Ski and snowboard in circles this winter.
Once the heat of the holiday activity simmers down, alpine skiing and snowboarding are cool ways to get outside each winter and feel the fresh air and peacefulness that surrounds the snow season—with a little bit of excitement added to remind you that you are alive.
How do you decide where to go for downhill skiing, and for how long? Should you take a day trip? Might you extend it to a weekend getaway? Where could you go for a weeklong vacation?
Map out your dreams of getting away in your mind, then visualize circles on your mental trail map to see where your best opportunities to hit the slopes are located.
For the day:
A handful of Ohio ski areas lie within an easy drive of Stark County, and each offers a full day of on-the-slopes fun. Most popular, perhaps, for Canton-area skiers and snowboarders are the Boston Mills and Brandywine sister ski resorts near Peninsula or Snow Trails Ski Resort near Mansfield. Still, Alpine Valley Ski Resort lies only a little farther away east of Cleveland, and it takes advantage of Lake Erie’s snow belt, while Mad River Mountain, the state’s largest ski resort, rises close to Columbus.
For a weekend:
Ski areas in the western sections of three states—New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia—can be reached with enough speed to allow skiing on the day you travel, either late in the day or early in the evening under the lights. Holiday Valley, Kissing Bridge and Peek’n Peak ski resorts are among those popular in New York. Among Pennsylvania offerings are Hidden Valley, Seven Springs and Blue Knob, the latter providing the most vertical. And in West Virginia, winter sports lovers can enjoy Canaan Valley, Timberline and Snowshoe ski areas. Follow your circle to the north and you’ll find the sister Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands resorts in Michigan.
Taking a trip:
Finally, for a longer stay amid higher mountains, skiers and snowboarders might follow the “Go West” advice for those seeking adventure, and they would find excellent skiing in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and Montana only a short flight away. But, others might decide driving east to New England’s slopes more to their liking. Think Killington, Stowe, Sugarbush, Smuggler’s Notch and Jay Peak in Vermont. Try Bretton Woods and Loon Mountain in New Hampshire. Or, drive on to Sugarloaf or Saddleback in Maine.