Seven Springs Mountain Resort is proud to announce some exciting new projects and amenities for this winter season!
With the goal of continuously enhancing the guest experience, the resort closely examines operations each year to identify where improvements can be made. This year, Seven Springs made great strides in improving areas across the resort, from on-mountain upgrades to fantastic new lodging and dining options.
HISTORIC LAUREL MOUNTAIN SKI AREA REOPENS THIS WINTER!
Pennsylvania’s legendary Laurel Mountain will reopen for skiing and snowboarding this winter. Seven Springs Mountain Resort, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation of Natural Resources, has completed an extensive multi-year renovation project to upgrade the facility in time for the 2016-2017 season.
Once known as the Ski Capital of Pennsylvania, Laurel Mountain ski area is a true skier’s mountain with a rich history, located within Laurel Mountain State Park and boasts one of the steepest slopes in the state, Lower Wildcat, reaching a 72% grade.
A modern SkyTrac fixed-grip quad chairlift was installed this summer, capable of transporting 2,400 skiers per hour. The snowmaking system was overhauled with the addition of 52 new guns and the storage capacity nearly doubled to 26 million gallons. Several improvements were made to the slopes including regrading and widening select areas.
The project is expected to provide a boost in tourism to the region as Laurel Mountain joins its sister resorts, Seven Springs and Hidden Valley, to create a three-mountain snowsports destination in the Laurel Highlands. Laurel Mountain is located just 15 minutes from Ligonier, PA, a charming mountain town filled with specialty shops, family activities and historic sites.
NEW GROOMERS ADDED TO SEVEN SPRINGS FLEET
In order to continue to offer resort guests some of the best grooming in the country, Seven Springs welcomes a brand new PistenBully 400 ParkPro snowcat and PistenBully 400 Winch snowcat to the fleet.
Joining the four new machines added last season and flaunting state-of-the-art agility and precision, the 400 ParkPro snowcat allows machine operators to consistently achieve the highest level of grooming quality. The 400 Winch snowcat will be used in the building and maintenance of the only Olympic-size Superpipe on the East Coast and improved headwall grooming on Seven Springs’ black diamond slopes.
SNOWMAKING UPGRADES AND IMPROVEMENTS
Seven Springs added new snowmaking upgrades this season, updating the portable snowgun fleet with 30 new HKD Viper ground guns. Seven Springs also replaced several areas of snowmaking lines on the mountain, enhancing reliability.
HIGHEST HONORS FOR EAST COAST TERRAIN PARKS
A leader in the industry for terrain park design, progression and innovation, Seven Springs has become a major destination for freestyle skiers and snowboarders. The resort’s dedication has led to its selection as the #6 Terrain Parks in North America and #1 Terrain Parks on the East Coast by the TransWorld SNOWboarding 2017 Resort Poll.
OFF-MOUNTAIN PROJECTS – SEVEN SPRINGS
Seven Springs is proud to announce the opening of the Seven Ten Bistro, a hip little alcove serving eclectic food pinned with a bowling inspired menu! The menu is imaginative and relaxed with items ranging from out-of-the-ordinary shared plates to cool twists on salads to mouth-watering sandwiches. Seven Ten Bistro is located next to the Bowling Alley on the second floor of the Main Lodge.
As part of the Seven Ten Bistro project, the bowling alley at Seven Springs received a complete overhaul with an all new lounge area to match the Bistro, a new scoring system and new bowling equipment.
The Matterhorn Lounge has also undergone a major renovation. This project includes an updated layout with new carpeting, lighting and furnishings. The lounge will include several VIP areas, a new dance floor and tableside service. The Matterhorn Lounge will be open to the public Friday and Saturday nights, and available for booking private functions as well.
The Ski Lodge received a few updates with new carpeting throughout the First Tracks seating area on the second floor and the Foggy Goggle on the third floor. The Foggy Goggle restrooms have also received an extensive renovation.
The Tyrol Chalets, four upscale chalets, located near the hotel and within walking distance to slopes will debut this winter. The chalets feature luxurious comforts including full kitchens, bedroom suites with private bathrooms, convenient parking, ski lockers, private decks overlooking the slopes and premium amenities. The newly-renovated chalets range from two to six bedrooms and will be available for reservations.
Two new retail stores were added to the resort. Accents is a boutique offering the finest Vera Bradley clutches, purses, scarves and more, as well as necklaces, bracelets, earrings, watches and charms from Brighton. The Orvis Store offers fine fly-fishing and sporting goods including Orvis fishing tackle, fly rods, flies, waders and fishing apparel as well as authentic Beretta shooting apparel including top-quality vests, shirts and hats. Both stores are now open on the fourth floor of the Main Lodge.
AN INCREDIBLE WINTER AHEAD
Forecasters have predicted bountiful snowfall and plenty of snowmaking opportunities for the resort. Winter sports enthusiasts and their families across the region are preparing for an incredible season with plenty of fresh snow days.
“We are committed to our guests and to our role as a leader in the industry,” said Eric Mauck, CEO of Seven Springs, Hidden Valley and Laurel Mountain. “This is an exciting year for our resort family. With these new improvements and initiatives, we will continue to provide our guests with a legendary experience in the beautiful Laurel Highlands.”