"With girls only being an exhibition afterthought at Dew Tour and with still no slopestyle in the X Games, I just felt it was time to do it ourselves," Kristi Leskinen said.

The event is slated for the weekend of March 13-15, called Homecoming Weekend since Seven Spring's is Kristi's home hill.

The Kristi Leskinen Invitational women's jam for female skiers and snowboarders promises to be an excellent spectator event, with top competitors on the slopes by invitation only.

Meanwhile [R354R, Seven Springs] is battling the common malaise of this time of winter, the "no snow in the backyard syndrome" by which skiers and snowboarders begin to think the season is over.

"There may be puddles and mud in your backyard, but Old Man Winter reigns supreme at Seven Springs Mountain Resort," said Seven Springs Anna Weltz.

Weltz said Cortina and Avalanche slopes open at 8 a.m. on weekends, visitors can take a late night snow cat ride, zoom down the snow tubing park or hit the Superpipe and The Alley.

Seven Springs is located in the Laurel Highlands of western Pennsylvania, and offers skiers and riders great variety of terrain served by an impressive lift system. Seven Springs presents 41 slopes and trails and six parks and pipes on 285 skiable acres, 750 foot vertical, with terrain gentle or daunting enough for skiers of any level, served by 15 lifts: two six-packs, three quads, five triples, three surface lifts, and two conveyors. This is a complete, four-seasons resort, one of the largest and most popular in the region.