Raccoon Run Winter Sports Center opens Friday, January 3 Raccoon Run Winter Sports Center is set to open Friday, January 3 and will remain open weekends, Saturdays and Sundays, and holidays until ground and weather conditions become unsuitable. Normal hours of operation at the concession are 11 A.M. â€“ 5 P.M. The concession offers a complete outfitting of cross-country ski equipment and snowshoes for kids of all ages. Rentals fees are set at $7 per hour or $20 for the day and are available on a first come, first serve basis. Arrangements for all day rentals can be made through the HPD office during the week or at Raccoon Run during normal business hours. Equipment can be taken to other HPD areas. Beginner cross-country ski workshops are now available on Saturdays in January and February including January 4, 11, and 18 and February 1, 8, and 15 from 9-10:30 A.M. before the concession opens for public rentals. A snowshoe is scheduled for Saturday, January 25. All scheduled workshops are subject to proper snow and weather conditions. Sign the family up for a cross-country ski workshop to learn basic techniques like gliding, turning, and rhythm. Participants must be at least eight years of age with a participating adult. Cost is $12 for cross-country and $10 for snowshoe workshops. Register at the HPD office with fees by the Friday before each workshop date. Raccoon Run Winter Sports Center is located in Big Oaks Area Shelter 3 at Riverbend Recreation Area at 16618 TR 208, off SR 568 to TR 241 east of Findlay. For more information regarding the Raccoon Run Winter Sport Center and activities view the HPD website at www.HancockParks.com, like us on Facebook, download a Program Guide or call the HPD office at 419-425-PARK/7275 and â€œDiscover Your Hancock Parksâ€. A Raccoon Run brochure can be downloaded from the website along with a discount coupon to redeem at the concession. To check current snow and trail conditions on weekends, call the Raccoon Run Winter Sports Center at 419-424-1555. During the week, Monday through Friday, 8am â€“ 4:30pm, call the HPD office at 419 425-PARK/7275.