Michael Berry, president of the National Ski Areas Association, has often remarked on the aging of the baby boomers, and the response of ski resorts in expanding the culinary offerings available to this increasingly comfort-oriented group of skiers and riders.
Hidden Valley Four Seasons Resort in Pennsylvania has kept pace with the industrywide trend.
The resort has expanded dining options this season, and now offers lunch and dinner at the Clock Tower Restaurant and the Pit on the Ski Lodge deck.
Glaciers Pub offers a full-service bar with casual menu at its new home on the Plaza level of the Ski Lodge near the resort's new beginners ski area. Glaciers Pub is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
The Clock Tower Restaurant on the second level of the Ski Lodge is open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily for lunch, and 5 to 9 p.m. for dinner. Weekend hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays. The menu features appetizers, burgers, pastas, soup, salads, sandwiches, and dinner entrees,
The Clock Tower Restaurant is offering a special Valentine's Day menu with a Blackened Duck Breast with blackberry cabernet sauce; Filet Oscar - beef tenderloin with crabmeat, asparagus, and hollandaise; or Ravioli Florentine in tomato cream - heart-shaped ravioli filled with spinach and cheeses. A special crème brulee is also being added to the dessert offerings for the holiday.
Hidden Valley also has two weekend-only dining options. The Skier Services building near the North Summit slopes features a snack bar, while the Pit - an outdoor grill area at the Ski Lodge - serves hamburgers, hot dogs and sausage, beef brisket, and chicken sandwiches. Both areas are open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, though the Pit is open weather permitting.
The Ski Lodge Express cafeteria in the Ski Lodge is open daily during the same hours that the slopes are open. This eatery offers hamburgers, pizza, and sandwiches.
The Falling Leaf Restaurant and Black Diamond Pub and Grill on Route 31 at the Outback Park snow tubing facility complete the dining choices at Hidden Valley. Falling Leaf is operated by Polymath Park Resort and offers casual family dining; the Black Diamond provides adults with a full-service bar and local entertainment weekends. Falling Leaf is open 4 to 10 p.m. Thursday through Sunday; the Black Diamond opens at 4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 3 p.m. Saturdays, and 1 p.m. Sundays.
More information. Or call 814-443-8000.