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 with ten 1000 foot lanes.
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 (all abilities), the Louie Vito Learning Park, Capital Park, and Kicker Lane, progress in size and offer the perfect place to grow your skills.
Special Events at Mad River Mountain
New Years Eve: Celebrate on the slopes! Slopes are open until 1 a.m. on December 31, and the tubing park is open until 11 pm. There will be live music in The Loft.
Concerts in the Loft: See calendar here
Aspen Ski & Board Demo Day: Saturday, January 11 and Saturday, February 29. 10 am – 3 pm. Test ride the latest gear for FREE, courtesy of Aspen Ski and Board. With your lift ticket, you can demo the newest ski’s, snowboards, and gear. Product lines include Volkl, Line, Elan, Salomon, Rossignol, Dynastar, Head, and Blizzard. They will also have Rossignol Snowboards available for you to give a try.
Family Festival #1 on MLK Jr. Day: Monday, January 20. Free. 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, Superhero and movie character appearances, and free smores and snacks. Lift tickets and tubing must be purchased separately.
Military Appreciation Day: Sunday, January 26. Special day for those who have served and are currently serving in our Military. With singer/songwriter Patrick Sampson performing a benefit show as well as prizes and raffles benefiting charity, this is our small way of saying thanks to those who have served our great nation! Check back soon for more details.
Pretty in Pink: Sunday, February 9 from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Pretty in Pink is the annual charity event that gets bigger each year! The event will raise money for breast cancer awareness and specifically benefit local charities. One dollar from every ticket sold will be donated to the cause! There will be a Giant Slalom Fun Race and Rail Jam 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. Volunteers will be selling support items and tickets to the huge prize raffle! Raffle begins at 4pm. Don’t forget to wear pink!
Family Festival #2 on Presidents Day: Monday, Monday, February 17. Free. 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, Superhero and movie character appearances, and free smores and snacks. Lift tickets and tubing must be purchased separately.
Spring Fling and Pond Skim and Sled Race: CANCELED. Theme details tba. A Mad River Mountain tradition! Enjoy the spectacle of the 100ft long lane of water for riders to skim across! 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
(Fri/Sat/Sun/Holidays) weekend all day: $39-$49
(Fri/Sat/Sun/Holidays) weekend evening: $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 10, 2020.
- $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 at Mad River Mountain
Homeschool Days: Six days with specials for homeschooling families. The cost is $29.00 per person and it includes a lift ticket from 10 am – 4 pm, equipment rental (no helmet included) and a 1 hour beginner group lesson at 11 am or 2 pm. Please RSVP to: email firstname.lastname@example.org with the date you would like to come, your family’s last name and how many will be attending.
Monday, January 13th
Tuesday, January 21nd
Tuesday, January 28th
Thursday, February 6th
Monday, February 24th
Tuesday, March 3rd
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 11pm, and then head over to the ski hill where the resort is open until 1am!
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 Holiday Hours Dec. 23-Jan.3, Feb.17. 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.