Here in Montgomery County, Maryland we’re facing our fourth school day off thanks to the record amount of snow dropped on the mid-Atlantic this past weekend. We haven’t seen this much snow since back-to-back storms hit the region in 2010. It feels like I’m living in New England again (minus a few hundred plows). That cooped up feeling is settling in. The roads are beginning to clear, however, and there are places we can reach to embrace the snow.
Our go to place for a quick day of skiing, snowboarding, or tubing is Liberty Mountain. It’s just over an hour drive for most in the D.C. region. My younger son’s favorite part is the snowboarding terrain park. I like the lodge some days. A big plus for parents with older kids (i.e. old enough to ski on their own) is the lodge’s wall-length desk that seats about 20. It overlooks several trails, making it easy to read, work, and watch if you don’t want to stay out there as long as your kids.
The 15-lane tubing park has its own lodge and a covered moving carpet for a ride back up the hill. Tickets are sold in one or two hour increments and sessions begin on the hour. What I wish I knew before our first visit: Sessions sometimes sell out in advance, so if you’re planning to ski during the day and then tube, drive up to the tubing lodge first and buy tickets for your preferred time slot before you head out to ski. Also, if schools are closed in the greater D.C. area, call to find out if they will be opening before 4 p.m.
—another mountain resort with a good ski and snowboard school (the program’s home base is located in cool looking yurts)
—a Charlottesville area inn where you can read by the fire, and bring your dog
—a New Jersey coastal inn inspired by a love letter
—and a Pennsylvania resort (image of Camelback Resort’s Aquatopia pictured above) with a new indoor water park that is always a balmy 84 degrees. Better still: there’s something for all ages, including a swim-up bar.
Until I get to one of them again myself, I’ll be with Rookie. His idea of #DCDigOut is to help shape a path here in his own neighborhood.