Liberty Mountain Resort
Carroll Valley, Pennsylvania
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|Resort Overview - reported by M. Scott Smith, DCSki Editor|
Liberty offers 16 trails served by 8 chairlifts, with terrain suitable for all levels of skiers and boarders, plus 14 snow tubing lanes and a carpet lift servicing the tubing park. The Liberty Mountain Hotel offers slopeside lodging and ski and stay packages. The lodge also now offers free wireless Internet access. After a day of skiing, visitors can relax in front of the fireplace in the main lodge, or in McKee’s Tavern, which features sit down dining and live entertainment.
Over the past several years, Liberty has invested millions of dollars integrating automated snowmaking into their systems. Half of the skiable terrain at Liberty is now covered with 100% computerized snowmaking systems. The Dipsy Double chairlift was replaced in 2006 by a brand new quad chairlift, which brings Liberty’s uphill lift capacity to 13,400 skiers / hour. Snowmaking and lighting enhancements continued into the 2007-2008 winter season. In 2009, Liberty replaced the Eastwind Quad Chairlift with a newer Doppelmayr CTEC quad chairlift, and continued installing state-of-the-art automated snowmaking across the resort. Liberty is also now a Burton Learn to Ride Center, bringing the progressive learn to ride program to the Mid-Atlantic.
Liberty’s beginner area, complete with two moving carpet lifts, is home to the award-winning First Class Learn to Ski and Snowboard and Mountain Passport programs. The area also includes Snow Cat Alley, an area specifically designed for children’s programs.
Liberty added the Boulder Ridge Snow Tubing area to its repertoire of winter activities in 2002. Due to the popularity of snow tubing, the summer of 2005 was spent nearly doubling the size of the Boulder Ridge Lodge, expanding the tubing lanes, creating a new kiddie tubing area named Pebble Ridge, and adding a carpet lift. The summer of 2006 welcomed the addition of the Challenge Course at Boulder Ridge. The high and low course elements are available year around for group team building activities.
Liberty Mountain’s parent company, Snow Time, Inc., also owns Ski Roundtop and Whitetail Resort. The resorts offer a discount and frequent-visitor card, the Advantage Card, which is valid at all three areas.
Liberty Mountain features over 400 acres of year-round amenities and activities. During the summer months, Carroll Valley Golf at Liberty Mountain Resort offers an 18-hole championship course located in a valley set amidst the picturesque rolling hills of South Central Pennsylvania, at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. A clear flowing mountain stream fronts nearly a third of the holes which uniquely feature six par 3’s and five par 5’s. This par 71 course, designed by Ault, Clark & Associates is a true championship length course. Liberty Mountain is also available for conferences, meetings, weddings or other events during the spring, summer, and fall. The resort offers a wide variety of venues, event planning services and in-house catering. The Liberty Hotel is also open year round.
|Liberty Mountain Resort|
|16 (35% beginner, 40% intermediate, 25% advanced)|
|13,400 per hour|
|8 (5 quads, 1 J-bar, 2 carpet lifts)|
|Three terrain parks, totaling 10 acres. The parks are serviced by their own J-Bar lift.|
|14 lanes with a moving carpet lift.|
|Carroll Valley, PA 17320|
|(717) 642-8282 / Snow phone: (717) 642-9000|
Estimated Distances from Major Cities
|Baltimore, MD||1 hour, 25 minutes||63 miles|
|Washington, DC||1 hour, 35 minutes||78 miles|
|Arlington, VA||1 hour, 35 minutes||77 miles|
|Richmond, VA||3 hours, 10 minutes||176 miles|
|Pittsburgh, PA||3 hours, 25 minutes||188 miles|
|Harrisburg, PA||1 hour, 5 minutes||55 miles|
|Philadelphia, PA||2 hours, 45 minutes||158 miles|
|Charleston, WV||5 hours, 10 minutes||321 miles|
|Raleigh, NC||5 hours, 50 minutes||352 miles|
|Charlotte, NC||7 hours||432 miles|
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A snow condition report for Liberty Mountain is shown below. Because condition reports may not be updated regularly, be sure to check the date and timestamp on the report. Before making a trip, we recommend contacting resorts directly for the latest conditions.
|Liberty Mountain, PA||
As of 04:25:00 on 2011-03-14
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The past five articles related to Liberty Mountain are shown below.
Mid-Atlantic Ski Season Pushes into April (March 28)
Yes, you can still ski or board in the Mid-Atlantic. Several resorts have announced that they plan to remain open into early April.
Firsthand Report: Liberty Mountain Resort (March 25)
Connie Lawn provides a late-season Firsthand Report from Liberty Mountain Resort, which recently held a “bring your pets to the slope” event. Liberty plans to stay open through March 30, 2013, conditions permitting.
Mid-Atlantic Ski Season Gains Momentum (December 27, 2012)
A shot of cold air and some natural snow has helped launch the 2012-2013 winter season in a big way. Find out the status of Mid-Atlantic ski areas.
Firsthand Report: 2012 Fall Festival at Liberty Mountain Resort (October 27, 2012)
Connie Lawn was on hand at Liberty Mountain’s Fall Festival October 21, 2012. She provides this Firsthand Report.
Firsthand Report: Wounded Warfighter Weekend at Liberty Mountain (March 10, 2012)
Connie Lawn and Charles Sneiderman closed out their season (at least on the East Coast) with a visit to Liberty Mountain Resort on March 3, 2012, covering the Wounded Warfighter Weekend. Liberty and Whitetail ended their ski season on March 4, 2012.
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|Above All Else @ Windsong: |
Above All Else is a vacation rental house with 4 bedrooms and 3 full baths, sitting in a secluded corner of Windsong Arabians horse farm. We rent this house to horse, nature or history enthusiasts. Savor life on a Maryland farm, and use this home as base camp for a visit to the slopes of nearby Ski Liberty.
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Comments on Liberty Mountain - posted by Jim Kenney
August 16, 2004 at 12:18 am
No doubt about it; Liberty is a lynchpin of local skiing and snowboarding. More Baltimore and Washington area skiers have received their introduction to the sport at this well-run resort than probably any other over the last three decades.
Liberty has several positive attributes going for it. It's only about an hour from the Capital beltway and is ideal for a daytrip, usually via well-cleared roads with no mountain passes. Liberty's snow makers and groomers appear to be a dogged bunch. The ski season often starts early and they keep a good percentage of terrain open longer than many other local ski areas. For a mountain with only 600 feet of vertical, Liberty knows how to make the most of their geography. 16 trails and 8 lifts spread out in many directions from the modest summit elevation with a respectable mix of intermediate-advanced drops. They have a halfpipe on the frontside of the mountain and among the runs on the backside of Liberty are a few short, but very steep descents for those who want to work on their bump skiing skills. Liberty draws a relatively large clientele of teenage and 20-something boarders & skiers and in the past has featured popular promotions with local radio stations on occasion.
Liberty can be unpleasantly busy on prime weekends, but the area is pretty well equipped with lifts, rentals and food services to handle the hoards. Crowds and prices are often lower for night skiing. I believe 100% of Liberty's terrain has lights for night skiing.
Comments on Liberty Mountain - posted by Grant Fox
January 17, 2005 at 6:15 pm
The backside of the mountain is much better than the front side
Comments on Liberty Mountain - posted by Little Gochi
July 25, 2007 at 9:44 am
It is okay, nothing special. There are a few good runs, but expect lots of crowds here. A lot of snowboarders tend to block up the lanes on the downhill areas. While most are professional and courteous, these few can ruin a good day of skiing. They can be the very definition of human cholesterol.
Comments on Liberty Mountain - posted by Rappaha
August 12, 2007 at 3:31 pm
This is a good place to visit for one day, but nothing more. Its a bit expensive for what you get on the slopes, and the only slope that is fast is the Vertigo area next to the terrain park. You can really move on this steep embankment, and its not a long ride to the midstation part of the lift.
Food is average, and there are some good seats in the lounge to relax in, while watching the slopes. The Flex idea for lift tickets is a good one, and more resorts need to do this.
Comments on Liberty Mountain - posted by Megan
February 12, 2008 at 11:13 am
My husband and I just had a wonderful Sunday visit to Ski Liberty. It was not crowded, the lines moved swiftly, and the snow condition on the mountain was terrific despite the absense of natural snow. Only complaint - high prices for everything - but no higher than elsewhere. Good times!
Comments on Liberty Mountain - posted by Brooke
February 22, 2009 at 8:27 pm
Just got back from Liberty today, and boy was it CROWDED. There were long lift lines, lots of traffic on all the slopes, plus enough beginners that on average every lift stopped about 3 or 4 times on the way up. We spent most of our time waiting around, not skiing. Blue Streak (a black diamond) was the most enjoyable trail we found, primarily because it wasn't as overskied as the rest. The rest of the mountain was a mix of crud and ice or else moguls. And we didn't even get a good deal on lift tickets - $50 for 4 hours. We won't be back.
Comments on Liberty Mountain - posted by DCSki Reader
March 6, 2009 at 5:47 pm
Liberty is close enough to get to go and come back in one night (a big plus) although I would like a few more challenging courses from one resort, the most difficult, upper ultra was the equal of a mere blue in any other resort. Other than that no complains.
Suggestion- if going bring your own food. Most things are overpriced.
Comments on Liberty Mountain - posted by Gary
January 12, 2010 at 11:30 pm
Went last Thursday and the snow conditions just could not be better. The biggest problem with Liberty is that it really is just too congested, and not necessarily on the lift lines. Getting off the quad at the summit and skiing down to Blue Streak is an adventure, as the novice skiers seem to stop ANYWHERE on the trail, (Dipsy Doodle - a Green), but once you on the blacks, it is much better. The lifts stop frequently, except on the backside. The prices inside are just ridiculous: $3.49 for bottled water, $5.99 for slice of pizza--bring a lunch.
I prefer Whitetail, but at least you can have a cold brew at Liberty!
Midatlantic Rating - 3/5
Liberty Mountain is not fun - posted by Brett Cochran
February 16, 2010 at 9:29 am
My girlfriend and I are avid skiers. I grew up on learning on the Poconos, she used to race competitively growing up in New Hampshire/Vermont. We usually hit up Whitetail for day trips, but I wanted to try the slightly closer Liberty. However, my one trip has convinced me to never go back.
The day we were at Liberty they had ski patrol sitting at the bottom of each run by huge "slow" signs (the signs actually read "Chill." - wow, that's way cooler!). The ski patrol would YELL at skiers to slow who they believed to be skiing too fast. I have NEVER, I repeat NEVER, seen this practiced at any other of the mountains my girlfriend or I have been too. It is rude and a terrible way to maintain safety. One of the ski patrol personnel (whose name I did not get, but he was a very short guy) was so rude to my girlfriend, he brought her to near tears. I was furious about this and decided to have a chat with him. I explained that she and I were easily some of the best skiers on the mountain that day and we should not be punished because of our abilities; I also told him that his attitude and method of BANGING HIS POLES at my girlfriend upset her a great deal. He didn't give two SS about her feelings and my calm demeanor and immediately began to get excited at me. Another female patroller thankfully stepped into our convo and was much calmer. She was willing to answer my questions and explain why they do this. However, the main reason she gave was that being the better skiers, my girlfriend and I set the tone on the mountain and that the less skilled customers would try to match us.
Stop there for two reasons:
1) Don't patronize me.
2) It's not my responsibility to set the "tone of the mountain".
My girlfriend and I ski well enough to maintain control at high speeds (by high speeds, I mean speeds for our advanced level, not Bode Miller Break Neck speeds). We will avoid other skiers at all costs so don't tell me how I should ski unless you think I am being wreckless; which is the last word I would use to define either of our styles.
I was near ready to ask the ticket office for my money back because of this experience. However, this was a Valentine's day treat for my girlfriend so I didn't want the whole day to be ruined. We skiied and made a point to exaggerate our turning as we ended our runs. I watched the patrol through out the day and found them really only reprimanding the people that seemed to be skilled enough to ski at higher speeds. When the patrol was passed by an out of control kid or teenager who was trying to slow themselves with using their arms as sails,they wouldn't bat an eye.
JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE IS A NOVICE AND OUT OF CONTROL DOES NOT MEAN IT'S THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF TALENTED SKIERS TO AVOID THEM. The patrol should have done a better job of coralling the out of control novices, instead of ruining the fun of the advanced skiers. Instead of yelling people and banging your poles like a nutcase as they passed, the patrol should calmly approach the individual and explain what the problem is. They were actually taking people's tickets away who they believed were a risk to other skiers. RI. DIC. U. LOUS.
This whole experience has convinced me to never return to Liberty. Next time I will drive the extra 30 minutes to Whitetail.
Comments on Liberty Mountain - posted by DC SKI READER
February 16, 2010 at 3:00 pm
So Brett as an experienced skier you go to a local hill on a double holiday weekend (Pres. and V-day)after record snowfall, and everyone being snowed in for a week, and then complain about crowd control??????
Comments on Liberty Mountain - posted by Kathleen S. Wright
February 16, 2010 at 7:47 pm
The slopes will keep novice to intermediate skiers busy for an entire day. The chairlifts are well-managed and move quickly. I wish, however, that there was a special price for for the "easy" slopes that included the Dipsy Doodle.
Comments on Liberty Mountain - posted by Kathleen S. Wright
February 16, 2010 at 7:49 pm
Liberty will keep a novice to intermediate skier busy for a few hours. The lift lines can be long. I think that there should be a special ticket price for the easiest of slopes that includes the Dipsy Doodle. The back of the mountain is fun for parents who have kids in ski lessons.
Comments on Liberty Mountain - posted by GGNagy
February 17, 2010 at 8:30 am
"We will avoid other skiers at all costs so don't tell me how I should ski unless you think I am being wreckless; which is the last word I would use to define either of our styles."
if 'wreckless' is the last word you would use to describe your styles, would 'wreckmore' be one fo the first?
Yelling at skiers is not Crowd Control - posted by Brett Cochran
February 17, 2010 at 11:38 am
@DC SKI READER
I understand that the weekend would be crowded. Yes, my girlfriend and I had been couped up all week too but couldn't get to a better mountain at the time to take advantage of the conditions. This doesn't mean that we should be punished for our abilities. However, there are better ways to control the crowd then by reprimanding people in a way that is rude and embarrassing to the individual. Like I said in my post, they would have been more effective if they approached the skiers at the end of their run and calmly explained the need for them to slow down. Do not bang your poles and yell at me then get excited when I ask what the problem is. I'm a paying customer who deserves to be treated with a calm respect.
Your snarkyness only assuages your attempts to defame my post. I have yet to have anyone disagree that having Ski Patrol rudely yell at people is a poor practice. I encourage Liberty to contact me at my email, firstname.lastname@example.org, if they truly feel my negative experience was unique that day (I was there on 2/13/10).
Comments on Liberty Mountain - posted by Patrick Coghlan
January 31, 2011 at 9:28 pm
This place is great for beginners but for anyone else who has learned how to ski well, it gets quite boring. Not really worth an overnight stay. The facilities for Liberty are very good in relation to the size of the place, and the hotel is not that bad. I have not yet experienced any unpleasantries from the staff, but they are very conscious about speed.
Comments on Liberty Mountain - posted by Tracy Rotton
February 23, 2011 at 12:32 pm
This is my first season going to Liberty after a few years of not skiing at all. I wanted my 5yo son to take some lessons to see how he liked it. On our first trip up, we did the "ski with me" lesson, kind of a parent-involvement type private lesson, and my son loved it. The instructor taught him the basics and me how to help him. After my son was done for the day, I put him in their playcare center so I could get a couple of hours by myself on the intermediate slopes.
Then we went again on President's Day. I was expecting tons of crowds but there was nothing! I didn't have to wait in a chair line all day, and only had to share a quad with strangers maybe 3 times. I was amazed, and I think so was the staff. Granted, the snow was a little on the icy granule side, but for a casual skier like me it was fine, and there was better snow on the rear side.
That time I put my son in the 1/2 day ski camp and again he had a great time while I got a bunch of runs in on my own. It's amazing how good he got after only two trips. He can do controlled turns, wedge stops, and turning stops really, really well. The teachers there are great and do a fantastic job with the kids.
We're combing our calendars to see if we can squeeze in one more trip this winter. A ski patrol guy I shared a lift with says they're aiming to keep the skiing open until the 3rd week in March, but if there aren't enough people coming they'll have to close down sooner.
Humility - posted by BigAzzB
February 5 at 2:22 pm
Wow Brett: "... I explained that she and I were easily some of the best skiers on the mountain that day..".
I think I have pretty good idea of how that conversation went.
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