Any East Coast skier will tell you that a winter trip to their neck of the woods will be whatever you make of it. Perhaps no resort on the East Coast does more with less than Seven Springs.
What the southwestern Pennsylvania resort lacks in natural gifts, it makes up for elsewhere. Of the resort’s 285 acres, 200 are open for night skiing (until 9 or 10 p.m.) and all are maintained by snowmaking. Green trails are positioned well, so there’s no threat of some hot-dogger taking out beginners at 85 mph. The mountain is close to a variety of nearby lodging (No. 5) and offers enough amenities to keep everyone happy (No. 6 in Down Day Activities), even through uninspiring Mid-Atlantic winters.
But these amenities come at a cost. “Great resort, the only complaint I have is that it’s a bit expensive,” opines one reader. But at the end of the day, this little resort offers something many of the big dogs can’t: A quick escape (No. 6 in Travel Ease). “Great getaway from city life. The people are friendly and welcoming.” That’s not too shabby. — Andrew Guckes
Seven Springs's 2020 SKI Magazine Reader Resort Survey Rank: 16th in the East
- DOWN DAY ACTIVITY: Seven Springs houses an outdoor pool, bowling alley, and game room to keep the kids happy while you lounge at one of the many bars within shouting distance. For those looking to ditch the resort completely, famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s magnum opus, Fallingwater, is located just a half-hour southwest of the resort.
- APRÈS-SKI: Live music and strong drinks have made The Foggy Goggle a hot spot for decades, but the joint saw further improvement in 2014 with the addition of Foggy Brews. Accessible through an unmarked door in the Goggle, Foggy Brews features a 100-foot bar and 50 brews on tap.