Questions about 7 Springs
Hey everyone, I have some questions about 7 springs.. (I think it would be considered Mid-Atlantic, correct me if I'm wrong)
I'm thinking about getting some season passes with a friend. We live in Ohio (about a 2.5-3 hour drive) but have a place to stay on the weekends thats pretty close.
Neither of us have boarded at 7 springs (the only time I have been there was this past weekend where I was driving around on the trails just checking it out).
How would you guys rate/review the mountain? We prefer longer trails with fun terrain. (Will also be hitting the glades). Occasionally we will venture into the park but thats just every once in awhile).
I know it only has 750ft vertical. Does anyone lower its score because of that (remember we are talking about relatively in the region, not comparing it to the western resorts)? We COULD go to Snowshoe (1500ft vert) as well but its a lot further and we dont have a place to stay...
We plan to go nearly every weekend (work during the weekdays). Does it get packed with people?
Also, how is 7 springs once the sun goes down and the lifts turn off? Anything fun happening usually?
Anything I might have not thought about!?
I've ridden at Seven Springs a handful of days, about 5 years or so ago. (And skied there a handful of days about 20 years ago.) So take anything I say with a grain of salt. (I'm a middle-aged guy with kids.)
In my cheapskate view of the world, having a place to stay trumps many other factors.
The 750 vertical is for the north face. Check out a trail map. The main face is something like 400-500. So just keep that in mind, especially if you go early season and the north face isn't open yet, so you won't be disappointed.
They do have pretty massive snowmaking and can cover the place quickly.
I understand their parks are impressive. (I'm not really a park rider, so I can't judge.)
There's a big party atmosphere. I'm not a drinker, so I can't tell you where to go or not go, but there's a bar at the base lodge that gets super crowded (Foggy Goggles, is it?) I've never seen so many drunks on the slopes as I have at Seven Springs. Seriously, like dangerous drunks. OK, the last time I was there was between Christmas and New Year's, so I'm sure that was a factor.
Whereabouts in Ohio? Is Holiday Valley (Western NY) a good option for you?
I am also looking to try 7 springs this year. Want to see if the increased vert justifies the increased drive.
Having moved to Colorado last May from Pittsburgh, 7 Springs used to be my go to resort. I used to get a season pass every year because my aunt works for the Pirates (owner of the Pirates owns 7 Springs) and I could get a season pass for $100. Otherwise I probably wouldn't have bothered. 7 Springs charges world class resort prices for a terrible little hill with very limited boardable terrain.
Going on weekends will drive you absolutely insane. The lift lines are HUGE and the lifts are extremely slow. On average it'll take you 20 minutes to wait in line and get up the lift, and about 1-2 minutes to get down if you take your time. If you ride fast, it's not uncommon to get down the North Face's 750ft vert in 30 seconds. Another issue is that all of the runs are extremely narrow, and on the weekends get really clogged up with gapers. Just navigating around idiots is a task within itself.
If you can swing it, going up on weeknight evenings isn't too bad if you can handle the high winds, freezing temps, and ice. I would generally only go up Sunday afternoons for the night session. At that point most people have already gone home and it's much more bearable.
Really the only two things I'd say 7 Springs has going for it are the park and the bar. There are 3 board parks, and they all have a variety of nice well layed out features. They also all have rope tows (which I am actually really disapointed CO board parks don't) so you can literally sit in the park all day and never have to wait in line for the lifts. And as was mentioned above, there is a huge party bar called the Foggy Goggle in the main lodge. You will find people getting blasted in all day. If you are there on the weekends it's pretty much a requirement to deal with the crowds.
Hopefully this helps you a little bit. Thinking about 7 Springs kinda made me depressed just now. My season pass out here for unlimited riding on 5 local mountains is about $200 less than a full price 7 Springs season pass :(.
Most of the north face is pretty wide open, though.
Thanks to everyone else for their input as well!
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