Laurel Mountain Ski Resort, Ligonier

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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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  • This quaint, picturesque ski resort was only my second ski trip ever. Despite the warm weather and less than ideal snow I had an amazing trip thanks to help from the staff. Slope patroller Tom went....  more »
  • Loved the idea of coming to a smaller ski area. We were not disappointed. Unfortunately the weather had been too warm for a lot of snow, so only a couple of runs were open. This was perfect for our...  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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