A familiar humming sound has been heard echoing on the mountain top lately as Wisp is eagerly trying to crank out the snow so the official ski season can begin! (Fun fact: Did you know that back in 1956, the year after Wisp first opened, Recreational Industries attempted to make snow for the first time. The machines resembled lawn sprinklers which emitted frozen pellets of water.) Of course, the snow blowers today are much more high tech.
They have a decent base of snow started and hopefully the temperatures will continue to drop in the evening allowing for the snow to be made. Hard to believe that next weekend is Wisp’s 57th birthdaycelebration! They will be offering all kinds of amazing deals on discounted lift tickets, rentals, and lessons. There will also be entertainment, games, and more birthday fun (Come on Mother Nature, cooperated with us here!) Just to think, 57 years ago, one man by the name of Mr. Helmuth Heise had a vision. What many saw as just a cow pasture, Helmuth saw a makeshift ski lift. A one room hut with a potbellied stove served as the first lodge and the bed of a pickup truck operated as the first ski rental shop. Now all of these years later, the Wisp Resort is now considered the premiere ski and golf destination in the state of Maryland. In the winter, guests flock to the area for the chance to challenge ski slopes, have a blast at the snow tubing park or enjoy some time at the newly designed ice skating rink. Throughout the rest of the year, Wisp still offers a bevy of activities from the mountain coaster that winds down the mountain, the exquisite golf course, mountain buggy tours, Disc golf, the Flying Squirrel Canopy Tour, and much, much more. (www.wispresort.com)
We are still offering some fantastic last minute discounts for most of our homes, so gather you friends and family and give us a call here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations (1-866-351-1119 or go online www.deepcreekvacations.com). It’s a fun filled weekend that you definitely don’t want to miss.
Bringing the family? On Saturday December 9th, The Discovery Center will be hosting a Holiday Open House. From 10 am- 1 pm, stop by and enjoy steaming hot chocolate and homemade cookies. The kids will get a chance to make their own nature picture frame and have their pictures taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus! A wonderful family event that you don’t want to miss. For more information, go to the their website www.discoverycenterdcl.com
We are embracing the Holiday spirit here @ Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations and we can’t wait to share it with you. Call today to begin planning your Deep Creek getaway. We can’t wait to see you at the lake!
We had a great time and will be looking into the Murder Mystery Ride the Spring!
Here’s some informaton from Patty Mash of the Discovery Center at the Deep Creek Lake State Park:
From Europe to North America to Asia, people began using snowshoes over 3,000 years ago out of basic need to find food and explore new territories in the wintertime. Snowshoeing flourished among the native people in North America. Before long, savvy European trappers, hunters, explorers and surveyors adopted snowshoes as their own.
How To Snowshoe:
Snowshoeing is as easy as walking; today’s compact, streamlined frames and asymmetric shapes enable snowshoers to have a normal stance and natural stride. In an ascent or an incline (in contemporary snowshoes) your toe hinges freely from the bindings which give you more friction and better grip. At the same time, the tail of the snowshoe drops parallel with ground to lessen leg fatigue. In a descent or decline, the proper technique to maintain balance is to lean back and “ride” the heel section of the snowshoe.
Where To Snowshoe:
State parks, national forests, community recreation areas, nature centers, alpine and Nordic resorts, private woodlots, even your own backyard all provide new winter experiences via snowshoes. Park rangers, chambers of commerce, college outdoor clubs, regional snowmobile associations, and winter resorts are excellent sources of information and areas to explore on snowshoes.
Warm, dry feet are essential to having fun in any winter sport. Choose waterproof hiking boots with gaiters for good ankle sport if you’re planning an extended hike in variable, or steep terrain. For a more casual snowshoe outing, insulated pack-style boots, rubber boots, or hiking footwear will work. Wool socks, with a silk or comparable liner against the foot, will absorb moisture and prevent chilling.
Layers are the proper dress for this aerobic activity. Be prepared to be quite warm when trekking and to cool off quickly when stopped. To dress for comfort, choose lightweight, breathable long underwear, with wind absorbent layer of insulation – sweater or fleece – topped with wind resistant outerwear. Remember, warm head gear will conserve body heat and prevent chill.
Rental Prices at Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center:
$7.00/ set per 2 hours
$11.00/ set per half day (4 hours)
$13.00/ set per full day (7 hours)
Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center: (301) 387- 7067