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post #61 of 89
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Originally Posted by Laurel Hill Crazie View Post

Blue Knob news. A report on DCSki says the the broken double chair will be rebuilt by Doppelmayr and Caterpillar. The lift and the mid-station unload should be ready for the season.  

 

The rumor mill is working overtime with Pittsburgh Print and TV media reporting the pending sale of Hidden Valley to Seven Springs and Pittsburgh Pirates owner Bob Nutting. Nothing official yet but one question is answered. The Pirates will have a winning season before Laurel Mountain is opened.

 

So since hell has frozen over I bet the tree skiing at BK will be superb this year. biggrin.gif

post #62 of 89
This is fantastic news from Blue Knob! Big deal for me coming from Columbus. I hope the snowmaking improvements are notable and they have a solid new GM for the season going forward.
post #63 of 89

Anyone ever here what happened with Doug? I haven't been able to find anything. 

post #64 of 89
Thread Starter 

The latest news on Laurel Mountain can be read in Joe Napsha's  Laurel to be quiet this season from the Pittsburgh Tribune Review.

post #65 of 89
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Seven Springs just announced the purchase of nearby Hidden Valley Resort. There was no mention of purchase price. The acquisition means that Seven Springs now control all three ski resorts in the Laurel Highlands. As stated in the link in my previous post, Seven Springs and the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources have finalized design details for Laurel Mountain. There is no timetable for Laurel's rebuild and reopening.

 

I just received this e-mail from Seven Springs:

 

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Dear Seven Springs Friends and Family,

I want to thank you for choosing to make memories with your family and friends at Seven Springs.  We appreciate you and value your great support of the resort.

Today is an exciting day for both the Seven Springs and Hidden Valley resort communities as we proudly announced that Seven Springs will acquire Hidden Valley Resort. Please join me in welcoming Hidden Valley to our resort family.  We are eager for the opportunity to continue our commitment to the local community and the Laurel Highlands.

Seven Springs has long held a deep appreciation for Hidden Valley and the family experience it offers.  Moving forward, we want to ensure that more and more guests have the opportunity to develop the passion for the outdoors in the Laurel Highlands.  While it is too early in the process to finalize specific future plans, the most important thing for you to know is that we remain committed to the growth of Seven Springs and will make the same commitment as we move forward with Hidden Valley Resort.

I know many of you will have questions and concerns on how this purchase will affect you personally and the resort.  I would ask that you look back over the last five years and realize how much we have all accomplished together and celebrate our successes. With that in mind, we will work hard to build on that success as we continue to move forward.

Thank you for your support during this exciting time.  We look forward to sharing more news in the coming months.

Sincerely,
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Eric Mauck
CEO
Seven Springs Mountain Resort

 

   
post #66 of 89

What is the likelyhood we might see a common pass system for both HV and 7S?

post #67 of 89

Blue is adding an outdoor water park area but, from a ski season perspective, I havent heard much regarding capital improvements at Blue or Camelback this year.  My kids elementary school ski club has been meeting weekly at Camelback the last few seasons and most of the recent improvements (the last few years) has been additional snowmaking capcity and expanded tubing.

 

Blue's additions to its main lodge area the last few years have been mighty impressive...stone courtyard area, outdoor fire pits, raised outdoor bar/firepit patio area overlooking the magic carpet ski school area...really nice.  By far the nicest food/drink area of any in the Poconos (no other area that I have seen is even close to this nice) and a lot better than many places I have been to in NY and VT.  We went to the Blue Mountain Beer and Wine Festival last month and it was great.

post #68 of 89
Not in PA, but close enough to be of interest to the readers.

Hidden Valley in NJ is to be auctioned on October 1st. Listed as 140 acres, 25,000 SF of improvements (buildings), vertical drop of 620', 4 lifts and 12 lighted trails. Includes 100% snow making.
post #69 of 89
Final bid to be approved by the court.
post #70 of 89
Superb thread! Many thanks for the updates. As a PA boy, living at Camelback & Skiing @ Shawnee, it is always interesting to hear the updates.
post #71 of 89

Not a good day to be the Blue Mountain Ambassador. It appears that Blue will discontinue NASTAR racing for the 13/14 season. Two seasons ago, Blue opened a new race trail that was served via the high speed quads, and, this was a major upgrade from the original racing trail and slow, old double chair. The Blue Mountain Racing team is the largest in the state, and, I presume they will continue to support youth racing as it brings in $$$. Many of my ski buds at Blue are very avid racers and they are super PO'd at the area ownership. While Blue has done many upgrades over the past few seasons, it's also very obvious that cost reduction efforts, via low staff levels and closed lifts during midweek, are kicking in. A common complaint is the area is "owned by an accountant and not a skier".

post #72 of 89

Via OnTheSnow.com Seven Springs and Hidden Valley are sharing a season pass deal now that the former owns the latter:

 

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The Highlands Pass starts at $599 and offers unlimited skiing or riding at both resorts for the 2013/14 season. Current Seven Springs passholders can upgrade to The Highlands Pass for $50 and Hidden Valley regular passholders and midweek passholders can upgrade for $100 and $80, respectively. Purchase online from either resort.

The Highlands Ticket starts at $163 and offers unlimited skiing or snowboarding at both resorts Friday through Sunday. Highland Tickets will be available for purchase during weekends this winter.

post #73 of 89
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Not a good day to be the Blue Mountain Ambassador. It appears that Blue will discontinue NASTAR racing for the 13/14 season. Two seasons ago, Blue opened a new race trail that was served via the high speed quads, and, this was a major upgrade from the original racing trail and slow, old double chair. The Blue Mountain Racing team is the largest in the state, and, I presume they will continue to support youth racing as it brings in $$$. Many of my ski buds at Blue are very avid racers and they are super PO'd at the area ownership. While Blue has done many upgrades over the past few seasons, it's also very obvious that cost reduction efforts, via low staff levels and closed lifts during midweek, are kicking in. A common complaint is the area is "owned by an accountant and not a skier".

Last year I skied Blue a few times during the week and was disappointed that I had to wait on lift-lines, also was very hard to find discounts on midweek lift tickets. Even on a Sunday night when the lift-lines started to thin out they would close one of the lifts at the bottom and all of a sudden I'm waiting in line again. So I agree that Blue does seemed to be owned by an accountant and not a skier. This year we are going to try the $49.00 card at Camelback.

post #74 of 89
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Last year I skied Blue a few times during the week and was disappointed that I had to wait on lift-lines, also was very hard to find discounts on midweek lift tickets.

 

Well, what do you expect?  If it's popular enough that there are lift lines, why would they be giving discounts? 

 

And if they did, the lift lines would be even longer.

 

  • cheap lift tickets
  • easy to get to
  • no liftlines

 

Pick any two.

post #75 of 89
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Well, what do you expect?  If it's popular enough that there are lift lines, why would they be giving discounts? 

 

And if they did, the lift lines would be even longer.

 

  • cheap lift tickets
  • easy to get to
  • no liftlines

 

Pick any two.

 The lift-lines were longer because 1 of the 2 lifts to the bottom were always closed when I was there, not because it is so popular that skiers flock to the resort midweek. You are right about the pick any 2 though, that is what I look for midweek, problem is that last year Blue did not give me any of your choices listed. Well to be honest, it isn't hard to get to, but there are closer ski areas for me.

post #76 of 89
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Seven Springs announced it will open this Friday Nov. 29. with at least 8 trails and 2 parks, Santa's and Arctic Blast, with at least 18 features. Lift tickets are $51 and $48 for children age 6-11. 9 AM to 5 PM. Midweek season passes will be honored this weekend.

post #77 of 89

Ski RoundTop is also scheduled to open Friday Nov 29 They have been doing serious work snow making the past week. I will post tomorrow on what they actually opened. I have no idea on lift ticket fees since we are pass holders. BTW I was in Bankruptcy Court twice in the past several weeks at the "Court's" request to clean up lingering issues from the Ski SnowPeak (and assorted other owner related cases), it seems like some of the cases never go away. Any way next week when I have a chance I'll post on some of the other legal matters referred to in earlier posts on this thread.

post #78 of 89
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Ski RoundTop is also scheduled to open Friday Nov 29 They have been doing serious work snow making the past week. I will post tomorrow on what they actually opened. I have no idea on lift ticket fees since we are pass holders. BTW I was in Bankruptcy Court twice in the past several weeks at the "Court's" request to clean up lingering issues from the Ski SnowPeak (and assorted other owner related cases), it seems like some of the cases never go away. Any way next week when I have a chance I'll post on some of the other legal matters referred to in earlier posts on this thread.


Liberty and Whitetail also opening on the 29th.

post #79 of 89

OK I apologize for not up dating my earlier post. On Nov. 29 Ski RoundTop did open as scheduled they opened with not only beginner terrain but opened with most of the intermediate terrain open; Minuteman, Susquehanna, Exhibition, and lower Ramrod all open(and all lifts open that serve them). Zero lift lines, they claim to have made "...up to 24 inches of base...". The snow surface looked OK but I only got as far as getting our locker open and my boots on when I got the call to go to night court(at noon????) to do some plea and bail hearings.

post #80 of 89
I went to Blue Mt Friday 11/29 and almost regret it. It took 45 minutes to get my discounted season pass. The snow on the upper portion of the mountain pretty good considering its Blue Mt and opening day. The upper mountain benefitted from the new fan type snowmaking guns installed over the summer. The lower part of the mountain below (main st. midway trail merge) was classic Blue Mt. granular loose snow. The only lifts running were the Main St. Doubles. The line was long because the ticket scanners weren't working properly and they only had the one side of the lift line open causing numerous chairs to go up empty. If both sides were open the traffic flow would have been smoother.
post #81 of 89
Skied 7 Springs Friday after Thanksgiving. Conditions at opening were excellent. However terrain was limited to half the front side. For some inexplicable reason the Tyrol slope did not open till Saturday even though it looked like 3 ft of man made snow was on the slope. When I pulled into the parking lot before the lifts opened there were 3 groomers on the slope but it was not rolled smooth and did not open till Saturday.

Way too many skiers on limited terrain Friday . Left early before noon and came back Saturday and TYrol slope opened and the first 2 hours provided excellent groomed conditions with a bump line forming on the side of Tyrol . Did not anticipate skiing Sunday too but a friend called and wanted to ski so why not .Sunday pretty much a repeat of Sat. Skied about 3 hours had a ball and called it a day.

All and all a great opening weekend but winter is taking a reprieve it looks like a this week till colder and hopefully good snow making temps return this weekend.
post #82 of 89
Thread Starter 

I was there Saturday and Sunday (7 Springs) and agree that conditions were good for last day of November and Dec. 1.

post #83 of 89
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Originally Posted by PAIceman View Post

I went to Blue Mt Friday 11/29 and almost regret it. It took 45 minutes to get my discounted season pass. The snow on the upper portion of the mountain pretty good considering its Blue Mt and opening day. The upper mountain benefitted from the new fan type snowmaking guns installed over the summer. The lower part of the mountain below (main st. midway trail merge) was classic Blue Mt. granular loose snow. The only lifts running were the Main St. Doubles. The line was long because the ticket scanners weren't working properly and they only had the one side of the lift line open causing numerous chairs to go up empty. If both sides were open the traffic flow would have been smoother.

 

Never, ever, get your season pass on the first day Blue opens!

 

Skied Blue today, and, for Dec. 3, was impressed with all the snow they made to enable 4 different runs to be open on the Main St. side of the mountain. It was warm, so spring skiing conditions existed, but, I skied. No complaints....other than the same electronic ski pass reader mentioned above is still problematic. After I while I began to bypass the problem reader, and, the staff made sure to get in my face. I told them I'd be glad to comply when the reader works properly. Then, they put up some iron barricades forcing all to use the defective reader and lines would grow. 

 

Let's hope the weather turns cold this weekend.

post #84 of 89
I would prefer not to get pass opening day but this year the logistics didn't workout. Yes let's hope the weather gets cold again. Per the local TV weather goddesses Sunday morning should be looking good.
post #85 of 89
Since Jane and I are both over 70, we'll be skiing for free at Blue again this year. Just renewed our season passes by phone, so not even a ticket line to stand in. Even Phil will understand going there under the circumstances, but he'll remind me that you get what you pay for smile.gif Doesn't look like they cut any new trails this year.


A good friend has been a homeowner at the village at Elk and a passholderfor many years and says that the village/area squabble will never be resolved under the current area ownership. If you get to early on a weekday you can park in the small upper lot and avoid the truck shuttle.
post #86 of 89
Sitting at the bar at Blue right now. Finishing off a Stone IPA and heading back out to finish off my first day of the season. Haven't seen a line yet, but there was someone in front of me twice. Spring conditions today. Really tempted to grab my shiny new Soul 7's, just to see what they can do.
post #87 of 89
In the bar by 10 a.m.? You're just reinforcing everything Phil says about Blue. But it is a nice bar with some good taps.
post #88 of 89
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In the bar by 10 a.m.? You're just reinforcing everything Phil says about Blue. But it is a nice bar with some good taps.

You must be in a different time zone. I posted that after noon, then I took out the Soul 7's and pretended the Spring conditions was actually powder.

post #89 of 89
Yeah, now it says you posted at about 1:15. That's reasonable anywhere. Think I'll wait till next week for the cool down.
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