When You Can Finally Hit the Slopes at Pittsburgh-Area Ski Resorts
After a relatively mild fall, cold weather and the ability to make snow has arrived.
Lovers of all things snow can soon hit the slopes at ski resorts and parks in the Pittsburgh region.
Within Allegheny County, Boyce Park, 901 Centerview Drive, Plum, is set to open Tuesday, Dec. 20, for the 3:30 p.m. session. The season will run through mid-March, weather and conditions permitting. Snow tubing will not open until later this season.
The lodge will also be open this season, which includes concessions, indoor restrooms and equipment rental. Concessions will open when the lodge opens and will close one hour prior to the facility’s closing time.
Lift tickets and snow tubing tickets may be purchased online in advance. Weekday, weekend and holiday lift tickets, as well as season passes, are available both for county residents and non-residents, on the website. One-hour private ski lessons are also available for purchase. A lift ticket must be purchased along with the lesson.
Boyce Park’s slopes are open from 3:30 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday; and 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday.
While Seven Springs Mountain Resort, 777 Waterwheel Drive, Champion, has been open since November, Vail Resorts is planning to open Hidden Valley, 1 Craighead Road, Hidden Valley on Wednesday, Dec. 21 and Laurel Mountain, 347 Summit Ski Road, Boswell on Friday, Dec. 23.
“Visitors can expect the same features people have come to know and love at each resort,” promises General Manager Brett Cook. “This will also be the first season since COVID that the Clocktower Restaurant at Hidden Valley will be open.”
Snowmaking machines have been busy at Hidden Valley and Laurel Mountain resorts to prepare for the coming season. Cook notes they like to have at least a foot of snow across the terrain.
“Some terrain requires a little more and some, a little less,” he says. “However, we do like to have 2 feet when we can as an extra precaution.”
Seven Springs will open its snow tubing season in time for Christmas. Cook notes snow tubing has been closed this season at Hidden Valley due to an unforeseen infrastructure issue.
While all three resorts offer dining and ski shop amenities, Seven Springs offers the largest array of indoor and outdoor activities, perfect for everyone in the family.
“Seven Springs has indoor bowling, mini golf, an arcade, an indoor pool, axe throwing, roller skating, a spa and lodging, on top of several restaurants and lounges. Anyone can come here and have a good time, whether you ski or not,” adds Cook.
Seven Springs will also be home to four separate New Year’s Eve bashes to appeal to guests of all ages, including a neon glow party for the whole family and the Matterhorn Lounge party featuring Pittsburgh-based band, Radio Tokyo.
Seven Springs is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Hidden Valley is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Laurel Mountain is open from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
More information and lift tickets and holiday hours may be obtained on the websites listed above.
“It’s still early in the season, and there’s lots of winter coming,” says Cook. “There are many opportunities to come out with your family and friends to have an experience of a lifetime together.”