Last call for winter sports!

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

"We've got the perfect answer," said Nate Wolleson, marketing manager at Snow Trails Winter Resort. "Everybody recalls those same memories of walking back up that hill. We have a moving conveyor belt to ride back to the top. It's kind of like the moving walk at the airport, only it goes up."

Snow Trails introduced their Vertical Descent Tubing Park last year, and Wolleson says it's very popular. "Snow tubing is the fastest-growing winter sport right now. Anyone can do it. It doesn't require experience, and age and height don't matter. It's terrific for families and it's a great opportunity for those who don't care to ski or snowboard. We provide the tube, and the groomed lanes are separate from normal slopes. There are walls of snow on each side so it keeps you going straight down. You might bump the snow walls, but you will go straight."

"There are signs that show which lanes you can link up with friends. It's easy. All you have to do is hang onto the tube handle next to you. I've seen as many as eight or 10 tubes linked up. We take pride in making sure our park is as safe as possible."

Wolleson thinks March is a great time to enjoy Snow Trails. "Spring skiing is a lot of fun," he said. "You can start to shed some of those winter layers, the weather is beginning to turn warmer, and the sun is shining on your face as you go back up the lift."

Snow Trails Winter Resort has all the winter sports covered. There are ski slopes of all sizes and difficulties. Twenty percent of the slopes are for beginners, 60 percent are intermediate slopes, and another 20 percent are for advanced skiers.

Average annual snowfall in the area is 52 inches. Snow Trails relies on state-of-the-art snowmakers that, at full capacity, can cover almost three average slopes with two inches of man-made snow base in 24 hours. It was the first ski resort in Ohio, opening in Mansfield in 1961.

Always focusing on the family, Snow Trails plans special events throughout the winter season, which lasts through March. Lessons are available and special children's programs are always popular. All equipment can be rented: skis, ski blades, and snowboards.

Although the resort offers no overnight accommodations, lodging is located nearby. Most of the lodges offer ski packages. For snow bunnies or a place to warm up and socialize after a day on the slopes, Snow Trails has a beautiful lodge with two restaurants and two bars. The staff is very helpful and friendly.

My travel companions, grandsons Michael and Evan, consider Snow Trails the coolest place to be when the winter winds blow in Ohio. You'll think so, too.

You can reach the resort at 419-774-9818. Its website is very helpful and has lots of information. You can find out about current conditions, special events, and hours of operation. Check it out:

I'll be happy to answer any questions you might have. My email address is

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