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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Spring Fever

If you've got the uncontrollable urge to remove layers, bask in the sun, roll your car windows down and just be outside, you may have a case of Spring Fever.  The best cure is to go skiing or riding!  With soft snow conditions, mild temps and a little extra light each night, now's the best time to do some laps on the hill.  

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Monday, February 19, 2018

Happy President's Day

What a perfect set-up for this President's Day Monday - powder yesterday to packed powder groomers today!  Mild temps will have folks t-shirt wearing and slope-side chillin'.  We're recommending snow bathing today.  Modeled after forest bathing which is the practice of being in the presence of trees, snow bathing is all about being on, in and around SNOW!  Said to help promote lowering heart rate and blood pressure along with boosting your immune system and overall feeling of well-being, we hope you find your zen on our mountain today.  

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Monday, February 19, 2018

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Snow Time

The mountain and landscape are white once again with 5 inches of snow overnight.  Lifts will operate from 9am - 9pm today for some fresh and fluffy turns.  The Mountain Park will offer snow tubing, mountain coaster and ice skating from 10am - 8pm.   Get out there and get some Snow Time in!

President's Weekend Sale

Be sure to stop by Outdoor Elements or the Rossignol Concept Shop to take advantage of the biggest retail savings of the season thru Monday. 

  • Save up to 30% on ski/snowboard jackets & pants
  • Save up to 30% on skis/boards, bindings & boots
  • Save up to 20% on helmets, gloves & hats
  • Save up to 10% on everything else

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Sunday, February 18, 2018

Saturday, February 17, 2018

The Promise of a New Day

Update:  Saturday, 4:22pm

Holy Underwear - it's snowing to beat the band!  If we were betting people, we would have bet it all on the Winter Storm Warning this morning.  Three inches has accumulated since the first flakes started falling at approximately 1:00pm.  Some of it's blowing sideways but it's still landing on the slopes.  We hope everyone is sticking around (just like the snow), to enjoy the freshies!

WOW - what a difference 24 hours makes!  Only 5 more inches to go...


After 2.56" of rain ((shudder)) yesterday, the weather turned more winter-like by evening allowing our crew time to reverse the effects -- our Snowmaking Team cranked out some hardcore snowmaking and the Groomer Crew pushed / pulled snow to reshape the slopes.  The cherry on top this morning is the Winter Storm Warning in effect.   

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 4 AM EST SUNDAY... * WHAT...HEAVY SNOW EXPECTED. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 5 TO 7 INCHES, WITH LOCALIZED AMOUNTS UP TO 8 INCHES, ARE EXPECTED. * WHERE...IN MARYLAND, GARRETT COUNTY. 

 Eight is great!  It's going to be a awesome day on the mountain - we hope you enjoy every second!

President's Weekend Sale

Be sure to stop by Outdoor Elements or the Rossignol Concept Shop to take advantage of the biggest retail savings of the season thru Monday. 

  • Save up to 30% on ski/snowboard jackets & pants
  • Save up to 30% on skis/boards, bindings & boots
  • Save up to 20% on helmets, gloves & hats
  • Save up to 10% on everything else

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Saturday, February 17, 2018

Friday, February 16, 2018

Weathering the Weather

Update:  Friday, 3:00pm

The weather is starting to turn and the flakes are beginning the fall.  Current temperature is 37º which is already 15 degrees cooler than where we were this morning.  BRING ON THE SNOW AND COLD WEATHER!

Ski Operations will cease at 6:00pm tonight, Friday, February 16 and will re-open at 9:00am tomorrow, Saturday, February 17.  First Tracks will happen tomorrow:  Chair 2 or 3 opens at 8:00am for Season Pass and Multi-day Ticket Holders.

Ice Skating and the Mountain Coaster will operate from 4pm - 8pm tonight.  Snow Tubing will re-open tomorrow, Saturday, February 17.


While rains held off most of the day Thursday, overnight rainfall was significant and continues this morning. Not what we had ordered for the weekend but there is change coming.  Temperatures will be falling today and the forecast calls for a change to snow this afternoon.  

Snowmaking will get underway as soon as conditions permit and we will turn the mountain white again. Snow is in the forecast for Saturday with up to six inches --yes, you read that correctly-- SIX inches possible. Sunday looks to be a great day of skiing.

Grooming machines are pushing snow and patching weak spots. There will be limitations today and we will be skiing on the front side of the mountain only as we repair North Camp and East Ridge slopes. Use caution as you ski today. Snow tubing will open later this afternoon.  Here is the updated Hours of Operation.  Please continue to check the Mountain Report for current slope status.

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Friday, February 16, 2018

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Snow is in the Forecast

The countdown to the weekend is on and we are watching the mercury closely with our eye on Friday evening.  This fickle weather has 24 hours to move out before our Snowmaking Team can get to work cranking out snow all over the mountain to refresh our surfaces.  Then comes the really good part - SNOW!  Garrett County is forecast up to 6 inches of accumulation.  We love visual aids so check out the image below and notice Wisp Resort in the red circle along the dark blue swath in the storm.  Stay up-to-date with slope conditions with the Mountain Report or see what we're up to on our Mountain Cams.

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Thursday, February 15, 2018

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Q and A Session

How about a little Q&A?

Did you make snow Monday night?
Sure did.  We were able to refresh some surfaces overnight.

Did you see the forecast for the rest of this week? 
Yep. Best we can tell, we’ll see some ‘Liquid Sunshine’ or ‘Underdeveloped Snow’ Wednesday thru Friday at 3pm.  Then Friday gets pretty freaky with snow showers after 4pm and a low of 18 degrees at night which means… we’ll be MAKING SNOW!  That’s right, hardcore snowmaking returns around the mountain into Saturday as long as weather permits.

How will the slopes hold up midweek?
Our Mountain Ops Team has strategized a plan this week to counter the effects of the wet weather best we can and keep the slopes covered.  Once the unwelcomed weather moves out, the Snowmaking and Grooming Teams will work in tandem on Friday to produce the best snow surface possible.

Can I still ski / ride in the rain?
You bet ya!  If you do plan to visit Wednesday, Thursday or Friday morning, break out your best waterproof gear and have a ball.  It’s just water, right?!  Oh, and keep in mind the forecast has been known to change from time to time here in Garrett County.

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Monday, February 12, 2018

Snow Returns

The flakes are falling and the landscape is white once again.  The Mountain Ops Crew is preparing to make snow tonight as weather permits.  

Gold Medal Weekend Wrap-up

This past weekend was the perfect combination of winter sports enthusiasts and Olympic fans at Wisp Resort.  The first of two Gold Medal Weekends featured on-snow competitions, off-snow games, pop up medal opps, a fun patriotic atmosphere and lots of Gold Medals.  Join us for the second Gold Medal Weekend February 23 thru 25.  USA!  USA!

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Monday, February 12, 2018

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Gold Medal Weekend - Day 3

Mother Nature may rain on our parade but that won't dampen our spirits today.  We've got another fun-filled day for the last day of the first Gold Medal Weekend!  

Day #2 Recap

The weather was great, the crowd was jazzed and there were gold medals everywhere!  Master of Ceremonies Connor Norman kept the energy flowing in the McHenry Lodge with music, games and sheer personality.  The Medal Podium Photo Booth was popping with tons of winners from young to young at heart.  An overwhelming turnout of racers made it out for the 'Fund-Racer' presented by and benefiting the Deep Creek Winter Sports Team.  There were several Pop Up Medal Opps on Wisp's social networks including one on the logo sign on the front of the McHenry Lodge.

Today's Events

Sunday, February 11

  • 10am - 1pm:  Master of Ceremonies Connor Norman McHenry Lodge
  • 12pm:  Olympic Ice Sculptor Demonstration Outdoor Deck
  • 1pm:  Gold Medal Ceremony McHenry Lodge 
    If you won a Wisp Gold Medal this weekend, you're invited to the ceremony for chances to win prizes.  Bring your medal, put your name in the pot and good luck!

On-going: 

  • Medal Podium Photo Booth McHenry Lodge
  • Pop Up Medal Opps on Wisp Social Networks #wispgoldmedalweekend
  • NBC Olympic coverage Wispers Bar

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Sunday, February 11, 2018

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Gold Medal Weekend - Day 2

Day #1 Recap

There was a lot of excitement and patriotism for yesterday's start of the Gold Medal Weekend.  Radio station 102 WVAQ's Jack and Nikki in the Morning were live with their broadcast yesterday morning to get listeners pumped about the weekend.  The Torch Light Parade kicked-off the festivities as about 30 skiers and riders of all ages made their way down The Face with flashing batons while chanting USA USA and the spectating crowd cheering.  The Stage Wisp Concert in Wispers Bar followed and featured the sounds of Eric Lewis.  Just outside of Wispers Bar is the Medal Podium Photo Booth - be sure to stop by and snap a shot of your winning smiles - don't forget to tag Wisp Resort in all your social posts and use #wispgoldmedalweekend

Today's Events

Saturday, February 10

  • 10am - 3pm:  Master of Ceremonies Connor Norman McHenry Lodge
  • 11am:  Olympic Trivia McHenry Lodge
  • 12pm:  Fund-Racer presented by the Deep Creek Winter Sports Team $5 / 2-runs Base of Squirrel Cage
  • 1pm:  Olympic Trivia McHenry Lodge
  • 2pm:  Freestyle Slopestyle Competition Central Park Terrain Park
  • 3pm:  Turtle Luge Mountain Park

On-going: 

  • Medal Podium Photo Booth McHenry Lodge
  • Pop Up Medal Opps on Wisp Social Networks #wispgoldmedalweekend
  • NBC Olympic coverage Wispers Bar

USA! USA! USA!

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Saturday, February 10, 2018

Friday, February 09, 2018

Let The Games Begin

Mother Nature lit her own torch this morning with a spectacular sunrise.  Groomer, Jared Feather, had a front row seat and captured the images below.  

Gold Medal Weekend - Day #1

Let the Games Begin!  The weekend's celebration kicks off tonight at 6pm with a Torch Light Parade down The Face followed by a free live Stage Wisp Concert in Wispers Bar at 6:30pm with Key Brewing promoting their craft beer.  Be on the lookout on our social networks for Pop-up Medal Opportunities for chances to nab a custom Wisp Resort Gold Medal.  If you get a gold medal throughout the weekend, be sure to join us at 1pm on Sunday, February 11 for the Gold Medal Ceremony and chances to win all sorts of prizes.  USA! USA!

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Friday, February 09, 2018

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Back on Track

After yesterday's hiccup of weather, we are back to our regularly scheduled program of SNOW and cold weather!  Flurries will taper off and give way to a partly sunny sky today with temps reaching into the low 20s.  It's a great day to be on the mountain! 

Gold Medal Weekends

Preparations for the upcoming Gold Medal Weekend have begun and we are pumped about the 2018 Winter Olympics.  Break out your best USA gear and come show your Team Spirit February 9 - 11 and February 23 - 25.  These two weekends are jam-packed with events and happenings to help you cheer on your favorite USA Teams and Athletes.  Plus, we've got custom Wisp Resort Gold Medals up for grabs to bring out the competitor in all of us.  Check out the weekend's itinerary here.  USA! USA!


Last Edited by The Wisperer on Thursday, February 08, 2018

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Wet and Wild Wednesday

Update as of 3pm:

Looks like Mother Nature is starting to turn things around with snow starting at approximately 2:45pm.  We could see upwards of 3 inches of snowfall by morning.  Continue to check the Mountain Report for updates on operations.

Mother Nature is having a bit of an off-day today and throwing some sloppy weather our way.  While waiting for some ice to melt and as a safety precaution, only the front side of the mountain will operate today for skiing and snowboarding.  Check the slope status on our Mountain Report for the latest openings and closings. 

Gold Medal Weekends

Wisp is celebrating the 2018 Winter Olympics with two Gold Medal Weekends.  Slated for February 9 - 11 and February 23 - 25, these two weekends are jam-packed with events and happenings to help you cheer on your favorite USA Teams and Athletes and get you pumped about the Winter Olympics!  Plus, we've got custom Wisp Resort Gold Medals up for grabs to bring out the competitor in all of us - see below.  Check out the weekend's itinerary here.  USA! USA!

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Monday, February 05, 2018

Snow is still falling...

Snow continues to fall on top of the 4 inches we received in the last 24 hours.  Slope conditions are nice and plush so come up and get some!  

Virtual Tour

If you are planning a visit to Wisp Resort for the first time, you can explore the resort before you even step foot on property with our new virtual tour.  Discover the interior of the McHenry Lodge and all the skier/rider services, Sundown Village where The Learning Center and Wisp Kids yurts are located, the Mountain Park (the view from the top of the tubing park is our favorite) and the White Water Lodge located on top of the mountain.   Plus, you'll see the various restaurants and shops along the way.  Enjoy the tour!


 

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Monday, February 05, 2018

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Snow is falling...

A skier and riders dream weekend is happening - sun one day and snow the next!  Wisp is forecast to receive up to 6 inches of snow in the next 24 hours.  View our Mountain Cam to watch the snow fall and skiers/riders do their thing. Enjoy the snow!

Gold Medal Weekends

Wisp is celebrating the 2018 Winter Olympics (which starts on Friday, 2/9) with two Gold Medal Weekends.  Slated for February 9 - 11 and February 23 - 25, these two weekends are jam-packed with events and happenings to help you cheer on your favorite USA Teams and Athletes and get you pumped about the Winter Olympics!  Plus, we've got custom Wisp Resort Gold Medals up for grabs to bring out the competitor in all of us - see below.  Check out the weekend's itinerary here.  USA! USA!


Last Edited by The Wisperer on Sunday, February 04, 2018

Saturday, February 03, 2018

Stellar Saturday

It has been a sensational first Saturday of the month today with fresh powder, crisp temps and plenty of sunshine to warm the soul.  The corduroy this morning was textbook and those hidden stashes of powder from yesterday were quite plush.  There are lots of happy skiers and snowboarders on the hill today - we hope you were one of them.

More Snow?

There is snow in the forecast for the next four days, Sunday thru Wednesday.  Come and get some!

Perks & Extras Program

Did you know if you are a Wisp Season Pass Holder, you receive different Perks & Extras each month.  Simply present your valid 17.18 Wisp Season Pass to receive offers.  Here are February's Perks & Extras:

The Tuning Center:
• 30% off Hot Wax
• 15% off Light Tune
• President's Weekend only (Feb 16 - 19) 30% off all SWIX & Wintersteiger Wax & Tuning Tools (The Tuning Center ONLY)

Mountain Park
• Buy 1 Mountain Coaster single or double ride, Get 20% off the 2nd Mountain Coaster single or double ride*
• Buy 1 Ice Skating session, Get 20% off the 2nd Ice Skating session*
   *Excludes multi-packs, family packs and combo products. Valid standard days only. Must be used on same day.

Outdoor Elements & Rossignol Concept Shop
• 50% off the Demo Rate to test skis or snowboards**
• 20% off all regular priced ski/snowboard jackets for adults & children**
• 20% off all regular priced hard-goods (skis/snowboards, boots, bindings)**
  **Excludes previous purchases.

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Saturday, February 03, 2018

Friday, February 02, 2018

Happy Groundhog's Day

It could be that Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning or it could be the 6 inches of snow that fell overnight that indicates we will have 6 more weeks of winter.  Either way, we're ecstatic about more winter and more snow!  What a way to kick-off the first weekend of February.  Lifts will turn from 9am - 9pm today and the Mountain Park is open from 10am - 8pm.  Forecast calls for another inch of snow possible throughout today with temps in the low teens so bundle up and enjoy the fresh snow!  Check out our Mountain Cam for live snowy action!

Stage Wisp Concert

Join us in Wispers Bar tonight at 6:30pm for a free concert with Eli Cook.

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Friday, February 02, 2018

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Fired-up About February

Just look at the forecast for the first 5 days of this month - snow, snow, snow, snow and more snow!  A Winter Weather Advisory (we heart those) is in effect for Deep Creek Lake and we could see up to 6 inches of accumulation by Friday.  Plus, we've got some unique events on the horizon, superb slope conditions and there is still lots of winter left.

Forecast

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February Events

Gold Medal Weekends - February 9-11 & 23-25
The 2018 Winter Olympics are almost here and Wisp Resort has created two events around the opening and closing weekends that are jam-packed with competitions, games and fun to help you cheer on your favorite USA Teams and Athletes.  Plus, there are lots of custom Wisp Gold Medals up for grabs to bring out the competitor in all of us!  USA! USA!

Stage Wisp Concert Series - Every Friday in February
Kick-off your weekends with free live entertainment in Wispers Bar starting at 6:30pm.  Plus, we'll have a featured Brewery present with their craft beer on-tap to quench your thirst.

BlackStrap Rail Jam #2
Get ready for Part Deux of the BlackStrap Rail Jam Series in Central Park Terrain Park.  Bring your best to win more points to carry you to the finals in March.

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Thursday, February 01, 2018

Mountain Report Summary

February 20, 2018

New Snow:  0"/ 0"
Trails/Lifts Open:  27 / 8
Base:  32"
Snowmaking:  No
Surface Conditions:  Spring Snow

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