Check out the nearby slopes in southern Pennsylvania

Stephanie Kalina-Metzger

Snow lovers will tell you that this is their favorite time of year. For skiers, snowboarders, and tubing enthusiasts, the fun has just begun. A variety of ski resorts in southern Pennsylvania are within driving distance for those who want to start plotting their escapes to the nearest winter wonderland. The only difficult decision will be deciding which one to choose.

Roundtop Mountain Resort in Lewisberry recently celebrated its 50th year in business. This is an impressive achievement, especially when you consider that the number of ski resorts in the United States has dropped from roughly 1,000 in 1964 to fewer than 500 today.

Roundtop offers slopes to accommodate all levels of skiing ability, with terrain that ranges from very easy, to steeps that will test the most seasoned skiers.

Ski Roundtop instructor

Instructors at Ski Roundtop help families master the slopes.

Ethan Grove, of Red Lion, Pa., visits Roundtop often. The 26-year-old said, “If you can ski there, you can ski anywhere in the world. The most advanced slope, called the Gun Barrel, will challenge anyone and the diverse trails appeal to all skill levels.”

If you prefer snow tubing, you will enjoy any of the 14 tubing lanes available at Roundtop. The little ones can even get in on the action at the kiddie tubing area designed for children ages 2 to 4. Snowboarding is also available, and the resort offers a variety of youth and adult development programs, all designed to get visitors “upright and vertical.”

After an exhilarating day on the slopes, guests can retire to the Fireside Pub & Grill to sit back and relax with a hot meal. (roundtop.com)

Convenient locations

Located in the scenic Carroll Valley near the Catoctin Mountains, Liberty Mountain Resort is convenient from both the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., metro areas, as well as all of south-central Pennsylvania.

Fifteen lanes are open for snow tubing at Boulder Ridge starting in December and Pebble Ridge is designed to accommodate the smallest skiers, ages 2 to 4. Trails for skiing and snowboarding range from easy to difficult and lessons are available onsite.

Lodging is located conveniently across from the slopes at the Liberty Mountain Hotel for those who want to prop their feet up and relax at the end of a fun-filled day. (libertymountain.com)

Located in Mercersburg, Whitetail Resort also provides a diverse set of trails for skiers of all levels. Snow tubing is a delight for both young and old and skiing and snowboarding lessons are taught by seasoned instructors. Those who work up an appetite during a day on the slopes can choose from an array of onsite dining.

Closer to Philadelphia is Spring Mountain Resort, which offers tubing, skiing, and snowboarding. Individuals can sign up for private lessons, or learn as part of a group experience.

The Woodside Lodge was built by Morris Carl in 1925 on the south side of Spring Mountain.

Several years ago, new owners took over the lodge, investing $1.5 million in the property. Guests can choose among eight two-room suites, or rent a bunk room for 10. After a day on the slopes, visitors can relax with a drink at the pub or be treated to a fine dining experience at the onsite restaurant.

If you plan well, you may have time to visit each resort. After all, there’s plenty of winter ahead.

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