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Skiing Hidden Valley Club is like having your own ski resort

“Our race program is the longest continually running program in the area, complete with exclusive facilities for the athletes,” Heidebrecht points out. “Our coaching staff is the largest in the area with the most cumulative years of coaching USSA programs, with ninety percent of the staff holding some level of USSA accreditation.”

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) is the national governing body of Olympic skiing and snowboarding. It is the parent organization of the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing.

hidden3valley011212_opt“With the children’s learn-to-ski program, and our popular racing program, we’ve become a huge draw for families,” she says. “We offer a level of comfort that a family may not be able to find at a large ski resort. We’re a bit more slow-paced, not as intense and a lot less overwhelming for the beginner skier and snowboarder. In fact, parents don’t have to worry when their youngsters go off alone, because every ski trail leads back to our lodge.”

Heidebrecht says that one of the most popular trails here is Chicken Delight, a 1,900-ft.- long run with a gentle, non-threatening pitch that allows beginners to learn and practice their skills.

Heidebrecht, who is a member of the National Ski Patrol, adds that “we try to keep classes as small as possible so that learning to ski becomes a better experience for the youngster.”

SHORT SCHUSSES –

Belleayre Ski Center is nearby Highmount, N.Y., hosts its annual Winter Festival Week Jan. 21-29. It will feature a children’s winter carnival and torchlight parade on Saturday, Jan. 21, with a mid-week lift ticket going for only $20. If snowshowing is your game, head for the 7th annual Peak Snowshoe Challenge March 2-3 in Pittsfield, Vt. It’s a 100-mile beast. This Sunday, Jan. 15, it’s the Women Specific Ski Clinic at Shawnee Peak in Bridgton, Me. – a clinic designed for women and conducted by women.

Next Thursday through Sunday, Jan. 19-22, top winter athletes from around the world will descend on Killington Resort in Vermont to compete in freeskiing and snowboarding in the Winter Dew Tour. On tap at the event: live concerts, products to try, athlete autograph signings and more. It may not be snowing these days in New Jersey, but it’s always snowing somewhere close. Here’s a report from Lake Placid in the Adirondacks: “Heavy snow delayed the start of Saturday’s World Cup two-man bobsled race for two hours, and poor visibility forced officials to cancel the race’s second run.”

SKI CONDITIONS

www.snocountry.com/index.php/ski-reports-by-region/northeast-snow-conditions

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Comments (2)
2 Sunday, 29 December 2013 09:33
Liz Holste
Unfortunately the Hidden Valley Ski Area is closed for the 2013-2014 season.

We all hope it will be open again for the 2014-2015 season.
1 Sunday, 25 November 2012 21:56
Elizabeth Holste
I just came across your article about the Hidden Valley Club Ski Area in Vernon, NJ. There is one correction I would like to add to your story. I have done major research on the alpine ski industry in New Jersey and self-published a book in 2005 called Skiing In New Jersey? The Hidden Valley Club was NOT opened in 1976 as the Great Gorge/Vernon Valley ski area. It was built by Jack Kurlander and it opened for its first season in 1975 as the Hidden Valley Ski Area. The Great Gorge/Vernon Valley ski area is a separate ski resort also in Vernon, NJ and that is now known as the Mountain Creek Resort. The Great Gorge/Vernon Valley ski area was actually two separate ski areas before they merged in the mid 1970s. The Great Gorge ski area opened in 1965 and was built by Jack Kurlander and John Fitzgerald. The Vernon Valley ski area opened in 1968 and that was owned by George Lupo.

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