49th Annual Winter Carnival at Snow Trails - Destination Mansfield – Richland County

49th Annual Winter Carnival at Snow Trails

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Snow Trails Winter Resort
3100 Possum Run Road
Mansfield, OH 44903

Presented By: Snow Trails Winter Resort

There is something for everyone, from the famous Bikini and Chippendale Slalom races, to the SoBe Kids 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 four 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 Kids Challenge, will take place close to the Terrainasaurus Park, for the youngsters at 11:30am. The Amstel Light Challenge will draw a crowd to view 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 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. Evening entertainment begins on Friday night at 8:00pm with live music by Jeremy and Kyle, of the band Red Ball Jets, playing classic and modern rock. 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.

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