Winter Guide: Resort Q & A:


Average Inches of Snowfall? 135

Number of Slopes? 33

Skiable Acres? 285

Backcountry Access? No

Pass Prices?

Seven Springs Individual: $649
Highlands Pass Individual (includes access to Hidden Valley Resort and Laurel Mountain): $695

Opening Day Date?
TBD. We aim for “White Friday” (November 24) but this is weather dependent.

Driving Distance to Nearest Major City/Cities?

  • Washington, D.C.: 3 ½ hours
  • Richmond, VA: under 5 hours
  • Charlottesville,  VA: 4 ½ hours
  • Roanoke, VA: 5 hours
  • Lexington, KY: 6 hours
  • Charlotte, NC: 7 hours
  • Winston Salem, NC: 6 ½ hours
  • Atlanta, GA: 10 ½ hours
  • Chattanooga, TN: 9 ½ hours


Q: What’s new?

Snowmaking! This year, 66 HKD Impulse R5 tower guns and 6 HKD Viper R5 guns were added to the fleet. The snowmaking stations on Gunnar Slope, Yodeler Trail and Lost Girl Trail have been converted to high-pressure systems with the goal of significantly increasing output and quality. A 900-foot string of towers has been added to expand the size of North Park, a redesigned boarder-cross freestyle area filled with small-medium features, bank turns, and transition.

Renovations! The hotel’s 414 rooms have been updated with new carpet, paint, furnishings, and upgraded bedding and amenities. The top-level rooms and suites have also received completely remodeled bathrooms. The Main Lodge’s Center Lobby and Bavarian Lounge have also been completely renovated with new flooring, finishes, and furnishings.

Rental equipment! The Seven Springs Rental Center will offer a brand new fleet of Rossignol children’s skis and boots and Burton snowboards and boots this winter.

Q: What are the best après ski activities at the resort and in the area?

Grab a cold one and a Goggle Defogger sandwich at the world famous Foggy Goggle, the BEST ski bar in the East! The Foggy Goggle is located right on the slopes and is accessible by walking or skiing.

Inside the Foggy Goggle, you will find a haven for craft beer lovers with Foggy Brews— hand-crafted culinary creations. Grab a seat at the 100-foot long bar featuring more than 50 taps and crafts, or a table in the expansive dining area. Menu items like the Bison X Burger and Traditional Ramen will keep you coming back for more. Plus, check out vintage Seven Springs photos dating back as far as the 1950’s.


Q: What are the best off-the-slope activities that you offer?

Off the slopes, you’ll find a world of fun both indoors and out. If you haven’t had enough of the snow once you’ve taken your boots off, check out horse-drawn sleigh rides, snowmobile tours, snowshoe tours and midnight snowcat tours. If you’re ready to head inside and warm up, the lodge is filled with indoor fun including a bowling alley, a swimming pool, a game room, a roller skating rink and even yoga classes.

Q: Where do you suggest your visitors stay in the area? And if they want to buy in the area?

You will find comfortable guest rooms and suites at the Main Lodge Hotel, located right at the base of the slopes.

Or guests can upgrade their experience with a slopeside townhome or condo. Enjoy all the comforts of home with the added bonus of ski-in/ski-out access!

For those looking to purchase a home on the mountain, Highlands Resort Realty is the only on-site realty company at Seven Springs, with a team of expert realtors specializing in resort real estate at Seven Springs. Visit their website to view stunning photos of the beautiful homes for sale at the resort.

Q: What do you offer beginners who want to learn to ski?

At Seven Springs, learning to ski or snowboard is fun! The resort’s Fun-Based Learning program will have you sliding independently on snow in no time. Inside the learning area, newcomers are introduced to the snow through shaped features that naturally control speed, so the emphasis can be on forward movement and mastering fundamental skills instead of just learning to stop. It’s perfect for kids and adults alike… and it’s FUN!