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Ski resort acquisition provides extra value for Johnstown area

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The snow is here and the ski resorts are ready to begin their seasons. Most of the local resorts were open over the Thanksgiving weekend and have been opening on the weekend since. However, with the recent snow and cold temperatures, several are beginning to look at starting their full season schedule after this weekend. Two of these resorts are Seven Springs and Hidden Valley Resorts.

It was these two resorts that provided the most news during the off season. In September Seven Springs began the procedure to purchase Hidden Valley Resort to add to their offerings.

The deal was completed on October 1 and they are wasting no time taking advantage of the acquisition. The two resorts combined now offer Johnstown snow sports enthusiasts a total of 64 slopes and trails, and 10 terrain parks. In addition, each resort also offers its own tubing park plus many other amenities. In the past season pass holders had been able to take advantage of the resort exchange program at each park for discounted lift tickets throughout the season. However, now there is a new option.

The two resorts have announced the Highlands Pass and the Highlands Ticket. Each option will allow visitors at both resorts to take advantage of the two resorts which are located only 13 miles from each other at a reduced price from buying from each resort individually. In a press release, Eric Mauck, the resorts’ Chief Executive Officer said “The Highlands Pass provides our skiers and snowboarders with the opportunity to experience two distinct mountains throughout the winter. Guests of both resorts now have easier access to twice as much terrain in the Laurel Highlands.” Mauck also said, ““By offering one vacation at two resort destinations, our hope is to draw even more visitors from regional markets such as Washington, D.C. and Baltimore to our region and lengthen the time they stay.”

The Highlands Pass will allow pass holders to take advantage of the slopes and parks at both resorts as you would if you purchased a season pass from each resort. The cost for an adult regular/full Highlands Pass is $599. Mid-week passes are $349. There are discounted passes available for juniors, seniors, children and students. Other upgrades are still available such as a NASTAR Pass or ski and snow board check privileges. If you have already purchased your season pass for either resort, you can upgrade to the Highlands Pass. The upgrade would cost Seven Springs season pass holders an additional $50 and Hidden Valley season pass holders an additional $100.

The Highlands Ticket is a special weekend offer that allows purchasers to take advantage of both resorts over the weekend. The cost for the ticket starts at $139 which is good from 4:00 p.m. on Friday through close on Sunday. There are few other options for weekends including an option for all day on Friday. Hidden Valley also offers a Monday/Tuesday deal for $58.

So get out and enjoy the slopes this winter Johnstown. And remember my snow sports conditions reports will begin for the season this Friday.

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