While skiers and snowboarders took a break from winter fun this offseason, Seven Springs Mountain Resort was busy making improvements in anticipation for the 2011-2012 season. From new award-winning terrain parks to a new beginners area, a rental center redesign, and partnership with Rossignol, the resort has solidified its place as Pennsylvania’s premier four-season resort!
TOP ACCOLADES FOR TERRAIN PARKS
Seven Springs, once again, received top honors for its dedication to and creativity in terrain park design. TransWorld SNOWboarding magazine ranked the resort’s terrain parks number one on the East Coast and its halpipe number four in North America. This marks the third consecutive year that the popular Laurel Highlands resort has been named in the national resort poll.
Yahoo! also ranked Seven Springs as one of the Top Five Locations in the United States for a Snowboarding Vacation. Yahoo! cited the resort as “a great weekend destination for hardcore Eastern snowboarders…And the resort’s hotel offers attractive packages and fine dining right there at the base of the slopes.” Aspen/Snowmass, Col.; Mammoth Mountain, Calif.; Breckinridge, Calif.; and Park City, Utah, also were included in the group.
THE FIRST-EVER URBAN TERRAIN PARK
In addition to the resort’s six per-existing terrain parks, Seven Springs will open the first-ever urban terrain park this season. The new park, presented by Forum Snowboards, will be called The Streets Urban Park at Seven Springs and will be located in the Foggy Bowl.
Inspired by the stash parks of NorthStar, Calif.; Killington, Vt. and Jackson Hole, Wy.; and the newest trends of freestyle skiing and snowboarding, The Streets will replicate a city landscape and provide endless possibilities of fun for freestyle skiers and snowboarders.
“We are super stoked to be building the first ever urban terrain park,” said Joel Rerko, Action Sports Director. “Having a park that caters specifically to urban-style riding will solidify Seven Springs’ position as a leader in the industry. We are psyched to be able to offer something so unique to our riders.”
EXPANDING TO AN OLYMPIC-SIZED HALFPIPE
The winter Seven Springs also plans to expand the awe-inspiring Superpipe, located in the resort’s flagship terrain park, The Spot. The halfpipe’s 18-foot walls will be raised to 22-feet in height making it a regulation Olympic-sized halfpipe. When completed, Seven Springs’ halfpipe will be one of two of its size on the East Coast.
“The goal of the Superpipe has always been to provide a venue for competitions and become a training ground for the evolution of freestyle skiing and riding,” added Rerko.
NEW BEGINNER AREA
Opening this winter is a new instruction area called, Easy Rider. This designated beginner area, located at the base of Stowe Slope, will help transition guests from the Beginner Bowl to conquering Green Circle runs like Fawn Lane and Phillip’s Run. Included in the new area is a state-of-the-art 180-foot Magic Carpet.
“Our team at Seven Springs is passionate about igniting excitement about snowsports.” said Iwan Fuchs, Director of Mountain Operations. “Ensuring that our students have a successful and fun lesson is our number one goal. The Easy Rider area is another example of our passion and dedication to the growth of skiing and riding.”
RENTAL CENTER REDESIGN AND PARTNERSHIP WITH ROSSIGNOL
During the summer, Seven Springs’ rental center received a complete overhaul and a new fleet of equipment. The new gear includes, 1,250 pairs of Rossignol skis and bindings and 2,500 pairs of Rossignol boots. Eight-hundred existing skis will also receive new Rossignol bindings as part of the resort’s partnership with Rossignol.
Seven Springs teamed up with Rossignol to make both renting skis and learning to ski an easy, fun experience. The new skis feature the “Autoturn 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.
Also within the newly remodeled rental center will be the Rossignol Experience Center. The center’s concept is designed to make the rest of the resort experience as accessible, fun and fulfilling as the skis themselves. A new kids’ area will debut making even picking out their skis an engaging, fun part of the Seven Springs experience. The Burton Experience will also be featured, a personalized snowboard service with the Burton flair. Finally, a convenient retail shop has been added and will stock gloves, hats or even lip balm.
“Our commitment to providing the best equipment for our guests is second to none. From start to finish, the entire rental equipment process will be an easier and extraordinary experience,” said Chris Pelliccione, Rental Center Manager.
In order to maximize skiing time and limit sitting on lifts and standing in lines, Seven Springs retrofitted five lifts this summer: (1) the North Pole lift; (2) the Cortina lift; (3) the Tyrol lift; (4) the North Face lift; and (5) the Blitzen lift. Each lift is now dramatically faster!
In addition to the aforementioned physical improvements, Seven Springs Resort will also be offering new and improved lift ticket, lodging and ski school packages this season in order to make skiing and snowboarding as accessible as possible.
For more information about the changes coming to Seven Springs this season, visit: http://www.7springs.com.