Skiing, snowboard, and tubing season is here, and we are lucky enough to have a great place to go that’s less than 1 hour from Columbus! Mad River Mountain is located just Northwest of Columbus, and features 144 skiable acres, 4 Terrain Parks, and Avalanche Park, Ohio’s Largest Tubing Park.
Whether you go all day, or want to go for just a couple of hours, it’s one of the most affordable places to ski, snowboard, and tube, due to its proximity to Columbus (no need for a hotel!). It’s a great place for a beginner to learn, but also good for practice expert locals who can’t get away regularly to larger ski resorts. Want to hit the slopes on a Wednesday evening after work? It’s close enough that you won’t have to miss any work the next day.
Mad River Mountain is home to the most freestyle terrain parks in Ohio. The four terrain parks, Momentum, the Louie Vito Learning Park, Capital Park, and the new for 2014/2015 Kicker Lane, progress in size and offer the perfect place to grow your skills.
Special Events at Mad River Mountain
We are sad to announce that due to incoming weather we will be suspending operations this Monday December.31st. The good news is we will be re-opening Tuesday January 1st with a New Years Special PM lift ticket and 3-hour tubing rate of $20.19. Snowmaking will resume this week as Team Blizzard will be taking advantage of the cold temperatures headed our way.
Concerts in the Loft: See calendar here
Family Festival #1 on MLK Jr. Day: Monday, January 21. Free; more details tba. The Mad River Mountain Festival will return for a day of family fun. Details will be announced, but in year’s past they’ve had fun attractions including balloons, animal appearances from The Columbus Zoo, and free smores. Lift tickets and tubing aren’t included.
Pretty in Pink: Sunday, February 10 from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Pretty in Pink is the annual charity event that gets bigger each year! Come join the effort to raise money for breast cancer awareness and specifically benefit local charities like the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Center and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. Every person at the resort makes a difference with just their lift ticket purchase because $1 from every ticket sold will be donated to the cause! On-hill we’ll also have a Giant Slalom Fun Race that is open to skiers and riders of all ages and all abilities. Participate in the activities with a donation of just $10 and receive a goodie bag filled with support items and raffle tickets. Don’t forget to wear pink!
Family Festival #2 on Presidents Day: Monday, Monday, February 18. Free; more details tba. The Mad River Mountain Festival will return for a day of family fun. Details will be announced, but in year’s past they’ve had fun attractions including balloons, animal appearances from The Columbus Zoo, and free smores. Lift tickets and tubing aren’t included.
Spring Fling and Cardboard Sled Race: Saturday, March 9 at noon. Theme details tba. A Mad River Mountain tradition! All Drafts will be $4!
The rules for the sled race:
- Sleds can only be constructed of the following materials:Cardboard
- Duct Tape or any other tape
- Paint & Pieces of Flare of course are encouraged
- Matching Costumes also encouraged
- Guests should bring their sleds to the slope-side side of the lodge for judging and pit maintenance by 11am.
Lift Tickets and Rentals for Ski and Snowboard
Ages 4 and under, and 70+ are always $11
Midweek all day: $29-$39
Midweek evening: $24-$29
Weekend all day (Fri/Sat/Sun/Holidays): $39-$49
Weekend evening (Fri/Sat/Sun/Holidays): $29-$39
Weekend and Holiday Late Nights: $34-$44
Ski and Snowboard Package Rental: $32
Boots only: $25
Helmet (highly recommended) and poles only: $10
Ski and Snowboard Deals
College Fridays at Mad River Mountain
All College Students with a valid college ID get special rates. They are open on Friday nights until 1am and offer up specials weekly in the Loft! Join us for some fun late night skiing and riding. ** Begins Friday January 11, 2019
- $20 All Day & All Night Lift Tickets
- $19 Equipment Rentals
Military discounts at Mad River Mountain
Valid for active military members, any spouse of an active military member, and any dependents (under the age of 18) of active military members. Also valid for any person who is a US Military Veteran (dependents of veterans not eligible). A current, military-issued ID or proper documentation (for spouses and dependents) is required for any person who is taking advantage of these special rates.
- Lift Ticket $20-$30
- Lift Ticket w/Rental $40-$50
- Snow Tubing $20
Homeschool Days: Six days with specials for homeschooling families. The cost is $29.00 per person and it includes a lift ticket, equipment rental (no helmet included) and a 1 hour beginner group lesson.
Avalanche Tubing Park
The tubing park is so fun and affordable that it may sell out during busy holiday times and during good weather weekends. Mid-day is most likely to sell out during busy days, and ticket sales may be put on hold until tubes are available. (Not open daily; please check dates and hours)
COST: $25 for 3 hours. (Time starts when you purchase your ticket.)
Thursday Two Pack Tubing Night: $39 for 2 tubing tickets.
Thursdays are for the thrills at the Avalanche Tubing Park! Thursday evenings are built for couples and pairs of friends that can score discounted tickets for only $39 total. Not valid during holiday hours.
#COLLEGEFRIDAYS O-H!: $20 tubing tickets with a valid college i.d.
College Students with proper valid ID from their schools can purchase 3-Hour Tubing Tickets on Friday nights for just $20. Stay until 12am, and then head over to the ski hill where the resort is open until 2am!
We Love our Troops and Military Fridays: $15 tubing tickets for military personnel and family members
All Military Personnel & Dependents* with valid ID can purchase a 3-Hour Tubing Tickets for just $15 on non-holiday Friday nights!
PLEASE NOTE: Excludes December 22 & 29, 2017; January 12, 2018, and February 16, 2018, Dependent ID required for dependents ages 13 & up, Dependent ID not required for those under 13 when accompanied by a sponsor with proper ID.
Ski and Snowboard Lessons
Lessons are available for all ages and abilities, as well as women-only lessons that include socializing after the event.
1,460 ft. mountain elevation
300 ft. vertical drop
144 skiable acres
12 lifts including 6 chair lifts, 2 handle tows, 1 rope tows, and 3 surface carpet lifts
4 Terrain Parks (one for all abilities) including#1 Midwest Park & Capital Park
The snowmaking system makes it possible to ski nearly every day, but the Snow Report will give you full details for what’s open and how much snow they have.