A less-than-stellar effort

by: prodonjs - Feb 21, 2010

  • Overall Rating 3
  • Family Friendly 3
  • All-Mtn. Terrain 3
  • Terrain Park 4
  • Nightlife 0

    Pros: Good mix of trails and slopes, nice amount of vertical

    Cons: Pathetic grooming conditions, overcrowded areas, high prices

    Recommended For: Family Friendly, Empty Nesters

    Date Visited: Jan 1, 2010


Full review

Every review is relative and needs to be taken in the reviewer's context. This review is written by an intermediate level snowboarder from the Cleveland/Akron, OH area. I don't spend much time in the lodge, locker room, or any of the other amenties so all I'm really concerned about is the slopes themselves.
Slopes:
There's a lot to do and see at Seven Springs. They offer a good variety of beginner level trails, intermediate level slopes, and some fairly impressive steeper slopes that can definitely challenge almost anyone. However, during the night sessions, arguably the best part of the mountain including a 6-person high-speed lift is shut down so quite a bit of terrain disappears. Unfortunately, Seven Springs, even when the weather has been terrific has some of the worst grooming imaginable. I still cannot figure out if they intend for there to be moguls on every slope or if they just don't groom enough early in the year to prevent them from forming, but expect tons of ice and tons of hardened bumps on most slopes.
Price/Value:
Weekend day passes are $60 which is one of the most expensive tickets in the area. The resort itself offers a lot of terrain but expect to deal with a lot of crowds. Traffic (both vehicle traffic coming into the area and skier/boarder traffic on the slopes) can be bothersome at times. If you can, avoid the green trails as they are extremely narrow and it can be tough to avoid collisions with beginners not yet comfortable on their equipment. One nice benefit is that you can buy your tickets from a drive-thru both on the way in and never have to wait in line.
Overall:
Sadly, Seven Springs looks better on its trail map than it does from the summit. I was there on a week where close to 2 feet of natural snow had fallen and conditions were absolutely pathetic. Even early in the morning, beneath the uneven layers of powder were frozen-over mounds of hard-packed iced. They never seem to groom the steep runs and beginners seem to snowplow most of the loose powder down the mountain leaving many icy spots. Most of the black diamond runs would be terrific, were it not for the huge moguls dotting at least one side of the run. It's definitely a skier's resort outside of the freestyle parks, and snowboarders will probably be the bumps and moguls on almost everything to be a pain in the neck. Crowds can also get pretty busy so expect some reasonable waits. They do run two 6-person high-speed lifts during the day but the lines for these can be quite long. Seven Springs is highly rated, but given the size and vertical it has available, its general lack of grooming knock it down a few notches in this reviewer's mind.

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