Hidden Valley Ski Resort Review

Hidden Valley Ski Resort is located in the Laurel Mountains of south west Pennsylvania. They are 60 miles from Pittsburgh and 135 miles from Harrisburg. Hidden Valley is a four season resort in an area of Pennsylvania well known for it's outdoor recreation.

The ski season at Hidden Valley is December through April There are 28 trails, 11 easy, 10 intermediate, 5 advanced and 2 expert runs. The vertical drop on the mountain is 470 feet. The lifts are 2 quads, 2 triple chairs, 1 double chairs, 2 surface lifts and 2 handle tows.

Bobcat is the name of the only beginner run. The novice skiers should stay on Voyager, Jetta, Intrepid, Avenger, Tracker, Model T, Lower Continental, Ramble and Continental Terrain Park.

Intermediate skiers should use the runs named Mustang, Blazer, Wrangler, Comet, The Bug, Cougar, Cherokee, Upper Continental, Imperial, Cobra, Stingray, Riviera, Jaguar Terrain Park and Outback.

The advanced runs are Barracuda, Viper, Road Runner, Thunderbird and Firebird. The expert runs are Jaguar Halfpipe, Charger, Jaguar Terrain Park and Cobra Glades.

Hidden Valley Ski Resort.
Hidden Valley Ski Resort.
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Summer fun at Hidden Valley starts at the Lake George Activities Center for mountain bike rentals, paddleboats, mountain boarding and fishing. The mountain biking will take you through the Forbes State Forest and the connecting Laurel Highlands, over miles and miles of trails. Norco mountain bikes are available at the rental shop.

At the Hidden Valley Stables you can enjoy guided trail rides on horse back and pony rides for the kids. The Hidden Valley Sports Club has pools and work out equipment and the full service spa can take care of all your stress.

Lodging is available at the resort in the Four Seasons Lodges. They are part of the original development at Hidden Valley and are still in use today. Each room has a fireplace and a small fridge. Dining at the resort is at either the Clock Tower Restaurant, Mulligans Bar and Grill or the Falling Leaf Restaurant and Black Diamond Pub and Grill.

There is so much to do in this part of the country, whether it is summer or winter, you probably won't be spending all your time at the resort. The kids would love a trip to Idlewild and SoakZone, or Caddie Shak Family Fun Park or the Living Treasures Animal Park. And the adults might enjoy visiting a winery like Glades Pike Winery or Stone Villa Wine Cellars or Greendance Winery.

Hidden Valley Ski Resort Snowbird.
Snowbird - Top of Hidden Peak.
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Cultural interests can be found at Frank Lloyd Wright's Duncan House at Polymath Park Resort, Mountain Playhouse and Green Stable, Fort Necessity, Quecreek Mine Rescue or Flight 93 Memorial.

For outdoor fun and exercise try visiting Forbes State Forest, Great Allegheny Passage, Kooser State Park, Laurel Hill State Park or go to Wilderness Voyageurs for a trip down the river.

The hours of operation at Hidden Valley Ski Resort are Monday through Wednesday 10 am to 8 pm. Thursdays are 10 am to 9:30 pm, Fridays and Saturdays are 9 am to 9:30 pm. On Sunday the hours are 9 am to 8 pm. The phone number is 814-443-8000. Their address is Hidden Valley Resort, One Craighead Drive, Hidden Valley, PA 15502.

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