Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009 Wrap-Up {Liberty Mountain Resort, Carroll Valley PA}

It's hard to believe that in less than eight hours, we'll be celebrating a new year, a new decade, and a new turn in the page of life and Liberty.

In light of the new year and all the exciting things that happened at Liberty in 2009, we'd like to share some pictures from the past 12 months in a 2009 wrap-up....

In February, Liberty was the East Coast Host to the Burton Women's Super Camp, one of only a few resorts selected to be part of the program every year.

As February ended, we celebrated 80's Weekend, a Liberty favorite. Employees and guests dressed in their best 80's gear to strut their stuff in the 80's Fashion Show. The winner walked away with a $250 gift certificate for the Liberty Mountain Sport Shop.
In March, the terrain park crew put together the 100 Foot Challenge. With a successful ride across the 100 foot rail, Tyler McLeod became the first snowboarder to conquer Liberty's first 100 Foot Challenge.

What's a ski season without Springfest? The 2009 Springfest theme was "Liberty Mountain Hits the Big Screens." Resort departments dressed their areas "to the nines" for famous Hollywood movies.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory...

The Addams Family

Once the season was over, we could concentrate on putting together our new Peak Season magazine. We gave our semi-annual magazine a fresh new look and the first issue was released in May.

The warm months came and the Liberty projects began.

The base area was improved - better view from the Admin offices and more space for on-snow activities and enjoyment.

The outdoor pool received some new fencing and the Alpine Patio was expanded. Great for swimming in the summer and hanging out slopeside in the winter.

The First Class Area bottom chairlift station was raised four feet to improve the loading area for our first timers and beginners.

The Eastwind Quad chairlift on the backside of the mountain was removed and replaced. Improved comfort for our guests!

People of all ages visited the Boulder Ridge Challenge Course for teambuilding exercises and group fun.

The Sales and Food & Beverage staff hit a record number of off-season events, including a TON of weddings. The Boulder Ridge Lodge and Alpine Room were always full of beautiful decorations and delicious food.

One of 2009's most exciting projects was the re-design of the Alpine Room. In an effort to better harmonize the Alpine Room with the Alpine Market and newly rennovated Bakery (mentioned below), warm colors and wood accents were added to the room. Here's a look at the first wedding in the Alpine Room after the finish of the re-design...

Then fall came and Mother Nature delivered the beautiful colors of the season. The ski season was quickly approaching...

The new Bakery was finally finished! The warm colors and wood accents from the Alpine Market and Alpine Room now flow down into the bottom half of our base area lodge.

Snowmaking for the 2009-2010 season offcially began shortly after the first week of December and we were able to announce that we'd be opening on December 12. With continued improvements to the snowmaking system over the warmer months, snowmaking has been a huge success during the last month of 2009.

It wasn't too long after opening day that Mother Nature blessed us with TONS of natural, beautiful snow! On December 19, we received nearly two feet of snow and boy was the mountain giddy! Hopefully Mother Nature will continue to bless us in 2010.
To everyone that visited and worked at Liberty in 2009, we thank you for a wonderful, successful and exciting year. We wish everyone the best in 2010 and cannot wait to see what the future holds. Happy New Year!

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