Hidden Valley. Those familiar with this area and involved in winter sports will hear that this is the place for families and kids to go. And that word is right. My mom told stories of me starting here, hanging on to my moms hands at three, throwing the biggest pizza I could. And I remember at 10 or 12, hopping through the trees, and chasing my friends down Stingray, beyond terrified. Always the hesitant one – it’s what made me a better skier. It could have also been the instruction; my mother always made me take a lesson at the beginning of the season.
At Hidden Valley, I built my skiing foundation, learned what “apres” with friends and family meant and skied my first “black diamonds” here. Hidden Valley is perfect for groups with young children that are just learning or yearning for independence away from Mom and Dad. A pair of walkie-talkies reach just fine (okay, cellphones now). “10-4 Good Buddy!”
In short, it’s pretty easy to see:
Fun for young pre-teens learning to tear up the slopes without parents pulling the helicopter move
Always some of the best snowmaking capabilities around – if it’s early in the season, they have coverage
My craving for some turns in the snow was pleasantly met, it has a nice variety of terrain although easier
I was alone, but friendly locals were always willing to chat on the lift
Love the short lines and easy access to every slope (learn to skate to get to the North Face, though!)
You should bring your entire family here!
Mountain 1 of 3 included in the Highlands Pass, this is a nice ski area to get some runs in for less. Price conscious skiers and snowboarders should choose Hidden Valley over Seven Springs. Despite the beginner slopes, there is nice terrain and less crowds.. and that will always put a smile on your face.