The release of the 2021 edition of the Farmers’ Almanac comes with yet another hugely detailed, long-range forecast for the winter weather across the United States. Ohio is set for a “very flaky” and “cold “ winter, with the Great Lakes region generally seeing extremely cold temperatures throughout the next few months.

This welcoming Midwestern state has several activities for those willing to brave the cold weather and icy roads. From outdoor activities to seasonal highlights, Ohio could be your winter wonderland.

The foothills of the Appalachian Mountains make much of Ohio an ideal sledding and tobogganing spot. The tobogganing tradition remains strong in Ohio as new generations enjoy this thrill at historical runs and some brand-new chutes. The toboggan run at Mill Stream (clemetparks.com) has two 1,000-feet-long refrigerated ice chutes which draw crowds throughout the winter months. Because the chutes are refrigerated, tobogganers don’t have to wait on a good snowfall for these runs.  An indoor gathering area has two fireplaces, refreshments and even TV so no one misses a big game. Located just south of Cleveland, in Strongsville, this toboggan run is part of the Cleveland Metroparks and easy to reach from the highway. Low day passes and season pass rates make this an ideal family activity.

More outdoor winter fun on snow may be found at Snow Trails near Mansfield. Try your skill at skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing. There is even a beginners area so no experience is really necessary. Another exceptionally fun experience is the special evenings when GlowTubing is offered.  >MORE

If you are looking for a winter sport, but don’t like the cold weather that goes with it, try ice skating – indoors. Alice Noble Ice Arena is a 900-seat multi-purpose arena in Wooster. The 900 seat ice arena features an official NHL size ice sheet measuring 200′ x 85′. The arena also features five-team locker rooms, concessions, pro shop, and meeting rooms.

Speaking of ice, another winter sport of ice carving will be featured in Medina Feb. 19-22 at the 27th AnnualMedina Ice Festival.  A self-guided tour will show the way through the Ice Sculpture Garden onMedina’s Historic Square. Stay tuned for more details as they are announced.



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