|Laurel Mountain Ski Resort|
The first major ski resort in western Pennsylvania, Laurel Mountain was once owned and operated by General Richard Mellon as a private resort for the Rolling Rock Club. In 1958 the Mellon family made the ski area public and later, in 1962, turned the resort over to the state of Pennsylvania. The resort operated under various concessionaires until March of 1989 when mild winters and an insufficient water supply led to the ski resort's closure in 1989. In 1998 the Laurel Mountain Ski Company was formed to resurrect the ski area and signed a 35-year lease with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The new facility opened for the 1999-2000 ski season to much fanfare and features a new lodge, state-of-the-art snowmaking machinery, half-pipe snowboarding and terrain park, snow tubing run, rental facility, and ski shop. Laurel Mountain has some of the most advanced ski terrain in the region which, coupled with affordable lift tickets and excellent children's programs, makes it a popular resort for families and groups of varied ability levels. Located within Laurel Mountain State Park, the resort also offers some of the best views in the region.
Getting There: Located just 60 miles
from Pittsburgh via the PA Turnpike or U.S. 30 East.
Map and Driving Directions
Laurel Mountain Ski Resort
P.O. Box 657
Ligonier, PA 15658
Snow Report: (877) 754-5287
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