51st Annual Winter Ski Carnival at Snow Trails
NEWS FROM SNOW TRAILS
For Immediate Release February 21, 2012
A fun for all winter weekend, free and open to the public, packed with on and off snow events and entertainment to take place during the Annual Carnival at Snow Trails.
Mansfield, OH, Monday, February 21, 2012: Snow Trails, Ohio’s popular ski, snowboard, and snow tubing resort, will host the 51st Annual Winter Ski Carnival February 25th and 26th. The weekend festivities have been celebrated since the very first season in 1961-‘62 at Snow Trails.
There is something for everyone, from the famous Bikini and Chippendale Slalom races, to the SoBe Kid’s Challenge and two events to take place in the Tubing Park, the Yard Sale Pick-Up and the Cardboard Creation Race. The slopes and parks will attract many, and the Carnival even more, as Snow Trails gears up for an expected 5,000 visitors. The area will be open from 9:00am- 9:30pm for regular skiing and snowboarding Saturday and Sunday. The Vertical Descent Tubing Park will be open from 9:00am- Midnight on Saturday and 9:00am- 9:30pm on Sunday. Thanks to major investments in snowmaking technologies, Snow Trails is covered top to bottom with up to four feet of snow, making for excellent winter sports opportunities in Ohio.
The first day will begin with the slopes opening at 9:00am on Saturday. The Ski Patrol Bratwurst Burn will begin serving their delicious brats and cold beverages at 11:00am, as the first event of the day, the SoBe Kid’s Challenge, takes place close to the Terrainasaurus Park, for youngsters. The course will be set and ready to signal the first qualifying heat of the Skier and Boarder Cross race at 12:30pm. A race of this nature is a hybrid of down-hill skiing and snowboarding over a motocross styled course of snow. Contestants race five or six at a time down the potentially disastrous course. This event is similar to that of the Winter X Games. The next event of the day, named the Yard Sale Pick-Up, will take place at 2:00pm, showcasing participants 15 years old and under competing to pick-up all items placed in a Tubing Park lane while tubing down.
The ever-so-popular Bikini and Chippendale races will take place beginning at 3:00pm on Saturday. A presentation for the 51st Ohio Ski Queen and awards for the day’s activities will be held at 4:30pm in The Snowflake Loft, located on the second floor of the Ski Lodge. Saturday night’s entertainment begins at 9:00pm in The Snowflake Loft with the band “Shucking Bubba.”
The second day will begin with the slopes and tubing park opening at 9:00am on Sunday. The Snow Trails Ski Patrol will fire up the outdoor grill once again at 11:00am, as the Carnival Giant Slalom race gets underway. The Guest Costume Contest judging is scheduled for noon on the Ski Lodge deck. It’s all part of the fun, as Snow Trails will host the popular Molson Couples Fun Race, also at Noon, which draws a crowd to view teams of participants 21 years of age and older, on this extreme obstacle course.
A second event, added to Carnival activities in the tubing park, named the Cardboard Creation Race, will begin at 1:00pm. Prior to the race, competitors will construct from cardboard, paper, and tape only, an object to be judged for design and piloted the furthest distance down one of the Vertical Descent Tubing Park lanes, while still intact and in the fastest time.
Set as the grand finale of the Carnival is the Mountain Dew Slush Cup at 3:30pm, where daring individuals on snowboards or skis try their best at skimming across an icy pool of green colored slush and water. Most do not make it across the lengthy pool, proving to be a treat more for the spectators than the participants. The day’s awards will follow at 5:00pm in The Snowflake Loft.
Although the events and features are designed to add excitement and fun to the weekend, all are welcome to come and enjoy the resort whether they participate in the events or not. The Annual Winter Ski Carnival at Snow Trails has become a winter reunion for many over the years.
Snow Trails, which was the first commercial ski area in Ohio, is a privately owned resort, under the same management since inception. The resort features six chairlifts, two conveyor carpet lifts, with one being utilized for the Tubing Park. Two new trails were added this 2011-’12 season, to include Timberline, the “Longest Trail in Ohio,” bringing trails to 17 total, plus three terrain parks and glade areas. A new 9,000 sq. ft. Rental Center was added, with nearly double the inventory and a self service system. The resort usually opens in early December and the season lasts into March. The resort is located off Interstate 71 south of Mansfield on Possum Run Road. For more information call 800-OHIO-SKI or visit the resort website at SnowTrails.com.
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