Controversy about 7 Springs

by: Mike Comiskey - Jan 10, 2014

  • Overall Rating 1
  • Family Friendly 1
  • All-Mtn. Terrain 1
  • Terrain Park 1
  • Nightlife 2

    Pros: Increasingly, none

    Cons: Bad Management

    Recommended For: Empty Nesters


Full review

As someone who lives 20 miles from 7 Springs and has skied there since 1968, I'd like to address the differences of opinion among the other reviewers. Unfortunately, the critics are right. Yes, 7 Springs can do nothing about the short hills and adverse weather of southwestern Pennsylvania. And 7 Springs is the best ski resort in the region, but only because it has so little competition. The area is a pale shadow of what it once was. The original owners, the Dupre family, ran it right. Under the Nuttings since 2007, the ski experience at 7 Springs has deteriorated drastically. The management will do anything to save a buck regardless of the impact on the skiing or the views of its customers. Fewer lifts operate. Slopes with plenty of snow are inexplicably closed. There are long lines in the cafeteria because most of the checkout counters are closed. Cars get stuck in the snow in the inadequately plowed parking lots. You must now go to an inconveniently located office to buy your ticket rather than buy a ticket at the front gate as in the past. From 2012-13 to 2013-14, a weekday lift ticket rose 12 percent in price, and you now pay weekend rates ($75!!!) on Fridays. The management has received a torrent of complaints about these matters, but they just don't care. As other reviewers have written here, developments since 2007 at 7 Springs are indeed "sad." To submit this review, I must choose whether to recommend 7 Springs for either single/newlyweds, families, or empty nesters. The truth is I recommend it for no one.

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