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Hidden Valley Resort

Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania

Vertical drop:470 feet
Base elevation:2,405 feet
Peak elevation:2,875 feet
Skiable acres:110
Longest run:~ 1.5 miles
Trails:31

Hidden Valley is a year-round resort nestled in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands, offering activities ranging from downhill skiing to golf. The resort’s facilities include a full-service spa, an 18-hole golf course, an 80-room hotel, an indoor pool, and a conference center. Unlike other “day resorts” in the D.C. area, Hidden Valley was designed as a destination resort, offering housing ranging from condominiums to luxurious single-family homes. Hidden Valley’s residential communities serve as first- and second-homes for people who have quickly learned to love the solitude and scenery of the resort.

During the winter, Hidden Valley offers downhill skiing and a snow tubing hill. Hidden Valley receives healthy amounts of natural snow each year, but also relies on machine-made snow from an arsenal of state-of-the-art, efficient snowguns. The resort has gained a reputation as a family-friendly ski area, with a patient ski school, forgiving slopes, and careful grooming.

Snow conditions at Hidden Valley will generally be better than conditions at resorts closer to D.C. Hidden Valley’s slopes are lit for night skiing.

In 2013, Hidden Valley was purchased by nearby Seven Springs Mountain Resort.

Photos provided by Hidden Valley Resort.

Tubing at Hidden Valley Resort.

Key Statistics

Resort Name: Hidden Valley Resort
Vertical Drop: 470 feet
Base Altitude: 2,405 feet
Peak Altitude: 2,875 feet
Trails:
  • 9 beginner
  • 14 intermediate
  • 8 advanced
  • Skiable Acres: 110
    Longest Run: ~ 1.5 miles
    Lift Capacity: 12,000 per hour
    Lifts: 11 (2 quads, 2 triples, 1 double, 3 surface, 3 handle tows)
    Night Skiing: Yes, on 80% of terrain
    Terrain Park: Two terrain parks
    Halfpipe: (No halfpipe)
    Tubing Park: Yes
    Address: 1 Craighead Drive
    Hidden Valley, PA 15502
    Phone: (814) 443-8000
    Latitude: 40.058892
    Longitude: -79.25889
    Links: http://www.hiddenvalleyresort.com/
    Conditions near Hidden Valley Resort:
    8:54 am on December 22 / Latrobe / Westmorland
    32° F
    Mostly Cloudy
    Humidity:80%
    Wind Speed:0 mph
    Barometer:30.16 in
    Dewpoint:27 °F
    Visibility:15.00 mi
    Sunrise:7:35 a.m.
    Sunset:4:55 p.m.
    Good snowmaking conditions right now. 

    Weather supplied by the National Weather Service. Errors or reporting delays may be possible.

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    Snow Conditions at Hidden Valley:
    Hidden Valley
    Today at 6 am
    Machine Groomed 20-38" base 14 of 26 trails open
    6 of 9 lifts open

    News about Hidden Valley

    It’s On: The Ski Season Kicks Off

      November 27, 2014 - The 2014-2015 ski season is about to kick off. While many people will be hitting the stores on Black Friday, diehard skiers and snowboarders will be pointing their cars away from the shopping malls and towards the mountains — where they’ll find a variety of ski resorts launching their winter season.

    What’s New for 2014: Hidden Valley Resort

      November 9, 2014 - Pennsylvania’s Hidden Valley Resort has been refreshed with multiple enhancements and beautification projects over the past summer.

    Mid-Atlantic Resorts Prepare Slate of Summertime Activities

      May 31, 2014 - Depressed that the winter season is over? No worries. Mid-Atlantic ski resorts will provide plenty of activities this summer to distract you from the fact that there is no snow on the ground. Here’s a look at the summer offerings of many local resorts.

    Thanksgiving Delivers Turkey, Pumpkin Pie, and Skiing

      December 1, 2013 - In a typical Mid-Atlantic season, ski resorts struggle to open by mid-December. This is not be a typical Mid-Atlantic season.

    Seven Springs to Acquire Hidden Valley Resort

      September 3, 2013 - On September 3, 2013, Seven Springs Mountain Resort announced that it is acquiring nearby Hidden Valley Resort from The Buncher Company, confirming rumors that began to swirl over the summer.

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    Reader Comments about Hidden Valley

    PA Skier
    one year ago
    (tried to post this in forums but was unable to log in) Ill agree that the Nuttings have made numerous improvements which include the hotel renovations, zip line, terrain parks and sporting clays at 7S.

    At the same time, many things have become much worse for traditional skiers. This includes snowmaking (outside of the half pipe) and food.
    If you like terrain parks and the half pipe I expect you feel the Nutting era has been a tremendous one at 7S. Im a traditional skier who feels that the experience has eroded badly. The food is much worse. I own a condo and spend most weekends there. We used to eat lunch and dinner at the mountain almost exclusively. The food was great. Not necessarily inexpensive but it was a good value. Thats all in the past. People have told me that the food is now provided by Aramark (however I dont know if thats true).

    We now bring food up each weekend. I spend a fraction of what I used to at the mountain and its not to save money.

    Ill agree with the poster who said the snowmaking at 7S is antiquated, especially compared to HV. However, the age and condition of the equipment isnt the problem. The issue is that 7S doesn’t use it like they used to. The Nuttings are minimalists when it comes to snowmaking (on the slopes). They make just enough to stay open. Remember in January 2007 when they had to truck snow from the half pipe to the top of Wagner just to stay open??

    I shake my head when Im skiing on brown snow littered with bare spots and you look over at the monstrous half pipe and its empty. Why they invest the bulk of their snowmaking to satisfy such a small percentage of their customers is beyond me.

    The Dupres target customer were the regular skiers with whom they created a tremendous loyalty. Skiing was their core business. Thats no longer the case. Anyone who spends much time on the lifts hears the same complaint from others riding the chairs.

    Also dont forget that competition is a good thing. 7S reduced the price its season pass years ago as a response to HV doing so. 7S pushed their opening up a week last year after HV announced they were opening (and getting slammed on facebook). 7S announced its closing twice last year only to push it back in response to HV announcing that they were planning to stay open. I think we can all expect shorter seasons at both resorts.

    So for HV, everything is relative. I agree food is so bad at HV that the Nutting effect will probably make it better. They may also spend money on facilities.

    I predict that the snowmaking will decrease and ticket prices will increase. Regardless of which way it goes its sure to be well chronicled on this website.
    Jennifer
    one year ago
    To start, my boyfriend asked for a room with a Jacuzzi suite, the way they answered him made him think that we had it in the room. Therefore booked him for a suite.( which is obviously more expensive) Then they said they were sold out and couldn’t book the second night but will put him on a list. They called him one night, left a message and he called back. They said the room was no longer available and will keep him on the list. We got there and they said there is no Jacuzzi suites but we had a fireplace (we had to put 100$ deposit to hold the room, which was already misled because there were no Jacuzzi suites, just at the gym). We were then told that we were booked for two nights, they never told us that so we looked into other hotels for the second night. We were happy about having it but they messed up telling us.

    Then she told my boyfriend to talk to the manager the next day about the issues because the person that booked the room was new. He called and I believe her name was Beth? it started with a B. She was rude, basically said it was my boyfriends fault and her staff knows what they are doing and didn’t do anything wrong and its his mistake for not understanding them correctly with the second night being added. Also said that her staff is not new but added later on that the girl that send the email conf was new.. therefore that was somehow a lie? Her stories didnt match up. She ALSO hung up on him without saying goodbye or saying they are sorry about the inconvenience. My boyfriend doesn’t get really rude, so he didn’t deserve the attitude. HORRIBLE customer service. I will never go back there again.
    HVdad
    one year ago
    Rumors are swirling regarding 7springs (Nutting family) purchasing Hidden Valley. I’d worry less about the Nutting’s wanted to buy, and more about Buncher wanting to sell.
    Scott
    one year ago
    John T.: I checked into the percent open reporting problem, and the error seems to be coming from DCSki’s external SnoCountry data feed. I’ve removed that statistic for now since I don’t directly control that data.
    John T.
    one year ago
    Had a great time 1-13-2013 at Hidden Valley, Almost all trails were open. NOT THE 13% that this site keeps updating. (1-15-2013)
    HVdad
    2 years ago
    Ride HV, - I’m well aware of the pre-season discounts that most resorts offer in order to distribute cash flow - and the free round of golf that comes with it. :-) I’m simply wondering how much money Buncher really has in the bank, and the level of commitment they are willing to make to this resort, particularly given the challenges that they are having in the strip district of Pittsburgh.
    RideHV
    2 years ago
    All local resorts begin pre-sale for the next year’s season passes around this time. 7S is usually a week or two ahead of HV. One of the major incentives to purchase so early is the ability to ski for free the remainder of the current season, if not already a passholder.
    HVdad
    2 years ago
    Hidden Valley did a terrific job this year with their snow-making system. Kudos to the staff and mountain crew for defying mother nature and providing good to excellent conditions for most of this very unusual season.

    That said, offering season passes already for 2012/13??? Does HV have a cash-flow issue?
    gfmom
    2 years ago
    I Love Hidden Valley! I held a season pass at 7S for 8 years. Now that I am a mother I picked Hidden Valley as my family resort. My boys can have freedom to roam the mountain without danger of being run over by aggresive skiers and boarders. Snow making and grooming was excellent this year, considering the limited help from Mother Nature. Lines are never more than 10 minutes long. Yes, I drink the Hidden Valley Kool-aid. If you are looking for a fun, calm ski experience, try Hidden Valley.
    Sharpen your edges. And pencils.
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