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Winter fun: Ice bumper cars take center stage in Akron, ski resorts prepare for opening day

Get out there and enjoy some of Northeast Ohio's fun winter attractions!

When there’s snow on the ground, the next logical step would be to add more, right?

"We always need more," said Thomas Conti, spokesman with Boston Mills and Brandywine ski resorts. "We started our snow guns on Tuesday night here. We saw a window of opportunity through Sunday to make as much snow as possible."

It's part of a snowmaking campaign that will continue as the resorts prepare to open their doors to skiers and snowboarders in mid-December.

"By the end of Sunday, we’re hoping to have piles of snow, up to here," Conti said as he waved his hand above his head. "Eight, ten, and 12 feet tall."

Conti believes the winter season isn't a time for people to hibernate, but rather experience the active scene outdoors.

"Winter is going to come whether we like it or not so make the most of it," said Conti. "It’s a fun winter activity and a great way to beat the winter blues."

At Lock 3 Park in Akron, it was less about the snow and more about the ice rink as they prepared for opening night for the park's ice bumper cars.

"For those who are are not comfortable ice skating or are timid about it, you can get on the ice with some bumper cars," said Chris Griffith with Lock 3.

Whether you want to spin around or bump into friends, individuals or groups of 8 can reserve 10 minutes on the ice.

"You’re in downtown Akron surrounded by all these tall buildings and you’re on a bumper car on ice.," said Griffith. "Where else can you do that?"

And there's always a way to brighten up a night.

The Magic of Lights display continues at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds with more than a mile of lights that be viewed from the comfort of your own car. Magic of Lights has also teamed up with the LeBron James Family Foundation, outfitting the I Promise School with their magic of lights display for the kids.