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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.

Whitetail has continually invested money in capital improvements to the resort. Over the past couple decades, it has added new trails, expanded its base lodge, added a snow tubing park, expanded lighting across the slopes, and made significant snowmaking improvements. Whitetail’s state-of-the-art snowmaking system can quickly take slopes from bare to skiable with just a few nights of snowmaking.

Whitetail is now part of the Vail Resorts family after a 2019 purchase. Previously, it was owned by Peak Resorts, and before that, Snow Time.

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 developed a residential village that lines the Northern Lights beginner ski slope, but despite this lodging, Whitetail does not offer many year-round activities except for golf. In 2019, Whitetail was granted its first liquor license.

Key Statistics

Resort Name: Whitetail Resort
Vertical Drop: 935 feet
Base Altitude: 865 feet
Peak Altitude: 1,800 feet
Trails: 23 Trails:

  • 7 beginner
  • 10 intermediate
  • 6 advanced
  • Skiable Acres: 117
    Longest Run: 1 mile
    Lifts: 9 (1 high-speed quad, 3 quads, 2 doubles, 3 magic carpets)
    Night Skiing: Night skiing on all trails
    Terrain Park: Two terrain parks.
    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:
    8:53 pm on April 5 / Hagerstown, Washington County Regional Airport
    62° F
    Overcast
    Humidity:62%
    Wind Speed:7 mph
    Barometer:30.00 in
    Dewpoint:49 °F
    Visibility:10.00 mi
    Sunrise:6:50 a.m.
    Sunset:7:40 p.m.
    Definitely too warm for snowmaking. 

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    News about Whitetail

    Epic vs. Ikon Pass: The Battle Begins

      March 3, 2020 - The ski industry has changed significantly in recent years: ski conglomerates Vail Resorts and the Alterra Mountain Company have gobbled up resorts across the country, and now offer competing “mega passes” that provide skiing and riding across dozens of properties for one historically low price. The proposition has been simple: commit to buying a mega pass in the spring, and you’ll receive countless ski days across North America the following winter. Epic and Ikon have now released pricing and details for their 2020-2021 winter season passes. In this story, DCSki takes a look at these passes from the perspective of a Mid-Atlantic skier.

    Firsthand Report: Whitetail - Two Runs Was (More Than) Enough

      February 22, 2020 - Have you ever walked out of a movie, once it became clear that it was terrible and not worth spending any more time watching? DCSki’s Editor did the skiing equivalent of that on the evening of February 22, 2020 at Pennsylvania’s Whitetail Resort.

    Firsthand Report: Whitetail Resort

      January 28, 2020 - On Friday, January 24, DCSki’s John Sherwood took a snow day and traveled to Pennsylvania’s Whitetail Resort. Days prior to his visit, most of Whitetail had melted, but as he describes in this Firsthand Report, aggressive snowmaking allowed Whitetail to bring 16 trails on-line in a matter of days.

    Firsthand Report: Finding My Ski Legs at Whitetail

      January 12, 2020 - Despite unusually warm January weather, Jim Kenney recently swung by Pennsylvania’s Whitetail Resort for his first ski day of the season. He provides this Firsthand Report.

    Just in Time for the Holidays, All Mid-Atlantic Resorts are Open

      December 21, 2019 - After a burst of cold weather in November allowed some Mid-Atlantic resorts to snag pre-Thanksgiving opening dates, the balance of resorts have now officially begun their season in recent days thanks to a stretch of snowmaking-friendly temperatures.

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