Happy (ski) trails to you

December 21, 2006|By Sam Sessa | Sam Sessa,Sun Reporter

Some people just love being outdoors in the winter -- on top of a snow-covered mountain. The adrenaline rush is what draws them to the slopes.

Whether you enjoy the speed of skiing or the tricks you can pull on a snowboard, there are plenty of destinations within a few hours' drive where you can give both sports a go.

Here's a list of some area resorts. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, some of them offer ice skating, tubing and recreation centers. Most have already opened or plan to open soon. Since the weather has been so warm lately, be sure to call ahead and check the slope conditions.

Maryland

Wisp at Deep Creek Mountain Resort, 1393 Wisp Mountain Road, McHenry: Wisp now has 32 slopes and 10 1/2 miles of trails on 132 acres. There are also two quad lifts, five triple lifts, three carpet lifts and four surface tows to help you get up the mountainside. This year, Wisp opened shortly after Thanksgiving. Call 301-387-4911 or go to skiwisp.com.

Pennsylvania

Blue Knob, 1418 Overland Pass, Claysburg: Blue Knob plans to open Saturday with improved snowmaking and some new obstacles in the terrain park. It has 34 trails and a Nordic Center, which offers cross-country skiing rentals and lessons. Call 800-458-3403 or go to blueknob.com.

Eagle Rock Resort, 1301 Valley of the Lakes, Hazelton: If the weather permits, Eagle Rock's 14 slopes should be open. The resort also has a snowboarding area, a spa and a fitness center. Call 570-384-3223 or go to eaglerockresort.com.

Hidden Valley Four Seasons Resort, 4 Craighead Drive, Hidden Valley: There are six snow-tubing lanes, 28 slopes and 30 kilometers of cross-country skiing to be tried at this resort. It had a limited opening a couple of weeks back. Call 814-443-8000 or go to hiddenvalleyresort.com.

Liberty Mountain Resort and Conference Center, 78 Country Club Trail, Carroll Valley: Better known as Ski Liberty, this resort debuted a new quad chair lift when it recently opened. You can ski down 16 trails, head to three terrain parks or brush up on your downhill skills at the ski school or children's learning center. There are also a tavern and mountain hotel. Call 717-642-8282 or go to skiliberty.com.

Seven Springs Mountain Resort, 777 Waterwheel Drive, Champion: This year, Seven Springs has a new terrain park, super pipe and some snow-making towers. There are 31 slopes and 12 chutes for tubing. The resort is open under new ownership. Call 800-452-2223 or go to 7springs.com.

Ski Denton, Route 6, Coudersport: This facility, now open, has 21 slopes, snow tubing and a snack bar. Call 814-435-2115 or go to skidenton.com.

Ski Roundtop, 925 Roundtop Road, Lewisberry: Roundtop features 16 trails, four terrain parks and a half pipe. There are a new triple chair lift and beginner's slope, along with a lodge, coffee bar and cafe. Call 717-432-9631 or go to skiround top.com.

Ski Sawmill Family Resort, 383 Oregon Hill Road, Morris: There are a few new rails in this resort's terrain park. You normally can't snow tube here until later in the season, but you can take advantage of the 13 ski runs. Sawmill opened the second weekend of this month. Call 800-532-7669 or go to skisawmill.com.

Tussey Mountain Winter Resort, 301 Bear Meadow Road, Boalsburg: Weather permitting, Tussey will be open this weekend. It offers seven slopes, two lanes for tubing, a terrain park, cafe restaurant and bar. Call 800-733-2754 or go to tusseymoun tain.com.

Whitetail Mountain Resort, 13805 Blairs Valley Road, Mercersburg: Here, you can ski down 19 slopes -- most of which are lighted -- or take advantage of the two terrain parks. One is for beginners and the other caters to those with a higher skill level. There are also snow-tubing lanes, a food court, snack shops and a wireless Internet cafe. Whitetail is open for the season. Call 717-328-9400 or go to skiwhite tail.com.

Virginia

Bryce Resort, 1982 Fairway Drive, Basye: This resort, now open, has eight trails for skiing or snowboarding and a tubing run. Call 800-821-1444 or go to bryce resort.com.

The Homestead, 1766 Homestead Drive, Hot Springs: There's one main slope with six trails, tubing, an Olympic-size ice-skating rink, a terrain park, cross-country skiing and guided snowmobile tours. This year, the resort widened the ski area. Call 800-838-1766 or go to thehomestead.com.

Massanutten Resort, 4620 Massanutten Drive, Massanutten: With a recently expanded tubing park (14 lanes), new lift, an indoor water park and 14 slopes and trails for skiing, this resort is fully loaded for winter fun. It's now open, and offers increased snow output, four restaurants and a cafeteria. Call 800-207-6277 or go to mass resort.com.

Wintergreen Resort, Route 664, Wintergreen: Now open for the season, this resort has 25 trails, a terrain park for snowboarders and two tubing parks. One of its two six-seat lifts can whisk you to the top of the mountain in about four minutes. Call 800-266-2444 or go to wintergreen resort.com.

West Virginia

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