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Lower Midwest Ski Areas Scheduling Fun February Events And Clinics

Snow Trails Winter Carnival bikini raceThree lower Midwest ski areas have some fun events coming up later this month. Clinics, family festivals and the Heartland’s first winter carnival take place in February.

Ohio’s Mad River Mountain is hosting its fourth annual Family Festival Monday, Feb. 15, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Family activities, in addition to skiing and riding, includes a visit from zoo animals, stilt walkers, a family photo booth and free ice cream and s’mores from 3-4 p.m. A four-for-$50 tubing special takes place from 5-9:30 p.m.  

Snow Trails, Ohio’s oldest ski area, is hosting its 55th annual Ski Carnival Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 20-21. There are activities for the whole family, from their famous Bikini and Chippendale Slalom Race to the always popular, spectator friendly Slush Cup and the Kids Challenge. Shucking Bubba, a popular area band, will take the stage at 9 p.m. Saturday. More 5,000 people have attended this event in past years. It’s popular with both those that come to ski and ride and those that like to watch. The slopes and tubing are open from 9 a.m.-9:30 daily. Tubing will be open until midnight during Carnival days.

Perfect North Slopes, in the southeast corner of Indiana near Cincinnati, is hosting freestyle ski and board clinics Wednesday, Feb. 17, for ages 13 and up. The two-hour clinics, which start at 7 p.m., focus on park etiquette, small jump take off and landings, and an introduction to sliding boxes and rails. Break out groups for more advanced techniques will also be available. The cost is $45 per person.

Due to a drought a few summers ago and the Emerald Ash Borer, many large trees on the ski area’s Runway, Encore and Showtime runs had to be cut down this past summer. As a result, Encore and Showtime were joined to make a new run called Prime Time, a wider run with a better fall line.

Photos: Top -- Snow Trails hosts its annual winter carnival Feb. 20-21 (Snow Trails); Below -- Perfect North Slopes, pictured on a bluebird day,  plans freestyle ski and board clinics (Perfect North Slopes) 

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