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Busy Summer Underway at Whitetail
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Pennsylvania’s Whitetail Resort is busy making capital improvements for the upcoming winter season, but is also welcoming summer and fall guests to try their hand at fly fishing or play a round of golf.

Aspiring anglers learn the ropes at Whitetail’s fly fishing clinic. Photo provided by Whitetail Resort.

Fly fishing instructor Dusty Wissmath first came to Whitetail in the spring of 1997 to launch a new fly fishing school. Since then, he has taught aspiring anglers in a two-day clinic held at the Pennsylvania resort, while also fielding guided trips to areas in Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland. Wissmath started fly fishing at the age of eight and previously guided on the Snake, Green, and New Fork Rivers of Wyoming.

A $595 two-day clinic is offered at Whitetail’s private trout stream and bass lake. All equipment is included, and participants may take home a new Scott A2 fly rod, Ross Flystart reel spooled with Scientific Angler backing, line, and leader. The clinic provides instruction in basic stream ecology, fly selection, reading water, and aquatic entomology. Upcoming clinics are scheduled for September 20-21, October 4-5, October 11-12, and October 18-19, 2008. For more information, call 717-328-9400 extension 3531.

Fly fishing is not the only summer activity at Whitetail, however. Located just down the road from the ski slopes, Whitetail’s 18-hole golf course has a unique layout that takes advantage of the valley and mountainous terrain. Amenities include a Pro Shop, Cafe, and instructional clinic. Weather permitting, Whitetail’s golf course is open seven days a week year-round, excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas Days. Course fees vary, with lower rates offered during weekdays, after 1 p.m., and during the off season, from November 1 through March 28. For more information on golfing at Whitetail, call 717-328-4169 or 888-493-4169

If you visit Whitetail right now for fly fishing or golf, you’ll see a flurry of activity as Whitetail invests in enhancements for the upcoming winter season. Whitetail is putting the finishing touches on the grading of Sidewinder, its new beginner trail starting at the top of the Easy Rider Quad and winding its way back to the valley. 26 new Areco snowmaking fan guns have arrived and will be installed shortly along Sidewinder, along with 3,200 feet of snowmaking pipe. Whitetail has been expanding its snowmaking pump building to make room for a new snowmaking pump.

The top terminal of the new Jib Junction lift is lowered into concrete footers. Photo provided by Whitetail Resort.

Whitetail is also in the process of installing towers for the new Jib Junction Double lift, which will exclusively service the terrain park located along lower Angel Drop. All of these enhancements are expected to be completed in time for the start of the 2008-2009 winter season.

Whitetail’s new trail map, updated for the 2008-2009 winter season. Image provided by Whitetail Resort.
About M. Scott Smith

M. Scott Smith is the founder and Editor of DCSki. Scott loves outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, kayaking, skiing, and mountain biking. He is an avid photographer and writer.

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