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Monday, September 21, 2020

Leaves are Falling, Autumn is Calling!

It's Fall and that means we are one season closer to Winter - which gives us a lot to smile about!  In the next few weeks, Mother Nature will set off her fireworks with a spectacular display of Fall foliage.  Don’t miss the kaleidoscope of colors that will blanket the mountains of Maryland and surround Deep Creek Lake.

Make the newly renovated Lodge at Wisp your home base as you Peep Leaves!  We’ve put together a checklist for everyone to do in the next few weeks to experience the ultimate adventures of the most beautiful season in Western Maryland.

Top 8 Fall Favorites:

  1. Cozy up around the Firepit in the Courtyard at The Lodge at Wisp Resort
  2. Play a round of Golf at Lodestone or Fantasy Valley Golf Course
  3. Launch off the beach on a paddleboard, kayak, or canoe from the Beach Hut at Deep Creek State Park
  4. Grab a slice of Happy Camper Pizza from DC's Restaurant, while taking in the colorful views from the slopeside terrace
  5. Pontoon Boat Tour on Deep Creek Lake (weekends only)
  6. Mountain Coaster Ride (weekends only)
  7. Hike up the mountain for an aerial perspective of Deep Creek Lake
  8. Take a Fall Foliage Driving Tour around the beautiful landscape of Deep Creek Lake

Check out Sip & Savor Magazine's article giving Wisp Resort a huge shoutout: "Deep Creek Lake might be the best year-round vacation destination in the country; Winter ski trips, springtime strolls, summer boat cruises, and autumn hikes under the changing leaves..." Wisp Resort, with slopes for skiing and snowboarding and adventurous activities year-round, is also a big draw." Maryland Sip & Savor Magazine.

Fall Lodging Special - Stay 2 Nights and Get the 3rd Half Off!*

The best time of year to view the kaleidoscope of colors Garrett County's tree line offers, is just around the corner!  Relax in the comfort and convenience of the centrally located Lodge at Wisp to elevate your getaway in the crisp mountain air.

Call 800.462.9477 to book. 

*Offer starts September 1, 2020 and ends October 15, 2020. Not valid September 4 - 6, 2020. Not valid with other discounts, offers or group stays.  

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Friday, October 02, 2020

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Hurry, Season Pass Savings Ends Soon!

Season Passes starting at just $329!

Savings End September 20

The countdown for final savings is on - GET YOURS NOW!

The Season Pass Countdown is on at Wisp!

Everyone deserves to own a Mission: Affordable XTRA season pass to ensure next winter is active and enjoyable for you on the slopes with all of your family and friends.


  • Prices valid thru Sept. 20:  Adult Passes $399 (regular price $599)  |  Student & Senior Passes $329 (regular price $399)
  • NEW One-time Pass Deferral Option!
  • Mission: Affordable XTRA benefits include:
    • Access to all Pacific Group Resorts across North America
    • Reciprocal Mid-Atlantic Resort Program
    • 4 Buddy Tickets valid at any Pacific Group Resorts ski area

Come join us: Accept the Mission!

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COVID-19 News & Updates

Please visit this page dedicated to news and updates related to COVID-19 and resort operations.

Last Edited by Lori Zaloga on Thursday, September 17, 2020

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

A Letter from Our General Manager

Dear Winter Enthusiast,

As somebody who has long been committed to an active outdoor lifestyle, particularly as a skier, I can honestly say there has never been a time when I anticipated the arrival of ski season more than this year.  The magic of winter - snow silently falling, the sharp bite of winter on the face and the excitement of linking turns on every unique run are always special. This year it’s safe to say “special” could be expanded to include therapeutic. In a sense, we need this ski season for our emotional and physical wellbeing as much as for our enjoyment. We believe recreation is one of the essential food groups - now more than ever.

I want to share plans for Wisp Resort for the upcoming winter. There has been so much uncertainty since the COVID-19 pandemic first upended our lives. Among the many lessons learned are the importance of clear and consistent communication, setting realistic expectations, and need for tolerance for unexpected changes. 

The embrace of all these lessons is going to be critical to a successful winter season, as is the recognition we are all in this together.  A collective effort must be part of the foundation for success as we strive to balance the safety of our guests, employees, and the local communities in which we operate our business.

In addition to following all Centers for Disease Control and local regulations, Wisp Resort will require face coverings, make the necessary changes to allow for physical distancing, and closely monitor employee health including requiring employees to stay home if they are sick. Similarly, we encourage guests to not visit if they are not feeling well or have any symptoms of COVID-19.  We will implement additional precautions related to ski school, rental equipment, food and beverage, and hospitality as further outlined below.

We plan to open the resort for skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing on Friday, November 27.  As always, this depends on weather, but our summer and fall work is prioritized to have everything ready for an on time opening.

As you know, capacity restriction have been one of the tools used to manage the spread of the novel corona virus.  Skiing and snowboarding at Wisp Resort takes place on over 137 acres of terrain to ensure the opportunity to safely recreate.  Nevertheless, we will adhere to any limitations imposed by State and local authorities. To what extent requirements may change is still unknown, however, we are confident any restrictions will be limited and guests will have full access on the vast majority of days.

Season pass holders will be our highest priority in managing any restrictions.  It is our intention to allow pass holders to ski any day the resort is open without reservations or other exceptional requirements.  Our primary means to control capacity will be done by limiting the sale of daily lift tickets.

It is possible we may need to control the number of skiers, including pass holders, in the event there is limited terrain open. In such case, we will implement an online advance reservation system and requirements for reservations will be communicated on the website, via email, and on the resort app. Pass holders are strongly encouraged to download the resort app and enable push messaging. This will be the quickest and most certain way to stay abreast of changes of any kind.

Face coverings will be required to access the mountain, including in the base area, in lift lines and while loading, unloading and riding on chairlifts.  Face coverings will be required in every part of our operation including inside all buildings and during all ski and snowboard lessons.  We are asking everyone to support these necessary changes and cooperate with resort workers who are in the challenging role of ensuring everyone’s safety. Guests who don’t comply with the guidelines will be asked to leave.

We will do everything possible and practical to allow for physical distancing throughout the resort to help ensure a safe experience. We will manage the flow of people around the resort and load lifts by maintaining physical distancing guidelines applicable to each individual lift configuration.  We will also manage the number of people entering buildings including base lodges and restaurants in accordance with local guidelines. Currently the maximum number of people allowed indoors in a gathering space is at 50% occupancy. This number may change between now and the beginning of ski season or even during the season. We are working to expand areas to comfortably accommodate guests while maintaining distancing requirements and revising menus and service levels that strike a balance between safety, forced capacity limits, and reasonable hospitality. Some of the “new norms” we all have embraced over the summer - online ordering, takeout, grab-and-go and outdoor dining - will be in place for the winter.

Ski School is an important part of every mountain operation because it introduces people to the sport and helps them improve so the sport is more enjoyable.  Our teaching professionals are always committed to safety and enjoyment while learning, and this season that will be highlighted more than ever.  Ski and snowboard school formats will be revised to accommodate either small groups or individual self-paced learning options.  Children’s programs will be on-snow with small class sizes, whereby further minimizing exposure to larger group settings.  Advanced reservations will be required for all lessons and programs.

Equipment rental will be available exclusively online with advance reservations. Pick up and drop off of equipment may be modified to accommodate social distancing and to limit the number of people in confined spaces.

There is no avoiding the fact that navigating your way around the resort will be different this winter. Compared to the alternative of no ski season, I hope you’ll agree the changes are manageable and worth any inconvenience.

Our website, wispresort.com, will be updated regularly with the latest info on restrictions and other important information. The resort app, available for both iOS or Android (downloadable here), will be one of the best ways to stay informed through notifications and current status updates.

Advance planning and online advance purchases will be more important than ever. Most products will only be available online in advance. Knowing what to expect when you arrive will go a long way toward minimizing confusion and frustration. 

Finally, for those who purchased a season pass for this year but are still uncertain about their preferences this winter, please remember there is the option to defer the use of that pass until next season:

Anyone who buys a Mission: Affordable season pass for the 2020/2021 season can choose to request to defer the use of the pass until the 2021/2022 season.

The request must be made by sending an email to [email protected] stating the request between October 1st and November 25th, 2020, and the request must include the pass holder name and the number on the pass.

This is not an offer of a cash refund or any other credit offer and only applies to the one-time deferral of a 2020/2021 season pass in exchange for a 2021/2022 season pass.

The pass will be moved to the 2021/2022 winter season at no charge, regardless of a season pass price increase.

As you can see, we are planning lots of changes with the objective of making us all safer and more comfortable this winter season.  While some of the changes will be a little inconvenient, we think it is a small price to accept for safety and the opportunity to have a great season on the slopes.  I look forward to seeing you soon.


Ron Hawkes
General Manager


Exposure to COVID-19 is an inherent risk in any public location where people are present.  The resort has implemented protocols to prioritize guest health and safety, but we cannot guarantee you will not be exposed to COVID-19 during your visit.  The risk of being exposed or becoming sick due to COVID-19 cannot be eliminated.  Every skier and snowboarder shares the responsibility for a safe and healthy skiing experience.  It is your responsibility to read and comply with all instructions and signage posted at the resort and on the resort’s website.  Stay home if you are sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.  Wear a face covering in designated areas and maintain at least 6 feet physical distancing from other guests, including in lift lines.  Wash and sanitize your hands frequently.

COVID-19 News & Updates

Please visit this page dedicated to news and updates related to COVID-19 and resort operations. 

Last Edited by Lori Zaloga on Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Now Introducing Micro-Weddings!

Wisp Resort provides a magical setting with stunning vistas - check out our Micro Weddings Package today!

All-inclusive smaller affairs can cater up to 50 guests creating a personal, intimate, and convenient experience.

Micro-Weddings are the best solution to current social distancing guidelines and we want to help you keep your dreams alive!  These all-inclusive smaller affairs cater to up to 50 guests and create a personal, intimate and convenient experience. Our Micro-Wedding packages offer you all the elements of a traditional wedding at a beautiful resort – including ceremony, reception, lodging and more.  Plus, your wedding guests can make a complete vacation out of the trip with 36-holes of golf, our world famous Mountain Coaster, aerial adventures, hiking with epic views, an indoor pool, fitness center, and the beautiful Deep Creek Lake!

Our on-site professional Director of Sales, Lisa Ratliff, is ready to help you plan your special day so you can say ‘I Do’ sooner rather than later.

Click the image below for more details on our Micro-Weddings.  Call our on-site Director of Sales at 240.488.4331 or send an email to [email protected] to hear more about pricing and availability for your special event.


COVID-19 News & Updates

Please visit this page dedicated to news and updates related to COVID-19 and resort operations. 

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Mountain Report Summary

March 27, 2021

Slopes Open: 
New Snow:  0in
Trails/Lifts Open:  0/0
Base:  0in
Snowmaking:  No
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