Boyce Park


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Boyce Park

Boyce was the first of the regional parks to be dedicated, in 1963. William D. Boyce Park was named after the founder of the Boy Scouts who was born in the area. All the picnic groves and shelters have names with Boy Scout associations: Tenderfoot, Eagle, Den, and even Baden Powell (the founder of the British Boy Scouts). Boyce serves the populous eastern region beyond Monroeville, and has been outfitted with major recreational features. It is the only location for downhill skiing in the county, with ski lifts, a lodge, and all the amenities. There is a large ski lodge called "Four Seasons," a large recreational complex, and a wave pool. Allegheny County Community College occupies part of the original park property, which was exchanged for adjacent land farther removed from major highways, upon which the wave pool was built. As much as half of the park is still undeveloped, but long-range plans call for the restoration of the Carpenter homestead - a log house, spring house and barn - and an interpretive center on the life of the pioneers. In 1976 anthropologists associated with Carnegie Museum of Natural History excavated the site upon which the recreational complex was to be built. The findings included artifacts and some 26 burial sites, and suggested that a village of the Monongahela people occupied the site in the 14th century AD. Courtesy of R. Jay Gangewere, Carnegie Magazine

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General-OwnerAllegheny County
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Pros: Small hills, small crowds, terrain park, price

Cons: Not challenging, only 7 runs

Overall this is a great place for a beginner to learn to ski.  None of the hills are challenging for someone that's not a beginner.  The vertical drop is only in the high 300's.  The prices are cheap enough to make it worth going ($12).  I don't think there is a better place for someone who's never skied before to learn. It's great for families.  The lodge is small and the food is like your normal "cafeteria" food.  They don't serve alcohol so you don't have to worry about any drunk people taking you out!  They have a terrain park, it's just a few rails and usually one small jump, and it's enough to keep you occupied for a little while.  Overall, this place isn't bad but if you're looking for a challenge go elsewhere.


Pros: In the suburbs, inexpensive, great place to get started

Cons: Opening at the whim of weather and county government, where's the hill?

Located in the heart of Allegheny County and right outside Pittsburgh city limits this county regional park offers locals the most inexpensive way to get into skiing or boarding. The ski area consist of a 180 vertical foot slope and a few side trails serviced by 100% snowmaking and a fixed grip double. The pitch is enough to get first timers hooked on the exquisite sensation of sliding upright on snow and I can personally attest to that having begun my lift assisted skiing here when the park opened in 1965. Small terrain park features can now be found on one of the side trails where in my day lift tickets were revoked for building small kickers. Rental equipment is available and night skiing offered. In 2010 half the hill was turned into a tubing hill with its own lift but the trail lined row of evergreens that first lured me to tree skiing still stand. Come on city dwellers, it doesn't get much easier then this to give winter sports a try.

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