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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Wild Wednesday

The Winter Storm happening has brought a mixed bag of winter weather but our slopes are holding strong, however, for safety concerns, ski operations will close at 6pm, Wednesday, February 20.  We will re-open at 9am tomorrow, Thursday, February 23. The Mountain Coaster will not operate today.  Snow Tubing will operate tonight from 4pm - 8pm until further notice.

Last Edited by Wisp Resort on Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Blue Bird Skies in February

There is no better day to come out and enjoy this breathtaking day out on the mountain! With snow guns blasting and up to 6 inches coming this afternoon through this evening, there is no time to waste -- get over to Wisp Resort to enjoy a great day of skiing.  The mountain is open for skiing/boarding until 9pm this evening. Don't forget to stop in Wispers Bar & Grill to try our famous Maryland Crab Poutine.  

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Monday, February 18, 2019

Happy President's Day!

Wisp Resort wants to wish a Happy President's Day to all of our fellow Americans and invite you to join us on the mountain today.  At 25 degrees and partly cloudy throughout the day, we've got lots of activities to keep your family entertained on the last day of the long weekend.  All trails have been groomed with some features closed in the terrain park for a rebuild after last night's ice storm.  The mountain will close at 5pm this evening and resume normal business hours for the rest of the week.  Don't miss the last day of sales at our retail and tuning shops! 

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Monday, February 18, 2019

Friday, February 15, 2019

President's Day Weekend Starts Now!

With an average of 32-45 degrees over the next few days and mostly sunshine with a little set of natural snowfall, you can expect a beautiful holiday weekend!  Check out The Lodge at Wisp for availability on hotel room accomodations and to save time standing in line for lift tickets, Purchase Here.  See below for a list of events taking place at the resort this weekend and we still have mounds of snow -- so we'll see you on the slopes! 

Join us for Friday Night Tap Takeover from 7pm to 10pm in Alpine Bar & Wispers Bar & Grill at Wisp Resort. Reps will be handing out Jailbreak Brewing swag. $4.99 Drink special on Jailbreak Brewing options. 

BlackStrap Rail Jam this Saturday, February 16 in Central park at Wisp Resort. Registration begins at noon in the main lodge and the competition starts at 2pm! Special thanks to our sponsors - @BlackStrap_inc @Smithoptics @pigloogear

"Tequila Mockingbird Mexican Fiesta"- This Saturday, February 16 from 3pm-6pm bring your best Mexican poncho and sombrero-- we are going all the way for this Mexican fiesta! We will have a best poncho competition, $5.99 Espolon and Casamigos drink specials, giveaways, and entertainment. This event will take place in Alpine Bar (formerly DC's Bar).

President's Day Retail Sale at Outdoor Elements & Rossignol Shop: Buy 1 at regular price and get 2nd item half off on ALL Ski /Snowboard Jackets (Adult & Children) and Hard Goods (Skis-Boards-Boats-Bindings). Second item must be of same or less value. This offer starts Thursday Valentine’s day and ends President’s Day Monday. *Offer is not good for sale items as well as previously purchase merchandise.

 Tuning Shop Specials: 30% - 40% Off select Swix wax and Rossignol & Look Ski Bindings

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Friday, February 15, 2019

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Sunny Skies for President's Day Weekend

Today is absolutely stunning!  The sun is shining bright, the slopes were grazed with about an inch of natural snowfall yesterday, and with snow powered through our snowmaking system combined-- conditions are looking great!  All trails have been groomed including Face, which will give some of you a new opportunity to try a challenging slope.  Buy your lift tickets here and save for the weekend.  

The Snow Tubing Park will open early today.  It will be open at 1pm, rather than 4pm, and will be open through the evening.  Come enjoy a few extra hours of fun on the slopes!

Come join us for Friday Night Tap Takeover from 7pm to 10pm in Alpine Bar & Wispers Bar & Grill at Wisp Resort. Reps will be handing out Jailbreak Brewing swag. $4.99 Drink special on Jailbreak Brewing options. 

BlackStrap Rail Jam this Saturday, February 16 in Central park at Wisp Resort. Registration begins at noon in the main lodge and the competition starts at 2pm! Special thanks to our sponsors - @BlackStrap_inc @Smithoptics @pigloogear

"Tequila Mockingbird Mexican Fiesta"- This Saturday, February 16 from 3pm-6pm bring your best Mexican poncho and sombrero-- we are going all the way for this Mexican fiesta! Sponsored by Team One Chevrolet Buick GMC of Oakland, Maryland. We will have a best poncho competition, $5.99 Espolon and Casamigos drink specials, giveaways, and entertainment. This event will take place in Alpine Bar (formerly DC's Bar).

President's Day Retail Sale at Outdoor Elements & Rossignol Shop: Buy 1 at regular price and get 2nd item half off on ALL Ski /Snowboard Jackets (Adult & Children) and Hard Goods (Skis-Boards-Boats-Bindings). Second item must be of same or less value. This offer starts Thursday Valentine’s day and ends President’s Day Monday. *Offer is not good for sale items as well as previously purchase merchandise.

 Tuning Shop Specials: 30% - 40% Off select Swix wax and Rossignol & Look Ski Bindings

Valentine's Day Menu for two starting at 5pm on Valentine's Day (*while supplies last). For only $69.99 per couple, you will receive: 
Amuse-bouche course ~ Crab imperial stuffed shrimp with scallions and candied lemon zest

Appetizer course ~ 6 minute egg with pancetta, asparagus, and house made buttery garlic croutons

Soup course ~ Cauliflower and black truffle soup garnished with roasted cauliflower and spring onion

Main course ~ Chateau Briand with roasted fingerling potatoes, haricot vert, and Béarnaise

Dessert course ~ chocolate raspberry cheesecake

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Thursday, February 14, 2019

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Weather Advisory

Night Skiing: Due to the continued icing and freezing rain Wisp Resort will not be open for night skiing this evening.

Mountain Park: Snow Tubing and the Mountain Coaster will be closed today due to inclement weather.

The Good News: Tomorrow evening we are anticipating a window to make snow through Thursday.  Along with a natural dusting, the slopes should be in great shape for the weekend!  

President's Day Retail Sale at Outdoor Elements & Rossignol Shop: Buy 1 at regular price and get 2nd item half off on ALL Ski /Snowboard Jackets (Adult & Children) and Hard Goods (Skis-Boards-Boats-Bindings). Second item must be of same or less value. This offer starts Thursday Valentine’s day and ends President’s Day Monday. *Offer is not good for sale items as well as previously purchase merchandise.

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Monday, February 11, 2019

164 Million Gallons...Oh My!

This has been a record year for snowmaking at Wisp Resort.  The Mountain Ops team pumped out 11 million gallons of water over the weekend, leaving the mountain with a strong base.  Since snowmaking began in the 2018.19 Winter season, we have pumped 164 million gallons! Snowmaking conditions have ceased for the next few days, but Mother Nature has blessed us with a solid inch of fresh snow on the mountain and more to come throughout the week.  Come join us today on the slopes until 5pm.  Night skiing will resume tomorrow, Tuesday February 12.


Are you ready to experience a Valentine's Day ski trip with your sweetheart?  Wisp Resort is offering a beautiful Valentine's Day Menu for two starting at 5pm on Valentine's Day (*while supplies last). For only $69.99 per couple, you will receive: 

Amuse-bouche course ~ Crab imperial stuffed shrimp with scallions and candied lemon zest

Appetizer course ~ 6 minute egg with pancetta, asparagus, and house made buttery garlic croutons

Soup course ~ Cauliflower and black truffle soup garnished with roasted cauliflower and spring onion

Main course ~ Chateau Briand with roasted fingerling potatoes, haricot vert, and Béarnaise

Dessert course ~ chocolate raspberry cheesecake


Don’t forget to make your plans for the upcoming President’s Day Weekend – buy lift tickets now and you could save big!  

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Monday, February 11, 2019

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Mountain Coaster is Back Up and Running

The Mountain Coaster reopens today at 10am after a tree took out part of the course in an ice storm two weeks ago.  The State of Maryland has cleared the track for safety and it is back in action! For those of you who have never had the opportunity to ride the mountain coaster in the winter, we encourage you to give it a try.  Control your speed as you fly over top of skiers and boarders cruising the slopes, while gliding along the treetops.

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Saturday, February 09, 2019

Friday, February 08, 2019

Flakes are Flying on the Mountain

Off to an early start for snowmaking today!  The Wisp Resort Mountain Ops crew was able to get the guns cranking at about 3:30pm today and are hoping to continue through Sunday.  So throw your snow gear in the car and head over to Wisp Resort after work today for some fresh snow and a great time. We will rebuild!

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Friday, February 08, 2019

Friday, February 08, 2019

Beautiful Weekend Ahead!

With the ski slopes open this evening until 9pm and sun crawling across the mountain, it is time to get on your gear and head over to Wisp Resort!  Sunshine returning this afternoon after a few overcast days.  Highs reaching around 40 degrees Fahrenheit today, dropping down to 5 degrees this evening which leaves us with perfect conditions for snowmaking.  Saturday will be a beautiful day full of sunshine and a high of 20.  Sunday looking great as well with a high of 26, clouds in the morning and sunshine peeking its head out in the early afternoon.  All open trails are groomed besides Face.  The Mountain Ops team is pressuring up snowmaking guns as we speak, waiting until temperatures get low enough this afternoon to start pumping out snow.  Once we get the snow guns blasting, we are hoping to keep them on through Sunday.  

In the 2018.19 Winter season, Wisp Resort has run the snowmaking system for a total of 842 hours in 41 days. This has allowed Wisp Resort's snowmaking team to pump 153 million gallons of water in the production of 1000 acre feet of snow. This is the most we have been able to run the snowmaking system in the last 8 years.  Because the weather has allowed us to produce this much - we still have tons of snow!  Punxsutawney Phil must have been short sighted, just seeing the last few days of warm temperatures, because we still have plenty of winter to enjoy.

Come join us this weekend for our weekly events: Friday Night Tap Takeover and #ApresWisp. 

This week's Friday Night Tap Takeover features Bell's Brewing Company.  Come join us tonight from 7pm to 10pm in Alpine Bar & Wispers Bar & Grill at Wisp Resort. Reps will be handing out Bells Brewing swag. $4.99 Drink special on Bells craft beer options. 

This week's #ApresWisp theme is "80's Vintage Ski Party."  Join us for the BIGGEST party of the season!! Fluorescent clothing and accessories suggested. Come kick off this Après Ski party in your best vintage one-piece ski suit! There will be an 80's ski suit competition, onsite hairdressers offering a variety of 80's styles ($15-$20 for an awesome 80's hair updo), Aperol, Mionetto Prosecco, and Ole Smoky Moonshine $5.99 drink specials, giveaways, and a live DJ spinning jams from the 1980's. This event will take place in Alpine Bar (formerly DC's), this Saturday, February 9 from 3pm-6pm.  We'll see you on the mountain! 

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Friday, February 08, 2019

Friday, February 08, 2019

Opening Delay Today

Opening Delay: The Mountain is having a delay on opening this morning for skiing and boarding due to rain damage to slopes and lift unload ramps. Our number one priority at Wisp Resort is keeping our guests and employees safe. Our team is working on the challenge. We will keep you updated as more information becomes available. Thank you for your patience.

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Friday, February 08, 2019

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Keep Our Mountain Clean

We want to remind all employees and guests that it is all of our responsibility to be good stewards of the land by putting trash into a receptacle.  There may be less receptacles around the mountain and for good reasons – reduce costs, keep jobs focused on their main responsibilities, and promote recycling.  If you elect to carry food or beverage on the mountain, we simply ask that you ‘Pack it in. Pack it out.’ and find a receptacle near a maintained building.  Please dispose of waste properly and respect our environment.  

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Thursday, February 07, 2019

Monday, February 04, 2019

Blue Skies Keep Coming!

It is another gorgeous day in the Deep Creek Lake area today, with blue skies as far as you can see.  We had a ton of fun up here over the weekend with our 1st Black Strap Rail Jam of the season and an electric accordion player getting us in the singing spirit at #ApresWisp.  Today's high will be 48 degrees, mostly sunny for the rest of the day with a few clouds rolling in around the evening.  With warmer temperatures today than we've seen in a few weeks, it is a perfect day to get out on the mountain.  As per the usual, there is no night skiing on Mondays, so the Mountain will close at 5pm today.  Get over here before the afternoon crowd and try some of our famous Maryland Crab Poutine at Wispers Bar & Grill and shop for a new pair of boots at Outdoor Elements.  We will see you soon! 

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Monday, February 04, 2019

Friday, February 01, 2019

Snowmageddon Weekend

The Deep Creek Lake area is getting pounded with the white stuff today! With temperatures rising up through the teens, and a break in snowfall later in the day - this is one of the best opportunities this season to relax in the mountains.  With several inches of snow accumulation coming in last night and more on the way, we are looking at about 4 more inches to lay by this evening.  This means a weekend of POWDER for you!  If you haven't booked your hotel rooms yet, click HERE before we sell out.  Click HERE to skip the line and get your lift tickets ahead of time, making your way out on the slopes before the crowd.  Be sure to drive with caution on your way to visit us and we'll see you on the slopes.  

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Friday, February 01, 2019

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Beautiful Winter Day

WIth Mountain Ops having the opportunity to make snow, Wisp Resort has raised its base to 30 inches, which means optimal ski conditions for you!  Boulder and Beaver will be shut down today with concentrated snowmaking, while we will continue making snow on a number of other open slopes.  The crew has been pumping about 5000 gallons per minute since 7 pm on Tuesday.  To date, Wisp Resort has pumped 148 million gallons this season with 11 million gallons in the past 37 hours.  Snow Tubing will be closed today due to frigid temperatures.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  It is a beautiful Blue Bird Day with a layer of fresh powder, but it is a cold one out there.  Make sure to bundle up! 

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Thursday, January 31, 2019

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Cold Temperatures, Great Conditions!

What a beautiful morning we have had here in Deep Creek Lake.  For those of you headed out skiing this morning please keep in mind, wind is more prevalent and there is about a 2 degree difference in physical temperature from the base to the top of the mountain, so make sure to be prepared for this with proper winter attire to keep yourself comfortable. We will experience a decent squall of snowfall throughout the morning, clouds will soon give way to sunshine and it should remain clear for the rest of the evening.  That means a really nice layer of fresh powder for you!  That said, it is cold outside folks, and we cannot remind you enough - make sure to bundle up!  Snow Tubing will not be offered this evening due to low temperatures.  We made this decision to keep our guests and staff safe.  Thank you for your patience.  Planning ahead: another cold day tomorrow but it is forecast to be a sunny Blue Bird day.  We'll see you on the slopes.  :) 

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

And the Snow Keeps Coming...

It has been a beautiful few days in the mountains and more to come.  With temperatures dropping throughout the day, it is looking like we will get down into the teens overnight.  Snow flurries continue to fall and are expected to accumulate up to 2 inches this evening for a fresh powder dusting.  It looks like the snow will cease temporarily from about 3pm-9pm this evening, leaving a prime window for night skiing.  If you plan to come over later in the day, night skiing will be available on the front side of the mountain until 9pm this evening.  

We want to give a special thanks to our Wisp Resort Ski Patrol team who not only have done a remarkable job with guest incidences this year, but have also been a huge help in mountain cleanup after big winter storms.  Our Ski Patrol won a variety of awards in November including: Larry Pease's induction to the National Ski Patrol "Hall of Fame" and Stephen Cabe's "National Appointment Award" #12062.  In addition, there were a variety of Service Awards granted as follows:    

55 Years – Paul Harman

50 Years – Joseph Closic and William Freyman (Lifetime Service Awards)

45 Years – Thomas Johnson

30 Years – William Roszell and Michael Logsdon

25 Years – Stephen Cabe, Will Roszell, Joanna Renner, and Avrama Blackwell

15 Years – Vicki Walker, Jeff Nunes, and James Ferrant

10 Years – Melody Chen, Marvin Glass, Katie Hester, William Hester, Travis Pickett, and Brian Smith

A special thanks to Wisp Resort's Ski Patrol Team.  We appreciate your service! 

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Monday, January 28, 2019

Beautiful Blue Bird Day

If you haven't made your way to Wisp Resort this winter, today is your day.  After a light snow dusting yesterday evening, we have a perfect blue sky day here in Deep Creek Lake!  More good news - Odin's den is now open for prime shredding.  This is the perfect time to come over to take a ski or board lesson with our state-of-the-art beginner's area.  With up to 4 inches of snow accumulation on the way by tomorrow evening and plenty of sunshine, Wisp Resort is your answer to great skiing and boarding this week.  The mountain closes at 5pm this evening.  Please see our Hours of Operation for a full list.  See you soon!

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Monday, January 28, 2019

Thursday, January 24, 2019

A Snowy Week Ahead

With variable weather over the last few days, the temperatures seem to be evening out over the weekend into the teens and low 20's.  With a more consistent atmosphere brings a pattern of continuous snowfall.  This evening we are forecast up to 2 inches, with snow accumulation of up to 7 inches through Tuesday. We hope to resume snowmaking soon and will keep you updated.  Great weekend to come out to Wisp Resort for some fresh East Coast powder! Save time buying tickets at the gate by purchasing them online.



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Last Edited by Wisp Resort on Thursday, January 24, 2019

Monday, January 21, 2019

MLK Monday

It's the final day of the long holiday weekend and we hope you are spending it on the mountain with us!  Be sure to bundle up today, it's going to be chilly out there.  Take frequent breaks and cover as much exposed skin as possible.  The Mountain Coaster will be closed today as a result of the wacky weather this weekend.  Snowmaking is present on select terrain today.  


Last Edited by The Wisperer on Monday, January 21, 2019

Sunday, January 20, 2019

MLK Weekend Update

Deep Creek Lake experienced some wild wacky weather the past 18 hours so we are adjusting operations accordingly.  The Mountain Coaster will be closed today, Sunday, January 20.  Night skiing will go until 9:00pm on the front side of the mountain only.  Please view the Mountain Report for up-to-the-minute operations.

Last Edited by Wisp Resort on Sunday, January 20, 2019

Saturday, January 19, 2019

MLK Weekend at Wisp

It's going to be an amazing day on the mountain for all!  There are 27 trails open including 4 on the East Ridge and 7 on North Camp so have a blast skiers and riders.  The Mountain Park will operate Saturday and Sunday from 10am - 8pm with Snow Tubing and the Mountain Coaster.  The Nordic Center is open from 10am - 4pm for Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing and is located in Sundown Village.  

Today’s BlacksTrap Rail Jam has been postponed and will be rescheduled in the next couple weekends. Please keep an eye out on Wisp Resort's website blog at www.wispresort.com and social media pages for more information and we look forward to seeing everyone out on the hill!

Winter Storm Warning is in effect and forecast shows a wintry mixed bag with snow totals upwards of 5" thru Sunday.  Travel safely to the mountain and enjoy the snow!

Aprés Ski Saturday

Join us for the Fire & Ice Aprés Ski in Sundown Village from 3pm - 6pm. There will be Fire Hoopers spinning and playing with fire, drinks on ice, music and more.  Fun for all ages but adult drinks for ages 21+ only.  #apreswisp


Last Edited by The Wisperer on Saturday, January 19, 2019

Thursday, January 17, 2019

More Trails Added and More on the Way

The snowmaking team has pumped 121 million gallons of water since the beginning of the season.  Crews have worked for 4,697 hours, systems have run 640 hours.  To say we have put our time into snowmaking this season is an understatement.  Wisp Resort's Mountain Ops Team is anticipating more trails to open in the next 2 days, including East Ridge by early Saturday morning.  We are currently running with 19 open trails: Sunset, Wisp Trail, Grouse, Squirrel, Boulder, Central Park, Muskrat, Beaver, Bear Paw, Roadrunner, Happy Camper, Back Bone, Lil Dipper, Big Dipper, Aces Run, Ridge Run, Over the Edge, Whip Saw, and Face (which is ungroomed). By Saturday we are anticipating having every main trail open aside from Sliders, Loggers, and Oden's Den.  We will continue to work on those throughout the weekend.  The snow is awesome!  Only a few rooms left -- If you haven't booked your hotel room yet at the Lodge at Wisp, make sure to go to www.wispresort.com to do so before we sell out!  It's a perfect weekend to enjoy some fresh powder.

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Thursday, January 17, 2019

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

More Terrain to Open Soon

How lucky are we to have had so many beautiful powder days this week?  Conditions are looking excellent for this weekend and natural snow continues to fall over the next few days.  Saturday will be the big day for us, as East Ridge and North Camp will be open for skiing and boarding!  With a 27 inch base and current count of 16 open trails, we've got miles of smiles around the resort today.  Make sure to sign up for our E-Club for updates on weather and open terrain at www.wispresort.com.  Open Trails (Groomed): Sunset, Wisp Trail, Grouse, Bear Paw, Squirrel, Muskrat, Boulder, Happy Camper, Back Bone, Little Dipper, Face, Beaver, Road Runner, Aces, Ridge Run, Big Dipper.  Central Park Terrain Park reopened today with a brand new look - come bring over your best board and check out our park rebuild.  And if you haven't already booked your hotel rooms for this weekend, make sure to go to www.wispresort.com to book before we sell out!  

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Monday, January 14, 2019

Beautiful Day in the Mountains

With a strong base of 27 inches and more terrain set to open up this week, the snow keeps coming!!  The Deep Creek Lake area received another 1 inch of natural snow overnight, covering the tree tops for a perfect winter setting.  The powder days keep coming!  Today's open lifts: 2,3,1,6,7 and carpets.  Wisp Resort is operating on its regular Monday schedule today and will be open until 5pm this evening.  Night skiing resumes tomorrow through the weekend. Central Park Terrain Park and the Snowtubing Park are closed today for rebuilds and lane additions.  Snowtubing will reopen tomorrow Tuesday, January 15 and operate on its normal schedule.  Central Park will reopen Wednesday, January 16 and operate on its normal schedule. 

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Monday, January 14, 2019

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Get Your Freshies!

Another 4" of fresh snow blanketed the mountain last night and it's going to be a POWDER DAY!  Plus, we're opening up 3 more trails including Ridge Run, Big Dipper and the ever-popular Ace's Run!  Happy Trails!

Stop by Outdoor Elements on the lower level of the McHenry Lodge if you forgot your goggles, need a fresh pair of waterproof gloves or want to invest in a warm base layer.  They have all your ski and ride essentials and lots more including adorable hats, souvenirs and kid stuff!

Last Edited by Wisp Resort on Sunday, January 13, 2019

Friday, January 11, 2019

Powder Days Have Arrived

Deep Creek Lake received about 2” inches of natural snow overnight, adding a cushy layer to our snow base.  Wisp Resort started making snow late Wednesday morning when a window opened with low temps and relatively moderate humidity.  Overnight our snowmaking guns pumped 9,800 to 10,400 gallons of water per minute on a number of trails.  Our guns have pumped 97 million gallons of water to date, with about 24 million gallons since late Wednesday morning. Although winds are still a bit unpredictable, they are losing quite a bit of power, allowing for us to direct snow to certain locations.  We will continue making snow today and for the next several days.  Today's temperatures are a High of 25 degrees and a low of 15.  Great day to get out here and catch a good powder day! 

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Friday, January 11, 2019

Thursday, January 10, 2019

White Out at Wisp Resort

We had a beautiful snow overnight covering the slopes with about 4 inches of natural snow and more falling out of the sky. With snowmaking and natural snow combined, we are now carrying a 14 to 34 inch base on the mountain - perfect for an East Coast Powder Day!  Our window opened yesterday morning at 11am for snowmaking and we've continued to pump up to 11,000 gallons per minute in the last 22 hours.  With about 82 million gallons of water to date, our Mountain Ops crew has been working hard to build up new trails and will continue to do so overnight for this long stretch of cold weather.  



Update: January 10, 4pm


Wisp Resort has pumped 88 million gallons of water so far this year with 15 million of it in the past 28 hours; equating to an estimated 577 acre-feet of snow in total and about 98 acre-feet of snow in those 28 hours. Wow - go snowmaking team!! Strong winds are still giving the crew a challenging time since wind is blowing snow back onto the equipment and icing it up. In addition, some of the snow is not landing on the areas the crew is trying to build around the mountain because of the random spurts of Southerly winds. Temperatures are forecast to stay good throughout the night and the winds are forecast to slowly let up. Temperature is forecast to warm up some during the day tomorrow but the crew will still be able to make snow, just not quite as hard as they have today. Our Mountain Ops are doing their best to get North Camp and East Ridge open as soon as possible.  We will update this blog with information as soon as it comes in from the snowmaking team.  Please tell your friends and family to follow this blog to be the first to know about winter storm updates and opening terrain. We are open until 9pm this evening - come play in some fresh powder!! 

Terms: "acre-foot" - A term used in snowmaking that refers to a foot of snow covering an acre (or multiple in this case)


 


Last Edited by The Wisperer on Thursday, January 10, 2019

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

WINTER IS BACK!

Wisp is currently under a Winter Storm Warning (we love those!) with a total of up to 10” of accumulation possible thru tomorrow, Thursday, January 9.   The scene in Garrett County is completely different than the past several weeks and skier and riders are happy about that!  Wisp’s Mountain Ops crew currently has the snow guns blazing on the front side of the mountain. If the wind settles a bit and temperatures get down into the teens as projected, the team will turn on the big guns building snow on Main Street over on the East Ridge this evening. This snowmaking window should last a long 8 days and there is another snow storm forecast for this weekend at Wisp!  Powder Day Tomorrow! – who’s in!?


Last Edited by The Wisperer on Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Optimistic Outlook

Update:  Jan. 8, 6:33pm:  Ski/Ride Operations Closed for Remainder of Day.  We were optimistic all day then Mother Nature decided to throw another curve ball!  Sever lightning has been reported on the mountain and chairlift operations have ceased for today.  We will be back at regular operating hours tomorrow, Wednesday, January 9.


Temperatures and humidity start to cooperate early Wednesday morning and it seems we may have a long stretch ahead of us for snowmaking.  When the opportunity comes around tomorrow, we will back track onto the front runs and patch anywhere that needs filled in.  Once we've delivered a thicker base on the front side, our team will head over to North Camp and East Ridge. Snow is on the horizon!

Winter Perks & Extras Program: Each month, we announce different discounts, promotions and specials for Wisp Season Pass Holders. January has many perks for Season Pass Holders to enjoy! 

Retail:  10% off all retail outlets.  Excludes sale items

The Tuning Center:  20% off Light Tunes

The Lodge at Wisp:  20% off rack rate on all rooms based on availability and excluding January 18 – 20 and 25-26, 2019.  Not valid on packages, group stays or other discounts or promotions

Alpine Pasta House:  15% off lunch or dinner on select dates; January 11, 12, 13

Last Edited by Wisp Resort on Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Sunday, January 06, 2019

3-2-1-Make Snow

After 1.01" of rain yesterday, our terrain is hanging on thanks to our Grooming Team.  Next up, our Snowmaking Team plans to take the stage tonight (after a hiatus no thanks to Mature Nature!) with a small window of opportunity.  That crew will churn out as much snow as they can and we are all optimistic that the winds aren't too much of a factor.  Let's Make Snow!

Last Edited by Wisp Resort on Sunday, January 06, 2019

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Several Trails Groomed

Our base remains at 12 to 24 inches on the mountain.  We have several trails open and groomed: Sunset, Wisp, Grouse, Boulder, Squirrel, Muskrat, Beaver, Bear Paw, Road Runner, Happy camper, Back bone pass, and Little dipper.  Ungroomed and open trails: Face.  Mother Nature opens a small window this evening for about 8 - 10 hours when temperatures and humidity might dance, potentially giving our snowmaking guns a chance to show off once again.  Temperatures will be hanging around a marginal degree all evening, therefore our snowmaking team will be on the lookout for the first opportunity to turn water into snow.  In the meantime, we are open 9am - 9pm today and are having a blast on the mountain!

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Thursday, January 03, 2019

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Hero's Day Forecast - FUN!!

The forecast is calling for upper 30's and lower 40's for most of the week, but the terrain is holding up and this holding pattern of mild weather does have an end in sight! Temperatures start to cool off mid next-week and we will have our snow guns fired up as soon as Mother Nature allows.  Come on over and visit us this weekend - we have plenty of events planned...


"Hero's Day" - Celebrating our Soldiers and First Responders
Friday, January 4

We all have lots of Heroes in our lives but we are saving this promotion specifically for military, fire, police and rescue personnel (EMS). • Complimentary 1-day extended day lift ticket given to military, fire, police and rescue personnel (EMS) o Must present valid service ID o no refunds, returns, extensions or return vouchers given on complimentary lift tickets • Immediate family members of ‘Hero’ are eligible for a $14 1-day extended day lift ticket valid for Friday, January 5 only • $19 sport ski or snowboard rental – offer valid for the Hero only • ½ price group lessons – offer valid for the Hero only • BOGO Mountain Park products valid Friday, January 4 only based on availability. Not valid on Mountain Coaster 3-packs. Free product must be of equal or lesser value. • $94 room rate for those heros coming to join us at the Lodge at Wisp


Troegs Brewery Tap Takeover
Friday, January 4 (7:00pm – 10:00pm) Alpine Bar

Come join us for Friday Night Tap Takeovers every Friday night in January and February from 7pm to 10pm. Drink specials on Craft Draft Troegs options.


Apres Ski Party - Camo & Beards "Holiday Hangover"
Saturday, January 5 (3:00pm – 6:00pm) Alpine Bar

Brand new this Winter at Wisp Resort- Enjoy a tradition shared at many ski resorts worldwide: Après Ski! Every Saturday in January & February from 3pm-6pm you can expect a fun lineup of entertainment, costumes, contests, and drink specials. Are you ready to #ApresWisp? Camo & Beards "Holiday Hangover"- Exhausted from the chaos of the holidays? Come kick off our 1st Après Ski party of the season in your best camouflage getup. There will be a mustache and beard competition, best camouflage outfit contest, drink specials, giveaways, and live DJ playing Alternative Rock and Today's Hits. The location of this event has been moved from Sundown Yurt to Alpine Bar.







 

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Monday, December 31, 2018

New Years Eve Celebration

Come join us this evening at Wisp Resort in the McHenry Lodge to celebrate the New Year!  This family-friendly event is Complimentary and will showcase our local DJ, Connor Norman, playing today's hits and dance favorites.  Wisp Resort will have a few party favors, but make sure to bring your favorite hat and noise makers to add to the fun.  Alpine Bar will serve drinks until midnight and Alpine Pasta House will be open for a unique dining experience until 10pm.  Wispers Bar & Grille will be serving cocktails and their full menu of American Fare until midnight.  Bring the whole family over!  Entertainment starts at 9pm.  Happy New Years Eve!  

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Monday, December 31, 2018

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Sunny Day in the Mountains

Great ski conditions today with temperatures hanging around the high 30's.  14 trails now open for skiing and boarding! Groomed Trails: Wisp, Sunset, Central Park, Grouse, Squirrel Cage, Boulder, Bear Paw, Beaver, Happy Camper, Muskrat, Back Bone, Little Dipper and Road Runner; Ungroomed Trails: Face.  Wisp Resort is open 9am to 9pm today with lifts 1, 2, 3, and 6, handle tow, and 3 carpets open across the mountain.  Behind the Scenes - in the Lodge, our staff is getting preparing to kick off our New Year's Eve celebration.  Join us in the McHenry Lodge for a family-friendly evening with DJ Connor spinning today's hits from 9pm-midnight.  Both Alpine Bar and Wispers Bar & Grill will be open as well.  Bring your favorite noise makers and come join the fun!   

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Thursday, December 27, 2018

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Happiest of Holidays

Your friends at Wisp Resort would like to wish you and your family the happiest of holidays!  It's a beautiful day on the slopes with temperatures hanging around 30 degrees and a slight chance of snow.  With Happy Camper and Backbone now open, we are only operating a few snow guns on those trails during business hours today.  Trails we are hoping to have open sooner than later are: Little dipper, Big dipper, Aces, Ridge Run, Over the Edge, and Whip Saw.  Bases are growing steadily on these trails as snowguns run at full force.  We hope you will join us at our new restaurant, Alpine Pasta House, this Thursday through Sunday for a little taste of hearty Italian.  Merry Christmas!


Last Edited by The Wisperer on Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Monday, December 24, 2018

White Christmas on the Horizon

Wisp Resort welcomed 3 inches of heavy snow last night and our guests couldn't be happier.  With 12 trails already open, it's looking like we have a couple good days for snowmaking upon us before warmer temperatures come over the mountain.  The crew has been pressuring up the snow guns all morning in preparation.  We are hoping to have snowmaking up and running a little later today.  With a solid base on the front side, the snowmaking team will continue adding to the base in others areas to try and expand our trail count throughout the week.  The next batch of snowmaking will focus on: Happy Camper, Road Runner, Little Dipper, Aces, Down Under, Ridge Run, and Lower Possum.  Wishing you all a beautiful holiday and we hope to see you out on the slopes! 


Last Edited by The Wisperer on Monday, December 24, 2018

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Every Little Bit Counts

Wisp received 1" of natural snow overnight turning everything white again and we'll take every bit of winter we can.  Temperatures are forecast to drop this morning and snowmaking is raring to go once conditions permit.  Check out the live webcam to see the wintry wonderland and snowmaking action.

Last Edited by Wisp Resort on Saturday, December 22, 2018

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Only 2 Days Left on Mission: Four'dable Quad Packs

Mission:  Four'dable is 4 unrestricted transferable lift tickets valid for the 18.19 winter season for only $189!

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Here’s the deal:

  • Four unrestricted lift tickets (printed on 4 vouchers that must be redeemed at the ticket window for a valid lift ticket)
  • Only $189
  • Offer valid online only thru 11:59 pm on Friday, December 21, 2018.
  • Tickets valid anytime from opening day to closing day of the 18.19 Winter Season.  Redeem anytime including same day.
  • Unlimited quantities per purchase.
  • Vouchers are transferable and may be used by someone other than the purchaser.
  • All purchases are final and cannot be cancelled even with a fee.
  • Once your purchase is complete, your credit card will be charged for the amount shown regardless of whether or not the vouchers are used.
  • We do not guarantee number of operating days, lifts or slopes, weather, or other conditions.
  • Vouchers expire at the end of the 18.19 Winter Season.  All sales final.  No refunds, exchanges, returns, extensions or cash value.  Not for re-sale.

TIP:  These are the perfect gift for everyone on your list or stuff all the stockings with one!

Last Edited by Wisp Resort on Thursday, December 20, 2018

Monday, December 17, 2018

Snowmaking Resumes in the Mountains

Opening weekend of the 18.19 Winter Season is in the books and after weathering thru 1.67” of rain (yikes) these past 3 days, slope conditions held up well and we are still skiing on a base of 16” – 34”.   Like always, Mother Nature bounces back as does our hard-working Mountains Ops Crew who are poised to begin snowmaking around 7pm tonight when the conditions look ideal.  All of our weather buffs forecast a solid 24+ hour window of snowmaking for this upcoming round.  Go get ‘em guys! 

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Opening Day for 18.19 Winter Season

Wisp Resort will open for the 2018.2019 Winter Season on Friday, December 14, 2018 for skiing and snowboarding from 9am – 9pm. Operations will continue Saturday, December 15 from 9am – 9pm and Sunday, December 16 from 9am – 5pm then regular operating hours will commence.  The Mountain Park will open on Saturday, December 15 from 10am-7pm and Sunday, December 16 from 10am – 5pm with Snow Tubing and Mountain Coaster.  The Mountain Park will then operate Monday through Thursday, December 17 through 20 from 4pm – 8pm and continue with regular season hours over the weekend.

“We anticipate opening with nearly 60 acres of terrain on a base depth of 18” to 36” and more terrain will open as snowmaking progresses,” commented Mountain Operations Director, Artie Speicher.  Wisp Resort began snowmaking on Wednesday, November 21 and as of 6:00 am Thursday, December 13, a total of 56 million gallons of water had been pumped equating to approximately 367 acre feet of snow while running the system for 319 total hours. Wisp Resort’s General Manager, Jerry Geisler stated, “After the past several turbulent winters (due to weather), the entire team at Wisp is determined to persevere and make this winter count.  Our Snowmaking and Grooming Crews have done an exceptional job in preparing the mountain. Over 500 employees in departments ranging from Parking, Ski Lifts, Snow Tubing, Ski Rentals, Food and Beverage, Retail, Ski and Snowboard Instruction, Ski Patrol, Mountain Hosts, Hotel and Facilities are excited to welcome guests and we all look forward to a long snowy winter.”

Standard and Premium Day pricing will be in effect with lift tickets for Friday and Sunday at $59 per day for adults and $49 per day for juniors ages 6 – 12; Saturday’s lift tickets are $79 for adults and $59 for juniors.  Rates for the Mountain Park include Snow Tubing at $34 per person per 2-hour session; Mountain Coaster at $14 for a single ride and $19 for double rider.  ALL OPERATIONS ARE TENTATIVE AND WEATHER PERMITTING.  For the most up-to-date conditions, lift operations and trail openings visit Wisp Resort’s Mountain Report at www.wispresort.com.

Let Winter Begin!

Last Edited by Wisp Resort on Thursday, December 13, 2018

Monday, December 10, 2018

Let the Countdown begin!

From a sunny day to a beautiful night, Wisp Resort is preparing for a projected opening date of Friday, December 14.  The Wisp Resort team has been working overnight the last several weeks to keep the snow guns operating at max power.  Over the weekend, the wind came in fierce from the South which delayed some operations on the mountain.  When winds are Southerly, most of the guns cannot be operated for two reasons: (1) wind coming from this direction pushes the plume out of the gun's back onto itself, which does not allow for snow crystallization to take place (2) wind blows water back onto the gun, which can ice up the shell and ultimately damage the equipment. When these Southerly winds occur, our team re-positions all mobile guns on the mountain, but many snow guns have to be shut down. With that said, the resort was still flowing 2,800 to 3,000 gallons per minute in challenging times over the weekend.  Thank you snowmaking team!  With Squirrel Cage, Face, Central Park (terrain park), and the Tubing Park nearing a desired base, the team has moved on to cover other areas of the mountain and will continue to make its way around throughout the week: Sunset, Wisp Trail, Grouse, Beaver, Muskrat, Boulder, Happy Camper, Backbone, Aces, Big Dipper and Ridge are starting to pile up. Wisp Resort plans to keep the snow guns rolling through Thursday evening when we hit a little temperature bubble on top of the mountain.  The snowmaking team has projected the resort will open with a base depth average of 18 to 36 inches of fluffy snow. Let the countdown begin! 



Last Edited by Maggie Moran on Monday, December 10, 2018

Thursday, December 06, 2018

We've Got Whales Swimming!


The Mountain Operations team at Wisp Resort has kept a steady snowmaking flow since late Monday evening.  The front side of the mountain is well covered and the snowtubing park is starting to shape-up nicely.  We accumulated about 3 inches of natural snow overnight that helped cover the mountain.  With temperatures dropping tomorrow, the team is hoping to start building up Main Street in the evening.  Check out those massive piles of snow!  

Wisp Resort is targeting to open on December 14th.   More details to come as snowmaking continues...   



Last Edited by Maggie Moran on Thursday, December 06, 2018

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Here Comes Winter!

We turned on our snowmaking guns around 3am this morning, attempting to push through marginal temperatures and high humidity.  The weather is forecast to be more conducive to snowmaking as the day goes on, so we are planning to push through for the remainder of this window.  We are still anticipating to open by mid-December. 

Last Edited by Maggie Moran on Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Monday, December 03, 2018

Gearing Up for Another Burst of Winter Weather

With milder temps and a bit of under-developed snow, Wisp Resort has been in a holding pattern on snowmaking since late last week. We are pushing through this last rain event and plan to be back on track with snowmaking operations sometime tomorrow when weather permits. Stay tuned for snowmaking updates. 

In the meantime, stop by the newly renovated lobby at The Lodge at Wisp.  This was the final phase of the $3.9 million multi-year renovation project.  Be sure to arrive in the new entrance on the other side of the hotel to get the full experience with Porte Cochere, waterfall and welcoming outdoor fireplace.  We are so pleased with the all of the results and know our guests will be too.  

Lodge Reno

Last Edited by Connor Tangney on Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Friday, November 30, 2018

Snowmaking Paused

Temperatures stayed in the mid-to upper 30’s all night with humidity running 100% on the mountain so snowmaking has ceased for the moment. As our Team of Snowmakers waits for the bell to ring on the next round of snowmaking, they worked overnight cleaning water filters and fine-tuning equipment along with relocating a few guns in preparation for the return of temperatures on Tuesday night. Ding, Ding - let's have a total knock out on this next round!

Last Edited by Wisp Resort on Friday, November 30, 2018

Thursday, November 29, 2018

A Beautiful Day in the Mountains


With snow guns blasting 5,000 gallons per minute around the mountain, Wisp Resort has turned about 15 Million gallons of water into snow so far this year.  Along with natural snow fall, this has created a beautiful base of roughly 6 inches. The resort has put in over 100 hours of snowmaking over the last few weeks, anytime the wet bulb allowed for it. That said, heavy winds have been a jester at times and we think some of our snow might have made it all the way to Oakland!  As of today, the winds have finally subsided and we are starting to see some pretty good whales develop. We are forecast to lose snowmaking temperatures around mid-day today, and will be shutting down snowmaking operations until the next window of opportunity.  Next window looks to be sometime Tuesday evening, but our snowmaking team is standing by should that change.  We will update you with Opening Dates as soon as they are officially announced through our Wisp Resort Facebook page and our e-club newsletter which you can sign up at www.wispresort.com.  In the meantime, our grounds-crew is making sure all of the features around the resort are ready for the winter season: working on snowtubing lanes, reloading firepits, and decorating for the holidays. Let's get excited for an awesome winter in Deep Creek Lake! 


Sunny Day




Last Edited by Maggie Moran on Thursday, November 29, 2018

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Snow is Flying

Deep Creek Lake gained several inches of natural snow accumulation over night, leaving Wisp Resort with a base of about 5 inches.  The wet bulb (temperature & humidity) continues to look good for snowmaking until about mid-day Thursday.  Snow is completely covered on the tubing area, Central Park, Face, Squirrel, Wisp Trail, Sunset, and the Kiddie area.  Follow us on Wisp Resort's Facebook page and sign up for our e-club in the Header of this page to be the first to know about opening dates for skiing, boarding, snow tubing, and cross-country.  We continue to build a strong base and are getting very excited for the Winter Season!

Snow is Flying2

Last Edited by Maggie Moran on Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Natural Snow Dust

We had a lucky evening of gusty, sideways wind last night that helped cover the mountain with an additional 1 inch of natural snow. Wisp Resort fired up the snowmaking guns around 10pm yesterday evening and will keep them running through this window of opportunity.  The wet bulb looks like it will last for a few more days, allowing for a solid 60 - 68 hour window for making snow.  We will keep the snowmakers blasting until temperatures go up and winds head South/Southwest sometime early Thursday afternoon.  Our base continues to grow.   Web Cam Today

Last Edited by Maggie Moran on Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Monday, November 26, 2018

A Window of Opportunity

Garrett County had a beautiful weekend with temperatures in the 40’s and 50’s.  We are now looking forward to a lengthy window of opportunity to put our snowmakers back in action.  Late this evening, temperatures and humidity look to fall back into snowmaking weather.  The system should come online in the early morning hours of Tuesday and, weather permitting, we’ll keep pumping snow until sometime on Friday.  Be sure to check out our webcams for all the snowmaking action and follow us on Facebook for up-to-the-minute updates on snowmaking and other happenings. 

Last Edited by Maggie Moran on Monday, November 26, 2018

Mountain Report Summary

February 21, 2019

New Snow:  7"/ 1"
Trails/Lifts Open:  28 / 9
Base:  36''
Snowmaking:  No
Surface Conditions:  Machine Groomed

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