- Overall Rating 5
- Family Friendly 5
- All Mtn. Terrain 4
- Terrain Park 0
- Nightlife 0
Date Visited: Mar 19, 2008
Money does make a difference. The facilities are upgraded and when they say they'll be open, they are (in the old days, if the lifties got bored or the crowd was small, they just called the whole thing off). Where, other than the Yellowstone Club, can you have lift served skiing with just a handful of people? The restrooms are even clean and neat. NEVER (even on Sunday) have to stand in line and the lifts are wonderful. (But what's with that superfluous Italian moving rug on the North Summit? Fixes a problem that doesn't exist.)
One word of caution, though - Hidden Valley has always kept a touch of "skiing the way it was" in the Golden Age of the 50s and 60s. It even kept a bit of the true hippie spirit of the 70s ("Man, who am I to deny you some slope time just because you don't have a pass?") and the rules were always relaxed. It was all a big family - locals and city folk. Don't lose that.
On the other hand, the new guys need to learn where and when to make snow (NOT while you have to ski through it -it's like glue - at night) and some more about the finer points of grroming. They started out well and sort of fizzled. To keep the locals, they also need to stay open later in the evening, like neighboring 7 Springs. On second thought, everyone from Pgh. and D.C. should keep going to 7 Springs.
Still can't beat the good old Valley for skiing right in your own back yard.