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Wisp Resort

Deep Creek Lake, Maryland

Vertical drop:700 feet
Base elevation:2,415 feet
Peak elevation:3,115 feet
Skiable acres:132
Longest run:1.5 miles

Wisp Resort is located in far-west Garrett County, Maryland, next to the scenic Deep Creek Lake. Wisp is the only ski resort in Maryland, but it’s not the closest resort to the Baltimore/D.C. region - skiers must travel approximately 2.75 hours from D.C. to the “panhandle” of Maryland. This makes Wisp a destination resort, and there are plenty of lodging options in the region, including a hotel right at the base area. Visitors are rewarded with snow conditions that are often better than other resorts in the region, thanks to Wisp’s western location in the “snow belt” of Maryland. Wisp offers plenty of unique trails and is a bona-fide four-season resort, offering activities such as golf during the summer. And, the Wisp story got more exciting with the addition of the North Camp area in 2005; this expansion added ten new trails and two new quad chairlifts in 2005, increasing Wisp’s vertical from 610 to 700 feet.

Wisp is often the first area resort to open, thanks to the unique weather patterns in western Maryland that offer plenty of snow (an average of 100” each year, reaching 208 inches during the 2002-2003 winter season) and good snowmaking conditions. Wisp’s airless snowmaking system helps the resort capture a traditional pre-Thanksgiving opening date, and with the large Deep Creek Lake adjacent to the resort, water is never in limited supply for snowmaking. Wisp has 32 trails, including the meandering 1.5-mile long Possum trail, a real treat for beginners.

On-mountain lodging is available, including a 168-unit slopeside hotel at the base area, complete with several restaurants. Hundreds of homes and condos are available for rental througout the Deep Creek Lake region.

Thanks to natural snow, there are plenty of opportunities for cross-country skiers in the Wisp area.

In 2001, Wisp was purchased by an investment group for just under $12 million. This new ownership has brought many changes to Wisp. Wisp unveiled a new snow tubing park during the 2001-2002 season, and followed up by expanding its base lodge, upgrading lifts, and adding one of the largest “Super Pipes” in the east. A significant investment was made during 2005, when Wisp opened the new North Camp expansion, adding 10 new trails and two new quad chairlifts. In 2007, Wisp added a new Mountain Coaster, which offers hair-raising rides year round. An ice skating rink was added to Wisp in 2009. In 2010, Wisp purchased two new Prinoth snow groomers.

News reports in the fall of 2011 indicated that D.C. Development LLC, the current owner of Wisp Resort, had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection due to the challenge of selling new home sites in a depressed real estate market. This is not expected to affect ski area operations, which are planned to continue as normal for the 2011-2012 winter season.

Key Statistics

Resort Name: Wisp Resort
Vertical Drop: 700 feet
Base Altitude: 2,415 feet
Peak Altitude: 3,115 feet
  • 41% beginner
  • 28% intermediate
  • 31% advanced
  • Skiable Acres: 132
    Longest Run: 1.5 miles
    Lift Capacity: 12,600 per hour
    Lifts: 12 (2 quads, 5 triples, 4 conveyor carpets, 1 surface tow)
    Night Skiing: Yes, on 90+% of terrain
    Terrain Park: Two terrain parks are available.
    Halfpipe: (No halfpipe)
    Tubing Park: Nine tubing lanes serviced by two lifts.
    Address: Wisp Resort
    P.O. Box 629
    296 Marsh Hill Road
    McHenry, MD 21541
    Phone: (301) 387-4911
    Latitude: 39.555981
    Longitude: -79.361270
    Conditions near Wisp Resort:
    11:20 am on September 21 / Garrett County Airport
    70° F
    Mostly Cloudy
    Wind Speed:5 mph
    Barometer:30.35 in
    Dewpoint:61 °F
    Visibility:10.00 mi
    Sunrise:7:03 a.m.
    Sunset:7:18 p.m.
    Definitely too warm for snowmaking. 

    Weather supplied by the National Weather Service. Errors or reporting delays may be possible.

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    Snow Conditions at Wisp:
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    News about Wisp

    News Briefs: Management Changes at Whitetail, Wisp

      August 2, 2019 - There has been a changing of the guard at two Mid-Atlantic ski areas as two long-time General Managers have retired. Whitetail’s Don MacAskill is being succeeded by Brett Cook, while Wisp’s Jerry Geisler is being succeeded by Ron Hawkes.

    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.

    Rain Tries to Crash Party, but More Resorts Slated to Open

      December 20, 2018 - Early-season cold temperatures enabled many Mid-Atlantic resorts to fire up the snowguns, but the cold gave way to some bouts of milder temps and heavy rain, which has delayed the start of the season for some resorts. Although pre-Christmas rain is still adding to the challenge, several additional resorts plan to open in the coming days.

    The Season Begins! Mid-Atlantic Resorts Begin Opening

      November 22, 2018 - It’s not summer anymore. That will become abundantly obvious on Thanksgiving, when temperatures in the northeast and Mid-Atlantic are expected to plunge to their lowest turkey day reading in over a century. That’s allowed several resorts to move towards the “open” column.

    Canaan Valley Resort Recognized by Liftopia’s Best in Snow Awards

      December 28, 2017 - On December 20, 2017, Liftopia announced its Second Annual Best in Snow Awards, and Mid-Atlantic ski area Canaan Valley Resort received top billing in two categories.

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