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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 is one of the youngest ski resorts in America - during the 2010-2011 winter season, Whitetail will be celebrating its 20th anniversary.

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.

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:
    10:53 am on November 22 / Hagerstown Regional Airport
    36° F
    Fair
    Humidity:32%
    Wind Speed:9 mph
    Barometer:30.40 in
    Dewpoint:9 °F
    Visibility:10.00 mi
    Sunrise:7:03 a.m.
    Sunset:4:52 p.m.
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    News about Whitetail

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      October 26, 2014 - Connie Lawn and Charles Sneiderman swung by Liberty Mountain’s Annual Fall Festival on October 19, 2014. They provide this Firsthand Report.

    Falling towards Winter

      October 19, 2014 - Cool temperatures. A landscape full of golden hues. Fall has arrived, bringing a fantastic display of foliage and the promise of a ski season just around the corner.

    What’s New for 2014: Whitetail Resort

      September 3, 2014 - Whitetail is spending $2.5 million in capital improvements this summer, modernizing snowmaking on the Angel Drop trail, expanding the Kid’s Mountain Camp facility, and more.

    Mid-Atlantic Resorts Prepare Slate of Summertime Activities

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    Washington’s Winter Wonderland Wanes: Snow Season Slumbers

      April 7, 2014 - Connie Lawn reflects on the end of the Mid-Atlantic ski season.

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    Reader Comments about Whitetail

    T Smith
    one year ago
    Been skiing Whitetail for eight years. Use to be a great resort, but over past two years the safety on the slopes has been left go. Spent MLK weekend there and will not go back. In three days was hit four times by out of control aggressive young snowboards that have over taken the resort. It’s not safe. A ski patrolman told me when I reported a snowboarder that hit me on Snowpark the second time that they can not control them. I will no longer ski here. Well be traveling a little farther to WISP were they take safety serious.
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