Mad River Mountain

As Ohio’s largest ski area, this Zanesfield, Ohio, destination spans 144 acres of skiable terrain, including 20 trails, a tubing park, 11 lifts and 300 feet of vertical drop.

Skiing may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Ohio, but the Buckeye State boasts some great opportunities to hit the slopes. One of these is Mad River Mountain, located only 10 minutes away from Bellefontaine and 45 minutes from Columbus in Logan County.

As Ohio’s largest ski area, Mad River Mountain spans 144 acres of skiable terrain, including 20 trails, a tubing park, 11 lifts and 300 feet of vertical drop. With that wide range of trails, a ski school and an adaptive program for people with disabilities, Mad River Mountain has something for customers of all ages and skill levels. 

Beginners can rent equipment on-site, then take ski or snowboard lessons and practice on the learning hills. Those who are more confident in their abilities will find trails of varying terrain and difficulty at the top of the mountain. Take the Fourstar Express Lift to reach intermediate trails like Sidewinder and Regulator, and difficult ones such as Sugarbush. For those who aren’t interested in skiing or snowboarding but still want to experience the rush of a downhill run, the resort also features an 18-lane tubing park.

With 128 snow guns, Mad River Mountain is never subject to the whims of central Ohio’s natural snowfall. The resort’s snowmaking system — the largest of its kind in the state — promises consistent snow coverage for skiers throughout the season.

When it’s time for a break, warm up with one of two dining options: the Lodge Cafeteria or the Loft Bar and Grill. Although Mad River Mountain isn’t partnered with any local hotels, resort staffers recommend staying in a nearby town such as Bellefontaine or Marysville. Keep an eye on Mad River Mountain’s website for details about opening and closing dates each season. 1000 Snow Valley Rd., Zanesfield, Ohio 43360, 937/599-1015, skimadriver.com

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