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: