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Washington's Winter Wonderland Wanes

03/17/2014 11:32 am ET | Updated May 17, 2014

It is hard to believe one of the best snow seasons ever may be drawing to a close. It is especially hard to believe as I write this, while tons of beautiful snow are falling and draping the trees, yards, cars, and roads. But this fantasy land will end soon, spring will come, and the snow resorts will shut down their winter operations.

Before they could do so, my husband and I paid another wonderful visit to Liberty Mountain, not far from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The snow was soft, of course, as could be expected in temperatures above freezing. But the soft snow is also forgiving when you catch an edge and take an inevitable fall.

Liberty is the closest snow resort to the Washington metro area -- usually a drive of under two hours. For that reason, it is a mélange of some of the most interesting people. The skiers and snowboarders come from many countries and many walks of life. You can get into interesting conversations on the lift with a top diplomat or high level official, and then unwind with a thrilling whirl down the mountain.

Liberty is also a family mountain, and it is adorable to see hundreds of young children learning to ski or snowboard. It also has a terrific teaching program for adaptive, or disabled athletes, and the instructors donate their time to help those with special needs, including wounded warriors. They have given nearly 400 adaptive lessons this season.

When this terrific season ends, Liberty and its nearby sister mountain, Whitetail, expect to have more than l00 days of operation. Roundtop, the third mountain resort owned by Snowtime, expects to break the l50 day mark!

The resorts end the season with a special barbecue to show appreciation for Season Pass Holders and slopeside live entertainment.

But it is mutual -- we are also the ones who appreciate them!

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