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Our "Beloved" Mad River Lodge has burnt down!

post #1 of 16
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Zanesfield Ohio-Just outside of Columbus.The lodge at Mad River Mountain considered to be the heart and soul of the ski resort burned Wednesday evening in a fire that destroyed the structure. The fire was fueled by oxygen canisters that are stored for rescue operations. There are 240 instructors employed there. 

Mad River Mountain is a ski and snowboard resort in Valley HiOhioUnited States. The elevation of Mad River Mountain is 1,460 feet (450 m) with a vertical drop of 300 ft (91 m), and it has a ski season that runs from December 1 through March 16.[1] The resort, which opened in 1962, as Valley Hi Ski Area,[2] is owned and operated by Peak Resorts.

There are 23 trails of various skill levels, a tubing park, three terrain parks, and two beginner areas. Of the resorts 12 total lifts, there are 6 surface lifts, 6 chair lifts, and 1 fixed quad lift.[3] Since the annual natural snowfall averages only 36 inches (91 cm), Mad River Mountain has the largest snow making system in Ohio, with 130 snow cannons that cover 100% of the trails.[1]

Management reports the resort will open this season for business. 

No its not the big Mad River but it is ours and many of us grew up skiing there. Not huge vertical but huge on quality lessons, family fun, a place to ski and race.

 

 

post #2 of 16

Sorry to hear that, it's nice that management said that they will still open. I'd hate to loose a season at our local resort. 

 

That's quite an inferno in the pic there. Yikes, glad no one was hurt

post #3 of 16

I was horrified when I saw the pictures on facebook last night.  It must have been one hell of a blaze.  The article from the Columbus Dispatch said 15 fire departments were called in.  I do hate the technical inaccuracy of new reporting though.  The fire would not have been fueled by the oxygen stored on site but rather the fire would have been enhanced/intensified.

 

As a side note I just heard this morning that one of the long time employees at PNS left to take the GM position at Mad River 2 months ago.

post #4 of 16
Wow that's some fire.
Do we how many oxygen cannisters were stored there for "rescue operations"?
post #5 of 16
hopefully they can salvage the season.
Edited by ohioskier - 9/17/15 at 11:57am
post #6 of 16

Best of luck to all. Where there's a will, some insurance money, and creativity, there's a way. Temporary structures can be brought in quickly, I assume, and they've come a long way. I'm part of a group that was displaced by a fire, for close to a year, and it was pretty amazing how our community came together, got stronger, and made the very best of it. You'll have the memories of the old building, and most likely in the end one that's even nicer and more functional. In the meantime, try to make the most of it, and enjoy every run on the hill!

 

As I said, good luck to you all. Glad that there were no injuries. Scary stuff. 

post #7 of 16
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The new GM has responded that it will be rebuilt and be better then ever!

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From what I've read and heard the ticketing office and rental shop were not effected by the fire.  I've never made the trip to Mad River but I will make it a point to get up there this season to show some support.

 


http://www.examiner.org/news/55011-ski-lodge-catches-fire

post #9 of 16
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That's correct
post #10 of 16

When I lived in Indiana and we had the yen we would make a trip to MR. Back then it was one of the better options available.

 

Best of luck.

post #11 of 16
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From what I've read and heard the ticketing office and rental shop were not effected by the fire.  I've never made the trip to Mad River but I will make it a point to get up there this season to show some support.

 


http://www.examiner.org/news/55011-ski-lodge-catches-fire

 

The entire rental fleet has been hot boxed fresh for the 2015-2016 season.

 

Any speculation on what started the fire? 

post #12 of 16
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All they know right now is it was not arson which was good to hear
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All they know right now is it was not arson which was good to hear


I don't know how they can possibly say that if they don't know how it started.

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I don't know how they can possibly say that if they don't know how it started.

There are definite signs of arson that are visible to a fire investigator. Even if there is no known cause they can typically rule arson out.
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Originally Posted by cstreu1026 View Post
 

From what I've read and heard the ticketing office and rental shop were not effected by the fire.  I've never made the trip to Mad River but I will make it a point to get up there this season to show some support.

 


http://www.examiner.org/news/55011-ski-lodge-catches-fire

 

The entire rental fleet has been hot boxed fresh for the 2015-2016 season.

 

Any speculation on what started the fire? 

I just got it! Great remark. 

post #16 of 16

I have skied there several times really enjoy there late night skiing (3am). Snow Trails is my local hill but will ski there couple times this winter show them some support.

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