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Laurel Mountain Awaits Grand Opening

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Laurel Mountain’s new quad chairlift built by Sky Trac and new (to Laurel) groomer await the grand opening. Laurel Mountain will reopen this season after closing over a decade ago when Seven Springs, then still owned by the founding Dupre family, last operated the state park ski facility. Seven Springs, now owned by Bob Nutting, will once again run the operation after Pennsylvania rebuilt basic infrastructure to the tune of $6.5 million, the bulk of which is terrain and snowmaking expansion and a new quad lift.  Unofficial opening is slated for Dec. 15 and I can attest that if it is cold enough there will be coverage including one of the steepest slopes in the Mid-A. Passes are to go on sale September 20 with a $50 gift card to those who purchase by Sept. 27.

This from the official Laurel Mountain Facebook Page

Laurel Mountain Individual Season Pass at $450 and get a $50 Gift Card available from September 20-27!

PLUS, get your Junior (age 12-17) and Senior (age 65-69) passes at $390, and Child (age 6-11) passes at $360, and get a $25 Gift Card!

Gift Cards are valid at Seven Springs, Hidden Valley AND Laurel Mountain!

Call the Season Pass Office at 800-452-2223, ext. 7695, or visit7springs.com to purchase beginning Tuesday, Sept. 20!

 

Thanks to Save Laurel Mountain’s Paul Hoolahan for this most recent photo,

post #2 of 21

Thanks for the info,

 

Although I am not likely to ski there due to distance (5-6 hrs 300mi/480km) from my house, I think more choices (in general) is better for skiers.

 

Hopefully it is able to operate at a profit with prices that are reasonable to the public.

 

Looking forward to more information as it becomes available. :):)

post #3 of 21

Rob, how does the terrain and vertical compare to North Bowl(s) at Seven Springs?  Nice local addition but I've never been there.

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Tom, Laurel has a little more vertical than the Spring's backside. How much is open to debate, The officially given stats list Laurel at 900 vertical and Seven Springs North Face at 750. Lower Wildcat is steeper than anything on the Laurel Ridge and compares to Blue Knob's Extrovert in steepness but is groomed. If I'm not mistaken, the grooming machine in the photo above is a winch cat so the steep terrain at Laurel should be groomed on a regular basis. Lower Wildcat traditionally has been groomed on skier's left and allowed to go to bumps on skier's right. Upper Wildcat is a little less steep than the steepest sections on the black diamonds on North Face.

post #5 of 21
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Laurel's web site is now live. Full details on daily tickets, season passes, and lessons etc. can be found here:

 

 

 

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I just found this found this video on the web site. I love the historic film used to open this video promoting their season pass sales.

 

 

 

post #7 of 21
Are there any tree runs there that are skiable?
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You will have to come up and give it a try but maybe this old trail map might give you a clue. It is from 1960 though.;)

 

 

LL

post #9 of 21
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One more week and Laurel should be open baring a major warm rain event. Snow making started earlier this week, From tonight 12/9 web cam:

 

Laurel Mountain Cam

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The word is the electric contractor was on site until yesterday so all systems were not set for the opening this weekend but there will be an open house Saturday noon to 9 and Sunday noon to 5. The Wildcat Lounge will be open for drinks and a limited menu. Sunday, the Steelers game will be on too, Bengals fans are welcome but be prepared to be razzed. 

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Open House at the Lodge Saturday Night 12/17/16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #13 of 21
Looks nice!
post #14 of 21

Yes, very nice indeed. Can't wait to make a trip to ski there.

post #15 of 21
Looks nice I might have to do a long weekend trip up there to check it out.
post #16 of 21

Great seeing you there, Nice pics! Figured I better join the forum since there is a pic of me here now!! LOL!  I won't be making it wed for the opening, but I'll be there bright and early Friday morning.

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It looks like Wildcat will be open, top to bottom. That's 760 foot vertical and about 3000 ft of upper intermediate and expert skiing. The last 1200 ft will demand your focus. Broadway to Deer Path will give you the same vertical served up on intermediate to mostly novice terrain for over a mile, a nice glide before you load the chair. Remember, the first run is no wait, you start at the top of the hill but if the parking lot is full and you don't see very many people topside, take a guess of where they might be and adjust attitude accordingly.

 

Have fun. Be safe. See yinz air n at. Raise the Jolly Roger!

 

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Here's a few links to Pittsburgh and Johnstown TV news reports on opening day:

 

http://wjactv.com/news/local/laurel-mountain-ski-resort-reopens

 

http://www.wpxi.com/news/laurel-mountain-ski-resort-reopens-after-years-of-false-starts_/477813798

 

http://cbsloc.al/2hTloWo

 

 

 
 
LIGONIER - After more than a decade, Laurel Mountain Ski Resort will officially reopen for skiing and snowboarding at noon Wednesday.Several attempts were made over the years to open the resort. The resort plans to remain open for regular winter seasons af
WJACTV.COM|BY JILLIAN HARTMANN
 
 
post #19 of 21
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Tennessee couple comes home to Laurel Mountain.

 

Noel Campagna
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For everyone who lives as far away as I do, here's a little tour to prove that this is really happening! Seeing the lights on at Laurel Mountain was like Christmas morning (even if I didn't get to ski)!

For those of you who have no idea what's happening, this is my home mountain that's been closed for 10+ years that everyone in my hometown has been dreaming and praying to ski again sometime in our lifetimes!

Also, Glenn's introduction to my middle school years... and my first time seeing snow this winter. 
I am obsessed with snow. ❄️🎿
#laurelmountain #skilaurel

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post #20 of 21
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The day is finally here.

 

 

 

Mr. Nutting addresses local media.

 

 

Bob Nutting and guests after first assault on Wildcat.

 

post #21 of 21

And they have a webcam and there are people there!

 

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