Winter Destinations Throughout Laurel Highlands
3 days - 7 Stops
Home to several ski resorts, the Laurel Highlands boasts winter fun and countless options sure to please any powder hound! With the highest peaks in Pennsylvania and, on average, the largest amount of natural snowfall in the state, conditions are ideal for skiing and snowboarding. The region’s ski resorts are some of the largest in the state, offering skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing and cross-country skiing trails offsite with a side of charming small towns and plenty of hot chocolate along the way. Road trippers taking this journey will find plenty to keep them busy as they pick and choose from resorts to fit their schedule!
Hidden Valley Resort
The first day of your winter excursion begins at Hidden Valley Resort. A popular ski location, Hidden Valley is the ideal winter destination for families. With 26 slopes and trails, nine lifts, two terrain parks on 110 skiable acres, and a first-class snow sports school, Hidden Valley offers a comfortable and family-friendly environment to learn to ski or snowboard. For the novice, Hidden Valley also provides thrilling rides down its snow tube chutes.
Ligonier | The Kitchen On Main
After your day on the slopes, continue your wintery exploration in the historic town of Ligonier — just a short 21-mile drive north from Hidden Valley. While you’re there, support the dozens of cozy specialty shops and eateries, such as The Kitchen On Main, a scratch kitchen in the heart of Ligonier offering a craft cocktail bar, gourmet coffee selections, and local desserts.
Slopeside/Main Lodge Hotel
After exploring Ligonier, journey down to the Slopeside Hotel (aka Main Lodge Hotel) or one of the townhomes, chalets, or other signature properties at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. After a restful night’s sleep, you’ll be ready to tackle the slopes of this renowned resort on Day 2 of your “Snowy Days” adventure in the Laurel Highlands . Ideally located, guests can easily access all the fun and exciting surrounding attractions of the Laurel Highlands.
Seven Springs Mountain Resort
One of the most exciting things about the Laurel Highlands is that the skiing, tubing, and snowboarding fun never ends! The Seven Springs Mountain Resort boasts 33 slopes and trails, seven terrain parks, and 10 lifts on 285 skiable acres, and the largest snow tubing park in the Laurel Highlands. When hungry, you’ll find there’s no reason to leave the resort with its numerous restaurants and eateries offering menus that range from artistic meals perfectly paired with exquisite bottles of wine to the best sandwiches and pizzas served with the coldest beverages around. For some adult après ski evening fun, visit the resort’s two lounges or relax, unwind, and renew at the on-premises Trillium Spa. There’s even a bevy of shopping options onsite if you decide to go on a ski resort shopping spree.
Laurel Mountain Ski Area
You can also experience the iconic slopes of Laurel Mountain Ski Area on day two! Straddling Westmoreland and Somerset counties in Laurel Mountain State Park, the ski area is famous for its double diamond Lower Wildcat Slope, the steepest slope in Pennsylvania. Once known as the Ski Capital of PA, Laurel Mountain has a rich history and is a true skier’s mountain — at 761 feet, it boasts the highest vertical drop on the Laurel Ridge.
After a long day in the cold and snow, check back into your guest room at the Seven Springs Mountain Resort for some much-needed relaxation. The resort offers comfortable guest rooms and gorgeous slope side townhomes — perfect for the ultimate family vacation or a romantic weekend.
Your next stop is Nemacolin, a 50-minute drive south from Seven Springs, offering you a welcome opportunity to unwind and rejuvenate. Nemacolin is a peaceful getaway surrounded by scenic woodlands that offers a true winter escape. The resort features the Woodlands Spa and Salon, an internationally acclaimed spa and fitness center that offer a relaxing setting for all to enjoy their treatments.
When you’re recharged, go outside and explore some of Nemacolin's 2,000 wooded acres. Their list of winter activities includes snowshoeing, skiing and snowboarding, tubing, cross-country skiing, and even dogsledding when conditions allow that will give you an unforgettable ride through the scenic landscape of the Laurel Highlands.
If you’re looking for a great meal, it doesn't get fresher than takeout from Nemacolin’s main lodge restaurant, Rockwell's. In addition to reimagined recipes, inspired meals, and courteous staff, Rockwell's also features ingredients from local farms. That means you'll have the freshest fruits, veggies, dairy, and meats on your plate. Bon appétit!
Nemacolin's variety of lodging options cater to everyone's personal choice, each sporting wonderful amenities.