SNOW TRAILS QUALITY SNOW STANDARD
Snowmaking plans are based on forecasted temperatures in the upper twenties and evaluated on how long they will hold there or below each night. This allows Snow Trails 2nd and 3rd Shift Snowmaking Crews to be ready to power-on Snow Trails Massive Snowmaking System around Thanksgiving each year. Snow Trails season typically runs December through mid-March.
It is all about ambient temperature and relative humidity and how they will change within a given ten day forecast. We look for a Wet Bulb Temperature, which is a calculation of ambient temperature around 29 degrees Fahrenheit or below and relative humidity of 60% or below, to produce Snow Trails Quality Snow Standard we hold ourselves to and one many have come to expect.
Though the snow is machine made, there is nothing fake about it... we are simply using the same natural process of freezing water into snowflakes, only to accomplish this we pressurize water and send it through three plus miles of 16" underground welded steel pipes to state-of-the-art SMI Super Pole Cat Snow Guns that are equipped with small nozzles around the rim of each gun. This breaks the water into tiny particles that are then blasted into the air with a giant fan blade at the back of the snow gun. Once these tiny molecules of water are airborne, they freeze quickly, producing a volume of snow more consistent than natural snowfall. This process ultimately produces a snowflake with the least amount of moisture, making the perfect snow to carve turns on skis and snowboards.
Snow Trails has an advantage in Ohio's frequent marginal temperatures, thanks to our Snowmaking System Cooling Tower. It first lowers the temperature of water supplied from our holding pond and water wells, by an average of 13 degrees Fahrenheit before the over four-thousand gallons of water per minute is pumped out to our snow guns. This plays a major role in reducing "cure time," meaning how fast the water molecules can freeze into snowflakes after being shot into the air from our snow guns. This allows for higher "quantity" and "quality" of snow to be made during each snowmaking campaign.
Once the snow is produced, our fleet of four Pisten Bully Snowcat Groomers make their way across the resort to push, spread, and lay down a fresh groomed corduroy surface of snow for Winter Fun Skiing, Snowboarding, and Snowtubing!
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, including a slow moving Beginner's Double Chairlift and two newly added ski carpets dedicated to the Beginner's Area Complex, and a third carpet lift utilized for the Snow Tubing Park with the "Longest Tubing Lanes in Ohio." Two of the most recent Trails added one being Timberline, the "Longest Trail in Ohio," bringing total trails to 17, with three glade ski areas, plus terrain parks. A 9,000 sq. ft. Rental Center houses user friendly equipment and offers a self service system. Snow Trails typically 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, please Contact Us.