The Five Best Outdoor Winter Activities in Happy Valley
A mug of hot chocolate, warming up hands near the fireplace, fuzzy socks on your feet—that’s winter’s indoor paradise. Oh, I’m forgetting the good book to curl up with in bed while the snow outside is falling.
But what about the adventures waiting for you outside? What about the thrill of staring down the mountain, skis strapped to your feet? What about the laughs echoing, as you’re sledding down the hill?
There’s nothing like winter in Happy Valley—there are numerous stops onthis seasonal adventure. You know what they say: the cold never bothered us Nittany Lions anyway!
1. Sledding at Slab Cabin Park
Slab Cabin Park is a quaint destination for runners, strollers and families wanting to enjoy a small picnic pavilion, stream and playground area at the top of its hill. Winter time, however, calls for pulling out those sleds! The open space and various hills are perfect for both children and thrill-seekers, ranging from small to steep slopes.
2. Ice Skating at the Pegula Ice Arena
What’s winter without skates hitting the ice or both hands holding onto the rims while being taught how to smoothly glide? The Pegula Ice Arena is just waiting for your visit, providing skate rentals for anyone who doesn’t have a pair at home. Check the website for Public Skating hours as they vary every week.
3. Skiing and Snowboarding at Tussey Mountain
There is a common Happy Valley consensus that Tussey Mountain is the ultimate ski and snowboarding resort, providing the perfect slopes and space for winter fun. The Tussey Mountain Ski Area is National Ski Patrol and Professional Ski Patrol Association affiliated, ensuring safety and security. Tussey Mountain is also home to The Mountain Ski Shop, located on the ground floor of the Lodge. George Powell, the owner, is famous for his excellent service in adjusting and fixing winter equipment, selling of necessary merchandise and rentals of seasonal equipment. The ski and snowboard hours are 12 p.m.–10 p.m. on weekdays, 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Sunday.
4. Snow Tube Park at Tussey Mountain
It’s finally that time of year! Snow tubing at Tussey Mountain! Purchase a Tube Ticket at the office, grab a tube, walk over to the tube lifts, cherish that beautiful view at the top and then feel the ride of a lifetime take your breath away. When you hit the bottom, return to the line and let the world of “encore” take over. The Tube Park is open Wednesday through Friday from 4 p.m.–10 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m.–10 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
5. Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
There are some days that the snow is melting, the sun is shining, and you just want to take a walk in the brisk breeze, the warm degrees you’ve been craving. The Millbrook Marsh Nature Center is the best place for days like this. With beautiful wetlands, miles of boardwalk trails and dream-like streams, the park offers a great place for short hikes and strolls for those wanting to spend their day in a nature preserve.