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Snow Days: Laurel Highlands

Duration: 3 days 3 nights

Home to several ski resorts, the Laurel Highlands boasts winter fun and countless options sure to please any powder hound! With the highest peaks in Pennsylvania and, on average, the largest amount of natural snowfall in the state, conditions are ideal for skiing and snowboarding. The region’s ski resorts are some of the largest in the state, offering skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, and cross-country skiing trails offsite with a side of charming small towns and plenty of hot chocolate along the way. Road trippers taking this journey will find plenty to keep them busy as they pick and choose from resorts to fit their schedule!

Seven Springs Mountain Resort

One of the most exciting things about the Laurel Highlands is that the skiing, tubing, and snowboarding fun never ends! Snowsports enthusiasts will love The Highlands Ticket, which provides unlimited winter adventure between Hidden Valley, Seven Springs Mountain Resort, and Laurel Mountain Ski Area. You’ve already experienced Hidden Valley, so day two of this excursion gives you even more options!

Just a fifteen-minute drive from Hidden Valley is PA’s largest ski resort, Seven Springs Mountain Resort. Seven Springs boasts 33 slopes and trails, seven terrain parks, and 10 lifts on 285 skiable acres, and the Laurel Highlands’ largest snow tubing park. Unique to this resort, guests can tag along with the Seven Springs’ mountain crew for an unforgettable midnight trip. Ride in a snowcat groomer as it prepares the mountains in the late evening and early morning hours, creating impeccable skiing conditions for the next day. Guests can also hit the trails and see the snow-capped Laurel Highlands on a guided snowmobile tour. Offered several times throughout the day, drivers follow one of Seven Springs' experienced tour guides on a winter adventure into the deep snowy forest. Challenge your ski racing skills on the NASTAR Course or, located on moderate terrain, the 12-14 gate slalom course is set for all levels of racers. There’s even a bevy of shopping options onsite if you decide to go on a ski resort shopping spree.If you’re feeling famished, Seven Springs offers several lounges and bistros to tame the hunger beast. Check out the legendary Foggy Goggle their Over-The-Top Nachos or the Matterhorn Lounge to dance the night away.

Laurel Mountain Ski Area

Or you can experience the iconic slopes of Laurel Mountain Ski Area on day two! Straddling Westmoreland and Somerset counties in Laurel Mountain State Park, the ski area is famous for its double diamond Lower Wildcat Slope, the steepest slope in Pennsylvania. Once known as the Ski Capital of PA, Laurel Mountain has a rich history and is a true skier’s mountain — at 761 feet, it boasts the highest vertical drop on the Laurel Ridge.

After a long day in the cold and snow, check into your guest room at the Seven Springs Mountain Resort for some much-needed relaxation. The resort offers comfortable guest rooms and gorgeous slopeside townhomes — perfect for the ultimate family vacation or a romantic weekend.

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