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Conditions

 

 

 

History Whitetail's season averages from Mid December to Mid March Click here for historical snowfall information  
Current Whitetail resort snow report onthesnow  
Forecast weather.com (resort location) accuweather  intellicast

 

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Trail Map

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Transportation

 

Air travel from major cities

City Direct Flying Time Typical Fare
New York 1 hour 20 minutes $125
Miami 2 hours 20 minutes $160
Chicago 1 hour 40 minutes $200
Dallas 3 hours $250
Los Angeles 5 hours $250

 

Surface travel from Airports
Airport Name Symbol Driving Distance Travel Time
Baltimore Washington International BWI 95 miles 1 hour 50 minutes 
Dulles International IAD 84 miles 1 hour 40 minutes 
Hagerstown HGR 17 miles 32 minutes 
Reagan Washington National DCA 91 miles  2 hours

 

Click here to open a map and get turn by turn directions.  

 

Rental Car information

All of the local rental car services allow interstate use of their vehicles. Whitetail is considered to be within the local area. Standard mileage is 100 miles per day.

Ski racks available at the following agencies: []

Tire chains not allowed and are not recommended. Four wheel drive vehicles are needed for travel to Whitetail only during exceptional weather events.

 

Local driving directions

From Washington DC Take I-270 N to I-70 W. Take the Clear Spring, MD Exit 18, then bear right. Go straight through the traffic light in Clear Spring. At the island, turn right onto Broadfording Road. Follow Broadfording Road 1/2 mile, turn left onto Blairs Valley Road. Continue 5 miles on Blairs Valley Road to Whitetail. Take the second resort entrance on the left (at the bottom of the hill).
 
From Baltimore, MD

Take I-70 W. Follow directions above.

 

From Leesburg, Va

Take US 15 N to Frederick. Exit on I-70 W. Follow directions above.

 

From Western VA, West Virgnia Take I-81 N, exit I-70 W. Follow directions above.
From Points North Take I-81 S, Exit 5(Formerly Exit 3)(Route 16)in Greencastle, PA. Take Route 16 W towards MercersburgJust beyond the village of of Upton, turn left on PA route 995. Follow 995 straight through two stop signs. At the next stop sign turn left towards Whitetail Resort. The ski resort is located 1.5 miles beyond Whitetail Golf Resort. The ski resort will be on your right
 
From points West (including Berkely Springs, WV Take I-76 to Breezewood, PA, then I-70 E into Maryland Exit 18, turn left off exit ramp. Follow main directions above.
 
Alternate Routes

PA Bypass

If Blairs Valley Road is blocked between Whitetail and Clear Spring

Clear Spring to Whitetail
From Blair's Valley Road Northbound, take the first right on Mercersburg Road. This becomes Secrist Road and then Route 75 (Fort Loudon Road). Turn left onto Hunter Road. Hunter Road dead ends onto Blairs Valley Road north of Whitetail. Turn left onto Blairs Valley. Whitetail Resort is on the right.

 

Whitetail to Clear Spring

Turn left leaving the resort onto Blairs Valley Northbound. Turn right onto Hunter Road. Turn right onto Route 75 (Fort Loudon Road).This becomes Secrist Road and then Mercersburg Road. Mercersburg Road dead ends onto Blairs Valley Road. Turn right onto Blairs Valley Road.

 

MD Bypass

If there is heavy slow traffic on Blairs Valley Road

Whitetail to Clear Spring

From Blairs Valley Southbound, turn right onto Draper Road. Draper Road dead ends at Broadfording Road. Turn right onto Broadfording Road. Take the first left into Main Street. Go straight through the light on Route 40 (National Pike). Take the second left on Mulberry Street. Mulberry dead ends on Mill Street (Route 68). This route will save you time if traffic leaving the resort is heavy enough to take more than one traffic light cycle to cross route 40.

 

Clear Spring to Whitetail

This route will not save you time.

 

To Mercersburg  
To I-81  

Mass transportation - There are no shuttle or bus service to Whitetail.

Parking - Valet parking is available on weekends. General parking is free. Parking shuttles are available. Overflow parking is at the golf course with free shuttle service.

 


 

Lodging

On mountain. All on mountain rental properties are within walking distance of the slopes. All properties managed by Whitetail Mountainside Real Estate offer package ticket deals.

Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range
Trailside Full size townhomes 12 $$$$$
Blair's Ridge Townhomes 6 $$$
Northern Lights Condos 4 $$$
The Flats Suite 4 $$
Inns at Whitetail Suite 3-4 $$

 

Nearby Hotels

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Hotels

Name Description Price Range Distance to Resort Ticket deals
Sleep Inn and Suites Closest hotel  $$$

 5.6 miles

19 minutes 

Y
Springhill Suites by Marriott Springhill Suites by Marriott Hagerstown has 104 guestrooms. 32-inch LCD televisions are equipped with cable/satellite channels and pay movies.
 
 $$$

16.6 miles

30 minutes

Y
Hampton Inn

Guests are served a complimentary breakfast each morning.

 

 $$$

17.6 miles

30 minutes

Y
Homewood Suites

Homewood Suites by Hilton Hagerstown has a spa tub, a fitness facility, and a pool

 

 $$$

16.4 miles

25 minutes

Y
Holiday Inn Express

This 84 room hotel features beautifully decorated rooms, whirlpool spa suites, a fitness room.

 

 $$$

16.6 miles

25 minutes

Y
Microtel Inn

This discount hotel in Hagerstown, Maryland offers great, affordable hospitality near Whitetail Resort.

$

17.2 miles

30 minutes

 
Super 8 Hagerstown Halfway  25in TV with over 70 cable channels to choose from. $$ 16.2 miles 25 minutes  
Comfort Inn Comfort Inn Greencastle has a health club, a spa tub, and a sauna. Pets $15/night $$ 20.3 miles 30 minutes  

 

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Bed and Breakfast locations near Whitetail.  Click here to view map

 

 

Name Description Price Range Distance to Resort

Fox's jus-em-tyme bed & breakfast

 

Enjoy 19th century charm with 21st century amenities in this 1865 Victorian Bed & Breakfast in the small village of Welsh Run.  $$$$ 6.4 miles

Breezee Hill Farm Bed & Breakfast

 

Breezee Hill is a 70 acre working farm $$$ 11 miles 
The Steiger House The Steiger House was originally constructed as a two family dwelling, and was built by Jacob Hassler circa 1836. The home has been refurbished throughout.  There are four guest quarters, all with
private baths and in-room phones.  WI-FI wireless internet access is available at no charge.
 
$$ 6.4 miles
Squire Smith Inn Built in 1786 as 'a neat and commodious house of a midling size...', the Squire Smith Inn is recognized as a historic National Trust treasure. Surviving three Civil War Calvary raids, today as a bed and breakfast, the Inn offers king and queen beds with private baths in four guest rooms or two-room suites.
 
$$$ 6.7 miles
White Hall Manor White Hall Manor Bed & Breakfast has 4 guestrooms. Televisions are equipped with cable channels and DVD players.
 
$$$ 12 miles
Mercersburg Inn After Harry Byron made his fortune in the tanning trades, he dreamed of building a magnificent private estate of lasting elegance and quality. In 1909, Harry and his wife, Ione, embarked upon this quest and created Prospect, a stately 20,000-square-foot Georgian mansion on six and a half acres of terraced lawns. $$$-$$$$ 7.6 miles

 


Real Estate

Ledgewood - To be built, with ski in, ski out access. This is operated by the current resort ownership.

Whitetail Mountainside Real Estate - Rentals and owner occupied. This is the last remnant of the original ownership.
Who's your real estate broker?


Deals

Advantage card - A frequent skier card that provides savings on 5 or more visits.

Learn to Ski - Get the learn to ski package (lift, rental and lesson) for $39 from opening day until the Christmas holiday period starts.

$10 lessons - Group lessons are $10 from opening day until the Christmas holiday period starts.


Dining and Drinking

 

Resort Foodservice

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Name Location Type of Food Price Range Rating Notes
Marketplace Main Lodge Burgers, Pizza, Deli, Entrees $$$   Look for the Blue Plate Special!
Windows Between the lodge and the rental building Grill, salads $$$$    
Starbucks Inside Windows Coffee $$$    
Etc., Etc. Main Lodge Snacks, Coffee $$$   It's just inside the door. 
BBQ Outside deck between the lodge and the slopes Grill $$$   Open on busy days only, weather permitting.

 

Clear Spring

Restaurants and Bars

Name Location Type of Food Price Range Notes
McDonalds 12828 Clear Spring Rd, Clear Spring, MD Fast $  
Al's Pizza 12911 Clear Spring Rd, Clear Spring, MD Pizza  $ No seating?
Windy Hill 13120 Clear Spring Rd, Clear Spring, MD Sit down $$  
B&G's Pub 122 E Cumberland St, Clear Spring, MD Bar $$ Local dive bar
C & CS Pub Bar $$  

 

Rusty's Google map for Clear Spring Dining

Mercersburg

Name Location Type of Food Price Range Notes
Flannery's Main St. Dinner-American $$$$  Where the patrollers hang out
Jame's Buchanan Main St.  Dinner-American $$$$  Best seafood in Mercersburg
Mercersburg Inn  Main St. Dinner-Continental $$$   
Egg Roll King  Buchanan Trail  Asian  $$   
Romeo's Pizza  Church St  Pizza  $$   

 


 


Good, Better, Best

Category Good Better Best
Trails Sidewinder Angel Drop Bold Decision
Food McDonalds Windows Blue Plate Special in Marketplace
Lodging Microtel Sleep Inn Trailside
Timing-Season Before Christmas Week before MLK Week before President's day
Timing-Day Whenever - flex tickets Night skiing Morning 4 hour tickets
Timing-Weather When it's raining in DC After below 20 overnight temps Big snow storm - get there the night before
Timing-Snow Conditions First thing in the morning - fresh groomed
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Far Side from 10-1 tie - after big dump and spring moguls

 


 

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Activities

Golf

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Whitetail's championship golf course is just 2 miles up the road from the resort.

Fly fishing

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Dusty Wismath's Fly Fishing School - Indian Springs Wildlife Management Area
Mountain Biking
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Whitetail has an extensive network of mountain bike trails on the mountain, but operations have been shut down
Camping
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Whitetail Adventure Camp Whitetail occasionally hosts scout camp outings in the summer. Contact the marketing department for more info.

Hunting

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is nearby in the wildlife management area. Hunting is not allowed on Whitetail property.

Water skiing

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is nearby at the Seven Locks area of the Potomac river.

Fall Festival

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An annual October event that features leaf peeping chairlift rides, crafts, games, raptors, etc.

Shopping

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- Hagerstown outlet mall

- Ski shops - Bikles

- Mills Liquors

126 Cumberland St Clear Spring, MD 21722

(301) 842-0155

 

 

 


Services

Hospitals

Waynesboro

Hagerstown

Locksmith If your keys are locked in your car, Whitetail Security may be able to help. Otherwise call Epic Locksmith.
Towing Epic Towing
Gas Stations Epic Burritos
Massage Hagerstown place

 

Whitetail
Description:

Whitetail Resort is located less than 90 minutes away from the Washington DC and Baltimore beltways. Winter enthusiasts can enjoy a great day on the mountain and make it home in time for a good night's sleep. With 935 feet of vertical drop, the regions only high speed quad and the Mid-Atlantic's best terrain park, Whitetail strives to exceed your expectations. Whitetail is "Close to home ... far from ordinary!" Whitetail is just seven miles off Interstate 70, two miles north of the Maryland-Pennsylvania border near the town of Mercersburg. Floodlit for night skiing up to 10 pm, the area's 21 runs appeal largely to intermediate level skiers. Whitetail has 4 distinct sections of the mountain for beginners, advanced beginners, intermediates and experts separated by distinct differences in slope pitch. The 3 main expert runs are separated from the based area such that one must navigate a steep, but wide and short entry trail to gain access. If that proved too difficult, skiers can return to the base area via a flat exit route or take a chair ride up over the expert runs and return to the intermediate trails at the top via an easy return trail. Experts can choose from a cruiser style run, a bump run or an expert's only steep run. Whitetail's state of the art snow making system includes over 60 fully automated fan guns and can lay down up to 8 inches of snow per day. Weekday crowds are generally non-existant but holiday crowds can exceed 6,000 people per day. The uphill capacity of 15,000 people per hour minimizes lines. Whitetail's trails generally have an overall consistent pitch and are mostly straight and wide versus older style narrow and winding trails. Whitetail is located in a "dry" township. Alcohol is not available for purchase at the resort, but may be brought onto the property,

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General-Total area in bounds120 acres
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Models:
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Posted

Pros: Good Vertical Drop

Cons: Big crowds, Reckless skiers, Terrain gets skied out quickly

PROS: A decent mountain that is good for learning and working on your skiing technique.  It has a good variety of trails.  For the resorts closest to DC/Baltimore, it is better than Liberty (less crowds) and Roundtop (more vertical & more challenge).  The Vertical Drop is about 1,000ft and the lifts will get you back up on the hill quickly.  

 

CONS: It's lift lines are super long on the weekends, the trails are crowded with uncontrollable skiers that are putting up yard sales all over the place, and the lift tickets are really high.  Really now, it's not Vermont or Colorado so the lift ticket prices shouldn't be comparable!  

 

There are better resorts to go to under 3 hours away such asTimberline Resort ($20 Lift tickets with a Student ID, 150-200in of annual snow, has great tree skiing!) and Canaan Valley Resort (180in of annual snow and a great terrain park) in West Virginia or Blue Knob (100in of annual snow, most advanced terrain in the Mid-Atlantic, & should be skied after a big storm) in Pennsylvania! 

 

My Timberline Resort Review:  http://www.epicski.com/products/timberline-four-seasons-resort/reviews/3558

 

My Blue Knob Resort Review: http://www.epicski.com/products/blue-knob/reviews/3483

Posted

Pros: Separate lifts serving Green trails and Blue/Black trails; within 2hrs of DC & Bal; Good snow making; Trails well lit at night; good staff

Cons: Lift for Green trails are slow; can get crowded during day (12-5pm)

Pros:  Decent size with a variety of terrain.  Within 2 hours driving from DC, BAL. Good snow making ability.  All trails are well lit at night. Friendly staff.

 

Cons:  Can get crowded during the weekends. The quad lift for the green trails (SnowPark&Sidewinder) is slow.

 

I have skied four days at Whitetail, PA (2014 Feb 15-16 and 2015 Feb 14-15) during President's day weekend.

 

The mountain has a convenient meeting place where most of the trails meet at the bottom of the mountain.

 

I only skied on the green trails and 3 intermediate trails (Stalker, SnowDancer, Limelight).  I cannot speak about the black diamond trails or the terrain parks.

Stalker is connected to SnowPark(green) and is a short intermediate trail.  The slope is steeper than green trails, but it is wide and relatively smooth).  It can give a skier an opportunity to improve their skiing in preparation for skiing more difficult trails.

 

I skied on SnowDancer and Limelight this year (2015) and they were difficult for me since they were icy (especially in center of trail) underneath the small layer of snow. The sides were better in having more snow to work with skiing.  It was not fun for me skiing on these blue trails so I went back to the green areas of the mountain.

 

SnowPark and Sidewinder are good green trails.  Both trails have decent length.  I found Sidewinder easier to ski due to a more gentle slope than SnowPark.  SnowPark is a wider trail than Sidewinder and it connects with Stalker and the green terrain park.

 

SnowPark is prone to developing icy patches near the top.  I think this is due to many people sweeping the snow away with their boards and skis. 

 

http://www.skiwhitetail.com/winter/our-mountain/winter-resort-map

The mountain is effectively split into four areas:  Bunny slope -- Green beginners -- Intermediate -- expert. 

 

Lines can back up at the lifts especially between 12-5pm.  This is more true for the EZ Rider quad serving the Green beginners (Park Slope & Sidewinder) than the other areas.

Night skiing was excellent.  Crowds started leaving about 5pm.  All trails were well lit.

 

The rental shop were efficient in their service.  Small $1 locker were available if you needed to store some items.

 

One can buy an all mountain pass or a pass for the green trails.  about $13 difference between the two.

This year (2015) the cost (full day) with rentals was $94 for the all mountain pass and $81 for the green pass. (This was a group rate.  I think the regular price is higher)

If you had your own equipment the cost (full day) was $64 for all mountain pass.

Posted

Pros: fast lift, great marketing, ski school, events

Cons: cost, crowds, terrain, weather

 

I had a season pass at Whitetail during its opening season, as a freshman in college and a mediocre skier I had a GREAT time at this resort. If you can get there during midweek-days it can be a very fun place. The first review here describes the terrain very well.

 

I went back the last two seasons for a day trip hoping I could get in a lot of laps due to the high speed quad (I was getting tired of the slow lifts at nearby resorts).  Last year I made the mistake of going on a Saturday and the crowds were unbearable. 

 

The terrain here is well divided and you can get away from the beginners over at the expert area with its 3 trails  (All day on 3 trails can get old) ,the double black Bold Decision had some good steeps but was groomed out. Exhibition had a few bumps ( a blue without them pitch wise), and the third one was really a blue.  I spent the day on the expert trails because every time I ventured back to the blues, I was quickly overwhelmed by the enormous crowds and ice/slush.  The slopes get ALL the afternoon sun and soften up almost every day I would imagine.  The condition of the Blues by the afternoon was horrible out due to the thousands of runs they had already given out that morning.  I actually believe the advanced slopes were a little easier due to the snow quality being so much better.  The fact that I saw at least 4 major injuries that day by beginner/intermediates I think attests to that.  The slope design is fairly modern, but curved skies were just hitting the market and didn't influence the slope design enough and I like a few narrow, windy, double fall-line and tree trails, everything is Loon wide and straight down the fall line.  The pitch is consistent on all the trails which is nice and unusual for the area, very few steps and almost no blind rollovers. Pro: Safer skiing, Con:  I like some up and down for variety!

 

They have good terrain parks and added a dedicated lift to service the terrain park.  So if that's your bag, for the close its good.

 

They brag about their snow-making, which for the area I suppose is impressive, they get much more freeze thaw cycles then places 45 min to the west and dealt with low water supplies and a low natural snow count.  I understand the equipment is good and designed by some of the best but the snow is never better then nearby resorts, nor their season longer.

 

The best thing about the last couple of trips were the people I met.  I met some GREAT skiers, instructors and patrol members who were caring and good people.  Alot of good national and international skiers who have found themselves working in DC/Baltimore make the day trip here.  as a matter of fact it can be hilarious when a limo pulls up and what looks like Brice from Aspen Extreme steps out in all her designer ski gear at this little mountain!!!!  LOL    Talking to a dad whose kids are in the ski school and race program, that aspect seems a good one.  Being so close to DC it does seem perfect for getting your kids involved with ski programs at a young age.  It is a large school and a healthy one- that's great.  If I was teaching my kids myself and not as part of the school, I am going to seek out someplace with less crowds.

 

Unless College Mountain in Frederick opens Whitetail is the mountain for the nearby urban centers, I like that it introduces skiing to the city folks and gives them a fairly close option. Its designed as a day trip place, with few attempts at condos and lodging etc...  That's all fine. The daily ticket price costs are just too high and the terrain not good enough to get my money.

 

Despite Whitetail having more vertical then say Ski Liberty or Roundtop (the other 2 resorts owned by them) It is my humble opinion those two actually have better terrain- Roundtop in particular has better snow-making conditions too. Others might disagree but for me I say drive another 45 min and ski at Blue Knob, PA whose terrain leaves all 3 of those resorts in the dust.

 

Also I don't consider Whitetail a great resort for wanderers, you can see the entire resort, most of the time.  To me wandering the trails works best if I can get a little 'lost' and have different parts of the mountain feel very different and even give you that secluded feeling.  I can't imagine feeling secluded at Whitetail, I have not been lucky enough to catch it without the crowds in recent years.

 

Posted

Pros: Package deal comes w/ group lesson, vertical for the area, separate areas for beginners and more experienced skiiers

Cons: No alcohol/nightlife, no tree/glade areas, little nearby place to stay

My wife (Pandita) and I went to Whitetail on this day.   Since our skis were at our place at 7 Springs, we had to rent.  We got a package deal with an all-day pass (holiday rate), ski rentals (we had our boots), and a lesson for $107 each.  We consider ourselves to be low advanced skiers, although my wife is better and more experienced than myself.  Neither one of us is to proud to turn down a lesson for 48 cents more for the package. 

 

We had a lot of fun and enjoyed ourselves.   I liked how the beginners area and the intermediates and up are in separate area.   All of the blacks are served by one lift.  There is one chairline run with moguls that is definitely challenging (Expedition).   The blues in the middle of the mountain are of a consistent pitch, fairly wide, and are good for practicing skills.    The runs are longer than at our home mountain of 7 Springs or at it's sister mountain Ski Liberty. 

 

The food is a little expensive but there is a wide variety.  It needs an apres ski bar but they have to take that up with the state of PA.  Snowbasin is the only resort that can truly get away with not having a bar without anyone having something negative to say about it. 

 

The people were really nice.  Our lesson was tailored to my wife and I (it was a group lesson, but it was just us).   He was very low key and taught us some drills to help us get rid of our bad habits (for me that's being in the backseat too much).  The reason why I like the package deal is because since it is so close to DC, lots of people come up who are just casual skiers.  This encourages them to take the lesson instead of relying on their "friends" to teach them.   I learned to ski at 35 (now I'm 40), so I have a different perspective than someone who learned to ski before they reached high school. 

 

It was really crowded, but it was MLK day... so I'm not surprised.   The lifts (particularly the high speed quad) move fairly quickly.  I've been on lifts where you can read War and Peace and still not get to the top before you finish, so that was nice.  Lots of icy spots, but that's to be expected on the last day of a 3-day weekend with no new snow, particularly by the late pm.  It does seem that 95% of the trails are groomers. 

 

Bottom line:   Whitetail is good for a day trip if you live in the mid-Atlantic.   It is much more challenging than Liberty or Hidden Valley, and a little more challenging than 7 Springs... but not as challenging as Blue Knob.   I did not rate the terrain park b/c I'm not a boarder and I'm not qualified to give an opinion on that. 

 

 

Posted

Pros: high speed detachable quad, lots of snowmaking, close to DC

Cons: pricy without discount card

I love the high speed detachable quad lift. On a weekday, hit the lift without any line, 2 mins i'm back at the top. I can ski laps up and down and get more snow time in 1/2 day that i could in a whole day elsewhere.  lots of snowmaking, close to DC (1.5 to 2hrs). Advantage card gives you 40% off standard prices.