Ski Liberty

Trip Start Jan 01, 2009
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Thursday, February 5, 2009

I am taking another snow day with some co-workers.  Unlike last month, there is only five of us going; Alias, Steve, Greg, Ryan and I.  Also, we are hitting the road at a later time 8 vice 6.  Big mistake...because we spend the first hour trying to get out of DC traffic.  This time our destination is Liberty mountain in Carrol Valley, Pa.  The ski resort is a little closer than Whitetail.  Again, we stopped at the Waffle House in Urbana to fuel up for a long day on the slopes.  You can not beat a 2 egg breakfast with toast and hash-browns for less than $5.

As expected there was hardly anyone here until a bus load of middle schoolers showed up.  We quickly got our rental gear ahead of the mad crowd.  Liberty mountain has trails on both sides with all the easy trails on the near side.  On the far side, there were 5 intermediate trails and the snow tubing park.  For the remainder of the morning and part of the afternoon everyone stayed on the near side.  I mainly skied the trails Sneaky Pete and Nova.  In comparison to the green circle trails at Whitetail, these runs are a little steeper with the exception of one section of Sneaky Pete which was so flat that you needed to cross-country ski across.  Since that required more energy, I spent more time on Nova and getting accustomed to the faster speeds.  Finally, I thought I was ready to go to the top of the mountain.  There was a green circle trail that ran down the near side, Dipsy Doodle.  I almost made a tragic mistake when I turned left instead of right on this trail because it forked into a blue square trail, Blue Streak.  I knew something was wrong when I could see nothing but sky as I approached the edge.  I stopped (more like flopped) before going over the end and worked my way back to Dipsy Doodle.  I enjoyed Dipsy Doodle so I alternated between that and Nova.

I did not want to eat lunch here because the food prices were outrageous.  I snacked on the occasional granola bar every two hours.  In the afternoon, the other guys convinced me to try the terrain park.  They said all I have to do was avoid the jumps and landing areas because the run was about the same steepness as the green trails.  LOL.  As I am looking down the double diamond, West Side Park, I am wondering what am I doing here.  It did not help that there were signs all over the place saying "expert skier only" and "no rental skis allowed".  Unfortunately, there was only one way down so off I went.  As I am streaking towards some trees, I try to make a turn to the right.  I think my skis crossed and before I knew it I was in the air.  Off went my knit cap, both gloves, the poles were flying along with the skis.  Once I stopped tumbling, I picked up my debris scattered around the slope.  I walked down to a flat portion of the trail before putting everything back on and skied down to the bottom.

The rest of the group wanted to ski the backside of the mountain.  Learning my lesson, I did not succumb to peer pressure.  Instead I rode the lift with them to the top of the mountain and watched everyone ski down Heavenly Way before I headed down Dipsy Doodle.  I continued to work on improving my skills on Nova and Dipsy Doodle until I worked up the courage to try the terrain park, again.  I saw another trail on the east side that looked a little more manageable, Adventure Alley.  I was extremely proud of myself because I made it down the slope without killing myself or falling.  Maybe next time I will tackle the back-side of the mountain, but after a long day on the slopes my legs are tired.  Everyone else was already at the lodge waiting for me to finish.  Another great day on the slopes. 
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