The steady beat of Mid-Atlantic resort openings continues this week as Pennsylvania’s Hidden Valley and Roundtop Mountain Resorts plan to kick off their winter season on Friday, December 22, 2023.
Hidden Valley Resort will open at 10 a.m. on Friday, December 22 with a first chair banner break, complimentary hot chocolate, cookies, and Nature Valley granola bars while supplies last. Hidden Valley plans to open the Rambler, Riviera, Continental, and Bobcat slopes. The Sunrise or Sunset lift and Bobcat surface lifts are expected to be in operation.
Roundtop Mountain Resort also plans to begin its winter season at 9 a.m. on Friday, December 22. Like Hidden Valley, Roundtop plans to greet opening day skiers and boarders with some treats while supplies last, including complimentary pocket bacon, coffee, and hot cocoa. Opening weekend terrain is expected to include Minuteman, Fife and Drum, Fanny Hill, and the Discovery Area. The Minuteman, Fife and Drum, and Drummer Boy lifts should be running.
With the opening of Hidden Valley and Roundtop, Mid-Atlantic skiers with the Epic Pass will have five local resorts to choose from, including Seven Springs, Jack Frost, and Big Boulder. Snowmaking has also been underway at Laurel Mountain, Liberty, and Whitetail Resorts, although opening dates have not yet been announced as of December 20. At 1 a.m. on Thursday, December 21, two snowcats could be seen tilling the snow at Whitetail Resort, as Whitetail plans to announce its opening date.
Update: Laurel Mountain and Whitetail Resorts have now both announced that they will open for the season on Saturday, December 23, 2023.
Temperatures are expected to climb slightly into the holiday week, which may temporarily pause snowmaking at Mid-Atlantic resorts, but colder temperatures are forecast to return by the New Year.
M. Scott Smith is the founder and Editor of DCSki. Scott loves outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, kayaking, skiing, and mountain biking. He is an avid photographer and writer.
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