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Seven Springs Mountain Resort, located 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, announced today an agreement to sell Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Hidden Valley Resort, and Laurel Mountain Ski Area to Vail Resorts, Inc. The sale is expected to close this winter season. With 285 ski acres and 750 feet of vertical Seven Springs is home to one of the most celebrated terrain parks and superpipe in the East, producing X Games Gold Medalist Tom Wallisch.
Winter operations at each resort, which began this past Saturday at Seven Springs, will continue throughout the 2021-22 season. Current pass holders and hotel guests will not be effected through the transition of ownership. Vail Resorts plans to add access to the three resorts’ pass holders to select Epic Pass products for the 2022-23 North American ski season.
Since the Nutting family purchased Seve Springs Mountain Resort in July 2006, operations expanded to include neighboring Hidden Valley Mountain Resort in September of 2013, and bringing operations at Laurel Mountain online in December of 2016.
During this time the resort nearly doubled the number of personnel hired during winter operations from approximately 900 to more than 1,700, upgraded winter operations, renovated hotel and events spaces, and added a new luxury spa and sports facility.
“The resorts truly are a part of the fabric of this region and a critical community asset. I am extremely proud of our stewardship of Seven Springs and its sister resorts, and even more so of all the people we have worked side-by-side with to transform them into what they are today,” said Robert Nutting, President and CEO of Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Inc. “Our team of professionals helped change the way our resorts are viewed by guests throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions and within the industry. It has been an honor to be a part of their incredible growth for more than a decade as we leave each resort a much stronger community asset than we found it.”
Kirsten Lynch, chief executive officer of Vail Resorts, says the company has have been focused on acquiring resorts near major metropolitan areas as more skiers and riders build their passion for the sport close to home.
“These great ski areas in Pennsylvania are a perfect complement to our existing resorts, creating a much stronger connection and compelling offering to our current and future guests in Pittsburgh as well as those in other critical markets such as Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Cleveland.”