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What's the news on the 7 springs expansion??

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
I havent been to the Springs in 2 years when I saw the sign advertising a big basin as the upcoming "western territory expansion"

Is everything still going smoothly? When is the new terrain scheduled to open??


It'l definately be time for me to make another trip down there if they got a big terrain expansion!
post #2 of 23

seven springs site

Check the web site for the status now....www.7springs.com------work your way thru to Winter......and explore.....send them an e-mail--see what you get back.......
post #3 of 23
I'm optimistic next season things will start to take place regarding lifts and new terrain with the new ownership in place. I'm assuming its too late this year for the Nuttings to undertake a big mountain project, but what do I know. I'm thinking the mountain expansion plans stalled the last couple of years because the owners probably thought they would be selling soon. On the other hand, that didn't stop the new condos from being built. Hopefully, a lot of good things will start to take place within the next couple of years. Not too thrilled about the slots, but if slot revenue funds new lifts and new terrain then I guess it's a good thing. Well maybe not a good thing!
post #4 of 23
Isnt there high speed quad on North Summit going up soon?

I will post back on what happening at springs as soon I find out but one things for sure they have about the best snowmaking anywhere, and hopefully I will get to ski with some of you guys around thanksgiving.
post #5 of 23
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA
hopefully I will get to ski with some of you guys around thanksgiving.
That seems a little optomistic, but I'd love to see it happen.

I'd make the trip out for some early season turns.
post #6 of 23
I am not sure but I am going to say its better than a 50 percent chance they open that early. I have skied there early on several times.
post #7 of 23
May be. If I recall correctly my home mountain (Roundtop) opened on 12/8 last season and 7 Springs has much better elevation, etc. So what runs do they usually open with? Obviously frontside, but any chance Avalanche is an early opener?
post #8 of 23
This year byt sunday after thanksgiving they had all of the front open beside Goosebump(avalanche included) and 2 slope on North Summit.
post #9 of 23
This is good to here. My 2 visits to this place were horrible. Part of the problem is the place is too small for the amount of skiers they have show up. Hopefully expanding the place will alleviate some of the crowding. Out of control boarders and skiers are everywhere - much more so than some other eastern resorts I have been too. They dont seem to do much to patrol for this out of control behavior and patrol is almost non existent.

I sensed this place had more of a party/resort atmosphere rather than being a serious ski area. There also is a problem with on slope drinking. I have seen people come from the misty goggle bar right onto the slopes and they are drunk as a skunk. The lift operators(young teens) seemed to care less. IMO they need to totally revamp the place starting by getting serious about safety and getting some visibile patrol on the hills to crack down on the anti social behavior that seems to be rampant here.
post #10 of 23
Most of what you said here is true(the only thin you screwed up is the name of the bar "The Foggy Goggle"), I have not skied there on weekend during peak season since I started skiing, but I really enjoy the place when its not full of drunk out of control skiers.
post #11 of 23
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Originally Posted by PaulR
Part of the problem is the place is too small for the amount of skiers they have show up. Hopefully expanding the place will alleviate some of the crowding. Out of control boarders and skiers are everywhere...
Allegheny-ites:

What are weekdays like during the week before XMAS? I'm sure the crowds are way down, but I would imagine you must ski through the constant sting/fog of snowmaking spray?

I was hoping to arrange a "business trip" here before I head West for two weeks over New Year's.

Thanks,
Hank

Every day on snow produces enough endorphins to add two days to your life.
Ski your way to immortality!
post #12 of 23
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Originally Posted by Hoback Hank
Allegheny-ites:

What are weekdays like during the week before XMAS? I'm sure the crowds are way down, but I would imagine you must ski through the constant sting/fog of snowmaking spray?

I was hoping to arrange a "business trip" here before I head West for two weeks over New Year's.

Thanks,
Hank

Every day on snow produces enough endorphins to add two days to your life.
Ski your way to immortality!
weekend before christmas are rather uncrowded weekdays a desolute.
post #13 of 23
Christmas to New Years week, crowds, partiers, families, lift lines at the six pack and the triple furthest out on the North Face.

The week leading up to Christmas is empty and snowmaking will stop once temps hit about 28 degrees.

New Years Day is usually good to mid-day then the hangovers come out.
post #14 of 23
yes the foggy goggle...sorry...I new the name of the bar had a google in it..:

Anyways, Its probably when I went that made the experience bad...it was on the weekend both times in February. It is true though about the drinking..I really don't recall ever being at a resort where more than a few folks noticeably had a little too much to drink and are out and about on the hills. I dont know if its the close proximity of the foggy goggle bar to the lift line or the fact that the resort seems to attract vacationers rather than serious skiers. As I recall the Skiing was ok until about noon then it became seriously overcrowded and kind of turned into a Mardi Gras style atmosphere everywhere. Trying to dodge the drunks coming out of the bar and the out of control skiers made it a challenge. If I go again it definately will be mid week.
post #15 of 23
or prior to christmas on weekend or after march1st on weekend, remember they normally stay open to april there.
post #16 of 23
I will say it again and again....I do not care how crowded the place is....I can find places to ski and lifts to ride that has minimal crowds. Anyone who wants to join me send me a PM.
post #17 of 23
ATT: Paul R---Don`t ski in the Area of the Goggle---It`s less crowded on the back side and 4 other lifts there.......The Springs has the Area to handle the crowds very well....Utilize the whole area.....egos abound in front of the Lodge and/or under the lifts---better skiing on the back side for all ability levels.....
in re: the patrol---They are stationed at the top of the hill--usually at the huts with the toboggans and are all in radio contact with the patrol dispatch.....you need one get to a lifty to call patrol ....they will be there very quickly......
post #18 of 23
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Originally Posted by SpringsRegular View Post
I will say it again and again....I do not care how crowded the place is....I can find places to ski and lifts to ride that has minimal crowds. Anyone who wants to join me send me a PM.

very often over there the tree have good coverage as the manmade snow blows into them, I have felt hey this is crowded in them.
post #19 of 23
I just thought I would chime in here. I have skied springs the last couple of years. Fortunatly for me, last year was my last year. I leave for Denver in a moving truck in 14 days to start a new job!

Good luck to all of you though and I hope springs gets it together. As far as news I have heard:

With the sale of the mountain, the duprey farm is no longer going to be the showcase for sales of thier snow making system. Laural Mountain is going to take over that designation...making for good skiing over there and who knows maybe they can wrestle some land off of the Mellons and make it a better mountain then springs.

As far as the expansion...I don't see it ever happening. If it does happen it won't be open very long...there is no way in hell that those slopes will hold snow with as much sun as they get...it will all melt so fast.

Anyhow...have a good year.
post #20 of 23
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Originally Posted by gretch6364 View Post
Good luck to all of you though and I hope springs gets it together. As far as news I have heard:

With the sale of the mountain, the duprey farm is no longer going to be the showcase for sales of thier snow making system. Laural Mountain is going to take over that designation...making for good skiing over there and who knows maybe they can wrestle some land off of the Mellons and make it a better mountain then springs.
A few rumors are flying about with regards to the Dupree's interest in Laurel. I hope there is some truth to the rumors. Somerset Trust has maintained since last season that they were confident that Laurel will open this season. There must be some reason for their optimism. It's now mid August and no word is forthcoming. Improvement in snowmaking, terrain and the lodge must be made for Laurel to draw consistent crowds. That possibility diminishes with the waning daylight hours but construction could go well into November given the recent mild winters.

Laurel Mountain State Park has 493 acres within its borders and only 70 acres in trails. Most of the developable acreage is expert terrain to the skier’s right of Wildcat. Land is not the problem. Capital is the problem.

Personally I'd like to see the State assume control and operation of the ski area and keep it natural and affordable. With State control the pressure to turn a profit for personal gain is now transformed into profit for improved expansion of terrain and services. Wouldn't it be great to have an affordably priced ski area geared toward skiing families with a good mix of terrain including real expert trails, devoid of trailside condos and the rest of the resort circus that usually accompanies real-estate development? State control could provide such a ski area.
post #21 of 23
I would like to believe that the Nuttings acknowledge the that the great snowmaking system at Seven Springs is the linchpin in being able to draw the number of skiers that they do and of course provide an earlier start and longer length to the season. So hopefully the commitment to snowmaking stays intact.Terrain expansion would be great, but I'd be happier with a lift upgrade on the back and a high speed chair to service Gunner and Giant Steps.

That just has to happen one of these days and hopefully sooner than later. What is it 12-14 minutes on those chairs! Too slow, drives me nuts and in January only a polar bear can endure 10 laps. It will be interesting to see what takes place .
post #22 of 23
Attn: PaulR

You may want to try Hidden Valley. Plenty of folks drink when they ski the Springs. I have yet to encounter a drinking-related problem. Sack up and focus on the fact that Springs has the best skiing in Western PA with plenty of options (relatively speaking) or go somewhere else where the atmosphere better suits you. It won't bother my experience either way.
post #23 of 23
PaulR:

I have to say the best thing about Springs is the Goggle. The mountain is so small and easy to ski it is a blast to go to the Goggle around 5 and drink and have dinner than go out for a little night skiing on North Face before it closes. Skiing drunk is what makes Springs the mountain that it is.

I have also never seen a drinking related ski problem at Springs. It is not like you can ski fast without falling when your that drunk. Watch out for those moguls on Stowe!!:
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