or Connect
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › EpicSki Community › Trip Reports  › Hidden Valley Resort, PA, 12/21/14
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Hidden Valley Resort, PA, 12/21/14

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

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 :

 

Gear mentioned in this thread:

post #2 of 8

Thanks for the TR.  Oddly enough, when a small place is crowded the advantage of slow lifts can be that there are fewer people on a slopes at the same time.  At least that the thinking I've heard to justify the slow lifts at Sugar in NC.

post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by marznc View Post
 

Thanks for the TR.  Oddly enough, when a small place is crowded the advantage of slow lifts can be that there are fewer people on a slopes at the same time.  At least that the thinking I've heard to justify the slow lifts at Sugar in NC.

 

That's funny... but if it's so slow that people ski down faster than the lifts go up, then I'd think it would cause emptier slopes + lift lines, which seems less than optimal.  Either way, on a day like I had where probably half the chairs were empty, it sure would be nice to get to the top faster.

 

I was talking to one of the locals there, who said they have one faster lift - a two seater - but they hardly ever run it. No idea if it's really faster or not - sounds like a possible local urban legend. :)

 

And, by the way marznc, Massanutten is on my list to visit for the first time this year too!

post #4 of 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by dbostedo View Post
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by marznc View Post
 

Thanks for the TR.  Oddly enough, when a small place is crowded the advantage of slow lifts can be that there are fewer people on a slopes at the same time.  At least that the thinking I've heard to justify the slow lifts at Sugar in NC.

 

That's funny... but if it's so slow that people ski down faster than the lifts go up, then I'd think it would cause emptier slopes + lift lines, which seems less than optimal.  Either way, on a day like I had where probably half the chairs were empty, it sure would be nice to get to the top faster.

 

I was talking to one of the locals there, who said they have one faster lift - a two seater - but they hardly ever run it. No idea if it's really faster or not - sounds like a possible local urban legend. :)

 

And, by the way marznc, Massanutten is on my list to visit for the first time this year too!


Yep, when there are slow lifts at a small mountain and the place is empty, it's often the case that an advanced skier who can ski blacks at a big mountain spends more time on a lift than skiing.  When there is a lift line of 10-20 min, that really means little time on snow.  One reason that some folks in the SE and Mid-A drive after work for night skiing.  I have friends who live in the DC metro area and have Snowtime passes.  That means they can ski at night mid-week at Liberty, as well as in weekend mornings at Whitetail or drive a little farther to Roundtop on a weekend.

 

Hard to believe an old double is a fast lift.  It was very nice when Mnut replaced the two original doubles (about 35 years old) with new lifts several years ago.  The replacement quad and triple aren't super speedy, but are faster and obviously can move more people.

 

One reason I stuck with Mnut as a home mountain is that there is never a lift line of more than a few chairs on Lift 6 at the top of the mountain on weekends.  Advanced or advanced intermediate folks tend to go elsewhere.  With 850' vertical just up there, that's as much as many places in PA have for total vertical.  At 1100' vertical, Mnut has more vertical than anyplace in PA although a couple are comparable.  When everything is open, the terrain off Lift 5 includes a trail that is never groomed.  Slightly shorter run than off Lift 6 but better ride to ski ratio.  Off-duty ski patrol and  instructors often ski there instead of Lift 6.

 

If you can get to Wintergreen midweek, the Highlands are fun.  That has a detachable high-speed 6-pack and about 1000' vertical.  No lights so have to leave by 3:45pm.  There are lights on the other two areas at Wintergreen.  On weekends the wait on any lift is usually 15-20 min 10:00-3:30.  Folks who do not own property at Wintergreen cannot buy a season pass that includes Saturdays, or Sunday mornings.

post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 

Definitely plan to lap chair 6 some when I'm there - probably on a Friday sometime, since I have some Fridays off work and can avoid some crowds that way. Looks like a lot of fun!

post #6 of 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by dbostedo View Post
 

Definitely plan to lap chair 6 some when I'm there - probably on a Friday sometime, since I have some Fridays off work and can avoid some crowds that way. Looks like a lot of fun!


If you happen to have Jan. 9 off, I'll be there then.  Jan. 10-11 is the weekend for free demos from Freestyle of Charlottesville.

post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
Looks like January 9th is a possibility! I'll let you know forsure and maybe we can meet up.
post #8 of 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by dbostedo View Post

Looks like January 9th is a possibility! I'll let you know forsure and maybe we can meet up.


Great!  Best place to post about plans for skiing in VA/WV is in the regional thread:

http://www.epicski.com/t/129243/the-2014-15-thread-for-nc-va-sc-ga-wv-etc

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Trip Reports

Gear mentioned in this thread:

EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › EpicSki Community › Trip Reports  › Hidden Valley Resort, PA, 12/21/14