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Ski Liberty, PA, 02/13/15

post #1 of 13
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Got out yesterday, Friday the 13th, back to Ski Liberty in Pennsylvania, a week after having been in Vail. I was a little worried that going west would have ruined me for the mid-Atlantic........ but I still really enjoyed it. Phew, disaster averted. :D

 

I managed to get out early, and was one of the first folks on the chair. The conditions were really good, with relatively soft grooming in most places. (Only in a couple of spots did I get that "rumble strip" effect/sound on hard frozen groom.) Temps were cold - in the low teens when I arrived - warming to mid-20's by early afternoon. But the wind didn't arrive so it was an absolutely beautiful day. 

 

Nearly untouched groom at the base of the terrain park :

 

 

A moment later, unfortunately, the ski patrol headed up the hill on a snow mobile. They appeared to be treating a couple of younger (maybe 10 years old?) kids in the terrain park and had a sled out. It looked like maybe the kids had a very short day :( though hopefully not :

 

 

Once to the top, I spent the first part of the day mostly lapping the back side - Upper Ultra then down either Lower Ultra, or Lower Heavenly (though I hit all the non-bump stuff on the back). Most of the back side is blue rated, but Upper Ultra is short, and fairly steep with just a little bumpiness (although I've seen it groomed completely smooth), so at Liberty, that qualifies for this sign/view :

 

 

I also hit the blue bump run (Lower Eastwind)... as I've skied more this winter, I'm itching to keep learning, so I figured I'd try a few bumps - just some traverses to get a feel for it. I did a few passes back and forth, fell a couple of times, and decided I wasn't quite ready yet. :o When I've been here before, only about half the run was bumps, which gave you room to run past the bumps and duck in and out more comfortably. But the run was nearly covered yesterday, making it a little tougher. Here's the top of it :

 

 

The other place I like lapping is the two front-side black runs, White Lightning and Blue Streak. White Lightning starts with a little chute to negotiate :

 

 

The drops to the left on a short steep section before flattening out :

 

 

These pics really flatten out the steepness - probably hitting something like 25 degrees. Not steep compared to other places, but certainly steeper than the other slopes on the mountain. White Lightning also has a pass through the trees at the bottom of the steep section back over to the terrain park. This pic is looking back at it :

 

 

I lapped White Lightning and the terrain park quite a few times as well... the park is huge and lots of variety of jumps and features. I don't use the features, but have worked myself up to the medium sized jumps.

 

And I only yard-saled once, but made good use of my helmet for the first time! :eek:o (No, it wasn't very hard and the helmet wasn't deformed or anything - really no big deal.)

 

Overall it was a terrific day. 28 runs before I left in the early afternoon, as the runs were starting to get icier/scraped off, although the blacks were little used and still in bettter shape. 

 

For folks looking for something tougher, they do also have two short black bump runs off the back that were getting pretty good usage and looked pretty soft. Here's one of them (with the other in the background) :

 

 

Maybe one day I'll be ripping that one!

post #2 of 13

Looks like a good place to get some turns in if it's not too far from home.  Not quite as big as Vail though.

post #3 of 13

Thanks for the pics!  Have checked out Whitetail and Roundtop, but not Liberty yet.

post #4 of 13
Liberty is great on a weekday/night. Crazy crowded on the weekend and does not handle the crowds well at all.

RoundTop is by far my favorite of the 3.
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Originally Posted by northeasterner View Post
 

Looks like a good place to get some turns in if it's not too far from home.  Not quite as big as Vail though.

 

It's actually the closest to home for me, beating Whitetail by 10 or 15 minutes driving. 

 

And according to ski-able acreage, Vail is approximately 52 times the size of Liberty! So, no, not quite as big. :)

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RoundTop is by far my favorite of the 3.

 

Roundtop may have to be next for me, as I've never been there. It's a bit further than Liberty or Whitetail for me, but still only about 2 hours I think. 

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Roundtop may have to be next for me, as I've never been there. It's a bit further than Liberty or Whitetail for me, but still only about 2 hours I think. 

The best terrain of all 3 imo and much fewer skiers.
post #8 of 13
When I lived in MD, I generally got 4-hour passes. If it was Saturday, I went to Roundtop; Sunday, to Liberty.

Roundtop had something scheduled for Sundays that made it more crowded. Liberty didn't have long lift lines until 1 or later on Sunday - around the time I was leaving.
post #9 of 13
Liberty is my favorite of the three Snow Time resorts, especially when it isn't crowded. It is a great place to keep your skills in shape when you aren't out West.

You should check out their adult Dev classes next year as they are a great way to improve. I did the Jan session this year and our instructor even had us doing the two top black diamond bump runs. They have full day classes for all level of skiers up to 7.

While Roundtop an Whitetail handle crowds a bit better, I like the terrain at Liberty a bit better. Plus, it is the closest of the three from my house, which is a big plus.
post #10 of 13
Proximity wise, Liberty is tough to beat. I live just below Fredrick in Northern Va and can get ther in about 45-50 min. On a weeknight I can get there by 5 pm pretty easily and get a bunch of skiing in before closing time.
post #11 of 13

Nice report - haven't skied Liberty in a couple years, but have hit Whitetail.  No, none of these places rival the west, but if you go with the right mindset, which is a chance to get some runs in to keep sharp, and the conditions are decent, they can provide a few hours of fun.

post #12 of 13

Good old Ski Liberty.

 

Took my first ever lesson there years ago. Then began teaching there after I moved to Frederick before my corporate travels took me elsewhere. Thanks for the pictures-brought back a lot of memories.

post #13 of 13

Looks pretty good, especially the bump runs. I like areas that have developed some easier runs with man-made bumps, as they are typically spaced evenly enough you can get a good rhythm.   Bumps are difficult enough for most people, without them being strictly on the steepest terrain 

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