Although the mountains and valleys of West Virginia offer some of the most exhilarating skiing in the world, folks looking for even more excitement may want to head north to Pennsylvania to check out Seven Springs Mountain Resort. Located in the beautiful Laurel Mountains, the resort offers tons of winter recreational activities.
Each year, the family friendly resort hosts more than 1 million overnight and day guests who visit the resort for skiing, snowboarding, fly fishing, sporting clays, downhill mountain biking, mountaintop golf and more.
"This season has been great," Anna Weltz, communications specialist for Seven Springs Mountain Resort said. "Mother Nature helped us open early this season with a great snowfall and perfect snowmaking temperatures, allowing us to officially open Nov. 21. The month of January has been exceptional with a total of 41 inches of natural snow as of Jan. 21. A recent run of sub-zero temperatures brought us some of the lightest and fluffiest snow, making for some of the best conditions of the season. In a typical ski season, we welcome approximately 450,000 skiers and boarders. We are on course to meet and most likely beat this number."
Seven Springs Mountain Resort continually hosts many fun activities throughout the season. Next month, the Salomon Jib Academy Tour is back for its third season on the slopes. This series of slopestyle events is an opportunity for athletes to take their skills to the next level with instruction from Salomon pros and win tons of great prizes. The Salomon Jib Academy will visit on Feb. 7, and is open to skiers between the ages of 10 and 16.
The Jib Academy Final is the chance of a lifetime for participants to ski, film, shoot and live with the entire Salomon International Team. Winners of this North American Tour will meet up with Jib Academy winners from all over the globe. This event's hosts will include X Games Superpipe competitor John Symms; Freeskiermagazine's Rookie of the Year and third place winner of 2008's US Open Big Air Michael Clarke; Tommy Ellingson, head coach for Windell's Summer Camps at Mt. Hood; Seth Warner, coach for Windell's Summer Camps; and Nick Martini, winner of the first Salomon Jib Academy and member of the Salomon National Team. Participants must pre-register online at www.jibacademyregistration.com.
At Seven Springs, the resort's dedicated mountain crew continually stays busy making snow. The Terrain Park Crew has also installed numerous features in the Foggy Bowl for the jib addicts. Open slopes include Wagner, upper Phillip's Run, Fawn Lane and the Wagner Beginners' Area and the Foggy Bowl with the Cortina and Polar Bear Express chairlifts servicing all open terrain.
Skiers and boarders will also appreciate the recent re-grading of Wagner slope. This project will alleviate congestion and allowed for the creation of a beginners' glade skiing area.
Snow tubing is also very popular at Seven Springs. The resort features 12 fun-packed chutes plus no long trudging walks back up to the top. Now you can ride up the hill via a new Magic Carpet, or one of two handle-bar type lifts. The snow tubing park is also available for private parties.
Seven Springs is much more than just a skiing destination. This mega-resort also boasts a large base lodge hotel, numerous game rooms and arcades, restaurants, bars, lounges, an indoor pool, a movie theater, a shopping gallery, even a bowling alley. There are accommodations available in the lodge hotel, condominiums and cabins. There is something fun for everyone including game rooms, arcades, an exercise room, roller skating, swimming, outdoor hot tubs, movies, snow tubing, sleigh rides and even bowling.
"Seven Springs is more than just a ski resort," Weltz said. "We have plenty of things to entertain those who don't ski or snowboard. We offer horse-drawn sleigh rides, snowmobile rides, nighttime snowcat rides, snowshoeing, bowling, miniature golf, rollerskating, swimming, game rooms, spa services, nightly entertainment and much more."
Seven Springs also boasts numerous restaurants and eateries featuring innovative and classic meal selections. With its unique atmosphere, Timbers serves up a variety of appetizers, entrees and desserts ranging from the truly classic to the completely unexpected. The incomparable Helen's Restaurant provides delectable intercontinental cuisine perfectly paired with a large selection of fine wines. In the Slopeside Dining Room, families can enjoy a magnificent view of the slopes while dining on a fulfilling meal in a relaxing environment.
Also new this year, Seven Springs' Trillium spa is a sanctuary unlike any other. The elegantly restored mountain chalet has been completely renovated and redecorated to create the perfect place to escape the stress and commotion of everyday life.
Seven Springs Mountain Resort can accommodate more than 5,000 overnight guests in its renovated 10-story high-rise hotel, nearly 1,000 condominiums and town homes, cabins and chalets.
Seven Springs invites the entire family to come up and make some new memories this winter. Spend some quality time with the kids at the Mid-Atlantic's No. 1 resort and take advantage of the Winter Family Memories packages, which start at $199 per person, based on two adults, and includes a free stay for two children ages 12 and younger.
The memorable getaway package will include: Two nights of lodging, unlimited skiing from 4:30 p.m. the day of your arrival until 7 p.m. the day you check-out, breakfast buffet each morning, one family size pizza, one snow tubing session, one round each of miniature golf and bowling and access to the indoor swimming pool and exercise room. For more information or to make your reservations, call 866-437-1300. The package is available Sundays through Thursdays until March 26.
Located in Seven Springs, Pa., Seven Springs Mountain Resort is the state's largest ski and four-season family resort and is consistently rated the No. 1 resort in the Mid-Atlantic region by the readers of SKI magazine. The resort is easily accessible from either Exit 91 or 110 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
For more information on Seven Springs, visit www.7springs.com or call 800-452-2223.