No matter how you choose to enjoy the outdoors in winter, there's something for everyone.
Winter weather may bring with it some harsh conditions, but that's no reason to stay home. Pittsburgh winters provide some of the best opportunities for outdoor family fun - skiing, snowboarding, ice skating. Whether in the exciting urban environment of the city or out in the beautiful countryside, winter sports can be some of the most fun you can have in the Pittsburgh area.
This is the spot to go when you want to do some downhill skiing and snow tubing in Allegheny County. Located in Monroeville and Plum and encompassing 1,096 acres, Boyce Park offers beautiful natural terrain to explore and a ton of winter adventures just waiting for you.
Located in beautiful Schenley Park, this skating rink is a great place to go for some good old-fashioned winter festivities. The rink offers some really cool special events to celebrate the winter holidays, such as Skate with Santa in December and Valentines On Ice in February. Skate on over to Oakland the next time you feel like going out on a brisk winter day.
Here's another Laurel Highlands resort that will have you crossing your fingers for more snow. The largest of Pennsylvania's winter resorts, Seven Springs is the perfect place to take a family vacation. They've got downhill and uphill skiing, snowboarding, and lessons for all ages. Snow Tube Park is a great place to enjoy the crisp air as you go sliding down the mountain. You can even take a tour of the grounds on a snowmobile. Seven Springs has something for everyone, no matter your age or skill level.
This resort is also located in Laurel Highlands and is a great spot for beginners to find their ski legs. They've got a wide variety of slopes that range from easy to intermediate to advanced. Snow tubers, skiers, and snowboarders are all welcome to explore the 26 slopes and trails as well as the two Terrain Parks. And if you take advantage of the "Highlands Pass," you can get access to Seven Springs, Hidden Valley, and Laurel Mountain skiing and snowboarding. All in all, the Laurel Highlands are a great place to plan your next winter adventure.
When there's a chill in the air and the snow covers the ground, Mystic Mountain at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort is open for business! The mountain slopes are perfect for skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing. Located in the scenic Laurel Highlands, this resort is a picturesque place to have some winter fun. You don't need to be a pro to enjoy the mountain activities either; different trails are geared toward different levels of ability, from easy to advanced. Private lessons are offered too. There's no reason not to spend at least part of your winter in the mountains!
Located just north of Pittsburgh, North Park has a skating rink perfect for beginning skaters taking to the ice for the first time or seasoned pros ready to get their winter game on. There's also a hockey rink for those who've brought their hockey sticks. No matter your style of winter fun, this is a great spot to visit when the temperature drops.
If you like your winter sports in the city, the MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink at PPG Place is the ideal spot to get your skate on. The rink is two-thirds the size of a standard National Hockey League rink and has plenty of room for any ice skating parties you may want to put together.
Matt Henderson is a marketing intern at VisitPITTSBURGH and a current graduate student at Point Park University. In addition to his marketing work, he’s active in the Pittsburgh theatre scene as an actor and playwright.