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HIDDEN VALLEY, Pa. ­ The 37th Annual Special Olympics Pennsylvania Winter Games returns to Hidden Valley Resort, Feb. 10-11, 2014.

Approximately 175 Alpine skiers from Pennsylvania, Virginia and Delaware will visit the resort to compete in giant slalom time trials, Alpine skiing, giant slalom and Super G. Competitions will be held on Bobcat, Continental and Imperial slopes.

It is a tremendous honor to welcome Special Olympics to Hidden Valley, said Eric Mauck, CEO of Hidden Valley and Seven Springs. Hidden Valley has hosted the Alpine skiing competitions of this event for many years and we look forward to  continuing that tradition and doing everything we can to support this event, the athletes and the overall mission of Special Olympics. Both Hidden Valley and Seven Springs take great pride in making a positive impact in our community and support many non-profit and civic organizations.

The entire staff at Hidden Valley is amazing, said Mike Ermer, Associate Competition Director, Special Olympics of Pennsylvania. They work seamlessly with our Alpine committee to make sure the mountain is in great shape and ready for the races.  They also do a wonderful job making the athletes, support staff and volunteers feel welcome.

Our athletes spend a minimum of eight weeks training in their sport prior to competition.  While we do not have qualifying competitions for our winter sports, the SOPA Winter Games have been a qualifying event for National Winter Games and World Winter Games.  This time last year, we had eight athletes from Pennsylvania competing for Team USA at the World Winter Games in Seoul, South Korea, two or three of whom were Alpine athletes who qualified on the mountain at Hidden Valley, added Ermer.

With another snowstorm expected to arrive this weekend, the slopes will have a fresh coating of snow for the competitions and will be groomed to perfection. So far this season, Hidden Valley has received 89 inches of natural snow and has been aggressively making snow thanks to cold temperatures. Currently, the resort has 30 slopes and trails open with an average base of 36-44 inches.

The Special Olympic Games were founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver and provide people with intellectual and physical disabilities continuing opportunities to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy and friendship.

Schedule of Events
Monday, February 10, 2014
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Alpine Giant Slalom Time Trials
1:30-3:30 p.m., Alpine Entry Level Preliminaries
1:30-3:30 p.m., Alpine Giant Slalom Finals
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
9:30-11 a.m., Alpine Super G Finals
10-11:30 a.m., Alpine Entry Level Finals
11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Slalom Finals
12:30-1 p.m., Alpine Entry Level Awards
1-1:30 p.m., Alpine Advanced Awards
1:30-2 p.m., Alpine Novice Awards
2-3 p.m., Alpine Intermediate Awards and Closing Ceremony

About Hidden Valley Resort
Hidden Valley Resort, located in Hidden Valley, Pa., is the ideal winter destination for families. With 31 slopes and trails and three terrain parks on 110 skiable acres and a first-class snowsports school, Hidden Valley offers a comfortable environment to learn to ski or snowboard.

Located within 200 miles of the major metropolitan areas of Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Cleveland and Washington D.C., Hidden Valley is easily accessible from either exit 91 or 110 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

For more information about Hidden Valley, visit www.hiddenvalleyresort.com or call (814) 443-8000.

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