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Alpine Valley

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Heidi S wrote a review Feb 2020
Boston, Massachusetts226 contributions38 helpful votes
Had a wonderful time at Alpine Valley this last week. We were on an Epic Pass small road trip and had to visit this small ski area where I learned to ski! What a great blast from the past moment! The ski area is wide open allowing you to traverse across and down to any lift. The conditions in a tough winter (no snow) were wonderful! You can tell they work hard at snowmaking. Loved the terrain area too. Seems in this small space they are able to have something for everyone. Had the best time! I was a little shocked that Ohio doesn't have safety bars on their chairlifts but that seems to be everywhere in Ohio.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Margandrick wrote a review Jan 2018
Chardon, Ohio4 contributions1 helpful vote
I stopped in for information about starting a ski club, was a club advisor years ago when Alpine was owned and operated by a local family. They may have new snow making equipment which will allow for a longer ski season yes, but sadly they have moved from being geared towards the family. I felt it was a very hands off environment. It has changed dramatically. Alpine was always our local ski resort where families learned to ski. Those kids grew up and got jobs there while in high school and college. Bringing there own kids back to learn to ski. The prices are steep for a backyard learn to ski area. They are taking advantage of us. Charging the same rates as BWBM ski area. For a much smaller ski area. I learned to ski here as well as my husband our sons and had hoped our grandchildren would.. if you didn't ski here prior to the Peak Resort owners I guess you won't notice the changes or miss it.
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Date of experience: January 2018
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jjma2005 wrote a review Nov 2017
Chesterland, Ohio30 contributions7 helpful votes
Always have fun tubing here with friends. It's a little expensive. Wish they had a warm shelter by the tubing so parents can keep warm and still see the kiddos.
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Date of experience: January 2017
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Frank G wrote a review Nov 2016
Chesterland, Ohio29 contributions4 helpful votes
We liked Alpine Valley as a great place for our children to begin skiing & snowboarding. Classes were small & excellent.....they were skiing from the highest point in no time! On days when I was unable to join them....I could sit in the lodge & drink hot chocolate and view the entire skiing are to keep treack of the young ones!
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Date of experience: December 2015
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Amusementparkguy wrote a review Mar 2015
Pataskala, Ohio1,148 contributions411 helpful votes
Alpine Valley is one of six ski resorts in Ohio. It offers several ski runs down the side of a couple hills. There is a beginning area for those new to skiing. Alpine Valley also offers a tubing run for those who wish to experience something other than skiing. I am not a skier, so I cannot speak to the ski area. I from looking at the ski rental and slopes, it seemed to be a decent course. My friend who went to this resort and skied while I was tubing said the ski courses were okay. The overall facilities looked good. Food is served, though a little pricey. Most of the employees were friendly and helpful. However, the tubing section was not good at all. The runs themselves are short. Snow tubers are stopped way too quickly, and the "braking" area is near the edge of a big drop off. A snow fence is put across the drop off area to prevent people from falling down the hill, but that did not prevent people from flying into the snow fence. I witnessed several people get tangled up in the snow fence. The tubes Alpine Valley used were not the same type the other ski resorts in Ohio were using. The tubes kept flipping over when they hit the brake section. Many people turned over, including myself. My tube turned over three times within an hour. I ended up hitting my head twice in the compacted snow, the last time very hard. I had only used an hour of my three hour session I paid for, but I was afraid to continue as I feared breaking my neck. (It has been a week and a half since I was here, and I am still very sore all over from this incident.) I have been snow tubing for many years now, and I have never flipped over once during all the times I have done this. But this was the first and ONLY time I came to Alpine Valley. After I got back from first aid (ski patrol), I examined the tubing runs to see if I could figure out what was causing my tube and other tubes to flip over. It was then I realized that the rubber mats they were using to slow the tubes down were not even with the snow. They were sticking up a half inch to a full inch. This was acting like a curb, catching the tubes and flipping them over. Very unsafe if you ask me. The employees here were not paying as close attention to the tubers as the other resorts did. The other resorts had employees who told people when to slide down the hill as other patrons were not always out of the tubing runs. Here, it was go as you please. Several times, there was almost a collision at the bottom of the tubing runs because people went down too early before previous tubers had a chance to clear the path. Unsafe. My other complaint was going to ski patrol (first aid) for help. Luckily, the building was close by the tubing runs. Upon entering the building, there was no one in the room. I could hear at least two EMTs in the back room talking about things. I could see one of the men, and he did make eye contact with me as he ate his lunch/dinner. I do understand that people need to have a break and eat food, but when no one else is in the building to help an injured person, the least he could have done was ask if anyone else was out there or how I could be assisted. I am a teacher, and there are many times that I have to give up my free time because a student or another teacher needs some help. I was clearly not impressed. I had to walk up to the main lodge to assistance so I could be checked out. In the lodge, I spoke with a young lady who was very helpful. She escorted me to the ski rental building and spoke with another guy who contacted the ski patrol. Three of them arrived quickly (two men and a lady). One of the guys checked me out very well. I had no problem with the care I received once it got there, but how this situation was handled was clearly not good. Had management put the rubber mats even with the snow the way the other ski resorts did in their tubing areas, my accident (and those of others) would not have happened. As a result, this is my first, last, and only time to visit Alpine Valley. I will not risk future injuries on snow tubing runs that are clearly not operated safely. I will drive to Brandywine, Clear Fork, Mad River Mountain, and/or Snow Trails where I have tubed safely for many years without incident. I have contacted management about this incident, and I honestly hope they take this seriously.
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Date of experience: February 2015
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