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I attended a public meeting by Linn Run/Laurel Mountain State Park manager Doug Finger and Forbes State Forest forester Ed Callahan on March 10. The purpose of the meeting was to provide a brief overview of the activities and projects within the two adjacent DCNR domains and to solicit feedback from the diverse group of stake holders in attendance. I asked Doug specifically about the status of the capital projects funding and negotiations between the DCNR and Seven Springs for the opening of Laurel.

 

As for the project itself Doug stated that his department is in full support and enthusiastic (I maybe paraphrasing that) about opening Laurel. He was cautious about a projected opening date warning that it may not be this next season.

 

As for funding, Laurel has not been removed from the capital project's list but he did express concern about the state of the economy and the possible consequences for Laurel's funding. I expected this as I'm sure all capital outlays will be evaluated for the best bang for the buck in addition to the public support. (hint, hint)

 

As for negotiations with Seven Springs, talks have been on going with more talks scheduled within a month. From Village residence I have learned that the sewerage issue is being addressed and the ski lodge is thought to be a part of that solution. There has been some on site evaluation of proper placement of a tubing park.

 

All indications are that Laurel is still alive but a time frame for opening and state funding has not been established.

 

Keep those cards and letters coming, folks.

 

More details can be found on the link to a DCSki.com link. I've linked to deep in the thread to take you to the most pertinent developments:

 

Laurel Mountain Breaking News

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The latest news about Laurel Mountain is encouraging. From a post over on DCSki.com member skibum reprints a letter from PA State Park Bureau Director John Norbeck in which the Director states that the DCNR now has the funds to proceed with Laurel Mountain's refit and has a lease agreement with Seven Springs. The letter can be read here:

 

skibum post on DCSki

 

I am now in the process of forming a conservation volunteer group to assist the state park manager for Laurel Mountain/Linn Run State Park in routine maintenance jobs such as trail cleaning or repair of state owned buildings i.e. the Midway Cabin. I encourage any interested people to join or participate in the discussion either in this thread or at DCSki.com. PM me with your contact information and I will keep you informed.

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Seven Springs and the Pennsylvania Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) have just announced a lease agreement to operate Laurel Mountain. Seven Springs bought  Laurel's assets last year and $6.5 million was released from the state's capital projects budget to bring Laurel's infrastructure up to modern standards. The project is now in the DCNR's hands which recently announced the hiring of a design consultant.

Laurel will not open this season and it is not clear exactly how the DCNR's time line will unfold.

Here is a link to an article that appeared in today's Pittsburgh Post Gazette:

Seven Springs Leases Laurel Mountain

This from today's Pittsburgh Tribune Review:

Laurel Mountain State Park's Ski Area To Stay Closed

Here are some related links:

www.epicski.com/forum/thread/71382/need-help-from-mid-atlantic-bears-long#post_934277

www.dcski.com/ubbthreads33/ubbthreads.php
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I heard about this on the news this morning.  Very encouraging.  I have never skied Laurel Mtn but have heard all the tales of Lower Wildcat and it's "convex" pitch.  Keeping my fingers crossed for next season.
post #5 of 9
This is GREAT news!
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 Never skied Seven Springs, although may get out there this winter, is Laurel Mountain adjacent to Seven Springs or is it just going to be operated by the DCNR in an area nearby as a separate entity?
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Laurel Mt is 20-30  miles away from 7 Springs.  Not adjacent, but easily done as a one-two weekend. 

Seven Springs is arguably the second best ski hill in PA after Elk.  Worth a trip, but time your trip for when the snow is good. 
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post

This is GREAT news!
Yes it is crg and I love to show you around some time but I keep hearing that Laurel won't be open until 2011/2012 season.



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Originally Posted by tylrwnzl View Post

 Never skied Seven Springs, although may get out there this winter, is Laurel Mountain adjacent to Seven Springs or is it just going to be operated by the DCNR in an area nearby as a separate entity?




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Originally Posted by Walt View Post

Laurel Mt is 20-30  miles away from 7 Springs.  Not adjacent, but easily done as a one-two weekend. 

 

 
What Walt said, same mountain ridge just about 10 miles north as the crow flies. I've not heard about interchangeable lift tickets but when Seven Springs operated Laurel before, season pass holders at 7S paid $100 more for a Laurel season pass (I think) but daily lift ticket were not interchangeable. Seven Spring is under different ownership now so we'll have to wait and see how the two will operate.
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Just in case there are folks that are subscribed to this thread, here's a redirect to a thread on DCSki that maybe of interest:

Midway Cabin-Help Preserve History
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