Yes, it’s been frigid out this past week. Yes, it’s a bad idea to go outside when it’s this cold. BUT: the kids are getting cabin fever, and things will warm up eventually, hopefully giving the Pittsburgh area just the right weather for some fun in the snow before winter’s over. So, to prepare you for when there’s a good day for some outdoor fun, here are some recommendations.
Boyce Park snow tubing is open until mid-March, so if you want a tubing experience complete with a lift (No hill climbing required!), you’ll want to gear up soon. Two-hour sessions are available seven days a week, between 4:30 and 9 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 9:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Snow tubing at Hidden Valley Resort is also open until March 15th, and it’s a bit farther afield than Boyce Park, but there’s more than just tubing at the resort. While kids under nine years of age must be accompanied by an adult, parents could send their older children to the tubing slopes while they enjoy an afternoon at the spa.
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort is another place that’s a bit farther south of the city, but offers a variety of activities. In addition to snow tubing, there’s snow shoeing for those who aren’t adrenaline junkies. Want to try something completely different? Nemacolin also offers snow dog sledding!
Looking for some classic sledding in the South Hills? Sunny Slopes in South Park is so popular that it’s on Facebook. For little kids, though, the local secret is a hill next to the Dormont Pool. Sunny Slopes is for the experienced, thrill-seeking sledder; the hill by the Dormont Pool is for the little ones hitting the slopes for the first time.
It might not seem like there’s an end in sight for this winter, but it is coming. Eventually. Because time flies when you’re having fun, why not speed the return of spring by enjoying the snow while it lasts?