Tags: Marcelo Silva/MLS/Real Salt Lake July 20, 2019 /Sports News – Local Silva’s volley lifts RSL to 1-1 draw with Minnesota United Associated Press FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSANDY, Utah (AP) — Marcelo Silva tied it in the 71st minute and Real Salt Lake held on for a 1-1 draw, ending Minnesota United’s four-game winning streak Saturday night.Jefferson Savarino gathered a clearance attempt and crossed it to Silva, who finished with a volley from the middle of the penalty area.Darwin Quintero gave Minnesota United (10-7-4) the lead in the 57th minute. Mason Toye headed Jan Gregus’ corner toward goal but right of the target and Quintero slipped behind the defense to redirect it into the net from close range.Real Salt Lake (9-9-3) had won three of four. Written by
Home » News » Agencies & People » Belvoir Acquisitions previous nextAgencies & PeopleBelvoir AcquisitionsThe Negotiator5th December 20160667 Views Following Belvoir’s recent acquisition of Northwood, the company has announced the partial funding of a further four franchisee-led acquisitions and the expansion of its acquisition programme to other brands within the group.Luke Marchbanks, Bournemouth.“I am delighted to confirm that franchise owners in Solihull, Rochester, Bournemouth and St Helens have all benefitted from Belvoir’s acquisition programme, enabling them to complete on the purchase of well-established independent estate agencies in their local areas,” says Belvoir Managing Director, Dorian Gonsalves.“During the past year Belvoir has grown significantly through the corporate acquisition of Newton Fallowell, Goodchilds and Northwood. The Group now has 301 offices and is the largest property franchise in the UK.“It has long been Belvoir’s policy to part fund franchisee-led acquisitions that will help franchise owners to grow their businesses and facilitate network growth. I am very pleased to confirm that we are now expanding our acquisition programme to other brands within the Group.“This opportunity was not available to our recently acquired brands under their previous ownership, and is being well received and recognised as a significant benefit of being part of a larger franchised group.“Belvoir has a dedicated in-house acquisition team, which is responsible for researching and expediting franchisee and corporate acquisitions. This is a service that I am now very proud to be able to offer to the entire network.”Belvoir Belvoir acquisitions franchisee-led acquisitions December 5, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021
Supreme Court Defines Marriage RelativesScott Roberts for www.theindianalawyer.comThe Indiana Supreme Court determined the sister of a man who was once married to the defendant’s aunt is not a family or household member and changed a man’s Level 6 felony charge to Class A misdemeanor battery.Leonard L. Suggs and his girlfriend Evelyn Garrett got into an argument at a bowling alley in 2014 that turned violent. Suggs threw a beer can at Garrett that missed, then threw a bowling ball at Garrett which grazed her and hit Vera Warren on the left side of her head. Warren’s brother had previously been married to Suggs’ aunt.Suggs was charged with Level 6 felony domestic battery for his assault on Garrett and battery as a Level 6 felony for his assault on Warren. He was sentenced to two years for each conviction to be served consecutively. Suggs challenged the sufficiency of the evidence, in which the Court of Appeals affirmed.Indiana Code 35-42-2-1 provides in relevant part that battery is a Level 6 felony if the offense is committed against a family or household member. Suggs said Warren was not a family member, but he does not deny the rest of the criteria in the code for felony battery.Indiana Code 35-31.5-2-128 dictates an individual is a family or household member of another person in relevant part because the person is related by blood or adoption to the other person, or is or was related by marriage to the other person. Suggs says Warren is neither of those to him.Justice Robert Rucker wrote the decision in the case and said, “We are not persuaded that by use of the term ‘related by marriage’ the legislature intended to include an infinite variety of relationships whose only connection is a marriage or series of marriages identified somewhere on the remote branches of a family tree.”Rucker wrote that related by marriage is commonly referred to as affinity, the connection existing in marriage between each of the married persons and the kindred of the other. A relationship by affinity is not unlimited, he wrote, and the Legislature intended this meaning when it wrote the code.“Suggs is the blood relative of one spouse – his mother’s sister – and Warren is the blood relative of the other spouse – her own brother,” Rucker wrote. “There is no affinity between the blood relatives of one spouse and the blood relatives of another,” he said quoting 2 Charles E. Torcia, Wharton’s Criminal Law Section 242 at 573.The case is Leonard L. Suggs v. State of Indiana, 02S03-1508-CR-510, is remanded to reduce the conviction to a Class A misdemeanor.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
By MADDY VITALEOcean City’s Fall Block Party gives thousands of visitors an abundance of shopping, festivities and food to enjoy during the Columbus Day weekend.The colossal event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. It features over 400 crafters, food vendors, musicians and entertainers who take over Asbury Avenue from Fifth Street to 14th Street. Each year it attracts 50,000 visitors. “The Fall Block Party serves as a grand celebration for all the second-season events that are going on in Ocean City,” explained Justin Juliano, of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce. Juliano is in charge of the event. “The block party is when many people start their holiday shopping and it highlights all of the boutiques, shops and eateries in the downtown,” he added.He also said it is a special event shared by families year after year who either live in or vacation in Ocean City, voted by Coastal Living magazine as the country’s “Happiest Seaside Town.”Crowds fill the streets stopping at some of the 400 vendors along Asbury Avenue.“The block party has become a tradition for groups of friends and extended family to get together for quality time in the Happiest Seaside Town,” Juliano said. “It also gives merchants the opportunity to offer unbeatable deals and sales to help jumpstart the holiday shopping season.”Year after year visitors say they come to the block party to do some early holiday shopping. Others say they just want a family outing to browse the crafts and stop at vendor tables to try an array of foods.To cap off the block party, there will be fireworks at 9 p.m., which will be viewable from the downtown section of the beach and Boardwalk.Juliano said it is one day in a long holiday weekend, when Ocean City hotels give guests discounts on accommodations, and restaurants feature specials on entrees as a way to “entice guests to stay for a long weekend.”Patty Talese and her husband, Jon, co-own Jon & Patty’s Coffee Bar & Bistro, at 637 Asbury Ave. She is also the president of the Downtown Merchants Association. Altogether, there are more than 110 shops downtown.Talese is expecting a fantastic Fall Block Party.“Hopefully, with the good weather we have been having, it will be a blockbuster weekend,” she said. “We always do well. We are going to be crazy busy and the downtown is gearing up.”She noted that like the entire summer, September was fantastic for merchants.“I feel like we are on a roll, so we will be successful,” Talese said. “We also get so many vendors and we sell out each year.”Entertainment is a highlight of the Fall Block Party.Restaurants along the avenue, and also throughout the city, should receive a major economic boost from the bustling weekend, said Bill McGinnity, president of the Ocean City Restaurant Association.He owns Cousin’s Restaurant at 104 Asbury Ave. McGinnity said his establishment, and the other restaurants throughout town, always do well over the holiday weekend. “It is the last big weekend of the season and if the weather is good, it is a win for the whole city,” he said. “It is a great event for the city and obviously the good weather really helps. The block party really gives the city one big last pop before the fall settles in.”While the block party is a huge success each year in bringing people into town, it is not the city’s only tourist-friendly fall event. In recent years there has been a big push to bolster the fall and winter months in tourism with activities to keep visitors and second homeowners coming year-round.Some officials called the Fall Block Party an event to start up the next season of a host of activities.Ocean City Public Information Officer Doug Bergen noted that the city’s calendar of fall events will help keep the momentum going. “There’s none more important than the Fall Block Party,” Bergen said. “It’s a great opportunity for residents and visitors to get out and enjoy all that Ocean City has to offer.” The Ross family enjoys the Fall Block Party in 2018.Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Michele Gillian said the Fall Block Party is one of the city’s biggest and most spectacular events and really showcases what the town has to offer.“The block party gives visitors, second homeowners and locals a chance to welcome fall in America’s Greatest Family Resort,” Gillian said. “After having a fantastic summer season, it is nice to welcome everyone back to Ocean City and let them know that we have so much to offer in the shoulder season.”Gillian also pointed out that the Fall Block Party is one of many activities on the calendar in the coming months in Ocean City.“The Fall Block Party serves as a kickoff to many magical holiday events in Ocean City, from Earlier Than The Bird, Christmas in the Downtown and our annual First Night New Year’s Eve Celebration,” she said. “This event is a major economic stimulus for small businesses. Events like the block party are vital to the bottom line of the success of our tourism season. We are so lucky that the Fall Block Party is always on this wonderful three-day holiday.” For more information about Ocean City and its events visit www.ocnj.us or www.OceanCityVacation.com. The Fall Block Party features gourmet foods and merchandise for the throngs of visitors who attend each year.
Midlands bakery firm Firkins has adopted youth homelessness charity St Basils as a focus for 2008. St Basils has 23 residential projects in the Birmingham area for 16- to 25-year-olds.St Basils’ fundraising officer Georgia Blackwood said that collection boxes have gone into all of Firkins’ 56 shops, with the aim of raising at least £3,000.St Basils is also working with Firkins on ’St Basils buns’, a new line – probably a cupcake – to be baked by Firkins and sold in their shops as a fundraiser.
Tweed’s Electric Donuts Tour landed in Great North: Music & Arts Festival, held from September 9 -11 in Minot, Maine this past weekend. The electrifying Philadelphia based jamtronica band has been showing the whole country the sort of transformative funk they bring to turn any venue into a psychedelic paradise. Playing alongside bands like The Disco Biscuits, G-Nome Project, and The Indobox at this year’s Great North Festival, it’s arduous to not be impressed by one of the hottest up-and-coming bands on the scene.The jamtronica powerhouse has been altering minds one high-strung, rhythmic show at a time, while inviting the masses along for the mind-winding ride as the band has already surpassed well over 100 shows in 2016. Tweed seems to be on a cohesive mission that inspires rage induced dance parties and searches through the expansive ocean of your psychedelic mind.Since the beginning of this tour, the band has gained recognition for their tremendous amount work and welcomed sit-ins on their sets from musicians like Jason Hann of String Cheese Incident and EOTO at Astral Observatory Festival in Astral Valley, Missouri.Whether it’s waiting for exhilirating emphatic licks out of AJ DiBiase’s guitar, witnessing their psyche become a shifting paradigm with knob-turning exploration on the keys from Jon Tomczak, dancing in the deep heart bass grinds of Dan McDonald, or following the high-energy rhythm train of Joe Vela’s drum kit, the crowds keep grooving and they keep coming back for more, spreading the word around town that Tweed is here and it’s time to party.Filling the 4:30 P.M. slot on Saturday at Great North Festival, the band was met with an ominous sky that began to bring down an aquatic drizzle of rain that was quickly crushed in intensity by Tweed. Fittingly, the band transitioned from “RL WRLD” into “Big Sky”, which appeared to rein in the falling sky back to the clouds just after opening up the set.It’s an amazing thing to see what a band of self-described “best friends” can do when armed with instruments that are as dangerous as burning fire in skillful hands. Just after their set, I was able to sit down with Tweed and admiring fans at the rear end of their touring van, “The Valiant Stallion,” and got to know a little bit more about these electric funk-masters in what came to be an enlightening interview. Enjoy!Live For Live Music: Hey guys, thanks for sitting down for an interview. So, how’d you all feel all about your set?AJ DiBiase: It was really awesome to be able to play here again at Great North and we found ourselves really get into some deep jams.L4LM: That’s awesome to hear. What’s it like being able to come back and play Great North for the second straight year in a row?Joe Vela: This is actually a different location and we have a really beautiful 360-view of the skyline. We’re here with a lot of bands we’re friends with like G-Nome Project, The Mushroom Cloud, Teddy Midnight, Manifested, and Chachuba, who I got to sit in with for their entire set…so yes, it’s a lot of fun.L4LM: How has the band responded to such an intensive tour full of shows spreading across the U.S night after night?Joe: It’s the never-ending Tweed tour 2016!Dan McDonald: This run has definitely built up to this (Great North Festival). We were at Astral Observatory Festival last weekend in St. Louis, and we had a really great time over there. We pretty much did a slingshot across the country from Missouri to Maine in a week.Joe: It’s tough, but you can’t take yourself too seriously as a musician. You’ve got to know when to kick back and go with the flow, and this tour can be demanding of the ability to do so.AJ: This has been a very demanding schedule and we’ve made long treks between almost every show. I’d say every show on the tour leading up to this music festival has been a success.Joe: We’re hitting a lot of cities that we’re going through for the second and third time this year and we’re starting to build up each of those: Chicago, St. Louis, Kalamazoo, Rochester, Buffalo… So we’re getting a lot of repeat customers in different places across the country.Jon Tomczak: It’s been super exhausting, but I think I speak for everybody when I say there’s nothing else we’d rather be doing. We’re on a MISSION and quite honestly it’s totally worth it to push our limits. We may be tired if we’re pushing it every single day, but that doesn’t mean we’re tired of it.L4LM: You mentioned a mission. What is that MISSION for Tweed?AJ: We’re HUNGRY. We want to play music for as many people as we can everyday. Music in general is just such a great thing to spread and is a positive energy. I think it’s a good thing to spread to more and more people. We have a lot of fun doing it and it seems like people have a lot of fun hanging out with us.Dan: It’s also a personal mission of being a musician and wanting to get better playing with people. That’s what we were all doing in the first place when music developed into a love and a passion and now we’re pursuing it as a career.L4LM: What’s it like having friends and fellow musicians like Jason Hann of String Cheese Incident sit in with you at your shows?Jon: That was pretty surreal and reaffirming to sit down and play with guys who are amazing musicians and becoming peers to us now.Joe: Of all the musicians that we meet, I often find that the ones who are most successful are ones who are extremely humble and down to Earth. That really resonates with me–stay humble, those are the type of people that everyone wants to work with.L4LM: In the jam music scene particularly, bands pride themselves in offering a unique and different show each and every night they’re performing for their fans. What sort of preparation goes into putting a Tweed set list together?AJ: I spend a good amount of time crafting our set lists, I’ll look at what we played the last time we were in the area and I think that being able to play a different set every night makes for a formula to keep things interesting.Joe: And importantly, it keeps it interesting for us.L4LM: What kind of improvisation techniques do you guys use while playing a show?Dan: Our personalities come through on stage in how we move. When I’m watching these guys, I’m always listening to their musical cues. When you play with someone for so long, you can pick up on the most subtle body language. It’s like we’re having a conversation, it’s just that fluid now.Joe: One specific cue we have is when you want to extend the jam, you just rub your nipple. Milk it! Whoever is feeling it, stretch it out.AJ: The improv spectrum is just about getting comfortable in the pocket together and we’ve worked up a pretty good chemistry over the years. I think we’re playing a lot more consistently now.L4LM: When did you all realize that Tweed was able to do this for real, full-time, and when did you jump into the circuit and do such intense tours?AJ: We’ve been going full steam since January and had to kind of take a leap of faith. Music is our life now and it’s a beautiful thing.Jon: I feel like we really found ourselves once Dan showed up and we all put a little bit more time into it, sat down, and made it a point to really dive into the music.Joe: It’s also not just playing, we spend a lot of time forming our sound. It’s ever constantly changing, but like, ‘what is the vibe we want to have?’ Us four can jam up there, but I don’t think it would be the same as playing with intention.L4LM: According to Wikipedia, Tweed is a rough, woven fabric, or a soft, open, flexible texture that’s closely woven together… How would you then describe the band, Tweed?Jon: We don’t have a great true story for why we chose the name Tweed, it just rolls off your tongue, but we have several stories that we’ve concocted over the years. We embrace the idea of being interwoven in all different fabrics and textures in one cohesive piece.AJ: There’s a couple choice words from that description, the fact of Tweed being interwoven, you think of the composition and fabric of Tweed, that we basically have come together as one throughout a course of our time playing together.L4LM: We all have goals in life and each band has their own goal every time they step on a stage. What’s that goal for Tweed?Joe: For me, it’s simple: make people dance. I also want to sell out MSG.Jon: I always tell people who see us that I hope that’s the best show you’ve ever seen from us and the worst show you’ll ever see again. We’re trying raise the bar and get better as a group every show and have fun doing it.L4LM: Your first studio album drops at the end of this month on September 30, what should we expect from The Chunky Life?AJ: We’re excited for The Chunky Life EP. We’ve been living the chunky life a while and this album has been a long time coming. We’ve got some nice ear candy that we’re very happy with and excited to finally get out there.Joe: We recorded at Brooksound Studios with our good friend, Jeff Mahajan. I think people who have seen us live will be really pleased with this album and these songs have been live tested this whole year. We’re already working on some new music for another album because it’s necessary to keep putting out music and to keep it up.L4LM: What should we expect from Tweed as we get closer to the end of the year and start transitioning into 2017?Joe: I would like to go on tour out West like California, Portland, and/or Seattle. It’s hard doing those because you got to be on the road for four or five weeks to make it worth touring all the way out there and back. There are a lot of festivals on our hit list for 2017 that we didn’t get to do this year so we’re going to start hollering at them soon. Email us now if you want to book us.Jon: There’s always room to expand, a new scene to check out, a new group of people to share our art with, all types of artists to meet, all while perpetuating something real and keeping it original.Dan: We’ve been hitting the road, but when we’re at home we’re practicing for performances so as soon as January hits we’re going to fine tune some new songs that we want to integrate into our shows and new album.L4LM: We wanted to end this interview with keeping it an open forum, is there anything last to add that you think we should know about Tweed before we wrap it up?Joe: We’re all very easily reachable and if you want to say ‘hi, come to my city,’ just let us know and we’ll make it happen. We also love fans who can cook!On September 30, Tweed releases their first ever studio album that includes some of my favorite tracks “RL WRLD” and “Big Sky” and will bring it home to Philadelphia for their album release party at Underground Arts on October 1 and another album release party in New York on October 13 at American Beauty.Watch out for upcoming tour dates near you, as the ever growing schedule, announcements and more can be found on the band’s website.Upcoming Electric Donuts Tour DatesSep 14 The Metropolitan – Annapolis, MDSep 15 Pink Moon Festival – Rock Camp, WV w/ The Mantras, McLovins, EarphorikSep 16 Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA w/ Native MazeSep 17 BRYAC – Bridgeport, CTSep 18 The Vigil for Ecology & Peace (Central Park Bandshell) – New York, NYSep 24 Autumn Equinox Gathering – Rockin Ranch, NJOct 7 The One Stop at AMH – Asheville, NCOct 1 Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PAOct 13 American Beauty – New York, NYOct 14 Carpe Noctum 3 – Lehighton, PAOct 15 Luna Light Festival – Darlington, MD w/ Tipper, Electron, The New Deal, Dopapod, moreNov 23 The 8×10 – Baltimore, MD w/ Bunk Buddha[All photos courtesy of Caitlin Eddolls]
Last night, STS9 made their way to ACL Live at The Moody Theater for their first of two shows this weekend in Austin, TX with their new head lighting designer Tiberius Benson. While fans were disappointed at last week’s news that former lighting designer Saxton Waller was leaving the band, Benson stepped up big in Austin, as both the musicians and the production crew fired on all cylinders for a fantastic Friday night show.Beginning and ending with a “Modular” intro/outro, set one featured skilled playing and several seamless segues including a fantastic “The Paint” -> “Monkey Music” -> “ReEmergence” -> “Monkey Music” segment and an excellent “Shock Doctrine” that flowed into the set’s “Modular” outro.The second set say the band continue to bring their A-game, as they executed a fiery “Get Loud” -> “Light Years” -> “Wika Chikana” segment, a “2012” with yet another “Modular” jam, and a set-closing cover of dance club favorite “What Is Love” by Deee Lite.You can watch footage of Tiberius’s lighting work and the “Modular” jam in “2012” courtesy of Heady Flair:STS9 returns to ACL Live at The Moody Theater tonight for the second half of their Austin run.Setlist: STS9 | ACL Live at The Moody Theater | Austin, TX | 1/27/17 (courtesy of Seth Jacobs)Set 1: Modular intro>> Oil & Water, Orbital, Sun Moon and Stars, The Paint>> Monkey Music>> ReEmergence>> Monkey Music, Shock Doctrine>> Modular outroSet 2: You Don’t Say, Get Loud*>> Light Years>> Wika Chikana, 2012^, When the Dust Settles Reprise%>> Ramone & Emiglio, What is LoveEncore: Squares & Cubes* Inspire Strikes Back tease^ Modular jam% Moonsocket tease
Radiohead just announced a rare tour in Latin America, marking their first return since 2009. The English rock band will perform six dates, kicking off in Santiago, Chile on April 11, with stops in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Lima, Peru, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paulo, Brazil, and Bogotá, Colombia through the end of the month. All of the shows beyond the opener will be part of a traveling festival, called Soundhearts. The opening Chile show is part of the SUE Festival, where Radiohead will play alongside Flying Lotus and Junun, guitarist Jonny Greenwood‘s side-project.Of these new dates, on April 14th, the band will be performing in Buenos Aires, which also happens to be the same day as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio. Earlier this fall, Radiohead was nominated for induction into the Hall of Fame, marking the band’s first year of eligibility. A band representative confirmed that “they’re not attending” the ceremony to Consequence of Sound.However, this move is not all that unexpected. Both Jonny Greenwood and Ed O’Brien have gone on the record that they’re uninterested in the award. In an interview with Rolling Stone this year, when asked about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Jonny Greenwood noted, “I don’t care,” causing Ed O’Brien to add, “I don’t want to be rude about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because for a lot of people it means something, but culturally I don’t understand it. I think it might be a quintessential American thing.”For the most part, members of Radiohead will use 2018 to focus on their individual projects and only play a number of select shows together. Beyond the six dates in South America, there are currently no other Radiohead shows on the band’s calendar. Check out all pre-sale and on-sale information on W.A.S.T.E.’s website.Radiohead 2018 Tour Dates:04/11 – Santiago, CL @ Estadio Nacional (SUE Festival)04/14 – Buenos Aires, AR @ Tecnopolis (Soundhearts Festival)04/17 – Lima, PR @ Estadio Nacional (Soundhearts Festival)04/20 – Rio de Janerio, BR @ Parque Olimpico (Soundhearts Festival)04/22 – São Paulo, BR @ Allianz Parque (Soundhearts Festival)04/25 – Bogota, CO @ Parque 222 (Soundhearts Festival)
NEW YORK (AP) — A changing of the guard is afoot for journalism’s leaders. The announced retirement of editor Marty Baron at The Washington Post and ABC News President James Goldston’s exit add to the vacancy list for top newsroom jobs. The Los Angeles Times and Reuters are also looking for new leaders, CNN’s chief is considering his future and The New York Times is likely to have a new editor within the next two years. The changeover will test the industry’s commitment to diversity in management. The new jobs will also require executives be nimble enough to react to an industry that continues to rapidly change.
Cross-Country Skiing Snowmobiling The Laurel Highlands boasts four great ski areas where you can explore winding trails and challenging slopes. Whether it’s on ski or a snowboard, you’ll find the perfect conditions for shredding the slopes in the Laurel Highlands. Three Laurel Highlands resorts also feature a unique snow tubing park that provides a fun night for the entire family full of laughs and unforgettable memories. Find PA’s highest elevations and steepest verticals in the Laurel Highlands, with 4 ski resorts to choose from Avoid walking in the ski tracks.Dress in layers! Waterproof gloves, breathable pants, an insulated jacket, tall wool socks, a hat and waterproof boots are necessary.If you are skiing with pets, keep them on a leash and clean up after them.Synthetic, water-wicking clothing is best. Do not wear cotton, it will hold water and make you colder. Bring a dry change of clothes and comfy shoes to wear for the rest of your adventurous day in the Laurel Highlands.To keep toasty, hand and feet warmers are recommended.Pack a snack and water bottle to hydrate and refuel during a break.Be sure to bring your trail map along to help you navigate.Charge your cell phone before heading out on the trails and be prepared for limited service.Yield to faster skiers.Leave no trace! Be the best outdoor enthusiast that you can be and leave nothing behind but your tracks in the snow. The Laurel Highlands is Pennsylvania’s premier skiing, snowboarding and winter sports destination. With the state’s largest average snowfall and highest point, you’ll find great skiing conditions and plenty of opportunities to get into the snow at four resorts, whether you’re looking for some serious downhill thrills or fun activities with no skills required. Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding With miles upon miles of picturesque trails, cross-country skiing is an extremely popular winter sport in the Laurel Highlands. Skiers of all skill levels, from beginner to advanced, can find a trail to take a crisp winter hike and enjoy the natural beauty of the Laurel Highlands. If you have your own snowmobile, explore scenic trails open for riders in Laurel Highlands’ state parks. Forbes State Forest has more than 115 miles of groomed road calling your name! Trail Tips and Etiquette Snowshoeing Grab your snowshoes (or rent a pair) and head to the trails in Laurel Highlands’ local and state parks to enjoy the crisp mountain air and incredible views. The 70-mile Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail, which runs north to south along Laurel Mountain and links Ohiopyle State Park with Laurel Ridge State Park, makes for a great snowshoeing trail. If you’re in it for the long haul to conquer all 70 miles, overnight Adirondack-style sleeping shelters are found every 8-10 miles along the trail. Reserve your stay in advance. Enjoy on-site lodging and activities for the whole family including snow tubing, snowmobiling or sleigh rides. Terrain Parks Extreme skiers and snowboarders travel to Laurel Highlands ski resorts year after year to get their mountain thrills at the terrain parks. Across three resorts, there is a variety of terrain parks for all skill levels featuring every size and shape of jumps, rails and pipes. Beginners can grow their skills on easier courses, advance to the more difficult features then finally conquer the expert jumps and rails. Start planning your winter getaway to the luxurious Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, family-friendly Hidden Valley resort, local favorite Laurel Mountain and the state’s largest four season resort, Seven Springs Mountain Resort.