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Wisp Resort
Deep Creek Lake, Maryland
Vertical drop:700 feet
Base elevation:2,415 feet
Peak elevation:3,115 feet
Skiable acres:137
Longest run:1.5 miles

Wisp Resort is located in far-west Garrett County, Maryland, next to the scenic Deep Creek Lake. Wisp is the only ski resort in Maryland, but it’s not the closest resort to the Baltimore/D.C. region - skiers must travel approximately 2.75 hours from D.C. to the “panhandle” of Maryland. This makes Wisp a destination resort, and there are plenty of lodging options in the region, including a hotel right at the base area. Visitors are rewarded with snow conditions that are often better than other resorts in the region, thanks to Wisp’s western location in the “snow belt” of Maryland. Wisp offers plenty of unique trails and is a bona-fide four-season resort, offering activities such as golf during the summer. Wisp even has a Mountain Coaster, open year-round.

Wisp often has a lengthy winter season, thanks to the unique weather patterns in western Maryland that offer plenty of snow (an average of 100” each year) and good snowmaking conditions. Wisp’s airless snowmaking system helps the resort capture an early opening date, and with the large Deep Creek Lake adjacent to the resort, water is never in limited supply for snowmaking. Wisp has 33 trails, including the meandering 1.5-mile long Possum trail, a real treat for beginners.

On-mountain lodging is available, including a 168-unit slopeside hotel at the base area, complete with several restaurants. Hundreds of homes and condos are available for rent througout the Deep Creek Lake region.

Thanks to natural snow, there are also plenty of cross-country and snowshoeing opportunities in the Wisp area when there is natural snow cover.

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Key Statistics

Resort Name: Wisp Resort
Vertical Drop: 700 feet
Base Altitude: 2,415 feet
Peak Altitude: 3,115 feet
Trails: 33 Trails:
  • 24% beginner
  • 45% intermediate
  • 33% expert
Skiable Acres: 137
Longest Run: 1.5 miles
Lifts: 13 (2 quads, 5 triples, 5 conveyor carpets, 1 surface tow)
Night Skiing: Yes, on 90+% of terrain
Terrain Park: Three terrain parks are available, including Central Park, Intermediate Park, and Beginner Park.
Tubing Park: Twelve 750-foot long tube chutes services by two conveyor carpet lifts.
Address: Wisp Resort
296 Marsh Hill Road
McHenry, MD 21541
Phone: (800) 462-9477
Social Media: Facebook link Twitter link Instagram link
Webcams: View resort webcams
Web Site:
Directions: Via Google Maps

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Weather near Wisp

1:35 am on February 1 / Garrett County Airport
 Light Snow Fog/Mist
21° F
Light Snow Fog/Mist
Humidity:93% Visibility:0.50
Wind Speed:10 mph wind_W Sunrise:7:26 a.m.
Barometer:30.08 in Sunset:5:36 p.m.
Dewpoint:19 °F
Excellent snowmaking conditions right now. Snowmaking
Low: 16°
Snow Likely and Patchy Freezing Fog
Snow likely, mainly before 2am. Patchy fog after 2am. Patchy freezing fog before 2am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 16. West wind 8 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Total nighttime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
High: 27°
Gradual Clearing
Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 27. West wind 9 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.
Wednesday Night
Low: 18°
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy, with a low around 18. South wind 7 to 9 mph.
High: 35°
Partly Sunny
Partly sunny, with a high near 35. South wind 7 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

Weather supplied by the National Weather Service. Errors or reporting delays may be possible.

Snow conditions at Wisp

Jan 31, 2023 at 6 am
Machine Groomed 22-22" base 16 of 34 trails open
5 of 10 lifts open

Snow conditions supplied by SnoCountry, and may be inaccurate or delayed at times. Please check directly with Wisp for the most up-to-date snow and operating conditions.

News about Wisp

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Snowmaking Begins as Mid-Atlantic Resorts Eye Opening Dates
Article thumbnail November 24, 2021 - Favorable snowmaking temperatures have enabled many Mid-Atlantic ski areas to begin snowmaking operations in preparation for their season openings. Sugar Mountain, Cataloochee, and Snowshoe are among the first ski areas to open for the 2021-2022 winter season. Above, early-morning snowmaking is shown at Pennsylvania’s Seven Springs Resort on November 23, 2021.
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Just in Time for the Holidays, All Mid-Atlantic Resorts are Open
Article thumbnail December 21, 2019 - After a burst of cold weather in November allowed some Mid-Atlantic resorts to snag pre-Thanksgiving opening dates, the balance of resorts have now officially begun their season in recent days thanks to a stretch of snowmaking-friendly temperatures.
What’s New for 2019: Wisp Resort
Article thumbnail November 16, 2019 - Wisp has made some snowmaking improvements for the 2019-2020 winter season, and has also upgraded to RFID lift tickets for a more streamlined experience.
News Briefs: Management Changes at Whitetail, Wisp
Article thumbnail August 2, 2019 - There has been a changing of the guard at two Mid-Atlantic ski areas as two long-time General Managers have retired. Whitetail’s Don MacAskill is being succeeded by Brett Cook, while Wisp’s Jerry Geisler is being succeeded by Ron Hawkes.
The Season So Far
Article thumbnail January 3, 2019 - The 2018-2019 winter season is off to a rocky start, with above-average temperatures throughout much of December. DCSki provides a roundup of current conditions and struggles across the Mid-Atlantic.
Rain Tries to Crash Party, but More Resorts Slated to Open
Article thumbnail December 20, 2018 - Early-season cold temperatures enabled many Mid-Atlantic resorts to fire up the snowguns, but the cold gave way to some bouts of milder temps and heavy rain, which has delayed the start of the season for some resorts. Although pre-Christmas rain is still adding to the challenge, several additional resorts plan to open in the coming days.

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