Ohio Ski Destinations: 4 Places to Hit the Slopes
The first time my husband and I went on an Ohio skiing adventure together, we were blissfully clueless. Neither of us had owned snowpants in a decade or so; I did a number of Google searches on “tips for first-time skiing” and prayed we would make it back home with no broken bones.
Not only did we both make it back in one piece, we had an amazing bonding experience learning how to do something new together (as kids half our size zoomed past us), thanks to a patient instructor and plenty of laughs along the way.
Whether you exclusively hang out at the double black diamonds or prefer the bunny hills — or even if tubing is more your scene — the Buckeye State has a selection of ski and snowboard destinations to help you stay fit and have fun this season.
1. Mad River Mountain. Just over a year after its lodge was lost in a fire, Mad River Mountain rebounds in a big way with a $6.5 million facility that offers much more than a place to warm your toes — including a bar and pizzeria with live entertainment and 180-degree views of the slopes. If you’re a newbie, sign up for group or private lessons; non-skiiers can spend the day enjoying the 10-lane Avalanche Tubing Park, the largest in the state. (Photo credit: Mad River Mountain)
2. Snow Trails. Thanks to cold temps and a top-of-the-line snowmaking system, this Mansfield-area resort is ready for action. Take on one of 17 trails or opt for tubing at the Vertical Descent Tubing Park.
3. Boston Mills/Brandywine. These partner resorts in northeast Ohio offer 18 trails for an array of ability levels, plus snow tubing. With programming exclusively for kids, women and competitive skiers, BMBW caters to participants in every demographic. (Photo credit: Boston Mills/Brandywine)
4. Alpine Valley. Located east of Cleveland, Alpine Valley’s 11 trails offer an even mix of beginner, intermediate and advanced runs as well as tubing. Sign up for group, private or semi-private lessons or enlist kids in a Kids Ski Academy program to make it a family affair. (Photo credit: Alpine Valley)