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By Joanne E. Morvay and Joanne E. Morvay,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 30, 2004
Just north of Carroll County sits a picturesque Pennsylvania valley with little more than a ski resort, two golf courses and a historic restaurant and inn. But those attractions are more than enough to draw travelers to Carroll Valley, Pa., and the neighboring town of Fairfield. But for the Mason-Dixon line, Maryland could still claim this area as its own. Both boroughs (Pennsylvania's designation for incorporated villages) stand on land that was originally part of a decree granted by Lord Baltimore himself.
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By SAM SESSA and SAM SESSA,SUN REPORTER | December 1, 2005
Looking for a downhill rush? The mercury finally dropped enough to make snow stick last weekend, and a handful of ski resorts here and in surrounding states are open. Most of the rest plan to open this weekend or next, weather permitting. While there are plenty of new slopes and expanded terrain parks and lodges this year, the wildest new sport is snow bodyboarding. Canaan Valley Resort and Conference Center in West Virginia devotes slopes and a whole terrain park to the activity. You lie on the inflatable board, grab onto the handles and cruise down the trails.
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By JoAnne C. Broadwater and JoAnne C. Broadwater,Contributing Writer | October 31, 1993
Gloriana Saylor has been a skier for 25 years, enjoying the snows of the Rocky Mountains, Northern California and the Northeast.But ask this Owings Mills mother of two about her skiing plans for this winter and she'll tell you how much she's looking forward to the season at a local ski area that's right around the corner from Baltimore."
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By Joanne E. Morvay and Joanne E. Morvay,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 30, 2004
Just north of Carroll County sits a picturesque Pennsylvania valley with little more than a ski resort, two golf courses and a historic restaurant and inn. But those attractions are more than enough to draw travelers to Carroll Valley, Pa., and the neighboring town of Fairfield. But for the Mason-Dixon line, Maryland could still claim this area as its own. Both boroughs (Pennsylvania's designation for incorporated villages) stand on land that was originally part of a decree granted by Lord Baltimore himself.
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By Lisa Wiseman and Lisa Wiseman,Contributing Writer | February 28, 1994
"How does a snowboarder greet a skier?""Sorry, dude."If you haven't visited a ski resort in the past five years, you may not even know what or who a snowboarder is. Snowboarders, also known as boarders, shredders or riders, take to the slopes on a contraption that resembles a 5-foot-long skateboard without the wheels. Riders stand at right angles to the heavy board with both feet firmly strapped on.While skiers gracefully and quietly glide down the mountain, boarders, who usually travel in packs, look like surfers riding a wave of snow as they roar down the mountain, hips, knees and arms swiveling along.
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By Katherine Dunn and Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writer | April 23, 1995
Exploring the mountains out West still can be intimidating for a girl from back East especially if she skis.Tania Riismandel decided to take that challenge this winter and spent almost four months skiing with the Snowbird Racing Team in Utah's Wasatch Range near Salt Lake City.Despite two strong seasons with the Ski Liberty Racing Team, the Centennial High junior knew skiing out there would be a whole different story.When she joined the Snowbird team the week after Christmas, she summed up her first impression in a simple E-mail message to her parents -- "These girls are awesome.
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By Dorothy Fleetwood and Dorothy Fleetwood,Contributing Writer | February 6, 1994
"Winter Life at Hagley" continues next Sunday in the second of two winter programs from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington.The museum, on the grounds of the original du Pont mills, estate and gardens, is dedicated to preserving the lifestyles of a 19th-century American industrial complex. During winter months Blacksmith Hill, the millworkers community, is normally closed to the public on weekends, but it will be open next Sunday. Visitors can stop at the Gibbons House, home of mill foremen during the mid 19th century.
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By Joel McCord and Joel McCord,SUN STAFF | January 16, 2000
CARROLL VALLEY, Pa. -- Brown farm fields stretch off on all directions from the peak of this mountain in the Catoctin range until they reach hillsides dotted with trees. But just below is a swath of white. And another, and another, and another -- created by fine mists of water forced through nozzles with compressed air. Machine-made snow has been the savior of ski resorts throughout the mid-Atlantic. "We don't need natural snow," said Eric Flynn, general manager of Ski Liberty, 45 minutes north of Frederick.
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By Greg Tasker and Greg Tasker,SUN STAFF | November 12, 1995
Every winter, as the slopes are being blanketed with man-made powder, we load the kids in the Caravan and venture across the Pennsylvania line for a peek at Ski Liberty.The lights are on. The lifts are running. And a few die-hard skiers are maneuvering down the north face of the mountain. "See that?" I ask the kids. "Doesn't that look like fun? Don't you wanna try that?" Inevitably, their response is no. No. NO.Surely, the 600-foot vertical drop is intimidating. We point out the gentle beginner slopes: Sneaky Pete.
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By JoAnne C. Broadwater and JoAnne C. Broadwater,Special to The Sun | November 13, 1994
On a busy Saturday when several thousand skiers are on the slopes at Ski Liberty, 10 to 20 people may be reprimanded for reckless behavior and required to participate in a skier re-education program before returning to the slopes."
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By Vikki Valentine and Vikki Valentine,Special to the Sun | February 18, 2001
I remember vividly the closing moments of my first attempt at skiing when I was 16. I was lying in the middle of Ski Liberty's Dipsy Doodle. My legs, skis and poles were tangled yet again in an unfathomable heap. It was dark, cold and icy. I no longer had the strength to put a stray ski back on. Or even get up. Fast forward 11 years to my first time snowboarding. It wasn't half as much fun. My body felt very much like it did after a head-on car collision I had the year before. Bruised knees and forearms -- which bore the bulk of my falls -- kept me walking like Frankenstein for a week.
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By Joel McCord and Joel McCord,SUN STAFF | January 16, 2000
CARROLL VALLEY, Pa. -- Brown farm fields stretch off on all directions from the peak of this mountain in the Catoctin range until they reach hillsides dotted with trees. But just below is a swath of white. And another, and another, and another -- created by fine mists of water forced through nozzles with compressed air. Machine-made snow has been the savior of ski resorts throughout the mid-Atlantic. "We don't need natural snow," said Eric Flynn, general manager of Ski Liberty, 45 minutes north of Frederick.
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By Thomas D. Renda and Thomas D. Renda,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 22, 1996
Allentown, Pa., probably doesn't rank too high on most travelers' wish lists. Thanks to the music of Billy Joel, this medium-size metropolis about 50 miles northwest of Philadelphia has been enshrined in the national consciousness as a symbol of economic decline in the industrial Northeast. Not surprisingly, the locals now prefer to call the area "Lehigh Valley."Whatever you call it, the region offers bargain ski opportunities. Coupled with the nearly mystical Christmastime atmosphere that prevails at historic Bethlehem during December, the Allentown/Bethlehem area is a surprisingly inexpensive holiday travel opportunity, less than three hours drive time from Baltimore.
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By Greg Tasker and Greg Tasker,SUN STAFF | November 12, 1995
Every winter, as the slopes are being blanketed with man-made powder, we load the kids in the Caravan and venture across the Pennsylvania line for a peek at Ski Liberty.The lights are on. The lifts are running. And a few die-hard skiers are maneuvering down the north face of the mountain. "See that?" I ask the kids. "Doesn't that look like fun? Don't you wanna try that?" Inevitably, their response is no. No. NO.Surely, the 600-foot vertical drop is intimidating. We point out the gentle beginner slopes: Sneaky Pete.
SPORTS
By Katherine Dunn and Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writer | April 23, 1995
Exploring the mountains out West still can be intimidating for a girl from back East especially if she skis.Tania Riismandel decided to take that challenge this winter and spent almost four months skiing with the Snowbird Racing Team in Utah's Wasatch Range near Salt Lake City.Despite two strong seasons with the Ski Liberty Racing Team, the Centennial High junior knew skiing out there would be a whole different story.When she joined the Snowbird team the week after Christmas, she summed up her first impression in a simple E-mail message to her parents -- "These girls are awesome.
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By JoAnne C. Broadwater and JoAnne C. Broadwater,Special to The Sun | November 13, 1994
As jubilant Maryland skiers listen to predictions of another snowy winter, local ski resorts are putting the finishing touches on new terrain and services they hope will keep cold-weather enthusiasts skiing close to home this season.Anxious to welcome newcomers to the sport, a number of resorts near the Baltimore area have built new slopes, lifts and learn-to-ski areas and developed lesson programs and ski packages to meet the needs of growing numbers of beginners and to ensure that their first ski experiences are hassle-free.
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By Ed McDonough and Ed McDonough,Staff writer | February 10, 1991
FAIRFIELD, Pa. -- It was too warm for skiing and too wet to do much else.But the weather didn't dampen the enthusiasm of some 130 Special Olympics athletes at the 1991 Maryland Winter Games at Ski Liberty here Wednesday.After three days of opening ceremonies and practices, the athletes, including five from Carroll County, were ready to hit the slopes.Pam Norton of Sykesville had perhaps the most difficult assignment -- she was competing in the slalom and giant slalom events.Skiers also competed in other alpine events, such as glide, super glide and downhill, and cross country skiing.
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By JoAnne C. Broadwater and JoAnne C. Broadwater,Special to The Sun | November 13, 1994
On a busy Saturday when several thousand skiers are on the slopes at Ski Liberty, 10 to 20 people may be reprimanded for reckless behavior and required to participate in a skier re-education program before returning to the slopes."
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By Lisa Wiseman and Lisa Wiseman,Contributing Writer | February 28, 1994
"How does a snowboarder greet a skier?""Sorry, dude."If you haven't visited a ski resort in the past five years, you may not even know what or who a snowboarder is. Snowboarders, also known as boarders, shredders or riders, take to the slopes on a contraption that resembles a 5-foot-long skateboard without the wheels. Riders stand at right angles to the heavy board with both feet firmly strapped on.While skiers gracefully and quietly glide down the mountain, boarders, who usually travel in packs, look like surfers riding a wave of snow as they roar down the mountain, hips, knees and arms swiveling along.
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