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Laurel Mountain Ski Resort

Boswell, Pennsylvania

Vertical drop:761 feet
Base elevation:2,005 feet
Peak elevation:2,766 feet
Skiable acres:110
Longest run:Over 1 mile
Trails:20

Laurel Mountain is the resort that keeps on ticking. Over the past several decades, the iconic Pennsylvania ski resort has had a bumpy ride. The resort first shut down in 1989, but was revived in 1999. But then several mild winters forced the ski area to shut down again. During the 2004-2005 winter season, Laurel Mountain re-opened as The Springs at Laurel Mountain, but closed again the next season. But that wasn’t the end of the story. With consistent pressure from members of the community, Laurel Mountain once again re-opened during the 2016-2017 winter season, and hopefully this will be the re-opening that sticks. Laurel Mountain, Hidden Valley, and Seven Springs are now under the same ownership, and Laurel Mountain is once again welcoming skiers and snowboarders to its slopes for the 2017-2018 winter season.

Dating back to the mid-1930’s, Laurel Mountain has a rich heritage. Located in the scenic Ligonier region, the resort was first operated by the Mellon family, initially as a private resort. In 1958, the Mellon family made the ski area public. The ski area was turned over to the state of Pennsylvania in 1962, and various concessionaires operated the resort until March of 1989, when the resort was forced to shut down due to mild winters and a constrained water supply which restricted snowmaking.

DCSki readers report that Laurel Mountain has some of the most advanced terrain in the region - particularly Lower Wildcat, which is so steep that crews had to invent new techniques for putting in snowmaking pipes. Portions of Lower Wildcat have a 60% grade, making it the steepest slope in the state of Pennsylvania. But not to fear — there are plenty of beginner and intermediate slopes, too. Located within 493 acres of Laurel Mountain State Park, the area also offers some of the best views in the region.

A new quad chairlift was installed prior to the 2016-2017 winter season.

Although there is no lodging on-site, there are numerous hotels, inns, and bed and breakfasts within a 5-30 minute drive.

The Wildcat trail, one of the steepest slopes in the Mid-Atlantic. Photo provided by Jim Kenney.

Cover photo provided by Jim Kenney.

Key Statistics

Resort Name: Laurel Mountain Ski Resort
Vertical Drop: 761 feet
Base Altitude: 2,005 feet
Peak Altitude: 2,766 feet
Trails:
  • 11 beginner
  • 6 intermediate
  • 3
  • Skiable Acres: 110
    Longest Run: Over 1 mile
    Lifts: 2 (1 quad, 1 surface lift)
    Night Skiing: Yes; note that hours vary by day of week
    Terrain Park: Some freestyle terrain areas available.
    Halfpipe: (No halfpipe)
    Tubing Park: (No tubing park)
    Address: 374 Summit Ski Road
    Boswell, PA 15531
    Phone: (888) 547-3388
    Latitude: 40.163562
    Longitude: -79.165240
    Links: http://www.laurelmountainski.com/
    8:50 pm on June 23 / Latrobe / Westmorland
    72° F
    Mostly Cloudy
    Humidity:88%
    Wind Speed:9 mph
    Barometer:29.82 in
    Dewpoint:68 °F
    Visibility:10.00 mi
    Sunrise:5:48 a.m.
    Sunset:8:50 p.m.
    Way too warm for snowmaking. 

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    News about Laurel Mountain

    Firsthand Report: President’s Weekend: Many Friends and Few Crowds

      March 27, 2018 - Back in February, DCSki Columnist Jim Kenney came up with a strategy to avoid President’s Weekend crowds, jumping between Canaan Valley Resort, Laurel Mountain, and Seven Springs Resort. In this Firsthand Report, he describes how he avoided crowds and mostly avoided rain.

    The Mid-Atlantic Ski Season Kicks Off

      December 14, 2017 - The past week saw the arrival of cold temperatures, and the dip in Mercury allowed ski areas to fire up their snowguns. Although lifts have already started running at several resorts, by the end of the December 16-17 weekend nearly every ski resort in the Mid-Atlantic will have kicked off its 2017-2018 winter season. DCSki has the latest opening information here.

    Snowpass Program Provides Free Skiing for Fourth and Fifth Graders in Pennsylvania

      November 5, 2017 - For the fourteenth year, the Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association (PSAA) is offering a Snowpass program that allows fourth and fifth graders to his the slopes free, up to three times each at each participating Pennsylvania resort, with some limitations.

    Firsthand Report: Laurel Mountain - The Legend Returns

      February 15, 2017 - On February 10, 2017, DCSki Columnist Jim Kenney visited the slopes of the newly-reopened Laurel Mountain for the first time. That kicked off a great weekend of skiing which included a stop at the classic resort as well as nearby Seven Springs. Jim provides this Firsthand Report.

    What’s New for 2016: Laurel Mountain Ski Area

      November 20, 2016 - Each year, DCSki chronicles some of the newest enhancements at Mid-Atlantic ski resorts. These upgrades typically consist of snowmaking enhancements, renovated lodges, a new fleet of rental skis, or even an occasional chairlift upgrade. But announcing a new resort? Well, that’s almost unheard of. Until now. Sort of, anyway.

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