We have been reminded over the past three days that it is indeed winter with bitter cold temperatures in the Johnstown area. Now this coming weekend is another reminder. This weekend is the Fifth Annual Family SnowBlast at Hidden Valley Resort. The annual event is sponsored by KDKA-TV – Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh’s CW.
The Family SnowBlast is a four-day long celebration at the resort that is held each year. The celebration includes parties, live broadcasts, contests, and plenty of fun for the entire family. The event begins in the evening of Thursday, January 24 and lasts through Sunday, January 27.
The fun kicks off Thursday with the Family SnowBlast Kickoff Bonfire at the Ski Lodge. The bonfire starts at 5:00 p.m. and lasts about two hours. In addition, Jon Burnett will be broadcasting the weather live from the resort for each news broadcast that night beginning at 4:00 p.m.
The fun continues on Friday with the Pittsburgh Today live broadcast from the resort beginning at 9:00 a.m. The fun continues Friday evening with the SnowBlast Friday Night Fun Party. The party takes place from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the ski lodge.
The big day will be Saturday with a full day of scheduled events. You can visit some of the exhibits that will be set up on the Clock Tower Bridge from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The plaza area will be the site for the Frozen T-shirt Game presented by J and D Waterproofing beginning at noon and then the Treasure Hunt Coins Gold Mine at 1:00 p.m. The action then moves to the SouthRidge Room for the remainder of the afternoon. Enjoy the Price is Right beginning at 3:30 p.m. The day’s activities will come to a close with a Torchlight Parade on the slopes at 7:00 p.m. sponsored by OnCor Ready Serve.
There are activities for the kids also throughout the day on Saturday. The Family Fun Zone will be set-up in the SouthRidge Room from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. This activity will benefit the Family Life Fund of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Later in the afternoon, the SouthRidge Room will be the site of the J and D Waterproofing Coloring Contest. The other big activity for the day will be the OnCor Ready Serve Tubing Party. This activity takes place at the Outback Tubing Park from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. During this event you will have a chance to enjoy the snow tubing park with Jennifer Antkowiak. Participants will be required to have a valid snow tubing ticket. Tickets are $19 for adults and $17 for juniors. You must be 5 or older for snow tubing.
The SnowBlast closes out on Sunday. The events for the day include the Treasure Hunt Coins Gold Mine beginning at 11:00 a.m. at the plaza area followed by Family Feud with Pittsburgh’s CW Green Team in the SouthRidge Room beginning at 1:00 p.m. The day and the event will end with the Family Obstacle Course with Ross Guidotti beginning at 2:30 p.m.
For more information about the SnowBlast, contact Hidden Valley Resort at 814-443-8000. You can also stop by the Family SnowBlast Information Desk on the Clock Tower Bridge. The information desk will be open Friday noon until 4:00 p.m., Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Hidden Valley is located about fifty-five minutes southwest of Johnstown.
So stop by for some great fun. But remember to bundle up and stay warm.