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.
The 79-acre Boston Mills, with adjacent Brandywine Ski Resort, is located in the heart of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, near the town of Peninsula, and is easily accessible to Cleveland and the surrounding area. Boston Mills also features the steepest ski slope in Ohio as well as a large clubhouse with food service, restrooms, and a large wood-burning fireplace. The ski resort has a 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.
You can also live stream the slopes from the Boston Mills/Brandywine Snow Cams.
Boston Mills Ski Area
PO Box 175
Peninsula, OH 44264
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. The ski area offers special discount nights for college students and for military, police, firefighter, and EMS personnel and their families.
Alpine Valley Ski Area
10620 Mayfield Rd.
Snowline: 440 729-9775
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.
You can also 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 River 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