Mad River Mountain ski resort bounces back from a difficult start

COLUMBUS (WCMH)–Snow has been on the lighter side of normal throughout the winter, and intervals of milder weather have reduced the number of skiing days in Central Ohio by 20 percent, compared to an average season.

Mad River Mountain in Zanesfield, 40 miles northwest of Columbus, had a challenge far greater than the relatively mild, dry winter.

A September fire destroyed the main lodge serving the largest ski resort in Ohio, which was replaced by two temporary structures built on the old foundation in time for the start of the season. Then came the warmest December on record, which slowed business during the usually busy holidays.

But more favorable winter weather the past two months, coming in spurts, has turned things around at the popular ski resort.

A fresh 3-inch snowfall, with another 1 to 2 inches expected this weekend, has skiers geared up for an ideal weekend of spring skiing conditions, including races and a slush pond to celebrate the annual “spring fling” weekend.

General manager Tom Price said, “the days that we’ve had here on the snow have been really, really good. The fire presented a huge challenge, but we overcame it really well–the lodge, everybody’s been really impressed with it.”

Plans are already being drawn up for a new lodge to be built in time for next winter,

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