Area Skiiers Are In Their Element

SEVEN SPRINGS, Pa. — Skiing enthusiasts take note: the North Face opens today at Seven Springs Mountain Resort.

The four-season resort received 14 inches of snow this week and welcomes visitors with an 18- to 30-inch base for skiers, snowboarders, tubers and winter enthusiasts.

With the manmade snow and the additional snowfall from Mother Nature, Seven Springs opens its North Face slope today, the largest side of the mountain that is prime for all kinds of downhill fun, according to Robert Duppstadt, the resort’s marketing manager.

“We have been open all week, but the additional snow has allowed us to open the big side of the mountain and increase our terrain,” Duppstadt noted. “It’s been a great week. We started making snow on Monday, and we are ready for everyone to see what we have to offer.”

Today also marks the opening day for the snow tubing park that complements the ski slopes and snowboarding area, Duppstadt said.

Additionally, the ski slope at Oglebay is open for business today. The slope and snowboarding terrain park have a base of 16 inches of freshly groomed manmade and natural snow. For more information about ski conditions and hours for the Oglebay’s slopes, call the Oglebay ski hotline at 304-243-4177.

At Seven Springs, Duppstadt pointed out that Gunner Slope is ready to take on the onslaught of freestyle skiers and snowboarders who enjoy “hanging out and playing” there. A second high-speed, six-passenger chairlift has been installed at Gunnar Slope to accommodate skiers.

“As the snow increases our terrain, we are constantly adding jumps, rails and different elements including Santa’s Beard Terrain Park,” Duppstadt said. “At Seven Springs, we believe people should get out and enjoy winter. Here at Seven Springs, you can have fun and get some exercise at the same time.”

Seven Springs’ upgraded terrain parks have been rated fifth in North America by the readers of Ski magazine. The resort is Pennsylvania’s largest ski and four-season resort, and again was rated the No. 1 resort in the mid-Atlantic region by Ski magazine readers.

Visitors to Seven Springs also will be treated to a new look, as the facility has renovated its 418-room lodge. The smoke-free rooms are enhanced with, among other things, high-speed wireless Internet service, multi-media junction boxes, work stations and flat screen TVs.

“There is a fresh new look and feel in the rooms that I think everyone will enjoy. Also, there are more upgrades around the main lodge including an updated food service area,” Duppstadt added.

To view ski packages or to learn the latest skiing conditions at Seven Springs, go online to or call 800-452-2223. Seven Springs Mountain Resort, located less than two hours from Wheeling, is accessible from either exit 91 or 110 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.