Ohio is home to skiers, as the Allegheny Mountains make their way into the eastern part of the state. The state boasts seven different resorts, which all have one thing in common – none have lodging on the grounds. They are considered day resorts. Fortunately, most have lodging nearby for overnight travelers, ranging from traditional ski lodges to high-end hotels.
The Mohican State Park Lodge is a 15-minute drive from Snow Trails Winter Resort in Mansfield, between Cleveland and Columbus. All 96 guestrooms feature a private balcony, DVD players and communication ports for laptops. Patrons have access to the lodge’s fitness center, sauna, whirlpool, restaurants and game area throughout their stay. But the Mohican is not just a good location if you’re looking to ski. The lodge is close to the Ohio Theatre, a full-restored opera house, historic Loudonville and the Cleo Redd Fisher Museum, which features collections of porcelain crafted by nearby Amish communities.
Staying at the Avalon
Guests of the Alpine Ski Resort in Chesterland, less than an hour from Cleveland, may be able to see the Avalon Gardens Inn from one of the slopes. Avalon Gardens is just a short drive to the resort and caters to those seeking to make their ski trip an overnight stay. Accommodations are limited to just two guestrooms, but those that stay here can enjoy queen-sized beds, 10 percent discounts for stays of three days or more and a breakfast menu that features local meats and organically raised eggs and produce. The hotel also offers ski-and-stay packages. For those that need a break from the slopes, the Aurora Farms Outlet Mall is about 25 minutes away.
Near The Big One
While certainly not a ski lodge in the traditional sense, the Comfort Inn Marysville enjoys proximity to the state’s largest ski resort, Mad River Mountain, in Zanesfield. That makes this hotel a popular haunt for skiers seeking overnight lodging after a full day at Mad River. The Comfort Inn is a modern hotel with amenities like free wireless Internet, a business center, in-room coffee makers and laundry facilities. Skiers can start their day with a free hot breakfast that includes waffles and end their day with coffee or juice in the lobby.
By The Cuyahoga
Along the lines of the Clarion in Marysville, the Sheraton Suites Akron delivers high end accommodations to skiers and non-skiers alike. Those that do ski will enjoy the proximity to the Boston Mills-Brandywine Ski Resort in Peninsula, a short drive away. All rooms are suites which feature separate sitting, sleeping and dressing areas. Suites also have work areas, complimentary wireless Internet and kitchenette. The Sheraton also features the Piatto Novo restaurant, which offers views of the Cuyahoga River as guests dine on beef, seafood, and regional Italian dishes.