‘Groundbreaking’ Developments Announced at Seven Springs Mountain Resort

By AlpineZone News |
May 21 2005 - 02:28 PM

CHAMPION, Pennsylvania ??” Offering year-round enjoyment, plus the lifestyle in which to enjoy it, Seven Springs Mountain Resort today announced a flurry of significant expansions and improvements, aimed at further enhancing the resort’s position as truly “the” place for all seasons. The festivities begin with the groundbreaking for Southwind at Lake Tahoe, a $100 million townhome development. An additional $10 million will also be invested in the creation of a new water park, as well as improvements to the resort’s ski area, Main Lodge and hotel.

“These enhancements underscore our commitment to continually improve the quality of the resort for our guests and our employees,” said Scott Bender, president of Seven Springs. “However, they’ll also create jobs, both short- and long-term, and increase the tax base for the township and the school district, so many people will ultimately benefit from these improvements, something equally as important to us.”

New Options for Resort Living

Celebrating the success of the first residential development to be built by Seven Springs, the ground-breaking ceremony will welcome both existing and potential homeowners. Phase One at Southwind — the first of four — which sold out within days in late 2004, will feature 54 townhomes, while the entire development will include 154 townhomes and 50 lodge units. The townhomes range in size from 1,700 to 2,500 square-feet.

Phase Two, consisting of 57 units, will be available for presale in June 2005. Because of high demand and a long waiting list, Seven Springs will hold a lottery to select future owners. The Lodge at Southwind will operate as a condominium/hotel, adding 100 rooms for short-term rental within the 50 units. In addition to Southwind, Seven Springs continues to offer Pheasant Run as a residential option. The 200-acre, gated neighborhood boasts 31 home sites, ranging from three to 12 acres. The successful community of Pheasant Run rests just across from the Seven Springs main entrance, and was designed to showcase the tranquility of nature along with entertaining activities. Homes built in Pheasant Run range from 2,000 to 6,000 square-feet and are perfect for vacation retreats or full-time living. Only 16 sites are still available for sale.

Splash Into It

While Seven Springs is known for its great skiing, summertime is also a busy time at the resort, and will get busier still with the addition of a new water park come summer 2006. While many details are still in development, plans include a lazy river, a zero-entry pool, several chutes and slides, children’s and refreshment areas, a place for simply relaxing poolside and nightly water fountain shows. The 2.5-acre water park will be located in front of the hotel at the base of the slopes.

Made-to-Order Snowfalls and Exhilarating Rides

Moving from summer to winter sports, the 2005-2006 ski season at Seven Springs is poised to be the best yet, with increased snowmaking capabilities and innovative new slope grooming tools. Phase One of the automated snowmaking system will be implemented for the upcoming season, which will make snowmaking at Seven Springs even more efficient.

Also new for the winter is a state-of-the-art half-pipe groomer and new features for the terrain park, ready for boarders and skiers to catch big air. Those daring enough will have a new slope to challenge their skills, by taking a thrill ride down a new expert, black diamond-rated trail on the North Face ski area.

Extreme Makeovers

In addition to the many outside enhancements, hotel guests will also be treated to wonderful new indoor surroundings when each of the 400 rooms in the resort’s Main Lodge and 10-story hotel is renovated. The transformation will take place over the next four years, enhancing the Seven Springs experience with added comfort in the guest rooms.

The Main Lodge is also scheduled to receive an extensive makeover with improvements to many public spaces, including meeting rooms and the Conference Center. And whether you sip or slurp, guests will be able to do both starting this summer when the resort will begin to “proudly serve Starbucks(R) coffee” through opening a new cafe in the heart of Seven Springs. The store will be located in the Main Lodge, convenient for coffee lovers throughout the resort.

About Seven Springs Mountain Resort

Seven Springs Mountain Resort, located in Champion, Somerset County, is Pennsylvania’s largest ski and year-round resort, and was recently rated #1 in the mid-Atlantic region by readers of SKI magazine. Located within 200 miles of major metropolitan areas including Baltimore, Cleveland, Columbus, Pittsburgh and Washington D.C., Seven Springs is easily accessible from exit 91 or 110 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

For more information on Seven Springs, visit www.7springs.com or call 800-452-2223.