One of my goals this season was to hit some of the "nearby" resorts that I've never been to before. Having grown up near Pittsburgh, I've been to Seven Springs several times, but I'd never skied at it's sister resort, Hidden Valley. So on my way home for the holidays, I stopped by for a few hours.
I showed up at 9 AM, at opening, and I think I was the first person to rent skis - there wasn't a soul in the rental area other than me, which is perfect as far as I'm concerned. The hill is short - only 470 feet of vertical - but has a nice little variety of slopes. And with no lift lines at all, I was able to lap quite a bit.
They had just, as of yesterday, opened the western side of the resort, so that opened a couple of new slopes with some good blue areas and a long shallow run-out.
The snow conditions, for being mostly man-made, were good, with some nice groom, and not to much ice. It did start to get scraped off and a little icier by the early afternoon when I left.
The biggest complaint I had was that the lifts were really slow... I got 24 runs in, in about 3.5 hours, and could have gotten a bunch more if the lifts were faster.
I only took one pic unfortunately (I need to get better about that... I love others pics on their trip reports). This is the newly opened west side :
And I was using Ski Tracks again, which I'm really liking, including the import into Google earth :