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Ohio may not be the first state that comes to mind when you think of skiing. But northeast Ohio is blessed with rolling hills that lead into the Allegheny and Appalachian Mountains. The Cuyahoga Valley National Park has surprisingly good ski areas with twin ski resorts on each side of the mountain. The two resorts – Boston Mills and Brandywine Ski Area – have 85 skiable acres and 17 trails, almost half of which are advanced. The ski areas also boast a freestyle terrain park and a snow tubing area. Grooming is done nightly to provide a nice surface for skiing and snowboarding. The Winter Sports Center at Kendall Lake Shelter offers ...

Ohio may not be the first state that comes to mind when you think of skiing. But northeast Ohio is blessed with rolling hills that lead into the Allegheny and Appalachian Mountains. The Cuyahoga Valley National Park has surprisingly good ski areas with twin ski resorts on each side of the mountain. The two resorts – Boston Mills and Brandywine Ski Area – have 85 skiable acres and 17 trails, almost half of which are advanced. The ski areas also boast a freestyle terrain park and a snow tubing area. Grooming is done nightly to provide a nice surface for skiing and snowboarding. The Winter Sports Center at Kendall Lake Shelter offers snowshoeing and cross-county skiing in the Cuyahoga Valley. More than 125 miles of trails are open for hiking year round. Though many trails are especially scenic in the winter, the Ledges Trail is among the most popular due to the dramatic icicles on the rocks. For ice fishing in the park’s lakes and ponds, fish that are caught include large-mouth bass, crappie and bluegill. Once a source of shame, the Cuyahoga River is now an inspiration for how dedicated people can heal a damaged river. The "comeback" Cuyahoga is now the centerpiece of the lovely Cuyahoga Valley National Park, established Oct. 11, 2000, as one of the newest national parks. Encompassing about 33,000 acres of valley, the park covers a 22-mile section of the river between Cleveland and Akron. The river was so bad that in 1969 it caught fire for 24 minutes and became a national symbol as "the burning river" for how America had failed as stewards of the environment. Today, the winding Cuyahoga — named by American Indians as "the crooked river" — journeys through open farmlands, rolling hills and deep forests.

Jackie Finch
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Jackie Sheckler Finch has written several guidebooks, including The Unofficial Guide to Campgrounds in the Great Lakes States, and four times she was named Travel Writer of the Year by Midwest Travel Writers Association.

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