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Old 01-23-2012, 10:19 PM
Location: Tampa, FL
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Coming from FL with a 1,7,9 yr old. Looking for a serene winter trip to play in the snow. Will probably spend one day skiing, but skiing isn't the focus, just enjoying a hotel with some snow outside to play in is the goal. We figure the ski resorts are in the best places, plus if it doesn't snow we can always see some there at least.

Ups and Downs of Wisp & Snowshoe?

It's hard to tell from the websites, other than Snowshoe gets 150" of snow vs 110" per year at Wisp and Wisp has 35 trail vs Snowshoe's 54? But that doesn't really say how they feel, you know, how crowded, how nice, easy to get to for a FL driver!?? Just looking for some experiences to compare.
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Old 01-24-2012, 05:11 AM
Location: NYC
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I've never been to snowshoe but I like Wisp. I don't think there's been a ton of snow at either this year though.
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Old 01-24-2012, 06:10 AM
Location: HoCo, MD
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Snowshoe is IMO the best ski resort in the entire mid-atlantic area. Snowshoe is much bigger than Wisp in just about all aspects (trails, trail length, lifts, capacity, etc.). The only thing that Wisp probably has is more night skiing....

Both are great places. But if I was planning a multi-day trip in the Mid-atlantic. Snowshoe would be on the top of that list. Followed by Wisp/Seven Springs. Seven Springs is more of a personal bias as that's pretty much where I learned to ski and spent a lot of time there growing up.

Just my .02.
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Old 01-24-2012, 08:05 AM
Location: Cumberland
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One thing to think about if you are coming from Florida is that Snowshow is much more remote, many more windy country roads, and it is in WV which has poorer roads than Maryland and doesn't clear them nearly as well following snow storms.....which is what you are looking for.

Other than that though, Snowshoe is a much bigger ski resort.
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Old 01-24-2012, 02:16 PM
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Default At Wisp recently...

Wisp is a wonderful family resort and we really enjoyed our recent trip there. It was not crowded at all and seemed to be able to handle much larger crowds than we experienced on the weekend we were there. Besides some great skiing, it offers snow tubing, a mountain coaster, ice skating, snow mobiling, and some fantastic restaurants that all have great kids menus. I would look into renting a house near the slope (check out VRBO.com). The price will not be that different from the hotel and you will appreciate the space.
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Old 01-24-2012, 07:33 PM
Location: Hagerstown
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If skiing was your goal, I'd say Snowshoe. I've skied both places, and I believe Snowshoe is like another 1,000 to 1,500 feet higher in elevation and gets more snow. It is a bigger resort and they have a few places to eat up at the top of the mountain for those staying there.

I think, and just my opinion, that Deep Creek has lots of other things to do with the lake, shops, there is a glass factory nearby that is kind of cool. If all else fails there is a movie theater for the kids. Snowshoe is really remote, and as westsideboy mentioned, the roads are windy, slow going, and not as well taken care of by the state of WV in the winter.

If you do stay near Wisp, I'd say an hour and a half or so away is Canaan Valley/Timberline WV. Those resorts are higher in elevation and I think they get a good bit of snow as well, but not sure how much compared with Wisp. Would be a fun day trip.

Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob, two of Frank Lloyd Wright's homes, are within an easy drive of Deep Creek and would be fun to check out. Nemacolin Resort is not far either for a spa day.
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