Winter Skis

Laurel Ridge Cross Country Ski Center

(a PA State Park ski concession operated by Riversport)

Laurel Ridge XC Ski Center is located on one of the highest mountain ridges in the Laurel Highlands region of South Western Pennsylvania. Our ski center operates out of Laurel Ridge State Park’s concession building managed by the Laurel Hill State Park DCNR of Pennsylvania.

XC Ski Center Phone Number 724-455-7303

Ski Conditions- 724-455-7303 (updated daily depending on conditions)

Laurel Hill State Park Office  814-455-7725

Address: Laurel Ridge State Park
1101 Jim Mountain Road
Rockwood, PA 15557
(Located off Route 653)

Seasonal Operation:

Open December through April
(as weather conditions permit)

Download the full brochure HERE.

XC Ski Center and Trails operates Daily: Thursday through Monday

Main Ski Center Concession: Closed Tuesday/ Wednesday

Hours of Operation: 9 am to 5 pm (Trails are open)

(Trail Pass Required)- all Trails are groomed on a daily basis depending on condition and snowfall. 

XC Ski Trail Fee: $8 for Adults ——$4 For 12 and Under

XC Ski Rental Rates: $20 for Adults———$10 for 12 and Under

Snowshoe Rental Rates: $20 for adult———$10 for 12 and Under (includes trekking poles only – No footwear provided.  We recommend a winter boot)


Km of Trail: 30km of Groomed trails

Trail systems:

Orange Trail 10.6 miles (Dog Friendly);

 Green Trails are connector trails: Different length of sections .5 miles up –to 1.5 miles

Red Trail 2.5 miles

Yellow Trail 3 miles

100% of Groomed terrain good for Classical Skiing

70% Terrain Suitable for Skate Skiing

85% Beginner to Intermediate Terrain

15% Advanced to Expert terrain

 (Trail Pass Required)- all Trails are groomed on a daily basis depending on condition and snowfall.

Ski Instruction: Classical

Private: $30 1 hour

Group (Min. 3 people): $30 ($10 per each additional person)   1 hour

Skate Instruction

Private: $30 1 hour

Group (Min. 3 people): $30 ($10 per each additional person)   1 hour



Kids Kamp

Our “Kid’s Kamps” are designed to provide a well balance learning environment that focuses on learning appropriate paddling concepts, river rescue, and skills to take them to an advanced level. These forms are required to be filled out by parents/guardians to secure your reservation.  You may also bring these forms at the time of arrival. Please call to make a reservation, or if you have any questions.
Medical Release & Instruction waiver

Instruction Waiver

Thank you for your interest in taking instruction from Riversport.  You may also bring these forms at the time of arrival or fax them in. Please call if you have any questions or wish to make a reservation.
Instruction waiver

Rafting, Recreational Kayak, and Bike Rental Forms

Thank you for choosing Riversport as your host to adventure and education here in the Laurel Highlands. These forms are required to secure your reservation here at Riversport.  You may also bring these forms at the time of arrival. Please call to secure your reservation or get answers to any questions you may have.

Equipment rental form

About Riversport and Kids Camp Early Registration for 2015

“A great kayak program for the price, we’ll be back”…… returning student’s parent comment


- Our easy and secure online Square Payment site to prepay.

2015 Brochure Link below

 2015 Kids Camp Pre Registration

2015 Waivers and Medical Release Forms link below

Call 800-216-6991 for questions and further information


April- Packets with details on the camps, list of items to bring, and directions will be mailed out to parents.

June 21-26  Sunday  5 PM-Friday 5 PM Ages 10-15

July 12-17 Sunday 5 PM-Friday 5 PM Ages 10-15

August 9-14 Sunday 5 PM-Friday 3 PM Ages 10-15

July 26-31 Teen Clinic Week (Add $50)  Sunday 5 PM-Friday 5 PM ages 15-19 

Levels Beginner to Expert

We take a combination of having a excellent location with great rivers, and take a excellent kayaking staff of diverse instructors. When you add the kids into the mix you get a great week of fun progressive instruction based learning. Our staff includes a pro paddler from Team IR US, Nurses, PSIA certified ski instructors, National Ski Patrol members, High School educators, to ACA Full Certified Instructor. Most of our Beginner students go from Class I to Class III and master the Lower Yough and rolling. Our advanced group will learn new play boating moves, technical river running techniques, like “the boof”, and how to run class IV+. Also, during the week, students are able to check out the new sport of Stand Up Paddle Boarding. We hop on boards at the Yough Lake during our evening cook out, and then take it down the river through class II rapids. Then work on River Rescue Skills. Each session we paddle at the Adventure Sports Center Institute, Yough River, Cheat Narrows, Valley Falls, or Cassleman Rivers. Basically where ever the water levels take us.

Our program’s main focus is to build confidence and skills in younger paddlers, while providing a safe learning environment. Each day we take our students through a progression that allowsriver running techniques, self rescue, river rescue, play boating, and creek boating skills. Our week begins on the Yough Lake above our river store location. From here we divide groups in to appropriate levels of abilities to begin a great week of building skills and confidence on the water.

-Request any equipment at the time you sign up, or even try a new kayak

-Camping and Drop off & pick upheld at Paddler’s Lane Campground

-Supervision by 2 instructors at all times

-Pay up to Dec 15, 2014 and receive $150 discount , and let us know definitive dates up to May 1, 2015.





Originally known as River Paths in the late 1970’s, the operations moved across the river and evolved into Riversport during the early 1980’s. Since the mid 80’s, Riversport has been a family owned business and premier instructional paddling school with a retail store located along the majestic Youghiogheny River in Confluence, Pennsylvania. We have a knowledgeable staff of ACA certified instructors, young National Geographic sponsored paddlers, professional ski instructors, and teachers that provide safe and positive learning experiences on the water. Our rental location specializes in recreatioYoughighenyn kayaks and relaxing rafting trips. The retail store staff are experienced paddlers that sell the best products.


Our main store, instructional, and rental location is right next to the Youghiogheny Bridge on 281. We are across the river from the Outflow Campground, and next to the Lucky Dog Café.

Directions From East on Turnpike: Take I-76 West (PA TurnPike) Exit at Somerset (exit 10) drive straight from the toll booth to main intersection and follow 281 South signs to Confluence, PA (24 miles). Continue to follow 281 South through town. Then 281 S will take you across the Castleman River bridge and we are located just on the left before you cross the Yough River Bridge (next to the Lucky Dog Café)

Directions From Ohio & West on Turnpike: Take I-76 East (PA Turnpike) Exit at Donegal (old exit 9) turn Left out of toll booth and drive 1.5 miles to 711/381 intersection. Follow 711 to Normalville, then turn left onto 381 and continue to Ohiopyle. In Ohiopyle take Sugarloaf Road (between boater change house parking lots). Sugarloaf Road brings you to 281. Take a left, and continue down the hill on 281 N. You will cross the Youghiogheny River Bridge. We are located on the Right (next to the Lucky Dog Café)


Middle Yough River, Lake Rentals, and SUP Yoga Classes


We carry a wide product selection from these companies. Please call to inquire about products that are in stock or can be ordered from these companies.

Instructional Programs

For over 26 years, Riversport has been teaching quality instruction to thousands of beginner to advanced paddlers. We offer our progressive courses that focus on Safety, Proper Skills/ Technique, and Fun while in a positive learning Environment.

Our 5:1 Student to instructor ratio for group instruction allows individual to be comfortable and learn in a progressive manner. Students receive the best instruction in the appropriate class to match their goals. Our instructors are ACA Whitewater Certified, American Red Cross Certified with proper Wilderness First Responder, and Advanced First Aid/ CPR certifications.