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Firsthand Report: Fall Foliage Festival at Liberty Mountain Resort
By Connie Lawn, DCSki Columnist
October 17, 2016

The sun shone brightly on the green trails, but the color in the foliage hinted that Pennsylvania’s Liberty Mountain Resort is getting ready for us skiers and boarders. General Manager Eric Flynn and his hard working staff are completing several new features before the winter, including an ice skating rink in what used to be the traffic circle between the Alpine Lodge and the Ski School Building, and a new triple chair to the terrain park. The rental shop is also being refreshed with a new fleet of Volkl skis and Dalbello boots.

Mountain Ride performs progressive bluegrass at the Liberty Mountain Fall Festival. Photo by Charles Sneiderman.

But before skiing starts, Liberty Mountain held its annual Fall Festival this past weekend. On Sunday, October 16, 2016, the little ones were busy painting pumpkins and making scarecrows while the adults sampled new some of the new brews and enjoyed bluegrass by Mountain Ride and barbecue on the patio, all while the staff at the rental shop did free tunes and ski and board waxing. Although there were many people in attendance, it felt like a lazy Sunday afternoon with family and friends. Most of us loyal Libertarians (ok, it is an election year!) bought our season passes or Advantage Cards before the upcoming winter price hike.

Anne Weimer, Director of Communications and Eric Flynn, General Manager of Liberty Mountain Resort. Photo by Charles Sneiderman.

Although the only white in nature we saw today was on the head of a bald eagle flying over the reservoir, the Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a long and wet winter and we are looking forward to a great ski season. We know we will see many of our friends there, since Liberty is the closest snowsports area to Washington, DC. We get to talk with our friends about politics, diplomacy, and other vital topics, while swooshing down the slopes this winter. Happy trails!

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