Liberty and Whitetail. And the fact that
some of the runs are short doesn’t make
them any less sweet. Gunbarrel, a double
black diamond run, has a cornice at the
top that will take your breath away.
DOWNSIDE: The closest lodging is a
few miles away. People seeking ski-in,
ski-out convenience will want to stick to
LOCATION: 925 Roundtop Road, Lew-isberry, Pa., 717-432-9631, www.ski
DISTANCE FROM BETHESDA: two
LIFT HOURS: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday; lifts open at 8 a.m.
weekends and holidays.
COST: $64 for eight-hour lift ticket,
weekends and holidays
TOP ELEVATION: 1,400 feet
VERTICAL DROP: 600 feet
LIFTS AND TERRAIN: Eight lifts, three
of which are quads. Sixteen trails: 29
percent beginner, 30 percent intermediate, 41 percent expert.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Roundtop partners with several local hotels and inns,
such as Blair Mountain Bed and Breakfast, located about 4 miles away in Dills-burg, Pa. Rates start at $109 per night
RESTAURANTS: Fireside Pub & Grill,
located on the mountain, offers table
service and serves steak burgers, pizza
and other upscale pub fare, along with
cleverly named drinks (a Ski-Bunny
Cosmo or Yard Sale, anyone?).
OTHER ACTIVITIES: Ski school and
rentals on premises. Snow tubing costs
$28 per day on weekends and holidays.
WHAT’S NEW: This season will bring
lots of activities connected with the
resort’s 50th anniversary celebration,
says Chris Dudding, a spokesman for
Roundtop. “We are also replacing a lot of
snowmaking pipe—not exciting to look
at, but it will allow us to be even more
efficient in making snow.”
LIBERTY MOUNTAIN RESORT is
more than a ski area. With a hotel and
multiple bars and restaurants on-site, it’s
a real resort. It’s also the closest ski area
to the Washington, D.C., area, making it
a favorite among ski clubs at area grade
schools. Also making it
kid-friendly: Burton Riglet Park, where instructors teach kids as young
as 3 the basics of snow-boarding. Dipsy Doodle,
a 5,200-foot beginner run,
is a favorite among shredders of all ages.
especially on Friday nights
LOCATION: 78 Country
Club Trail, Carroll Valley,
Pa., 717-642-8282, www.
DISTANCE FROM BETHESDA: one
hour, 15 minutes
LIFT HOURS: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday
through Friday; lifts open at 8 a.m. on
weekends and holidays.
COST: $67 for eight-hour lift ticket, holidays and weekends
TOP ELEVATION: 1, 190 feet
VERTICAL DROP: 620 feet
LIFTS AND TERRAIN: Sixteen trails:
35 percent beginner, 40 percent intermediate, 25 percent expert. Eight lifts,
including five quads. One T-bar. Two
ACCOMMODATIONS: Hotel on-site,
with rates starting at $129 ( www.liberty
RESTAURANTS: Dining options
include The Inn at Liberty Mountain
Resort for sit-down service, with entrées
such as New York strip steak and Scot-
tish salmon; McKee’s Tavern for burg-
ers and beer; and several self-service
options, all at the base of the mountain.
OTHER ACTIVITIES: Ski school and rent-
als on premises. Snow tubing costs $29 for
two hours on weekends and holidays.
WHAT’S NEW: Over the past few years,
Liberty has improved its snowmaking
system by adding more efficient snow
guns. It also has added a Burton Rig-
let Park, and has remodeled most of its
hotel rooms. Upcoming improvements
include a new lodge with 30 hotel suites, C o u
roundtop tends to be less
crowded than other resorts.