[R401R, Snow Trails], Ohio’s oldest ski area, made a major investment in its snowmaking system over the summer, cleared a new intermediate trail, added a new rental center and converted the former rental center into a Children’s Learning Center—representing a capital outlay of $2 million.


It follows last season’s 50th anniversary year, which was one of the best on record, according to Marketing Manager Nate Wolleson. 


The upgrade to the snowmaking system will increase output by nearly 40 percent, and a new cooling tower will allow the underground water supply to cool more rapidly thus increasing snowmaking efficiency. 


The new Timberline Trail, located on the west side of the ski hill, wraps around the popular West Woods slope. Wolleson said it’s the longest trail in Ohio. An Upper Cut was added between Alpine Trail and West Woods offering more lift choices to access Timberline. The Alpine Terrain Park was expanded and Competition Slope was regraded to improve the downhill race course layout.


Opening day is slated for Friday, Dec. 9, and a kick-off party with live music in the day lodge starting at 9 p.m. follows on Saturday. 


Snow Trails, which opened in 1961, offers a 300-foot vertical drop, 17 trails, three terrain parks, glades, a tubing park serviced by six chairlifts and two conveyor carpet lifts. It’s one of the older ski areas in the Heartland, and, like fine wine, it continues to improve annually.