2013 ski season preview [Pictures]
Ready to hit the slopes? Here's everything you need to know about the most popular ski resorts near Baltimore.
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Whitetail Ski Resort( Ryan Smith / Whitetail / December 3, 2013 )
13805 Blairs Valley Road, Mercersburg, Pa.; 717-328-9400, skiwhitetail.com
Distance from Baltimore: 92 miles
Vertical drop: 935 feet
Number of trails: 21
Activities: There are up to 10 lanes of snowtubing, as well as a special "kiddie tubing" run.
What's new for 2013: Along with the addition of new machinery to keep pumping out high-quality snow, Whitetail spent the summer redesigning and building new features for the Terrain Park.
Dining/drinking options: In the resort, the Marketplace offers quick breakfast, lunch and dinner. For something a little more substantial, try Windows Restaurant, open only on weekends and holidays. Also available are Almost Heaven Bakery and Starbucks, both open seven days a week, and always reliable for some hot drinks and sweets to warm you up before and after a day on the mountain.
Rates: Midweek $37-$65; weekend/holiday $37-$73
Classes: Like its sister resorts Roundtop and Liberty, Whitetail also offers the First Class Learn to Ski/Snowboard Program, for first timers looking for an accessible way to get on the slopes.
Lodging options: While Whitetail does not offer lodging directly on site, nine official lodging partners offer accommodations endorsed by the resort. For "condo-tel" living arrangements, check out the Whitetail Mountainside Village. For B&Bs, the Mercersburg Inn offers gourmet breakfast, a bar, game room and free WiFi. Don't forget to ask about discounts for resort visitors.
Special events: Don't miss the Kick off Winter in Solstice Style on Dec. 21. Celebrate the start of the season with other boarders and skiers, accompanied by live music, free popcorn and cider.
Best deal of the season: If you have a large group of friends who usually accompany you on the slopes, consider signing up for Whitetails Frequent Four program. Sign up with 15 or more people to receive a discounted voucher for four eight-hour sessions, valid throughout the winter. Who knows -- down the road, it may give you a reason to spontaneously head out to Whitetail.