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Sunday, February 26, 2017

16.17 Winter Season Comes to an End

Due to the historic, unseasonably warm rainy weather, Snow Tubing, Ice Skating and Slope conditions have deteriorated to a degree that Wisp Resort is closing for the season as of 5 pm Sunday, February 26. The forecast for the next several days calls for continued high temperatures in the upper 50’s with more rain. There is no sign of any winter weather over the next several weeks.  After opening on December 16 and closing February 26, Wisp operated for 72 consecutive days this winter.

The Mountain Park will continue to operate on weekends with the Mountain Coaster, Aerial Ropes Courses, Archery and Gem Mining.  Please visit our Hours of Operation page for the most current schedules.

Thanks to all who have done a stellar job in making the most we could out of a difficult season.

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Monday, February 27, 2017

Friday, February 24, 2017

Weekend Outlook

With temperatures expected to spike at 71 degrees today in Deep Creek Lake, we have mixed emotions about this crazy weather.  Yes, warm sun on winter-pale skin feels wonderful but our skis/boards are not ready to be hung up for the season.  Yes, the glistening waters of Deep Creek Lake are beautiful but we prefer snowy-white slopes in February.  We are making the most of what we've got so let's get out and ski this weekend!

Ski & Ride Operation Reminders:

  • Night skiing will close at 8:00pm on Friday & Saturday, February 24 & 25
  • Last First Tracks - the last first tracks of the season is Saturday, February 25 starting at 8:00am

Mountain Park

There's lots of fun to be had at the Mountain Park - Mountain Coaster, Ice Skating, Chipmunk Challenge Course, Spider Monkey Adventure.  Ice Skating will conclude for the season on Sunday, February 26.  

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Sunday, February 26, 2017

Monday, February 20, 2017

Spring Conditions / Monumental President's Sale

Let's be honest - who doesn't enjoy soft snow, t-shirt skiing and goggle tans?  Wisp Resort is set to keep ski and snowboard operations open as long as the snow coverage allows however with a week of warm temperatures forecasted, we just can't predict how long that will be.  Some standards hours of operation may be adjusted including night skiing which will change from 9pm to 8pm.  Please view our  Mountain Report for the daily operating schedule, slope openings and other information.  Hang in there slopes - we are just not ready to say farewell!

Monumental President's Sale

This is big.  This is massive.  This is colossal.  This is the Monumental President's Sale at Wisp Resort.  Everything in the Rossignol Concept Shop is 70% off - skis, outerwear, accessories and more!  Everything in other retail outlets is 40% off including Outdoor Elements, the Mountain Park Shop and the Sundown Village Shop.  The Monumental President's Sale runs from Monday, February 20 thru Monday, February 27.  Hurry - inventory is going fast!

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Monday, February 20, 2017

Friday, February 17, 2017

Weekend Forecast: Sun and Ski

After 39 straight hours of snowmaking which converted 12 million gallons of water to snow, the slopes at Wisp Resort are primed.  The weekend forecast calls for mostly clear skies with mild temperatures.  This is THE weekend to get outside and play! Here are the great ways to enjoy the snow at Wisp:

Skiing and Snowboarding

Currently, 25 slopes are open along with 2 terrain parks with a total of 17 features.  We've added an extra 4 hours of skiing and riding on Sunday with the slopes open until 9pm.  Check out our Daily Mountain Report for trail openings and chairlift operations.

The Mountain Park

We call them alternative winter activities and they are great for all ages and abilities!  The main attractions include snow tubing, ice skating and the mountain coaster.   Two aerial adventures will also be open this weekend - the Spider Monkey Adventure and the Chipmunk Challenge Course.  

Events

Kick the long weekend off with the Stage Wisp Concert Series on Friday at 6:30pm in Wispers Bar located in the McHenry Lodge.  

Attention all freestyle skiers and riders - the BlackStrap Rail Jam Series #2 is Saturday, February 18 in Central Park.  Get the low down here.



Last Edited by The Wisperer on Friday, February 17, 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Make the Most of Presidents' Weekend

Yipee - a long weekend lies ahead and we are here to help you make the most of Presidents' Weekend! Here's what you need to know:

The Lodge at Wisp

Stay slopeside at the recently renovated Lodge at Wisp and you'll be smack-dab in the middle of all the action.  Call 800.462.9477 for availability - hurry, rooms are going quickly!

Retail Sale

There is still time to buy that winter coat you've had your eye on and get use out of it.  Stop by any of our retail outlets Friday thru Monday to save big!

Up to 50% off on ski/snowboard jackets & pants

Up to 30% off all hard good including skis and snowboards

Up to 20% off accessories like goggles, gloves, hats & more

Mountain Park

Beyond skiing and snowboarding, there is an entire park dedicated to winter fun.  It's called the Mountain Park!  There's snow tubing, ice skating and the ever-popular mountain coaster.  The best deal going is the Winter Adventure Combo that includes all 3 activities.  Reservations are recommended for snow tubing - call 800.462.9477 to reserve today.

Events

Kick the long weekend off with the Stage Wisp Concert Series on Friday at 6:30pm in Wispers Bar located in the McHenry Lodge.  

Attention all freestyle skiers and riders - the BlackStrap Rail Jam Series #2 is Saturday, February 18 in Central Park.  Get the low down here.

Hours of Operation

There are lots of moving parts and outlets at Wisp Resort - stay tuned in with all the opening and closing times here.

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Friday, February 10, 2017

Perfect Snow Day

With 7.5" of fresh snow, a bluebird sky and crisp temperatures, today is a PERFECT SNOW DAY!  Happy skier and riders were out in full force this morning to grab fresh powder turns including our valiant Ski Patrollers.  Snowmaking may be present on open terrain today because as they say - make hay when you can - and since Mother Nature keeps throwing curve balls at us with several thaws this winter, we want to ensure you have the best skiing and riding surface possible.  This will set us up for a weekend of stellar conditions!

Speaking of Ski Patrol...

Did you know that the Ski Patrol has a long history at Wisp Resort?  When Wisp Resort opened in the mid 1950's, ski clubs generally brought their own patrollers with them. As Wisp grew, the need for a permanent patrol was evident. George Kearns, Barney Dunbar, Bruce Anderson, and others worked with the late Wisp founder, Helmuth 'Ace' Heise to establish the patrol. By the late 70's, the ski patrol had grown to 70 members and hired paid patrollers to cover weekdays. Today,  Wisp Resort's Ski Patrol is made up of 88 active patrollers, 76 of which are volunteer and come from all over the region including Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Pittsburgh.  The current  Patrol Team has 1,205 years of combined experience on the slopes!  If you are interested in joining the Wisp Ski Patrol, visit wispskipatrol.com.  March 4 marks the first phase of training with the on-snow 'Ski Off'.  Read more here.  Thanks for keeping us safe Patrollers!

Terrain Parks 

Central Park Terrain Park, designed for advanced to expert freestylers, is currently open with 12 features including multiple tubes, rails and jumps up to 25-feet.  Hang out on the outskirts or at the base of the park to watch some truly talented freestylers strut their stuff.  If you are just getting into freestyle skiing or riding, the newly opened Lower Boulder Park, located at the base of Boulder Run, is made for you with 5 smaller features including 2 table top jumps along with a few benches and bars.

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Friday, February 10, 2017

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Winter Storm Watch / Valentine's Specials

It's not often you wake to a 48 degree temperature with a Winter Storm Watch the same day but that was the case this morning.  While it feels quite mild out, we are preparing for a possible 5" of snow accumulation overnight.  Tune your skis or board and get ready for some powder!

I Heart Skiing & Snowboarding

Wisp Resort is offering several Valentine's packages so you can treat that special someone to the sport you love or want to learn to love!

Love & Learn Package Starting at $174 pp*

Couple's will enjoy 1-night’s lodging at the slope-side Lodge at Wisp, an all-inclusive Learn-to Ski or Snowboard Package (lift ticket, equipment rental, group lesson) and a 3-course Valentine's Dinner at DC's Bar & Restaurant.

Madly in Love Midweek Package Starting at $159 pp*

Couple's will enjoy 1-night’s lodging at the slope-side Lodge at Wisp, a 1-day Lift Ticket and a 3-course Valentine's Dinner at DC's Bar & Restaurant.

Call 800.462.9477 to book today.

For the Love of Food

DC's Bar & Restaurant is featuring a special 3-course dinner to celebrate Valentine's Day on February 13 and 14.  Check out the full menu.

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Friday, February 03, 2017

Prime Conditions this Weekend

It's cold.  It's snowy.  It's prime skiing and riding at Wisp Resort.  With over a foot of snow this past week and good snowmaking temps, Wisp Resort has a weekend of prime conditions in store for you.  Snowmaking may be present on open trails so we can provide the best surface for your skiing and riding pleasure.  If you are in the market for goggles, face mask or other coverage, visit one of our retail outlets for an array of options - Shopping & Dining List.

Wisp Kids

If you've got little ones between the ages of 3 - 14 who are interested in learning to ski or snowboard, check out our Wisp Kids program.  Offering full and half day options, Wisp Kids is an all-inclusive program providing lift ticket, rental equipment and instruction; plus, the full day includes lunch.  Call today to reserve a slot - 800.462.9477

Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides

Looking for an apres activity, try a Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride by Pleasant Valley Dream Rides.  Tours depart from the Nordic Yurt Fridays thru Sundays starting at 1pm and are $19pp. 

Lodging Specials

Stay in the recently renovated slopeside Lodge at Wisp for the ultimate ski getaway.  You'll be steps away from the chairlifts, dining, shopping and skier/rider services which equals more time on the slopes and less time with logistics.

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Friday, February 03, 2017

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Happy February / Nordic Center

Happy February skiers, riders and all snow enthusiasts!  It's SNOWING again at Wisp Resort which has made very good conditions GREAT today with 4" of new snow since this morning.  Today is one of those days where the ride up the lift is almost as enjoyable as the downhill slide and the only sound on the chairlift is the sound of snow falling.  There are many different kinds of snowfall (blizzard, mixed precip, fluffy flakes, pellet flakes, etc) but today is an idyllic snowfall with no wind, perfect flakes and not-too-cold temps.  Trail pick of the day is definitely Mainstreet - with plush powder coverage, low-to-no skier traffic and Chairlift Attendant, Jeff Wilson, at the bottom of Chair 5 ready to load with a smile!  Side note:  The Wisperer captured a pic of a friendly little waterfall in the woods looking like something out of a Bob Ross painting.  We just had to share it's tranquil beauty.

The Nordic Center

Located within Sundown Village, the Nordic Center offers Cross Country Skiing (aka Nordic Skiing) and Snowshoeing trails, rentals and lessons.  Rentals go out of the Appalachian Yurt and the Nordic Trail System covers the Fantasy Valley Golf Course so when Mother Nature does her thing, we groom the trails for cross country skiing and snowshoeing.  Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing can be as intense or as leisure as you make of it, from a heart-pounding calorie burning workout to a peaceful stroll through the snow.  Wisp Kids Supervisor, Tracy Rush, took a short spin on the Nordic Course today.  If you are looking to get into either sport, Wisp offers a Learn-to Cross Country Ski or Snowshoe Package for $44 standard days and $49 premium days, the package includes a nordic trail pass, equipment rental and intro lesson.  

Sundown Cafe

When you need to refuel from playing in the snow, Sundown Cafe has what you need - counter service cafe with fast and healthy options, a quaint bar and a dining yurt with slope views.  A local favorite on the menu is the Southwest Turkey Wrap - it's a must-try!

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Wednesday, February 01, 2017