Alpine Valley

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Since the middle of the 1960s, skiers and snowboarders have been able to enjoy the winter fun in Ohio's Snowbelt, thanks to the Alpine Valley ski area. It might be a small venue compared to other winter resorts nationally, but its location a few miles east of the Cleveland metropolitan area makes it popular as well.

Interstate travelers have many options near Cleveland, with I-71, I-76, I-80, and I-90 bringing them close to the facilities. Driving on US Route 322 brings visitors the rest of the way. The Cleveland Hopkins International Airport will handle guests arriving by air, with several ground options available from that point.

Winter Fun in the Snowbelt

When the cool air from Canada passes over the Great Lakes, it creates lake-effect snow in the surrounding areas. That region is known as the Snowbelt, and local ski bums treasure the heavy snowfall that commonly falls here. The Snowbelt storms coming off Lake Erie produce an annual snowfall amount of 120 inches, the most natural snowfall found at any ski resort in the state. Snowmaking capabilities cover all the grounds at the Alpine Valley ski area, allowing it to maintain a good base for guests to enjoy the entire season.

Visitors looking to carve fresh tracks after a dump will want to target January, as it seems to offer the best chance for that. Skiers and riders can find apparel and other necessities in the retail space next to the Alpine Valley ski area's guest services (the cafeteria or Snow Belt Saloon offers drinks/food to keep everyone fueled). Visitors planning on spending more than a day (or night) on the slopes can find lodging at several B&Bs, hotels, and motels off-site. With Cleveland so close to the Alpine Valley ski area, guest accommodations are easy to find.

Casual Fun Down the Slopes

The Alpine Valley ski area has a base resting at 1,260 feet, and its peaks elevation is near 1,500 feet. A vertical drop of under 240 feet will not provide many opportunities to bomb down the trails, but casual skiing and riding are available for the whole family. Night skiing is possible across the entire Alpine Valley acreage, with lighting equipment enticing visitors for late afternoon and early evening runs. A ticket for night skiing is available for guests and is good starting at 3:00 pm in the afternoons.

Skiers and snowboarders visiting the Alpine Valley ski resort have over 70 acres of surface, with casual carving representing most runs. About one-third of the trails are rated green for beginners, and half are rated blue for skiers and riders with some experience. The remaining terrain is for advanced skill levels and has a black diamond rating.

There are three lifts and a handle tow that move guests around at the Alpine Valley ski area. These provide access to the eight trails and the terrain park. Those wanting to learn how to ski or ride can learn in group, private, or program settings.

Alpine Valley Snow forecast

  • Tuesday
    0 ft
    Partly cloudy
    5 mph
  • Wednesday
    0.08 in rain
    9 mph
  • Thursday
    0.79 in rain
    8 mph

Facts about Alpine Valley

Number of slopes:6
Easiest Green slopes:2
Intermediate Blue slopes:3
Advanced Black slopes:1
Expert Only Double black diamond slopes:0

Lifts (Total: 3)
Chair lifts:3
Lift capacity:  6500 persons/hour

Vertical drop
Alpine Valley Vertical drop
Highest Point: 1499 ft
Vertical drop: 240 ft
Base Point: 1260 ft

Country: USA
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