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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
Trails:32

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
Trails:
  • 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: Super Pipe is 400 feet long.
    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
    Links: http://www.skiwisp.com/
    Conditions near Wisp Resort:
    4:00 am on November 23 / Garrett County Airport
    45° F
    Mostly Cloudy
    Humidity:27%
    Wind Speed:13 mph
    Barometer:30.12 in
    Dewpoint:12 °F
    Visibility:10.00 mi
    Sunrise:7:09 a.m.
    Sunset:4:58 p.m.
    Excellent snowmaking conditions right now. 

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    Reader Comments about Wisp

    Jason
    2 years ago
    My fiancee and I went to Wisp and snowboarded. For the $59 ski and stay package you really can’t beat it. The room was great and the trails were awesome!!! They had a $2 beer special during happy hour. I’m definitely going back this year.
    Dave White
    2 years ago
    BEWARE: WISP WILL rip you off to make money no matter how bad the reason. NEVER buy vouchers from them (golf, etc) as they will NOT even give you credit to use at regular rates if you are unable to use the voucher before they expire for hardships, deaths in family, or even military deployment reasons. They are NOT in any way sympathetic to those that get called away for duty or family or other scheduling problems. NEVER PAY FOR A VOUCHER FOR WISP —-NO HEART AND ABSOLUTELY THE BOTTOM DOLLAR IS WHAT DRIVES THEM.
    Shout it from a mountaintop.
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