Wisp Resort in western Maryland is one of those quintessential resorts in the mid-Atlantic that offers a little bit of everything including alpine skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. Not many venues in the region can boast all of those opportunities to try a snow sport.
The Possum gives beginner skiers and riders 1.5 miles of terrain to hone their skills. Go Down Under is one of Wisp's more popular intermediate trails and features an excursion through a tunnel. Moguls on The Face give freestylers a chance to impress onlookers.
Wisp is home to one of Burton's Learn to Ride programs.
Wisp's 50 kilometers of Nordic trails set it apart from many mid-Atlantic venues that are limited to downhill sports. The Wisp Outdoors Nordic Center is housed in a yurt located behind the Wisp Hotel with access to flat and rolling terrain. The center's hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tours, clinics, and instruction are available at the center for snowshoeing and cross country skiing. The center stocks Karhu skis and Yakama snowshoes. An Introduction to Nordic package costs $39 for the trail fee and a half-day rental.
Regular rental fees are the same or less than alpine ski and snowboard rentals, and lift tickets are not required. The Nordic Center charges $20 for two hours, $30 for a half day, and $40 for a full day for snowshoes or cross-country skis.