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Laurel Mountain Rebuild to Begin Oct. 19th

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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Maybe meet there for the Friday of the 2017 Gathering??  Congrats.  It's been a long time coming.  You did a great job keeping the reopening idea alive in online forums!

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Why wait for a spring Gathering?  I think local Bears should represent at Opening Day. :)

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Michelle Ganassi from the Somerset Daily American reports that construction is about 25% complete due to an assist from the mild weather. She also provided links on the Save Laurel Mountain Facebook page for a slideshow and video with a brief interview with Seven Springs' Alex Moser. The text of the accompanying article  requires a subscription, $.99 for 1 day is available.

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The official groundbreaking ceremony is tomorrow 1/26/16. How appropo, groundbreaking after 30 inches of snow. I wonder if I can do a test run on the newly contoured trails? I wonder if they brushed off Wildcat? I wonder if I should pack my AT stuff and find out?

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I wonder if I can do a test run on the newly contoured trails? I wonder if they brushed off Wildcat? I wonder if I should pack my AT stuff and find out?

 

No, no, and yes? :) Looking forward to a new place to try out next year!

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I should have noted that the ceremony is invitation only so I better behave if I hope to get asked back.

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