Ski on Thanksgiving, anyone? When was the last time that happened? The bit of snow that hit the area over the weekend has skiers and riders ready to go, and resorts blowing snow. Snow making has been in process at a few larger areas and it looks like the consensus is Friday as opening day. See who’s open and early ski season pricing below:
Seven Springs, PA Opening Day: Fri, Nov. 25: 10 A.M. – 5 P.M. Sat & Sun, Nov. 26-27: 9 A.M. – 5 P.M.
This weekend’s pricing: $58 (Adults) / $45 (Kids)
Snowshoe, WV Opening Day: Fri, Nov. 25: 9 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.
Value Season thru December 15: $59 (Adults) / $49 (Kids)
Holiday Valley, NY Opening Day: Sat, Nov. 26: 8:30 A.M. – 10 P.M.
This weekend’s pricing: $50 (Adults) / $40 (Kids)
Seven Springs’ sister resort Hidden Valley and needs another 24-hours to make the game call, and it’s doubtful their newly acquired Laurel Mountain is ready to open; it seems that the snow guns have not been operated there, yet – anyone have news?
Looks like the rest are on-hold until December, once snowmaking can kick up when the weather is right. It looks like we have some rain in the forecast and a few more flakes are set to fly December 2. You know that changes. Here’s to ski season! Pray for snow.
Bob Nutting, owner of Seven Springs and Hidden Valley (along with the Pirates), leased the vintage Laurel Mountain back in 2008, part of the PA DCNR’s Laurel Mountain State Park near Latrobe. Finally, in early 2015, plans went out to bid and people got excited. Construction began and it looks like a brand new high speed quad is going to start turning and the mountain will be open to skiers and riders after a 10+ year hiatus once more this season.
LET’S BREAK IT DOWN:
Slopes – Wildcat is one of 13 open slopes and trails, clocking in as the mountain’s steepest slope. It is also the steepest ski slope in the state of Pennsylvania, at 60% grade.
Price – And, if you’re not looking to break the bank at Springs, save $20 on Lift Tickets and probably the crowds (until people realize it’s there – maybe they already do) with a $53 weekend pass, $38 during the week. Season passes for Laurel Mountain are available
It will also be part of the Resort Swap with Seven Springs, Hidden Valley, Wisp Resort, Snowshoe Mountain Resort and Blue Knob Resort. GAH!
Fun Fall Fact – apparently there is a 125-mile / 4-hour loop through Laurel Hill, Laurel Mountain, Laurel Ridge, Laurel Summit and Linn Run state parks. WHAT?! I’m going.
So the resorts are finally open and (almost) fully operational! Second day out was to Seven Springs. Only the front face was open, but looking at the snow report today, North Face should be ready for the holiday weekend. More snow in the forecast this week!
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOUR SEASON PASS I went to Snowshoe last March and bought their 15-16 Ridiculous Season Pass promotion for $209 prior to the trip. A three day pass over weekends at Snowshoe is $213 and change – talk about already paying off the pass! A season pass at Snowshoe, or any other following resorts, for that matter, gets you into a really great Resort Swap Program.
The “Swap” Resorts The Resort Swap Program is available to all who purchase a 2015-2016 season pass from Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Hidden Valley, Wisp Resort, Blue Knob or Snowshoe Mountain Resort.
What You Get Full/Unlimited Pass holders receive a free 1-day lift ticket and half off regularly priced lift tickets at any of the other participating resorts (excluding Saturdays and holiday periods). Same discounts for Limited-type Pass holders, valid for Mondays and Tuesdays only (excluding holidays).
How absolutely awesome is that?! I took full advantage of this program. Just walk into the Resort Pass Office and show them your season pass, fill out a little card and you’re good to go, for free (or 50% off)!
What’s the deal with Season Passes?
I highly recommend taking advantage of Snowshoe’s Ridiculous Pass promo in February and then take a trip down there that same season. Other great-priced passes offered from the West Virginia resort are the Mountain of Youth Pass (Unlimited -Ages 29 & Under) for $329 while their normal Unlimited Season Pass goes for $429. There’s also a nice Military pricing. Seven Springs can compete early on, with sale prices for next year beginning at the end of the season, but with time-sensitive pricing, a full pass hikes to $589 and a College Student Pass runs for $399. Nice alternatives are Seven Springs’ Super Seven or Hidden Valley‘s Six Tix options. A Highlands Pass will get you into both resorts for $639 right now. Wisp has great options with an Adult Unlimited pass for $599, Millennial Unlimited (19-29) for $399 and Unlimited Depended/Student (6-22) for $299. You can save up to 20% on those prices if you purchase early. A Blue Knob pass clocks in at $635.
This Swap was pretty much built for me. Now, you have no other option but to explore the area and ski and ride your hearts out!