What’s New for 2012: Seven Springs Resort
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Dozens of improvements across Seven Springs Mountain Resort should provide skiers and boarders with a better experience this winter. The Pennsylvania resort has made strategic investments in snowmaking improvements, added an additional terrain park, and initiated a mountain beautification program that has made subtle refinements throughout.

Many trails have been enhanced, and in some cases expanded, due to the clearing of overgrowth and brush and repair of erosion-prone areas. Seven Springs reports that some trails are now wider by 20 or 30 feet. Grading work between the Avalanche and Stowe slopes will provide an easier trip between the two areas when the Tyrol lift isn’t running. Damaged trees have also been replaced with 100 new spruce trees.

Lift huts have been repainted and received new board and batten siding and durable green metal roofs. Many infrastructure facilities have received a tune-up, and LED lighting is now being used to light The Streets urban terrain park and some loading and unloading areas. Clearer fonts are being used in resort signage, and skiers and boarders will see new atomic clocks, thermometers, and ski racks in high-traffic areas.

The snowmakers and groomers at Seven Springs also have some new toys to play with. The resort has added a second Prinoth Bison X grooming machine, and to give the groomer better snow to groom, snowmaking has been upgraded. Five new SMI Pole Cat fan guns will be able to be flexibly re-positioned, and new HKD SV10 automated snowmakers with higher-volume piping were added to the Stowe and North Face slopes. Some existing towers were relocated to increase available terrain, and new snowmaking nozzles in some towers will allow the resort to make snow more efficiently in warmer temperatures.

Seven Springs has partnered with Burton Snowboards to add a seventh terrain park. The introductory Riglet Park, designed for children ages 4-7, will have the look and feel of a baseball field. The park will feature a “cone zone,” where kids will learn to weave in and out while being towed by coaches. Other features will mimic baseball concepts.

“The addition of the Riglet Park is another example of our dedication to the growth of winter sports,” said Iwan Fuchs, School Director for Seven Springs. “By participating in this program, the kids will have a chance to test their balance and try out some new skills in a specially designed park.”

The new terrain park will add to an already impressive set that helped Seven Springs garner recognition by the readers of TransWorld SNOWBoarding and Ski Magazine as home of the #1 terrain parks and pipes on the East Coast; Seven Springs has received this recognition now for four years running.

Rounding out enhancements are new rental equipment, new loading corrals at all lifts, and additional programs in the Snowsports School.

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About M. Scott Smith

M. Scott Smith is the founder and Editor of DCSki. Scott loves outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, kayaking, skiing, and mountain biking. He is an avid photographer and writer.

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