Ohio Ski Area to Launch More Than a Season

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Snow Trails Ski Area, OH has the bragging rights to numerous firsts. Including a new unique contest called 'Design a Park'. From Dec 04 to Feb 05 skiers and snowboarders can develop their own designs for the next Snow Trails terrain park. The Grand Prize is a Signature Park for the 2005/06 ski season.

With opening day looming for skiing, one ski area is already generating excitement. Starting in December and continuing until February 19, 2005, skiers and snowboarders will get the chance to design a signature terrain park at Snow Trails Winter Resort near Mansfield.

Snow Trails has the bragging rights to numerous “firsts” they have accomplished since being the first to open in Ohio in 1961. This Design a Park Contest is no exception. Snow Trails management believes this is the first time any ski area has done something of this nature and scope. In this unique contest, skiers and snowboarders and all snow enthusiasts are encouraged to develop their own designs for the next Snow Trails terrain park. The Grand Prize winner will see his/her designs come to life on the slopes during the 2005/06 ski season.

Dave Carto, President of Snow Trails had this to say about the contest, “Because terrain parks are becoming such an integral part to ski area operations, we are constantly searching for bigger and better features to keep our guests excited. Many of the best suggestions for the jumps, rails, and other features come right from those who use them the most. Our goal is to both validate the best ideas and reward those that develop them; plus, have some fun along the way.”

The contest was conceived in a meeting over the summer while going over plans for the upcoming ski season. Resort management realized that both local and visiting terrain park enthusiasts were always willing to help give feature suggestions for the park. After compiling all the suggestions, design ideas, and even construction offers they decided to find a way to encourage even more. The Design a Park Contest was born.

The Design a Park Contest also coincides with the launch of the new Snow Trails website. With terrain park enthusiast demographics that lean heavily towards the web, the http://www.snowtrails.com site will be used as the back-drop to showcase many new interactive capabilities. Both contestants and regular snow enthusiasts can be active participants at Snow Trails this winter whether they are on the snow or on a computer. Snow Trails will post regular contest updates, photo diaries, daily ski conditions, and more throughout the winter.

One grand prize winner will be announced in February that will receive, in addition to other prizes, their very own bragging rights to a ski area “signature” terrain park. The designer’s challenge is to bring together numerous hard and soft features while taking into account the terrain layout, the types of materials used, the size and scope of the features to the available space, the flow of someone coming downhill, the ease of the features construction, the amount of snowmaking needed, as well as cost considerations. A big challenge for a big reward!

For those with lesser aspirations, there will also be monthly winners for the top individual features. Monthly individual feature winners will be chosen in two single-feature categories, a hard division and a soft division. The hard division winner must come up with an original and easy to build feature that uses some form of hard materials.

Examples of hard features include:

•    Â“wall” something that resembles a wall in appearance, function, or construction.

•    Â“rail” a structure made of bars and/or supports that extends horizontally between supports.

•    Â“box” a hard sided container typically constructed with four sides perpendicular to the base and often having a lid or cover

Soft division feature examples include:

•    Â“jumps”, “hits” a snow structure or course from which a jump is made.

•    Â“tables” a raised usually square or rectangular surface with a horizontally cut surface across the snow structure.

•    Â“spines” a snow structure that resembles or suggests a spine, backbone or ridge.

The Design a Park Contest will be run completely through http://www.snowtrails.com, including contest information, registration, and judging results. For more details on how to enter, official rules, or monthly winners visit http://www.snowtrails.com.

Snow Trails Winter Resort has been serving Ohio since 1961. There are seven lifts serving 16 runs, including two terrain parks on 50 acres. The Resort boasts being “Ohio’s first and finest” since it has a reputation of many Midwest firsts, including being Ohio’s first ski area. The ski season runs December through March, weather and skier traffic permitting. The resort is located off Interstate 71 south of Mansfield, OH on Possum Run road. For more information call 800-OHIO-SKI or visit the website at http://www.snowtrails.com

Contact: Dave Carto – President/

Snow Trails

P.O.Box 1456

Mansfield, OH 44901 – 1456

Phone: 419 – 774 – 9818

media@snowtrails.com

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