With less than a week of cold weather to work with, the folks at Ski Liberty have been able to create a minor miracle. In the space of roughly three days, the snowmakers at Liberty have been able to open an incredible amount of terrain.
In the front, the beginner area, Sneaky Pete, Dipsy Doodle, Blue Streak and the Snowboard Park are open from top to bottom. Conditions are truly machine made packed powder with full coverage on open trails. Most importantly, no bare spots on the trails! This, in and of itself, is pretty amazing. What is even more amazing is that the backside is open as well! Heavenly, Whitney’s Way (formerly Be Happy) and Ultra are open from top to bottom with the same conditions as the front: machine made packed powder and not a single bare spot to spoil the run.
The credit goes to the hard work of the snowmakers and staff as well as the improvements made to the snowmaking equipment. According to word of mouth, Ski Liberty not only increased snowmaking capacity, it also invested in a device that cools the water going through the snowmaking system. The result is cooler water exiting the pipes, allowing snowmaking at higher temperatures than before.
Conditions on Sunday, December 26th were excellent. Not only was the snow good, with everyone hitting post Christmas sales, lift lines were small to nonexistent. As colder weather is expected to stay around Ski Liberty for the week, conditions should be even better as the week progresses! Latest rumors are that even more terrain will be open by New Year’s day.
James "Jim" Chen" is a member of the National Ski Patrol and Assistant Patrol Director at Liberty Mountain ski area in Carroll Valley, Pennsylvania. Jim has been a member of the Liberty Patrol since the 1995-1996 season. Off the slopes, Jim is an attorney in Washington, D.C. where he counsels clients on transportation, innovation, safety and environmental areas.
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