Ohio Resorts Offer Incentives To Entice Buckeye Skiers
Typically Buckeye skiers and riders have about a month left to get out on Ohio’s slopes. Ohio ski resorts are offering numerous incentives right now to get out and enjoy some of the best conditions of the season.
Snow Trails’ Value Days start Feb. 25 when weekday pricing is extended to weekends. Open Pass Week also starts on that day and runs through March 3 when valid 2012/13 season passes from other ski areas get you a free day skiing and riding at Snow Trails.
The 52nd annual Snow Trails Ski Carnival is Feb. 23-24. Saturday's events include a SOBE Kid's Challenge, Border/Skier Cross, a Yard Sale Pick-Up in the tubing park, and the always popular bikini races starting at 3 p.m. Live entertainment with Shucking Bubba begins in the Snowflake Loft at 9 p.m. Sunday is the Giant Slalom Race, costume contest, Couples Fun Race, the Cardboard Creation Classic in the tubing park, and the Mountain Dew Slush Cup, which normally draws huge galleries.
Mad River Mountain has Family Fun Nights every Thursday starting at 4 p.m. Its $100 for a skiing/riding family of four, which includes lift tickets and a coupon for a pizza, bag of popcorn and fountain drinks. Over at Avalanche Tubing Park, $50 scores four tubing passes for the night. Every Friday is College Day. It’s $20 to ski or ride from 10 a.m-4 p.m., or $20 from 4 p.m.-3 a.m. Rentals are half-off.
Family Festival takes place on President’s Day, Feb. 18 with activities for all ages, games and giveaways. There will appearances by Columbus Zoo animals and Sunny 95 Ice Cream Truck. A Cabin Fever Party and Slopestyle event takes place Saturday, Feb 23, and the Yuengling Spring Fling is Saturday, March 2. It includes a costumed pond skimming event and the wacky Cardboard Sled Race; both fun spectator events.
Peak Resorts’ Boston Mills/Brandywine offers carload snow tubing Thursday nights at Polar Blast Tubing Park. Grab some friends and head over from 5:30-9:30 p.m., four tubing passes are $50. Every Friday night, 8 p.m.-2 a.m., is College ID Midnight Madness. Just show your college ID and a lift ticket is $20 at Brandywine. Live music is playing in the Trails & Ales Bar.
The year-end Winter Carnival takes place at Boston Mills Saturday, March 9. Filled with events and competitions that appeal to a wide audience, it’s as much fun for spectators as participants. A couple of the better spectator events are the Costume Contest and the Slosh Pit.
Check out the new 48,000-square-foot base lodge at Brandywine, which SnoCountry.com first reported on last June. All skier services are now housed under one roof, a welcome change for guests. The ground level includes lift ticket windows, a 10,000-square-foot rental area, restrooms and retail shops. The second floor cafeteria and bar feature twice the seating of the old facility. A large patio and sundeck will be a spring addition.
Alpine Valley, another Peak Resorts’ property, offers 2-for-1 Tuesday from 1-8 p.m. You purchase one lift ticket and get a second free. Learn to ski packages, $47, which include an all-area four hour lift ticket, group lesson and rental equipment is available daily. Lift tickets are $23 midweek and $28 weekends after 3 p.m.
Clear Fork Resort offers four-hour lift tickets for $22 Monday-Thursday and $33 Friday-Saturday. An all day midweek lift ticket is $34 and weekends are $46.
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