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Seven Springs, Jan 24th and 26th

post #1 of 15
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The weather has been kind to 7 Springs recently - cold and snowy -so we took Friday off and headed up, with 3 inches new reported on the web site. The conditions were really quite fine, with pockets of pow lurking all day. There were no crowds or lift lines, and we chalked up 30+ laps of the Gunnar chair before calling it a day at 3pm.

 

I went back Sunday, with a similar amount of snow reported overnight. A sunny cold morning quickly turned to a blizzardy warmer one, with the fresh snow topping up the conditions every run. The skiing got better and better as the day went on. It was a lot of fun.

 

The base is pretty decent everywhere, so if it stays cold, the rest of the season should be pretty excellent.

 

Usual blog report and pics/video here

post #2 of 15

Looked good except it was Damn Cold!  Zero degrees is pushing the envelope for me. The 3"  they reported, i'll take it out because out here in the northwest were jonsing for a reset.. Cool looking lodge. Keep posting.

BL

post #3 of 15
Sunday at the Springs was quite the day. Have to rank it way up there in the All Time memorable Days List.. Driving out on the turnpike the bright rising sun was blinding . About an hour after the lifts started it clouded up and started to snow and it certainly felt like the temps dropped as well.

The already very god conditions only improved with the new snow. If every ski day could be like last Sunday I'd probably be perfectly content skiing the short vertical and never leaving Pa.

Unfortunately we typically endure pretty compromised conditions here, but this weekend was off the charts good , with the natural snow areas for the most part skiing great as well. I came back to Pa. Sat. Night having skied in Colorado the last 6 days and not seeing during that time a flake of new snow. Sunday was a real treat and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Can only hope there are more of these days in my short term future.
post #4 of 15

Skiing in PA has been very good.  I have 5 powder days in PA so far this year.  That is more PA powder than the last 5 seasons combined.   

post #5 of 15

Was there on the 22nd....froze my ass off in the -3 + wind chill, but the skiing was great. The whole North Face was fantastic, from Yodeler to Gunnar to Giant Steps. Great powder to be found.

post #6 of 15

Was also there on the 22nd.  One of the best days I've ever experienced in the midwest.

post #7 of 15
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Looking pretty good for next 2 days too, before a 'flash' warmup Saturday, if forecast is right. Wish I could get up there - darn work!!!

post #8 of 15

I made it up on Sunday, Jan. 24 for only my second day out this year. It was nice to ski some natural. I'll be out there soon but right now my car is down. Certainly be out this weekend, maybe Blue Knob.

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Kids and I are heading up this Sat and Sunday. Looks like the chance of rain has decreased for the weekend. Should be fairly decent weather 35-40 degrees.

Never been to Blue Knob, how is it? It's about the same distance from where I am to either Seven Springs or Blue Knob, worth a look?

post #10 of 15
Please no rain Saturday!
post #11 of 15

Grrr... I guess it will be better skiing in the rain then skiing the refrozen surface on Sunday.

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Kids and I are heading up this Sat and Sunday. Looks like the chance of rain has decreased for the weekend. Should be fairly decent weather 35-40 degrees.

Never been to Blue Knob, how is it? It's about the same distance from where I am to either Seven Springs or Blue Knob, worth a look?

 

HD, Blue Knob is pretty solid and has some of the best terrain in Pennsylvania. However, there are a few drawbacks that will keep me from going back until conditions are perfect.

 

1. The lifts are painfully slow. You can get off at the midstation, but even that will take you around 7-8 minutes for not a ton of vertical.

 

2. The most challenging runs, and the glades (when I was there at least), are often closed. I think they just opened up Extrovert a few days ago, but even with that addition your selections are pretty limited.

 

3. Limited snowmaking ability or use (ties into number 2 as well). They are usually blowing in weird places.

 

For me, it depends on your view of the cost benefit analysis of ticket prices. Though Seven Springs is more pricey than Blue Knob, the fast lifts will ensure that you get a ton more skiing in than at Blue Knob (easily 3 to 4 times more, IMO). Likewise, there are more "good" runs at Seven Springs than at Blue Knob, though the best ones at Blue Knob are better than the best ones at 7S.

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Grrr... I guess it will be better skiing in the rain then skiing the refrozen surface on Sunday.

 

Be wary skiing in the rain-softened slush, though. Those conditions contributed to a crash I had on January 11th at Liberty, which ended up with me breaking my right femur, getting some titanium hardware installed in said femur, and a long stay in a rehab hospital. Details on the crash are here.

 

I'm recovering well, by the way. The bone is healing, the PT and OT are working wonders, and I'll be home next week. It'll still be a while before I can bear weight on the leg, but I'll be back on the bike by summer, and I'll be skiing again next winter.

 

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Originally Posted by HDGymRat View Post
 

Kids and I are heading up this Sat and Sunday. Looks like the chance of rain has decreased for the weekend. Should be fairly decent weather 35-40 degrees.

Never been to Blue Knob, how is it? It's about the same distance from where I am to either Seven Springs or Blue Knob, worth a look?

A lot more terrain snowmaking and lifts at the Springs but Blue Knob has legitimate expert pitched terrain. Check out our Blue Knob Unofficial Guide.

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Originally Posted by whenwaxattacks View Post
 

 

HD, Blue Knob is pretty solid and has some of the best terrain in Pennsylvania. However, there are a few drawbacks that will keep me from going back until conditions are perfect.

 

1. The lifts are painfully slow. You can get off at the midstation, but even that will take you around 7-8 minutes for not a ton of vertical.

 

2. The most challenging runs, and the glades (when I was there at least), are often closed. I think they just opened up Extrovert a few days ago, but even with that addition your selections are pretty limited.

 

3. Limited snowmaking ability or use (ties into number 2 as well). They are usually blowing in weird places.

 

For me, it depends on your view of the cost benefit analysis of ticket prices. Though Seven Springs is more pricey than Blue Knob, the fast lifts will ensure that you get a ton more skiing in than at Blue Knob (easily 3 to 4 times more, IMO). Likewise, there are more "good" runs at Seven Springs than at Blue Knob, though the best ones at Blue Knob are better than the best ones at 7S.


We're considering Blue Knob for Saturday. the lifts may be slow, but there's never been any lift lines more than 2-3 mins when we've been (admittedly, not often), whereas 7 Springs is a zoo on Saturdays.Hopefully the rain will hold off. If so, I suspect we'll be there. It's fun for a day.

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