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Find out what's new this season at Pennsylvania ski resorts

Shirley McMarlin
| Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, 10:12 a.m.
For information on what’s new for winter at Pennsylvania ski resorts, visit skipa.com. Here, a skier enjoys opening day at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Champion on Dec. 15, 2017.
Dan Speicher | Tribune-Review
For information on what’s new for winter at Pennsylvania ski resorts, visit skipa.com. Here, a skier enjoys opening day at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Champion on Dec. 15, 2017.

Is it too early to talk about skiing?

Maybe not, with temperatures predicted to fall below freezing this weekend and a touch of snow likely in the Laurel Highlands.

For skiers looking to plan their winter schussing, the Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association has information on what’s new at ski resorts across the Commonwealth.

Here are some of the new features you can find at resorts in Western Pennsylvania.

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Seven Springs Mountain Resort

Increased snowmaking capacity, grooming and enhanced lighting are among the updates you’ll find at at Seven Springs Resort. The resort added 19 HKD Impulse R-5 tower snow guns to the Avalanche Slope.

All of the snowmaking stations on the lower half of the North Face Slope were upgraded to a high-pressure system. Three more snowmaking machines also are being added to the Tyrol slope.

Avalanche and North Face also will feature new LED lighting, and a new snow groomer was added.

For the parks, Parks & Pipes will be building new entrances to the parks and adding new features. The rental center also added 500 pairs of skis.

In addition to the the snow activities, the resort is renovating Festival Hall.

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Hidden Valley Resort

Hidden Valley also has increased its snow-making capacity by adding two new snow-making guns and also adding a groomer.

The Avalanche Chairlift got a new paint job, a new haul rope and new seats.

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Mystic Mountain and Nemacolin Woodlands

The highlight of offseason upgrades comes in the form of a tube shaper at the tubing park and the addition of double tubs, which allow shorter participants to ride.

The resort’s ski school also is now affiliated with Professional Ski Instructors of America.

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Mount Pleasant of Edinboro

If it’s snow you’re looking for, why not go straight to the lake-effect snow belt?

This Edinboro resort, despite being nestled near the snowy coast of Lake Erie, invested $90,000 in its snowmaking system. It also put $20,000 toward the lodge bathroom, siding, signage and vehicles.

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You can get details on new features at other resorts across the state here.

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, smcmarlin@tribweb.com or via Twitter @shirley_trib.

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