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Liberty Mountain

 

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Trail Map
Trail Map
 

 

 

 

Trail notes and highlights

  • Liberty mountain has a frontside and a backside
  • Frontside consists of beginner terrain, the terrain park and a couple of advanced trails
  • Backside consists of intermediate and advanced trails
  • The frontside is usually more crowded then the back and the Alpine chair that takes you to the top can have a long wait time
  • Recommend intermediate and advanced skiers stick to the backside to avoid the crowds.  While White Lightning and Blue Streak can be fun trails, take these only when you want to return to the base area.
  • Lower Eastwind is often left to bump up, and since it is an intermediate trail, it is a good trail to practice mogul skiing while learning.
  • You can make the backside trails ski longer by switching to a different trail on your left 1/3 of the way down the hill.

 

While Liberty doesn't have any terrain that would challenge a true expert skier, it is still a fun mountain and solid intermediate and advanced skiers will find some solid runs that fit their current skiing level.  It is also a good place for Mid-Atlantic skiers of any level to get prepared for a trip up North or out West.    

 

 

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Deals & Resort Information

2012 - 2013 Lift Ticket Rates

 

Ticket
Flex tickets begin at time of purchase
Midweek / Non-Peak Weekend / Peak
Window Rate Advantage Card Rate* Window Rate Advantage Card Rate*
4 Hour Flex $50.00 $30.00 $60.00 $36.00
8 Hour Flex $55.00 $33.00 $67.00 $40.20
Extended (open to close) $64.00 $38.40 $71.00 $42.60
Night (5pm to 10pm) $42.00 $25.20 $42.00 $25.20
2-day Consecutive $110.00 $66.00 $134.00 $80.40
Jr. 4 Hour Flex (ages 6-12) $45.00 $27.00 $51.00 $30.60
Jr. 8 Hour Flex (ages 6-12) $50.00 $30.00 $57.00 $34.20
Jr. Extended (ages 6-12, open to close) $55.00 $33.00 $60.00 $36.00
Jr. Night (ages 6-12) $37.00 $22.20 $37.00 $22.20
Jr. 2-day Extended (ages 6-12) $100.00 $60.00 $114.00 $68.40
*Learn more about the Advantage Card.
 

 

  • Seniors age 65 and over receive 50% off lift tickets Midweek/Non-Peak.
  • Junior rate applicable for ages 6-12.
  • Children 5 and under receive free lift ticket with purchase of adult lift ticket.
  • Special Military discount: $5 off any retail lift ticket, rental equipment, or Learn To Package; $10 off the All Mtn Package. This discount is available to active duty military anytime, valid ID required. Sorry, dependents are not eligible for discount.

Rental Rates

All ages.

All Day, Every Day! Window Rate Advantage Card Rate*
Ski Rental $42.00 $25.20
Snowboard Rental $48.00 $28.80
Helmet Rental $12.00 $7.20

*Learn more about the Advantage Card with the rental option.

 

 

2013 - 2014  Season Pass Rates

 

2013 - 2014 Snow Tubing Rates

 

DEALS
 

The Advantage Card allows you to save 40% every time you ski or ride at Liberty, Whitetail and Roundtop. You can be on the mountain for as little as $27.60! For example, it is possible that a family of 5 will have paid for the card and recognize a savings on just their second visit! And as a bonus, each individual's 6th lift ticket is FREE! To save even more, add the Rental Option for those family members who need equipment. You'll save 40% on their ski or snowboard rentals and again, their 6th visit will be FREE! (Advantage Card discount not valid on snow tubing)..

 
The Advantage Card for 2012-2013 is only $84 if purchased by 10/31/11.  The price goes up to $119 after that date.  If you miss the 10/31 date, but are still interested in Advantage card, I believe you can purchase one from a Ski Liberty/Roundtop/Whitetail representative at the early purchase price during one of the Ski Swaps taking place in the DC Metro area in November and early December.
 
The Night Club Card is a terrific way to enjoy unlimited skiing and snowboarding every night for one low price. The card is only available through group membership, but each member uses their card individually. Club groups can be found in schools and communities as well as in ski shops and businesses. We can help you locate a club in your area, or why not start you own!
 
If you are interested in the night club card, but don't have a convenient ski club to get one through, check out the Skidome Ski & Snowboard Club. The only requirement for joining the club is that you purchase a night club card through them.
 
 
The mountain passport card is a deal for first time skiers and snowboarders who purchase a First Class learn to ski or snowboard package.  Once they have completed their First Class lesson, they can purchase a Mountain Passport Card for $45 that gives them:
  • Free all mountain package their next visit (lift ticket valid for all lifts and rentals)
  • 40% off all lift and rental equipment for the rest of the season
  • One free class lesson each visit for the rest of the season 
 
WHAT'S NEW
 

What's new at Liberty Mountain!

Children's Learning Center

The reception and check-in area of the Children's Learning Center received a makeover last summer - this summer the indoor children's play area and Camp Room follows suit. Totally new décor, remodeled restrooms and new furnishings give the area a whole new look. The kids will be especially delighted by the wall art crafted completely with Burton youth snowboards!

New Mobile Website

Smart phone users will appreciate the new Liberty Mountain Resort mobile website. All the resort information and features you need the most are right at your finger tips in this user friendly interface.

Burton Riglet Park

Gone are the days of kids being 'too young' to snowboard! With Burton's new 80cm boards equipped with a Riglet reel, kids as young as three can be learning to balance, turn and 'shred' with the help of an instructor. The Riglet reel is a special cord attached to the toe of the snowboard that enables the snowboard instructor to lead the child across appropriate terrain. Located in the base area, Liberty's Riglet Park is a specialized, super cool area of flat terrain designed for kids ages 3-6 where instructors are able to provide an introduction to snowboarding. The Riglet Park will be available on weekends and select midweek days. Children in the Riglet Park must be accompanied by an instructor, and reservations may be made through the Snowboard School main desk.

In other Liberty/Burton News…Liberty's Snowboard School Supervisor Jesse Cleveland has been working very closely with Burton. Jesse will be traveling to other Burton Women's Center Resorts sharing her expertise with other instructors on how to best develop successful women snowboarding programs at their resorts. Jesse was also named one of the industry's 'Top 10 Under 30' by Ski Area Management (SAM) Magazine.

Cool New Terrain Park Features

Liberty has partnered with terrain park designers and fabricators, Destoy Labs of Maine. The folks at Destoy are all shredders themselves, and are designing multiple features and a park layout for Liberty that will be sure to have all park riders stoked.

Boulder Ridge Party Rooms and Arcade Area

Our snow tubing party rooms are going to be even better this year with a new design and furnishings. Snow Tubing parties have always been a blast - this fresh look will make them even better!

ACTIVITIES
 
SERVICES

Lessons

 

2012 - 2013 Rental Equipment Rates

 

Resort Amenities

 

Transportation
Transportation
 

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION

From Washington, DC and Northern Virginia - approx. 60 minutes
I-270 north to Frederick. Route 15 north to Emmitsburg, MD, exit left onto South Seton Ave (blinking light near Getty gas station). At traffic light in town, turn left onto Route 140 West. At PA line, Route 140 West becomes Route 16. Turn right on Route 116. Liberty Mountain Resort is 3 miles on the right.

From Baltimore, MD - approx. 60 minutes
From I-695 take I-795 north to Route 140 West. Follow Route 140 to PA line, it becomes Route 16. Turn right on Route 116. Liberty Mountain Resort is 3 miles on the right.

 

From York, PA - 45 minutes
Route 30 west to Gettysburg Square. Go 3/4 of the way around the square to Baltimore St. At the first stop light, turn right on Route 116. Liberty Mountain Resort is 8 miles on the left.

 

From Hagerstown, MD - 40 minutes
I-81 to MD exit 9. Turn right on Maugans Ave (East). Maugans Ave becomes Long Meadow Rd at Rt.11. After 4 miles, turn left at stop light on to Route 60 north. After 3 miles, bear right on Route 418, Ringgold Pike. After 6 miles turn right at light on to Route 16. After 10 miles turn left on Route 116 for 3 miles to Liberty Mountain Resort.

 

 

 

 

Lodging
Lodging
 
Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

Liberty Mountain Hotel

 

The hotel offers 99 comfortable guest rooms, including one luxury suite with king and double guestrooms which include cable TV, private voice-mail, and computer ports. Their luxury suite features a living area, kitchenette and whirlpool tub. Guests enjoy a continental breakfast with their stay.   Extra person charges may apply $108 -  $172 
Wyndam Gettysburg The hotel has 248 guest rooms, include suites.  King and double guestrooms are available  with cable TV, private voice-mail, and computer ports. An indoor pool and restaurant are on site. Extra person charges may apply $98.10 and up
Country Inn and Suites by Carlson Each of the hotel rooms and suites features modern amenities including high-speed wireless Internet access, voicemail, telephone with data port, coffee and tea maker, hair dryer and iron/ironing board. Suites are conveniently equipped with refrigerators and microwaves.  Hotel amenities include an indoor pool, free high-speed Internet access, a fitness center and complimentary breakfast served daily. Extra person charges may apply $67.49 and up
Comfort Inn Convenient location, free breakfast with hot waffles, free local calls, free coffee, indoor heated pool and hot tub.  Extra person charges may apply $59.99 and up

 

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Dining
The Inn at Liberty Mountain - Located in the Clubhouse Building at Carroll Valley Golf Course, The Inn offers two different dining rooms. The Fireside Dining Room features a rustic atmosphere with a large fireplace, which is particularly cozy during cool weather. The distinguished Terrace Dining Room is located adjacent to the Fireside Dining Room. Dinner reservations are suggested and proper attire for guests is resort casual.
 
Tavern on the Green - Located golf-side in the Clubhouse Building at Carroll Valley Golf Course, the Tavern will entice you with its large wood-burning fireplace, leather couches, large-screen HD TV, well-stocked bar and taste-tempting cuisine. Enjoy a bright morning breakfast, casual lunch with friends, or a late night of fun in the adjacent Billiards Room.
 
  •  There are many chain and family owned restaurants in Gettysburg to select from during your stay.
 
 
 

 

Liberty Mountain
Description:

Liberty Mountain offers terrain for all ability levels, from new skiers and riders to experts. The trails are serviced by five quad chairlifts, one J-bar, and 3 magic carpet surface lifts. Liberty offers good terrain variety and skiing on two faces of the mountain. The First Class Area, Nova, Sneaky Pete and Don't Worry are designated Family Ski Zones reserved for skiers and riders who prefer a leisurely pace. For riders, Liberty's Adventure Alley terrain park has a variety of terrain features plus a half pipe. Adventure Alley features a sound system and it's own surface lift. You'll find the region's only slopeside hotel and tavern at Liberty Mountain. Stay just a few steps from the slopes in one of the 99 guest rooms. The tavern and outdoor deck serve a wide variety of food from a sit down dinner to munchies. On the backside, the South Pole offers snacks and drinks just steps from the quad chairs.

Details:
DetailValue
Snow making percent100%
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Magic carpet3
Lifts-Surface Lifts-J bar1
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Quad5
Lifts-Total number of lifts8
Lifts-Total lift capacity13,400 skiers/hour
Trails-1-Beginner5
Trails-2-Intermediate9
Trails-3-Advanced7
Trails-5-Terrain park2
Trails-6-Half pipe1
Trails-Total21
Runs-Longest run5,200 ft
General-Base elevation570 ft
General-Vertical drop620'
General-OwnerSno-Time
General-Total area in bounds100 acres
General-Snow making coverage100 acres
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Posted

Pros: Great Ski School, Proximity to DC

Cons: Way too crowded, Long lift Lines, Clueless and reckless skiers

THE PROS: Liberty Mountain is a good resort to learn to ski/snowboard because of its well-trained Ski School.  They offer a great priced package for first time skiers called the Mountain Passport Card for about $45 that includes a first-timers lesson, a lift ticket to beginner terrain, and ski/boot/pole rentals.  It's snowmaking capabilities are good for a region that survives on it when the resort receives an annual snowfall of less than 50in.  The restaurants and lodge are nice.

 

THE CONS: This place is crowded on weekends!  I felt like cattle going to the slaughterhouse while waiting in a disparaging line only to arrive on slopes that are jammed with people.  I had a difficult time getting relief on the Black Diamond runs as there were crowds of mostly people that should not be skiing on their Advanced/Expert terrain.  There are yard sales everywhere and people skiing out of control. A lot of people there are jerks and showboats as they blast down the mountain to the lift line and kick up snow on people waiting for the lift (I've seen this go wrong and the skier can't stop in time and barrel into people). The lift ticket cost was high for the experience.  More high-speed quads wouldn't really help as the mountain is crowded with people as well.  The mountain has short trails and has a vertical drop of 650ft.  This factors into waiting a long time to get on the lift, then waiting time on the lift as it stalls when people cant get off the lift appropriately, then you ski down most likely icy terrain for a couple minutes on a crowded trail and you wind up back in a long lift line.  It's a bummer of mass proportions!

 

THE RUN DOWN:  After five visits over the last few winters, I'm done with this place. I just cant justify the drive and money from DC whereas there are better resorts to go to under 3 hours away such as Timberline Resort ($20 Lift tickets with a Student ID, 150-200in of annual snow, has great tree skiing!) and Canaan Valley Resort (180in of annual snow and a great terrain park) in West Virginia or Blue Knob (100in of annual snow, most advanced terrain in the Mid-Atlantic, & should be skied after a big storm) in Pennsylvania! 

 

My Timberline Resort Review:  http://www.epicski.com/products/timberline-four-seasons-resort/reviews/3558

 

My Blue Knob Resort Review: http://www.epicski.com/products/blue-knob/reviews/3483

Posted

Pros: Well maintained facilities, newer quicker lifts, good terrain for small vert, friendly staff

Cons: Crowded weekends, Icy in pm, a decent walk from parking lots

I usually try to get there early - good snow quality and less crowded, spend most of the time on the backside of the mountain. Terrain more varied and advanced with some bumps to enjoy. One of three snow time owned resorts, similar to Roundtop with a more metro feel. Whitetail has more vertical than other two but can get crowded and more likely to hit the freeze and thaw cycle. A day well spent, usually leave around lunch before the crowds build on weekends.

Posted

Pros: Ski and Snowboard school, snowmaking, great use of terrain

Cons: small area, can be crowded

 Liberty does more to use its terrain than any other area I have visited.  The runs blend nicely into each other so one can use the entire vertical, and the landscaping makes the runs feel longer than they really are.  Each run has character and there is a nice progression in difficulty from one to the next.  

The snowsports school has a very thorough training program, with more representation among the PSIA staffs than any other area with its vertical.  Instructors have clinics available throughout the day, unless customer demand requires all instructors to teach.  The school technical staff shadows lessons and works to maintain quality and consistency among lessons.  The staff is large, but mostly part-time. There is an excellent chance that your instructor works full time as an attorney, doctor, dentist, or senior military officer.

Many customers come from DC and the suburbs, so there are many international guests, especially from embassies, consulates, IMF and the World Bank.  As a result the amenities are upscale for a small resort.

Lift lines on the front side of the hill can be long on crowded days, and one must take a lift up the front side in order to access the back of the mountain.  Lines on the back, where there is an outdoor eating and restrooms, but no lodge, are usually very short.

Snowmaking is excellent, and grooming has been better this season than in the recent past.  Grooming had deteriorated for a couple of years after the company had acquired Whitetail, and sent its best groomers there, but lately the groomers at Liberty seem to have gotten the knack of great grooming.  The man-made bumps on Lower Eastwind, a moderate blue slope, are excellent, and just about the right size for great challenge and practice.

Lodge food is reasonably priced for a ski area, with a cafeteria and pizzeria in the main lodge, as well as a separate tavern, which serves drinks and has table service for food.


Posted

Pros: Close to DC and Baltimore metro areas. Well managed. Season pass valid at Whitetail and Roundtop as well as discounts at several other EC areas.

Cons: Small vertical. Located in the "banana belt" subject to early season base melt down. Grooming can be improved. Front side is cold.

Oct 8, 2009

Ski Liberty has been my home mountain for over 30 years.  If it hadn't been for the convenience of Ski Liberty (55 minutes door to door), I wouldn't be as passionate about skiing as I am.

The area although vertically challenged (~600 feet) takes pride in being well managed.  The first thing a guest notice is how well the facilities are maintained.  This includes buildings, grounds, terrain and snow making.  With this said, for some reason, the grooming can be hit or miss, which usually is a contention with most Liberty regulars.  However, I view it as a challenge which will help improve my skiing when I go ski bigger and more varied terrain elsewhere.

Thirty minutes are added to each daily lift ticket (whether 4 or 8 hours) at the time of purchase, so that guest do not feel rushed when preparing to get ready to ski.  For example, an 8 hour lift ticket purchased at 10:30 AM  would be valid until 7:00 PM.   As with  most ski areas which offer a choice between 4 and 8 hour tickets, the price differential between a 4 hour ticket and an 8 hour ticket is disappointing.  However, the flexible start time for each ticket although not unique to Liberty, is still quite welcomed and progressive for the industry.

Lift tickets, Advantage Cards and Season Passes are valid at Liberty, Roundtop and Whitetail.  I see very little advantage in purchasing a ticket at Liberty and then driving, for example, an hour or half an hour to ski at one of our sister areas, although I once did meet a skier who bought a ticket at Roundtop, skied there for two hours, drove to Liberty to ski another two hours and was going to finish up at Whitetail.  With this said, even if you stacked all three mountains one on top of the other, the total vertical would come out at just about 2000 feet.  In addition, Advantage Cards and Season Passes enjoy discounts at several other Eastern mountains. 

Shortness of the trails are offset by the varied ski terrain available.  There are steeps, bumps, a  terrain park and the ever favorite groomed runs.  Runs are interesting and rarely cut straight down the fall line, but not winding and meandering either.  Liberty lacks glade skiing, although, I've seen tracks winding into lightly treed areas when natural snow is deep. Note that deep natural snow doesn't happen but once every 10-15 years.  The area is well laid out, with the more advanced slopes located on the back side of the mountain.  The back side has it's own small refreshment counter with bathrooms so that it is not necessary to return to the main lodge until one is ready to leave.  Two fixed quads are situated on the back, thus providing for short lift lines even for weekend mornings.  However, after lunch, during the weekends, it can get packed.  A fixed quad from the front provides for transport to the back side as well as to terrain from the top to the front. Two runs with short steep pitches takes the advance skier down the front to the main lodge, while a long intermediate trail takes the less adventurous skiers to the front side bottom.

The beginner area is located on the front of the mountain, with it's own fixed quad and a magic carpet. Another fixed quad serving terrain for beginner/intermediates is also located on the front side.  A word to the wise, it can get windy and chilly on the front side, so dress appropriately.

By the way, a tubing park is also available to those interested or with small children.

I would not recommend distant skiers making a special trip to experience Liberty, but if one is in the vicinity, a day spent on the slopes here should bring a smile to your face.