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!

Skiers Holiday Gift Guide – For Dudes

Here’s to the men. Even though we feel like we don’t really know what to get them as a gift, it’s really just more stuff that we want. Here’s a few ideas to put you on a roll… and remember to order your gifts this week before cut-off dates for USPS or UPS won’t deliver them before Christmas.

Ski The East First Chair, Last Call Tee ($27) Buy It
Livin’ the dream.
Ski The East Tee - A Gift For Guys

Yeti Rambler Colster ($30) Buy It
They’re cold, but want their beer colder.
Yeti Colster

Flylow Tough Guy Glove ($35) Buy It
Taking work to a whole new level.
Flylow Tough Guy Glove DryGuy Force Dry Boot & Glove Dryer
($80) Buy It
Everyone needs a boot dryer. Nuff said.
DryGuy Boot Dryer

GoPro HERO5 Session ($300) Buy It
The latest and greatest in GoPro.
GoProSession 5

So, here’s to the men. Cheers to the boys. And the girls want the stuff in this gift-guide too.