- Associated Press - Sunday, January 22, 2017

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Officials in western Pennsylvania say they hope the reopening of a ski resort shuttered for more than a decade will prove an economic boon to the area.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held last week to mark the official reopening of the Laurel Mountain Ski and Snowboard Area in Westmoreland County.

The area “unofficially” opened on Dec. 21 following a $6.5 million overhaul by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Seven Springs Mountain Resort.

The work included a new chairlift, an upgraded snowmaking system, widening of slopes and trails and a complete revamp of the lodge.

Officials said they hope the reopening will attract new visitors to the Laurel Highlands and perhaps encourage people who were coming anyway to extend their stays.

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