Snow Trails is hosting its 51st Winter Carnival Feb 25-26. They first celebrated the event the winter of 1961, which makes it one of the Heartland’s oldest ski area carnivals.

There are activities for everyone to enjoy from the infamous Bikini and Chippendale Slalom Races to races for the kids and events in the tubing park. Over 5,000 snowsports enthusiasts are expected to attend. Snow Trails will be open 9 a.m to 9:30 p.m Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday's events include a SOBE Kid's Challenge, Skier Cross, a Yard Sale Pick-Up in the tubing park, and the always popular bikini races starting at 3 p.m. The crowing of the 51st Ohio Ski Queen takes place in the Snowflake Loft at 4:30 p.m. Live entertainment with Shucking Bubba begins in the Loft at 9 p.m, and a torch light parade takes place at 9:30 p.m.

Sunday is the Giant Slalom Race, the Molson Couples Fun Race, the Cardboard Creation Classic in the tubing park, and the famed Mountain Dew Slush Cup, which normally draws huge galleries.

All events are $10 to register, except for the SOBE Kids Challenge, Yard Sale Pick Up and the GS Race, which are all $5.

The Ski Patrol Bratwurst Burn takes place both days beginning at 11 a.m. Beer, brats, bikinis and a good old fashioned winter carnival, what more could you want? Let the fun begin. In 50 years they have learned to put on a good party.

Snow Trails has live entertainment every Saturday night during the season. Acoustic Mayhem is scheduled to play this Saturday, Feb. 18, and Steve Brownell follows Winter Carnival weekend on Saturday, March 3.

Open Pass Week begins Monday, Feb. 27 and runs through Sunday, March 4. Bring a valid 2011-12 season pass from any other resort and enjoy a free day on the slopes at Snow Trails. Go to the Information Desk to obtain a free lift ticket.