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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

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
  • 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
    Conditions near Whitetail Resort:
    6:53 am on February 21 / Hagerstown, Washington County Regional Airport
    34° F
    A Few Clouds with Haze
    Wind Speed:3 mph
    Barometer:29.97 in
    Dewpoint:29 °F
    Visibility:2.00 mi
    Sunrise:6:58 a.m.
    Sunset:5:54 p.m.
    Marginal snowmaking conditions right now. 

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    Snow Conditions at Whitetail:
    Feb 20, 2019 at 5 am
    Machine Groomed 26-30" base 25 of 25 trails open
    8 of 9 lifts open

    News about Whitetail

    Quick Report: Whitetail

      February 20, 2019 - On February 19, 2019, John Sherwood snuck in a trip to Pennsylvania’s Whitetail Resort — in between Presidents’ Day weekend and a snowstorm. He provides this quick trip report.

    Firsthand Report, Times Three: Whitetail, Fire in Ice at Frederick, and Liberty Mountain

      February 4, 2019 - During the first three days of February, DCSki’s Editor sampled three winter treats: a night of fresh-powder skiing at Whitetail; an evening exploring downtown Frederick during its Fire in Ice event; and an evening skiing at Liberty Mountain Resort. He provides this triple play Firsthand Report.

    Firsthand Report: After the Crowds at Whitetail

      January 29, 2019 - DCSki’s Editor made his first turns of the season Sunday evening at Whitetail. As he describes in this detailed Firsthand Report, the masses of skiers and snowboarders that descend upon Whitetail on weekends largely dissipate by sundown on Sunday, setting the stage for a serene (if sometimes icy) night of skiing.

    Firsthand Report: Whitetail Resort, January 18, 2019

      January 21, 2019 - John Sherwood hit the slopes of Whitetail just before MLK weekend. His verdict? Whitetail is now his favorite ski resort less than 100 miles from DC, thanks to modern snowmaking, amenities, and customer service. He filed this Firsthand Report.

    The Season So Far

      January 3, 2019 - The 2018-2019 winter season is off to a rocky start, with above-average temperatures throughout much of December. DCSki provides a roundup of current conditions and struggles across the Mid-Atlantic.

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