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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Ready. Set. Make Snow!

Wisp's Mountain Ops Crew is getting in position to turn on the snow guns this evening, Sunday, November 19.  After watching buckets of rain spill over Garrett County yesterday, the sun rose today with a dusting of snow and much colder temps.  It has continued to flurry throughout the day with gusty winds not really allowing for any real accumulation.  

With most of the snowmaking efforts focused on the front side, you'll be able to watch the action with our webcam.

Let Winter Begin!

Update - Monday morning, November 20

We've got guns blazing on:

  • Sunset Blvd
  • Central Park
  • Squirrel Cage
  • Upper Grouse
  • Wisp Trail
  • Wisp Kids Learning Yard
  • Snow Tubing Park

Update - Monday afternoon, November 20

With temps creeping into the low to mid-30s, the snow guns shut down about 1pm allowing for approximately 12 hours of snowmaking.  Just under 1 million gallons of water was pumped through the system totaling about 7 acre feet of snow on the areas listed above.  

Last Edited by Wisp Resort on Monday, November 20, 2017

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Comedy Night

Need a few good laughs?  Join us for the return of Comedy Night on Saturday, November 25 where two comics will take the stage to get the crowd rolling with laughter.  Doors open at 7pm and show starts at 8pm.

Tickets
$19 Show Only
$29 Show & Hors d'oeuvres

Limited availability.

book now

Headliner Comic - Jay Stevens

Jay Stevens has been doing comedy for more than a decade.  He's also been digitally entertaining audiences with his hilarious skits and commercial reenactments.  Jay's life changed drastically when a video sketch of Stevens getting into a humorous altercation with a police officer, in which Stevens places himself in a police cruiser of an overly intimidating officer, went viral after amassing over 30 million views in just one week!  Jay's "Life Is Hilarious" Tour has been selling out all over the country, leaving audiences in stitches. Stevens has the uncanny ability to point out how funny life really is. From standup to sketch comedy, Jay Stevens is a comic you don't want to miss!

Feature Comic - Jamie Utley

Jamie made his professional debut in 2008 at Bear’s Place in Bloomington, IN and has since performed up and down the east from Florida to Indiana in places like Monkey Wrench(KY), Funnybone(WV & OH), and Cozzy's(VA).

Last Edited by Wisp Resort on Thursday, November 16, 2017

Friday, November 10, 2017

Another Dusting and Winter Prep Continues

The expected cold weather did indeed arrive with a dusting of snow this morning, Friday, November 10. 

The Big Question - Making Snow?

With such a small window and changing winds in this cold snap, it's just too short of a period for us to lay down anything that's going to stick around.  With warm weather and precipitation forecasted in the next few days, we are looking for a bigger window to work with for snowmaking.  

Winter Preparations Continue

With over $600,000 invested on the hill this past summer, most of that is underground so you won't be able to see the improvements until we fire up the snowmaking system.  None the less, here's a list of all the hard work our Mountain Ops Crew did:

Snowmaking

  • Over 1,300’ of snowmaking pipe replaced throughout the mountain
  • 11 lateral pipes totaling 200’
  • 17 plug-in and safety disconnect boxes
  • New motor control drive installed on low side snowmaking system on pump #1
  • New flow meter was installed down at the lake to better monitor water usage

Lifts

  • Chair #1 – new gear box installed in the main lift drive
  • Chair #2 & #3 had all terminals cleared of rust, primed and painted including all lift structures, motor rooms and control shacks
  • Chair #4 – top return bull wheel was taken down to the ground, NDT inspected and new bearings installed
  • Chair #6 & #7 had motors removed, serviced by motor service company and reinstalled
  • Chair #7 had main haul cable shortened and re-spliced

Electrical

3,240’ feet of electrical wires that provided power to various lifts and snowmaking operations was replaced and armored.

Our Team is just as anxious as all you skiers and snowboarders to flip the switch and start cranking out the snow!  Bring on Winter!

Last Edited by Wisp Resort on Friday, November 10, 2017

Monday, October 30, 2017

First Snowfall of the Season

Wisp Resort and the Deep Creek Lake area received the first snowfall of the season overnight.  The snow began to fall around 7:30pm and within a few hours, there were a few inches of snow on the ground.  Fun Fact:  Because the air temperature and humidity vary greatly across Garrett County, there are always different measurements of snowfall.  With Deep Creek Lake unfrozen, this creates more moisture in the air and impacts snow storms (and snowmaking!)  Approximately 2 inches of snow feel on the slopes at Wisp Resort -- just enough to cover everything in a beautiful white blanket. As always, our wonderful State Highway Plows were out this morning to be sure the roads were clear and safe!  For a live shot of the snow, check out our webcam.  We know it won't stick around long but we are hopeful for a cold and snowy winter!  Winter is coming...

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Monday, October 30, 2017

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Shifting Gears

As Autumn progresses, Wisp Resort begins to shift those seasonal gears.  Autumn Glory weekend was the last days of operation for Fantasy Valley Golf Course, Adventure Sports Center's recirculating whitewater course, Mountain Park Cafe, Scenic Chairlift Rides and the Gravity Works Bike Shop.  The Mountain Park will continue to operate Saturdays and Sundays thru October with three Canopy Tours, Segway Tours, Mountain Coaster, Archery, Gem Mining, 9-holes of Disc Golf and Orienteering. Lodestone Golf Course will operate daily until further notice.  Wisp Escape Games is available daily by reservation only, call 800.462.9477 to reserve a game.  Be sure to check our Hours of Operation for exact times.

Winter is near...

You may notice our Mountain Operations Crew on the slopes working on lighting, snowmaking lines and other general maintenance to gear up for snowmaking and the coming of winter.  Check out the Wisp Web Cam to get a bird's eye view of them in action.


Last Edited by The Wisperer on Monday, October 23, 2017

Friday, September 22, 2017

Happy Autumn

While we think all seasons are beautiful and special here in Deep Creek Lake, there is no denying that Fall is the most colorful.  Mother Nature has already started to unveil her kaleidoscope of colors in the fall foliage.  We've put together a Fall Checklist for everyone to do in the next few weeks as the leaves peak.  Seize the Season and Make a Memory at Wisp Resort!

1.  Scenic Chairlift Ride & Mountain Coaster Ride
2.  Round of Golf at Lodestone or Fantasy Valley Golf Course
3.  Pontoon Boat Tour on Deep Creek Lake
4.  Whitewater Raft at the Adventure Sports Center
5  Buy a cozy sweatshirt or fleece at Outdoor Elements
6.  Try the Soup du jour at DC's Bar & Restaurant
7.  Sit around the firepit in the Courtyard at The Lodge at Wisp
8.  Enjoy the Autumn Glory Festivities October 11 - 15

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Wisp Escape Games

Wisp Resort is set to open Wisp Escape Games on Saturday, September 16.  An Escape Game is a themed physical adventure game where players are put in a room and must use team building and problem solving to complete puzzles using clues, hints and strategy to ‘escape’ the room in a set amount of time.  The Race to the Slopes game accommodates six to ten players and the cost is $24 per person.  Reservations are required and available online here or by calling 800.462.9477.

Wisp’s first Escape Game, Race to the Slopes, sets the fictional scene in the first big snow storm of the winter season.  The lifts start turning in exactly one hour!  The problem is, you’re stuck at work in the ski shop and on top of that, you’ve misplaced your lift ticket.  The first thing you need to do is complete all your work tasks.  Next, you’ll need to find your lift ticket which will guide you to the escape key.  Hurry, before you miss all the freshies – tick, tock, tick, tock…

“Wisp Escape Games will add another dimension to Wisp’s menu of activities – it’s not dependent on weather, the games will be offered into the evening hours and it is an ideal team building activity for groups,” said Eric Anderson, Mountain Park Manager.  Anderson also stated, “The closest game of its kind is located in Morgantown, WV so this will be a unique attraction for Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County.”

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Friday, September 15, 2017

Friday, September 08, 2017

Pre-Winter Lodging Sale

As soon as the weather starts to cool and the leaves begin to change, all of us skiers and snowboarders begin to get the FEVER.  The Ski Fever!  It's extremely dangerous as it causes long bouts of daydreaming of groomer runs, powder runs, well, basically any runs.  Once the fever hits, you'll notice affected individuals begin to unpack and uncover last year's gear and equipment to inspect, tune and reminisce.  Severe cases have shown individuals putting on said gear and pretending to ski/ride on their still-green lawns in late-Summer / early-Fall.  One known cure is to begin booking your Winter Getaway NOW!  With only 104 days until the Winter Solstice, Ski Fever season is upon us. 

Pre-Winter Lodging Sale

Rates Starting at $89 per room*

Save up to 35% on select winter dates at the renovated Lodge at Wisp.  Enjoy a true ski-in/ski-out experience while being close to all other resort amenities - indoor pool, rental shops, ski and snowboard school, dining, shopping and more.  

Call 800.462.9477 or use the Online Vacation Planner.

* Based on availability, advance reservation, non-cancelable.  Not valid with other discounts, offers, packages or group stays.  Dates include:  January 1 thru 11, 2018; February 19 thru 28, 2018; March 4 thru 11, 2018.  Sale ends September 29, 2017.  

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Friday, September 08, 2017

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Labor Day Weekend Happenings

We've got your Labor Day Weekend plans right here at Wisp Resort and Deep Creek Lake!

Last Chance to Save on 17.18 Season Passes

Save up to 10% on 17.18 Winter Season Passes thru Monday, September 4.  Purchase online now.  All Gold Passes include unlimited skiing and riding -- no blackout dates and Sister Resort Reciprocal Program. 

Mountain Park Watersports Equipment Sale

Friday - Monday, September 1 - 4
Mountain Park    10am - 6pm

Purchase used watersports equipment including standup paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, paddles, PFDs and more.

First come, first serve.  Get here early for the best selection!

Adventure by Land, Water & Air

Our outdoor activities are in full swing this weekend.  Check out the schedule for operating times at the Mountain Park, Adventure Sports Center International and the DCL State Park Beach Hut.

Tunes & Brews

Thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy Tunes & Brews.  A good time was had by all!


Last Edited by The Wisperer on Sunday, September 03, 2017

Friday, August 11, 2017

Tunes & Brews

The 3rd annual Tunes & Brews event is slated for Saturday, September 2, 2017.  Join us on Labor Day Weekend to celebrate, well, whatever you want - the start of the school year, the end of summer, the coming of fall (and winter!), friends, family or life!  There will be over 22 varieties of craft beer to sample and 3 live bands occupying Stage Wisp.  Tickets are $34 pp and including unlimited sampling, while supplies last for ages 21 and older.  Non-drinkers and under 21 are free.  

Tunes & Brews
Saturday, September 2, 2017
1pm - 7pm - Craft Beer Sampling, while supplies last
Front Lawn at Wisp / Stage Wisp venue

1 - 3pm:  Jason Shaw Duo
3 - 5pm:  KingStreet
5 - 7pm:  Dennis McClung Blues Band

Buy advance Tunes & Brews tickets now.

Tunes & Brews Lodging Package

Starting at $209 pp*

Includes a 2-night stay at the recently renovated Lodge at Wisp, breakfast each day and admission to Tunes & Brews.

*restriction apply.

Call 800.462.9477 to book today!

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Friday, August 11, 2017

Friday, July 28, 2017

Kids Eat & Ride FREE Package

Happy August!  We hope you are making the most of the summer season.  If you are looking for one more adventure to top your summer off, you've come to the right place!  We have put together the Summer's Last Hoorah Package at The Lodge at Wisp so you can savor the last bit of summer before buckling down and going back to school.

Summer's Last Hoorah Package

Starting at $109 per room, valid August 13 - 19, 2017*

  • 1-night stay at the recently renovated Lodge at Wisp
  • Kids 12 & under eat at DC's Bar & Restaurant free with paying adult
  • Kids receive a Mountain Coaster Ride and Scenic Chairlift Ride for FREE!

*Rate based on a Lodge Queen Deluxe Room.  One free Kids Menu item per paid adult meal at DC's Bar & Restaurant.  Valid open to close at DC's daily.  Kids 12 and under receive one free Mountain Coaster Ride and Scenic Chairlift Ride per night.  Package available August 13 - 19, 2017 only.  

Call 800.462.9477 to book today - HURRY - before Summer slips away...


Last Edited by The Wisperer on Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Friday, July 07, 2017

NEW for Summer -- ResortBoards

We've added another offering to the already extensive list of activities and adventures at the Mountain Park.  ResortBoards are new for summer 2017 and will be available for Guided Tours or for use on the Terrain Track at the Wisp Mountain Park.  Guided Tours are approximately one hour and the cost is $54 per person while the Terrain Track is a 20 minute experience and the cost is $19 per person.  Guests must be between 100 and 400 pounds to ride a ResortBoard.

ResortBoards are 61” long, 10” high and 22” wide with 4-wheel drive delivered on 5X13” all terrain tires powered by a 50 volt battery with a range of 15 to 18 miles.  These personal electric transportation vehicles are built for off-road conditions with heavy-duty front and back spring brackets, an off-road suspension system and undercarriage protection system that includes gearbox skid cover and protective roller bars.  Described as a cross between a Segway and a Skateboard/Snowboard, ResortBoards have a throttle button to power the vehicle forward while the handlebar along with heal-to-toe movement on the board steer the vehicle. 

When asked why Wisp Resort chose to add ResortBoards to their lineup of activities, General Manager Jerry Geisler answered, “Our team demoed the ResortBoards this spring and determined they would be a nice complement to the Guided Tours because they have a larger carrying capacity, are a bit more rugged and are extremely stable on various terrain.”  

ResortBoard Guided Tours can be booked online or over the phone at 800.462.9477.

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Friday, July 28, 2017

Monday, July 03, 2017

Happy Independence Day!

We've put together this list of events, happenings and must-try adventures so you can make the most of your holiday at Wisp Resort and Deep Creek Lake!

Fire on the Mountain Fireworks - July 4

What's the 4th without a little pop, sizzle and sparkle in the sky with lots of oooooooohhhhs and aaaaaaaahhhs?!? Have we got a show for you!  Fireworks launch at dusk on Tuesday, July 4 from the top of the Wisp Mountain Park.  Great spectating spots including the parking lot and front lawn at Wisp, plus, you can grab dinner and a drink from DC's Bar & Restaurant and enjoy it on the McHenry Lodge Outdoor Deck.  Rain date - July 5.

Stage Wisp Concert Series Kick-off - July 5

Join us on the front lawn at Wisp Resort every Wednesday in July and August starting at 6:30pm for FREE live entertainment.  The concert series kicks off on Wednesday, July 5 with the band 80's Enough.  Jam and dance to your favorite eighties music while the kids run wild on the lawn.  

NEW >> ResortBoards at Wisp's Mountain Park

ResortBoards are new for summer 2017 and will be available for Guided Tours or for use on the Terrain Track at the Wisp Mountain Park.  Read all about it!

Tee It Up on Two Courses

If your passion lies on the links, you've come to the right place.  Experience the #2 ranked course in Maryland by GolfWeek Magazine - Lodestone Golf Course - completely in a league of it's own!  Don't underestimate Fantasy Valley Golf Course - while over 30 years old, this course has seen some new enhancements in the past 5 years that give it a modern golf touch.  Make online tee times or call 800.462.9477 today.

H2Ohhhhhhh So Fun!

Cool off in the refreshing water of the mountaintop river at the Adventure Sports Center International.  The recirculating whitewater course offers whitewater rafting, kayaking, duckies (inflatable kayaks) or river boarding on Class II rapids.  Book a tour today.

Splash around in beautiful Deep Creek Lake from the sandy shore at the Deep Creek Lake State Park.  The Beach Hut at the State Park offers paddleboard, kayak and canoe rentals plus snacks, drinks and sundries and such.

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Monday, July 03, 2017

Friday, June 30, 2017

Real Wisp Weddings

This is the new Real Wisp Weddings Blog!

Last Edited by Application Administrator on Friday, June 30, 2017

Monday, June 19, 2017

Stage Wisp Concert Series

Ahhhh - summertime!  Long days, flip flops, lightning bugs and outdoor concerts; these are a few of our favorite things.  Wisp Resort has announced the full line-up of bands for the 2017 Stage Wisp Summer Concert Series:

July   5   -- 80's Enough
July 12   -- Bryan Elijah Smith & The Wild Hearts
July 19   -- The Remedy
July 26   -- Mountain Ride
Aug  2    -- The Terah Crawford Band
Aug  9    -- The Allegheny Ramblers
Aug 16   -- B.May Band
Aug 23   -- Optimus Riff
Aug 80   -- Tom Batchelor Band

Every Wednesday in July & August
6:30pm on the Front Lawn
FREE Live Entertainment
Food and drink available on the McHenry Lodge Outdoor Deck


Last Edited by The Wisperer on Monday, June 19, 2017

Friday, June 16, 2017

Maryland Symphony Orchestra

Garrett Lakes Arts Festival presents the Maryland Symphony Orchestra at Wisp Resort on Saturday, June 17, 2017.  This event will mark the third performance of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra at Wisp Resort.

The feature performance by the Maryland Symphony Orchestra will begin at 7:30pm on Saturday, July 17, 2017 in the McHenry Lodge at Wisp Resort.  The MSO will perform several selections of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue featuring Thomas Pandolfi.

Tickets are $30 for adults,  $5 for students and can be purchased online at artsandentertainment.org

About Garrett Lakes Arts Festival: for almost 30 performance seasons, GLAF has been known for bringing high quality performance art and arts education to Garrett County. GLAF performances range from dance, big band jazz, bluegrass to classical music. GLAF is sponsored in part by grant funding from the Maryland State Arts Council and Garrett County Arts Council.

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Friday, June 16, 2017

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

The Beach Hut at Deep Creek Lake State Park

The summer jewel of Garrett County is the 3,900 acre Deep Creek Lake.  With it's 65 miles of shoreline, there are a few public accessible points on the lake and one true sandy beach area located at Deep Creek Lake State Park.  While you can splash around from the water's edge, most lake lovers enjoy being on the water and with the Wisp-managed Beach Hut at Deep Creek Lake State Park, we've made it easy to rent paddleboards, kayaks and canoes for exploring the sparkling waters.  Each rental comes with a personal flotation device and paddle along with a quick tutorial from our staff if you're trying a sport for the first time.  Launching your watercraft from the State Park beach, you'll have various routes to chose from - the wide-open lake (beware of motorboat traffic), the shoreline along the State Park or the quiet cove under the State Park Bridge.  

The Beach Hut also offers those beach essentials like hats, sunscreen, tubes, beach chairs, snacks, cold drinks and the obligatory ice cream!  


Last Edited by The Wisperer on Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Time to Tee It Up!

Lodestone Golf Course and Fantasy Valley Golf Course are primed and ready for play.  Golfers will delight in the seasonally crisp spring air, magnificent blooming foliage and majestic mountain scenery.  

Wildlife Watch

This is an active time of year for all of our woodland friends as they are just as happy as us humans to get out and play.  Both courses are home to black bears, deer, fox, hawks, ground hogs and various other creatures. Be on the look out!

Juniors & Ladies Clinics / Half Price Play Sunday

Lodestone Golf Course is hosting another clinic series this summer for Juniors and Ladies on Sundays (excluding July 16).  Clinics are $14 per person per clinic or $100 for all 10 clinics with a maximum of 5 juniors and 8 ladies per clinic.  Contact Lodestone's Golf Shop to reserve - 800.462.9477.  Check the schedule of clinic topics here.

Super Days

Looking for the best golf deal around?  Check out the Super Days on each course -

Lodestone Super Wednesdays - Spring/Fall - $74  Summer - $79

Fantasy Valley Super Tuesdays & Thursdays - $39


Last Edited by The Wisperer on Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Friday, May 19, 2017

Whitewater Course Now Open

The Adventure Sports Center International's (ASCI) mountaintop recirculating whitewater course is open for the season!  This unique attraction offers whitewater rafting, kayaking, duckying (inflatable kayaks) and river boarding on Class II - III rapids in a controlled environment.  

The man-made course is 1/3 mile long with a 24 vertical foot drop and features 6 variable wave shapers throughout the course that can be adjusted without interrupting operations.  ASCI's natural look and feel comes from over 40 million pounds of on-site excavated rock that line the riverbed and allow for great river-side spectating.  Four 530-hp pumps get the water moving in the starting pond and send it down river to end up in the lower pond.  Once rafters run the course they land in the lower pond then paddle their way onto the custom-made conveyor carpet that will bring them back up to the starting pond to run the course again.

New to Whitewater?

No problem!  The recirculating whitewater course is great for beginners and families because it simulates a real river experience with added safety and comfort features including river-side monitors and close proximity to facilities such as restrooms and showers.  The Class II - III rapids are ideal for novice rafters and kayakers while those looking for extra thrills can try river boarding or duckying.  Whitewater rafting requires a minimum weight of 50 pounds.  Check our rates here.

Ways to Whitewater

Whitewater rafting and kayaking are the most common ways to ride the rapids but ASCI offers two alternative ways to get down the river - duckies and river boards!  Duckies are inflatable kayaks that don't require a 'skirt' or master Eskimo roll.  River boards are a boogie board for rapids that you ride down on your stomach with flippers on your feet.  Both duckies and river boards require a first time guide assist session and a minimum age of 16.  

Give us a call to reserve a time to MAKE A SPLASH at the Adventure Sport Center International's recirculating whitewater course - 800.462.9477!

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Friday, May 19, 2017

Monday, May 15, 2017

DC's Bar & Restaurant debuts NEW Menus

DC's Bar & Restaurant has some tasty news  - a NEW lunch and dinner menu!  Change up your lunch routine or meet friends after work and try the new items on the lunch and dinner menu.  

A few of our favs include:

  • Pierogis - bacon, potatoes and cheese all in one handy pasta pocket.
  • Spinach Salad - toasted nuts, berries with feta & crispy pancetta over baby spinach - how refreshing!
  • Gourmet Cheese Sub - lots of ooey, gooey, cheesey goodness.
  • Chicken Piccata - a perfect summer dish.

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Last Edited by The Wisperer on Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Friday, May 12, 2017

Happy Mother's Day

Thank you to all the moms out there for all you do and all you have done!

Moms Eat FREE

Treat your mother to DC's Bar & Restaurant's Mother's Day Buffet on Sunday, May 14 from 10am - 3pm.  Our Chef's have put together a fabulous brunch menu including omelet and waffle stations, soups, salads, carving stations, signature items and sides along with a mini dessert display.  Moms eat FREE with a paying adult.  Adults are $27.99 pp.  Children 12 and under pay $1 per year (ie. a 6 year old pays $6) Reservations for parties of 6 or more are welcomed by calling 800.462.9477.  

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Outdoor Fun for Mom

If your mom is looking to enjoy the great outdoors on her special day, Wisp Resort is just what she needs!  The Mountain Park is open from 10am - 5pm Friday, Saturday & Sunday with Canopy Tour Zip LinesMountain Coaster, Segway Tours, Gem Mining, and Archery

1/2 Price Golf for Mom

Does your mom prefer to tee it up?  Ladies pay half price on Sundays after noon on both Lodestone Golf Course and Fantasy Valley Golf Course.  


Last Edited by The Wisperer on Friday, May 12, 2017

Monday, May 08, 2017

The Lodge at Wisp - Renovation Update

Spring is a time of new beginnings, awakenings, renewal and motivation.  It's a time to finish projects underway and start new ones and that's exactly what The Lodge at Wisp is doing.  As part of a 3 year $3.7 million renovation, The Lodge at Wisp is ticking items off of their punch list!  

Last fall, the hotel formerly known as the Wisp Resort Hotel, introduced a newly branded property complete with 100 renovated rooms, new Porte Cochere along with a new Front Desk and check-in area as well as a new name and logo.  

Over the winter, The Lodge at Wisp completed the new slopeside Courtyard North featuring a fire pit and pergola.  The fitness center was relocated to the first floor and boasts wall-to-wall windows that look onto the waterfall and slopes.  

Currently, the monument sign is under construction and will be a lite two-sided logo sign with stone pillars which will accentuate the new entrance of the hotel.  Renovations on all 69 rooms in the lodge section are underway and set to be complete by the end of May with new paint, wall coverings, artwork featuring local photography, modern bedroom and living area furnishings, plush bed linens, and upgraded lighting and fixtures.  The conference and meeting rooms are also receiving upgrades along with new audio visual equipment that is slated for completion by end of June 2017.

We welcome you to come see the new improvements!

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Monday, May 08, 2017

Monday, May 01, 2017

Golf Season is in Full Swing!

The leaves are beginning to pop, the smell of fresh cut grass is in the air and both golf courses are open at Wisp Resort.  Lodestone Golf Course and Fantasy Valley Golf Course are in full operation and golfers are exercising their pent up demand from winter!  

Golf Memberships

Become a Golf Member today and enjoy all the benefits including Member Tournaments, Exchange Days, Appreciation Days and the Sister Resort Reciprocal Golf Program.  View our Members page for details.

Shop the Golf Shops

Both golf shops are receiving new merchandise and gear weekly.  Be sure to stop in the Lodestone Clubhouse or Fantasy Valley Golf Yurt to check out this year's styles, colors and cool logo goods.

Junior & Ladies Clinics

The 2017 Junior & Ladies Clinics are set for Saturdays from June 11 thru August 20, excluding July 16.  Clinics are $14 pp or $100 for all 10 clinics.  Clinic topics include drivers & putting, full swing & chipping, bunkers & short putting, rules & etiquette to name a few.  View our Clinics page for details. Call the Lodestone Golf Shop to reserve your spot - 800.462.9477.

Fun Fact:  What is Lodestone?

Lodestone is a naturally magnetized piece of the mineral magnetite that was used in the first compasses.

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Monday, May 01, 2017

Thursday, April 20, 2017

MISSION: AFFORDABLE Season Passes

HURRY - MISSION:  AFFORDABLE ENDS SUNDAY, APRIL 30

Wisp Resort is on a mission to make skiing and snowboarding affordable for the whole family during the 2017.2018 winter season!  These prices are almost impossible to believe, but they are as real as it gets for just a short time.  Accept the mission and join us for the best deal in the Mid-Atlantic!

Tell all your friends so they can take advantage of this great deal.  Come winter, you'll always have someone to hit the slopes with!

MISSION:  AFFORDABLE Season Passes are ONLY $249 for Adults, Millennials, Students & Seniors!

But hurry - these prices only last until April 30, 2017!

BUY NOW

Here's the deal:

  • Get the MISSION:  AFFORDABLE Season Pass for just $249 until April 30, 2017
  • Includes unlimited skiing and riding every day Wisp Resort is open for the 2017.2018 winter season - NO BLACKOUT DATES OR RESTRICTIONS!
  • Regular Season Pass Rates:  $599-Adults    $399-Millennials    $349-Seniors    $299-Students
  • Regular Day Ticket Rates:  Standard Days-$59    Premium Days-$79
  • Purchase online (until 11:59pm Sunday, April 30)
  • Purchase over the phone 866.888.4490 (until 7pm, Fri; Sat & Sun)
  • Purchase in person at Outdoor Elements (until 5pm Fri & Sat, 4pm Sun)

BUY NOW

Last Edited by The Mountain Messenger on Monday, November 20, 2017

Friday, April 14, 2017

Fantasy Valley Golf Course Now Open for 2017 Golf Season

The green of spring has sprung and the Fantasy Valley Golf Course is open for the 2017 Golf Season.  The grounds crew, led by Superintendent Jayme Bradley, has been hard at work the past few weeks prepping, mowing and priming the course for your golfing pleasure!  

Lodestone Golf Course set to open Friday, April 28!

Golf Memberships

Golf memberships are available on both courses and come with various benefits including Member Appreciation Days, Member Exchange Days and special tournaments.  Stop in to the Fantasy Valley Golf Yurt located within Sundown Village or call 800.462.9477 to purchase your Fantasy Valley or Lodestone Golf Membership today.  

Super Days are Back!

If you are looking for the best deal around, join us on Tuesdays or Thursdays at Fantasy Valley and Wednesdays at Lodestone.  No coupon, no hassle, no stress - just a great deal!  

Super Tuesday & Thursday at Fantasy Valley Golf Course
Only $39 ~ Spring • Summer • Fall

Super Wednesday at Lodestone Golf Course

Only $74 ~ Spring • Fall     Only $74 ~ Summer

Stay & Play Golf Packages

Combine two championship golf courses and the recently renovated Lodge at Wisp and you've got the ultimate golf destination.  Whether it's just you and your spouse, group of best friends or an entire company retreat, we've got a Stay & Play Package to fit you!


Last Edited by The Wisperer on Friday, April 14, 2017

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Launching MISSION: AFFORDABLE Season Passes

Wisp Resort is on a mission to make skiing and snowboarding affordable for the whole family during the 2017.2018 winter season!  These prices are almost impossible to believe, but they are as real as it gets for just a short time.  Accept the mission and join us for the best deal in the Mid-Atlantic!

MISSION:  AFFORDABLE Season Passes are ONLY $249 for Adults, Millennials, Students & Seniors!

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Last Edited by The Mountain Messenger on Monday, November 20, 2017

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Signs of Spring

Spring officially arrived on March 20 but we all know it takes a little while longer before we actually see signs of spring in the mountains.  If you took a tour of Garrett County today, you'd see spring in action including blooming flowers, robins building nests, budding trees and die-hard fishermen on Deep Creek Lake.  And if you walked around Wisp today, you'd see the hustle and bustle of spring preparation including Fantasy Valley Golf Course Superintendent, Jayme Bradley, buzzing around the grounds in anticipation of the 2017 Golf Season.

2017 Golf Season

Fantasy Valley Golf Course is tentatively set to open on Friday, April 14.

Lodestone Golf Course is tentatively set to open on Friday, April 28.  

Golf Memberships are available on both courses and come with many benefits including Member Appreciation Days, Member Exchange Days, Employee / Member Tournaments and more.  Call to purchase your membership today - 800.462.9477.

Mountain Park

The Mountain Park is still going strong with weekend operations on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am - 4pm with the Mountain Coaster, Spider Monkey Adventure, Chipmunk Challenge Course, Archery and Gem Mining.  We've added a new Mountain Park Daily Report to make it easy to find what's open.  Look for more activities to open as the season progresses.

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Monday, March 27, 2017

16.17 Winter Comes to an End / Let Spring Begin

The chairs stopped turning at 5pm Sunday, March 26 to conclude the 16.17 Winter Season.  Thank you to everyone who came out to support us and enjoy winter!  

Now on to the next season - SPRING!

The Mountain Park will be open Saturdays & Sundays thru April with Canopy Tours, Gem Mining, Archery and the ever-popular mountain coaster.  

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

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Snowmaking Update / Spring Carnival Weekend

Snowmaking Overnight

The Mountain Ops Team fired up the snow guns at 10pm, Wednesday, March 22!  They turned 1 million gallons of water in 6 acre feet of snow on Squirrel Cage and The Face last night.

Daily Operations

Wisp Resort is open daily from 9am - 5pm as long as the snow allows. 

Spring Carnival Weekend

Gather the family and come clown around on the mountain for a fun themed weekend with Spring Carnival!  Step right up to buy your 'All Access Pass' for ONLY $29 per day on Saturday & Sunday, March 25 -26 which includes unlimited skiing/riding, snow tubing and mountain coaster rides from 9am - 5pm each day.  Season Pass Holders receive the 'All Access Pass' for no additional cost.  Plus, in the Big Top McHenry Lodge, there will be music, games and your favorite carnival food and drinks all weekend long!  

Lodging Special

Stay slopeside at The Lodge at Wisp for only $89 per night!  You'll be smack-dab in the middle of all the action.



Last Edited by The Mountain Messenger on Monday, November 20, 2017

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Winter Continues at Wisp Resort

Thanks to everyone who came out for a fun Life's a Beach re-opening weekend!  

Ski / Ride Operations

We plan to continue ski operations daily from 9am - 5pm as weather and conditions allow.  Lift tickets are $29 each and a lift ticket and rental equipment package is only $39.  All skier / rider services are based out of the lower level of the McHenry Lodge. Check the Daily Mountain Report for trail openings and the Hours of Operation for services, shopping and dining schedules.

Mountain Park

The Mountain Park will re-open next Saturday & Sunday, March 25 - 26 with Snow Tubing and the Mountain Coaster, weather and conditions permitting.  The 'All Access Pass' will once again be just $29 for unlimited skiing, snow tubing and mountain coaster.  Season Pass Holders receive the All Access Pass for no additional cost.  Pass Holders should visit the Mountain Park to sign a release waiver and receive a ticket for Snow Tubing and the Mountain Coaster.


Last Edited by The Mountain Messenger on Monday, November 20, 2017

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Life's a Beach Weekend at Wisp

With over 11 inches of natural snow and 65 hours of snowmaking this week, Wisp Resort is raring to open for the 'Life's a Beach' Weekend, Saturday & Sunday, March 18 & 19.  An All Access Pass for skiing / riding from 9am - 5pm, unlimited Snow Tubing and unlimited Mountain Coaster rides is ONLY $29.  Wisp Resort 16.17 Season Pass Holders receive the 'All Access' for no additional cost!  

Terrain & Hours

Chair 2 or 3 will operate to mid-station from 9am - 5pm with Grouse, Boulder, Squirrel Cage, The Face and Central Park.  Additional natural snow-covered terrain could potentially open.  

The Mountain Park will operate from 9am - 5pm for Snow Tubing and the Mountain Coaster.  All Guests need to visit the Mountain Park Ticket Counter and sign a release form to get their tubing and coaster access.

Stay tuned to the Daily Mountain Report for information.

Beachin' Lodging Special

Stay slopeside at The Lodge at Wisp for only $89 per night during Life's a Beach Weekend, March 17 - 19.  Call 800.462.9477 to book today! 

Food, Drinks & Fun

What would a party be without food and drinks?  Wet your whistle with a 'Storm Stella Can'.  Relax with a 'Beach Bucket' full of a fruity concoction or 'Shoot the Ski Boot' overflowing with a Wisp Amber Ale.  Then dig in to some special seafood and summer themed dishes.  Our DJ will be rocking the house with her beachy tunes.  Come dressed in your best beach gear and enter our costume content.  Get ready to get your beach on!  See the special Life's a Beach Weekend Menu.

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

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Wisp Resort presents 'Life's a Beach' Re-Opening

The storm has hit.  The snow guns are blazing.  Winter is Back!  Stella has delivered 8 inches of snow on the mountain and the Mountain Ops Team has 65 snow guns concentrated on limited terrain to run day and night through Friday. Ski operations will commence on Saturday and Sunday, March 18th & 19th with Chair 2 or 3 operating from 9am - 5pm with tickets at $29 for adults and juniors.  

We're throwing in a special twist to make the weekend more festive!  'Life's a Beach' when you get a snowstorm in March so we're making the most of it with a DJ, giveaways, food and drink specials.  Bring your Hawaiian shirt, wear your hula skirt or ski in your swimsuit and come out for Wisp's winter re-opening.  

Look for more updates on trail openings, Mountain Park operations and other happenings as the weekend nears.

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

Monday, March 13, 2017

Wisp Resort Set to Re-Open for Winter

In February, Wisp Resort was forced by rain and temperatures in the 50’s to suspend skiing and snowboarding operations.  Now, in the midst of a cold and snowy March, Wisp Resort is anticipating a re-opening of winter operations sometime this week.  The exact day will depend on just how much natural snow Deep Creek Lake gets from Winter Storm Stella and how much machine-made snow we can make with the colder temperatures.

With a depleted snow base and mild forecast, Wisp Resort closed for skiing two weeks ago after just 72 days of operation.  It was the lowest number of operating days in the past ten years even though we had pumped more than 160 million gallons of water for snowmaking up to that date, the third highest total in the past ten years.  “The weather was pretty uncooperative this winter,” dryly noted Artie Speicher, Mountain Operations Director at Wisp.  “Mother Nature was testing our resolve, just like she is now.  She’s given us another window this week, so we’re going to make the most of it.”

The Deep Creek Lake Area received 5 inches of snow on Friday, March 10 along with temperatures dipping into the single digits.  Wisp’s snowmaking team will be making snow as weather permits this week, and Winter Storm Stella is expected to add several more inches of natural snow Tuesday.  Stay tuned for updates and opening announcements.

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Monday, March 13, 2017

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Winter at Wisp - Take Two!

Something's brewing at Wisp Resort.  There's movement on the mountain.  It's cold and snowy again.  The rumors are true - Wisp Resort is anticipating a re-opening.  Stay tuned for an update on snowmaking, operations and more things winter...

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Saturday, March 11, 2017

Monday, February 27, 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

Monday, January 30, 2017

Powder Alert / Thank You Subaru

POWDER ALERT:  11" of snow has fallen in the past 4 days with a possible 5" more thru tomorrow.  What a great way to finish the first month of 2017!  Round-the-clock snowmaking continues and Wisp's Mountain Ops Team is rebuilding terrain in anticipation of re-opening more trails soon.  Stay in the know with the Mountain Report.  We will even deliver the daily Mountain Report to your inbox - sign up here.

A big shout out to Subaru of America, Inc. for a wonderful WinterFest Weekend!  We had many happy Subaru Owners at the event to enjoy some tasty treats, win giveaways, toast some s'mores and talk about all things Subaru.

Now let's go outside and play in the snow...

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Monday, January 30, 2017

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Awesome Weekend Ahead - Snow! Events!

Forecast

This weekend is lining up to be an amazing one!  First, there is snow in the forecast as Garrett County is currently under a Winter Weather Advisory from January 26 - 28 with 6" - 9" of snow accumulation possible.  Check out the forecast image below from www.noaa.gov.  In the ski world, that's equivalent to hitting all cherries on a slots machine - cha-ching!  Wisp's Mountain Ops Team will be turning on the snow guns as soon as the wet bulb allows.  Stay up-to-date on snowmaking and terrain status with the full Mountain Report.

forecast

Events

Next, we've got a great line-up of events in store.  

Friday kicks off the weekend with the Stage Wisp Concert Series in Wispers Bar.  Join the scene at 6:30pm when Scott Alexander takes the stage to showcase his singer songwriter talents and enjoy an adult beverage from the feature of the week - Bell's Brewery.

Saturday gets cranking at 9:00am with the Subaru WinterFest.  Stop by the Subaru Village at the base of Central Park Terrain Park for giveaways, entertainment and the latest and greatest from Subaru.

Check out the full Calendar of Events.

Lodging Packages

For those of you that had a New Year's Resolution to travel more, be more spontaneous or follow the weather - NOW IS YOUR CHANCE!  The Lodge at Wisp has made it easy and convenient for you to stay and play on the mountain with these weekend packages:

Wisp Weekend Experience Package Starting at $369 pp*

Enjoy 2-night’s lodging at the slope-side Lodge at Wisp and a 2-day Lift Ticket.

Learning Adventure Weekend Package Starting at $439 pp*

Enjoy 2-night’s lodging at the slope-side Lodge at Wisp, a Learn-to Ski or Snowboard Package on Saturday and a Lift and Rental Package on Sunday.

Call 800.462.69477 to book.

*Price is per person based on double occupancy, availability and advance reservation.  Valid Friday and Saturday nights.  Excludes February 17-18, 2017.  Not valid with other discounts, promotions or group stays.

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Thursday, January 26, 2017

Monday, January 23, 2017

It's Still Winter!

It's SNOWING at Wisp Resort!  The snow started to fall around 1:00pm and after 2 hours, there is approximately 2" of accumulation with a possible 4" total in the forecast.  The photos below were taken at 2:00pm, Monday, January 23.  The snow was falling so hard and fast, the top of the mountain was not visible from the base.  Despite a week of not-so-cold weather, winter is still here and we are still skiing.  Our resilient Mountain Ops Team has worked their magic, moved around some snow and now Mother Nature has showed back up to support us.  Snowmaking should commence, as weather permits, later this week to beef up the trails for the weekend.  

Don't let winter slip by - book your winter getaway to The Lodge at Wisp.  Offering midweek and weekend specific packages plus, two new Valentine's Day Packages, The Lodge at Wisp is the ideal slopeside place to stay.  Call 800.462.9477 to book today.

Wisp Weekend Experience Package Starting at $369 pp*

Enjoy 2-night’s lodging at the slope-side Lodge at Wisp and a 2-day Lift Ticket.

Learning Adventure Weekend Package Starting at $439 pp*

Enjoy 2-night’s lodging at the slope-side Lodge at Wisp, a Learn-to Ski or Snowboard Package on Saturday and a Lift and Rental Package on Sunday.

Love & Learn Package Starting at $174 pp*

Couple's will enjoy 1-night’s lodging at the slope-side Lodge at Wisp and 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.

Midweek Madness Package Starting at $84 pp*

Enjoy 1-night's lodging at the slope-side Lodge at Wisp and a 1-day Lift Ticket.

Learn-to Midweek Package Starting at $99 pp*

Enjoy 1-night’s lodging at the slope-side Lodge at Wisp and a Learn-to Ski or Snowboard Package.  It's everything you need to become a skier or snowboarder including a lift ticket, ski or snowboard equipment rental and a group lesson.

*Restrictions apply. See Lodging Specials Page for details.

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Monday, January 23, 2017

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Dining & Shopping / Sales & Specials

What would a resort experience be without dining and shopping?  Wisp offers plenty of options for both so you can please your palate and practice a little retail therapy.  

Dining

DC's Bar & Restaurant - McHenry Lodge

Wispers Bar - McHenry Lodge

Food Court - McHenry Lodge

Mountain Park Cafe - Mountain Park

The Pumphouse Cafe - Mountaintop

Shopping

Outdoor Elements - McHenry Lodge

Rossignol Concept Shop & Demo Center - McHenry Lodge

Mountain Park Shop - Mountain Park

Sundown Village Shop - Nordic Yurt in Sundown Village

Vertical Drop Shop - White Water Lodge

Sales

20% off select Outerwear in Outdoor Elements & Rossignol Concept Shop*

Season Pass Holder Special:  10% off purchase in Outdoor Elements & Rossignol Concept Shop*

Season Pass Holder Special:  $14 Demo Day on Sunday, January 22 in Rossignol Demo Center - limited availability*

*Sales cannot be combined with other discounts.  Pass Holders must present valid 16.17 Wisp Season Pass to receive offer.  Sale offers valid until January 31, 2017.

Weekly Specials at DC's Bar & Restaurant

Mountain Monday - A mountain-high sandwich creation of  the day with fries $9.99

Taco Tuesday - Taco creation of the day with sides $9.99

Wisp Wednesday - Burger creation of the day with fries $9.99 & $1 off Maple Ridge Amber Ale with burger purchase

Prime Rib Thursday - Hand-cut Prime Rib with baked potato and house salad $29.94

Fish Friday - Hand-battered Scrod with fries and slaw $16.94

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Make the Most of MLK Weekend

We hope you're as amped as we are about the upcoming long weekend!  Our Mountain Ops Team has spent the week setting the mountain up for prime conditions by opening more terrain including the East Ridge.  Here is some helpful information so you can make the most of this MLK weekend:

MLK Weekend Flash Sale at The Lodge at Wisp

Reserve a 2-night stay at The Lodge at Wisp and get the 3rd night for half price from January 12 thru 16, 2017.  Hurry, rooms are limited!  Call 800.462.9477 to reserve today. More details here. 

Terrain Openings & Mountain Report

The East Ridge opened this week with Main Street, Eye Opener, Down Under, Highline Pass and Odin's Chute.  Possum is expected to open this weekend and Central Park got a complete makeover with 11 new features.  Stay informed with the daily Mountain Report by having it delivered directly to your inbox - sign up here.

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.  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 #1 is Saturday, January 14 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 openings and closing times here.

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Thursday, January 12, 2017

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Terrain Opening Update & Thank a Snowmaker

With extremely cold weather for the past four days, Wisp's Snowmaking Team has done some hard core snowmaking!  The photos below that were taken today show the massive piles of snow this hard-working crew has created over the past few days.  (And Bear, the dog, who was properly dressed for the weather and loving it!)  These snow piles are often referred to as whale-backs and some of them resemble volcanos while others like sculptures.  Soon, these piles will become beautifully groomed trails to ski on!  And that's the big question - when will more terrain open?  

We plan to open the East Ridge on Tuesday, January 10 with Down Under, Main Street, Highline, and Lower Eye Opener along with Chairs 4 and 5.  Snowmaking continues on Upper Eye Opener and Odin’s Chute which may come online later this week.  Possum trail was loaded with snowguns last night with a goal to open for Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend.  

The Snowmaking Team is a group of hard working dedicated individuals that perform their job in some of the most extreme conditions. They work through the tough elements of nature for 12 hour shifts to turn our mountain into a winter wonderland.  A shift will usually start with a quick review of the weather forecast, the snowmaking plan, and work assignments while all of the crew is putting on layers of clothes before heading out to the slopes.  The crew is usually sent out in teams of 2, this is due to the many potential hazards of the job. The snowmakers will be encountering icy slopes, cold temperatures, high voltage equipment, and high pressure water. 

Once out on the mountain, the crews trek down the trails on foot or sometimes snowmobile.  The Controller in the Pumphouse will wait for requests from the team on the ground to turn on the guns.  Only after hoses are attached to the guns, power turned on to the equipment, and water put to the guns; does the magical plume of snow shoot from the snowmaking gun.  Snowmakers walk out to where the plume is falling and check the crystal formation then adjusts the water flow in the gun to control the quality and quantity of the snow being produced. This is a process that will continue throughout the entire shift as the temperature and humidity constantly change, which affect the type of snow being produced. 

Snowmaking is one of the hardest physical jobs on the mountain. Wet, cold and frozen are all daily occurrences in the life of a snowmaker.  A veteran snowmaker was once heard interviewing a new recruit, “So you want to make snow? Have you ever ran thru a car wash at 10 degrees in your underwear? Well, that is what snowmaking can be!”  Snowmakers have a strong passion for making snow. They take great pride in watching the trail grow from blades of grass to massive piles of snow and watching people ski and ride on what they produce.  Next time your see a bundled up frozen Snowmaker checking their plume of snow, stop and thank them.

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Sunday, January 08, 2017

Saturday, January 07, 2017

A nite's tale - Groomer / Snowcat Operator

A NIGHTS TALE – A SNOWCAT OPERATOR
by Director of Mountain Operations, Artie Speicher

To the vast majority of us who leave behind carved-up slopes and return the next morning to find smooth perfect corduroy surfaces, what happens under the cover of darkness is a little like magic. In reality, it’s not, grooming is part snow science, part instinct, long high-energy playlist, much caffeine, and—even though those tough-as-nails groomers might not admit it—a lot of love for the mountain and snow.

Set the scene:  It’s now  9:30pm and velvety dark has swallowed the slopes, save for the snowcat’s headlight beams, which lead the way uphill, then downhill, then uphill again. On the back of the snowcat is a tiller, which first churns the snow, then presses it into corduroy. Marshall Lewis is using it to groom Wisp Trail, one of Wisp’s green-circle runs. Marshall is the grooming supervisor leading a team of hardy men, who seem to thrive on a lack of sleep. 

His job seems as rad as everyone says it is, but he does not seem bothered by its oddities: working almost solo, in the dark, and all night long. The night is the opposite of the hectic busy day that had occurred on the resorts slopes. It is a peaceful night, the stars, the wildlife, the graveyard shift’s sunrise; the views from the top of the mountain all are some of the reasons why he and his crew love what they do. However, it runs deeper than that, they take great pride in providing smooth perfect corduroy runs behind each pass of the machine.

He gets a radio call from one of the other snowcat operators working in North Camp, where snowmaking has been running most of the night, he asks for some help as the piles of freshly made snow are quite large. Marshall aims his machine and heads to the North Camp area. When he arrives he raises the tiller and starts to spread the snow across the slope. He moves the snowcat back and forth across the trail each time pushing the snow from the huge pile to spread it to an even coverage on the grassy slope with precision, his hands moving like grease lightning as he controls both the power to the tracks and the blade on the front of the machine which seems to move in many directions but always leaving a smooth even surface.

The crew will continue the process throughout the night 10 to 12 hours on the shift. They will generally meet at the shop for a dinner break and to re-fuel their machines. It is a job that requires long hours, but like the snowmakers, the groomers are an integral part of providing a great snow surface and are an important part of Wisp’s Mountain Operations Team.

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Saturday, January 07, 2017

Golf Course Report

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