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 Hi, Ohio, United 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. The resort, which opened in 1962, as Valley Hi Ski Area, 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. 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.
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.