The ski season ended at Maryland’s Wisp Resort on April 2, but the resort is quickly launching into spring with a new outdoors program.
The resort is in the process of adding an 18-hole Disc Golf Course that begins at the top of Marsh Mountain and meanders its way down. Half of the holes are now ready for play. Downhill and cross-country mountain biking and mountain boarding will also be offered. Wisp has created a new Free Ride Mountainbike Park, with both natural and man-made elements.
Wisp has moved its Paintball Course to the base of the mountain. Skateboarders, freestyle bike riders, and rollerbladers will also be able to spread their wings in Wisp’s 20,000 square foot Skate Park.
Kayakers will be able to receive tips on nlaunch locations from Wisp Outdoors staff. According to the resort, the Kayak Express will transport single and double kayaks to area accommodations for multi-day and week-long rentals. Rentals will include a personal flotation device and 30-minute beginner lesson.
The Wisp Outdoors Team will also be able to recommend nearby vendors offering guided rock climbing, whitewater rafting, waterskiing, and wakeboarding.
Wisp has added a Nature Program to provide an educational and entertaining look at flora and fauna in the region along with local history. Wisp will also offer all-inclusive day and overnight programs for kids.
For more information on these activities, visit www.wispresort.com.
Skiers and snowboarders don’t need to be depressed with the arrival of spring; melting snow opens up new recreational opportunities, such as whitewater rafting and kayaking. The whitewater rafting season began in March in West Virginia. Popular river choices in West Virginia include the New River, the Gauley, the Cheat, and the Tygart. The Media Center’s Joe Stevens reports that there are “very good spring flows” this year. For more information on rafting in West Virginia, visit www.callwva.com or www.wvrafting.com.
Of course, if you really are bitter that the ski season has ended, there’s always somewhere in the world where you can snow ski. And as summer approaches, that “somewhere” moves to the southern hemisphere.
South America Snow Sesssions (SASS) organizes ski camps in July, August, and September to the heart of the Andes mountain range in Argentina. According to SASS Director John Wilbur, the program includes transportation, Spanish language classes, ski/snowboarding coaching, and even a dunk in the local hot springs.
For more information, visit www.sasnowsessions.com.
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.