It looks like Wisp is cranking up snowmaking like they really mean it this time. There appears to be a full on blizzard on the mountain, being augmented with natural snow. If the cold temps hold as forecast, they could have a significant part of the mountain open by Saturday!!! They may even be able to start on the East Ridge by the weekend - that would be a first, ever, for Thanksgiving weekend I believe. Blow That Snow. Blow That Snow!!
Yep tis flying allright. Will they be open by Friday. We were thinking of getting in some morning turns on Friday if we can. Otherwise I'm thinking two weeks until 7 Springs.
I called Wisp and it looks like they will open Saturday with Wisp trail, Belly Flop, Squirrel Cage and The face. They have a dusting of natural on the ground so all looks well.
From: "Info@wispresort" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "chad" <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: ski area opening?
Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2005 15:50:47 -0500
We are opening this Friday, weather permitting. Early season rates are still to be determined.
Got this press release from Sara Duck of WISP:
Wisp Resort Opens for 2005/2006 Season on Friday, November 25
McHenry, MD - As weather permits, Wisp Resort will open for the 2005/2006 ski season on Friday, November 25.
Snowmaking began at Wisp on Thursday, November 17. With eight inches of natural snowfall and nightly lows ranging from the teens to high twenties throughout this week, round-the-clock-snowmaking has continued in preparation for Friday's opening.
Top to bottom skiing and snowboarding will greet guests on Friday. Anticipated trail openings include Squirrel Cage, Belly Flop, The Face, Grouse Way, Muskrat and Wisp Trail. With optimal weekend snowmaking conditions expected, snowmaking is beginning on the new North Camp terrain and mountain officials anticipate a number of North Camp trails opening early next week. Wisp's $3 million dollar state-of-the-art pumphouse coupled with the 126 new North Camp snowmaking guns increases Wisp's snowmaking capacity by 48% which allows our North Camp terrain to be covered in snow nearly twice as quickly as Wisp's other terrain.
The largest terrain expansion in Wisp history, North Camp features over 30% more terrain to open this season at Wisp. Featuring ten new trails and two new fixed quad chairlifts, North Camp is the latest in $27.3 million dollars in renovations at Wisp since 2001 which has also included the renovation of the Lodge and the adjacent Wisp Resort Hotel, and the addition of a beginner's ski carpet, two new double chairs, Bear Claw Snow Tubing Park and more. Additonal terrain is being prepared for future expansions.
Wisp is less than a three-hour drive from the metropolitan areas of Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and less than two hours from Pittsburgh. Morgantown, WV and Cumberland, MD are just 45 minutes away.
McHenry, Maryland 21541