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From Pittsburgh (via Morgantown, WV)
1-79 S to I-68 East towards Morgantown. Take Exit 4 (42 South) at Friendsville, MD to U.S. 219 South 1 mile to McHenry. Turn Right on Sang Run Road.  Follow signs 1/2 mile to Wisp on Marsh Hill Road.


From Pittsburgh (via Uniontown, PA)
U.S. 51 South to Uniontown, PA. Take U.S. 40 East to Keyer's Ridge. Take U.S. 219 South 16 miles to McHenry.  Turn Right on Sang Run Road.  Follow signs 1/2 mile to Wisp on Marsh Hill Road.


From Baltimore
1-70 to Hancock, MD to I-68 West & Cumberland. Exit 14A to U.S. 219 South 16 miles to McHenry.  Turn Right on Sang Run Road.  Follow signs 1/2 mile to Wisp on Marsh Hill Road.


From DC Metro
I-270 to Frederick, MD. Take I-70 West to Hancock, MD to I-68 West and Cumberland. Take Exit 14A to U.S. 219 South 16 miles to McHenry.  Turn Right on Sang Run Road.  Follow signs 1/2 mile to Wisp on Marsh Hill Road.


Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

Carmel Cove Inn



Luxury mountain hotel offering complimentary breakfast, beverages, snacks, hor d'oeuvres and more. Inn has a billiard room and video library.  Complimentary cross country ski equipment and snowshoes.

Extra person charges may apply


$175 and up


Wisp Resort Hotel


Slopeside hotel offers smoke-free ski-in/ski-out convenience, secure WiFi access, fitness center, heated indoor pool and Jacuzzi.   Extra person charges may apply $99 and up 

Comfort Inn



Convenient location offering complimentary breakfast daily.   Some rooms feature microwaves, refrigerators and whirlpool bathtubs. Suites are offered.  Fitness center on site.

Extra person charges may apply


$79 and up 





DC's Bar & Restaurant


Wispers Mountainside Bar


Pumphouse Cafe



Wisp Resort Real Estate



2010 - 2011 Rental Equipment Rates

2010 - 2011 Lesson Rates

2010 - 2011 Snow Tubing Rates


Wisp Resort

Wisp is a four-season resort located in the panhandle of western Maryland in the Allegheny Mountain Range on Marsh Mountain, which reaches 3,080 feet at the summit. It is the only ski area in Maryland and is adjacent to the state's largest inland freshwater lake -- Deep Creek Lake. The 23 slopes and trails total 14 miles on 80 acres of skiable terrain. The Possum Trail is the longest trail at just over 1.5 miles. For snowboarders, Wisp has Maryland's only half pipe measuring 400 feet long. Squirrel Cage and The Face are the most popular trails at Wisp. Both the ski and golf operations have continued to grow in popularity. The ski resort has earned a reputation for consistent reliable ski conditions. The golf course has been named one of the top ten in Maryland with it's rank as the fourth most challenging course in the state. Mountain biking and In-Line skating have also grown to be popular forms of recreation at Wisp. Remember, there is also fishing, power boating, jet skiing, water skiing, sailing, horseback riding, and much more.

Snow making percent90%
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General-Base elevation2415'
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General-Back country access
General-Total area in bounds132 acres
General-Snow making coverage
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC


Pros: Decent place to learn to ski, Local shopping amenities

Cons: Too many reckless & clueless skiers, Limited Vertical Drop

THE PROS: The best part about Wisp Mountain is its Ski School.  It's snowmaking capabilities are good for a region that survives on it.  The lodge, restaurant, and local amenities nearby are a big attraction.


THE CONS: This place is crowded on weekends!  It's full of people that should take more ski lessons and there are yard sales everywhere and people skiing out of control. Skiing is not as fun while you're worried about your own safety.  Their trails get tracked out quickly after a morning grooming.  The lift ticket cost was high for the experience.  The mountain has short trails and only has a vertical drop of 700ft, but sometimes I question if that number is even that long.  Driving 3 hours from DC, then skiing down most likely icy terrain for a couple minutes on a crowded trail and you wind up back in a long lift line.  It's not how I would like to spend my time and money!


THE RUN DOWN:  I cant justify the drive and money from DC and settle for less whereas there are better resorts to go to under 3 hours away from DC such as Timberline 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


Pros: Inexpensive, well-maintained

Cons: Not much vertical, nothing steep

This is probably a great family resort. It's very accessible, it's well taken care of, and there's not a lot of terrain that's going to frighten anyone. That said, if you're looking for something challenging -- you'll have a hard time finding it here. Further, the mountain skis (IMHO) much shorter than the purported 700' vertical. I felt there like I was never more than three turns from the bottom. Couple the short vertical with the slow lifts and -- it's just not that exciting. Again, it's probably a great place to bring the kids, the price is excellent, parking's convenient, and everything runs smoothly. There's just not much to do for anyone who's advanced past the intermediate stage. You can only work on your technique on short groomers for so long.




Pros: Mountain coaster was nice

Cons: Inflexibility of group sales

If you are bringing a group to ski and snow tube, I suggest you look somewhere else. We brought 40 people to ski and tube, and they would not give us any discount on the ski people. The numbers were 27 tubing and 13 skiing. This caused us to pay for the additional cost of skiers out of our own pockets. Most ski places will work with you as long as your numbers are high.


When we arrived at the ski resort it took us over an hour in line for one person working the desk at group sales. Unacceptable!!!


Pros: Superior snow conditions and long season for the region, decent trail variety disperses crowds well, lot of midweek bargains

Cons: vertically challenged, a long daytrip from nearest major cities

Wisp provides a superior experience for snowriders in the mid-Atlantic US, skiing bigger than its 700' vertical might imply. About two dozen trails fan out in three directions off the summit (elev ~3100'). Although there is no serious double black diamond terrain, Wisp features a nice array of beginner, intermediate and advanced groomers, some as long as 1.5 miles. A couple of trails are sometimes allowed to sprout bumps (e.g. Mainstreet) and there is one easily poachable glade that is short, but steep (Devil's Drop). The layout also includes three terrain parks (beg, int, adv). Some of the ski trails finish within a few hundred yards of 3900 acre Deep Creek Lake, which provides a scenic backdrop AND a virtually unlimited water supply for snowmaking. In this vicinity "Eye Opener" gets my vote as the most scenic ski trail in the mid-Atlantic. 
The snowmaking capability at Wisp is among the best you'll ever see, delivering one of the longest ski seasons south of the Mason-Dixon Line. Good pre-Christmas skiing on the majority of the trail layout is not unusual. In 2005 Wisp added the North Camp expansion with ten new trails and two fixed grip quad chairlifts. Wisp is located in a relatively snowy part of Western Maryland about three hours west of Washington DC/Baltimore and two hours east of Pittsburgh via good interstate highways. The Deep Creek Lake area draws more visitors in summer than winter, so there is an abundance of vacation rental properties for weekend or weeklong winter stays. The ski area has a continuous history that goes back over 50 years. Additional activities include a big snow tubing operation and an unusual, all-season, wheeled toboggan ride called the Mountain Coaster with a 300-400' vertical drop. Wisp is the only ski area in the state of Maryland, but there is skiing about one hour to the north and south in PA and WV respectively.