Hidden Valley Resort is a great place for your vacation! Skiing or golf will bring you the first time, but the Laurel Highlands will bring you back again and again, as it does us. We own a home at Hidden Valley, and with this site we share what we’ve learned about vacationing at Hidden Valley and the Laurel Highlands. The resort has received many recent improvements and is at its peak; now is the time to vacation at Hidden Valley. We have listed our property with a new management company who will offer you a lower price than you could get previously, not to mention better service.
History of Hidden Valley Resort
Like many ski areas that have operated for decades, Hidden Valley is in a micro-climate that gets a lot of snow. Before there was snowmaking, locals had known the Hidden Valley area for the amount of natural snow that it received. So George Parke decided to make it a ski resort. It didn’t grow rapidly until Clarence Kettler, the developer of Montgomery Village in the Washington, D.C. area and many other projects, got involved, eventually purchasing the resort. His company laid out elaborate and very attractive plans for the resort, which during his tenure progressed well. His company is responsible for the many beautiful homes that you see at Hidden Valley and the gracious ambiance of the entire resort. Unfortunately, control of the resort passed to Clarence’s son Jim, which began a long decline in the resort, marked by chronic mismanagement and under-funding. This decline took place amidst constant discussion that the resort might be sold, broken up or even become a slot machine haven under Pennsylvania’s new slot machine law. Now everything has been resolved with the sale of the resort to the Buncher Group, who have made enormous investments and have returned the Resort to and beyond the best it ever has been.
The Laurel Highlands
One of the great attractions of Hidden Valley is its location in the Laurel Mountains of Pennsylvania. Many of the people who vacation at Hidden Valley are from Pittsburgh or Washington, D.C. (like ourselves) and enjoy the laid-back, slower pace of life in the Laurel Mountains. There is a lot to do, but everything goes a little slower. The clerk at the supermarket expects to have a conversation with you, and you’ll find that the people you meet have an open friendliness that is very appealing.
You won’t see the prices of the big city in the Laurel Mountains, either. It’s possible to have a meal in a restaurant without breaking the bank. There are a number of restaurants that serve excellent food. We have put a few of our favorites on this Site, and as we visit others and take photos, they will be onto the site as well.
Not far from Hidden Valley is the booming ski resort Seven Springs. Seven Springs has had very active and successful management and has grown dramatically nearly every year. At the same time, Hidden Valley’s management was considerably less successful, so the pace of growth at Hidden Valley has been much slower. The next big developments for Seven Springs are a water park and a casino with 500 slot machines.
We enjoy visiting Seven Springs. We ski there and we enjoy their other activities. But we also like a quiet place to stay and live, so we are happy to visit Seven Springs for the occasional day of skiing or evening of night life, and then return to our Hidden Valley home that’s nearby. Our own opinion of skiing at Seven Springs, although it’s techically more interesting than Hidden Valley, is that the danger factor makes it borderline for us. The bar at Seven Springs is a prominent feature of the social scene there, and we have seen people who’ve had more alcohol than we think is wise on the ski slopes. So we don’t ski at Seven Springs on days such as late Saturday afternoon, and we certainly avoid night skiing there. Of course, that’s just an opinion; as they say on the Internet, your mileage may vary.
Seven Springs serves a weekend buffet that is very popular and regarded as an excellent buy by many skiers. In addition, for fine dining, there is also Helen’s Restaurant at Seven Springs, that serves excellent continental-style food. They have an excellent wine list that is reasonably priced.