2009-11-19 / Local & State

Seven Springs Signs 10-Year Lease On Pa. Ski Area

LIGONIER, Pa. (AP) – Seven Springs Mountain Resort has signed a 10-year lease to operate a dormant state-owned ski area in southwestern Pennsylvania, though it won’t reopen this year and possibly not next year either.

Seven Springs officials first want to build snowmaking ponds and change some ski runs and trails before it reopens the ski area in Laurel Mountain Ski State Park, about 50 miles east of Pittsburgh.

Seven Springs is based in Somerset County and Laurel Mountain is about 25 miles away. Last year, Seven Springs bought Laurel Mountain’s ski area assets including a lodge, chairlifts, snowmaking and other equipment.

The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources owns Laurel Mountain and has committed $6.5 million to improvements Seven Springs plans there.

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