Winter Fun Guide

When it comes to all the great ways to have fun this winter, has you covered! We've compiled the biggest and best listing of great places to ski, snowboard, tube, sled, and skate within Ohio and Michigan. Whether it's the thrill of the moguls, the serenity of a wooded trail, or catching some serious air-time on a sled, there's truly something for everyone this winter. 

Downhill Skiing, Snowboarding & Tubing Resorts
Cross Country Skiing
Skating & Hockey

Downhill Skiing, Snowboarding & Tubing Resorts

Alpine Valley
Chesterland, OH

  • Downhill Skiing - Multiple lifts, broad runs, and woodland trails
  • Snowboarding - Board lift, and XTreme Park with rails and halfpipe
  • Snow Tubing
  • Lighted Slopes
  • Rentals
  • Lessons
  • Lounge and Restaurant
  • Package Deals and Special Rates
  • Ski and Snowboard Shop

Big Creek Ski Area
Concord Townshio, OH

  • Downhill Skiing - Multiple lifts, advanced grooming, and snowmaking
  • Night Skiing
  • Family-friendly
  • Free lessons for members ages 4-12 

Boston Mills Brandywine

Peninsula, OH

  • Downhill Skiing - Two mountains: Boston Mills and Brandywine, serving all ski levels, multiple lifts
  • Snowboarding - Four terrain parks with basic runs, bumps, jumps, rails and other features
  • Snow Tubing - Basic chutes, bumps, steep grades
  • Rentals
  • Lessons
  • Package deals and special rates

Mad River Mountain
Bellefontaine, OH

  • Downhill Skiing - More than 20 slopes and trails, numerous lifts
  • Snowboarding - Two terrain parks with beginner features and more advanced jumps
  • Snow Tubing - Tube park with easy chutes or aggressive drops, two conveyor lifts
  • Rentals
  • Lessons
  • Package deals and special rates

Snow Trails
Mansfield, OH

  • Downhill Skiing - Multiple hills and lifts for all levels of ability
  • Snowboarding - Three terrain parks: beginner, intermediate, and advanced
  • Snow Tubing - Vertical Descent Tubing Park with a variety of chutes and a conveyor lift
  • Lessons
  • Rentals
  • Package deals and special rates

Alpine Valley
White Lake, MI

  • Downhill Skiing - 25 tree-lined slopes, nine chairlifts, four rope tows
  • Snowboarding - Three terrain parks and a half pipe, magic carpet board lift
  • Rentals
  • Group and private lessons for all ages
  • Race program

Bittersweet Ski Area
Otsego, MI

  • Downhill Skiing - 20 runs, multiple lifts, carpet lifts, tow ropes
  • Snowboarding- Terrain Park with features for all experience levels, separate dedicated lift
  • Rentals
  • Lessons

Mt. Brighton
Brighton, MI

  • Downhill Skiing- Twenty-six trails, five chair lifts
  • Snowboarding- Terrain parks with over-rails, boxes, jumps and more
  • Rentals
  • Lessons 

Mt. Holly

Holly, MI

  • Downhill Skiing- Nineteen trails, seven lifts, four rope tows, two Wonder Carpets
  • Snowboarding
  • Rentals
  • Lessons
  • Full-service Ski Shop
  • Lounge 

Pine Knob
Clarkston, MI

  • Downhill Skiing- 17 runs, multiple lifts
  • Snowboarding- Three Terrain Parks; beginner, intermediate, and big park with rails and jumps
  • Lighted slopes
  • Lessons
  • Rentals
  • Lounge

Swiss Valley Ski and Snowboard Area

Jones, MI

  • Downhill Skiing- 11 runs, 225-foot vertical peak, seven lifts, four rope tows
  • Snowboarding- Beginner Terrain Park and Advanced Terrain Park with tabletops, high spines, grind rails and pyramids for skiers and snowboarders, and twin tippers
  • Night Skiing
  • Lessons
  • Rentals
  • Ski & Board Shop
  • Lounge

Timber Ridge
Gobles, MI

  • Downhill Skiing - Multiple runs and lifts
  • Snowboarding - Two Terrain parks: Pumpkin Park with boxes and jumps for beginners and Walnut Park for advanced riders with rails, jumps, slides, bonks, and kickers
  • Snow Tubing - Multiple chutes 

Cross Country Skiing


Maumee Bay State Park
Oregon, OH
Cross-country skiing is permitted on the Mouse Trail

Metroparks of Toledo
Trails in all nine Metroparks of Toledo are rated for beginning skiers. Farnsworth, Oak Openings and Secor have beginner and intermediate trails; Wildwood has beginner, intermediate and advanced trails. All unpaved trails and open playfields in the Metroparks are suitable for cross-country skiing.

A 4-mile, intermediate cross-country ski trail is available at Oak Openings Preserve. Park at the Evergreen Lake Area.

Wood County Park District
Bowling Green, OH
The Slippery Elm Trail is a good place for cross-country skiing and that starts in Bowling Green and ends in North Baltimore. 13-mile asphalt trail between Bowling Green and North Baltimore access points at Sand Ridge Road, Gypsy Lane Road, Portage Road, Mermill Road, Freyman Road, and East Broadway (North Baltimore) 

Skating & Hockey

December 1-16
A synthetic ice skating rink near the Manor House will be open for free skating each day. Skates will be available to borrow at no charge on the three Saturdays and Sundays of the event, but skaters can bring their own skates on weekdays.
One SeaSkate
550 N. Summit Street
Toledo, OH
Synthetic ice rink located between One SeaGate and the Renaissance Hotel.
Admission: $5
Group rate (20 or more): $4
Students/Military: $3
Seniors: $2
Skate Rental: $2
Skate Sharpening: $1
Ottawa Park Ice Rink
2200 Bancroft at Ottawa Parkway
Ice Conditions and open skate schedule: 419-936-2997
Rink opens for ice skating Dec 9th (weather permitting)
Please call 419-245-3388 for more information
  • Open Skate
  • Skate Rentals
  • Adult Hockey League
  • Youth Hockey Instructional Programs

Admission: $4
Children under 3: FREE
Senior w/ Golden Buckeye Card: $2.50
Skate Rental $2
Sharpening: $4

Season Pass (Open Skate sessions ONLY)
Individual Pass $35
Senior Pass $25
Family Pass $125

Drop-in Hockey $5 (Goalies free)
Ice Rink Rental $150 per hour

Team Toledo Ice House
1258 W. Alexis Rd
Toledo, OH

  • Open Skates
  • Drop-In Hockey
  • Pro Shop
  • Field Trips & Parties
  • Concessions

Skater: $5
Skate Rental: $3

For more info call the rink: 419-476-4690

  • Two NHL-Sized indoor ice arenas
  • Pro Shop
  • Restaurant
  • Concessions
  • Rental Facilities
  • Hockey Camps
  • Clinics
  • Skating Lessons
  • Group Rates
  • Daily Open Skating
  • Daily Skating: 7 days/week

Adult Resident: $5
Adult Non-Res: $6
Seniors 60+: $2
Children Under 3: FREE
Rental Skates: $4

Group Admission Rates:
We offer a group rate of $6 per person for groups of 15 or more. Pre-registration is required for group skates during a public open skate session. Please call at least 72 hours in advance. This group rate includes skate rental. 

Bowling Green State University Ice Arena
Bowling Green, OH

  • Open Skate
  • Skate shop with a wide variety of services performed on site
  • Skating lessons for all ages
  • League Play Hockey
  • Drop-In Hockey
  • Family Drop-In Hockey

Public Skate Admission and Rental Rates:
BGSU Affiliate (Faculty, Staff, Student w/ ID) $3
General Admission $5
Cheap Skate $3
Skate Rental Fee: $3

Cheap Skate

Public Skate:

The Cube Findlay Sports-Plex
Findlay, Ohio 

  • Open Skate
  • Birthday Party Facilities
Times vary 
$5 admission 
$2 rentals during evening skate times 


Arlington Ice Arena
Adrian College Campus, Adrian, MI

  • Public Skates
  • Open Figure Skate
  • Drop-In Hockey
  • Adult Hockey League
  • Adult & Youth Lessons
  • Hockey Clinics
  • Drop-In Broomball

$5 per person
Skate Rental: $1



Black Swamp Curling Center
Bowling Green, OH 

  • Learn to Curl Classes
  • Private/Corporate events
  • Leagues
  • Youth Programs (Middle School, High School)
  • Bonspiels (Tournaments)
  • University/College programs
  • Beginners are always welcome!


Area Metropark Skating Opportunities

Pearson Metropark
Oregon, OH
Lighted pond suitable for ice skating. Check with rangers to determine whether the ice is safe.

Mallard Lake
Oak Openings Preserve
Swanton, OH
Entrances off Wilkins Road, SR 64 and SR 2
Check with rangers to determine whether the ice is safe.

Silver Lake at Side Cut
Maumee, OH
1025 W. River Road (between Jerome Road and Wayne Street)
Check with rangers to determine whether the ice is safe.

W.W.K Nature Preserve
Perrysburg, OH
29530 White Road
Pond available for skating, but as always, check with a ranger to determine whether the ice is safe.


Pearson Metropark
Oregon, OH
The popular sledding destination is lighted for evening use, and park hours are sometimes extended to allow sledders to take advantage of good snow during the week. This is a lighted hill for night sledding until around 9pm. There are benches at the top of this medium-sized hill to rest on.

Maumee Bay State Park
Oregon, OH
A 70-foot tall is relatively steep with a long slope.

Wagener Sledding Hill
Side Cut Metropark
Maumee, OH
This 24-foot hill is the start of a winter recreation area that will eventually include an extension for smaller children and seating areas. Locations, where sledders can warm up beside a fire, are also envisioned. The new hill will be similar in size to the popular sledding hill at Pearson. This hill is meant to take the place of Ft. Miamis and Ft. Meigs as a local sledding destination.

Ottawa Park
Toledo, OH
Many hills can be found throughout this park, ranging from small beginner hills to more moderate and steep slopes.

Navarre Park
Toledo, OH
This moderately sized hill is steep and bumpy in places but can offer a great ride.

Northview High School
Sylvania, OH
This hill is lighted at night from a nearby school parking lot. The hill is very long and moderately sloped. Riders often build jumps and bumps to make the ride more exciting. There is a creek at the end of the hill, but each ride lands far enough away so any danger is minimal.

Harroun Community Park
Sylvania, OH
Located in Harroun Park, parts of the hill can offer even the most adventurous sledder a thrill. The hill is very steep and offers a short, fast ride among grooves and bumps in the slope. There is also a tamer hill located nearest the Lathrop house with a warming station.

Nona France Recreational Area
Whitehouse, OH
Accessible from the park's Providence Street entrance. This hill rises about 60-feet above the ground and gives riders a long, easy ride down the slope. Some more adventurous riders drop down the backside, which is very steep and is also not recommended for safety reasons.

Homecoming Hill at Homecoming Park
715 Lawrence Avenue
Wauseon, OH
This hill boasts an average run-length of 100-feet. It is a moderate height and gives riders a long, fast ride.