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The Laurel Highlands is the perfect destination for a winter family getaway!
Hit the slopes at the Three Pennsylvania Ski Resorts offering the region's best skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing.
Regardless of whether you're looking to fine tune your skiing form or simply keep your "pizza pie" intact, the Ski School at Seven Springs Mountain Resort can help make your day on the slopes a whole lot more enjoyable. Notably, it's one of the largest Ski Schools on the East Coast. They've even designed a First-time Package to make the lesson experience easy and fun. The package includes ski/board ticket, rental equipment and a one-hour and 45-minute group lesson with students of the same ability level. Just call Seven Springs Ski School for more information or to sign-up!
Of course, not everyone who stays at Seven Springs comes for the skiing and snowboarding. You can also have great time doing the other less-technical, but no less exhilarating, downhill sport - snow tubing. It'll make you feel like a kid again. And if you happen to have kids, it'll do your heart good to hear them laugh and scream the day away in sheer delight. Tuesday's are Tube-A-Palooza Nights. Tube the resort's 11 tubing chutes, gather by the bonfire to warm up and enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet of pizza, hot dogs, fountain drinks and hot chocolate.
Another wonderful place to play outside in the Laurel Highlands is the family friendly Hidden Valley Resort. It offers plenty of skiing and snowboarding challenges, but is particularly appealing to beginners who need a more nurturing environment.
Of the 28 ski slopes, trails, and terrain parks you can venture on - 21 are designated for Novice and Intermediate skiers and snowboarders. Making it the perfect place to get the basics down and have a blast doing it. And now, with Hidden Valley's new Learn-To-Ski Area up and running, beginners of all ages and sizes can quickly learn the fundamentals in an atmosphere built with the newbie in mind.
A new conveyor-belt ski lift will provide a brief, but well-deserved, rest. Not to mention a smooth, safe ride back up a "slope" designed at an 8% grade -that's the perfect grade for teaching novice skiers and snowboarders. See? You learned something new already. Just imagine what you'll learn when you get here.
Skiers and boarders who always wanted to experience a gentle run through the trees will love the new Voyager Glades, an extra 3.5 acres of tree-skiing that can be accessed from Voyageur Trail on the North Summit ski area. Advanced skiers and riders looking for a thrill can hit the more advanced Cobra Glades. Hidden Valley also kicks off the ski season with a brand new beginner/intermediate terrain park.
Seven Springs Mountain Resort is a great place to get your adrenaline flowing. Yahoo! ranked Seven Springs as one of the Top Five Locations in the United States for a Snowboarding Vacation. Yahoo! cited the resort as "a great weekend destination for hardcore Eastern snowboarders, and the resort's attractive hotel packages and fine dining at the base of the slopes."
It's no wonder that the resort is ranked tops for snowboarding vacations. Pennsylvania's largest resort has been nationally recognized as the 2011-2012 number one terrain parks and number four halfpipe in North America by TransWorld SNOWboarding magazine!
And get here, you should. Especially if you're looking for the perfect blend of thrills and frills. Because the region's Nemacolin Woodlands Resort offers a unique luxury getaway on 3,000 wooded acres in the Laurel Highlands. The resort's Mystic Mountain and Sundial Ski Lodge is the hub of winter recreation. Downhill-devotees can escape on slopes, trails, and terrain parks that naturally accommodate all skill levels.
There's also an 800-foot snow tubing park for guests of all ages. You'll also enjoy après ski amenities that cater to wide variety of individual tastes.
Also, if cabin fever's setting in at home, consider this potent cure for the winter blues: Nemacolin's acclaimed Woodlands Spa is an absolutely idyllic refuge that's certainly worth splurging on. Come spoil yourself with a spa treatment that will leave your body feeling supple and your mind without a care in the world.
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