In my effort to continue to hit new places this year, I ventured north to Roundtop in Pennsylvania on Friday (the fourth new place for me this season). This resort is owned by the same group as Liberty and Whitetail in southern Pennsylvania, but it's about 30 minutes further from me than those two, so I had never bothered to go there. But I got the chance yesterday, and had a great day.
Roundtop is about 600 feet of vertical laid out across a ridge, in a straight forward fashion. It pretty much progresses from green on the far right (looking up hill) to blue through the middle and black on the far left.
I parked near the main lodge to the right on the map, and started off on the greens, but wound up spending most the day on the blue/black side of things. If I were to go back, I'd just park on that side (just below Minuteman) and make it easier to get back to the car.
It was a beautiful sunny day with a high in the mid-to-high 20's, so it was just about perfect. I started by checking out the beginner slopes, mostly because I was on these :
My first skis and pair of boots... and my first time not renting which was really nice. But I wanted to ease into them and see how they felt. The beginner slopes were a nice little warm up, and let me get my new boots locked down and make sure everything felt OK. After that first run I headed over to the middle of the hill and the main blues. This is a pano from the top (which really flattens everything out).
Minuteman is the main run along the lift and the right side is Recruit, which was naturally and irregularly bumped up, which was fun for a few runs with a lot of variety, and pretty gentle slope. You could pick and choose lines to take some small bumps, large mounds, or mostly avoid everything if you wanted to.
Lafayette also comes of this lift, with a steeper black section at the top with bumps running down one side (the right side in the pic below). They were making snow here and there were a couple of inches of new stuff that was fun in the morning.
There was also a pretty large terrain park off of Lafayette, that was fun for a couple of runs, though I didn't really hit any of the big jumps.
After that I spent much of the rest of the day on the two furthest west lifts that serve the black runs. There were some really nice conditions and a bit of variety of runs over there. I hit all of them, including Gunbarrel, which is normally a long bump run (double black on top and about 35 degrees, and not as steep lower down). Today it was only slightly bumped up and I was able to handle it... one of the locals on the lift was complaining that they had ruined it by not having it bumped up enough, but I was happy to be able to do it. The Ramrod run next to it (about 30 degrees on top, then 20's the rest of the way) was my favorite, although the top was a bit icy with a few bumps, and two consecutive runs had a stop after the steep section to pick up someone else's ski to get it back to them.
The top of Ramrod :
Overall it was a lot of fun, and I got in 30 runs in a bit under 5 hours. None of the lifts are high-speeds, but luckily the lift lines weren't too bad. I think this might have been the worst one I saw all day :
Needless to say, I skied right back on to the lift most times. All in all, I liked the Roundtop, and would certainly go back.