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Ski Liberty and Carroll Valley resorts
 announce plans to combine

James Rada Jr.
News Correspondent

(12/09) For most people, Liberty Mountain Resort and Carroll Valley Resort are indistinguishable from each other. While that hasnít been true in the past, it may soon be.

Representatives from Liberty Mountain Resort announced on April 20 an agreement to buy Carroll Valley Resort.

The two properties will be combined and operated under Liberty Mountain Resortís management, according to the press release announcing the agreement.

"Years ago, both properties were designed to operate as one complete four-season resort and this purchase moves us closer to our vision of becoming the premier four-season resort in the region," said Eric Flynn, the president and general manager of Liberty Mountain Resort.

The reason that the resorts havenít combined before now, though they have been around since the 1960ís is that they were sold to separate companies in the 1970ís and operated independently since then, according to Flynn.

The combined resort will become a four-season resort that will include 100 hotel rooms with mountain views, greater dining options, meeting and banquet space, more than 100 acres of ski terrain and a golf course. Liberty Mountain has 16 skiing and snowboarding trails, six chairlifts and 15 snow tubing lanes. Carroll Valleyís 18-hole championship has a four-star rating from Golf Digest and one of Golf Styles "100 Must-Play Courses of the Mid-Atlantic." The combined resort will also have swimming pool, hiking trails, horseshoes, billiards, exercise room and croquet

The two resorts had attempted to combine in November 2008, but the deal eventually fell through a month later. Flynn said then that the timing wasnít right for the sale.

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