Liberty Mountain FallFest - October 18, 2009
By Connie Lawn and Charles Sneiderman
The clouds parted and the cold, miserable rain of the past few days ended. The sun shone, and the leaves on the trees were a glorious mix of red and gold. The grass carpet on the slopes is still glistening green, and the cold wind (despite the sun) brought hopes of snow making in the near future.
About 1,000 people flocked to Liberty to enjoy the annual festival, and purchase their season lift passes at discount rates of $399 for the year. There is still time to get them, by October 31st, or participate in a number of different discount rates throughout the year. For specials, check dcski.com or the SkiLiberty.com websites.
The festival included a great buffet in the cafeteria and wonderful music by the Waynesboro bluegrass band, "The Boro Boogie Pickers." Outside, there were Halloween festivities, ugly witches, crafts, and a chili taste off. Liberty is known for its special events and activities.
SkiLiberty has the feel of a family - run operation, with many of the same employees and instructors returning each year. General Manager Eric Flynn encourages that closeness. In addition to Liberty, Eric is the Chief Operating Officer of Snow Time, Inc., so he also keeps a close eye on Whitetail and Roundtop. He is also a good representative for the snow sport life, with his movie star looks and trim build!
Eric says they expect a good season, following an excellent one last year. Many people are staying closer to home, and taking advantage of the discount deals, due to the economy. In addition, the snow making is great, and the resorts have a lot to offer. They are close -between one and two hours from the Washington and Baltimore metropolitan areas. There are some efforts this year to arrange shared transportation, to make the commute easier.
At the festival, Eric told us there is a major new chair lift on the more advanced back side of the mountain. The old chairs with the pole in the middle have been replaced by a high speed quad, which can move 2,400 people an hour.
Changes and improvements have also been made in the beginner area, making it easier to get onto and off the lift. For those starting out, there are learn to ski or snowboard specials for only $39. This includes lifts, instructions, and equipment. The offer runs from opening day to December 24th.
So, think cold. It is soon time to head to the slopes! Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4 Photo 5 Photo 6 Photo 7