic Center is available to non-guests as well for a small access fee. The Nordic Center includes a retail shop with a wide variety of outdoor equipment and apparel, and opens to more than seven miles of cross-country ski trails, snowshoe trails, a sledding hill, and a picturesque, one-acre outdoor skating pond.

“The Nordic Center at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa is a wonderful place to bring the family for winter fun,” said Debra Malone, owner, Fever Ridge Outfitters. “Guests can rent or buy any kind of outdoor equipment, from cross-country skis to a warm pair of gloves, and be off in the snow having fun in no time.”

In addition to individual rentals and activities, the Fever River experts at the Nordic Center also offer private lessons and group activities, such as cross-country skiing classes on Saturday mornings, Friday-night sunset snowshoeing, and friendly games of broomball on the skating pond. Many guests also take advantage of Eagle Ridge’s proximity to Chestnut Hill, one of the best downhill skiing locations in Illinois, then return to the Nordic Center to relax by the fire or to participate in other winter activities.

The Nordic Center is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with extended hours for special activities. For more information, guests can visitwww.eagleridge.com, or call the activities desk at (815) 776-5033.

About Fever River Outfitters

Fever River Outfitters is an outdoor adventure outfitter based in Galena, Ill., leading outdoor adventure trips year-round in Northwestern Illinois for more than 11 years. With its primary location in downtown Galena, Fever River Outfitters also runs and manages the retail store and activities at the Nordic Center at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa.


About Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa is located 150 miles west of Chicago in the heart of The Galena Territory, a 6,800 acre recreational, residential and resort community nestled amid the rolling hills of northwestern Galena, Ill. The resort’s grounds include 63 holes on four award-winning golf courses, and accommodations that range from quaint Inn rooms to more than 250 villas and distinctive homes. Eagle Ridge has 15,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting space and beautiful conference homes, which regularly accommodate corporate groups, banquets and weddings. Other features include award-winning restaurants, the tranquil Stonedrift Spa, and an incredible selection of outdoor activities including miles of biking, hiking and horseback riding trails, as well as tennis, hot air balloon rides, boating and fishing on the picturesque 225-acre Lake Galena. For reservations or additional information, call (800) 892-2269 or visit www.eagleridge.com.


About The Bricton Group

The Bricton Group, based in Mount Prospect, Ill., is one of the leading hotel management groups in the Midwest, operating and managing more than 16 successful properties.  The Bricton Group’s undivided attention to success and service in the hospitality industry includes services such as on-site management and operation, hotel business analyses, site evaluations, market demand studies and funding and lending assistance. For more information visit bricton.com.


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Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa

444 Eagle Ridge Drive

Galena, Ill 61036

Toll Free: 800.892.2269 Local: 815.777.5000 Fax: 815.777.4502



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