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any good ski resorts within 3 hr driving from Baltimore/DC area?

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
hey guys, i'm looking for a ski resort that's close to baltimore. I'm new to the area so I am asking anyone who's living around here or have skiied near baltimore. my impression is you have to go to pennsylvania for decent slopes.

I am a black diamond/ steeper blue skiier who enjoys slalom skiing mostly.
let me know. thanks for your help in advance.

-danny
post #2 of 18
Whitetail isn't horrible but is often really crowded thats about 90 minutes.

Best local places are probably: timberline, 7springs, and blueknob (when extrovert is open). Other than that you can drive to elk or hunter in a few more hours.
post #3 of 18
Concur with TRomano, to add a few details: The closest are a trio in south central PA, Whitetail, Liberty, and Roundtop. All owned by same company. From Balt you would use I70 to get to first two, and I guess I83 to get to Roundtop. All have some short steeps and are within 75-90 mins drive, Whitetail has greatest vertical (900'). Check out www.dcski.com for details and more help. Starting approx late Jan the best challenge in the area (IMHO) is Blue Knob (~1050' vert), about 3 hrs away.
post #4 of 18
Whitetail in Pa. has done a really good job of snowmaking the last few years whenever the weather gives them a chance. It can get really crowded on weekends, but if you get there early you can always fire off a couple of hours of laps off the high speed quad with no waiting. Then hit the expert quad for a while and leave when it gets crowded. By this time (approx. 11:30)the front high speed will be a zoo, but you'll have gotten in some decent vertical. Good luck with the local skiing.
post #5 of 18
Whitetail is crowded when it's cold. Traffic = ice. Maybe perfect if you like slalom.

But, if you want to have fun, go any day it's going to be warm. The early birds will leave at 11:30, the gapers will never show. Only locals will be playing in the afternoon wet granular (we call hero snow, it's like corn). Bumps spring up, friendly happy spring bumps. Sometimes it stays balmy into the night session, but usually it gets cold and icy. Slalom time!
post #6 of 18
I grew up in Baltimore County and always had fun at Liberty. It is a easy drive of a bit less than 90 minutes from what I recall. If you have more time Seven Springs in Western PA is about 3 hours away but offers much more skiable terrain.
post #7 of 18
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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post
Whitetail is crowded when it's cold. Traffic = ice. Maybe perfect if you like slalom.

But, if you want to have fun, go any day it's going to be warm. The early birds will leave at 11:30, the gapers will never show. Only locals will be playing in the afternoon wet granular (we call hero snow, it's like corn). Bumps spring up, friendly happy spring bumps. Sometimes it stays balmy into the night session, but usually it gets cold and icy. Slalom time!
I like that about WT too. The soft spring conditions on a nice January day are actually pretty fun. Also, I got more pow days at WT than any other area when I was in DC. Its so easy to get to even if its dumping heavy and midweek during the day its always empty even if it is a powder day.
post #8 of 18
Thread Starter 
thanks guys for all your help. hopefully i can take a some fridays off so i can get a decent 2-3 days of skiing at 7 springs, canaan and timberline (i guess these 3 are the "good" ones within reasonable driving distance) . if not.. whitetail, liberty, roundtop....

i'm so excited about skiing this season. test out my new gears, first actual ski jacket/pants.

LOVE IT!
post #9 of 18
Blue Knob is the best within 200 miles of you. In my opinion day trips to Whitetail or Roundtop make more sense than weekends at 7springs. 7springs usually has challenging bumps and fun tree lines, but generally speaking Whitetail's runs are longer and have better average pitch. Especially on a weekday, I'd choose Whitetail second only to Blue Knob. You can not get close to the quantity of skiing Whitetail offers anywhere else in the region (easy to get 5000 vertical feet/hour) and the quality of Whitetail terrain is also on a par with most of the others.

From Baltimore, day trips to Roundtop is a no brainer, it's usually more fun than Timberline. Excellent Superpipe, fun bumps, a very steep, very short headwall which is not too hard to get down but not too easy to do it smooth.

For a three day weekend, I'd think about Whitetail Friday, Blue Knob/Seven Springs or Canaan/Timberline Saturday and Sunday. One could get bored spending three days in a row at any one of these, except Blue Knob with good cover. Wisp has some fun stuff too.
post #10 of 18
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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post

From Baltimore, day trips to Roundtop is a no brainer,
I personally always preferred Liberty to Roundtop. Unless Roundtop has expanded in the last few years Liberty offered lots more diverse terrain. Course that was 15 years ago......
post #11 of 18
Telerod I totally agree with you on the 7 springs vs. Whitetail comparison. Whitetail's runs are definitely longer. 7 springs has many runs but the vertical is shorter. Also I would never pass a liberty in good shape to go to Roundtop. From bethesda it would add almost 50 miles to the trip and just isn't worth it. YMMV
post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by hyun128 View Post
...skiing at 7 springs, canaan and timberline ...
Dec 4, 2007

Hi Hyun128:

Not meaning to throw a monkey wrench into your pondering, you may want to consider wisp, canaan and timberline, or blueknob, canaan and timberline as well.

Wisp even with only 600 vertical feet, skis bigger than the vertical feet suggest. Also, wisp is closer to canaan and timberline than 7springs is close to the other two. Around here, Blueknop is on the top of the heap with 1000 vertical feet and several challenging runs (but can get really, really cold). 7springs on the other hand has alot going for it in that the lodge provides for a lot of apres ski entertainment as well as some enjoyable runs.

Welcome to the area and to this forum.

Think snow,

CP
post #13 of 18
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Also I would never pass a liberty in good shape to go to Roundtop. From bethesda it would add almost 50 miles to the trip and just isn't worth it. YMMV
I sure hope everyone follows this advice.

Personally, at least on the weekend, I'd choose to drive a little extra to avoid the lift lines and the on slope circus. Like I said though, I hope everyone else keeps stopping at Liberty.
post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post
From Baltimore, day trips to Roundtop is a no brainer, it's usually more fun than Timberline. Excellent Superpipe, fun bumps, a very steep, very short headwall which is not too hard to get down but not too easy to do it smooth.
I agree with your assessment, with the exception of the superpipe. Unless something has changed for this season, last season they got rid of the superpipe and put the terrain park in that area.
post #15 of 18
That's too bad. I don't know why halfpipe isn't more popular.
post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post
That's too bad. I don't know why halfpipe isn't more popular.
I don't know that wasn't popular. When it was open it got a decent amount of traffic, but it was hardly ever open the last 2 years.

I think it was a combination of the fact that it was hardly ever open and they could make better use of the space and get the terrain park off of Exibition. I know they took a lot of heat when they stuck the terrain park on that trail. Between the Nastar course and the park, they basically eliminated one of their decent runs for a while there.
post #17 of 18

wisp vs. 7 springs

If I were in the Baltimore area, I wouldn't waste my time driving to Seven Springs. I don't think you get very much more there and Wisp is so much closer. Seven Springs offers much more in terms of a total ski experience (if nightlife, etc. is more important - then it may be worth it) but I think Wisp skis much bigger than its stats. Seven Springs is gaper heaven on the weekends, too. But I guess you could say that about all the PA ski areas. I'm hoping that the Buncher Co. does some great things with Hidden Valley (Somerset, PA) this year. They've thrown a lot of money at the problem...we'll have to wait and see if it's the beginning of a long term cure.
post #18 of 18
Any of the three snowtime resorts are not terribly crowded at night, even on the weekends. Even though Whitetail is a lot more miles from Baltimore it only takes maybe 15 more minutes to get there because I-70 is a much better road than the 2 lane roads that you take on the way to Liberty after you get past Westminster. Whitetail is usually worth the extra time it takes to get there.
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