The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

March 10, 2013

Ski resort celebrates season with carnival

Dave Sutor
dsutor@tribdem.com

HIDDEN VALLEY — Hidden Valley Resort is bidding farewell to the 2012-13 ski season this weekend ... sort of.

Beginning Saturday and continuing today, the resort is holding its fourth annual Spring Carnivale. It is an event filled with games for children, art, music and plenty of skiing.

“It’s our way of celebrating the end of another successful season,” said the resort’s marketing director, Laura Argenbright.

But she was quick to add, “I feel like we’ll still have several good weeks left.”

Activities will begin today at 11 a.m. and last until 4 p.m. There will be face painting, coloring contests, jewelry making, snow golf, treasure digs, an obstacle course, balloon twists, tennis ball rolls and cupcake walks.

“We enjoy putting the carnival on to thank our guests,” Argenbright said.

Several vendors were on site Saturday.

Albert Puskaric, a resident of White Oak in Allegheny County, is selling prints of Hidden Valley scenes. Puskaric’s wife, Ali, skis, but he does not enjoy the sport. So, when she hits the slopes, he picks up the colored pencils.

“In order for us to stay together and have fun together, we drive up together, but I need something to do and I love to draw,” he said.

“I draw pictures of ski scenes. I fell in love with the Laurel Mountains. Coming up here all the time, it’s been my passion to draw all the scenes of the Laurel Mountains.”

After the children’s activities concluded on Saturday, Bakersville’s Randy Myers entertained the crowd with his acoustic guitar and harmonica, singing a mix of cover tunes and original material.

“I just love coming here and playing,” Myers said. “My kids have grown up here. My family skis here, everybody skis here. It’s just a fun family atmosphere.”

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