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Nate Grauel

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Now that winter is upon us, all snow lovers are going to be looking for the best places to set their skis and boards. The good news is you don’t have to live in the mid-west in order to find a good resort to ski at, Maryland and its surrounding states have plenty of powder to offer. The number one resort within range is Blue Knob Resort, this is the highest mountain in all of Pennsylvania and Maryland. With a vertical drop of 1,072 feet and an elevation of 3,174 feet, Blue Knob divides its 34 trails into beginner, intermediate, advanced intermediate, and expert. Five lifts take skiers and boarders to 100 ski-able acres, including glade runs and a terrain park.  

Following Blue Knob is a resort most people from Bel Air have already heard of, Liberty Mountain Resort.  Liberty has an elevation of 1,190 feet with a vertical drop of 600 feet and 100 acres of ski-able terrain. It has 16 trails and three terrain parks, serviced by nine lifts, with complete snow-making coverage. And is very good for skiers and snow boarders of all levels. Liberty is the closest resort on the list, so this may be the one for you if you aren’t a fan of long drives.  

Lastly is Massanuttan Resort, it has a 2,925-foot summit with a vertical drop of 1,110 feet, 70 ski-able acres, two terrain parks, seven lifts, 14 trails, and 100 percent snow-making coverage. Although this resort is a little far, a drive to Virgina would be worth the trip once you make it to this amazing mountain and take in all it has to offer.      

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