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With miles upon miles of trails, tracked and untracked, cross-country and telemark skiers flock to the Laurel Highlands each winter. Here you’ll find trails for beginner to advanced skiers. See the natural beauty of the Laurel Highlands on a crisp winter hike. Find five PACCSA ski areas right here in the Laurel Highlands, not including the Great Allegheny Passage, open to traditional cross country skiing, Sugarloaf Trail, Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, and Savage River Lodge in Laurel Highlands.
Nemacolin can outfit you for your cross-country adventures.You'll find even more trails as well as rentals at Savage River Lodge. Rentals are also available in Donegal, at Route 31 Bike, Board, and Ski in Laurel Highlands and Laurel Ridge (which sells out fast on busy weekends!)
Strap on some snowshoes, and take in in the fresh mountain air and incredible views at Seven Springs or Nemacolin, or rent your own and check out the trails at one of our local and state parks. Take a picture-perfect hike through a winter wonderland with Seven Springs’ snowshoe tours. Rentals and trails can also be found at Laurel Ridge.
Discover beautiful scenery and 15 miles of serene trails around the lake at Kooser State Parks, marked with blue diamonds, off route 31 near Hidden Valley. Access to these trails is free, and bathroom facilities can be found near parking.
In Rockwood PA, you’ll find trails for beginner to advanced skiers, with concessions and rentals available. Be sure to call ahead or rent in Donegal on busy weekends with good conditions. Rentals can sell out quickly. Escape from the cold to the warming hut with bathrooms refreshments, tables and a wood burner. With more than 18 miles of trails, some dog friendly and most groomed and tracked, you’ll find no end to the winter fun.
Over 12 miles of trails for classic and back country cross-country skiing can be found at Laurel Mountain State Park, off Route 30 at Forbes State Park, close to Ligonier, Laughlintown, and Jennerstown. Get out and enjoy this winter sport with wonderful scenery, dog friendly trails, and gorgeous sparkling views.
Sugarloaf is a great resource for beginners, with an area for novice skiers to try their skills before trekking out on the trails. A warming hut and bathrooms can also be found nearby.
• Avoid walking in the ski tracks!
• If skiing with pets, keep them under control or leased at all times. (Please clean up after them, too.)
• Yield to faster skiers.
• Leave No Trace! Be the best outdoor enthusiast that you can be. Leave nothing behind but your tracks in the snow.
Best for intermediate to advanced skier, these back country, un-groomed trails offer remote terrain and wonderful conditions. Create your own loop through the trails. Find thrilling downhills and intense uphill cardio. A telemark skier’s dream, the North Woods will be an exciting challenge and have you dropping knees, not to mention the gorgeous views you’ll catch along the way.
Insider tip: Park at the “top lot” along Tunnel Road to start with a mild downhill and go right for a long downhill. Cross the bridge and ski the trail clockwise for a challenging downhill to the warming hut OR ski counter-clockwise for a mild downhill and long, busting up hill.
For a different challenge, park at the “lower lot,” where four-wheel drive is a must, and end your day with a wonderful downhill.