Pros: Close to DC, good snowmaking, skis longer than the vertical
Cons: Weekend crowds, limited vertical, limited advance terrain
Ski Liberty is a fun little ski area that has a great location. It is one of the closest ski areas to the DC metro area, being a little over an hour away. Making it a place where a lot of people learn to ski and the local hill to many DC metro area residents.
For a small hill, Ski Liberty has a lot to offer. First, they are a great place to learn to ski with a good ski school and beginner terrain that is away from where most of the intermediate and advanced skiers ski. They also have great snowmaking, which is essentially for any ski area in a region that gets little snow and often has stretches of warm weather during the skiing season. They do a great job of being able to get their slopes covered and opened quickly when the temperature turns cold enough to make snow and make plenty of it during the season to make it through the inevitable mid-Atlantic warm spells. Finally, they have a layout that is fun to ski where you usually don't end up going straight down the mountain. This makes it so that the trails ski longer than the ~600ft vertical would suggest. They also usually let one of their intermediate trails bump up so you can start learning how to ski bumps without tackling the advanced terrain at the same time.
Being a small hill, Ski Liberty does have its limitations as well. The advanced terrain is limited and will not pose much of a challenge to a true expert skier. The area can get very crowded on the weekends, though the backside were most of the intermediate and advanced terrain reside usually is not too bad. While the runs ski longer than the vertical suggests, they are still fairly short. Being an area where a lot of people learn, you also will find a few skiers who should be sticking to the greens trying to tackle the blue and black slopes.
Ski Liberty is owned by Snow Time Inc, which owns two other local resorts, Whitetail and Roundtop. As mentioned in a previous review, season passes and their advantage discount card are honored at all three resorts. So if you enjoy a little variety, you can think of getting three mountains price of one with their season pass and discount card. The three ski areas are different enough from each other that they each have their own distinct feel.
There are certainly mid-Atlantic area that have more vertical and more challenging terrain than Ski Liberty, but most of them are a much further drive from the DC area than any of the Snow Time resorts. And while its sister resort Whitetail has 300 more vertical, I find the trail layout at Liberty to be more fun.