Written by Jack Taylor / Photos by Jack Lee Last updated April 16, 2021
When you find yourself in the Steel City you won’t have to travel far to hit the slopes. The snowy Allegheny Mountains run right through Pennsylvania, Maryland, and West Virginia, where you’ll find resorts to suit every type of skier and snowboarder. Check out our top six to discover which is going to be best for you!
Due to COVID-19, safety measures were put in place by the State of Pennsylvania which impacted the 20/21 ski season. These included strict physical distancing, mandatory mask-wearing and contact tracing through the COVID Alert PA mobile app. In Allegheny County which is home to Boyce Park, food and drinks were prohibited at the resort and lift tickets were required to be purchased in advance. In West Virginia’s Pocahontas County, home to Snowshoe Resort, restrictions included health screening requirements for employees and increased sanitation and disinfecting protocols. Such restrictions are not anticipated to continue into the 21/22 winter season.
1. Hidden Valley Resort
Top all-round resort with ski terrain for all abilities and lots of family-friendly facilities
Good natural snow record backed up by snowmaking
Majority of slopes are open for night skiing
Accommodation options include family homes, hotel rooms, and apartments
Charming alpine village with lots of ski-in/ski-out accommodation and trails for all abilities
Plenty of snow, more than 180 in on average each winter
Part of the resort is dedicated to challenging trails for advanced skiers
One of the biggest ski areas in the Mid-Atlantic states
Isolated location can mean a long journey to get here
North Central West Virginia Airport - 109 mi (2.5 hour drive)
Pittsburgh Intl. Airport - 197 mi (4 hour drive)
Reagan National Airport - 221 mi (4.5 hour drive)
When you spend your ski vacation at Snowshoe, you’ll be staying at the top of the mountain not the bottom of it! This picturesque resort sits upon a natural alpine ridge, so you can ski straight down a perfectly groomed slope before riding a chairlift back up. Expect high-quality ski gear stores, refined restaurants, and cozy taverns all within a short walk of the base lodge. While Snowshoe isn’t the easiest resort to reach from Pittsburgh, being deep in the mountains and surrounded by natural splendor means you’ll feel a million miles from city life.