Mad River Mountain

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Mad River Mountain
Aerial view of Mad River Mountain from the east
Aerial view of Mad River Mountain from the east
Location Valley Hi, Ohio (Jefferson Township, Logan County, Ohio)
Nearest city Bellefontaine, Ohio
Coordinates 40°18′58.74″N 83°40′50.03″W / 40.3163167°N 83.6805639°W / 40.3163167; -83.6805639 (Mad River Mountain)
Top elevation 1,460 feet (450 m)[1]
Base elevation 1,160 feet (350 m)[1]
Skiable area 144 acres (0.58 km2)[2]
Runs 23[1]
Longest run .5 miles (0.80 km)[2]
Lift system 12[3]
Snowfall 36 inches (91 cm)[1]

Mad River Mountain is a ski and snowboard resort in Valley Hi, Ohio, United States. The elevation of Mad River Mountain is 1,460 feet (450 m) with a vertical drop of 300 ft (91 m), and it has a ski season that runs from December 1 through March 16.[1] The resort, which opened in 1962, as Valley Hi Ski Area,[2] is owned and operated by Peak Resorts.

There are 23 trails of various skill levels, a tubing park, three terrain parks, and two beginner areas. Of the resort's 12 total lifts, there are 6 surface lifts, 6 chair lifts, and 1 fixed quad lift.[3] Since the annual natural snowfall averages only 36 inches (91 cm), Mad River Mountain has the largest snow making system in Ohio, with 130 snow cannons that cover 100% of the trails.[1]

The resort lies off U.S. Route 33 east of the city of Bellefontaine. It is located 6 miles (9.7 km) southeast of Campbell Hill, Ohio's highest point, and it is near the source of the Mad River.

Notable Employees[edit]

In the early 1980s Olympic medalist Putzi Frandl was employed as a ski instructor at the resort.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f SkiSite: Mad River Mountain
  2. ^ a b c Mad River Overview
  3. ^ a b RSN: Mad River Mountain
  4. ^ Bellefontaine Examiner, Olympic Skier at MRM January 13, 1983
  5. ^ "My Famous Friend". 

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