Skiing in Ohio – It’s all Downhill from Here
I remember the first time I hit the slopes. My brother took me to Alpine Valley in Chesterland, 30 minutes east of Cleveland, when I was barely old enough to ride a bike. It was there he taught me the basics of skiing (because the basics were all he knew). After getting my simple instructions and after a few tumbles along the way, I thought I was ready for the Winter Olympics.
While Alpine has gone through some renovations and expansions to their hills since my time there as a kid, it is still a nice place to learn how to ski because they have a great beginner slope as well as some tougher terrains for the more advanced skier. Alpine also has Thunder Valley Xtreme Park for snowboarders or you can ditch the skis or board and head to the snow tube park.
You don’t even have to leave the lodge to have a good time. You can warm up at the Final Run Lounge and enjoy refreshments.
When I got older, I tried skiing again, this time at Mad River
Mountain in Zanesfield, an hour northwest of Columbus. It was there where I realized that the basic things I had learned years before had disappeared from my mind. I was like a newborn fawn just getting used to my legs. I fell one time when I was just standing.
After some time there, I was able to regain my “ski-legs”. I slowly graduated from the beginner slopes, like Deer Run and Fanny Hill, and moved on to some more moderate trails like the Eagle Nest and the Regulator. The more advanced skier, however, may find the appropriately named Sidewinder Glades or the Mogul Fields more challenging.
As I anticipate this winter season and my skiing comeback, I was excited to learn about several Ohio ski clubs. I received great insight from Inner City Ski Club, the oldest African-American ski club in Ohio. They have travelled all around the world and faced challenging terrains, but said that there are some great places to ski right here in Ohio, as well.
On January 26, the Inner City Ski Club, which is focused on introducing the African-American community to skiing and snowboarding, will host the 39th annual “Bob White” Learn to Ski Venture at Alpine Valley. Anyone who would like to learn to ski or just refresh his or her skills, like me, is welcome.
Where are your favorite Ohio ski destinations?