Northeast Ohio isn't Vermont or Colorado, but the Buckeye State does have a nice selection of accessible, friendly, and somewhat challenging ski areas. On the average, Northeast Ohio has a 93-day ski season. Learn more about where to ski in and around Cleveland.
Boston Mills/Brandywine - The 79-acre Boston Mills, with adjacent Brandywine Ski Resort, is located in the heart of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and easily accessible to Cleveland and the surrounding area. Boston Mills also features the steepest ski slope in Ohio. Boston Mills offers a large clubhouse with food service, restrooms, and a large wood-burning fireplace. New for the 2012/2013 season is the new 48,000-square-foot base lodge at Brandywine Ski Area. The facility has a huge equipment rental area, restrooms, lockers, a cafeteria and a bar, all with large picture windows overlooking the slopes.
Watch the Boston Mills/Brandywine Snow Cams
Boston Mills Ski Area
PO Box 175
Peninsula, OH 44264
Alpine Valley - Located due east of Cleveland in Chesterland, this ski area has 11 trails and 72 acres of skiable terrain. Alpine also boasts an extreme park for snowboarding. Facilities include a ski school, a lounge and clubhouse, and a ski shop. New for the 2012/2013 season are new beginner rails and boxes in the Xtreme Park.
Alpine Valley Ski Area
10620 Mayfield Rd.
Snowline: 440 729-9775
Clear Fork Ski Area - Located about 16 miles from Mansfield, in Butler Ohio, Clear Fork has 60 acres of skiable terrain, nine trails, and five lifts, with a vertical drop of 300 feet.
Clear Fork Ski Area
341 Resort Drive
Snow Line: 800 237-5673
Snow Trails Ski Area - Mansfield's Snow Trails Ski Area, located about 1 1/2 hours south of downtown Cleveland has 50 acres of skiable terrain, all of which is lighted. The ski area boasts 13 trails, 7 lifts, and a 300 foot vertical drop. Facilities include a snowsports learning center, a tubing park, children's programs seven days a week, a ski shop, and two restaurants.
View pictures of Snow Trails Ski Area on their Instagram feed.
Snow Trails Ski Area
3100 Possum Run Rd.
Ski Resorts a Little Farther from Home
If you're willing to drive a little bit away from Cleveland, you'll find a number of other quality ski areas. These include:
- Mad Mountain Ski Area, in Valley Hi, Ohio
- Canaan Valley Ski Resort, in Davis, WV
- Seven Springs Mountain Resort, in southwestern Pennsylvania
- Pine Knob Resort, in Clarkston, Michigan