Snow Trails is hosting its 50th Winter Carnival Feb 26-27. They first Winter Carnival at the resort was in 1961, which makes it one the Heartland's oldest ski area carnivals.

They say it's a party you don't want to miss. There are activities for the whole family to enjoy from the infamous Bikini and Chippendale Slalom Races to races for the kids and events in the tubing park. Over 5,000 snow sports 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, the Molson Couples Challenge, a Yard Sale Pick-Up in the tubing park, and the always popular bikini races starting at 3 p.m. The crowing of the 50th Ohio Ski Queen takes place in the Snowflake Loft at 4:30 p.m. Live entertainment with Shucking Bubba Deluxe begins in the Loft at 9 p.m., and a torchlight parade takes place at 9:30 p.m.

Sunday is the Giant Slalom Race, a Border/Skier Cross, the Cardboard Creation Classic in the tubing park, and the famed Mountain Dew Slush Cup, which normally draws huge galleries.

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.

Lift tickets are $30 and $59 with rental equipment. Tubing passes run $22 for two hours and $25 for three hours.

"We have some of the best conditions in recent years," Snow Trails' Nate Wolleson told OnTheSnow. "There's over five feet of base across all slopes."

Open pass week begins Monday, Feb. 28 and runs through Sunday, March 6. Bring a valid 2010-11 season pass from any other resort and ski/snowboard at Snow Trails free that day.  Go to the Information Desk to obtain a free lift ticket.

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