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.

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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 particles 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. 

Your advantage for skiing great snow is thanks to our Snow Trails Snowmaking System Cooling Tower. In Ohio's frequent marginal temperatures, 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 each snow gun. 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 a snow gun. 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. 

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Snow Report Updated: 2/23/18  3:50PM

Slope Hours Today: Reopening SATURDAY 9AM
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Tubing Hours Today:  Reopening SUNDAY 9AM
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Snow Trails Ski Shop Hours:
Friday 11AM- 5PM
Regular Weekend Hours 9AM- 8PM
Carnival Sale

Our Snow Groomers will be out today, pushing and spreading to get ready for our 57th Annual Ski Carnival to take place this Saturday and Sunday - no matter what! We will reopen the Slopes only with normal hours beginning at 9AM Saturday. As a result, the new Tubing Bobsled event will unfortunately have to be cancelled. We will host all other Carnival events both days as planned, unless weather delays are necessary. On Sunday at 9AM we will open both the Slopes and Tubing Park and be happy to host you for our second day of Carnival.

Although you might see percentages of precipitation at nearly 100%, most turn-out to be intermittent r@#% during only a portion of the day, as a front moves through, so don’t let it ruin your Carnival fun! We know many of you have already made plans and reservations and you will not want to miss it!!

We will be getting back to Normal Hours on the Slopes and in the Tubing Park this coming week. We are happy to see the forecast showing cooler temps at night and plan to carry-on. This unseasonably warm weather is unfortunate, however we hope winter is not over yet! We will look for sustained snowmaking temps in the forecast to hopefully get back to snowmaking and add to our base of snow for an even better finish to the season.

Our plan is to keep the fun going as far into March as possible. Our typical season runs December thru mid-March. We will look forward to you joining us! If a days weather is in question for you, before heading-out, please check-back here to our daily updated Snow Report for the latest.

Surface Conditions: Wet snow
Notes: Snow base is holding-up against these warm temps and precipitation. Our crew will be out in our fleet of Pisten Bully Snow Cat Groomers pushing and spreading the snow for reopening.