What’s New for 2005: Wisp Resort 5
Author thumbnail By M. Scott Smith, DCSki Editor

Maryland’s Wisp at Deep Creek Mountain Resort is undertaking an ambitious effort this summer to add ten new trails and two fixed Quad chairlifts. The new area, called The North Camp, will be located on the northwest side of the mountain, with a variety of terrain for beginner, intermediate, and expert skiers and boarders. Some of the trails will be covered with man-made snowmaking, while others will rely on natural snow cover. The new terrain is expected to come on-line in time for the 2005-2006 winter season, with a tentative grand opening set for December 10, 2005.

On June 21, 2005, a groundbreaking ceremony was held at Wisp to celebrate the $9.1 million expansion. Wisp founder Helmuth “Ace” Heise was on hand for the ceremony, along with resort and state officials.

“The addition of the North Camp solidifies Wisp at Deep Creek Mountain Resort as one of the Mid-Atlantic’s premier destination ski resorts,” said Hank Thiess, General Manager of the resort. “The North Camp will feature some of the most exciting terrain available at Wisp while still being versatile enough to accommodate every level of skier or boarder.”

Representing one of the most aggressive trail expansion efforts in recent mid-Atlantic ski history, North Camp will feature a vertical drop of 700 feet, with a base elevation of 2,400 feet and a summit elevation of 3,100 feet. The 10 new trails will total 3.2 miles and add 33 acres of skiable terrain to Wisp. 70% of the new terrain will be rated beginner, 20% intermediate, and 10% expert. Two fixed-grip quad chairlifts will increase Wisp’s overall uphill capacity by 62%. To support the new trails, Wisp’s snowmaking system is being enhanced with a 48% increase in pumping capacity and a near-doubling of snowmaking machines.

Construction of the new North Camp area. Photo provided by Wisp 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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Reader Comments

August 1, 2005
Now THAT's an expansion!!!
As Tick said in a DCSki forum thread on this subject: http://www.dcski.com/ubbthreads22/showflat.php?Cat0&Number16156&page&fpartall&vc1
August 2, 2005
Has someone posted stats on the expansion, specifically vertical drop? While its true that Wisp skis bigger than its vert (much bigger in my experience), I would find anything materially less than the existing drop (600') rather unexciting. Any specifics here?
August 3, 2005
Speculation in this DCSki forum thread from a couple months ago indicated it might add 100-150 feet of vertical to Wisp??

Might find more by searching forum posts in 2005 for: wisp expansion.
August 3, 2005
Their website gives the new area a 700' vertical. http://www.skiwisp.com/winterexpansion.htm
2400' at the base and 3100 at the top. That gives them 90' more than the 610' they currently advertise. Also, my read is that this expansion will have 10 trails and 2 quads when finished, but this season will only be the 1st Phase of 2 or 3 (or 4)- see the ski map for last year.
August 11, 2005
Well it looks like Snowshoe is still way ahead of everyone else, and that will be where I'm at again this year. It's cool that T-Line and Wisp are adding trails but the Shoe is adding terrain parks I hear. After talking with my boy who works up there, I hear Spruce Glades will be a Pro Park that you have to have an extra pass to get into. There will be a seperate Terrain Garden there as well. Then they are turning Silver Creek into a Super Park with features on every trail except Flying Eagle and the greens. Just thought I'd give everyone a heads up on the scoop, way to go Shoe.

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