Sure its June and nobody wants to think about winter, yet. I know it seems like we had six months of snow this past year and snow is the last thing on your mind as Rockford basks in temperatures in the 70's and 80's. The return of winter is inevitable and there is some exciting news on the way.

Snowboarding, tobogganing and tubing are coming to Alpine Hills this winter, a full year ahead of schedule.

Getty Images

The Rockford Register Star reports that nearly $961,000 in private donations have already come in to the Rockford Park District Foundation to help bring the winter activities to Alpine Hills Adventure Park & Golf Center. The foundation hopes to raise the additional $210,000 needed by fall.

Getty Images

Since the bulk of the funds needed for the project have come in, the district is able to begin the infrastructure work needed to operate the snow park this winter. The park will include rental boards and tubes, safety gear, groomers, terrain features for snowboarding, surface lifts and even a snowmaking system.

They’re projecting to open by late November or early December.

Read more here.