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Be cool or stay warm: winter activities out in (or out of) the elements

From left, Annie Schinkai, 10, Miranda Moshang, 10, and her father Brant Moshang trudge through deep snow on their way to a sledding hill behind Friendship Valley Elementary School in Westminster Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016.
From left, Annie Schinkai, 10, Miranda Moshang, 10, and her father Brant Moshang trudge through deep snow on their way to a sledding hill behind Friendship Valley Elementary School in Westminster Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016. (DYLAN SLAGLE/STAFF PHOTO / Carroll County Times)

As winter weather becomes more frightful and temperatures drop to the single digits in Carroll County, cold-lovers are taking the chance to soak up all the winter weather they can, while those who hate the cold bundle up and pray for spring.

For both the Snow Misers and Heat Misers of Carroll County, the Times has assembled a list of activities that either take advantage of the frigid temperatures or insulate you from the biting cold.

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For the coldblooded

Skiing/snowboarding/tubing

Last winter, warm weather delayed the start of the ski season, while area ski slopes worked frantically to cover their mountaintops with enough snow for winter-sports enthusiasts to come down on. Well, this year, slopes like Liberty Mountain Resort, Carroll’s closest ski mountain in Carroll Valley, Pennsylvania, about 15 miles northwest of Taneytown, have already started their ski seasons with a little assistance from Mother Nature. Lift tickets range in price from $41 to $80 with $52 ski and snowboard rentals. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, winter lovers can hop in a tube for an evening of tubing, for $21 for an hour on non-peak days and $28 on peak days or $26 and $33 for two hour sessions.

The resort is located at 78 Country Club Trail, Carroll Valley. Skiing and snowboarding is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with night prices coming into effect starting at 5 p.m. Snow tubing is open from 4 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

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If you decide to take a trip out, though, pay attention to peak weekends and holidays like Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Presidents’ Day, when prices are increased due to peak periods.

For more information, visit www.libertymountainresort.com or call 717-642-8282.

For the warmblooded

Bowling

If sliding down a mountain while freezing your butt off just for some hot chocolate doesn’t sound like your idea of a fun evening, why not stay in where it’s warm, roll some balls down an alley and drink a cold beer at one of Carroll’s three bowling alleys?

There are pins to be knocked no matter where you live in the county between Greenmount Bowl, 1625 N. Main St., Hampstead, Thunderhead Bowl and Grill, 4337 Old Taneytown Road, Taneytown and Mount Airy Lanes, 304 Center St., Mount Airy. All three alleys offer duckpin and tenpin bowling, leagues, and special events on weekend nights. Greenmount hosts Rock and Bowl for $14 per person from 10 p.m. to midnight every Friday and Saturday; Thunderhead hosts glowbowl for 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight for $60 per lane up to five people; and Mount Airy Lanes hosts their own Rock and Bowl from 9 to 11 p.m. Saturdays for $14 per person.

Peyton Robertson, 7, uses a virtual reality headset at the North Carroll Branch of the Carroll County Public Library on December 29, 2016.
Peyton Robertson, 7, uses a virtual reality headset at the North Carroll Branch of the Carroll County Public Library on December 29, 2016.

For more information about Greenmount, visit www.greenmountbowl.com or call 410-374-6211, Thunderhead Bowling, visit www.thunderheadbowling.com or 410-751-1750 and for Mount Airy Lanes, visit www.mtairylanes.com or call 301-829-0710.

For the coldblooded

Sledding

Those looking for a free activity should grab their sleds or a lunch tray after one of Carroll’s evening snows and head out to any one of a number of local sledding spots for a day full of chilly fun. Some of the most popular sledding spots include Sandymount Elementary, 2222 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg, Carrolltowne Elementary, 6542 Ridge Road, Eldersburg, the Lions Club Park, Summit St., Hampstead and McDaniel College, 2 College Hill, Westminster.

For the warmblooded

Virtual Reality program

For all of the excitement of sledding without ever having to strap on your snow boots, hit up the North Carroll branch library, 2255 Hanover Pike, Hampstead, Monday, Jan. 8 at 6:30 p.m. for a special virtual reality program. Guests will have the chance to be transported out of Carroll County through the VIVE virtual reality system and Google Expedition viewers. For more information or to register call 410-386-4480 or visit library.carr.org.

For the coldblooded

Ice skating

If you love the cold but still want to be indoors, why not strap on some skates for an evening of ice skating? Folks wanting to skate do have to head just over the county lines to either Skate Frederick, 1288 Riverbend Way, Frederick or the Reisterstown Sportsplex, 401 Mitchell Drive, Reisterstown.

The Reisterstown Sportsplex will host open skating from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Fridays, 2 to 4 p.m. Saturdays, and 3 to 5 p.m. Sundays, with no public skates on January, 12 or 13 or 26 and 27. Prices are $13 for admission and rental or $8 for admission. For more information, visit www.rtwonsports.com.

Skate Frederick has a changing schedule that can be checked at skatefrederick.com with rates ranging from $5 to $7.50 for admission and $3 for skate rentals.

For the warmblooded

Roller skating

No one ever said you have to freeze your pants off for a fun day of skating, not when there are roller skating rinks around. Carroll is home to two roller skating rinks, Liberty Roller Skate Center, 6000 Emerald Lane, Sykesville, and Sportsman’s Hall’s Roller Skating Center, 15500 Hanover Pike, Upperco.

Liberty is open from noon to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, 5 to 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 4 to 7 p.m. and 7:30 to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, with prices ranging from $5 to $9. For more information, visit www.libertyrollerskate.com.

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Sportsman’s Hall hosts skating from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, 8 p.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Entrance ranges from $6 to $10. For more information, visit www.sportsmanshallskating.com.

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