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Whitetail Resort

Mercersburg, Pennsylvania

Vertical drop:935 feet
Base elevation:865 feet
Peak elevation:1,800 feet
Skiable acres:117
Longest run:1 mile
Trails:23

Located in south-central Pennsylvania, Whitetail is a comfortable 90-minute jog down I-70 from D.C. and Baltimore. Skiers and boarders will find 23 trails, a 935-foot vertical, and a high-speed quad. Whitetail’s convenient location to D.C. also means skiers and boarders will often find crowds — on weekends and holidays, Whitetail’s slopes can become as crowded and intimidating as the Washington Beltway during rush hour. On non-holiday weekdays, visitors will find fewer crowds and safer conditions.

During the fall of 1999, Whitetail was purchased by Snow Time, Inc., which also owns nearby Roundtop Mountain Resort and Liberty Mountain Resort. Since then, Whitetail has invested heavily in improvements to an already great resort. Over the summer of 2002, Whitetail expanded its base lodge, added a snow tubing park, and added lighting to several expert slopes, responding directly to visitors’ wish lists. The rental building saw a significant expansion in 2005, smoothing the flow of visitors as they rent skis and snowboards. For the 2006-2007 season, Whitetail finished lighting 100% of its expert terrain; now only one intermediate trail does not have lighting. Whitetail has enhanced snowmaking through the continual addition of tower-mounted fan guns in recent years. Added to slopes such as Limelight and Exhibition, the fan guns allow slopes to open sooner than in years past.

Big changes came to Whitetail during the summer of 2008. Whitetail cut a brand new trail (its longest yet), and installed a new double chairlift specifically to service the terrain park. The new lift helped decrease crowding on Upper Angel Drop. During the summer of 2009, Whitetail added a brand new halfpipe, a new terrain park, and a new beginner adult carpet lift. The momentum continued into 2010, when Whitetail added Ledgewood, an additional new beginner trail. Since then, the resort has continued to invest in snowmaking improvements.

Skiers at Whitetail are pampered by a modern base lodge and amenities such as free ski check. Food is reasonable, with cafeteria-style food available in the Market Place. Whitetail continues to develop a residential village that lines the Northern Lights beginner ski slope. Townhomes have already been completed, and a championship golf course was also recently added.

Key Statistics

Resort Name: Whitetail Resort
Vertical Drop: 935 feet
Base Altitude: 865 feet
Peak Altitude: 1,800 feet
Trails:
  • 7 beginner
  • 10 intermediate
  • 6 advanced
  • Skiable Acres: 117
    Longest Run: 1 mile
    Lift Capacity: 15,000 per hour
    Lifts: 9 (1 high-speed quad, 3 quads, 2 doubles, 3 magic carpets)
    Night Skiing: Night skiing on all but 1 trail
    Terrain Park: Two terrain parks.
    Halfpipe: Moved to the Jib Junction Terrain Park for the 2009-2010 winter season.
    Tubing Park: Serviced by an enclosed magic carpet and its own lodge.
    Address: 13805 Blairs Valley Road
    Mercersburg, PA 17236
    Phone: (717) 328-9400
    Latitude: 39.745606
    Longitude: -77.939157
    Links: http://www.skiwhitetail.com/
    Conditions near Whitetail Resort:
    5:53 pm on May 21 / Hagerstown, Washington County Regional Airport
    80° F
    Mostly Cloudy
    Humidity:49%
    Wind Speed:5 mph
    Barometer:30.12 in
    Dewpoint:59 °F
    Heat Index:81° F
    Visibility:10.00 mi
    Sunrise:5:53 a.m.
    Sunset:8:24 p.m.
    Way too warm for snowmaking. 

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    News about Whitetail

    Firsthand Report: Closing Out the Season at Whitetail

      March 27, 2018 - DCSki Columnist John Sherwood visited Whitetail Resort on its final day of the season. In this Firsthand Report, he describes what conditions were like.

    Editorial: The Skyrocketing Cost of Skiing

      January 27, 2018 - DCSki’s Editor offers his thoughts on the skyrocketing costs of skiing, and how he thinks it could hurt the snowsports industry in the long-term by scaring away new skiers and snowboarders.

    Witnesses Sought in December 31 Accident at Whitetail

      January 2, 2018 - On December 31, 2017, a middle-aged skier was discovered unresponsive around 10 a.m. on a slope at Pennsylvania’s Whitetail Ski Resort and was later pronounced dead. His widow is seeking assistance from anyone who may have observed the accident.

    Firsthand Report: New Year’s Eve at Whitetail

      January 1, 2018 - DCSki’s Editor rang in the New Year on the slopes of Pennsylvania’s Whitetail Resort, where he found fireworks, a bonfire, and frigid temperatures. He provides this Firsthand Report and set of photos documenting the event.

    The Mid-Atlantic Ski Season Kicks Off

      December 14, 2017 - The past week saw the arrival of cold temperatures, and the dip in Mercury allowed ski areas to fire up their snowguns. Although lifts have already started running at several resorts, by the end of the December 16-17 weekend nearly every ski resort in the Mid-Atlantic will have kicked off its 2017-2018 winter season. DCSki has the latest opening information here.

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