Alpine Valley Ski Area

Alpine Valley Ski Area is a ski resort located in Munson Township, Geauga County, in the U.S. state of Ohio, east of Chesterland. It was built in 1965 under the direction of Thomas D. Apthorp, who then continued to operate and manage the resort until 2007.[1] It is located in Ohio's snow belt, allowing it to receive the most natural snowfall out of all of Ohio's ski resorts.[2] Although Northeast Ohio is relatively flat and free of mountains, it has on average a 93-day ski-season per year, allowing Alpine Valley to thrive in the winter months.[3]

Alpine Valley Ski Area
LocationMunson Township, Ohio, US
Nearest major cityChesterland, Ohio
Coordinates41°31′49″N 81°15′58″W / 41.5303°N 81.2662°W / 41.5303; -81.2662
Vertical230 ft (70 m)
Top elevation1,500 ft (460 m)
Base elevation1,260 ft (380 m)
Skiable area72 acres (29 ha)
Longest run2,000 ft (600 m)
Lift system5 total:
4 chairs:
(2 quads, 1 triple, 1 double)
1 surface lift
Terrain parks1
Snowfall120 in (300 cm)
Night skiingYes


Alpine Valley offers a variety of 11 trails for skiers, snowboarders and even downhill tubing. The resort has over 100 instructors for its ski school which is registered with the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA). Trail levels range from a beginner's bunny hill, to the expert terrain park which boasts Ohio's largest half pipe. Alpine Valley also features high-power lighting for night skiing through the season.[4] Although Alpine Valley is located in the snow belt of Ohio and receives roughly 120 inches of natural snowfall yearly, the resort also artificially produces snow on all of the runs once temperatures are below 28 degrees Fahrenheit. Alpine Valley Ski Area has one main lodge where there is a full cafeteria, a deck and a lounging area. There is also a ski and snowboard shop with rental options.[5] The area is great for beginners or those with extensive experience and allows for a family friendly atmosphere. The park is always expanding and creating new terrain and has recently undergone some extensive additions to the terrain park.

Statistics [5]


  • Base: 1,260 ft (380 m)
  • Summit: 1,500 ft (460 m)
  • Vertical rise: 230 ft (70 m)


  • Skiable area: 72 acres (0.29 km2)
  • Trails: 11
  • Longest run: 2,000 ft (600 m)
  • Average annual snowfall: 120 in (300 cm)


  • Double chair
  • 2 Quad chairs
  • Triple chair
  • Surface lift


  1. ^ Segall, Grant. "Thomas D. Apthorp led Alpine Valley", The Plain Dealer, December 28, 2009, accessed December 6, 2010.
  2. ^ "General Information" Archived 2010-10-30 at the Wayback Machine, Alpine Valley, retrieved 2010-12-03.
  3. ^ Mitchell, Sandy "Northeast Ohio Ski Resorts",, Retrieved 2010-12-06.
  4. ^ Zimmermann, George and Carol Zimmermann. Off the Beaten Path: A Guide to Unique Places. Globe Pequot, 2007, p. 25. ISBN 0-7627-4427-8.
  5. ^ a b "General Information" Archived 2010-10-30 at the Wayback Machine, Alpine Valley, Retrieved 2010-12-03.

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