Lift Rate Roundup 2018: Tri-State / Mid-Atlantic

Lift Rate Roundup 2018: Tri-State / Mid-Atlantic

Oh man! A very late roundup of lift ticket and late season pass pricing is finally on the blog for the 2018-2019 season. Resorts in western PA and more have opened up this weekend, if they haven’t been open already! Check out the alpine skiing and snowboarding areas just a drive from anywhere in Western Pennsylvania and listed in PA, WV, MD and NY. The perfect places for a day or weekend trip–just be sure to check the web first for who’s officially open, because, well, that’s going to be changing on the daily. It’s only November!

Resort Map

Ski Resorts in PA, MD, WV

Rate Chart

Notes about this chart depicting lift ticket rates for the 2018-2019 season: the season pass rates depicted here are non-sale, late purchase pricing. Many of these resorts have spring or fall pre-season pass sales where the majority of them are sold (and when you should buy if you’re seriously considering owning a pass). Unfortunately I missed gathering info on that pricing, so you see the rack rate. All season pass rates are depicted as a single person, full access/classic season pass as purchased today. A few of these resorts are listed under Highland or Peak Pass, which means the resorts are part of a group and the passes have multi-mountain benefits. All lift tickets are set as a single, extended or 8-hour rate, whichever is the “most offered” at each resort.

RESORT
NAME
SLOPES &
TRAILS
EXTENDED
WKND LIFT
NON-SALE
INDV. PASS
TIMES TO
PAYOUT
PENNSYLVANIA
Highland Pass
7 Springs 33 trails $87 $660 8 visits
Hidden Valley 26 trails $69 $569 8 visits
Laurel Mtn 20 trails $57 $569 10 visits
Peak Pass
Liberty 16 trails $82 $579 7 visits
Roundtop 20 trails $78 $579 8 visits
Whitetail 23 trails $84 $579 7 visits
Blue Knob 34 trails $68 $449 7 visits
Mystic Mtn 6 trails $43 $199 5 visits
Tussey Mtn 8 trails $52 $269 5 visits
MARYLAND
Wisp 34 trails $79 $599 8 visits
WEST VA
Timberline 40 trails ___ $499 ___
Canaan Valley 47 trails $68 $497 8 visits
Snowshoe 60 trails $99 $479 5 visits
NEW YORK
Peek’n Peak 27 trails $63 $599 10 visits
Holiday Valley 60 trails $78 $989 13 visits

Did I miss one of your faves that you can get to with an easy drive? Let me know in the comments. See you out there! ❄

Hidden Valley Review: F.A.M.I.L.Y.

Hidden Valley Review: F.A.M.I.L.Y.

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.

 

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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!

Trail Map

Hidden Valley Resort Trail Map

Final thoughts

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. 

Visit hiddenvalleyresort.com >

2017-2018 Lift Rate Roundup

2017-2018 Lift Rate Roundup

My annual Lift Rate Roundup is back with all the info on mountain resorts in the tristate area. Here’s to the the non-season passers; the forgetful, the lazy and the last-minute (aka me), or the beginners that aren’t quite sure they love it (you will).

Below is an outline of ski areas in Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia, along with New York for good measure. I simplified it this year with all prices reflecting adult rates. Because we’re all adults here, right?

*I guesstimated what was considered tristate so message me if I am missing one of your favorites.

MOUNTAIN RATES

Ski Resorts
PENNSYLVANIA
Slopes Weekend
Lift Rate
Weekday
Lift Rate
Late-Term
Season Pass
Seven Springs 33 $83 $64  $649
Hidden Valley 26 $65 $41-47  $555
Laurel Mountain 13 $53 $38  $555
Highlands Pass
Above 3 Collective
72 (n/a) (n/a)  $695
Blue Knob 33 $62 $38  $550
Liberty Mountain 22 $76 $70  $569
Whitetail 23 $79 $71  $569
Mystic Mountain 7 $43 Closed M-W $199 
Boyce Park 5 $22 $16 $250 
MARYLAND        
Wisp 34 $79 $59  $599
WEST VIRGINIA        
Snowshoe 57 $99 $70  $479
Timberline 41 $74 $54  $476
Canaan Valley 47 $73 $55 $550 
NEW YORK
for good measure
       
Peek n Peak  27 $59 $49   $449
Holiday Valley 50   $75 $52   $760

Notes

  1. If you live nearby: Snowshoe is your best deal considering pricing and terrain.

2. If you’re going to purchase a pass late: Absolutely buy a Highlands Pass in lieu of any individual season pass this late in the game.

3. Make note of the Regional Resort Swap Program: If you have an Unlimited Season Pass to…

  • Seven Springs
  • Hidden Valley
  • Laurel Mountain
  • Wisp Resort 

You are eligible for 1 complimentary pass and 50% off any full-priced pass after that, excluding Saturdays and holiday periods. *It looks like Snowshoe is out for 2018, with the Aspen Skiing / KSL Resorts purchase of Intrawest this year.

So there you have it! No excuses even if a season pass is not in sight. You have all the information you need to get out there and burn a hole in your pocket – all for the love of snow!