We Are on the Verge of Reviving a Fourth Ski Destination in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands!
Skiers, rejoice! The long-awaited revival of Laurel Mountain ski area is happening. That’s right. Construction is underway (and ahead of schedule) for a 2016-2017 re-opening after more than 10 years of dormancy thanks to the dedication of Seven Springs Mountain Resort and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).
On January 26, 2016, Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau® President and CEO, Renee Seifert and I attended a Ground-Breaking and Ceremonial Snow Toss event at Laurel Mountain, hosted by the DCNR and our friends at Seven Springs. DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn and Seven Springs Chairman Robert Nutting attended the event.
Laurel Mountain is located 10 miles east of Ligonier via U.S. Route 30/Lincoln Highway in Laurel Mountain State Park, overlooks the picturesque Ligonier Valley in Westmoreland County. Laurel, as the locals refer to it, opened in 1939 as a private ski area for members of a prestigious club. In 1964, the property was gifted to the state with the stipulation that no summer activities would occur there and no lodging would be constructed.
Laurel Mountain, which has one of the largest vertical drops in the state, closed from 1989 to 1999, then reopened and closed several times between 1999 and 2005 because of mild winters and other difficulties.
If you are looking for a winter destination that offers a wide variety of skiable terrain, character, diversity and fun, look no further than Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands! Once Laurel Mountain is re-opened, the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania will be home to four diverse ski resorts including Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Pennsylvania’s largest ski resort with 33 slopes and trails, seven terrain parks and the East Coast’s only Olympic-size halfpipe on 285 skiable acres; Hidden Valley Resort with 31 slopes and trails and two terrain parks on 110 skiable acres; and Mystic Mountain at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort with seven slopes and one terrain park on 25 skiable acres.