[R510R, Wisp Resort] added a dimension to its Adventure Park this summer, the Flying Squirrel Canopy Tour and Challenge Course Zip Line, which will operate on a limited basis this winter.

The park began in 2001 as a snow tubing park, then added a Mountain Coaster in 2007, an ice skating rink in 2009, and the Canopy Tour this summer.

"You don't have to be a skier or boarder to participate in a winter activity at Wisp," said resort spokesperson Lori Epp.

Epp said Wisp's Nordic Center operates at the other end of the resort from the Adventure Center, and offers snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling on the gold course.

"We have full-size snowmobiles for adults, and Mini-Mobiles for kids age 6 to 10," she said.

Wisp made no major expenditures over the summer, Epp said, but does ongoing upkeep and maintenance on snowmaking systems, lifts, lodges, and other infrastructure.

"Last year we had 22 feet of snow in Garrett County, a record. That's given us huge momentum coming into this season, with strong season pass sales, and lots of interest from our guests. We would have had record skier and rider business last winter if the major cities didn't have as much snow, and if we didn't have the states of emergency that kept people off the roads. The large snowfall in the cities did impact our big weekends, because people just couldn't get here," she said.

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