Mad River Ski Resort

Mad River Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of Ohio in USA. The resort is in the town of Springfield, OH.

Mad River is a part of the Epic Ski Pass network. This allows you to buy one lift pass, and ski at most of the Vail owned slopes with it throughout the year. There are a handful of different types of Epic passes available, ranging from 3-7 days, to season-long.

Mad River Lodging:

Mad River Ski Resort Terrain Overview

Mad River has a total of 20 ski trails, which are serviced by 12 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Mad River is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 144 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 58 hectares, 0 square miles, or 1 square kilometers.

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
144(1 km2)
Annual Snowfall

Mad River Ski Resort Elevation

Mad River Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 1,460 feet, or 445 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 1,160 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 300 feet (91 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

Mad River has a very low summit elevation. The summit of this park is one of the smaller ones in the country.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
1,460'(445 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
300'(91 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
1,160'(354 m)

Mad River Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
40.3out of 100
←  EasyHard  →
Mad River can be beginner-friendly, but it depends on the ski trails you ride. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 78% of its trails rated at or above intermediate ski level.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

Skiiable Area by Difficulty Level

Mad River has 144 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Mad River is mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 22% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 78%.
22%(32 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
34%(49 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
44%(63 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Mad River Ski Resort good for beginners?

Mad River can be beginner-friendly, depending on the runs you take. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 78% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.

Mad River Ski Resort Location

Mad River Ski Resort is located in the state of Ohio, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Springfield, OH.

Springfield, OH 45506 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
39.91000, -83.93000

Getting to Mad River Ski Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Mad River Ski Resort), its coordinates of 39.91000, -83.93000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Springfield, OH to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Mad River Ski Resort.

John Glenn Columbus International AirportCMHColumbus, OH55 mi
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International AirportCVGCincinnati / Covington, KY71 mi
Indianapolis International AirportINDIndianapolis, IN126 mi

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Mad River.

James M Cox Dayton International AirportDAYDayton, OH15 mi
Rickenbacker International AirportLCKColumbus, OH54 mi
Fort Wayne International AirportFWAFort Wayne, IN99 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Mad River Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Mad River Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Alpine ValleyWest Liberty, OH1,500 ft32%31 mi
Boston Mills BrandywinePeninsula, OH660 ft39%53 mi
Snow TrailsMansfield, OH1,475 ft31%91 mi

Mad River Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation1,460 ft
Base Elevation1,160 ft
Vertical Drop300 ft
(22% Beginner,  34% Intermediate,  44% Expert)
Skiable Acres144
Avg. Annual SnowfallN/A inches
Mad River Ski Resort Mountain Stats