SEVEN SPRINGS, Pa. – Seven Springs Mountain Resort and Hidden Valley Resort are pleased to announce some exciting new projects and amenities for the approaching winter!
“At Seven Springs and Hidden Valley, we are committed to providing our guests with a first-class, memorable experience,” said Eric Mauck, CEO of both resorts. “We closely examined all of our resort operations to identify areas that could be improved upon to provide an even more incredible visit to Seven Springs and Hidden Valley. This year’s package of winter projects and improvements encompasses everything from snowmaking to dining options to terrain upgrades. Our largest project has been to create new ways to make learning to ski or snowboard fun and easy. This season, we will reinvent how both sports are taught at our resorts with the creation of a new experience-based learning program designed specifically for newcomers.”
REINVENTING HOW SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING IS TAUGHT
Skiing and snowboarding is fun, so learning to do either should be fun too. Seven Springs and HiddenValley partnered with Snow Operating and Snow Park Technologies to develop a new experience-based learning program for adults and children who have never tried either sport.
The overall goal of experience-based learning is for the newcomer to have fun! Inside the learning area, newcomers are introduced to the sensation of skiing or snowboarding right away, as the focus is on “going,” rather than “stopping.” The contours of the controlled learning area do all the work for the newcomer from learning range of motion, balance, edge pressure, steering, traversing and initiating turns. The experience-based method has a successful retention rate resulting in more guests developing a lifelong passion for winter sports.
SNOWMAKING UPGRADES AND IMPROVEMENTS
Last winter’s polar vortexes allowed Seven Springs and Hidden Valley to be incredibly prolific in their snowmaking. By mid-February 2014, Seven Springs and Hidden Valley had made enough snow to fill 1,350 football fields with one-foot of snow. Both resorts received new snowmaking upgrades this season. Twenty HKD Click hydrants and 22 HKD SV 10 Impulses have been installed on Upper Phillip’s Run at Seven Springs and five fully-automated Techo-Alpin stick guns were installed on Hidden Valley’s Voyager slope. All of the new snowmaking equipment is designed to be fast and resource efficient.
HIGHEST HONORS FOR EAST COAST TERRAIN PARKS
A leader in the industry for terrain park design, progression and innovation, Seven Springs has become a destination for freestyle skiers and snowboarders. The resort’s dedication has led to the its selection as the #1 East Coast Terrain Park by TransWorld SNOWboarding 2015 Resort Poll and SKI Magazine’s 2015 Reader Resort Survey. The readers of TransWorld SNOWboarding also selected Seven Springs’ Olympic-size halfpipe as #10 in North America.
MOVING THE MOUNTAIN AT SEVEN SPRINGS
One of the most popular slopes at Seven Springs, Wagner slope underwent several projects this summer and fall. The area known as the “Z” that leads skiers and snowboarders from Wagner slope to the Foggy Goggle and Ski Lodge was expanded and re-graded. This project reduced the grade on this section and nearly doubled the width, resulting in improved traffic flow. Re-grading and clearing was also done at the top of Wagner Slope to allow for easier access from Cortina lift. Re-grading work also continued on Avalanche slope to provide better access to Stowe and Tyrol slopes.
As home of the East Coast’s top terrain parks and only Olympic-size halfpipe, Seven Springs has become a destination for skiers and snowboarders looking for innovative, challenging and fun parks. This summer, extensive work was done to re-grade the area known as The Spot, the resort’s flagship terrain park. By sculpting the ground in the areas where the jumpline and halfpipe are built, it will take less time and resources to open these features sooner.
SPRUCING UP THE HIDDEN VALLEY MOUNTAIN
This summer, Hidden Valley underwent a significant mountain beautification program that included extensive work to reclaim the existing glade skiing areas. On-mountain buildings such as lift operator structures were repaired, repainted and received appropriate signage. New trail maps and directional signage were designed and placed in helpful and high-traffic areas. New lift corrals were also installed at all chairlifts to provide more efficient loading and unloading.
This season, Hidden Valley guests will notice streamlined slope and trail names. By returning some areas to their original names established by the resort’s founders, the Parke family, the quantity of slopes at Hidden Valley reverts to 25 and two terrain parks.
NEW AND IMPROVED EQUIPMENT
This season, the Seven Springs rental center will have a new fleet of Rossignol skis, bindings and boots. The new fleet will include 800 pairs of Rossignol skis and bindings and 100 pairs of Rossignol boots. The new skis will again feature “Auto Turn Rocker Technology,” which makes it easier to steer; easier to balance; and easier to control speed. This technology will help boost the confidence of beginner skiers and improve their control, thus providing a better skiing experience. Two hundred pairs of Burton women’s snowboard boots were also added to the rental center fleet.
OFF-MOUNTAIN PROJECTS - SEVEN SPRINGS
The Seven Springs Ski Lodge will have a brand new dining option this winter. Currently under construction is a full-service restaurant located on the top floor near the Foggy Goggle bar. When complete, the new restaurant will feature a unique creative menu, an extensive craft beer selection and a beautiful new décor that includes vintage photos and relics of skiing at Seven Springs.
In keeping with the resorts’ commitment to sound resource management and environmental protection, five propane-fueled shuttle buses have been added to the fleet. These buses will be used to transport resort guests throughout the Seven Springs property.
OFF-MOUNTAIN PROJECTS - HIDDEN VALLEY
Work continues in the hub of the resort – the Hidden Valley Ski Lodge. The Hidden Valley Ski and Snowboard Shop also underwent a total renovation. The new brightly-colored shop now features fully-stocked shelves with the latest in men’s, women’s and children’s ski and snowboard gear. Also new this year is the development of a Rossignol junior ski equipment lease program. For one flat seasonal fee, children will receive properly fitted Rossignol skis, bindings, boots and poles.
Upon arrival at the ski lodge, guests will be welcomed with an upgraded drop-off area to aide in traffic flow and pedestrian safety. Inside the ski lodge, the Southridge Room underwent a large renovation that included the removal of an unused bar area and the expansion of the adjacent restrooms. Restrooms in the Alpine Room were also completely renovated. The “bridge area” leading to the Clock Tower Restaurant and The Yukon received a fresh coat of paint and new carpet.
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. Located within 200 miles of the major metropolitan areas of Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Cleveland and Washington D.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 in Hidden Valley, Pa., is the ideal winter destination for families. With 25 slopes and trails and two terrain parks on 110 skiable acres and a first-class snowsports school, Hidden Valley offers a comfortable environment to learn to ski or snowboard.
Located within 200 miles of the major metropolitan areas of Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Cleveland and Washington D.C., Hidden Valley is easily accessible from either exit 91 or 110 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
For more information about Hidden Valley, visit www.hiddenvalleyresort.com or call (814) 443-8000.