Liberty Mountain Resort & the Ghosts of Gettysburg

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on June 17, 2009 5:22 pm

July 4th weekend rolls near signaling another birthday for the U.S. of A.  The weekend celebration also conjures up thoughts of Gettysburg and the decisive battle of the Civil War.  It was three bloody days, July 1-3, of 1863.

A rock-throw from the historical battlefield where cannons and bayonets were once wielded sits Liberty Mountain Resort.   The picture above was snapped from Little Round Top, the site of the Confederacy’s unsuccesful assualt on the Union’s left flank.  You can’t ski next to the Statue of LIberty or Boston Harbor, but you can hop a chairlift day or night at Liberty Mountain and look out at the shadows of the Battle of Gettysburg.

The Union had Major General Gordon Meade while Liberty Mountain has Adam Wiltison.  Not bestowed with as prestigious a title as Meade’s, but an important one nonetheless, the Terrain Park Supervisor oversees all three of Liberty’s terrain parks. 

Terrain park comps at Liberty are worthy, fun challenges for the skilled from the nearby D.C. and Baltimore areas. Each year, the 100 Foot Challenge dares rail enthusiasts with its 100 foot long rail-box feature.  First to successfully navigate the feature wins.  This year, it only took two hours before the feature was conquered (vid below).  Liberty is raising the skill level of its clientele.  Can the 150 Foot Challenge be far off?

The Ski Channel is down with helmet advocacy.  The annual Ryan Lichtenberg Rail Jam shines a light on this important issue.  Ryan was a beloved employee of Liberty and freequent park comp competitor who lost his life in 2004 due to a head injury while snowboarding in Colorado.  His family has turned this tragedy into much-needed advocacy.  Helmets are a no-brainer, but some groms and adults alike need a bit of encouragement.

Protect your head and protect your brain for higher education.  LIberty offers “College Days and Knights” with $29 lift tickets, rentals included.  A lift ride is often the best environment for deep thinking.  What great new invention or medical breakthrough will result from deep thoughts while riding the Strata Quad (pictured right) chairlift? 

Make time for an apres ski session at McKee’s Tavern, at the base of Liberty.  Dave O is the sous chef.  His passion for food matches the passion of the Gettysburg reenactment actors.  His crabcake recipe offered up on the Liberty site includes an instruction to “crack open a beer, get down on one knee and thank the Lord Jesus that recipes are meant to be shared by all.” 

The Gettysburg Festival starts this Thursday (June 18) and goes until June 28th.  Highlights of the 11-day festival include James Earl Jones narrating the Lincoln Portrait accompanied by The Gettysburg Festival Orchestra, the famed dance troupe Philadanco electrifying the stage on June 26th, and Jazz legend Ahmad Jamal at the historic Majestic Theater on June 27th.   Former White House Chef Walter Scheib will be bringing six different culinary delights.

A big bit of history, a festival of celebration, and a ski resort in the middle of it all, that’s Liberty Mountain Resort. 

Hey, and don’t go confusing Liberty Mountain Resort with the snowflex hill opening soon at Liberty University.


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