Visitors to Liberty Mountain Resort this winter will find a welcome change to the Dipsy Double chairlift: the double is being replaced by a quad. The new chairlift higlights one of many enhancements at the Pennsylvania resort for the 2006-2007 winter season.
The Sneaky Pete area at the top of the mountain will be expanded, providing more space for novice skiers and boarders to stretch their legs. The West Side Terrain Park is also seeing a small expansion to allow additional room for features.
Liberty Mountain continues to integrate automated snowguns into its snowmaking system, which allows the resort to begin making snow within minutes once temperature and humidity reach optimal levels. The resort reports that 50% of its snowmaking system is now automated. The resort believes these enhancements will help permit the West Side Terrain Park to open earlier in the season.
Liberty has also upgraded slope lighting for night skiing on Lower Blue Streak, White Lightning, Adventure Alley and West Side Park.
Snowboarders will find that Liberty Mountain is now an official Burton Adult and Kid’s Learn to Ride Center. New recruits to snowboarding will benefit rom the Burton LTR boards, which are specially designed to make learning easy with a soft core for maximum flex and support. The ski rental shop has been restructured and redesigned to streamline traffic flow and reduce the time it takes to rent gear.
Once again this season, Liberty Mountain will continue to offer deep discounts from opening date through December 22, 2006 on Learn to Ski or Board Packages and class lessons. From opening through December 22, Liberty will offer Learn to Ski or Board Packages (including rental, lesson, and beginner lift ticket) for $29. Group lessons at any ability level will be $10. Liberty will also offer on-line group reservations this season.
Liberty Mountain, Ski Roundtop, and Whitetail Resort have partnered with Vermont’s Stratton Resort to provide shared benefits. For example, Season Passholders at Liberty, Roundtop, or Whitetail will receive free skiing at Stratton (with lodging stay) when the local resorts are closed, along with four free lift tickets during the season and exclusive lodging discounts. Advantage Card holders will save 50% on lift tickets at Stratton when the local resorts are closed (again, with lodging stay), along with other discounts.
Finally, Liberty Mountain plans to open popular elements of the Challenge Course at Boulder Ridge for individual use during peak times of the winter season, including the climbing tower and zip-line.
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.