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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I was looking for a "C" word that meant 'extol the virtues of', but I got nothing...So sorry if my post subject had a negative connotation! 

Anywho - we live near Roundtop and this year the wife and I both got passes and have been taking our 5 year old (now 6) as often as we can.  Earlier in the year I was planning to take him to Whitetail because of Sidewinder (a better green trail than anything at Roundtop) but now he ski's (plows...semantics!) Minuteman, Recruit, Susquehanna and Lower Lafayette so the drive no longer seems worth it.  Then I went to Whitetail and realized I would not take my 6 year old down their blue slopes as they are all longer and seemed steeper than any of the ones at Roundtop.  This begs the question - How does Liberty compare?  When you look at a trail map it's so hard to tell.  Are the blues at Liberty more like the ones at Roundtop or Whitetail?

  Thanks!

  Chris. 
post #2 of 14
It has been too long since I've skied either resort so I'm not going to comment. If you get no reply here try asking over on DCSki.com .
post #3 of 14

Hi golfer,

Caveat - I teach at Whitetail and I work as a marketing rep for all 3 of the resorts in question, but this is not an official response.

Liberty's trails are less "intimidating" than Whitetail and slightly less than Roundtop. The vertical drop at Liberty is similar to Roundtop (Liberty=620 feet, Roundtop=600, Whitetail=935). Liberty's trail design is similar to RoundTop's. Whitetail's beginner trails tend to be wider and straighter. Although we have plenty of 6 year old beginners who have a blast at Whitetail (some say Sidewinder alone is worth the trip), they will find more trail options available at Liberty or Roundtop. It sounds like Liberty would be a great change of pace for your child this season and that Whitetail is worth saving for another season or two.

P.S. Did you check out Whitetail's golf course?

post #4 of 14
They all have their pluses. RoundTop is my favorite due to variety of terrain, layout, friendliness of those who frequent there, and lack of crowds compared to the other 2. Liberty is the closest of the 3 if you're in the DC metro area and my kids claim it has the best park. It also has a good bar. Whitetail has a very good layout with a high speed lift to get skiers up the hill quickly. The addition of Sidewinder vastly improved their beginner terrain. We really like WT as well. All 3 have very friendly staffs.
post #5 of 14
Liberty is more like Roundtop than Whitetail.  I think you should check out all three just for variety. After President's Day the crowds even on weekends are generally very manageable at Liberty and Whitetail.  By then your son may be ready for almost everything at all three
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by Coach13 View Post

They all have their pluses. RoundTop is my favorite due to variety of terrain, layout, friendliness of those who frequent there, and lack of crowds compared to the other 2. Liberty is the closest of the 3 if you're in the DC metro area and my kids claim it has the best park. It also has a good bar. Whitetail has a very good layout with a high speed lift to get skiers up the hill quickly. The addition of Sidewinder vastly improved their beginner terrain. We really like WT as well. All 3 have very friendly staffs.
 

this.. love whitetail because of the high-speed quad. mid-week when it's empty you can ski laps without ever having to stop your motion
post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks to all for the info.  One more question - the lady and I were planning to hit Whitetail tomorrow.  Since all this snow is coming, we were thinking Liberty might make more sense since it's 30 minutes closer.  On the back side (correct terminology?) there are 3 double blacks - how do they really compare to say Ramrod, Gun Barrel, Bold Decision?  Of the three mentioned - I find Bold Decision to be the easiest, with Gun Barrel being in a class all by itself.  My wife is a decent skier, but was intimidated by the trifecta of double blacks on the trail map at Liberty.  Thanks again!

  Chris.
post #8 of 14
None are like Gun Barrel.  Two of the three are bumped up and one - Upper Strata - is the most like Bold Decision etc.   The other two, Upper Ultra is not bumped up and longer than what you have.  Upper Eastwind is bumped up and longer than what you have.  Pitch is about the same as Bold.
post #9 of 14
Which one has the most advanced/expert terrain?
post #10 of 14

Going home Friday night could be dicey. The good news for you is that you will be leaving the teeth of the storm (that is unless things change in the next 24). Liberty is the smarter choice for you tomorrow. I recommend being prepared to get stuck, just in case.

Liberty's double blacks are far easier than Bad Decision (sic) with respect to steepness, but they do get bumped up a little. Nothing to get intimidated by.
 

 

post #11 of 14
Thread Starter 
My bad - I meant Saturday - assuming the roads are passable!  Considering driving north to Elk, but Liberty is free since we both have passes...
post #12 of 14
Saturday you may be better off at Roundtop. I expect traffic Saturday morning will be summed up in one word:


CARNAGE
post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 
Now we're thinking of heading North tomorrow (Friday) afternoon, Ski Elk at night, stay at the Wiffy Bog and Ski Elk Saturday 8-4.  They are talking 15 inches in the Liberty/Whitetail area - not sure I want to test the G35x's snow prowess that bad!   
post #14 of 14
Thread Starter 
Slightly off topic (I can do that, since I stared the thread!) - is anyone familiar with Sno?  I see they have two double blacks - Boomer and White Lightening.  Do you know how they compare with the likes of Ramrod and Bold Decision?  I think we are going to head north tonight and ski Sno, then hit the Wiffy Bog followed by Elk in the AM.  We've never skied Sno.

  Thanks!
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