Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Liberty Mountain Weddings

It's officially wedding season at Liberty Mountain! From now until mid-November, various resort teams are busy making sure rehearsals, dinners, ceremonies, and receptions are running smoothly, and looking beautiful on the mountain.

Liberty has three reception venues and two ceremony venues to offer brides and grooms. The popular Boulder Ridge Lodge was the location of choice for a recent Liberty wedding. The Lodge was beautifully decorated in pastel colors and centerpieces full of fresh flowers. The reception theme was ice cream cones because the bride and groom simply LOVE ice cream. Pretty unique, huh? We especially enjoyed their placement cards:

On this particular Saturday, we were blessed with a beautiful day so the large windows of Boulder Ridge Lodge allowed for lots of natural sunlight to enter the room. The wood-covered walls and ceilings of the Lodge definitely stood out.

We hope to keep you posted on other beautiful Liberty Weddings as the season progresses. Look for more pictures of Liberty Mountain dressed for weddings and other events in future blog posts!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Peak Season Magazine Publication ONLINE!

This past May, Liberty's latest magazine publication, Peak Season, was released and delivered! Peak Season is now "the [official] Magazine for the Mountain Resorts of Liberty, Roundtop and Whitetail." The magazine will: keep readers up-to-date on what's happening at the three resorts, discuss activities available at the resorts and surrounding areas, provide exciting stories about the resort/ski/snowboard industry, and more! Right now the plan is to publish Peak Season twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. Interested in reading the newest publication? Check out Peak Season now by reading the articles and flipping through the pages online! Here's an example of what you'll see:

Isn't that the coolest thing ever? Now that you've enjoyed Peak Season magazine online, sign up for your free subscription here!

Friday, June 19, 2009

4th of July at Liberty!

Do you have plans for the 4th of July yet? If not, make plans with Liberty Mountain Resort! While just about every local hotel, including those in Gettysburg, is sold out for the 4th of July holiday weekend, the Liberty Hotel still has rooms left! Not only do we have hotel rooms to offer, but also some sweet 4th of July packages and activities! Check these out:

1. A Gettysburg Hometown July 4th Package for $239 for two guests includes:

  • Two nights in the Liberty Hotel - July 2nd and 3rd or July 3rd and 4th

  • Complimentary Deluxe Continental Breakfast

  • Gettysburg Battlefield Tour

During your stay, you can also enjoy:

  • Carroll Valley's July 4th Celebration - just outside the resort at a local park, enjoy festivities like live music, free children's rides, a chili cook-off, Civil War encampment, and more from 2pm to 10pm on July 4th.

  • Annual Civil War Battle Reenactment Marking the 146th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg - reenactment site located just 15 minutes from Liberty. Visit the reeanactment website for all the details and to purchase tickets.

  • Carroll Valley's fireworks display at the top of the Liberty Mountain! Grab a blanket and watch the fireworks from the Liberty parking lot or base area on the evening of July 4th.

  • And other area attractions including local factory tours!

Make it a family weekend getaway! Kids can be added to the package deal for $21 for 6-12 year olds and $35 for those over 13. Children under 5 are free.

But wait, that's not all! The Explore Gettysburg Package that includes hotel rooms at the Liberty Hotel and Gettysburg Battlefield Tours will be available all summer! Be sure to call the Liberty Hotel SOON if you'd like to book a July 4th package with us - 717-642-8282 x3300.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

COMING SOON: New chairlift at Liberty Mountain!

Parts and pieces of a new chairlift system will begin arriving at Liberty Mountain towards the end of July and into early August. The new chairlift will replace the Eastwind Quad and will become the main lift for the backside of the mountain which is huge for guests, especially snowboarders! So how is this exciting project completed and what exactly does it mean for the guest experience? Here's an idea of what our project timeline will look like over the next few months:

After nearly all parts of the existing Eastwind Quad are taken down, a crane will be brought in and set in place to help with the project. The new lift towers will quickly be set in place and the top terminal will be moved farther down the slope to allow for more unloading room for guests. The new motor is expected to arrive in early September, followed by the new chairs and seat pads. Every part and piece will be put in its place and preparation for the load test of the new chairlift should take place in early November, just in time for the start of the 2009-2010 season. That doesn't sound too bad, does it?

After talking with Mountain Manager Ron Crozier, we found out that the steepness of the backside of the mountain will present a great challenge for the project. Ron is confident in his team and will push to have the new chairlift in its place and ready to go for the new season. You can watch all the action by viewing our Backside Base Area webcam at skiliberty.com.

So what does this new lift mean for our guests? First and foremost, the new lift will provide greater rider comfort. While the lift will provide the same number of uphill capacity (2400 guests per hour), the comfortable chairs and seat pads will make a world of difference. Just think of how amazing it is to ride up the backside of the mountain, atop freshly groomed trails and trees lightly dusted with snow, all while blissfully enjoying your seat!

Another exciting thing to note about the new chairlift is that it will provide access to both the left and right side of the back of the mountain when guests unload at the top. Snowboarders should especially be excited about this since they won't have to trek as far at the top of the mountain to get to their destination.

Mountain Manager Ron Crozier nicely summed up the new lift when it comes to the guest experience: "New and improved lift means reliability - state of the art lift, more comfortable chairs, smoother ride, easier access for snowboarders at the top of the mountain."

Make sure you check out our backside this summer and fall by viewing the webcam, and by visiting the new Eastwind Quad in the 2009-2010 winter season!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Big Announcement At Liberty!

It's official! The Eastwind Quad Chairlift on the backside of Liberty Mountain will be living it's final days on the slopes this summer. After much consideration, Liberty and the Mountain Team decided it would be best to take out the old lift and replace it with a new one. This is definitely a very exciting project for Liberty Mountain so we look forward to sharing more details with you in the very near future.

We are scheduled to chat with Mountain Manager Ron Crozier sometime soon to get all the details on the removing and replacing of the Eastwind Quad. Check the blog next week to find out when, how and why it's happening!

Oh, and here's a pretty picture to represent the beauty of spring and summer at Liberty. We just love this time of year! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Liberty Mountain + Battlefield Tour = Summer Getaway!

It's Monday afternoon (or Tuesday or Wednesday), you're at work, swamped with things to do, and already looking forward to the weekend. You decide that THIS weekend will be the weekend you getaway from it all and take some time for yourself and for your family. But where can you go and what can you do on such short notice?

You've already put together a new summer wardrobe so a weekend of shopping won't suffice. Ocean City is about a four-hour drive so a weekend at the beach will have to wait. What about staying local? You can wear your favorites from your new summer wardrobe and not have to spend hours driving in the car! How about a night or two at the Liberty Hotel accompanied with tours of some favorite regional attractions? Liberty Mountain is now offering a special deal for Hotel guests that includes Gettysburg Battlefield Tours, museum visits, and more!

With our resort located only 15 minutes from historic Gettysburg, the Liberty Hotel makes a nice stopping ground for those looking to getaway, all while enjoying some local recreation. Whether it's a battlefield tour in a double decker bus or walk through the Hall of Presidents & First Ladies in Gettysburg, Liberty's got something new for you to add to your weekend retreat. Here are some examples:

With a night stay in the Liberty Hotel, you can receive a special deal on a Dramatized Audio Battlefield Bus Tour on a double decker bus through Gettysburg for less than $25.00! Value Plans are also available that include admission to various Gettysburg museums such as the famous Jennie Wade House. Other Battlefield Tours and Value Plans are available. Visit the Liberty Hotel Front Desk to find out more and to purchase tickets.

Wouldn't you just love to be standing in the middle of a huge room filled with the aroma of freshly baked potato chips? Experience the smell first-hand with a factory tour at Utz in Hanover, PA! Located about 45 minutes from Liberty Mountain, Utz Snacks offers self-guided tours Monday - Thursday at their Hanover location.

Spend your recreational time at the Utz Snacks Factory or any of the other local area tour locations - Harley Davidson of York, PA; Boyd's Bear Country in Gettysburg; Snyder's of Hanover (another snack factory); Knouse Foods in Biglerville and Orrtanna, PA; Gettysburg Historical Church Tours; Grotto of Lourdes at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, MD; and the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton also located in Emmitsburg. Information on tours and directions to various locations are available at the Liberty Hotel Front Desk.

Whew! That sure is a lot to keep you busy during your summer getaway at Liberty Mountain. Don't forget - we've also got local golf courses, shopping and eateries close by for your entertainment so bring some friends or your entire family!

Call the Liberty Hotel at 717-642-8282 x3300 for more information and to book your room now. You can also visit our website to find out about even more regional activities and attractions to check out while you stay with us. We hope to see you this summer!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Demo Center Move

Resort projects continue at Liberty. Lift improvements are being made and the Alpine Room re-design is coming along nicely. Pretty soon we should see wooden beams stretched across the ceiling of the room!

Meanwhile, outside, the Mountain Team has been working on the relocation of the Demo Center. In efforts to "spice up" the base area, we've decided that the Demo Center building will be used elsewhere on the mountain. On Monday, the Mountain Team moved the Demo Center building from its base area home.

Here is where the Demo Center used to be:

Here is where the Demo Center building will live until final decisions have been made about its new location:
For those of you that have been to Liberty in the winter and seen the Demo Center in the base area, doesn't it look weird to see it placed elsewhere?

As of right now, all demo services will be done in the Sports Shop during the winter season, so no worries. Just because the Demo Center isn't available anymore, that doesn't mean that the demo services won't be available anymore. Overall, there are still some demo service logistics to be worked out. Look for the Demo Center in its new location (TBD) next season.

OK, so it's not the most exciting news, but every small project allows us to get closer to the larger project of improving the resort for our guests as much as we can for the new season. We are just super excited about what's new for our resort! We are hope you are, too.