What’s New for 2005: Seven Springs Resort 11
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Pennsylvania’s Seven Springs Resort plans to spend $100 million on improvements over the next year, adding new real estate developments, a new water park, a new expert slope, and lodge and hotel upgrades.

“These enhancements underscore our commitment to continually improve the quality of the resort for our guests and our employees,” said Scott Bender, president of Seven Springs. He added that the enhancements will create short- and long-term jobs and increase the tax base for the township and local school district.

Over the summer, Seven Springs will be enhancing its snowmaking system, unveiling the first phase of its new automated snowmaking system during the 2005-2006 winter season. The resort is cutting a new black diamond trail in the North Face ski area. Seven Springs is purchasing a state-of-the-art half-pipe groomer and plans to unveil new features in its terrain park.

Over the next four years, each of the 400 rooms in the resort’s Main Lodge and 10-story hotel will be renovated. According to the resort, the Main Lodge will also receive an extensive makeover with improvements to public spaces. For example, a new cafe will begin brewing Starbucks coffee this summer.

Later this year, Seven Springs plans to break ground on a new $10 million outdoor water park, which is scheduled to open during the summer of 2006. Current plans include a lazy river, a zero-entry pool, several chutes and slides, children’s and refreshment areas, and nightly water fountain shows. The 2.5-acre water park will be located at the base of the slopes.

New real estate developments are also breaking ground at Seven Springs. Southwind at Lake Tahoe is a $100 million townhome development, and the first phase, offering 54 townhomes, sold out within days in late 2004. 57 units sold in Phase Two will be available for presale in June, 2005; due to a long waiting list, the resort will hold a lottery to select future owners. Townhomes at Southwind will range in size from 1,700 to 2,500 square feet.

16 residential sites remain available as part of Pheasant Run, a gated neighborhood across the street from the Seven Springs main entrance. Pheasant Run homes range from 2,000 to 6,000 square feet.

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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Reader Comments

WPEmployee
May 30, 2005
Now that is how you compete w/ Snowshoe. Go 7!
wilcamp
June 2, 2005
Where will they ever find room to put more slopes and more people on the North Face side of that mountain? The lifts they have now can't handle the crowded lift lines on weekends.
wilcamp
June 2, 2005
Where will they ever find room to put more slopes and more people on the North Face side of that mountain? The lifts they have now can't handle the crowded lift lines on weekends.
wilcamp
June 2, 2005
Where will they ever find room to put more slopes and more people on the North Face side of that mountain? The lifts they have now can't handle the crowded lift lines on weekends.
skidude87
June 4, 2005
A new high speed lift is scheduled for Gunnar Slope next year. With the Southwind at Lake Tahoe project (Phase 2 in person lotto on June 25!)and The new water park (a new Starbucks too!), forget the risky, long drive to Snowshoe and HELLO 7 SPRINGS!
Adam
June 5, 2005
Seven Springs is going to rip out the Triple Gunnar Chairlift and put in high speed lift? I am just wondering but I have not heard this announced? Also, where will this new slope be at? And when will the Great Western Area be open?
WalterB
June 12, 2005
has anyone heard plans for Intrawest to dump Snowshoe in favor of 7Springs?
wvknukldragr
June 14, 2005
No disrespect to 7, but who ever started this rumor should lay off the pipe. Too much has been invested at the Shoe to dump it. Though 7 should follow in the footsteps of the Shoe, new GM, changes in human resources, etc... Too much old mentality there. 7 has Pttsburgh, the Shoe has Elkins so it akes no sense the Shoe is head and shoulders above 7 when it comes to catering to the 20-30 crowd.
EvanJ
June 27, 2005
Just got back from 7springs and purchased an "E" unit in Southwind. Phase 1 is sold out and phase 2 is more than half sold out on the first day of release for pre-construction sales. I think there are some great units left. I think the "E" are a great value but those with the cash may like the huge "D" units. 7springs is not spending a dime advertising or promoting this upscale ski/in ski out community on the top of the mountain(unlike Snowshow with fancy websites and ads and overpriced condos) so you get an awsome unit for your money and I'm sure they'll be gone soon.
WalterB
August 27, 2005
Anyone besides EvanJ have an opinion of Southwind (7S) v. Soaring Eagle Lodge (Snowshoe)?
Mikey
October 20, 2005
The new trail is called Yodeler and cuts right through the turtleneck glades which have allways been dificult to access because of a steep enterance and unkept enterance full of logs and underbrush. This new black is sure to add some much needed seep terrain to 7's repetoir and open up turtleneck.

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