CHAMPION, Pa. – Snow is coming down and a new, faster ski lift will be going up for Seven Springs Mountain Resort’s season debut.
Company officials haven’t announced opening dates for two Somerset County ski resorts – but automated “snowguns” were switched on Monday at 2:15 p.m. at Seven Springs and 3:20 p.m. at Hidden Valley, marketing director Alex Moser said.
“The crews will continue to make snow for as long as conditions allow,” Moser said.
Ski and snowboard enthusiasts will notice a big change at Seven Springs this winter.
In the offseason, a “state-of-the-art” quad chairlift was added to replace the original Avalanche lift.
Built to handle 2,400 people per hour – an almost 35% increase – the New Avalanche will carry passengers faster and further – enabling better access to the Slowe Slope and Trail, Moser said.
It’ll climb 492 vertical feet – traveling a few minutes faster than its predecessor, he said.
But “it also has safety bars,” Moser said.
Seven Springs Director of Mountain Operations Joel Rerko said travel time will be 4 minutes and 21 seconds and, in doing so, mean shorter lines.
“We cannot wait to unveil it on opening day” Rerko said.
Opening dates will be announced “soon,” Moser said.