Sneak Peek: Resort Improvements for 2002-2003 2
Author thumbnail By M. Scott Smith, DCSki Editor

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.

Photo provided by Whitetail Resort.
Crews have been busy at Whitetail Resort building a significant lodge addition. The 17,000 square ft. addition will allow for a more convenient food area flow, add changing rooms, and move the retail shop to the ground level. Framing is nearly complete.

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!

About M. Scott Smith

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.

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Reader Comments

John Sherwood
July 22, 2002
Great to hear that area mountains are making significant improvements. It demonstrates that the region is a robust ski market, warm weather notwithstanding.

For those seeking to beat the weekend crowds at Whitetail, consider night skiing. I suspect the far-side expert trails will be virtually EMPTY at night.

The new expert trail at Blue Mountain also sounds promising. I skied Challenge two years ago and was impressed by its length. The trail has two steep, bumped up sections at the top and then flattens out to more of an intermediate level trail around mid mountain. I once saw a ski patrol member fall on the top section so one could say that the trail lives up to its name. One of the best aspects of Challenge was the high-speed lift that serviced it. I went up on a Friday and skied myself silly. There is also a nice green trail called Paradise that runs from top to bottom: a great trail to relax on after Challenge or the new Razors Edge. Blue is definitely worth a trip, especially after a big coastal storm.
JimK
July 23, 2002
Those new lights at Whitetail definitely get my attn, and will probably ensure at least one PM visit next season.

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