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Skiing Near Cleveland: Pricing, Amenities, New Features at 14 Resorts in Ohio and Surrounding States

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Visits from skiers surged during the pandemic as Americans headed outside for entertainment.

Now that the pandemic is waning and life is returning to normal, it’s unclear if the sport can keep its new followers.

Ski resorts will try for sure.

Ski parks near Cleveland are opening new chairlifts, restaurants, additional snowmaking equipment, and other attractions this year to keep people coming back.

The season got off to a solid start in late November, with several regional resorts reopening after prolonged spells of freezing temperatures and lake-effect snow. Holiday Valley in western New York and Seven Springs in southwestern Pennsylvania, as well as several resorts in Michigan and West Virginia, opened Thanksgiving weekend. Peek’n Peak in New York is scheduled to open on December 9th.

The three resorts in Northeast Ohio, meanwhile, have set a tentative opening date for December 17.

Read on for a comprehensive list of amenities, rates, and new attractions at 14 resorts within a half-day drive from Northeast Ohio.

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Ohio: Alpine Valley, Chesterland

Alpine Valley, in the heart of Ohio’s snow belt, is a popular park for beginners with seven runs and five lifts and lots of natural snow. Vail Resorts, which bought the park in 2019, is adding a drag lift at the top of the Upper Exhibition that will ease access to several slopes. Day tickets will be limited this year to avoid overcrowding. The park will be open daily this year after having limited hours last season. The tentative opening day is Saturday 17th December.

All day lift ticket on Saturday: $64-69 for adults, $54-59 for 5-12 year olds

Rent: $37

Distance from Cleveland: 20 miles

Snowmaking in the Alpine valley

Preparing for the season in Geauga County’s Alpine Valley.

Ohio: Boston Mills/Brandywine, Peninsula

Two new quad chairlifts – one in each park – will be ready on opening day, expected for Saturday 17 December. Vail Resorts has also resumed daily operations at Boston Mills and Brandywine, where a lift pass provides access to 18 and 16 run lifts across both parks in northern Summit County. In addition, the Polar Blast snow tubing park in Brandywine, which did not open last season, will open this year. Daily lift ticket sales will be limited to avoid overcrowding.

All day lift ticket on Saturday: $64-69 for adults, $54-59 for 5-12 year olds

Rent: $37

Distance from Cleveland: 20 miles

Cleveland ski guide

Glow tubing after dark at Snow Trails near Mansfield.

Ohio: Snow tracks, Mansfield

Snow Trails, the only ski park in Ohio not owned by Vail Resorts, offers 17 runs, eight lifts and three terrain parks south of Mansfield. Improvements this year include additions to snowmaking, grooming, lighting and parking. The resort added the new Valley Lodge last year to accommodate more visitors. To avoid overcrowding, day tickets for the lifts require online bookings, which often sell out. Reservation is also required for tubing.

All-day lift pass on Saturday: $59 for adults, $49 for children 6-12 years old

Rent: $44 adults, $34 children

Also here: Vertical Descent snow tubing park with glow tubing after dark

Distance from Cleveland: 75 miles

Ohio: Mad River Mountain, Zanesfield

Mad River, northwest of Columbus, is celebrating its 60th anniversary and is also owned by Vail Resorts. It’s nearly twice the size of its northeast Ohio cousins, with 20 slopes and trails and the recently renamed Bubly Tubing Park. Live music returns this season with the Dew After Dark series on select Saturdays at The Loft Bar. As with other Vail hotels, daily lift ticket sales are limited. The tentative opening day is Saturday 17th December.

All day lift ticket on Saturday: $64-69 for adults, $54-59 for 5-12 year olds

Rent: $37

Distance from Cleveland: 180 miles

Cleveland ski guide

Snow Tricks at Peek’n Peak Resort in Clymer, NY. Photo courtesy of Peek’n Peak

New York: Peek’n Peak, Clymer

Peek’n Peak, Cleveland’s closest night ski resort, offers 25 runs, nine lifts and three terrain parks along with ski-in/ski-out accommodation, restaurants, indoor and outdoor pools and a full-service spa. The resort has a redesigned rental area, ready for this season, for easier gear pickup. Also: The resort will be cashless this year. The opening date is Friday December 9th with a discounted opening weekend ticket price of $45.

All-day lift pass on Saturday: $74 for adults, $59 for children 6-11 years old

Rental price: $44 for adults, $35 for children

Also here: snow tubing, cross-country skiing

Distance from Cleveland: 120 miles

New York: Cockaigne, Cherry Creek

Cockaigne reopened two years ago after being closed since 2011 after a wildfire destroyed the park’s historic lodge. Located in western New York’s Chautauqua County, this resort boasts some of the region’s most natural snow conditions across its 10 runs and three lifts.

Lift ticket Saturday all day: $50, children 6-17 years $40

Rental: Adult $30, Child $25

Note: Life ticket and rental prices are for the 2021-22 season.

Also here: Snowmobile Adventure Park (bring your own sled)

Distance from Cleveland: 150 miles

New York: Holiday Valley, Ellicottville

Holiday Valley opened for the season on November 25 after being buried by lake-effect snow last month. New York’s most popular ski area offers something for everyone: snow tubing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, plus 60 downhill and cross-country trails, 13 lifts and five terrain parks. All of this in the heart of the charming town of Ellicottville, which offers some of the best après-ski east of the Rocky Mountains. Crews this year began work on a new six-person replacement for the workhorse Mardi Gras chairlift, which opens next season. Other off-season investments include new grooming and snowmaking equipment.

Lift ticket Saturday all day: $87-97 adult; $68-$75 ages 7-11

Rental price: $36-40 for adults, $30-34 for children

Also here: snow tubing, cross-country skiing, Sky Flyer Mountain Coaster

Distance from Cleveland: 180 miles

Cleveland ski guide

Holiday Valley is New York’s most popular ski area.

New York: HoliMont, Ellicottville

HoliMont, just 2 miles north of Holiday Valley in the quaint town of Ellicottville, is the largest private ski area in the country, offering 55 runs and trails over 135 acres. The resort is open to the public Monday through Friday only. Known for its well-groomed trails and uncrowded slopes. HoliMont is open weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., no night skiing.

Weekday lift ticket: $81 for adults, $64 for 6-11 year olds

Rent: $40 adults, $30 children

Distance from Cleveland: 180 miles

Pennsylvania: Seven Springs, champion

This popular Pennsylvania resort, about an hour south of Pittsburgh, is now part of the Vail chain of resorts, which also includes Boston Mills, Brandywine and Alpine Valley in Ohio. The park has 33 runs and 10 lifts and is known for its snow parks and superpipe, as well as its wide range of off-snow activities, including bowling and mini-golf. Like other Vail resorts, daily lift ticket sales are limited. Also note: Snowmobile and snowshoe tours previously offered through Seven Springs are now offered through Highlands Sporting Clays at the top of the mountain. Vail also acquired the nearby Hidden Valley Resort and Laurel Mountain.

All-Day Saturday Lift Ticket: $99-104 for adults, $78-83 for children 6-11 years old

Rent: $58

Distance from Cleveland: 200 miles

Seven Springs Mountain Resort

A couple of skiers ponder where to go next at Seven Springs Mountain Resort.

West Virginia: Canaan Valley, Davis

Canaan Valley, about five hours from Cleveland in eastern West Virginia, is part of the West Virginia State Park system. In addition to 47 runs and four lifts, the resort offers snow tubing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, a large outdoor ice rink, cabins, and a 160-room overnight cabin.

Saturday All Day Lift Ticket: $80, $60, ages 6-12

Rent: $60 adults, $50 children

Also here: snow tubing, ice skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing

Distance from Cleveland: 280 miles

Cleveland ski guide

Winter fun in the village on Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia.

West Virginia: Snowshoe mountain, snowshoe

Snowshoe, in the Allegheny Mountains of southern West Virginia, is a complete resort — with 56 ski runs and trails, 14 lifts, five terrain parks, and tons of après-ski activities in the village. This season, keep an eye out for new dining options as well as additional snowmaking capacity to open up more terrain faster. Unlike most ski villages, Snowshoe sits at the top of the mountain. The resort opened on November 23.

All day lift pass on Saturday: $127-159 for adults, $114-143 for 13-22 year olds, $108-135 for 5-12 year olds

Rental: Adult $50, Child $35

Also here: snowmobile tours, tubing, cross-country skiing, more

Distance from Cleveland: 330 miles

Michigan: Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville

Located about 30 miles south of Traverse City, Crystal Mountain has something for everyone – skiing and snowboarding, big tire bike rentals, horse-drawn carriage rides, a full-service spa. The resort added a new run this year, 59th, Ridge Glades, which runs through the trees. Also new: additional snowmaking system; a new restaurant in the snow, the yurt; and new rental equipment. The park opened at the end of November.

All-Day Saturday Lift Ticket: $89 for adults, $79 for children 7-17 years old

Rental price: $60 for adults, $50 for children 7-12 years old, $25 for children under 6 years old

Distance from Cleveland: 400 miles

Michigan: Boyne Mountain, Boyne Falls

Boyne Mountain in northern Michigan is a long way off, but might be worth the trip this winter. The resort will introduce the Midwest’s first high-speed, eight-person chairlift, dubbed the D8, which will replace two slower triple chairs and take skiers to the top of the mountain in a quick three minutes. Also new this year is SkyBridge Michigan, the world’s longest wooden tower suspension bridge, which spans 1,200 feet across Boyne Valley with a 36-foot glass-floor span in the middle. The bridge can be reached by chairlift and is open all year round. Finally, the resort opened Chalet Edelweiss, formerly Edelweiss Lodge, earlier this year following a major renovation of its 35 hillside rooms and suites. The resort has 60 slopes and cross-country ski runs, 12 lifts and five fun parks.

All day lift pass on Saturday: $96-101 for adults, $75-80 for children 6-17 years old

Rental price: $60 for adults, $45 for children

Also here: fat tire biking, cross-country skiing, winter ziplining

Distance from Cleveland: 410 miles

Cleveland ski guide

The new SkyBridge Michigan is open year round at Boyne Mountain Resort.

Continue reading:

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