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Seven Springs 12/29- BRRR!

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Today was down right nasty cold on the hill. The temp in the parking lot at 2:30 when I was laving said it was 14 F, but the wind was really blowing hard all day. Somebody said Somerset down the road reported 40 mph wind gusts. The Springs was also cranking out the snowmaking on a number of the runs both front and back. They also reported receiving a total of 8 inches over the last two days from the snow storms.

Skiing unfortunately was not as good as hoped. Maybe a combination of the rain on Christmas followed by a significant drop in temps and the wind scouring the hill. The man made was really thick and "chalky" and slabbed up in sections. I would believe tomorrow on the conditions will be very good after they groom and the winds subside. The cover is excellent. I love winter weather but today was tough out there. Lifts seemed to stop quite a bit as well.

Saw something I never saw before, gates set up on Goosebumps for the racers . There were some moguls as well. Watched a few of the racers navigate this course and most had trouble. Looked really tough. Freestyle team made their own moguls on the piles of man made that drifted on Tyrol. Those bumps were tough, but the Freestyle kids especially some of the older ones made it look really easy.

Long range forecast looks favorable. Hopefully the weeks ahead results in things getting better and better.

post #2 of 7
Went yesterday (12/30) and conditions were pretty good.  Still very hard underneath the soft snow on top and some wind blown icy patches.  Softened up a bit in the afternoon, but still hard.  Just about everything was open except for a few of the glades.  Skied all day on the back side of the mountain as the crowds were just too big on the front.

Temperature was about 20 when I arrived at 10am and warmed to high 20's by the time I left at 4.

Hopefully not too much rain up there today.  Not a lot here in Pittsburgh so I'm hopeful.

Mike
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The new snow that fell was pretty close to Philadelphia Cream Cheese in constituency. Be as you said at least it wasn't rain. The rain they got on Christmas didn't help things. But long range looks real favorable, I don't think they received much freezing drizzle  last night, So hopefully the weekend will be very good.

Last year at this time our great early start was going downhill and the conditions were horrible. Its nice to have a wintry forecast to look forward to. Interesting comment about the front side crowds. I was out this week Tues, and Thursday and I leave early in the afternoon , but I didn't think they were all that busy being Christmas week.  I was thinking the $65 ticket might be working against them with the non pass holder skiers. Ouch! $65 just seems outrageous to me. Rode a lift with somebody who remarked Hidden Valley was charging $30 something.

Yesterday two people remarked to me that the expansion on the back side (Western Territory)  is being reviewed again. One of the people said that the Nuttings are able to do a land exchange that will allow them to get the needed permit to develop this . Who knows but I thought this was intersting. I'd love to spend their money and get another high speed for North Face . If that happened I might even go to a few more Pirate baseball games to show my gratitude to the Nuttings!  I know a guy a couple lockers below me that is a chef in the dining room and he told me they reduced their buffet price from $21 down to $14 because noboday was going to the buffet.

The food prices in the cafeteria are lik at PNC Park. Too high.
post #4 of 7
Roundturns:

Yeah, weather looks good going into next week.  Hoping to get up there next Thursday for the day.  Have to be out of town the beginning of the week in Upstate NY, but planning on 1/2 day at Holiday Valley on the way back!

Totally agree that $65 is outrageous for a lift ticket.  Still seemed to be lots of day ticket skiers when I was there on Wednesday though.  The $65 ticket is why I decided to get a pass this year.  The $379 I paid for my pass represents less that 6 days of skiing at $65 a day!

Food prices are crazy also.  Paid $7.50 on Wed for a burger and some chips!

That would be great if they expanded, but then they would have an excuse to raise the ticket prices again.  High speed lift to replace the North Face chair would be the way to go.

Drop me a PM when you are headed up and we can make some turns sometime.

Mike
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Originally Posted by roundturns View Post

The new snow that fell was pretty close to Philadelphia Cream Cheese in constituency. Be as you said at least it wasn't rain. The rain they got on Christmas didn't help things. But long range looks real favorable, I don't think they received much freezing drizzle  last night, So hopefully the weekend will be very good.

Last year at this time our great early start was going downhill and the conditions were horrible. Its nice to have a wintry forecast to look forward to. Interesting comment about the front side crowds. I was out this week Tues, and Thursday and I leave early in the afternoon , but I didn't think they were all that busy being Christmas week.  I was thinking the $65 ticket might be working against them with the non pass holder skiers. Ouch! $65 just seems outrageous to me. Rode a lift with somebody who remarked Hidden Valley was charging $30 something.

Yesterday two people remarked to me that the expansion on the back side (Western Territory)  is being reviewed again. One of the people said that the Nuttings are able to do a land exchange that will allow them to get the needed permit to develop this . Who knows but I thought this was intersting. I'd love to spend their money and get another high speed for North Face . If that happened I might even go to a few more Pirate baseball games to show my gratitude to the Nuttings!  I know a guy a couple lockers below me that is a chef in the dining room and he told me they reduced their buffet price from $21 down to $14 because noboday was going to the buffet.

The food prices in the cafeteria are lik at PNC Park. Too high.
post #5 of 7
Went yesterday (12/31) and the snow was real wet by the mid afternoon. Temp in the north lot on my car was 36, and there was a rain/slush coming down. The hill seemed to hold up pretty well, though, given the conditions. The real problem was the fog on the north face and back side of the hill... I've never seen anything like it... maybe 15 feet of visibility, tops. When I got off the north face lift and looked left, I could not see the top of polar express lift whatsoever. Pretty amazing... made for some tough runs.

Yeah I went up with a friend who doesn't have a pass and that $65 was quite a shock. I guess they have a semi-captive audience, but seriously. There wasn't a lift line longer than a minute or so all day, and considering it was new year's eve, they couldn't have been too happy about that.
post #6 of 7
Goin up tomorrrow afternoon and spend the night, taking advantage of one of their package deals. Hoping the wind and crowds will be gone on Monday. Might try Snowshoe on Tuesday, got the two for one lift ticket deal from Kroger.
post #7 of 7
I was up here for this weekend and conditions were great!! I will be up for MLK weekend. 
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