Updated: Feb 14, 2022
Grab some coffee and join us for Ski Resort Sundays (SRS), where each week, we take a brief look at a ski resort from around the Midwest. SRS episodes are uploaded every Sunday at 8:00 AM (CST) so make sure you check in each week to see which ski resort we are covering.
Today, we will be examining Ohio’s first ski resort, Snow Trails.
Snow Trails is a ski resort that is located in Mansfield, Ohio, about an hour from Columbus and about 1 hour and fifteen minutes from Cleveland. Snow Trails history started well before the resort opened, though. The future owner, Dave Carto was stationed in Minnesota with the US Army, where he first got exposed to skiing. When Dave moved back to Ohio, he helped form the Mansfield Ski Club, a group of early skiers that created a rope tow out of a model T chassis and would sidestep a hill in central Ohio so they could ski until all of the snow melted for the day.
Dave noticed people would drive from far distances to ski this small hill and knew they were on to something here. A few years later, Dave heard of a group of investors looking to start a commercial ski hill, and after their first meeting - he became a key investor. The group purchased a 90-year-old farm named the “Crosby Farm” to create their new resort in 1961. The main lodge, The Snow Flake Loft, is that original barn from the old Crosby Farm. By 1970 Dave bought out his remaining partners and began reinvesting in his ski hill. From Ohio’s first chairlift to the first snowmaking system south of the 41st parallel, he always looked to improve the resort.
Today Snow Trails offers 19 runs serviced by six chairlifts and two service lifts. Snow Trails also offers tubing and, on select nights, has glow tubing as well. In addition, snow Trails features a variety of terrain parks with different features and terrain for every ability of skier or rider.
Once you step foot on the resort, you become part of the Snow Trails family, and from live bands to their annual winter carnival; you’ll always find a good time at Snow Trails.
If you want to learn more about Snow Trails, head over to their website www.snowtrails.com or check out some of our other videos below. We hope to see you out there this season!