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“Not worth a second trip”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Mad River Mountain

North Olmsted, United States
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3 reviews
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“Not worth a second trip”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2014

After my girlfriend and me reviewed ski resorts all around our area we settled on Mad River Mountain. There are hotels and cheap packages in the area and we are first time skiers so we figured what better way then buying the lessons and all day passes? When we first arrived we felt like fish out of water. We werent sure where to go and how to properly rent equipment. Like I said we're new. We had to seek help everywhere, it didnt seem like staff members were willing to approach you on their own.
The lessons were so-so at best. We got some okay tips but half the lesson we barely heard because the one instructor that was teaching us was often out of ear shot helping others in the group. Unfortunately for us, we were well spent after the chaotic rental process, the 20 minute wait for a bathroom break and the 40 some minute crash course and decided to call it a day.

I fully plan on skiing again but for a first timer going I advice you to buy the lessons only and see how it feels before you commit $160 for you and your partner. I bit off more then I could chew in one day. It was a nice experience overall...but for the money I could have done a thousand better things.

Visited February 2014
2 Thank Michael M
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Centerville, Ohio
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2,515 reviews
740 attraction reviews
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“skiing and tennis are two sports that one acquires while studying for a university degree”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2014

We have skied Mad River Mountain for 40+ years.

We have skied all of the Western States, which have ski resorts. We have skied New England, Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana, and West Virginia.

Seems that skiing and tennis are two sports that one acquires while studying for a university degree. Skiing at age 20, 30, 40, and 50 is fearless double black diamond; “devil may care” skiing. Skiing at 60 and older seems to require a more careful approach.

Mad River Mountain, near Bellefontaine at about 750’ is still fun. Mad River Mountain has excellent management, a “brainy” business plan, a “no-snow” contingency plan, and a super 2013-2014 season.

Mad River Mountain is about 60 minutes north of our Centerville home, and the drive through the rural snow area is a treat.

Mad River Mountain has tripled in size since our first visit, and on a perfect sunny, 24 degree day it seems not to get any better than this.

Mad River Mountain can hold lots of folks of all ages. The gravel parking lot is solid ice, but with “grip.”

Skiing at 750’ on packed snow does not compare to skiing at 14,000.’ However, Mad River Mountain is here and 60 minutes away. There are all sorts of terrain in 2013-2014. Early February skiing is wonderful. In our youth, we skied in minus zero, in blizzards, in rain, and in all weather. As we age, we limit our days to the “near perfect.”

As we age, we avoid weekends, and holiday crazed skiers. Mad River Mountain is fine for all levels and ages of skiing.

We like the constant improvements in skiing, the improvements in ski gear, the handy “dining area, and following skiing the Loft Bar.

We like throwing the gear into the SUV, and not Fed Exing the ski gear to Utah or to Vail.

And we like dining at a small town restaurant, as we are homeward bound.

Visited February 2014
5 Thank SavantIII_11
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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65 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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“Fun in the cold”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2014

Four women go skiing for the first time. Well lets just say two went snow boarding while two watched or tried to help. We had a blast and yes it was cold but very fun. There are people of all ages. The only complaint is that the snow skiing\boarding is not in the same location as the snow tubing. We went snow boarding first for a couple hours, then had to get in the car and drive to the snow tubing location down the road. You actually pass the snow tubing location before you get to skiing location. It would be much easier if you could just park and do all of it from one location. It's not that big of a deal but was a little confusing to us.

We snow tubed for at least 3 hours while it was snowing pretty hard. Be sure to take googlies, had warmers, and toe warmers. These pieces of equipment make the difference between a good time and a miserable time. There are concessions and acceptable restrooms. Plenty of indoor room but you can not watch much from the lodges. If you want to watch your kids or friends you will have to be outside.

It was an awesome fun day for us old ladies and we will be trying this again.

Visited January 2014
1 Thank Kelmonoh
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Columbus Ohio
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322 attraction reviews
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“Design Problem Mainly”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2014

Its a ski resort in Ohio, so I can't fault it for the location compared to other resorts in NY for instance. Expect short runs especially on their black diamonds.

The good:
It' my choice of the best skiing in Ohio. The terrain park is one the best I've seen. The staff was terrific. Most people their were nice. Very few were rude but overall better than other resorts.

The bad:
All trails were open, but only 3 lifts open while the lines were a good 5-10 minute wait. By 7pm, only 2 lifts were open.
Design problems include only one restroom. Most runs are so flat near the end that you have to start tucking it 3/4 into the hill so you can get to the lift. Trails make you work hard to get across the hill to other lifts. One lift has just 1 trail in order to take that lift again. From lodge to lift is about a 50 yard hike uphill.

Visited January 2014
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156 reviews
64 attraction reviews
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“Avalanch Snow Tubing Park Is A Blast”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2014

We went the day after Christmas and had a blast. I thought the price was fair for the 3 hours of riding. The staff was very friendly and all seemed to really be into their customers enjoying the outing spending extra time to tie a family's tubes together for group rides. The tubing areas were well organized and very well put together. An excellent facility. There were 2 moving walkways to get folks & tubes up the hill. I timed a few runs and each took about 12 to 15 minutes total round trip time. So even though the lines could get long it actually went pretty quick.

We were all shocked a bit that first ride at how freaking fast you flew down that hill. Don't get scared off as it does get easier and more fun on successive runs. We will definitely visit again.

Visited December 2013
3 Thank CactusBadger
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