Despite reports to the contrary, Seven Springs officials say they are not interested in purchasing neighboring Hidden Valley Resort.
"There's a lot of speculation out there," said Alex Moser, Seven Springs marketing director.
A news report citing anonymous sources was posted on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's website Monday night.
Moser said Seven Springs works closely with Hidden Valley to bring people into the Laurel Highlands. The two resorts have season pass exchanges, shared golf packages and a joint billboard along the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
"We love Hidden Valley," Moser said. "They are awesome partners."
Hidden Valley is owned by The Buncher Co. of Pittsburgh. Ed Very, vice president of Buncher Resort & Hospitality Group, did not return telephone calls seeking comment on whether the resort is for sale or if anyone is interested in purchasing it.
Moser said Seven Springs Chief Executive Officer Eric Mauck visited Hidden Valley last month, but Mauck visits many resorts across the country as part of his job.
"We truly have the utmost respect for the Buncher group," Moser said. "They are a great organization. But we are not buying Hidden Valley."
Seven Springs is owned by the Nutting family, who purchased the ski resort in 2006. A year later Buncher purchased Hidden Valley.
The Buncher Co. previously announced plans to create an upscale housing development along Route 31 near Hidden Valley Resort. The housing market collapsed in 2008 and the land remains undeveloped.