Wisp Resort

Wisp Resort is no secret to many Mid-Atlantic skiers & riders, as it is one of the longest-running operations in the region.

What They Say About Themselves

Wisp Resort in Western Maryland’s Garrett County is an easy-going drive of less than three hours from Washington, D.C.; Baltimore; Pittsburgh; Annapolis; and points in between.

Wisp has a long season, averaging 121 days, usually running from Thanksgiving into late March. The resort’s sophisticated snowmaking system, which covers 90 percent of terrain, accounts for the length and reliability of that season. This fully automatic snowmaker relies on TechnoAlpin fan guns controlled by weather-station monitoring computers.

Skiers and riders will find 32 slopes and trails spread over 132 acres, with a comfortable 700-foot vertical of a 3,115-foot-tall summit. Wisp is weighted toward beginner runs, with 31 percent of terrain ranked as green, including Possum, a trail that stretches from the top of three chairs for 1.5 miles, covering more than 10 acres. Intermediate terrain makes up 41 percent of the offerings, with the remaining 28 percent considered advanced.

Wisp’s freestyle offerings include the Pro Terrain Park, Rail Park, Whip Saw Terrain Trail, Kid Zones (and new Terrain Gardens mini parks-delete). The Wisp Adventure Park offers snow tubing, ice skating and the only Mountain Coaster in the Mid-Atlantic along with 3 canopy tours. Terrain is served by two quad chairs and five triples, three carpets, and four surface tows. Night skiing is offered on 90 percent of the mountain.

Mountain Coaster

For those who want an even more unusual experience, Wisp added a Mountain Coaster to its repertoire of amenities in 2007 and it is open year-round! A cross between an alpine slide and a rollercoaster, the Mountain Coaster is only the fourth of its kind in the country and the second on the east coast. The familiar “click, click, click” of the rails as carts ascend a 1,300-foot long track is sure to stir the butterflies in riders’ bellies.


Wisp Resort has one of the largest and most energy efficient snowmaking systems in the world! Although changes and improvements may not be visible, be assured that Wisp Resort is constantly working behind the scenes to evaluate each component of our world-renown snowmaking system.

This year the snowmaking team at Wisp Resort is testing three new TechnoAlpin M18 Fan Guns–these portable snowguns are remotely controlled and are being tested all over the mountain. Wisp is dedicated to constantly improving and expanding their snowmaking capabilities!

While other resorts look to the sky for snow, Wisp Resort’s state-of-the-art snowmaking pump house can keep the resort’s 32 ski slopes covered with snow throughout the winter. Built in 2004 on top of Marsh Mountain, the $3 million system is one of the world’s largest and most energy efficient, making Maryland’s only four-season resort the ideal destination for skiers and boarders. The airless snowmaking system is the perfect complement to Mother Nature, which already produces an average of 100 inches of snowfall in the area each year. Wisp’s computerized weather and pumping station is capable of producing 145 acre-feet of snow per day—enough to cover Wisp’s 32 trails with more than a foot of snow in 24 hours.

The Learning Center

To maximize your on-snow experience, Wisp Resort features The Learning Center. Located within Sundown Yurt Village, the adult programs go out of the Appalachian Yurt while Wisp Kids go out of the Bitterroot and Cascade Yurts. The Adult Learning Center offers group and private lessons, ski and snowboard equipment rentals from Rossignol, Elan and Burton along with all-inclusive Learn-to Packages that includes a lift ticket, equipment rental and group lesson. Wisp Kids is designed for ages 3 – 14 and offers full and half day all-inclusive programs, full day includes lunch. Kids are groups with their peers to create the most comfortable and productive learning environment possible.

Nordic Center

The Nordic Center is located within Sundown Yurt Village and offers cross country skiing and snowshoe rentals, lessons and trails. Click here for more information!

Lodging Profile

Lodge: At the base of Wisp Resort is the main lodge that houses all ski services (ticket sales, ski and board rentals, adult and children snow sports schools, lockers, etc.) and two restaurants and lounges—DC’s Bar and Restaurant and Wispers Mountainside Bar. The Pumphouse Café is located on the mountaintop.

Lodging: The Lodge at Wisp recently completed a $3.7 million renovation that features 100 completely renovated rooms, new entrance with Porte Cochere, Court Yard with fire pit, and updated check-in and Front Desk area. An indoor pool and hot tub is a nice complement after a long day of skiing and The Lodge at Wisp is conveniently connected to the McHenry Lodge for dining, shopping and skier/rider services.

The Lodge at Wisp

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296 Marsh Hill Road,
McHenry, MD 21541
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