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Laurel Mountain Ski Resort
Boswell, Pennsylvania
Vertical drop:761 feet
Base elevation:2,005 feet
Peak elevation:2,766 feet
Skiable acres:70
Longest run:Over 1 mile
Trails:20

Laurel Mountain is the resort that keeps on ticking. Over the past several decades, the iconic Pennsylvania ski resort has had a bumpy ride. The resort first shut down in 1989, but was revived in 1999. But then several mild winters forced the ski area to shut down again. During the 2004-2005 winter season, Laurel Mountain re-opened as The Springs at Laurel Mountain, but closed again the next season. But that wasn’t the end of the story. With consistent pressure from members of the community, Laurel Mountain once again re-opened during the 2016-2017 winter season, and hopefully this will be the re-opening that sticks. Laurel Mountain, Hidden Valley, and Seven Springs are now under the same ownership.

Dating back to the mid-1930’s, Laurel Mountain has a rich heritage. Located in the scenic Ligonier region, the resort was first operated by the Mellon family, initially as a private resort. In 1958, the Mellon family made the ski area public. The ski area was turned over to the state of Pennsylvania in 1962, and various concessionaires operated the resort until March of 1989, when the resort was forced to shut down due to mild winters and a constrained water supply which restricted snowmaking.

DCSki readers report that Laurel Mountain has some of the most advanced terrain in the region - particularly Lower Wildcat, which is so steep that crews had to invent new techniques for putting in snowmaking pipes. Portions of Lower Wildcat have a 60% grade, making it the steepest slope in the state of Pennsylvania. But not to fear — there are plenty of beginner and intermediate slopes, too. Located within 493 acres of Laurel Mountain State Park, the area also offers some of the best views in the region.

A new quad chairlift was installed prior to the 2016-2017 winter season.

Although there is no lodging on-site, there are numerous hotels, inns, and bed and breakfasts within a 5-30 minute drive.

Photo provided by Laurel Mountain.


Key Statistics

Resort Name: Laurel Mountain Ski Resort
Vertical Drop: 761 feet
Base Altitude: 2,005 feet
Peak Altitude: 2,766 feet
Trails: 20 Trails:
  • 11 beginner
  • 6 intermediate
  • 3 expert
Skiable Acres: 70
Longest Run: Over 1 mile
Lifts: 2 (1 quad, 1 surface lift)
Night Skiing: Yes; note that hours vary by day of week
Terrain Park: Some freestyle terrain areas available.
Tubing Park: (No tubing park)
Address: 374 Summit Ski Road
Boswell, PA 15531
Phone: (888) 547-3388
Social Media: Facebook link Twitter link Instagram link
Webcams: View resort webcams
Web Site: http://www.laurelmountainski.com/
Directions: Via Google Maps

Trail Map

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Weather near Laurel Mountain

5:15 am on June 30 / Latrobe / Westmoreland
Fair
55° F
Fair
Humidity:100% Visibility:10.00
Wind Speed:0 mph Sunrise:5:50 a.m.
Barometer:30.26 in Sunset:8:50 p.m.
Dewpoint:55 °F
Much too warm for snowmaking right now. No snowmaking
Today
cloudy
High: 79°
Sunny
Sunny, with a high near 79. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.
Tonight
clear
Low: 65°
Mostly Clear
Mostly clear, with a low around 65. South wind 6 to 10 mph.
Friday
cloudy
High: 81°
Slight Chance of T-storms then Chance of T-storms
A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 81. Southwest wind around 11 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Friday Night
rainy
Low: 66°
T-storms Likely then Showers Likely
Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 8pm and 11pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 11pm. Cloudy, with a low around 66. Southwest wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Weather supplied by the National Weather Service. Errors or reporting delays may be possible.


Snow conditions at Laurel Mountain

Snow conditions currently unavailable.

Snow conditions supplied by SnoCountry, and may be inaccurate or delayed at times. Please check directly with Laurel Mountain for the most up-to-date snow and operating conditions.


News about Laurel Mountain

An Ikonic, Epic Battle: For 2022, Season Pass Options Abound
Article thumbnail April 25, 2022 - It is once again Spring, which means it’s time to consider purchasing a season pass for the 2022-2023 winter season before prices begin to inch up. DCSki breaks down the choices and factors Mid-Atlantic skiers should consider as they explore available pass options.
From a Drizzly December to a Snowy New Year
Article thumbnail January 7, 2022 - The second half of December wasn’t ideal for Mid-Atlantic ski areas: cold temperatures from early in the season yielded to unseasonably (and, to skiers, unreasonably) mild days. As the calendar advanced from December to January, that’s all changed. DCSki provides a roundup of the latest conditions at local ski resorts.
Vail Resorts to Purchase Seven Springs, Hidden Valley, Laurel Mountain
Article thumbnail December 8, 2021 - In news that is likely to reshape Mid-Atlantic snowsports for years to come, Vail Resorts announced on December 8, 2021 that it has entered into an agreement to purchase Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Hidden Valley Resort, and the operations of Laurel Mountain Ski Area.
More Mid-Atlantic Ski Resorts on Tap to Open December 4
Article thumbnail December 1, 2021 - The Mid-Atlantic ski season is already underway, and additional ski areas are scheduled to come on-line the weekend of December 4-5. DCSki presents a complete roundup of open — and soon-to-open — ski areas in this December 1, 2021 update. Above, Pennsylvania’s Seven Springs Resort has been laying down snow in preparation for a December 4 opening.
User Highlight: Rob Davis
Article thumbnail March 6, 2021 - Known as “Laurel Hill Crazie” on the DCSki Forums, Rob Davis is a retired steelworker from Pittsburgh. Rob has a special connection to Pennsylvania’s Laurel Mountain Ski Resort, where he has skied hundreds if not thousands of times. Learn more about Rob and the history of Laurel Mountain in this interview.
Mid-Atlantic Resorts Kick Off Ski Season
Article thumbnail December 24, 2020 - The 2020-2021 ski season has begun. DCSki provides a quick look at ski areas across PA, MD, VA, and WV.
Just in Time for the Holidays, All Mid-Atlantic Resorts are Open
Article thumbnail December 21, 2019 - After a burst of cold weather in November allowed some Mid-Atlantic resorts to snag pre-Thanksgiving opening dates, the balance of resorts have now officially begun their season in recent days thanks to a stretch of snowmaking-friendly temperatures.
Firsthand Report: Laurel Mountain, the Country Club of Pennsylvania Skiing
Article thumbnail February 9, 2019 - Jim Kenney hit the trifecta of fine ski conditions last weekend at Pennsylvania’s Laurel Mountain Resort, experiencing a powder Friday, bluebird Saturday, and spring skiing Sunday. The icing on the cake? Spending the weekend in person with a couple dozen friends met through on-line communities such as DCSki. Jim provides this Firsthand Report of the unspoiled Laurel Mountain.
The Season So Far
Article thumbnail January 3, 2019 - The 2018-2019 winter season is off to a rocky start, with above-average temperatures throughout much of December. DCSki provides a roundup of current conditions and struggles across the Mid-Atlantic.
Rain Tries to Crash Party, but More Resorts Slated to Open
Article thumbnail December 20, 2018 - Early-season cold temperatures enabled many Mid-Atlantic resorts to fire up the snowguns, but the cold gave way to some bouts of milder temps and heavy rain, which has delayed the start of the season for some resorts. Although pre-Christmas rain is still adding to the challenge, several additional resorts plan to open in the coming days.

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