I try to get out to Wisp at least once a season. It's a good big mountain with a little to over every everyone. It's about 4 hours from me in DC but better than most of the closer alternatives. I almost never see much ice. The early and late season deals are really good but when I have to pay full price I usually pick somewhere else. I re-learned to ski here after ~15 years and would recommend it to beginners. If you're looking for more exciting terrain (close to DC) look elsewhere.