Pittsburgh's Outdoor Winter Recreation

Pittsburgh's Outdoor Winter Recreation

With skiing, snowboarding and ice skating, the Pittsburgh region has fantastic options to enjoy the winter weather — all with health and safety practices in place

Pittsburgh is stunning every season, but there is something so magical that winter brings. While snow frames the trees, buildings and hillsides, the beauty of the season will leave you in awe. Pittsburgh winters also provide some of the best opportunities for outdoor family fun! Whether in the exciting urban environment in the city or out in the beautiful countryside, winter sports can be some of the most fun you can have in the Pittsburgh area. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and current health and safety regulations in place by the state of Pennsylvania, this information is subject to change. Be sure to check the individual organization websites for the most up-to-date information on hours of operation, restrictions and health and safety information. 

The Rink at PPG Place

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.

Seven Springs Mountain Resort

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.

Photo Credit: Seven Springs Mountain Resort

North Park

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.

Hidden Valley Resort

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.

Photo Credit: Hidden Valley Resort

Schenley Park Skating Rink

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.