- Overall Rating 3
- Family Friendly 4
- All-Mtn. Terrain 2
- Terrain Park 2
- Nightlife 4
Date Visited: Apr 29, 2008
I had season passes at hv for the past 6 or 7 seasons and I have been riding there for around ten years. The resort has improved greatly in most aspects, especially with the purchase of the new snow makers, but for it to be voted the best park in the region is a joke. I bet management at hv had employees leave good reviews on this site. Anyone who did give the park a rating higher than 2 either works for hv or doesn't ride park and didn't accurately rate this resort. Seven Springs is 20 minutes from hv and Wisp is an hour away. Those are two resorts that had much better parks than hv. The big reason is that they actually try to make a good park and pay to do so. They allow the park crew to build good hits and they paid them to maintain it everyday. HV had employees who didn't ride park or know what they were doing maintain the park midweek. HV's park supervisor had one year experience at a resort in new york and wasn't given much leeway because of an incompetent person in upper management.
The terrain park award hv received is a joke.
Other than that, hv is a good resort. The new snow makers put out large quantities of good snow. It's man made snow so it's slow but it doesn't ice up. Either management or snow making couldn't seem to figure out when it was a good time to turn the snow guns on. Often there would be good conditions all day and they would then turn the guns on late afternoon, which would ruin the night skiing. It often occurred when 5 week groups were there and that was bad for them and the rest of the customers. Buncher's purchasing of new groomers was also nice. They groomed most slopes every night and they did a good job most of the time.
If you like a resort that isn't crowded and has a laid back atmosphere then give hv a try but don't expect a very good set up for the park