On Friday, November 30, 2012, Pennsylvania’s Hidden Valley and Seven Springs Resorts will kick off their ski seasons.
Seven Springs began making snow on the Front Face and snow tubing park on November 23. A week later, the resort has built up a 16-inch base on eight slopes and the Santa’s Beard terrain park. Seven Springs plans to have Tyrol, Stowe, Stowe Trail, Cortina Trail, Wagner, Phillip’s Run, Fawn Lane, and the Stowe Beginner Area open, with three chairlifts running. Seven Springs will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, November 30 through Sunday, December 2, with $45 adult lift tickets and $35 children tickets (ages 6-11). Anyone who has purchased a midweek season pass will also be allowed to ski during opening weekend.
On Sunday, December 2, 2012, Seven Springs will offer a $10 discount on ski/board tickets if you donate a new, unwrapped toy for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign.
“The entire team here at Seven Springs is excited to welcome back our guests as we gear up for another wonderful ski season,” said Eric Mauck, CEO of Seven Springs. “Our snowmaking crew was able to make a tremendous amount of snow this week,” he added.
Nearby Hidden Valley Resort will also be launching its ski season on Friday, with slopes open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, November 30, and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, December 1-2, 2012. The Continental, Bobcat, and Rambler slopes will be open on Friday, along with the Learn-to-Ski Area. If conditions permit, Hidden Valley hopes to add Imperial, Cobra, and Model T to the open slope roster by Saturday.
Lift tickets will be $20 on Friday and $25 on Saturday and Sunday.
“Successful snowmaking efforts combined with several inches of natural snow have set us up for a great early weekend of skiing and boarding,” said Scott Bender, Vice President of Operations at Hidden Valley.
A warming trend early next week may put the ski season on a temporary pause, but there should be some decent early-season turns the next several days.
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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