SEVEN SPRINGS, Pa. – Hidden Valley Resort and Seven Springs Mountain Resort began to make snow last night! The arrival of consistently cold weather allowed the resorts’ mountain crews to turn on the snow guns Tuesday night and run them until Wednesday morning.
“The return of cold weather and the opportunity to fire up the snowmaking systems at Seven Springs andHiddenValleyis an exciting time for our team,” saidEric Mauck, the resorts’ chief executive officer. “We are committed to providing our guests with excellent snowmaking and grooming and our mountain crew will take advantage of every opportunity to make snow in preparation for opening day.”
While an opening date has not been finalized, the resorts plan to resume snowmaking late Friday night or Saturday morning and run them continuously through the weekend, as weather permits.
There are three vital ingredients in snowmaking: water, compressed air and proper outside temperature. Snowmaking can begin at 28 degrees if the humidity is low, but the quantity of snow produced in those conditions is minimal. At 26 degrees and lower, the snowmaking really starts to get going and one to several inches can be produced each hour. The colder the conditions, the more snow the guns can turn out.
The outside air temperature is a rough guide for determining when snowmaking can begin. As temperatures drop from the upper 20s, the snowmaking team will start using test towers to monitor the conditions. When the team determines that the time is right, they will start up the equipment and begin making snow.
About Seven Springs Mountain Resort
Seven Springs Mountain Resort, located inSeven Springs,Pa., is the perfect place for family vacations that create lifelong memories. Each year the family-friendly resort hosts more than one million overnight and day guests. Seven Springs has 33 slopes and trails on 285 skiable acres, seven terrain parks, the region’s largest snow tubing park, an 18-hole golf course and 60,000 square-feet of meeting and convention space.
Located within 200 miles of the major metropolitan areas ofPittsburgh,Baltimore,ClevelandandWashingtonD.C., Seven Springs is easily accessible from either exit 91 or 110 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
For more information on Seven Springs and the year-round lodging, dining and activity options the resort offers visit www.7springs.com or call (800) 452-2223.
About Hidden Valley Resort
Hidden Valley Resort, located inHidden Valley,Pa., is the ideal winter destination for families. With 31 slopes and trails and three terrain parks on 110 skiable acres and a first-class snowsports school,HiddenValleyoffers a comfortable environment to learn to ski or snowboard.
Located within 200 miles of the major metropolitan areas ofPittsburgh,Baltimore,ClevelandandWashingtonD.C.,HiddenValleyis easily accessible from either exit 91 or 110 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
For more information about HiddenValley, visit www.hiddenvalleyresort.com or call (814) 443-8000.