If everything goes as planned, Pennsylvania will witness the rebirth of a historic ski area this winter. The Laurel Mountain ski area, which first opened to the public shortly after World War II, closed its doors in 1989. Since then, several efforts have been made to resurrect the ski area, which was previously operated by the state of Pennsylvania. A private developer has secured $1.25 million in financing and frantic efforts are being made to renovate the resort in time for a December, 1999 season opening.
According to an article in the Tribune-Review, several projects are underway to prepare the resort for a reopening. Snowmaking equipment is being installed, expected to cover 10 out of 20 slopes this winter. Trails are being regraded and will be lit for night skiing. A new 14,000 square-foot lodge is expected, along with the addition of snow tubing, a beginner’s ski area, and ski rentals. An existing double chairlift is being refurbished, and a new quad chairlift is expected to open for the winter season. Although the plans are ambitious, the Tribune-Review reports that everything has been proceeding without a hitch. The resort will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The Laurel Mountain ski area is located in Ligonier Township. Nearby ski areas include Blue Knob, Seven Springs, and Hidden Valley.
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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