Missouri ski resorts provide fine destinations for winter enthusiasts in the Midwest. There are two places to go snowboarding and skiing in Missouri—Hidden Valley and Snow Creek. Much of the Midwestern United States is relatively flat so it is nice to be able to head to a ski resort close to where you live. Otherwise, Missouri ski and snowboard lovers would have to make the trip to Indiana or Ohio ski areas, where there are only three and six ski resorts respectively.
The winter months are especially beautiful in Missouri and nowhere is this more evident than in the snow-covered Ozarks. This is where you will find the quaint ski resort of Hidden Valley. Hidden Valley is located just 30 miles southwest of Saint Louis. Many skiers and snowboarders even make the trips from Chicago (230 miles) and Indianapolis (230 miles). The top elevation at this ski resort reaches nearly 5,600 feet with a bottom elevation of 4,047 feet. The decent vertical rise of 547 feet makes for some fun times as people shoot down nine runs onsite. Thirty percent of the ski runs are for beginners and the remaining 70 percent is split evenly between intermediate and advanced runs. There are seventeen acres of skiable terrain at Hidden Valley, and the views of the Ozark Mountains and surrounding areas are quite breathtaking.
There are several hotels located within five to fifteen minutes of the resort in towns such as Eureka and Chesterfield. The Holiday Inn at Six Flags, Comfort Inn and Suites, and the Wildwood Hotel are all viable options within close range of this Missouri ski resort. There is also a Kids Zone at Hidden Valley, ski lessons, a sport shop, terrain parks, night skiing, downhill races, and much more. Hidden Valley is a great place for family ski vacations and will be appreciated by those people still getting their bearings on the slopes. On the other hand, there are a few very nice and challenging runs that will keep more advanced skiers and boarders happy for the day.
Snow Creek is the other ski resort in Missouri. It is specifically located in Weston, very close to Kansas City and St. Joseph. The beautiful West Bend State Park lies in the shadows of the 1,100-foot mountain at Snow Creek. It has a bottom elevation of 850 feet and a modest vertical rise of 300 feet. The ski and snowboard facilities are nicely divided to suit a range of skill levels. The advanced riders only get 5 percent of the runs, while 30 percent are for beginners, and 60 percent for intermediates. Five percent of the terrain is for actual terrain parks that the snowboarders will particularly love. There is a 10,000 square foot ski lodge with a bar and lounge, ski shop with rentals and repair, a cafeteria, and a ski school lesson center. There are also five tube lanes for awesome downhill tubing. Parents with small kids will also appreciate the Snow Monster Learning Center, designed for kids age five to twelve.
All in all, the two Missouri ski resorts provide a lot of fun and excitement, especially in an area of the country that is not renowned for having a lot of land suitable for ski areas.
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