[R510R, Wisp Resort] in McHenry, Md., has a Monday Special that includes an all-day lift good 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., ski or snowboard rental equipment, and a 60-minute clinic.

The Mondays $29 Deal Day special costs - obviously -- $29.

"It's a perfect way to spend Valentine's Day," said Wisp's Lori Epp. "You can't beat the price, and the clinics are geared for skiers of every ability, from never-evers to experts."

The clinics include learning to ski or snowboard, maneuvering through the bumps, carving elegant turns on skis or board, and navigating terrain parks, she said. There are more.

The Mondays $29 Deal Day special is not valid during Presidents Week vacation.

Wisp has received bountiful snowfall this winter. The total now stands at 128 inches, more than the area's traditional seasonal average of 100 inches, or its newly devised average of 120 inches.

Wisp Resort in Western Maryland's Garrett County is an easy-going drive of less than three hours from Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Annapolis, and points in between. Wisp has a long season, averaging 121 days, usually running from Thanksgiving into late March. The resort's world-famous snowmaking system, which covers 90 percent of terrain, accounts for the length and reliability of that season. Wisp has a fully automatic snowmaking system that relies on TechnoAlpin fan guns controlled by computers that monitor weather stations around the mountain.

Skiers and riders have 32 slopes and trails spread over 132 acres, with a comfortable 700-foot vertical of a 3,115-foot-tall summit. Wisp is weighted toward beginner runs, with 41 percent of terrain ranked as green, including Possum, a trail that stretches from the top of three chairs for 1.5 miles, covering more than 10 acres. Intermediate terrain makes up 28 percent of the offerings, with the remaining 31 percent advanced.

Night skiing is offered on 90 percent of the mountain.

More information. Or call 301-387-4911.