Wisp Review: The Start of Something Good

Wisp Review: The Start of Something Good

First day out on the slopes and it was oh so good! I am starting to love Wisp. It has a decent amount of terrain and little “hideaways” which are just sections of the mountain that people don’t usually go.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Stuck between holiday weekends and following an absolutely freezing Saturday, this place was EMPTY. I am talking ski right onto the chairlift as a single rider no lines. It was great! The cold temps paired with rare early east coast snow storms left the conditions basically perfect for early season. Dare I say, “no ice?”

I would call this mountain entirely “intermediate.” If you look at the map, it’s pretty blue and the rest of the terrain difficulty is pretty in-line with that. Warm up on the front facing blues, take down under over to chair 5 for a couple laps and then head over to North Camp on the opposite side – it’s awesome, especially on an east coast powder day. 

Trail Maps

Wisp Resort Trail Map

Chair 5 Area

These will get you the best turns on any day if you are an experienced skier. I think an intermediate skier can be pushed this way and excel here if he or she has to keep up with friends. Down Under is a fun run but keep your speed as it flattens out for a good bit a the bottom.

Wisp Trail Map - Chair 5
North Camp

I found my way last year on a busy day right after it snowed 26″ in January. The mountain was crowded, but I happened upon North Camp which gave us ungroomed terrain and unlimited powder day fun – and I was there with the same type of people! No lines at chair 7 the last two Sundays I’ve been here… I could see it happening, though.

Wisp Trail Map - North Camp Area
Final Thoughts

All in all, I will choose to go here more often. I was a Seven Springs warrior for a long time but nowadays you will find me at Wisp most likely. Recommend for families and groups of friends that have a range of abilities – they will all have fun together at Wisp Resort.

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2017-2018 Lift Rate Roundup

2017-2018 Lift Rate Roundup

My annual Lift Rate Roundup is back with all the info on mountain resorts in the tristate area. Here’s to the the non-season passers; the forgetful, the lazy and the last-minute (aka me), or the beginners that aren’t quite sure they love it (you will).

Below is an outline of ski areas in Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia, along with New York for good measure. I simplified it this year with all prices reflecting adult rates. Because we’re all adults here, right?

*I guesstimated what was considered tristate so message me if I am missing one of your favorites.

MOUNTAIN RATES

Ski Resorts
PENNSYLVANIA
Slopes Weekend
Lift Rate
Weekday
Lift Rate
Late-Term
Season Pass
Seven Springs 33 $83 $64  $649
Hidden Valley 26 $65 $41-47  $555
Laurel Mountain 13 $53 $38  $555
Highlands Pass
Above 3 Collective
72 (n/a) (n/a)  $695
Blue Knob 33 $62 $38  $550
Liberty Mountain 22 $76 $70  $569
Whitetail 23 $79 $71  $569
Mystic Mountain 7 $43 Closed M-W $199 
Boyce Park 5 $22 $16 $250 
MARYLAND        
Wisp 34 $79 $59  $599
WEST VIRGINIA        
Snowshoe 57 $99 $70  $479
Timberline 41 $74 $54  $476
Canaan Valley 47 $73 $55 $550 
NEW YORK
for good measure
       
Peek n Peak  27 $59 $49   $449
Holiday Valley 50   $75 $52   $760

Notes

  1. If you live nearby: Snowshoe is your best deal considering pricing and terrain.

2. If you’re going to purchase a pass late: Absolutely buy a Highlands Pass in lieu of any individual season pass this late in the game.

3. Make note of the Regional Resort Swap Program: If you have an Unlimited Season Pass to…

  • Seven Springs
  • Hidden Valley
  • Laurel Mountain
  • Wisp Resort 

You are eligible for 1 complimentary pass and 50% off any full-priced pass after that, excluding Saturdays and holiday periods. *It looks like Snowshoe is out for 2018, with the Aspen Skiing / KSL Resorts purchase of Intrawest this year.

So there you have it! No excuses even if a season pass is not in sight. You have all the information you need to get out there and burn a hole in your pocket – all for the love of snow!

2016-17 Lift Rates Roundup

2016-17 Lift Rates Roundup

Even though it’s raining I figure I’d better start posting some ski content on here. It’s time to switch my mindset into full gear with or without snow on the ground. Last year’s Rate Roundup was updated on Dec 14, 2015 with no flakes in sight. There’s hope still. See below for my comprehensive list of lift rates from area ski resorts and other mid-atlantic mountains for 2017.

2017 LIFT TICKET RATES
Please note there are about 5 billion pricing tiers on each website. I took the simplest measures I could, finding Adult Full-Day Prices and flex pricing that I am really going to take advantage of this year. Feel free to click to download the full .pdf for printing.

Ski Lift Rates 2017 - ChristinaSkis.com Blog

Ski Lift Rates 2017 - ChristinaSkis.com Blog
(click to download .pdf)

SEASON PASS EXTRA-MOUNTAIN BENEFITS
It’s too late to buy, I know. You weren’t thinking about it in May and now season pass pricing is through the roof. But get this, other than unlimited skiing and riding, there’s a few more awesome advantages! Play your cards right if you have a pass from one of the mountains around here, and listen up.

1. Regional Resort Swap Program:
If you have a Full or Unlimited Season Pass to…

  • Seven Springs Mountain Resort
  • Hidden Valley
  • Laurel Mountain
  • Wisp Resort
  • Snowshoe Mountain Resort

Receive one complimentary full day lift ticket and afterwards a 50% discount on regularly priced ski and snowboard lift tickets for any additional visit to the other mountains listed (excluding Saturdays and holiday periods). Um, YES!

2. Wisp’s Sister Resort Program:
Wisp Season Passholders can get 6 complimentary lift tickets at Wintergreen Resort in Virginia, Ragged Mountain Resort in New Hampshire and Mount Washington Alpine Resort in British Columbia. Also, YES.

Good luck and pray for snow!