50th Annual Winter Carnival at Snow Trails

For Immediate Release January 26, 2011

 Celebrating 50 years of winter fun and rich history with events and entertainment during the Annual Carnival at Snow Trails

 Mansfield, OH, January 26, 2011: Snow Trails, Ohio’s popular ski, snowboard, and snow tubing resort, will host the 50th Annual Winter Carnival February 26th and 27th.  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 the cold temperatures and the over five foot base of snow across the slopes, some of the season’s best conditions are expected.

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 beer at 11:00am.  The first event of the day, the SoBe Kid’s Challenge, will take place close to the Terrainasaurus Park, for the youngster’s at 11:30am. Snow Trails will bring back the popular Molson Couples Challenge, which draws a crowd to view teams of participants, 21 years of age and older, on this extreme obstacle course at 1:00pm, followed by an event added to the Carnival just last season named the Yard Sale Pick-Up, to 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 50th 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 main lodge. Saturday night’s entertainment begins at 9:00pm in The Snowflake Loft with the band “Shucking Bubba Deluxe,” just prior to the elegance of the Torch Parade on the Mt. Mansfield slope at 9:30pm.

The second day will begin with the slopes 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.

It’s all part of the fun, as the course will be set and ready to signal the first qualifying heat of the Skier and Boarder Cross race, slated for Noon.  A race of this nature is a hybrid of down-hill skiing and snowboarding through a motocross type 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.

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 Carnival at Snow Trails has become a yearly reunion for many over the years.


Snow Trails, which was the first commercial ski area in Ohio, is a privately owned resort and has been under the same management since its inception. The resort features six chairlifts, two conveyor carpet lifts (one is utilized for the Tubing Park) and 15 trails plus three terrain parks and glade areas. 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 www.snowtrails.com.

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