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Laurel Mountain Ski Resort
Boswell, Pennsylvania
Vertical drop:761 feet
Base elevation:2,005 feet
Peak elevation:2,766 feet
Skiable acres:70
Longest run:Over 1 mile
Trails:20

Laurel Mountain is the resort that keeps on ticking. Over the past several decades, the iconic Pennsylvania ski resort has had a bumpy ride. The resort first shut down in 1989, but was revived in 1999. But then several mild winters forced the ski area to shut down again. During the 2004-2005 winter season, Laurel Mountain re-opened as The Springs at Laurel Mountain, but closed again the next season. But that wasn’t the end of the story. With consistent pressure from members of the community, Laurel Mountain once again re-opened during the 2016-2017 winter season, and hopefully this will be the re-opening that sticks. Laurel Mountain, Hidden Valley, and Seven Springs are now under the same ownership.

Dating back to the mid-1930’s, Laurel Mountain has a rich heritage. Located in the scenic Ligonier region, the resort was first operated by the Mellon family, initially as a private resort. In 1958, the Mellon family made the ski area public. The ski area was turned over to the state of Pennsylvania in 1962, and various concessionaires operated the resort until March of 1989, when the resort was forced to shut down due to mild winters and a constrained water supply which restricted snowmaking.

DCSki readers report that Laurel Mountain has some of the most advanced terrain in the region - particularly Lower Wildcat, which is so steep that crews had to invent new techniques for putting in snowmaking pipes. Portions of Lower Wildcat have a 60% grade, making it the steepest slope in the state of Pennsylvania. But not to fear — there are plenty of beginner and intermediate slopes, too. Located within 493 acres of Laurel Mountain State Park, the area also offers some of the best views in the region.

A new quad chairlift was installed prior to the 2016-2017 winter season.

Although there is no lodging on-site, there are numerous hotels, inns, and bed and breakfasts within a 5-30 minute drive.

Photo provided by Laurel Mountain.


Key Statistics

Resort Name: Laurel Mountain Ski Resort
Vertical Drop: 761 feet
Base Altitude: 2,005 feet
Peak Altitude: 2,766 feet
Trails: 20 Trails:
  • 11 beginner
  • 6 intermediate
  • 3 expert
Skiable Acres: 70
Longest Run: Over 1 mile
Lifts: 2 (1 quad, 1 surface lift)
Night Skiing: Yes; note that hours vary by day of week
Terrain Park: Some freestyle terrain areas available.
Tubing Park: (No tubing park)
Address: 374 Summit Ski Road
Boswell, PA 15531
Phone: (888) 547-3388
Social Media: Facebook link Instagram link
Webcams: View resort webcams
Web Site: http://www.laurelmountainski.com/
Directions: Via Google Maps

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Weather near Laurel Mountain

4:55 am on April 21 / Arnold Palmer Regional Airport
Mostly Cloudy
34° F
Mostly Cloudy
Humidity:81% Visibility:10.00
Wind Speed:0 mph Sunrise:6:30 a.m.
Barometer:30.08 in Sunset:8:01 p.m.
Dewpoint:28 °F
Marginal snowmaking conditions right now. Snowmaking
Overnight
cloudy
Low: 29°
Areas of Frost
Areas of frost. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 29. West wind around 5 mph.
Sunday
cloudy
High: 44°
Areas of Frost then Mostly Cloudy
Areas of frost before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 44. West wind 6 to 13 mph.
Sunday Night
cloudy
Low: 32°
Partly Cloudy then Areas of Frost
Areas of frost after midnight. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming clear, with a low around 32. Northwest wind 8 to 13 mph.
Monday
cloudy
High: 52°
Areas of Frost then Sunny
Areas of frost before 10am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 52. West wind 7 to 10 mph.

Weather supplied by the National Weather Service. Errors or reporting delays may be possible.


News about Laurel Mountain

Epic Passes on Sale with Early-bird Pricing
Article thumbnail March 21, 2024 - Vail Resorts has begun selling its line of Epic Pass products for the 2024/2025 winter season, even as lifts continue running at many of its properties across the U.S. A range of passes is available to Mid-Atlantic skiers and boarders including the Epic Pass, Epic Local Pass, Northeast Value Pass, and Epic Day Pass.
Laurel Mountain, The Omni Homestead, and Whitetail Resort to Open Saturday, December 23, 2023
Article thumbnail December 21, 2023 - Pennsylvania’s Laurel Mountain and Whitetail Resorts will both begin their winter season at 9 a.m. on Saturday, December 23, 2023, just after Hidden Valley and Roundtop Mountain Resorts open for their season on Friday. Virginia’s Omni Homestead Resort will also open its ski slopes on Saturday.
Hidden Valley and Roundtop Mountain Resorts Set to Open Friday, December 22, 2023
Article thumbnail December 21, 2023 - The steady beat of Mid-Atlantic resort openings continues this week as Pennsylvania’s Hidden Valley and Roundtop Mountain Resorts plan to kick off their winter season on Friday, December 22, 2023.
What’s New for 2023: Vail Resorts’ Pennsylvania Properties
Article thumbnail November 24, 2023 - DCSki profiles the latest enhancements at Vail Resorts’ eight Pennsylvania ski areas, including Laurel Mountain, Hidden Valley, Seven Springs, Liberty Mountain, Roundtop Mountain, Whitetail, and Jack Frost/Big Boulder Resorts.
Epic, Ikon Pass Prices Set to Increase
Article thumbnail October 8, 2023 - Epic and Ikon Passes are both set to rise in price October 11 and 12, 2023, respectively.
An Ikonic, Epic Battle: For 2022, Season Pass Options Abound
Article thumbnail April 25, 2022 - It is once again Spring, which means it’s time to consider purchasing a season pass for the 2022-2023 winter season before prices begin to inch up. DCSki breaks down the choices and factors Mid-Atlantic skiers should consider as they explore available pass options.
From a Drizzly December to a Snowy New Year
Article thumbnail January 7, 2022 - The second half of December wasn’t ideal for Mid-Atlantic ski areas: cold temperatures from early in the season yielded to unseasonably (and, to skiers, unreasonably) mild days. As the calendar advanced from December to January, that’s all changed. DCSki provides a roundup of the latest conditions at local ski resorts.
Vail Resorts to Purchase Seven Springs, Hidden Valley, Laurel Mountain
Article thumbnail December 8, 2021 - In news that is likely to reshape Mid-Atlantic snowsports for years to come, Vail Resorts announced on December 8, 2021 that it has entered into an agreement to purchase Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Hidden Valley Resort, and the operations of Laurel Mountain Ski Area.
More Mid-Atlantic Ski Resorts on Tap to Open December 4
Article thumbnail December 1, 2021 - The Mid-Atlantic ski season is already underway, and additional ski areas are scheduled to come on-line the weekend of December 4-5. DCSki presents a complete roundup of open — and soon-to-open — ski areas in this December 1, 2021 update. Above, Pennsylvania’s Seven Springs Resort has been laying down snow in preparation for a December 4 opening.
User Highlight: Rob Davis
Article thumbnail March 6, 2021 - Known as “Laurel Hill Crazie” on the DCSki Forums, Rob Davis is a retired steelworker from Pittsburgh. Rob has a special connection to Pennsylvania’s Laurel Mountain Ski Resort, where he has skied hundreds if not thousands of times. Learn more about Rob and the history of Laurel Mountain in this interview.

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