The Somerset Daily American reported that the long await rebuild of the Pennsylvania owed Laurel Mountain Ski Area is set to open bidding for the construction phase of this project with the hope that the construction will be completed for the 2015/16 season.
The Daily American's Michelle Ganassi quotes PA spokesperson Troy Thompson as saying, "Our renovation project includes installing a new ski lift, adding and clearing their trails, new ponds and pumps for snowmaking, more guns for snowmaking and work on lighting and electrical infrastructure."
In 2009 Pennsylvania released $6.5 million to rehabilitate the state owned assets on the park land which include a double chair lift and snowmaking and electrical infrastructure.
Shortly after the State announced the the availability of funding ongoing lease negotiations with the then owners of nearby Hidden Valley broke down and Seven Springs was awarded a lease to operate the facility. Seven Springs purchased Hidden Valley last year.
The Daily American quoted spokesperson for Seven Springs Anna Weltz as saying, “We're very pleased to take the next positive step forward in the process of revitalizing Laurel Mountain. When Laurel Mountain reopens, a community asset will be restored, new jobs will be created and we will see a boost in tourism to the region.”
Seven Springs owns the rest of the assets in the state owned ski area including a fixed grip quad chairlift currently inoperable due to vandalism by thieves who stripped out copper wiring, the lodge that was built in 1999 by the previous concessioner, snowmaking and grooming equipment in addition to a maintenance building also built in 1999.
The resort's 18 trails and slopes account for 64 acres of the State Park's 493 acres.
For more background see Guide: Laurel Mountain Ski Resort.