Winter weather is well on its way to Mansfield, OH, and so is a plethora of seasonal activities for visitors. Snow tubers, skiers and snowboarders will love the recently updated ski resort, Snow Trails, while cross country skiers in search of a challenge are invited to explore the adventurous hills at Malabar Farm State Park.
Despite an unusually warm winter last year, 2017 weather predictions look good for snow-loving travelers thinking about hitting the slopes for downhill skiing and trails for cross country skiing. Snow Trails Resort staff members report that they expect better consistency with cold temperatures and good snowfall this winter.
In addition to perfectly blanketed slopes, visitors can expect enhancements throughout the resort. From improvements to the beginner’s area, to snowmaking system and chairlift upgrades, plus brand-new stock in the Ski Shop, visitors will find a fresh experience at Snow Trails. Special events will take place throughout the season, including Late Night and Glow Tubing Weekends, the always-popular Mid-Season Party, Big Air Competition and Ski Carnival.
Beyond great skiing and snowboarding, Snow Trails offers the longest tubing lanes in Ohio. Snow tubing is a family-friendly activity in the wintertime, without age restrictions or experience necessary. Terrain parks with plenty of soft and hard features designed for all levels of skiers and snowboarders are constructed during the season. From beginners to intermediate-level visitors or the most advanced skiers, anyone who heads to The Woods Terrain Park, can find plenty of jumps and rails to session.
At Malabar Farm State Park, undulating hills of the 5.27-mile trail will give cross country skiers a workout as they enjoy spectacular views of the 875-acre working farm that’s now a state park. Visitors can also ice skate and go sledding on the farm. Winter travelers can warm up with a tour of the stunning 32-room “Big House, which was built by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and screenwriter Louis Bromfield. Bromfield’s friendships with Hollywood’s elite drew stars like Jimmy Cagney, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall to Mansfield to relax. In fact, Bogey and Bacall were married at Malabar Farm in 1945.
Winter travelers can also find adventure hiking the trails at Gorman Nature Center, cross-country skiing on the B&O Bike Trail and taking in the wintry sights at the Shelby Reservoir & Trail.
A destination unlike any other, Mansfield and Richland County, Ohio offers unusual travel adventures and experiences, such as spending the night in a haunted former state prison where Hollywood blockbuster movies are shot, world-class motorsports, skiing, hiking, biking, golf, and loads of other outdoor adventures attract families and visitors of all ages. Complete visitor information and free visitors guide is available at MansfieldTourism.com or by calling (800) 642-8282.