The best places a short drive from Dayton for snow tubing adventures, including Mad River, Perfect North, Valley's Edge and Snow Trails

WORTH THE DRIVE: Glow tubing and skiing destination to host Carnival weekend with bikini and bobsled races

If a snow adventure tubing, glow tubing or skiing is on your bucket list, then this weekend might be the perfect opportunity.

Snow Trails in Mansfield is dialing up the fun a few notches with its 59th annual Ski Carnival that has fun for everyone.

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On Feb. 22 and 23, Snow Trails in Mansfield will be hosting its wildly popular Carnival event . Special activities include a Chippendale race. NATE WOLLESON/CONTRIBUTED
Photo: Nate Wolleson

On Feb. 22 and 23, Snow Trails will be hosting its wildly popular event that serves as a reunion for returning snow enthusiasts and as a meeting place for new members. 

 

Special activities include a Chippendale and Bikini Race (18 and up), tubing bobsled races, ski and board races, a kids challenge and concert by Shucking Bubba Deluxe (21 and up).

On Feb. 22 and 23, Snow Trails in Mansfield will be hosting its wildly popular Carnival event. Special activities include a Chippendale race. NATE WOLLESON/CONTRIBUTED
Photo: Nate Wolleson

THE SCHEDULE

Saturday, Feb. 22

All Day — Ski Patrol Bratwurst Burn

11 a.m. — Nesquik Kids Challenge

12:30 p.m. — Skier/Boarder Cross

2 p.m. — Tubing Bobsled Race (three-person teams)

3 p.m. — Chippendale and Bikini Race

4 p.m. — Ohio Ski Queen and event awards

9 p.m. — Concert by Shucking Bubba Deluxe (advance tickets required)

Sunday, Feb. 23

All Day — Ski Patrol Bratwurst Burn

11 a.m. —Carnival Giant Slalom Race

11:30 a.m. —Guest Carnival Costume Contest

12 p.m. —Sam Adams Couples Challenge

12:30 p.m. —Cardboard Creation Race

3 p.m. —Slush Cup with awards for best wipe-out, best costume and fastest

4 p.m. — Awards

On Feb. 22 and 23, Snow Trails in Mansfield will be hosting its wildly popular Carnival event. Special activities include bobsled tubing. NATE WOLLESON/CONTRIBUTED
Photo: Nate Wolleson

ABOUT SNOW TRAILS

Located in scenic Possum Run Valley in Mansfield, an hour north of Columbus, Snow Trails offers a seasonal outdoor getaway for those who want to brave the elements for skiing, snowboarding and tubing.

Each day, fresh snow is packed on to the slopes, regardless of the weather outside of the resort. 

The slopes are open for snowboarding and skiing through March 15.

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Glow tubing begins at 6 p.m. each night of the week. Guests can purchase two-hour passes to go glow tubing. 

Tickets must be purchased in advance. Those interested in glow tubing should select time slots after 6 p.m. 

Two-hour Tubing Tickets are $25($15 for ages 5 and under). Season passes are $150.

Beginning on Dec. 13, Snow Trails in Mansfield offers glow tubing.
Photo: Nate Wolleson

Throughout the season, an array of colorful LED lights line the park. Guests can set off at the top of the hill and glide down the snow-packed and LED-lined lanes with a number of guests following along behind them in a train of tubes. 

The Vertical Descent Snow Tubing Park is unique in that it offers the longest tubing lanes in all of Ohio. 

After hitting the slopes, guests can enjoy live entertainment or grab a bite to eat or a drink at one of the many eateries in the ski lodge on premises. Or, if a quick pick-me-up is needed, guests can huddle around the nearby fire pit.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

Aside from paying a visit to Snow Trails, there are many other unique and interesting destinations within and just outside of Mansfield.  Those looking for even more outdoor adventure can head to Malabar Farm State Park in nearby Lucas, Ohio, to enjoy miles of ungroomed trails perfect for cross country skiing. 

However, if being outdoors in the cold doesn’t appeal to you, perhaps a visit to the set of the Shawshank Redemption could spark your interest. That’s right! The Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, a centuries-old prison steeped in chilling history and plenty of creepy ambiance, provided the setting for the famous movie. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday through Sunday, visitors can take tours of the Ohio State Reformatory. 

For more reasons to make a day trip to Mansfield, pay a visit to destinationmansfield.com.

Snow Trails in Mansfield will offer glow tubing after 6 p.m. Source: Snow Trails Facebook
Photo: Nate Wolleson

WANT TO GO?

What: Glow tubing

Where: Snow Trails; 3100 Possum Run Road in Mansfield

When: Season continues through March 15 

Cost: $25 for two-hour ticket, children five and under are $15. Advance online reservations required.

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