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hidden valley vs. 7springs

Rockville, Maryland
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hidden valley vs. 7springs


Our family are planning a ski trip to the western PA. Unfortunately none of us, including two adults and a 7-year-old boy, knows how to ski. can someone offer suggestions as to which place will suit us better, hidden valley or 7 springs?

Thanks a lot!

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1. Re: hidden valley vs. 7springs

Hidden Valley will probably suit you better. It's more low key and less intimidating, especially at the bottom of the slope. They aren't that far from each other so you may want to ride over to the other one to check it out as well-

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2. Re: hidden valley vs. 7springs

My philosophy for first time skiers is to go the nicest resort you can afford with the most amenities. This way you get a real ski experience. Every mountain has its "bunny slopes" and there will be no intimidation factor. My kids started at 3& 5 at Stratton Mountain in Vt (many years ago) and this never even crossed my mind. I don't know your kid or Mgcme's family. Just another opinion.

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3. Re: hidden valley vs. 7springs

I agree that hidden valley would be a better place for "new" skiers. It's smaller and less intimidating and might be a little less expensive then 7 springs and everything is closer at hidden valley. Just MHO.

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4. Re: hidden valley vs. 7springs

My husband and I prefer the overnight accommodations and slopes at Seven Springs but for novice skiers I suggest Hidden Valley. That's where we took our grandkids to learn to ski and even though we paid for group lessons, they were the only 2 in the class. Their instructor was marvelous. PS...When driving by Seven Springs the next day, we noticed their beginning class was mobbed.

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5. Re: hidden valley vs. 7springs

I`ll go along with carolph. A lot less stress for first timers at HV and I`m sure they`ll give you great lessons.You`ll be skiing top to bottom on the bunny slopes by the middle of the day.Seriously.

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6. Re: hidden valley vs. 7springs

I would agree that Hidden Valley is a better place to learn to ski, the trade off is there is less going on while not skiing at HV. Nightlife and lounging is better at 7 Springs, but if that is an issue, they are only about 10 miles apart or so. I would suggest visiting the one that you don't ski at just for future reference.

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Rockville, Maryland
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8. Re: hidden valley vs. 7springs

Thank you all so much for your thoughts and inputs! We actually went to HV twice since then and we loved it! Less crowd means more room to maneuver, and not that hectic. Great for the beginners. My son went to the children's camp both times and accordingly to him, HV and SS are actually connected (or maybe he just got confused). We did, however, went to SS for other activities, like eatery or clay shooting. It was actually fun to shoot the clay in snow. :)

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9. Re: hidden valley vs. 7springs

Thanks for reporting back. We don't always get them so it is greatly appreciated.

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10. Re: hidden valley vs. 7springs

I live out here. Connected in you can ski one to the other, no. Connected as they are now owned by same company, yes.

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