Construction equipment from Ligonier Construction arrived at Laurel Mountain State Park, PA Thursday afternoon in preparation to begin operations on Monday October 19. The taxpayer funded $5+ million dollar project at the state owned ski area is set to replace the existing chairlifts with a fixed grip quad, rebuild basic snowmaking infrastructure including ponds, underground pipes for compressed air and pressurized water, no freeze water and air hydrants, snowmaking towers and nozzles. The final piece of the rebuild is recontouring and widening the existing trails to accommodate the improved snowmaking capacity. Nearby Seven Springs Mountain Resort will operate Laurel under lease agreement with the state. State officials target Laurel's reopening for the 2016/2017 winter season.