Snow Trails, Ohio's oldest ski area and one of the oldest in the Midwest, celebrates its 49th winter carnival Feb. 20-21.  There are a lot of ski areas scattered across the Heartland that aren't that old.

They say it's a party you don't want to miss. There are activities for the whole family to enjoy.  Saturday's events include a SOBE Kid's Challenge, an Amstel Light Extreme Challenge, and a Yard Sale Pick-Up.  Sunday is the Giant Slalom Race, a Border/Skier Cross, the Cardboard Creation Classic, and the famed Mt. Dew Slush Cup, which normally draws huge galleries. 

Check out the pictures online from last year's event, and you will see why.  Got to love those bikini clad skiers and riders.  Shucking Bubba Deluxe, one of the Columbus area's top live bands, will be performing that night.  Other Saturday night live shows scheduled at Snow Trails through the end of the season include the Jim Vincent Blues Band Feb. 27, and Kazamy Island Party with Steve Brownell March 6.

Snow Trails, home to the highest elevation slopes in the Buckeye State, is located south of Mansfield off I-71 on Possum Run Road.  It offers a vertical drop of 300 feet and 15 trails serviced by four triple, two double chairlifts, and conveyor carpet lifts for the beginner and tubing areas.  It was the first ski area located below the 41st parallel to operate snowmaking. 

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