Wisp Resort Ski Vacation Guide

If you're looking for a mountain of fun in the Maryland or D.C. area, there's really only one place to be, and that's this resort. The mountain staff has gone out of their way to see that you have a really good time during your stay.

Ski Levels

There is something unique about this mountain's location receiving 140 inches—nearly 12 feet—of natural snow each year. Then a top-notch grooming team takes over with the biggest airless snow-making facility in the region. The result is nonstop excitement. The mountain's runs will keep beginners and intermediate skiers challenged the entire vacation, and more expert skiers will enjoy the chance to take it easy between runs down the advanced and expert trails. The grooming staff are constantly moving things around the mountain, building up the bumps, always improving the ski experience and keeping it interesting. They work hard at making sure visitors enjoy themselves and that it continues to be fresh, even for returning guests.

Après Ski

The watchword here is obviously fun. The vibe of excitement is all around you, both young and seasoned faces are glowing with smiles all around. Everybody's stoked! At the end of the day, it's not about the statistics, it's about the good times you can relive and talk about when you get back home. By that, Wisp gets pretty good marks; having a great time – isn't that what a great ski experience is all about? This is a four-season resort area and the town of McHenry has loads of options for great dining experiences. Check out the Mountain State Brewing Company and the Pine Lodge Steakhouse & Saloon.

Wisp Resort Snowboard Vacation Guide

Rider’s Guide

This snowboarding resort has a vertical drop of 700 feet. The base is at 2,415 feet and the summit is at 3,115 feet. In all, the area receives an average of 100 feet of natural snowfall per year. It features 132 acres of skiable terrain with the trails covering a total distance of 10.5 miles. Of its 32 runs, 41 percent have a slope difficulty rates for beginners, 28 percent are rated as intermediate, and 31 percent are advanced. In addition, over 90 percent of the skiable terrain is open for skiing at night. The resort offers two quad chairlifts, three ski carpets, five triple chairlifts, and four surface tows.

Parks and Pipes

There are plenty of parks to enjoy, including the Terrain Gardens mini parks, the Super Pipe, the Whip Saw Terrain Trail, the Rail Park & Kid Zones, and the Pro Park. One of the more popular beginner trails is Possum. This trail is 1.5 miles long and covers 10.6 acres of land. If you are looking for something a bit more difficult, check out Go Down Under. This is the most popular trail to be found on the East Ridge and includes going through a tunnel.

Out of Bounds

If you feel like taking on more than just snowboarding, tubing is also available. In fact, the resort offers nine lanes dedicated to tubing, as well as two lifts. Cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing is also available.

Hangout & Hookup

In addition to all of the winter activities, there are plenty of other places to hangout. For example, you can do a little shopping or you can grab a bite to eat. Or, you can relax at the spa.