- Overall Rating 4
- Family Friendly 5
- All Mtn. Terrain 4
- Terrain Park 0
- Nightlife 0
Pros: Good mix of trails for intermediate skiers
Cons: Slow lifts
Recommended For: Family Friendly
Date Visited: Jan 1, 2009
My daughter and I visited Liberty on Inauguration Day and the crowds were fairly light. There was a short wait for the Alpine quad lift on the front side but rarely any wait for the two backside lifts. We're both season Pass holders with Snow Time Inc. so I can't comment on lift ticket prices. We were just trying out a different resort than Ski Roundtop which is closest to us.
The mountain: We took a warm-up run down Dipsy Doodle and it kind of reminded me of a lazy river tube ride. Definitely not a challenge for an intermediate skier but fun for a beginner or parents with small children. Then we moved to the back of the mountain for the intermediate runs. Whitney's Way had a chicane at the top of the slope to keep speeding skiers from mixing in with beginners on this smooth family slope. Lower Heavenly and Eastwind were faster but not overly challenging. The real gems were Lower Ultra with its drop-offs on the left side and Lower Strada. Upper Ultra was a steep but reasonable double-black diamond run and made for an excellent combination with Lower Ultra. We also enjoyed the combination of Sidewinder and Lower Strata. Upper Strata and Upper Eastwind were pretty bumpy and just a bit outside of our comfort zone on this beautiful sunny day. We ended the day by skiing the two black diamond runs on the front side of the mountain. Both started out with steep sections but quickly mellowed into the gentle slope at the base of the mountain. In our opinion, they weren't worth the wait on the Alpine Quad.
The staff: Everyone from the locker room to the lifts were friendly and pleasant. No complaints here. And we even got a surprise as we packed up for the day - Liberty was offering free Inauguration cake to everyone at the resort!
The summary: Let's be realistic - Liberty is a small mountain just north of the Mason-Dixon line. There were a few icy spots due to the thaw & freeze cycles that happen at this latitude and the number of skiers carving up the slopes. Did we have fun? You bet. Will we return? Yes. Would we recommend Liberty to advanced skiers looking for a full day of challenging slopes? Only with the understanding that the toughest terrain is limited to three short runs.