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Hidden Valley, PA – With several successful days of snowmaking and the help of lake effect snows, Hidden Valley Resort will open its slopes with limited skiing 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 and 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Saturday Dec. 1 and Sunday Dec. 2.

On Friday, Continental, Bobcat and Rambler slopes along with the Learn-to-Ski Area will be open, serviced by a triple chairlift, the Bobcat and the Learn to Ski conveyors. Conditions permitting, the resort also plans to open Imperial, Cobra and Model T slopes Saturday and Sunday as well as the Blizzard quad chairlift.

“Successful snowmaking efforts combined with several inches of natural snow have set us up for a great early weekend of skiing and boarding,” Scott Bender, Hidden Valley’s vice president of operations said. “This season, we are bringing back our learn-to-ski incentive programs and very affordable stay and ski free packages so that everyone can take full advantage of Hidden Valley’s winter programs and facilities.”

Ski/board ticket prices are: Friday $20, Saturday and Sunday $25. A pre-season discount will be offered all three days on rental equipment and group lessons. Ski rental is $15/day, snowboard rental is $20/day and group lessons are $15/person.

Hidden Valley is also extending an opening weekend special $99 (plus tax) lodging package valid the nights of Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. The package includes one night’s stay in the Four Seasons Lodges, two all day ski/board tickets, complimentary continental breakfast and one complimentary appetizer with the purchase of two dinners at Hops Pub.

In addition to the slopes opening, several events will also take place on Saturday. The Glaciers Pub Winter Kick Off Party starts at noon with live entertainment and food and drink specials. Those interested in new employment can attend Hidden Valley’s Job Fair 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Ski Lodge Yukon room. Also on Saturday, the Hidden Valley Race Club (HVRC) plays host to a Ski Swap in the Ski Lodge Avalanche room 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Drop off for sale items is 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.  A portion of the proceeds from the sale benefits the HVRC. For full details, visit www.hiddenvalleyresort.com.

The resort will close Monday Dec. 2 through Friday Dec. 7 with plans to reopen Saturday Dec. 8 and Sunday Dec. 9, conditions permitting. 

Notable improvements made across the resort this summer will enhance the experience of all Hidden Valley guests.

Hidden Valley’s fully-automated, state-of-the-art Techno-Alpin snowmaking system, the largest such installation in the United States, has been improved with 20 percent more pumping capacity that will enhance snowmaking on all areas of the mountain. Snowmaking was added on Voyager, Cougar and Charger trails on the North Summit ski area. The Charger improvement allows for more consistently available advanced terrain on the mountain.

“The Techno-Alpin system provides great snow coverage,” Bender said.  “We increased pumping capacity to better service the entire mountain and to ensure a great experience for all  skiers and boarders.”

Voyager Trail received an extensive facelift over the summer. Lights were installed and the trail was widened to double its original size to provide for an easier way down the North Summit.

Skiers and snowboarders will also notice new seat pads on the Avalanche quad chairlift. Additionally, Hidden Valley’s rental equipment fleet has been expanded for the 2012/2013 season and a line of high performance ski rentals is now available.

In addition to opening the slopes, Hidden Valley will also unveil a newly-designed web site – www.hiddenvalleyresort.com on Friday, Nov. 30.

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About Hidden Valley Resort

Located in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands, Hidden Valley Resort is a year-round destination surrounded by beautiful state forests and parklands with activities for all ages. During the winter, skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing and more make Hidden Valley one of Western Pennsylvania’s most popular attractions. The resort offers many activities and amenities including overnight lodging, spa facilities, fitness center and indoor pool, a championship golf course, hiking and biking, and meeting, conference and wedding facilities that include catering. The resort is home to 1,200 resort properties. For information or to sign up for E-newsletters and updates on Hidden Valley, please visit www.hiddenvalleyresort.com.

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