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Wisp Resort
Deep Creek Lake, Maryland
Vertical drop:700 feet
Base elevation:2,415 feet
Peak elevation:3,115 feet
Skiable acres:137
Longest run:1.5 miles

Wisp Resort is located in far-west Garrett County, Maryland, next to the scenic Deep Creek Lake. Wisp is the only ski resort in Maryland, but it’s not the closest resort to the Baltimore/D.C. region - skiers must travel approximately 2.75 hours from D.C. to the “panhandle” of Maryland. This makes Wisp a destination resort, and there are plenty of lodging options in the region, including a hotel right at the base area. Visitors are rewarded with snow conditions that are often better than other resorts in the region, thanks to Wisp’s western location in the “snow belt” of Maryland. Wisp offers plenty of unique trails and is a bona-fide four-season resort, offering activities such as golf during the summer. Wisp even has a Mountain Coaster, open year-round.

Wisp often has a lengthy winter season, thanks to the unique weather patterns in western Maryland that offer plenty of snow (an average of 100” each year) and good snowmaking conditions. Wisp’s airless snowmaking system helps the resort capture an early opening date, and with the large Deep Creek Lake adjacent to the resort, water is never in limited supply for snowmaking. Wisp has 33 trails, including the meandering 1.5-mile long Possum trail, a real treat for beginners.

On-mountain lodging is available, including a 168-unit slopeside hotel at the base area, complete with several restaurants. Hundreds of homes and condos are available for rent througout the Deep Creek Lake region.

Thanks to natural snow, there are also plenty of cross-country and snowshoeing opportunities in the Wisp area when there is natural snow cover.

To view COVID-19 policy changes at Wisp for the 2020-2021 Winter Season, click here.

Photo provided by Wisp Resort.

Key Statistics

Resort Name: Wisp Resort
Vertical Drop: 700 feet
Base Altitude: 2,415 feet
Peak Altitude: 3,115 feet
Trails: 33 Trails:
  • 24% beginner
  • 45% intermediate
  • 33% expert
Skiable Acres: 137
Longest Run: 1.5 miles
Lifts: 13 (2 quads, 5 triples, 5 conveyor carpets, 1 surface tow)
Night Skiing: Yes, on 90+% of terrain
Terrain Park: Three terrain parks are available, including Central Park, Intermediate Park, and Beginner Park.
Tubing Park: Twelve 750-foot long tube chutes services by two conveyor carpet lifts.
Address: Wisp Resort
296 Marsh Hill Road
McHenry, MD 21541
Phone: (800) 462-9477
Social Media: Facebook link Twitter link Instagram link
Webcams: View resort webcams
Web Site:
Directions: Via Google Maps

COVID-19 Information

The following information summarizes COVID-19 protocols in effect at Wisp as of Oct 07, 2020. Please note that this information is subject to change at any time; contact Wisp directly before making a trip to verify current COVID-19 operating protocols. This information is provided by SnoCountry.

Masks Required:
Social Distancing Required:
Sanitization Stations Available:
Pass Protection:
Reservations Required:
Pre-Purchase Day Lift Tickets Recommended:
Resort COVID-19 web page:
Resort COVID-19 pass protection page:
Resort COVID-19 reservations web page:

Trail Map

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Weather near Wisp

9:15 pm on November 27 / Garrett County Airport
Partly Cloudy
37° F
Partly Cloudy
Humidity:100% Visibility:10.00
Wind Speed:3 mph wind_W Sunrise:7:15 a.m.
Barometer:30.00 in Sunset:4:55 p.m.
Dewpoint:37 °F
Probably too warm for snowmaking right now. No snowmaking
Low: 36°
Patchy Drizzle and Patchy Fog
Patchy drizzle and fog with a slight chance of rain. Cloudy, with a low around 36. West wind 8 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
High: 42°
Patchy Drizzle and Patchy Fog then Sunny
Patchy drizzle with a slight chance of rain before 11am, then patchy drizzle between 11am and noon. Patchy fog before noon. Otherwise, cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 42. West wind 9 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Saturday Night
Low: 30°
Mostly Clear
Mostly clear, with a low around 30. Southwest wind 6 to 9 mph.
High: 53°
Sunny, with a high near 53. Southwest wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable.

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

Snow conditions at Wisp

Opening soon for snow sports

Snow conditions supplied by SnoCountry, and may be inaccurate or delayed at times. Please check directly with Wisp for the most up-to-date snow and operating conditions.

News about Wisp

Just in Time for the Holidays, All Mid-Atlantic Resorts are Open
Article thumbnail December 21, 2019 - After a burst of cold weather in November allowed some Mid-Atlantic resorts to snag pre-Thanksgiving opening dates, the balance of resorts have now officially begun their season in recent days thanks to a stretch of snowmaking-friendly temperatures.
What’s New for 2019: Wisp Resort
Article thumbnail November 16, 2019 - Wisp has made some snowmaking improvements for the 2019-2020 winter season, and has also upgraded to RFID lift tickets for a more streamlined experience.
News Briefs: Management Changes at Whitetail, Wisp
Article thumbnail August 2, 2019 - There has been a changing of the guard at two Mid-Atlantic ski areas as two long-time General Managers have retired. Whitetail’s Don MacAskill is being succeeded by Brett Cook, while Wisp’s Jerry Geisler is being succeeded by Ron Hawkes.
The Season So Far
Article thumbnail January 3, 2019 - The 2018-2019 winter season is off to a rocky start, with above-average temperatures throughout much of December. DCSki provides a roundup of current conditions and struggles across the Mid-Atlantic.
Rain Tries to Crash Party, but More Resorts Slated to Open
Article thumbnail December 20, 2018 - Early-season cold temperatures enabled many Mid-Atlantic resorts to fire up the snowguns, but the cold gave way to some bouts of milder temps and heavy rain, which has delayed the start of the season for some resorts. Although pre-Christmas rain is still adding to the challenge, several additional resorts plan to open in the coming days.
The Season Begins! Mid-Atlantic Resorts Begin Opening
Article thumbnail November 22, 2018 - It’s not summer anymore. That will become abundantly obvious on Thanksgiving, when temperatures in the northeast and Mid-Atlantic are expected to plunge to their lowest turkey day reading in over a century. That’s allowed several resorts to move towards the “open” column.
Canaan Valley Resort Recognized by Liftopia’s Best in Snow Awards
Article thumbnail December 28, 2017 - On December 20, 2017, Liftopia announced its Second Annual Best in Snow Awards, and Mid-Atlantic ski area Canaan Valley Resort received top billing in two categories.
The Mid-Atlantic Ski Season Kicks Off
Article thumbnail December 14, 2017 - The past week saw the arrival of cold temperatures, and the dip in Mercury allowed ski areas to fire up their snowguns. Although lifts have already started running at several resorts, by the end of the December 16-17 weekend nearly every ski resort in the Mid-Atlantic will have kicked off its 2017-2018 winter season. DCSki has the latest opening information here.
What’s New for 2016: Wisp Resort
Article thumbnail November 21, 2016 - Wisp has renamed its slopeside hotel the Lodge at Wisp, and is in the midst of a 3-year, $3.7 million renovation. Guests this winter will find many enhancements on the inside and outside of the on-site hotel.
It’s On: The Ski Season Kicks Off
Article thumbnail November 27, 2014 - The 2014-2015 ski season is about to kick off. While many people will be hitting the stores on Black Friday, diehard skiers and snowboarders will be pointing their cars away from the shopping malls and towards the mountains — where they’ll find a variety of ski resorts launching their winter season.

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