78 Country Club Trail, Fairfield, Pa.; 717-642-8282, libertymountainresort.com Distance from Baltimore: 63 miles Vertical drop: Front side, 620 feet; Back side, 550 feet Number of trails: 16 Lifts: Nine Activities: There's up to 15 lanes of snow tubing with a magic carpet and dedicated kiddie tubing area. What's new for 2013: The base area under the Alpine Quad will look different this year, eliminating some trees and adding additional terrain in between the terrain park and base area. Dining/drinking options: Two taverns -- Tavern on the Green and McKee's -- offer breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as a full service bar. For something quicker and more casual, you can stop by the Alpine Market food-court-style dining area in the main lodge. The Waffle Hut and Sneaky's Pizza offer, as you would expect, waffles and pizza without leaving the resort, and if you wish to eat lunch on the slopes, head over to the South Pole at the base of the backside trails. Rates: Midweek $37-$64; weekend $37-$71; two-day $110-$134 Classes: Liberty offers Burton's Learn To Ride Center program to cater to riders of all ages, and features female-only classes at 11 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday. Intermediate and advanced riders should consider checking out Liberty's multiweek clinics for perfecting racing and freestyle skills. Lodging options: Liberty Mountain offers 99 rooms within the resort. If you choose off the mountain, check out the Fairfield Lodge motel and the Historic Fairfield Inn, both nearby. The lodge is a strip motel that offers more affordable pricing along with free WiFi. Special events: For college students on a budget, Liberty offers College Days and Nights on Wednesdays beginning Jan. 8 and running through March 19. Grab a four-hour lift ticket, day or night, for $35. If your equipment isn't accessible, don't worry -- rentals are an additional $5. Liberty's New Year's Eve Celebration is also worth checking out. Featuring fireworks and extended hours till 1 a.m., why not bring in the new year on the slopes? Best deal of the season: If you're ready to hit the slopes early this season but don't have much experience, the First Class Learn to Ski or Snowboard package at Liberty offers a great opportunity to refine your skills before the season takes off without killing your wallet. Up until Dec. 23, grab a daily lift ticket, lesson and rental package for $39.
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