Winter Recreation Spots in Pittsburgh

Winter in Pittsburgh, PA can look like a fairytale and feel like a deep-freeze. Sparkling white snow, glittering icicles, and bright sunshine can lend to the perfect setting for skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, or sledding for hardy winter-lovers. There is an abundance of outdoor sport facilities in and around Pittsburgh for your chilling, thrilling pleasure.

Schenley Park Skating Rink, located on Overlook Dr., has skating sessions every day of the week, all winter long. There are three special, one day, skating events held each year. Skating with Santa starts it off in December followed by the Mascot Skate in January. Last year there were over 30 mascots to entertain and enjoy skating with. Then there is the Valentine Skate in February where all the sweethearts, young and old alike, can celebrate their love with a romantic skate surely followed by some pleasing warming up after.

Boyce Park Ski area, located just outside of Pittsburgh in a county park, is a great place to spend any winter afternoon. Inexpensive and easily accessible, there is fun to be had by the whole family. There are 9 ski runs with a choice of lifts, the longest of which is 1,300 feet. There is night skiing and rentals available as well as a professional ski school. For skiing, snowboarding or tubing, Boyce Park is the place to go.

Boyce Park is known by most for the skiing, boarding, and tubing, but those in the know about winter fun know that it is also home to the best sledding hill in Pittsburgh. A 400 to 500 foot slope that will thrill any adventurer sturdy enough to get to the top for their flight downhill. It is the highest point in Allegheny County.

For an adventurous day sledding more hills of Pittsburgh, Frick Park on Beechwood Blvd. is a great destination. There are some trees to beware of, so be sure to have a buddy and be careful. Dormont Park has a great sledding hill right next to the swimming pool. Again, watch for hazards on the steeper parts of the hill.

Not up for the cold? Want to get some exercise and stay warm at the same time? Check out one of Pittsburgh’s several indoor rock climbing gyms, such as The Climbing Wall on Penn Ave. They provide over 7,000 sq. ft. of climbing surface for a wide variety of expertise, from the beginner receiving lessons to the advanced just keeping in shape. Go alone for a winter workout or take the whole family for a few hours of quality climb time.