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Liberty Ski Resort happy with late snowfall

March 25, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com
  • 4-year-old Brayden Campbell of Martinsburg, W.Va., tried to dodge the snowball thrown by his mother Brittany Burdette Monday afternoon but wasn't fast enough. Monday's snow quickly turned to rain in the Tri-State and much of it melted before sunset.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

CARROLL VALLEY, Pa. — Some people were undoubtedly grumbling about Monday’s snow as they cleared their cars or made child care arrangements once schools announced closures.

At Liberty Mountain Resort, though, the mood was festive.

“It’s a great day to be on the mountain at the end of March. This doesn’t always happen,” said Anne Weimer, marketing director for the ski resort near Fairfield, Pa., in Adams County, Pa.

In fact, some of the 1,400 wintertime employees started to reminisce about their last late-season snowstorm, she said. They remember the resort staying open until April in 1985.

That record may be matched this year, Weimer said.

“This is really, really unusual,” she said.

The ski resort, which is owned by the same company as Whitetail Resort and Roundtop Mountain Resort, planned to close last Sunday, Weimer said. However, the snowy forecast prompted administrators to reschedule the closing day for Saturday, March 30, she said.

Favorable conditions could further delay closing, Weimer said.

“As long as people want to ski and snowboard, we’ll be here,” she said, saying the resort closes at 5 p.m. daily.

Whitetail Resort in Montgomery Township, Pa., had received about four inches of snow by lunchtime, spokeswoman Kristin McKenrick said.

Whitetail Resort’s last day of the 2012-13 season was March 17.

“It’s kind of some mixed emotions,” McKenrick said. “By the time we had made the decision to close ... this wasn’t in the forecast.”

Passholders from any of the three Snow Time Inc. resorts in Pennsylvania are permitted to use passes at Liberty Mountain Resort this week. Weimer said crowds were good Monday, not only because of the snowstorm, but also because of schools already having scheduled spring break.

“It’s a great day here. We’ve got five inches of snow, and it’s still falling,” she said at noon.

The wet and heavy snow was not as sticky as natural snow from other storms, Weimer said. Still, it was not as fast as some people would like, she said.

Liberty Mountain Resort stopped making snow in the second week of March, but the base held and all trails remained open, she said.

Liberty’s website says all slopes have a base of 16 to 30 inches.
   
Checking the slopes

To check conditions at Liberty Mountain, go to www.libertymountainresort.com

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