- Overall Rating 3
- Family Friendly 5
- All-Mtn. Terrain 4
- Terrain Park 0
- Nightlife 1
Pros: Easy access (at least this year)
Cons: Quitting early / skiing in the dark
Recommended For: Family Friendly, Empty Nesters
Date Visited: Feb 1, 2009
It is so easy to get onto the slopes at Hidden Valley, especially with the new North Summit base hut. They started out with bang this year - in November. As the season progressed, though, it's as though they didn't care. Grooming became infrequent. Half of the lights for night skiing are out and not replaced. A lot of slopes that were open at night for seasons upon seasons are closed for lack of lighting. Lots of slopes are open infrequently, even in the daytime. Even Stingray, a great old piste, is closed at night, for lack of lighting. Where there is light, it isn't the artificial daylight of yore.
Worst of all, though, especially for passholders, is that they have quit making snow. Unless we get a real dump - and soon - they'll have a very short season, as compared to last year's April 13 quit date. Lots of bare spots are already appearing. There aren't even the usual huge mounds of snow to spread around. Don't worry about new facilities. Create the greatest, easy access, uncrowded skiing in the area and they will come; even from Seven Springs. If there's an early March finale, I might have to rethink the family's passes next year. Seven Springs is about the same distance from home.