Western Pennsylvania Ski Resorts: 21-22 Lift Rate Roundup

Now that I’ve gotten West Virginia’s Lift Rate Roundup done, it’s due time I give a little love to my home state: Pennsylvania.

You may have heard the news… that the trifecta – Seven Springs, Hidden Valley and Laurel Mountain – just got bought by Vail Resorts and will officially be on the Epic Pass train next year. Don’t worry about that just yet, though! We’re still relishing the sweet old days before the corporate takeover. Enjoy every ounce of this season.

With that, I’ve dug up any deals I could find for this season, such as multi-day pack options for skiers and snowboarders, which are great for those that missed the Spring Season Pass sales earlier in the year (looking into those sales is highly recommended).


Dynamic Pricing

Let’s talk about dynamic pricing for daily lift tickets. There’s no running from it now. You will purchase your lift ticket online and prices will fluctuate from the rack rate based on demand for the day. For example, popular weekends will be priced higher than a “regular” weekend, however, you will also see a price difference in Saturday vs Sunday based on 1.) past demand trends and 2.) how many tickets have already been purchased. Basically, you want to take a look and book early rather than waiting until the last minute to decide your fate (and your ticket price). For the rates listed in my Lift Rate Roundup chart below, if marked dynamic that means I went in today, 12/11 and looked at a holiday rate (NYE/NYD) to get that price.

Check out this screenshot of Snowshoe’s dynamic pricing structure for December. Note the fluctuations during holiday weeks. This pricing is simply subject to change.

Snowshoe Mountain’s dynamic online ticket sales for December 2021.

Top Resorts to Ski in Western Pennsylvania

If I had to tell you where to ski in Pennsylvania, my top 3 recommendations are:

  1. Seven Springs is where you want to be for the weekend. Great party scene (although covid) and general fun for the 21+ crowd.
  2. If you’re new, Hidden Valley is the place to be. This low-key ski area is very family friendly and great for beginners to learn (I learned here).
  3. Blue Knob is a drive from Pittsburgh but is old-school and worth a visit. Hit this on a midweek pow day and you’ll be smiling ear to ear!

    Notable Mention – Snowshoe, WV is worth the drive for the weekend. Book a lodging deal and have fun at one of the biggest resorts around.

PA Ski Resort Lift Ticket Rates

This chart includes resorts throughout southwestern, central, and northwestern Pennsylvania (and southwestern NY!)

RESORT PEAK LIFT RATESDYNAMIC?DEALS*MULTI-CARD
Blue Knob
Central PA
34 trails
1,072′ vert
Varies: $85-90 Peakx5-hour, twilight tickets
& midweek season pass
(anywhere) deal
Part of Indy Pass
Boyce Park
SW PA
5 trails
160′ vert
Not Available(very affordable ski
area for first-timers)
N/A
Holiday Valley
SW NY
60 trails
750′ vert
$93xmidweek 4-hour, purchase
2-weeks ahead and save
midweek/non-holiday
Ultimate Passes
Hidden Valley
SW PA
26 trails
470′ vert
Varies: $75-79 Peak
ONLINE ONLY
(+$10 walk-up)
xBuy Lift Online
(!) Resort Swap
Currently Highlands Pass;
& Six Tix Pack ($307)
valid anytime
Laurel Mountain
SW PA
20 trails
761′ vert
Varies: $61-66x(!) Resort SwapCurrently Highlands Pass;
& Wildcat 6-Pack ($298)
valid anytime
Peek’n Peak
SW NY
27 trails
400′ vert
$71xN/APeak 5 Lift Pass
(buy 4 tix, get 1 free)
Seven Springs
SW PA
33 trails
750′ vert
Varies: $95-98
ONLINE ONLY
(+$10 walk-up)
xBuy Lift Online
(!) Resort Swap
Currently Highlands Pass;
Super 7 Card ($461)
valid anytime
Whitetail
S. Central PA
23 trails
935′ vert
$84
*Holiday #s are limited.
Buy lift 7 days ahead
and save, after 3pm TBD
Part of Epic Pass

Chart Key & Notes

*Every resort will have a Lift, Lesson & Rental (aka Learn-to-Ski/Snowboard) Package for beginners. Please look into this if you are one!

  • Peak Rates = Full price adult full-day lift ticket on a holiday or weekend unless noted. Most resorts have a small discount for non-holidays and it’s much cheaper to go to the mountain mid-week. Usually discounts for children, seniors and military are available.
  • Multi Card = this is any card that allows you to go to the resort on multiple non-consecutive days. Can be either transferrable or non-transferrable to others (this is not a 2 or 3-day lift ticket).

(!) Regional Resort Swap Alert! Wisp Resort Season Pass Holders and Unlimited Pass Holders at Seven Springs, Hidden Valley and Laurel Mountain will each receive one (1) complimentary full-day lift ticket and a 50% discount on regularly priced ski tickets for additional visits to any of the other four participating resorts, excluding Saturdays and holiday / premium periods. Visit their pass pages to learn more.

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