[R172R, Hidden Valley Ski Area], the popular day-trip area near St. Louis, is beginning a $2 million dollar expansion that adds 30-percent more skiable terrain, a new quad chairlift, and includes a half-million dollar renovation of the ski area’s food and beverage operation. 

Hidden Valley has been serving the lower Midwest since 1984 and offers a nice choice for Gateway City residents who otherwise have to drive hours to find a ski area.  With a decent 310-foot vertical drop it currently offers 13 trails, two terrain parks and a tubing area serviced by a quad chairlift, two triples and three surface tows, including a carpet lift for the beginner area.

The new terrain will add more intermediate and advanced runs and open up some glade skiing.  One of the new trails will be the resort’s longest run, just under a half-mile.  It’s anticipated that approximately 20 new jobs will be added during the ski season to support the expansion, which is expected to be ready for next season.

Tim Boyd, Peak Resort’s CEO, pointed out that the long term investment decision was based on not only their commitment to provide local snow sports enthusiasts the best possible terrain, but also on Hidden Valley having become a regional destination for many southern skiers.

“The expansion will enhance Hidden Valley’s ability to continue to attract out-of-state visitors as well as improve facilities for local skiers,” he said.  “The expansion is also a celebration of our upcoming 30thanniversary.”

Peak Resorts operates five Midwest ski areas in Missouri, Indiana and Ohio and five Eastern resorts in New Hampshire, Vermont and Pennsylvania.