Wisp Resort – McHenry, MD

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Average inches of snowfall? ~130 natural snowfall inches per year

Number of slopes? 33

Skiable acres? 137, 11 miles of skiable terrain

Pass prices? Ticket prices standard $84, premium $94

Opening day? Aiming for December 14, 2018

Number of lifts? 13

Longest run? Possum, 1 mile

Base/summit elevation? 2,415 ft/ 3,115 ft

Driving distance to nearest major cities?

  • D.C. – 3.5 hours
  • Pittsburgh, Penn. – 2 hours

What’s new?

Wisp Resort has some exciting new high-tech additions for the 19.20 Winter Season including 5 new state-of-the-art Techno Alpin TR8 tower fan snow guns on lower Squirrel Cage, a new RFID ticketing gate system, a new mobile app and revamped food outlets and offerings.

The science of making snow continues to evolve in the mid-Atlantic and with new advancements in the snowmaking industry, Wisp Resort is continually improving snowmaking infrastructure to bring skiers and riders more reliable snow.  This winter we are adding 5 new Techno Alpin TR8 tower fan snow guns on lower Squirrel Cage.  These guns are more energy efficient, have a greater range of working temperatures and will be safer for the staff to work on due to their telescopic ability.

Wisp has partnered with Team Axess on an RFID ticketing gate system that will provide a more convenient and streamlined experience for skiers and snowboarders.  No more fumbling with zippers or pockets to get your pass out, no more visits to the Lift Ticket Window – once guests have their reloadable RFID card, they can reload lift tickets or renew season passes online and go direct from their car to the chairlift.  RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification Device and it’s all in a card the size of a credit card.  Learn more here.

Wisp – there’s an app for that!  While our website is mobile responsive, our new app will feature all the most useful mountain and resort information displayed in a convenient easy-to-use format including an interactive trail map, GPS tracking, push notifications on dining specials, unique offers and more.  Launching November 2019.

Wisp Resort knows how important dining and lounging are during a mountain getaway; that’s why we are continuously changing and improving our restaurants, bars and food offerings.  This winter, we are bringing back DC’s Bar & Restaurant to serve guests lunch and dinner in a casual family-friendly atmosphere.  Cheers!

What are the best après ski activities at the resort and in the area?

The best options for apres is at Wisp Resort in one of 3 bars located at the base village:  DC’s Bar, Wispers Bar or Sundown Café.  They’re close, convenient and have a great selection of craft brews, specialty drink menu and lots of skier and riders trafficking to and from the slopes.

Where do you recommend visitors buy their gear?

Outdoor Elements retail store is located in the lower level of Wisp Resort and has an array of gear options. The retail store is next to our main gear rental hub, where you can rent skis and snowboards for the whole crew.

How many beginner, intermediate, and expert trails are there?

8 – beginner, 15 – intermediate, 10 – expert

What activities are available beyond the slopes?

We have Maryland’s only mountain coaster that runs all winter long, a full snow tubing slope, two Escape rooms, and a Nordic cross-country course (weather permitting).

Where is the best place to stay in the area? And if they are looking to buy?

The Lodge at Wisp boasts 169 hotel rooms and suites, located slope-side on Wisp property with $3.7 million in renovations, outdoor fire pits, an indoor pool, state-of-the art fitness center, and onsite dining.

What do you offer for beginners who want to learn how to ski or snowboard?

Learn to Ski or Ride Package is good for ages 8 and up and Kid’s Ski School is the best option for children.

What are the best runs and why?

Main Street for its speed and Down Under for the unique tunnel at the end of it.

Do you offer any family friendly activities?

Our entire resort is family friendly. Come join us at our mountain park for snow tubing or the ever-popular Mountain Coaster or roast s’mores by one of our outdoor firepits.

Are there activities available in the off season?

We offer an array of activities in the off-season: whitewater rafting on our man-man circulating whitewater course, mountain biking, chairlift rides, canopy tours, hiking, and so much more!


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