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post #1 of 26
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I know there are a few bears from Ohio. So where do you ski? Are there really places to ski in Ohio? Seems so flat! I am frequently in the Dayton area, because my bf lives there. We have skiied twice this winter in our homestate of WV. However, I am interested/curious as to whether there is any skiing in Ohio? I was looking on a map and saw a ski resort that looked pretty close to the Dayton area. Also-heard there was a place there with $150 seasons passes! WOW! I was just in the Dayton area when it got dumped on with 12-16 inches of snow! They said it was the biggest storm since 1978! I was dying to go skiing then, but not sure where to go and not prepared at the time for so much snow.

So while I'm up there during the weekends in the winter is it worth bringing my skis? My bf and I are very curious about the ski resorts there/or if there are any good ones?
Input would be appreciated thank you in advance
post #2 of 26
I would have to say Boston Mills is the best (that I know of) in Ohio. Nothing there is particularly large or steep, but BM seems the best of what's available.

I grew up skiing there, Brandywine and a few stints at Snowtrails. No personal experience with the few others in Ohio.
post #3 of 26
Perfect North would be an hour or so from Dayton
post #4 of 26
The place you're talking about near Dayton is Mad River Mountain. Obviously, it's not really a mountain, but hey, you're in Ohio, so you take what you can get. Their website is http://www.skimadriver.com It will pale in comparison with anyplace that has real skiing (meaning more acreage and more vertical), but it's better than no skiing at all. I've been there a few times when I didn't want to make the 4-5 hour drive to either Holiday Valley or Seven Springs. They do have skiing until 3 AM on Fridays and Saturdays though, if you like night to late-night skiing. They were open during that big storm and I was going to go on the 23rd, but the roads were so bad, I couldn't. As to whether you would enjoy it or not, it depends on your expectations and ability level.
post #5 of 26
I'll second BuckeyeFanDan. We went last Thursday and thought MRM was pretty nice.
post #6 of 26
Thread Starter 
Wow thanks for the great suggestions guys! I'll pass them on to my bf! Skiing until 3 am on the weekends! That is pretty cool. I haven't heard of a place being opened that late.

Where is Perfect North? IN? How is it?
post #7 of 26
Perfect North is really not that bad considering its location (just over the Indiana border from Cincinnati). It usually has the most consistent snow conditions of all the local ski areas due to the great snowmaking capabilities. They were able to go from grass/mud to every run covered with 1 - 2 feet base in just 3 days in December (during the cold spell).

With a 400' vertical, some of the runs are as long and probably steeper than those at Ohio hills (Mad River, Snow Trails, Boston Mills, etc.).

They also have "all night ski" sessions on the weekends that go until 3:00 AM. Weekend day's can get pretty crowded (which is expected for a small place in the Midwest), but you can probably have the place to yourself on most of the all night sessions (after about 9:00 PM).
post #8 of 26
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Originally Posted by lilskeer
Wow thanks for the great suggestions guys! I'll pass them on to my bf! Skiing until 3 am on the weekends! That is pretty cool. I haven't heard of a place being opened that late.

Where is Perfect North? IN? How is it?

PN is in Lawrenceburg, IN. Check them out at www.perfectnorth.com According to their website, operations have been suspended to save the snow for later in the week.
post #9 of 26
Absolutly your best bet is Perfect North. They have the best snow making for any area I have seen. They also have fairly steep runs along with some tree runs to chalenge you. If you can get there in an hour or so that can't be beat. Boston Mills would just be to far to commute from Dayton.
post #10 of 26
Thread Starter 
Sounds great! Thanks for the suggesions. I'll have to tell my bf about PN! We'll look it up on mapquest and see how far it is. I'd really like to get some skiing done while visiting, but wasn't sure what was around the Dayton area.
I wish this rain would go away and the snow would come back!!
post #11 of 26
I loved Perfect North. Good conditions considering the warm weather when I had a weekday pass. (But it was nice skiing in a sweater!) I was surprised at the number of very good skiers there.
post #12 of 26
Thread Starter 
Wow, and this is coming from someone in Lake Tahoe! I'll deff have to check this place out. If it is only an hour drive, I'm up for it!
Does anyone know if PN gives student discounts? When I was at Snowshoe and Winterplace in WV they knocked off 5 bucks when I showed my ID
Thanks again for your suggestions
post #13 of 26
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Originally Posted by lilskeer
Wow, and this is coming from someone in Lake Tahoe! ...
Well until October, PN was the furthest west I'd ever skied. I'm a newbie out here. Did most of my skiing in NE Penna (Elk, Jack Frost, Montage), WISP, Snowshoe, 7Spr, Hunter, etc.

Still learning how to ski the trees and powder. : Totally different world out here.
post #14 of 26
Thread Starter 
I've been to Wisp and Snowshoe several times! They are both fun places to ski.
I am interested in skiing in PA too. How is 7S, Jack Frost, etc? What is a good ski place in PA?

p.s. Could not get the madriver link to work for some reason.
post #15 of 26
Lilskeer - try the link again http://www.skimadriver.com

If I messed up the link somehow, just google Mad River Mountain.

7S is a good place to ski in Pa, although they are in serious need of snow right now. A good variety of slopes for this part of the country. Hidden Valley is close to 7S, but I have not been there, so cannot comment on how good the skiing is there. I know it's smaller than 7S, but someone else may have info if you're interested.

If you're willing to drive farther, I highly recommend Holiday Valley in western NY. I can't wait to get up there sometime in the next few weeks! One of these times, I'm hoping to try out Holimont also, which is just a few miles from Holiday Valley, but it is members-only on the weekends, so that would have to be on a weekday.
post #16 of 26
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Originally Posted by lilskeer
I've been to Wisp and Snowshoe several times! They are both fun places to ski.
I am interested in skiing in PA too. How is 7S, Jack Frost, etc? What is a good ski place in PA?

p.s. Could not get the madriver link to work for some reason.
It's been so long since I skied in PA. At this point, if you venture into Western PA, I would suggest going south a bit into WISP or Snowshoe (I've never skied Canaan Valley). I heard Seven Springs and Hidden Valley are pretty crummy this year with the weather. On the other hand, 7Spr has one of the best nightlife scenes I've ever seen.

In the NE, my favorite is Elk, but that because I grew up near the mountain and used to go there for ski club 20 years ago. Jack Frost or Big Boulder was cool too. The lines killed me though. I don't know if it's changed at all, but the lines were always like 45 min-1 hour. I don't know if things have changed at all with high speed lifts. But again, I haven't skied back east in years. Montage was actually a decent mountain, and super convenient, as I was going to udergrad there (and grew up just north of Scranton).
post #17 of 26
Thread Starter 
Hey guys! Thanks for the suggestions! The weather here in WV has been raining for a week or more! I wish it would get cold and snow so I could go skiing! I'd like to check out some places in PA and PN in Ohio as well.
Thanks again
post #18 of 26
Is spicy run mountain still running in southern ohio?

When I lived in ohio, I always heard good things about that place. Unfortunatley, I never made it to anywhere except mad river mtn.
post #19 of 26
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Originally Posted by gobucks
Is spicy run mountain still running in southern ohio?

When I lived in ohio, I always heard good things about that place. Unfortunatley, I never made it to anywhere except mad river mtn.
Unfortunately, Spicy Run is no longer in operation ... they have been closed for several years now. I was able to ski there once back in the mid '90's, and saw great potential (for Ohio). It had at least 700' vertical and some fairly steep runs (mainly narrow trails cut through the trees) and one lift. However, its location in South/Central Ohio was not good for business since there is no big city nearby to draw crowds from. I read some news about trying to get things going again, but nothing has formalized.
post #20 of 26
Thread Starter 
Awe...I was almost excited by the temptation of yet another ski resort to add to my list. A 700 vertical drop? In Ohio? Not too bad, I'd say...a bit surprising..Well I am gonna try my best to make it up there this weekend. I either want to ski Mad River, or PN. Thanks for your suggestions. Everyone was extremely helpful.
post #21 of 26
FWIW, I live in the South suberbs near the Dayton Mall and am equadistant from MRM and PN. I have skied both and I prefer MRM. Both areas had weather problems and have, according to their websites, recovered. I was at MRM on MLK day and it was not bad for all they have been through. I am going to PN Sunday with a large Scouting group, so I will know more about PN's condition then.
post #22 of 26
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Kewl. I was just at the Dayton mall this weekend. I was planning on going skiing at either of those places, but that kinda fell through..Sometime I would like to go though. I am in that area just about every weekend. Yeah, I took a look at the website and they seem to be doing fine. Still can't believe how late they are opened!
What is it that you find superior about MRM? Just curious. I'd like to check both of them out, if I get the chance.
post #23 of 26
Ended up going to MRM on Friday and PN Sunday. Both places had good conditions and we had a great time at both places.

I think I may be partial to MRM because I am more familier with the place. I have only skied @ PN twice and the first time I went it was really icy. Temps @ MRM are about 5 degrees colder and I think they do a better job grooming. OTOH, PN had good snow Sunday and it was good skiing too.

PN's steeps are steeper and more sustained. I skied quite a few runs on Center Stage, it IS steeper than any part of MRM. Getting around the hill @ PN takes some work at times and I think it's easier to navigate @ MRM.

My 10 year old daughter said she perfered PN while my 12 year old son said he liked MRM better. However, we will be @ MRM the rest of the season since we have passes there. We got a very good deal on season passes @ MRM and I don't know if PN could have matched it. I do know we got a very good deal on the group rate Sunday, but there were about 200 people in the group.

My suggestion is to check conditions, go where it's best and have fun.
post #24 of 26
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advice My bf said that he heard that season passes were only 150 bucks! Wow, what a deal!
post #25 of 26
Actually, pre-season price was better than that. I got passes for me and the kids. We used it enough to pay for it already and then some.

At this point I don't know if I would buy a pass. It's pretty risky weather wise around here from the end of Jan on. Last year it was over the middle of Feb. Several years ago we made it all the way through March.
post #26 of 26
Thread Starter 
Wow! That is awesome! If the pre-season pass is worth less than $150 it is deff worth it! I will have to look into getting one for next year. Even if you only go a couple of times it'll pay for itself. I know lift tickets are like 40 bucks and sometimes more during the holidays. When can you start buying pre-season?
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