Ski Season Starts This Weekend At Nemacolin Woodlands

Slopes open a week ahead of schedule; 100% operational

Farmington, PA (December 5, 2007)
— Mystic Mountain at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort opens for the winter ski season on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007 – one week ahead of schedule and 100% operational for skiing and snowboarding. The facility is open to the public, and ski enthusiasts do not have to stay overnight at the resort to enjoy the wide array of offerings.

“We are really excited that Mother Nature is working with us this time around,” says Jon Pitcavage, director of activities at Nemacolin Woodlands. “We’ve had a solid snowfall since Sunday (Dec. 2), and have added to that by running our snowmaking system 24 hours a day. This early in the season, to be fully operational for skiing and snowboarding on all slopes and trails shows promise for a very strong ski season.”

Mystic Mountain is a 25-acre, complete winter sports complex offering downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snow shoeing and snow tubing on ten slopes and trails. The mountain is serviced by three lifts: a quad chair, a beginner tow, and a surface lift in the snow tubing park. Additional offerings include equipment rental, a ski retail shop, ski and snowboarding lessons, and the Snow Monsters snow camp for children (ages 4 to 12). Night skiing is also a popular offering, with the slopes completely illuminated and reduced pricing offered on passes and rental equipment. The mountain is one of the most beginner-friendly ski mountains in southwestern Pennsylvania, with a gentle vertical drop of 300 feet.

Prices for winter sports at Mystic Mountain are as follows:

Lift Tickets

Day Pass (9:00 a.m. to close) - $38 for adults, $30 for Juniors (ages 6 – 11), and $20 for ages five and under.

Night Pass (Friday and Saturday only; 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.) – $20 for adults, $15 for Juniors (ages 6 – 11), and $10 for ages five and under.

Rental Rates
Daily – Skis (including boots and poles) are $29 for adults, $25 for Juniors (ages 6 – 11), and $20 for ages five and under. Snowboards (including boots) are also $29 for adults and $25 for Juniors (ages 6 – 11); helmets are $10 each regardless of skier age.

Night Session
(Friday and Saturday only; 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.) – Ski rentals are $18 for adults, $14 for Juniors (ages 6 – 11), and $10 for ages five and under. Snowboard rentals are also $18 for adults and $14 for Juniors (ages 6 – 11).

Multiple Day

Two-day lift tickets – Skiing and snowboarding are $70 for adults and $55 for Juniors (ages 6 – 11), with equipment rentals available for $55 (adults) and $45 (Juniors).

Three-day lift tickets
– Skiing and snowboarding is $100 for adults and $80 for Juniors (ages 6 – 11), with equipment rentals available for $75 (adults) and $55 (Juniors).

Addtional activities
Snow Tubing – $15 for a two-hour pass (price is per person). Reservations are recommended for snow tubing, and minimum height requirement is 42 inches.

Cross Country and Snow Shoeing
– $20 per person, weather permitting

Ski or Snowboarding Lessons – Structured to be private lessons with no more than three people per instructor. Lessons for larger groups can also be arranged.
          One Hour – $75 for one person; $15 per additional person; three person maximum.
          Two Hour – $110 for one person; $30 per additional person; three person maximum.

Snow Monsters Snow Camp
(ages 4 – 12) – Includes equipment rental and group lessons divided according to ski level and age group. Half-day Snow Camp is $65 ($75 with lunch); Full-day Snow Camp is $110 and includes lunch; Two-day Snow Camp is $175; and Three-Day Snow Camp is $250.

Area skiers and snowboarders can hit the slopes every weekend (Friday through Monday) through March 3, 2008 – weather permitting. For hours of operation for Mystic Mountain winter sports complex at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, call 1-866.344.6957, extension 6070 or visit The Ski Hotline for Mystic Mountain – with information on current weather conditions and slope openings and closings – is 724-329-6982.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Dog sledding and snow tubing will be available starting Saturday, Dec. 15 (weather permitting).


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