St. Louis is a long way from the mountains, so the options for snow skiing are very limited. Hidden Valley in Wildwood is the only local ski resort in the St. Louis area. Hidden Valley offers skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing during the winter months.
About the Resort
Hidden Valley has more than a dozen runs on about 30 acres of skiable terrain with at 310 foot vertical drop. The resort gets a little help from Mother Nature, but almost all of the snow is made with snow machines. 30% of the runs are listed as beginner, 60% as intermediate and the remaining 10% as advanced. There is also an off-run terrain park for expert skiers and snowboarders.
Location and Hours
Hidden Valley Ski Resort is located at 17409 Hidden Valley Drive in Wildwood in St. Louis County. From St. Louis City, take I-44 West to the Eureka exit (#264). Then, exit onto Highway 109 and go north about two miles to Alt Road. Turn left on Alt Road and follow the signs to Hidden Valley Drive and the resort.
Hidden Valley is open daily from mid-December to the end of February. Regular hours are Sunday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., with extended hours on most Fridays and Saturdays until 1 a.m. Hidden Valley also offers special evening and overnight skiing on Christmas Day and New Year's Eve.
Lift Tickets and Rental Fees
Daytime lift tickets are $48 for adults, $30 for children ages seven to 12, and $5 for children six and younger. Ski or snowboard rental is an additional $31 a person. Lift tickets for evening and midnight sessions range from $33 to $40 a person. Most Sundays starting in January, Hidden Valley offers a Family Night Special from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Lift tickets with ski or snowboard rental are $49 for everyone.
There are also group discounts of 15% to 25% every day for parties of 15 or more. For more details on group rates, see the Hidden Valley website.
The Polar Plunge
In addition to skiing and snowboarding, Hidden Valley also has a snow tubing area called The Polar Plunge. Visitors can ride an inner tube down at 1200 foot hill, then take a conveyor carpet back to the top and do it all again. The Polar Plunge is open to guests of all ages. Tickets are $26 a person for three hours of tubing.
As you would expect, many of the activities offered at Hidden Valley are impacted by the weather, to get the latest information on snow conditions and which runs are open, call (636) 938-6999.