- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 8, 2004

Three resorts in southern Pennsylvania will say “thank you” to servicemen and women with a day of free skiing next week.

Ski Roundtop, Liberty Resort and Whitetail will observe Operation Thank You Tuesday (Roundtop, in Lewisberry), Wednesday (Liberty, Carroll Valley) and Thursday (Whitetail, Mercersburg) by giving lift tickets to service people who present valid IDs.

“We have such a large concentration of service personnel in the area who are protecting our country and our communities,” said Liberty marketing coordinator Anne Weimer. “We wanted to thank them for all they do and give them a recreational opportunity that they might not have access to.”

Operation Thank You will recognize active military — including National Guard and Reservists, paid and volunteer police officers, firefighters and EMS personnel — with a free lift ticket for the day session at the resorts.

“We had a couple hundred people last year [for the event],” said Whitetail marketing coordinator Chris Black. “We’re looking for several hundred this year. We’re doing it to honor our service men and women, and we’re not looking to make any money on this or anything.”

Black and Weimer said about half of the service people who showed up last year brought along a buddy or family members even though the offer is only extended to those in service.

“We have even had inquiries from some active British military, and naturally we will honor their active status also,” Weimer said.

Liberty takes recognition of service people to another level Wednesday with its Guns and Hoses race pitting law enforcement officers against firefighters. Liberty has had a race for law enforcement officers since 1997, and this year firefighters are included.

Contact the resorts: Liberty 717/642-8282, skiliberty.com; Roundtop 717/432-9631, skiroundtop.com; Whitetail 717/328-9400; ski whitetail.com.

Racing, tubing at Whitetail — Whitetail will run its Triple Crown race for skiers and snowboarders today. Registration begins at 7:30a.m. with racing starting about 10:30. Wednesday, WAYZ radio will have a Magical Night of Tubing at Whitetail’s snowtubing park. A bonfire and music will be featured. Contact: 717/328-9400; ski whitetail.com.

Wintergreen’s women’s seminar — Wintergreen (Va.) Resort will conduct a women’s skiing seminar Tuesday and Wednesday, 9a.m. to 4p.m. The cost is $90. The course for women is taught by female instructors, and participants must be above beginner level. The course is designed to build confidence, gain strength and break through plateaus. Contact: Wintergreen’s ski school, 434/325-8065; wintergreenresort.com.

Bluegrass comes to Canaan Valley — Mountain art and bluegrass music comes to Canaan Valley Resort, Davis, W.Va., on Feb.21-22. Local crafters will display their work in Canaan’s main lodge, while bluegrass music will be featured throughout the weekend at the ski area and the main lodge.

The Mason Dixon Snowboard Series makes a stop at Canaan on Feb.21-22. The event is a USA Snowboard Association competition. For further information, usasa.org. For Canaan information, 800/622-4121; canaanresort.com.

• Snow Sports appears on Sundays in The Washington Times during the winter. Contact: bclapper@washington-times.com.

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