With 16 trails and the longest run measuring 5,200 feet, Ski Liberty
has trails for every skill level. Nighttime skiing and a year-round, 41-room
slopeside hotel are also available. Ski Liberty also is a great local
resort to learn snowboarding, says snowboarding enthusiast Angela Vavasori,
who started snowboarding last year. “I love the speed; there’s a cool rush
about testing your abilities and pushing yourself,” says Vavasori. “Also,
the scenery is amazing; there’s nothing more beautiful than the
sights from a mountain. I took lessons at Ski Liberty, and the lessons
helped with the basics, but I learned the most by trial-and-error. It was a little
intimidating because everyone else in the lesson was about 10 years old,” she says.
Nineteen trails and slopeside lodging makes Whitetail a
great weekend destination. The resort has invested more than $1.5 million
in improvements, and new this year is the Rossignol Adventure Rental Center,
complete with 3,000 brand new pairs of shaped Rossignol skis and 750 Rossignol snowboards.
Approx. Distance from Towson: 2-3 hours
More than 20 trails, two redesigned terrain parks and an improved half-pipe
are big draws for Blue Mountain. For first-time skiers, Valley School West
offers instructional classes, while Valley School East teaches snowboarders
of all ages. The Blue Mountain Freeriders, a weekend program,
teaches snowboarders and freestyle skiers various tricks.
The Poconos’ biggest ski area, Camelback features 33 trails and 13 lifts
with an average annual snowfall of 50 inches. Camelback also has a
children’s learning center, snowboard school and snow tubing.
Enjoy short lift lines and uncrowded skiing in a beautiful mountain setting
with Eagle Rock Resort’s 14 lighted slopes ranging from beginner to
most difficult. Eagle Rock also has professional certified ski instructors
available for private or group lessons, as well as expert instruction on snowboarding.
Wisp has 32 slopes, many of which are perfect for beginners. “Wisp in western
Maryland gets a lot of natural snow and Deep Creek Lake has a lot of
great affordable lodging,” says Jones. Also available is the Bear Claw Snow Tubing Park.
Wisp has undergone significant recent renovations and is offering
special discounts to celebrate its 50-year anniversary.
Approx. Distance from Towson: 3 hours
West Virginia’s largest resort with 57 trails, Snowshoe is also known for
its exciting nightlife and true village-like atmosphere. One of Snowshoe’s
biggest changes is the resort’s “Big Top” family fun center, a 15,000-square-foot
facility for kids and teens, featuring arcades, simulators, dance parties and movies.
Due to its high elevation (peak is 4,268), Timberline gets ample natural
snow for excellent skiing and snowboarding. With an average annual
snowfall of over 150 inches, Timberline also boasts the two-mile-long Salamander Run,
one of the longest runs in the East, and 36 slopes and trails.
Skiers of all levels will enjoy a trip to Canaan Valley, which has 37 slopes,
including 30 percent beginner, 40 percent intermediate and 30 percent
advanced runs. Canaan Valley also receives more than 150 inches of
annual snowfall, and the resort offers tubing, snowboarding and ice-skating.