Wisp Ski Area Brings Snowsports to Maryland
Ski Maryland may not reach license plate status like Ski Utah, but Wisp Resort in the far western portion of the state does provide a place to click into skis or strap on a snowboard. Located about a 3-hour drive from Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Wisp ski mountain offers 132 acres of skiable terrain and a vertical drop of about 700 feet.
In the 2005-06 season, Wisp ski resort expanded by adding 33 acres in the North Camp area. The two new fixed-grip quad chairlifts service one advanced, two intermediate, and seven beginner trails.
- Skiable acres: 132
- Vertical Drop: 700 feet
- Slope Difficulty: 41% beginner, 28% intermediate, 31% advanced
Snowmaking at Wisp Ski Resort Covers 90 Percent of Terrain
Although the only ski resort in Maryland receives just about 100 inches of average annual snowfall, snowmaking can take care of 90 percent of the 32 slopes and trails at the ski area. Deep Creek Lake adjacent to the resort provides a supply of water for the snowmaking.
Wisp Ski Resort Offers Solid Beginner Terrain
The terrain is not steep by the standards of Stowe, Vermont, or resorts in the Rockies, but a few short challenges are available. Beginners or low intermediates should find plenty of terrain to suit their tastes. For example, the green Possum trail is particularly lengthy for a resort the size of Wisp. In the North Camp area, Little Dipper leading into Big Dipper is another good learning slope.
Wisp Ski Area has fun for all seasons
The portion of western Maryland where Wisp ski resort is located is a popular summer destination. Deep Creek Lake is a major draw in the warmer months. Added in 2007, one unusual attraction at Wisp operates year-round. The Mountain Coaster– a wheeled, toboggan ride is unique in the Mid-Atlantic region. Single rides on the Mountain Coaster cost $10 each during the 2009-10 ski season. The sled can accommodate two riders at a cost of $15. While the Mountain Coaster is open year-round, the tubing hill is obviously limited to the winter months. Opened in 2001, the Bear Claw Tubing Park at Wisp ski area has lanes that are 750 feet long. The resort also has an ice skating rink at the base. Guided snowmobile tours are another offering at the resort. For kids, Wisp even has mini-snowmobiles available to ride.
Night Skiing at Wisp Ski Area in Maryland
Night skiing is an option throughout the season at Wisp. However, during the early season and spring season, night skiing is only offered on Fridays and Saturdays. During the peak season, night skiing is available every night of the week except non-holiday Sundays and Mondays.