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There’s More than One Way to Hit the Slopes

I have a confession: I have never taken my kids skiing. Why? I’m not very good at it. 

When balancing on a slippery, snowy slope I fear my only path to the bottom will play out like a cartoon character plowing down the mountain in a giant snowball with only my arms and legs sticking out.

So, you can imagine my excitement when I discovered that ski resorts, many just a few hours away from the Baltimore/D.C. area, offer a lot more than skiing and snowboarding.

Resorts these days have snow tubing and zip lines, and others that take you horseback riding or have a deluxe spa for a day of pampering. There are ski resorts with mountain coasters, escape rooms, golf courses, and even an indoor water park. Many of the resorts offer hotel accommodations on site or have partnered with nearby hotels for lodging and all have a variety of food and dining options. With so many family-friendly activities available, I think I’ll revisit my view on what it means to ‘hit the slopes!’

Roundtop Mountain Resort

Lewisberry, Pa.
skiroundtop.com
Roundtop Mountain Resort has 10 large tubing lanes for guests 42″ or taller, as well as a special Kiddie Tubing area for visitors 41″ and under. Roundtop also features an outdoor paintball course that is the largest paintball field in Central Pa., and kids as young as 7 can play! It is open from May to November.

Liberty Mountain Resort at Boulder Ridge

Carroll Valley, Pa.
libertymountainresort.com
Winter highlights at Liberty include a 15-lane snow tubing course, complete with a ‘moving carpet’ that brings you and your tube back to the hill to Boulder Ridge Lodge. The lodge is the perfect place to warm-up, featuring party rooms, a snack bar, arcade, and a wrap-around deck to “watch the action on the hill.”

Whitetail Resort

Mercersburg, Pa.
skiwhitetail.com
Whitetail’s Kid’s Mountain Camp is perfect for your littler skier or snowboarder to have fun and gain the skills they need to master the slopes. After their camp session has ended, head over to the 16-lane snow tube course and slide your way down the mountain over and over again. Snow Tubing party options are available for celebrating any special occasion!

Wisp Resort

McHenry, Md.
wispresort.com
At Wisp, you can whiz down the mountain on the Mountain Coaster and roll, dip, twist and turn in a coaster cart, regulating your own speed on this downhill roller coaster. Or, slide your way down the mountain on their 12 lanes of snow tubing. Prefer to see the sights of the mountain without high speeds? Strap on some snowshoes and hike the surrounding trails. The resort also has other cool ways to enjoy your time there including hikes, rafting and an escape room. During the summer, you can explore their zip lines and other tree top obstacles.

Camelback Resort

Tannersville, Pa.
camelbackresort.com
Camelback Mountain has 42 snow tubing lanes, making it the biggest snow-tubing park in the U.S. The park is also equipped for Galactic nighttime snow tubing! Don’t forget to pack your bathing suit in addition to your snowsuit so you can play and swim at Aquatopia indoor water park in warm 84-degree water and have fun in the snow and the sun.

Canaan Valley Resort

Davis, W.Va.
canaanresort.com
Canaan Valley Resort is approximately 2.5 hours from Washington, D.C. A West Virginia State Park and companion resort, it offers winter slopes activities as well as snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. There are nearly 20 miles of marked and un-groomed trails to enjoy in addition to skiing, snowboarding, tubing and ice skating.

By Claire Dougherty Kovacs

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