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Old/New resort to open in OHIO!

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Closed since 2006, Clear Fork Ski Area is scheduled to reopen this season under new ownership. First opened in 1962, the ski area recently unveiled their plans and improvements during a recent open house.

A new website has been created and is currently selling season passes.  The area currently offers 11 runs, three chairlifts and a surface tow.  Plans call for adding three additional runs and a tubing park for the upcoming season.  A season pass for adults is $250 and for 17 years old and younger $150.

Four partners who grew up skiing at Clear Fork - brothers Ben and Luke Flynn, Brian Johnson and Rick Weemhoff - have formed a land development company and plan on investing $55 million to redevelop the site into a year round recreation area with lodging over the next five years. 

Bill Edmonds, who is handling condominium sales for the partners, confirmed that they are on schedule to reopen the 191-acre property this season.

"They just had their open house and a good crowd was on hand to see what they are doing.  It's exciting to see what's going on, and they are getting all the permits and inspections in place to open this season,".

The vacation lodging will include condominiums starting at less than $60,000, cabins, chalets, and plans call for adding a new lodge and a conference center, he added.

Events are scheduled for October.  Follow the link below.

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A ski area revival is worth some notice -- especially when the opposite has been the rule: http://www.nelsap.org/

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Way to go Clear Fork Resort! May your bullwheels turn for many years to come. 

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Given that I may have the misfortune of living in OH next winter, I welcome this. 

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I spent many a ski day/night there as a  high school and collage student.  It is good to see that they are back open again.

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Did anybody visit this place last year? How was it? I ended up moving to Columbus and will be in the area this winter.

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I went here this winter with my wife after we picked up some $20 groupon tickets. It was a day where 4 inches of snow fell on top of 9 inches a few days earlier. It was the Holidays and they only had 1 chair open. I asked why they were not opening the other chairs and I was told they didn't have enough business to open any other chairs up and had no intention of doing so all year. I did hike to the top of the L3 lift a few time and got some nice pow runs in. They were short. Real Short. They claim like 300 ft of vertical, but the lift they had open could not have been more than 200 feet of vertical. I do hope they manage to stay open since this is a decent place to introduce people to the sport for a reasonable price.  

 

Overall, this place isn't worth it coming from Columbus unless you have children or were with a never-ever skier. Snow Trails is much better, but the "best" skiing within 2 hours of Columbus is Perfect North a little under 2 hours from Columbus. I was pretty impressed by the terrain at Perfect North for midwest standards. I plan to get a once-a-week pass there over Snow Trails next year even though it is 50 minutes further away.     

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