The Hidden Valley Club in New Jersey is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders. As part of a series on ski resorts, Huffington Post Travel offers our guide to The Hidden Valley Club, featuring all the key information snow lovers need to know before they hit the slopes.
The BasicsThe Hidden Valley Club is located in the Appalachian Mountains in Vernon, New Jersey, about an hour north of New York City. Dedicated to family-fun, the ski area caters to guests of all ages. The club is open daily from December through February. Hours and dates may be extended during early and late season, weather permitting. A semi-private club, The Hidden Valley Club offers guests who opt to become members access to preferred parking, private lockers, restaurant discounts and member rates on lessons.
The MountainThe Hidden Valley Club is part of the New York-New Jersey Highlands Region of the Appalachian Mountains. The base elevation at Hidden Valley is 815 feet and the summit elevation is 1,453 feet, according to Skitown.com. The mountain has a vertical drop that measures 620 feet. The ski area receives 80 inches of snow each year. Hidden Valley also has 100 percent snowmaking capability. Guests can ski or snowboard down a variety of runs; the longest run measures 3,960 feet.
Trails And LiftsAt The Hidden Valley Club, guests have access to 12 trails, all of them ending at a communal base area. Three of the trails are the easiest and four are considered intermediate. The ski area also has five additional difficult trails and two double black diamond trails. Guests access the trails from four lifts: one triple chair, one beginner double chair, and one double or surface lift for beginners. The ski area also offers nighttime skiing and a terrain park.
In The NewsThe Hidden Valley Racing Program is one of the most successful and longest running programs in the eastern part of the United States. The program has trained many top ski racers, as well as many students who advance to high-ranking ski schools. Jim Backman, an experienced ski instructor and racer, recently joined the instruction team at The Hidden Valley Club. Backman, who brings more than 30 years of experience and holds USSA Level 200 and PSIA Level 2 certifications, will also run the USSA and High School Racing programs.
CostMidweek lift tickets at The Hidden Valley Club run between $25 for youth and $29 for adults. Weekend rates are $42 for youth and $52 for adults. Nighttime skiing is priced at $25 to $29. The Hidden Valley Club season passes run between $239 and $319 for youth and between $239 and $359 for adults. A complete ski or snowboard rental package is priced at $32. Guests can rent a helmet for $15. The ski park offers lessons for guests of all ages. Prices for children start at $75 and private lessons start at $79.
Apres-SkiThe Hidden Valley Club has two onsite dining options. Tavern on the Mountain is a slope side full-service restaurant. The park also offers guests access to HVC Cafeteria for snacks, coffee and quick meals. Nearby Vernon offers additional restaurant and entertainment options, including a golf course.
WATCH: The Hidden Valley Club
Enjoy a peek of nighttime snowboarding in the Appalachian Mountains at New Jersey's Hidden Valley Club.