Hidden Valley is gripped in the bittersweet time of winter's end, when sadness over the melting of snow on ski trails is replaced by joy at the prospect of open fairways and emerald greens.

The resort is aiming to have its golf course open in early April to help ease the transition.

"We anticipate opening the golf course the first week of April. Stay tuned," Hidden Valley Golf Club's management reports.

Early season fees hold on weekdays until May 1, with 9 holes and a cart $20, and 18 holes and a cart $29 on weekdays. Weekend rates are $25 and $39 through the season.

Contact Craig Yutzy at 814- 443-8000 ext. 261 for information on memberships for the 2009 season.

Hidden Valley will arrange golf outings for groups with tournaments tailored to meet all needs.

Hidden Valley also offers spring, summer and fall getaways with activities and amenities including mountain biking, mountain boards, tennis courts, fishing, paddle boats, miles of hiking and biking trails, a fitness club, spa services, and other relaxing diversions.

The resort's mountain bike offerings include the North Shore Downhill Mountain Park with custom features built by the in-house bike crew.

Hidden Valley also has miles of mountain biking trails with options from taking the shuttle to the top and coasting down, to starting at the bottom and earning the trip back downhill.