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Opening Day in Western PA

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I missed it but @roundturns didn't so I link you to : http://www.epicski.com/t/130428/opening-day-seven-springs-pa


Most of us were disappointed that Seven Springs did not open the weekend before as so many Mid-Atlantic resorts didi but choose instead to open day after Thanksgiving with both the Springs and Hidden Valley cranking up the lifts. The big surprise for me and an opening I would have loved to hit was the earliest ever opening of the 50 year old Allegheny County, PA owned Boyce Park. Boyce has a double chair and magic carpet servicing 180 vertical feet of challenge less than 20 miles from the heart of downtown. This venerable little hill has been churning out skiers since mid 1960s including this author. I first skied there when the main lifts were surface poma/platter lifts. It was cheap then and it is cheap now too. The web site lists a weekend day rate of $22 Adult, $16.00 Junior/Senior (13-17&60 and up) $8.00 Child, details here. 


The operation is managed by Mountain Works Inc. The recent purchase of 11 fully automated TechnoAlpin portable snowmakers made this earliest ever opening possible. With a committed facility manager in place Boyce Park is ready to resume its role as the prime feeder hill for Greater Pittsburgh. The future of Western Pennsylvania snowsports just got a sorely needed infrastructure upgrade that will offer thousands of families an affordable and convenient way to sample our sport. With small, and I mean really local hills all but gone I always thought that the future of the sport would experience a decline as only the resort mega giants and mega prices survive.


Read about Boyce and opening day announcements from that other big nearby ski resort operator in Larry Walsh's Snowsports column in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 



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I also learned to ski at Boyce Park! As did others in my family, and I'd guess most of the folks I knew growing up (about 15 minutes from the park). I've never really thought about going back when I'm back home, but it might be fun just for a couple of hours for that kind of price!

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