There are only two weeks left to purchase a discounted 2010-11 season pass at Snow Trails, Ohio's first commercial ski resort, which celebrates operating 50 years this season. Snow Trails first opened in 1961, making it one of the Heartland's older ski areas.
Gold Member passes, which entitle you to go straight to the lifts anytime the area is open, are currently $418 for the primary adult. Gold additional passes, ages 13 or older, same household, are $323 each, and a Gold Kid's pass, ages 6-12, is $166.25. All go up respectively to $440, $340 and $175 Nov. 1. All Gold passes must be purchased at the same time.
A standard season pass, any age, is currently $318.25 and goes up to $335 on the above date. It's not a straight to the lift pass. You have to stop and get a lift ticket before proceeding to the slopes, which you don't with the Gold pass.
Snow Trails has been busy over the summer making a half-million dollars in improvements to the area. A new day lodge is being erected for the Vertical Descent Tubing Park and should be ready by mid-December. No more long trips back to the main lodge for a restroom, and it will have a small cafeteria area for food and drink while you warm up.
They also added six additional tower-mounted snowguns. It was the first ski area located below the 41st parallel to operate snowmaking.
The ski area, located south of Mansfield off I-71 on Possum Run Road - got to love that name - offers a vertical drop of 300 feet, decent for this area of the Midwest, and has 15 trails serviced by four triple, two double chairlifts, and conveyor carpet lifts for the beginner and tubing areas.