10th International Symposium on Superalloys: Travel Information

 September 19-23, 2004  · 10TH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON SUPERALLOYS  · Champion, Pennsylvania

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The Seven Springs Mountain Resort is located east of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at exits 9 or 10 off of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Attendees arriving at Pittsburgh International Airport can reach Seven Springs by rental car or by complimentary chartered symposium shuttle buses. The buses will be available for Sunday arrivals and again on Thursday for departures. Shuttle bus pick-up will be in the baggage claim area of the landside terminal. Shuttle times will be posted here as the information becomes available.

Directions to the resort are available on the Seven Springs web site including distances to the resort from several nearby cities.

Bus Transportation:

Conference attendees should plan to arrive at the Greater Pittsburgh International Airport on Sunday afternoon, September 17. The Symposium committee is providing complimentary transportation to the Seven Springs Resort. The bus will depart from the Traveler's Aid Station near the baggage claim and from the Airport Hyatt Hotel. Bus times are 1:00, 3:00, 5:00, and 7:00 p.m. If you arrive after 7:00 p.m., it will be necessary to rent a car (approximately 1 hours driving time). There will also be a Hospitality Suite at the Airport Hyatt Hotel for your convenience. The suite is no longer at TGI Fridays. You can relax in the suite until the next available bus to Seven Springs Resort arrives. Complimentary bus transportation back to the airport at the close of the conference on Thursday afternoon will also be provided.


Lodging: Attendees staying at the Seven Springs Mountain Resort will be housed in the modern Alpine-style main lodge. The ten-story high-rise hotel possesses 385 rooms and 12 suites. Other on-site lodging includes five cabins and 20 chalets. There are also off-site condominiums and townhomes located within 2 miles of the resort. Most standard rooms in the main lodge include individual climate control, direct-dial telephone, color TV, and family rooms. A suite in the main lodge consists of a bedroom with adjoining living quarters, including two Murphy beds. Check-in time is 5:00 p.m. and check-out time is 12:00 noon. Guests staying at the resort may receive fax communications at the front desk. The number of the resort fax machine is (814) 352-7911.

There will be NO direct room reservations accepted by the Seven Springs Resort. Room rates for this symposium are as follows:

$142.00 per person single occupancy
$114.00 per person double occupancy
$103.00 per person triple/quad occupancy
$225.00 parlor of a suite

Early arrival rates are also available. Room charges must be paid individually to Seven Springs Resort at check-out (Your $50 room deposit will be credited).

Dining: Attendees can choose the housing/dining plan which includes lodging, breakfast, and dinner each day as well as the Tuesday Banquet and Wednesday Bar-B-Q. Although lunch is not included in the plan, hotel food service is available, with many restaurants and eateries located on the resort premises.

Check the calendar of events (when available) for detailed information on which meals are provided and which are not. For example, the phrase "at leisure" indicates that the meal is included in the hotel registration and is taken at the attendee's discretion. The Tuesday Banquet and Wednesday Bar-B-Q are also provided as part of hotel registration. The term "optional" indicates that a meal is not provided as part of the registration, but hotel food service is available.

Recreation: Seven Springs Mountain Resort offers a multitude of on-site activities including a 6,685-yard, 18-hole golf course, as well as a tennis center, volleyball area, year-round swimming pool, exercise room, racquetball courts, bowling lanes, indoor miniature golf, family recreation center with video games, and numerous hiking trails surrounding the resort. Chairlift rides to the top of the mountain will be arranged so that attendees can experience the thrill of victory (or of course the agony of defeat) as they try their hand at the famous Alpine Slide ride. In addition, hospitality suites will be made available to attendees. Times and locations will be posted when they are known.


The resort is located in the heart of western Pennsylvania's most colorful region—the Laurel Highlands. The majority of western Pennsylvania is located on the Allegheny Plateau and, thus, the hiking trails are typically less rugged than those in the eastern part of the state.

Seven Springs Photo Part of the reason that the fall foliage is so beautiful in western Pennsylvania is due to the diversity of tree species. There are about 127 varieties of trees in this area, which is greater than anywhere else in the eastern United States. The natural beauty of the area and interesting environment provides many scenic hiking and bicycling opportunities. (Much of the thanks for these trails must go to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy for buying large portions of land and subsequently transferring them to public ownership. In fact, about 20% of the forested lands in Pennsylvania are in public ownership, which is the largest fraction of any state on the eastern seaboard.)

In addition to experiencing the natural beauty of the area, Superalloys 2004 attendees can enjoy visiting other nearby attractions, such as, Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright's historical architectural achievement; Ligonier, the nearby community that houses one of Pennsylvania's pre-Revolutionary War era forts; hardware stores from the 18th century boasting handmade products; hand-blown glass factories; and the Horizon Outlet Center Mall.


The pleasant fall weather makes September one of the most comfortable months to visit the Seven Springs Mountain Resort area. Daytime temperatures average in the mid- to high 70s, with nights cooling to the mid- to low 60s. Although the temperature is usually agreeable, be sure to bring rain gear in case of a rainy fall.

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