Laurel Mountain Ski Resort, Boswell

#18 of 24 in Winter Sports in Pennsylvania
Ski Area · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park

Nestled in Laurel Mountain State Park, Laurel Mountain Ski Resort is an iconic and revered skiers’ mountain located in Ligonier, PA. Not only does Laurel Mountain boast the highest vertical drop in Pennsylvania at 761 feet, the mountain is famous for its double diamond Lower Wildcat Slope, the steepest in the state at a daunting 72% grade. Lower Wildcat is a breathtaking run that, for the avid skier, simply must be taken.

Laurel Mountain’s distinct character is the result of a rich history. The slopes were originally designed by European skiing legend Johann "Hannes" Schneider, the renowned Austrian ski guide and inventor of the Arlberg Method, the basis of modern alpine ski technique. The resort opened in 1940, just before the U.S. entered World War II, and some of the original structures, including the storied Midway Cabin, still stand on the property. Once an exclusive club for the most prestigious residents of Pennsylvania, Laurel Mountain was gifted to the commonwealth in 1964 and is now a winter playground for everyone.

With its rich history and majestic long-range views, Laurel Mountain stands as testament to the strength of the region’s ski industry. Just 72 miles east of Pittsburgh, Laurel Mountain joins its neighboring sister resorts, Seven Springs and Hidden Valley, to create the premier snowsports destination in the region.
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  • Laurel Mountain has done a great job this year. Despite many issues with their lift, and issues around covid they have provided a safe experience. On top of that the restaurant has slam dunk pretzel.....  more »
  • At seventy acres and served by a single lift, Laurel Mountain is one of the smaller resorts in the country. This place is small even by the relatively modest standards of western Pennsylvania. But...  more »
  • Laurel Mountain is like skiing through a time machine. Very traditional style resort with enough terrain to keep anyone of any level happy all day. The lodge is very nice and always clean, and the employees are as friendly as you’ll find anywhere.
  • Laurel Mountain is my favorite place to ski in Western PA. It's smaller than other resorts, but has a unique feel all its own. There are a variety of slopes with fun and interesting terrain which keeps things fun even if you're a regular. The staff are very helpful and friendly - my friends and I love you guys!

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