anyone know how the ski conditions are there (from experience, not from the website)?
My suggestion is don't make any hotel reservations until a couple of days b4 your trip, and ask the same question here at that time.
Tom / PM
PS - FYI, Liberty and Whitetail are more like 1:30 to 1:45 away from northern DC, MD 'burbs, and most northern VA 'burbs, ie, no where near your 3 hour limit.
the group i'm with would be mostly intermediate, though I would be expert.