Summer vacations at ski resorts? Mountain resorts still lucrative when temperatures rise

SEVEN SPRINGS, Pa. — While mountain resorts are primarily known for picturesque skiing and snowboarding during winter months, summer tourism can be just as lucrative for business.

For more than 20 years, Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Somerset County has offered “Summer Adventures” to offseason guests, which include attractions such as the Alpine Slide, Alpine Tower, chairlift rides, rock wall and paddle boarding, among others.

This summer, Seven Springs also added the Foggy Goggle Axe House for axe throwing and the Trampoline Thing for guests to jump and flip up to 24 feet in the air. Another new attraction is Seven Springs Gem Mining, featuring geology and nature lessons where amethyst, rose quartz, emerald and other crystals can be found using a sifting tray in the sluice.

“There’s been a concerted effort here to not allow this place to (look like) a closed ski resort in the summer,” said Alex Moser, the resort’s director of marketing and communications. “I hope we’re going to be a nice alternative for a quick, last-minute summer getaway.”

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