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When I was growing up, I specifically remember the day our parents told us we were going to make a trip to Kennywood amusement park near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I was in my early teens if I recall correct, and roller coasters were all the rage. So I found it extremely exciting to be going to a new part outside of our annual Cedar Point visits.

Fast forward to our older years where we have three young boys who are as obsessed with roller coasters as I was, and we decided to make a day of it by heading out for the first time to see the Kennywood Holiday Lights display.

When it comes to amusement park Christmas light displays, our home park of Cedar Point, and all of their sister parks except Knott’s Berry Farm pass on the opportunity to open the gates for the winter season. That is why a couple years ago our family was blown away by the impressive holiday lights display at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

Before going through the pictures below, we were equally impressed with the Kennywood Holiday Lights display. Tons of lights, characters throughout the park, great holiday music synced to lights, and unique displays. Since it was the holidays, not all of the rides were open since they can not be operated in the colder temperatures, but the event gave us just enough to want to return again in the summer.

The other part I really liked about the Kennywood light event was it was very affordable for families at only $14.99 per person when buying online.

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150228 Seven Springs Resort

He Said, She Said: Seven Springs Mountain Resort

Our family was provided with Seven Springs Mountain Resort lifts tickets and kids ski lessons in order to accommodate this review. All opinions are those of the author.

One thing that has long been on my parenting bucket list was getting to teach my children the joys skiing. However, our two oldest boys just came into the age of being able to learn, as lots of resorts have a 4 year age minimum.

So we were more than excited when SkiPA and Seven Springs Mountain Resort invited our family out to come and spend a day at their resort.

Seven Springs Mountain Resort is located in Champion, Pennsylvania, about a 3.5 hour drive from the Cleveland area. I had made many trips over the years to Seven Springs throughout High School Ski Club, and prior to having kids. Seven Springs has always been one of our favorite resorts within a decent drive from Cleveland because of its beautiful setting in the Laurel Highlands and great ski slopes.

After dropping the boys off at Tiny Tots ski school, we hit the slopes for some skiing. Dropping kids off at the ski school was amazingly efficient, as you simply hand over the kids and their bag of belongings (gloves, etc.), and they handle everything from there. They feed the kids lunch, let them use the restroom, dress them, fit them with the equipment, and then teach the kids to ski for approximately two (2) hours. The whole process was painless and comforting know the kids were in great hands.

Eventually, my wife and I took separate paths at Seven Springs, and as I went off to get in some more skiing, she took in the finer offerings of the resort.

My view was drastically different than her view.

His Seven Springs View

His Seven Springs View

Her Seven Springs View

Her Seven Springs View

My experience on the mountain involved getting to finally witness my children on skis, and once they were done with their class, getting to enjoy individual time with my boys.

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While her view clearly was set on the extraordinary food presented at the Slopeside Dining Room, where she got to enjoy an exquisite assortment of salads, breads, and desserts, paired with freshly made bloody mary’s and glasses of wine.

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Lastly, while my feet were busy in ski boots enjoying the terrain, hers were getting pampered in the spa.

However, despite the differences of events throughout the day, one thing proved true for the both of us. It made us immensely proud to see our kids try out skiing for the first time, thrive, and love it! I felt an incredible sense of pride on the ride home at what our kids were able to accomplish at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, and how their incredible kids program made them clambering to return.

For discounts to Seven Springs and other area Pennsylvania ski resorts, see the article below.

SkiPA for Winter Family Fun and Discounts

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2015 Kids Ski Free SkiPA

SkiPA for Winter Family Fun and Discounts

One of the incredible programs that is out there that we have written about for the past couple of years is SkiPA, a non-profit organization in place to help promote Pennsylvania ski resorts. Together, with their partner properties, they have a number of programs that family’s should consider before heading to the slopes.

The participating ski resorts for the 2015 include the following:

  • Alpine Mountain, Analomink
  • Bear Creek Mountain Resort & Conference Center, Macungie
  • Big Boulder, Blakeslee
  • Blue Knob Ski Area, Claysburg
  • Blue Mountain, Palmerton
  • Camelback Mountain Resort, Tannersville
  • Elk Mountain, Union Dale
  • Hidden Valley Resort, Hidden Valley
  • Jack Frost Mountain, Blakeslee
  • Liberty Mountain, Carroll Valley
  • Montage Mountain, Scranton
  • Mystic Mountain at Nemacolin, Farmington
  • Roundtop Mountain Resort, Lewisberry
  • Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Seven Springs
  • Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, Shawnee-on-Delaware
  • Ski Big Bear, Lackawaxen
  • Ski Sawmill Family Resort, Morris
  • Tussey Mountain, Boalsburg, PA
  • Whitetail Resort, Mercersburg

Save $5 on Lift Tickets/Learn to Ski Packages

If visiting any of the member properties, be sure to visit the SkiPA deal page for the latest promotions. This month, guests can save $5 on the cost of mid-week lift tickets or learn to ski packages.

SkiPA Beginner Ticket, Lesson and Rentals

SkiPA offers $49 Beginner Ticket, Lesson and Rentals at participating properties for those just learning to ski. This is a great opportunity to get started for an incredible value. Do note, all the properties have minimum age limitations, which might not accommodate young families.

4th & 5th Grade Snowpass Program

If you have a 4th or 5th grade student, the SkiPA Snowpass program is a no-brainer. Simply register your child, and they receive 3 free light tickets per participating resort with the purchase of a paying adult. This is a perfect bonding activity with your kids and a way to get them outside during the winter.

Overall, the SkiPA program is an excellent program designed to get people out and enjoying skiing with their families.

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