Even though it’s raining I figure I’d better start posting some ski content on here. It’s time to switch my mindset into full gear with or without snow on the ground. Last year’s Rate Roundup was updated on Dec 14, 2015 with no flakes in sight. There’s hope still. See below for my comprehensive list of lift rates from area ski resorts and other mid-atlantic mountains for 2017.
2017 LIFT TICKET RATES Please note there are about 5 billion pricing tiers on each website. I took the simplest measures I could, finding Adult Full-Day Prices and flex pricing that I am really going to take advantage of this year. Feel free to click to download the full .pdf for printing.
SEASON PASS EXTRA-MOUNTAIN BENEFITS
It’s too late to buy, I know. You weren’t thinking about it in May and now season pass pricing is through the roof. But get this, other than unlimited skiing and riding, there’s a few more awesome advantages! Play your cards right if you have a pass from one of the mountains around here, and listen up.
1. Regional Resort Swap Program: If you have a Full or Unlimited Season Pass to…
Seven Springs Mountain Resort
Snowshoe Mountain Resort
Receive one complimentary full day lift ticket and afterwards a 50% discount on regularly priced ski and snowboard lift tickets for any additional visit to the other mountains listed (excluding Saturdays and holiday periods). Um, YES!
2. Wisp’s Sister Resort Program: Wisp Season Passholders can get 6 complimentary lift tickets at Wintergreen Resort in Virginia, Ragged Mountain Resort in New Hampshire and Mount Washington Alpine Resort in British Columbia. Also, YES.
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.