Winter weather brings out cross-country skiers and snowshoers in northeast Ohio

CLEVELAND, Ohio — While some northeast Ohioans may complain about having to shovel after a big snowstorm, skiers couldn’t be more ecstatic.

Northeast Ohio has seen a lot of snow over the past few weeks, which has caused the snow to stay on the ground longer than at any time since 2015.

Over the weekend, cross-country skiers and snowshoers flocked to parks in northeast Ohio to enjoy.

Cross-country ski and snowshoe rentals are available at select parks and golf courses in northeast Ohio for anyone looking to have some fun. Here’s what the local park systems in Cuyahoga, Lake, and Summit counties offer.

Cuyahoga County

Cleveland Metroparks allows cross-country skiing on trails and some golf course fairways when there is 4 inches or more of snow on the ground, Cleveland Metroparks spokeswoman Jacqueline Gerling said.

Metroparks rent boots and cross-country skis at the Big Met Golf Course when the snow is deep enough.

Additionally, the Outdoor Recreation Team offers short $5 Trial Programs for those interested in quick, first-time experiences and $15 Learner Programs where participants can learn skills. , basic knowledge and techniques, Gerling said.

Customers can sign up here to be notified of Cleveland Metropark contextual programs when the area is impacted by winter weather.

Lake County

In Lake County, Pine Lodge Ski Resort at Chapin Forest Reservation is a popular destination for skiers, Lake Metroparks spokesman John Venen said. The center is located at 10381 Hobart Road in Kirtland.

Cross-country ski and snowshoe rentals are available when the ski resort is open (weather permitting). The hours are from noon to 8 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends.

Customers interested in skiing or snowshoeing who do not own equipment will need to reserve their time and equipment online. Visitors who bring their own skis or snowshoes do not have to reserve a time.

Cross-country skis are available for rent for ages 13 and up for $5 per hour and for ages 12 and under for $3 per hour.

Snowshoes are available for rent for ages 13 and up for $3 per hour and ages 12 and under for $1.50 per hour.

Trails are maintained at the south entrance to Chapin Forest Preserve and Girdled Road Preserve. However, rentals are only available in the Chapin Forest Reserve, Venen said.

For up-to-date ski conditions at Chapin Forest Reservation and Girdled Road Reservation, and to find out if Pine Lodge Ski Resort is open, guests can call the Winter Sports Hotline at 440-256- 2118, ext. 4178, or check Twitter or Facebook, Venen said.

Summit County

Snowshoes can be borrowed from the Liberty Park Nature Center at 9999 Liberty Road in Twinsburg, Summit Metro Parks spokeswoman Clare Merrick said.

Snowshoes cannot leave the park and can only be used on Bluebird Trail, Merrick noted. They must be returned by 4:45 p.m. on the loan date and a signed waiver is required.

The center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. It is closed on Monday and Tuesday.

More information about snowshoeing and cross-country skiing activities, including times and locations, can be found on the Summit County Metro Parks website, she said. Additional winter programming is also available on the Programs and Events page.

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