For those willing to hop in the car and drive for a few hours, the opportunities for fun at Mansfield’s Snow Trails are nearly endless.
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.
Beginning on Dec. 13, the slopes will be open for snowboarding and skiing.
Additional snowmaking days are needed before the tubing park can open, Snow Trails posted Wednesday on its blog.
Beginning Dec. 21, tubing is tentatively set to begin, including glow tubing. Tubing hours are tentatively set for 9 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Glow tubing begins at 6 p.m. each night of the week, and tickets go on sale once the opening day is confirmed. Guests can purchase two-hour passes to go glow tubing.
Tickets must be purchased in advance and will be available once the date is finalized. 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. The season will run until March.
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.
If the weather permits, even more LED lights are strewn along the lanes. On certain dates, DJs will perform alongside the outdoor activities.
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.
WANT TO GO?
What: Glow tubing
Where: Snow Trails; 3100 Possum Run Road in Mansfield
When: Opening night for the slopes is Dec. 13; The tubing park will open tentatively on Dec. 21. Glow tubing begins at 6 p.m. every night of the week.
Cost: $25 for two-hour ticket, children five and under are $15. Tickets have yet to go on sale.