- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 1, 2002

Even though we are months away from the first snow, now is the time to take advantage of season pass deals offered by Mid-Atlantic resorts. The concept of the season pass is simple you pay a single price up front for a pass that lets you ski or snowboard at your favorite resort the entire winter. The economic savings come into play when you factor in the number of times you plan to visit a resort that season the more you visit, the less you actually pay for a day of skiing.
Most attractive for this winter is the deal offered by the three southern Pennsylvania resorts that are closest to the District and Baltimore Whitetail (Mercersburg), Ski Roundtop (Lewisberry) and Liberty Mountain Resort (Carroll Valley). Buy one pass and you can frolic on three mountains. An adult, individual pass is $499. For a second adult family member the cost is $359. Dependent children are $254. The prices are good through Oct. 31. Contact: www.skiwhitetail.com, 717/328-9400; www.skiroundtop.com, 717/432-9631; www.skiliberty.com, 717/642-8282.
The region's largest and most extensive resort, Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia, has a number of lodging and lift ticket deals for the season. A traditional season pass that can be used anytime is $538. Midweek adult season passes are $238. Those prices are good through Dec. 8. Contact: snowshoemtn.com, 304/572-1000.
Elsewhere in West Virginia, Canaan Valley Resort, in Davis, has season passes until Nov. 8 for $440. The second family member over 19 is $320. College student passes are $260 and under 19 passes are $200. Contact: www.canaanresort.com; 800/622-4121. Timberline, also in Davis, has passes for $500; $450 for a second adult; $350 for college students; $250 for teens; $150 for children 12 and under. Contact: 800/766-9464, 304/866-4801.
Wisp Resort at Deep Creek Lake, McHenry, Md., has an Unlimited Ski or Ride Anytime offer. An individual season pass is $515. Before Oct. 1 the pass is discounted 15 percent, before Nov.1 the discount is 10 percent and before Dec.1 five percent. A second individual adult season pass is $485 with the same percentage discounts deadlines at Oct.1, Nov.1 and Dec.1. A Family 3 Pak is $1,019; 4 Pak $1,188; 5 Pak $1,357; 6 Pak $1,527 before Oct. 1. Children 5-under ski free. A season pass for seniors, 65 and over, is $250, $275 after Nov.1. Age 70 and over ski for free. There are also special rates for full time students. Information: skiwisp.com; 301/387-4911.
In Virginia, a season pass at Massanutten, in Harrisonburg, is $425 and a student is $350. A 10 percent discount is in effect until Dec.1. Contact: massresort.com, 540/289-9441. Wintergreen's Ski & Ride Pass is good Sunday through Friday night, weekends prior to Dec.16 and weekends after March 3, 2003. In addition, the pass includes $5 off some weekend lift tickets and rentals. Prices for the pass are: individual $129; family $429; additional family member $89; rental $99; corporate $1,000. Prices hold until Dec.25. Contact: wintergreenresort.com, 434/325-8165.
In Pennsylvania, Bear Creek Ski Area, Macungie, has a pass that can save skiers up to $100. Deadline is Sept.30. Contact: skibearcreek.com; 610/682-7100. Blue Knob, Claysburg, is selling adult passes for $495, junior (12-under) $270, family $795 until Sept.15. Contact: blueknob.com, 814/239-1022.
At Camelback Ski Area, Tannersville, Pa., an adult season pass is $499 until Oct.20, then the price jumps to $599. Other passes: family of three $1,199/$1,549; additional family member, junior (18 and under) and senior (65-69) $359/$459; over 70 $169/$229. There are also passes for Sunday through Friday and night skiing. Contact: skicamelback.com, 570/629-1661.
Hidden Valley's (near Somerset) individual season pass is $200; junior $125; children (5 and under) $10; senior (70 and over) $35; snowtubing $59. Contact: hiddenvalleyresort.com, 814/443-8000.
Jack Frost-Big Boulder, twin areas in the Pocono Mountains, have a number of Web site specials and pre-season deals at www.jfbb.com. Among the offers: Four lift passes for $99; midweek lift ticket $28; weekend lift tickets $37. Contact: 570/443-8433.
Seven Springs Mountain Resort, in Champion, has a pass for $399 until Sept.15, $499 after. There is also a midweek pass for $129 until Sept.16, then it goes to $159. Contact: 7springs.com, 814/352-7777.
Tussey Mountain, near Penn State University in Boalsburg, has a low-cost season pass for $269. Teen passes are $237; junior (12 and under) $141; senior (60-over) $125; college student $237. Contact: tusseymountain.com, 800/733-2754.
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