Seven Springs Resort is embarking on an ambitious five-year master plan that will ultimately bring new residential communities, lodging, new ski terrain and lifts, and even an indoor/outdoor water park to the Pennsylvania resort. Over the next few years, Seven Springs expects to invest in excess of $80 million in resort improvements and $150 million in new residential communities.
“When we asked what direction the resort should go in, the response was categorically to grow Seven Springs,” recalled Sandy Ferguson, CEO and chairman of the board for Seven Springs. “The stockholders agreed that we have a lot of potential and the time is right to make it happen,” he added. “The plan is designed to strengthen our stature as a top destination for business and pleasure.”
So what’s in store for this winter? In Phase I of the multi-year plan, Seven Springs expects to replace the Tahoe lift with a new high-speed six passenger chair lift - the first “six pack” in Pennsylvania. The Tahoe lift, a fixed-grip quad, is moving to the North Face in place of the #7 Sunset triple chair. Beginners will find a new learn-to-ski conveyer, and the tubing park is also expected to be expanded.
Pheasant Run, a new upscale residential development located on 210 acres east of the resort core, will also be breaking ground. This development will consist of 31 single-family lots up to 12 acres each.
The North Gate entrance is being redesigned to become the main entrance for skier traffic. The new access will have four gates and stacking lanes to handle weekend crowds. Helen’s restaurant is being expanded, giving patrons a view of the slopes, and access to the Lost Boy, Little North Face, and Turtle trail networks is being improved.
Next year, Seven Springs will begin Phase II of its master plan, which will include the construction of a new upscale hotel, a rebuilt and expanded Tahoe Lodge, and additional housing and recreational upgrades.
“During the next 15 years, Seven Springs will grow to become a dramatically different resort, transformed into a destination for year-round fun, recreation and business conventions while retaining the uniqueness of Seven Springs - family-oriented and committed to customer service,” said Seven Springs President Scott Bender.
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.