Ok so lately there has been talk on the front page about the expansion plans for Seven Springs. I figured I would move the topic over here where maybe it would get a little more exposure. So for the expansions plans from what I remember being mentioned in the past and on the Seven Springs article here is what I have heard. Hopefully we can go through sort out what is still true and what isn't any more.
Plans from past memories.
New high speed lift on north face.
People movers between parking lots main lodge and Tahoe lodge.
New hotel next to the current one.
Base village with all kinds of shops and restaurants between skier service building and New hotel.
Great Western Territory slope expansion.
Allen Creek slope expansion.
Cliffs slope expansion.
Lake Tahoe Village
From the DCSki article
High speed six to replace gunner lift.
From looking at the design of the Lake Tahoe Village on the Seven Springs webpage.
Looks like a hotel is planed for the top of the mountain probably the same hotel that was original planed to be at the base.
New lift and trail system throughout the village to make it ski in ski out.
Some random speculating.
It has been stated that the Great Western Territory is being held up due to trying to make a "dry" township "wet" I have also heard this from many different sources both in the forums and on the mountain. So I would imagine that the new slopes would include a new lodge at the base.
I have seen the trees that have been cut down from a mountain peak looking at the expansion and right now it is just one very wide slope down to the bottom. I would imagine it would be this and maybe a few smaller slopes and trails at off the side.
I have been all throughout the land that will make the Great Western Territory. (Don't ask what I was doing)
Since the trees have originally been cut down the saplings have really taken over the area. The trees are about 15 feet tall now. As for the pitch it is steep at the top then gets flatter in the middle and finally steeper at the bottom, much like the rest of Seven Springs Slopes. My speculation is the main slope will be rated Blue
It has been mentioned that there is a Snow gun test area. This is true. The area consists of two trails coming down from the top of Lake Herman to about halfway down the mountain. These trails already are lined with snow guns and the only thing they need to be put in regular service is a lift. I have often wondered if this might be the Allen Creek Expension that was once mentioned on their website. If these slopes were extend to the bottom they would end on Allen creek near the intersection of Triple Creek Rd and Pritts Distillery Rd.
Original I believe a high speed lift was planned for the North Face slope but with the two quads going up now I believe that it has been proven that there is adequate lift capacity for that part of the mountain. Therefore it would make sense that the new high speed lift has been planned for where the gunner lift currently is at. I would then speculate that they would move the Gunner lift to another part of the mountain just as they moved the old front face quad to the North face slope. I would think that the old gunner chair would either go on the great western territory or as the lift shown in the plans for the Lake Tahoe Village.
Ok well that's pretty much all I can remember and speculate for now lets see what we can all come up with now.