Skiing Around Washington: Seven Springs Mountain Resort

By: Matthew Graham

Seven Springs, Pa., 800-452-2223

Miles from DC: 191

Number of slopes and lifts: 31 slopes, 14 lifts

Vertical drop: 750 feet

Terrain parks: 6

Half pipes: 2

Weekend lift ticket: $68 and up for adults, $51 and up for ages 6 to 11

The scene: This resort excels at post-skiing activities. It has several bars, restaurants, and nightclubs with live music and DJs on weekends. There’s a roller-skating rink, indoor mini-golf, swimming pools, and a bowling alley.

Best beginner trail: Lost Girl—a run that’s removed from the crowds of other new skiers.

Best intermediate run: The Corkscrew—serpentine swooshing nestled in the trees.

Best expert slope: The North Face. It’s rare to find an expert slope this wide open—it almost feels like skiing in a bowl.

Coolest fun off the slopes: Sporting clays. Try your hand at shooting bright-orange clay disks against the snowy whiteness.

Best restaurant: Helen’s—fine dining in a rustic setting.

Insider tip: This is the place for night skiing—23 slopes and all six terrain parks are lighted and open till 10 PM seven days a week.

This article appears in the December 2012 issue of The Washingtonian.