The economy may be in the doldrums right now, but several area ski resorts are forging ahead with improvements for the 2002-2003 winter season. Bulldozers and carpenters are currently at work at Pennsylvania’s Blue Mountain, Liberty Mountain, and Whitetail ski resorts.
Whitetail is also busy building a new snow tubing park, and adding night lighting to several expert slopes, including Bold Decision, Exhibition, Drop In and Ridge Runner. All of these improvements will greet skiers, boarders, and tubers this winter.
Pennsylvania’s Blue Mountain Resort is also in the midst of expansion. Razor’s Edge, a new 3,200 foot long black diamond trail east of Challenge, is being cut. A new teaching hill, serviced by its own chairlift, is also being added, and the Valley Lodge Rental Shop is being doubled in size. To support the new terrain and fortify existing terrain, Blue Mountain is making enhancements to its snowmaking capabilities.
Whitetail’s sister resort, Liberty Mountain, is also adding the Boulder Ridge Snow Tubing Park. Liberty is busy grading terrain, clearing a few trees, and building an access road to the new Park. A “log cabin style” snow tubing lodge is being built.
Liberty is also relocating its half pipe to just above the Mountain Chalet. According to the resort, the new pipe will have better visibility, a better shape and its own transition groomer. Liberty is also making enhancements to its snowmaking system, replacing some tower mounted snow guns with new, high efficiency guns.
Later this summer, DCSki will begin to chronicle all of the changes in store for the upcoming season at area ski resorts. Stay tuned!
M. Scott Smith is the founder and Editor of DCSki. Scott loves outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, kayaking, skiing, and mountain biking. He is an avid photographer and writer.