There are officially 90 days of winter (which can seem like a long time), so why not embrace the cold and snow and make the most of what this season has to offer? There’s no better way to enjoy a winter day than racing down a hill on skis or a snow tube with your children squealing in delight. And finding a place to go within driving distance is easier than you might think.
Let’s go skiing and snow tubing near Dayton! Here are 6 destinations for a snowy good time your kids won’t soon forget.
Perfect North Slopes
19074 Perfect Lane, Lawrenceburg, IN
Find a mix of diverse terrain at this 200-acre ski and tubing resort. Child, adult and adaptive lessons are offered, with a lesson included for first-timers with every lift ticket purchased. Feel the need for speed? Sign up for racing lessons. Training and practice sessions are available for ages 7 and up. Don’t leave without taking a ride down one of their 26 tubing lanes, including “super lanes” that allow your entire family to slide down together.
Valley’s Edge Snowtubing
8295 St. Rt. 121, New Paris, OH
Just over an hour away, Valley’s Edge Snowtubing offers affordable family fun close to home. Even when there’s no snow on the ground, there’s still snow at Valley’s Edge as they’ll make the white stuff even when Mother Nature won’t. Go on a Thursday night and pay just $6 for everyone in your family.
Mad River Mountain
1000 Snow Valley Road, Zanesfield, OH
Mad River is Ohio’s largest ski resort with 144 skiable acres, 20 trails and a 300-foot vertical drop. Ski and snowboard lessons are offered as well as adaptive instruction so everyone can enjoy the thrill of downhill skiing. Is tubing more your style? Head over to Avalanche Tubing Park, a 1,000-foot long hill with ten lanes of sliding fun.
2798 West County Road 25 South, Paoli, IN
Spend the day skiing or tubing at Paoli Peaks, which offers 15 trails, 8 lifts and a natural hill with a 300-foot vertical drop. Test out the “The Bonk” terrain park with boxes, rails, steel benches and small jumps for an extra thrill on the slopes. Ten lanes of snowtubing, each 700 feet long, are available with specially constructed inner tubes at their Arctic Blast Snow Tube Park.
Boston Mills & Brandywine Ski Resorts
7100 Riverview Road, Peninsula, OH
Boston Mills/Brandywine are sister ski resorts in northeastern Ohio that offer skiing, snowboarding and tubing with 18 trails, 16 lifts and 88 skiable acres. Polar Blast, the resort’s snow tubing facility, has state of the art snowmaking fans to make sure the slopes are always tube-ready. Grab a spot by the bonfire to warm up in between runs!
10620 Mayfield Road, Chesterland, OH
Located in the snow belt of the Cleveland area, Alpine Valley is subject to an average of 120 inches of natural snowfall each year. New skiers and snowboarders can get their “snow legs” on beginner hills while those who are more advanced will find their thrills on more difficult slopes. Take a spin down their multi-lane tubing hill before you go!
So grab the snowsuits, hats, gloves, boots and scarves (and your courage) – and head for the hills! A day spent skiing, snowboarding or tubing is a perfect way to enjoy the great outdoors with your crew this winter.