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Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association provides a program for fourth and fifth graders to ski for free at 21 resorts in the state.
Seven Springs and Hidden Valley are now open, and conditions are good despite limited slopes and terrain.
Seven Springs already has made important improvements at Hidden Valley for this season, even though the sale was just completed.
New snowmaking machines at Boyce will lengthen that park's season to provide affordable snowsports for beginners, families.
New teaching methods, spas and connectivity are among some of the improvements at local ski resorts.
There are still plenty of ways to save money in the face of rising costs at most Pittsburgh area ski resorts.
Lifts, terrain parks, spa and outdoor recreation areas have opened and many renovations have taken place at Seven Springs since 2006.
Thanks to advancements in outerwear technologies, ski wear is warmer, more comfortable and stylish.
Buncher made many changes in the 5 1/2 years it owned Hidden Valley.
The Snow & Ski Party is set for Dec. 4, and the 12th annual Telepalooza will be on Feb. 8-