Be Local: the region’s resorts offer fun winter sports activities | BeLocal Network
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Winter sports activities start slowly due to the lack of snow.
Options for snowboarders, skiers and intertube enthusiasts, however, remain plentiful throughout the region.
While the scenery will change a bit in the future, winter sports activities at venues in the area should keep the slopes slippery and fast.
Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Hidden Valley Mountain Resort, and Laurel Mountain Ski Area are longtime favorites of local winter sports enthusiasts, but there are 10 resorts within 100 miles of town.
- Mystic Mountain, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, is a learning environment for beginner skiers, with 25 acres, friendly slopes and experienced instructors. Downhill skiing and snowboarding are available on six trails, with difficulties ranging from beginner to expert. Mystic Mountain also offers dog sledding, tube sliding, cross country skiing and snowshoeing for winter fun at Laurel Highlands Resort.
- Blue Knob All Season Resort is Pennsylvania’s tallest ski mountain. It is located at the northwestern tip of County Bedford in the Allegheny Mountains, spanning 100 acres of skiable terrain. There are 16 runs and three ski lifts with lots of easy routes starting from the top to make it fun for beginner and intermediate skiers as well.
- Boyce Park, a small ski slope, located in Allegheny County, makes up for its lack of terrain and amenities by being an inexpensive option and is a great jumping off point for children and beginner adults. Night hours Monday through Friday allow locals to take advantage of the resident discount and do some shopping after work.
- Laurel Mountain is home to the Lower Wildcat Double Diamond Slope. It is located on 493 acres of Laurel Mountain State Park in south-central Pennsylvania. The resort has the highest vertical drop on Laurel Ridge at 761 feet.
- Mt. Pleasant of Edinboro, formerly known as Mountain View, is a small ski area in Erie County that maintains 10 trails and trails for downhill skiing and snowboarding. The resort also offers a ski school and tube park, a Monday night college night, two Tuesday discount, and a full rental shop.
- The Oglebay Resort and Conference Center is located just across the border in West Virginia, near Wheeling. The Nutting winter sports complex offers skiing and snowboarding on a groomed slope on weekends and school holidays, weather permitting, from mid-December to mid-March. Snow tubing is also available.
- The Willowbrook ski area near Belle Vernon offers beginners a safe space to practice their turns. More advanced skiers and riders appreciate the famous giant bumps. Learning to ski or snowboard in a big resort can be intimidating, with people rushing past and too many trails to choose from.
- Wisp Resort has been ranked by SKI Magazine among the top 80 ski resorts in the country. It sits in Garrett County, Maryland, about 100 miles from Pittsburgh, and has 34 trails, snow tubing, ice skating, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, mountain lodging, restaurants and shops.
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