Liberty Mountain Resort might lack the high altitude, vertical feet, and exotic locations of other ski areas.
However, for skiers and snowboarders living around the Baltimore and Washington metropolitan areas, Liberty offers a place to play on the snow that is close to home. A ski resort close to home and work is great when you have that craving to carve some turns on the snow after work or want to squeeze some snow time into an already busy weekend.
Liberty Mountain is just across the border from Maryland in Pennsylvania. It is close to a major interstate (Route 15) and has the convenience of Emmitsburg and Gettysburg being nearby. It is only an hour away from the beltway of Baltimore or Washington. I could do a road trip to New York, New England, or West Virginia, but somewhere close like Liberty means more snow time, less gas, and fewer lodging expenses.
Like many resorts Liberty can get crowded on weekends. It has been my experience that the lift lines are shorter on the backside. I especially enjoy the three double black diamond trails on the back. One note of caution: Check them out before you go down them since they will have some bumps on them and at least one will have moguls. Unfortunately, the double black diamond trails are short as they merge into intermediate blue trails that lead down to the lift. A resort with a 600-foot vertical drop is not going to have to many long trails.
However, it has a beginners' trail that winds 5,200 feet connecting the top of the mountain to the lodge. The mountain also has two longer single black diamond trails that lead from the back of the mountain to the front side. The front side has more beginners' trails and terrain parks so more people gravitate to that side of the resort.
Liberty has a full line of snowboards and ski rentals available. It also has a ski shop on site so you can purchase forgotten equipment and souvenirs or have a quick edge or wax job done. It has meeting rooms, conference rooms, and a food court, so there are places to relax. I recommend finding a place by one of the fireplaces to warm up quickly on a cold day.
Liberty Mountain also has a full calendar of events throughout the season, and it has a racing team and a top-notch learning center. The learning center offers group lessons, private lessons, workshops, ski classes, and clinics. I have taken group lessons, individual lessons, and race clinics at Liberty and have been very satisfied by the staff.
Liberty has a hotel where guests can stay slope-side. I have never stayed but the accommodations look nice and could come in handy if winter weather happens or if one has too much to drink at the bar. The bar offers a full menu, wonderful beverages for your après ski celebrations, and sometimes features live music. The resort also has a golf course on site that offers another sport for warmer winter days and additional late-season fun. It has multiple lanes to use for snow tubing for more snow fun.
Liberty Mountain is not Aspen, however, it is a place to ski close to home. You can check out trail maps, rates, and other information at its website.
I ski regularly and I have raced USSA Master Races, WSI races, and NASTAR races.
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