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Whitetail Resort
Mercersburg, Pennsylvania
Vertical drop:935 feet
Base elevation:865 feet
Peak elevation:1,800 feet
Skiable acres:117
Longest run:1 mile
Trails:23

Located in south-central Pennsylvania, Whitetail is a comfortable 90-minute jog down I-70 from D.C. and Baltimore. Skiers and boarders will find 23 trails, a 935-foot vertical, and a high-speed quad. Whitetail’s convenient location to D.C. also means skiers and boarders will often find crowds — on weekends and holidays, Whitetail’s slopes can become as crowded as the Washington Beltway during rush hour. On non-holiday weekdays, the crowds completely disappear and you’re likely to have the slopes to yourself.

Whitetail has a strong track record of continuous capital improvements. Over the past couple decades, it has added new trails, expanded its base lodge, added a snow tubing park, expanded lighting across the slopes, and made significant snowmaking improvements. Whitetail’s state-of-the-art snowmaking system can quickly take slopes from bare to skiable with just a few nights of snowmaking.

Whitetail is now part of the Vail Resorts family after a 2019 purchase. Previously, it was owned by Peak Resorts, and before that, Snow Time. Its new ownership means you can purchase a single Epic pass and ski at Whitetail, Liberty, Roundtop, Jack Frost, Big Boulder, and dozens of resorts across North America.

Skiers at Whitetail are pampered by a modern base lodge and amenities such as free ski check. Food is reasonable, with cafeteria-style food available in the Market Place. Other dining options include sit-down service at the Solstice, and brick oven pizzas at Mountain Hearth Pizzeria.

Whitetail developed a residential village that lines the Northern Lights beginner ski slope, but despite this lodging, Whitetail does not offer many year-round activities except for golf and is primarily a day resort in the winter. In 2019, Whitetail was granted its first liquor license.

Photo by M. Scott Smith.


Key Statistics

Resort Name: Whitetail Resort
Vertical Drop: 935 feet
Base Altitude: 865 feet
Peak Altitude: 1,800 feet
Trails: 23 Trails:
  • 7 beginner
  • 10 intermediate
  • 6 expert
Skiable Acres: 117
Longest Run: 1 mile
Lifts: 9 (1 high-speed quad, 3 quads, 2 doubles, 3 magic carpets)
Night Skiing: Night skiing on all trails
Terrain Park: Two terrain parks.
Tubing Park: Serviced by an enclosed magic carpet and its own lodge.
Address: 13805 Blairs Valley Road
Mercersburg, PA 17236
Phone: (717) 328-9400
Social Media: Facebook link Twitter link Instagram link
Webcams: View resort webcams
Web Site: http://www.skiwhitetail.com/
Directions: Via Google Maps

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Weather near Whitetail

9:53 pm on December 6 / Hagerstown, Washington County Regional Airport
 Fog/Mist
42° F
Fog/Mist
Humidity:92% Visibility:1.50
Wind Speed:3 mph wind_NW Sunrise:7:17 a.m.
Barometer:30.16 in Sunset:4:47 p.m.
Dewpoint:40 °F
Doesn't look like it's cold enough for snowmaking. No snowmaking
Tonight
rainy
Low: 41°
Chance of Rain and Patchy Fog
A slight chance of rain before 11pm, then a chance of rain after 4am. Patchy fog. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 41. South wind 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Wednesday
rainy
High: 56°
Rain Likely and Patchy Fog then Slight Chance of Rain
Rain and thunderstorms likely before noon, then a slight chance of rain between noon and 1pm. Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 56. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Wednesday Night
cloudy
Low: 43°
Mostly Cloudy
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43. Northwest wind 7 to 10 mph.
Thursday
cloudy
High: 50°
Mostly Cloudy
Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50. North wind 7 to 10 mph.

Weather supplied by the National Weather Service. Errors or reporting delays may be possible.


Snow conditions at Whitetail

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News about Whitetail

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User Highlight: Eric Mosel
Article thumbnail March 6, 2022 - Known as “Crush” on the DCSki Forums, Eric has been posting to DCSki for over 20 years — even as he’s changed locations from D.C. to Park City to North Lake Tahoe. Learn more about Eric in this interview.
Firsthand Report: Remembering How to Ski at Whitetail Resort
Article thumbnail February 2, 2022 - It had been a minute since DCSki’s Editor last skied. Over a million minutes, in fact. He corrected that error on February 2, 2022 with a midweek trip to Pennsylvania’s Whitetail Resort. He provides this Firsthand Report.
From a Drizzly December to a Snowy New Year
Article thumbnail January 7, 2022 - The second half of December wasn’t ideal for Mid-Atlantic ski areas: cold temperatures from early in the season yielded to unseasonably (and, to skiers, unreasonably) mild days. As the calendar advanced from December to January, that’s all changed. DCSki provides a roundup of the latest conditions at local ski resorts.
Vail Resorts to Purchase Seven Springs, Hidden Valley, Laurel Mountain
Article thumbnail December 8, 2021 - In news that is likely to reshape Mid-Atlantic snowsports for years to come, Vail Resorts announced on December 8, 2021 that it has entered into an agreement to purchase Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Hidden Valley Resort, and the operations of Laurel Mountain Ski Area.
More Mid-Atlantic Ski Resorts on Tap to Open December 4
Article thumbnail December 1, 2021 - The Mid-Atlantic ski season is already underway, and additional ski areas are scheduled to come on-line the weekend of December 4-5. DCSki presents a complete roundup of open — and soon-to-open — ski areas in this December 1, 2021 update. Above, Pennsylvania’s Seven Springs Resort has been laying down snow in preparation for a December 4 opening.
Vail Resorts Announces Operational Enhancements
Article thumbnail November 28, 2021 - Leveraging data science, the company aims to reduce crowding and lift line wait times.
Vail Resorts Reaches 85 Percent Renewable Energy Milestone
Article thumbnail November 7, 2021 - Vail Resorts moves closer to its goal of becoming carbon-neutral, as companies across the ski industry join efforts to improve sustainability and raise awareness of climate change.
Vail Resorts Updates COVID-19 Safety Protocols
Article thumbnail September 25, 2021 - Vail Resorts adjusts its reservation, masking, and vaccination policies.

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