Hidden Valley Ski Resort

Hidden Valley Ski Resort often gets overlooked with Seven Springs ski area just a few miles away. But although smaller than its better-known neighbor, Hidden Valley Ski Resort has plenty of varied terrain and a family friendly atmosphere that should appeal to skiers and snowboarders of all ages.

Like many other ski areas in Pennsylvania, Hidden Valley Ski Resort has added to its appeal by constructing a large snowtubing center, which runs nights as well as during the day. There is also a 50-miles network of cross-country ski trails on nearby Laurel Mountain, so the winter fun does not have to end on the downhill slopes.

Hidden Valley Ski Resort's 25 downhill trails cover 85 skiable acres and are served by 8 lifts. Hidden Valley ski base is located at 2,390 feet above sea level; the summit is 3,000 feet for a total vertical drop of 610 feet. The mountain can feel larger than this however, with trails spread horizontally across the two hill faces. The longest run at Hidden Valley Ski Area, the winding green Voyager, is over one mile long.

Advanced skiers and snowboarders will find one or two challenging run sections off each lift at Hidden Valley Ski Area. From Avalanche lift, come down the steep, bumpy Barracuda directly beneath the lift or turn left onto the narrow, black-rated Viper. Also on the North Face, to the far skiers' right from Avalanche lift is the double-black Charger, probably the most challenging Hidden Valley ski run. On the other face, the Valley, there are a couple more short steep runs: Thunderbird and Freebird. Beneath Lightening lift, Road Runner run provides a long, steep descent to the Hidden Valley ski base.

Most trails at Hidden Valley Ski Area are rated blue for intermediates. Best among these are the wide-open Imperial and Cobra runs off Lightening lift, Stingray under the Sunrise and Sunset lifts, and Comet, a long cruiser on the North Face. Continental, an open green run on the Valley face, is a nice cruising run but opens up onto the terrain park and a 400-foot halfpipe. For long, turning, easy skiing the best run remains Voyager. For novices, a beginner tow services the gentle bunny slope Bobcat just above the Hidden Valley ski base.

Nearby Seven Springs Resort is a bustling destination resort; Hidden Valley Ski PA is quieter and more affordable. With another small ski area, Laurel Mountain, also close by, Hidden Valley Ski PA is a great place for a week or weekend ski vacation. Hidden Valley Ski Resort has some good on-site hotel rooms available through their website. Local real estate companies offer town houses and condos close the mountain and Somerset PA, about 12 miles from Hidden Valley Ski PA, has several hotels serving winter guests. With Pittsburgh only an hour away, it is also possible to commute from the city for a Hidden Valley ski vacation.

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