Winter at Deep Creek Lake
Downhill skiing is available at Wisp Ski Resort. With a vertical drop of 700′ and 32 trails available, skiers of all levels of experience will enjoy a wide range of terrain. 90% of the trails are lighted for night skiing and are supported by Wisp’s extensive snow making equipment. Two quad chairlifts, five triple chairlifts plus two ski carpets and four handle tows can handle an uphill capacity of over 9,000 skiers per hour. Ski lessons and a children’s center are available as well as a variety of restaurants. Bear Claw Snow Tubing Park offers fun for all ages. Ice Skating is one of Wisp’s newest activities -a 50′ X 85′ oval Ice Rink including rentals, lessons and more!
Both hiking and cross-country skiing allow you to enjoy this Deep Creek Lake winter wonderland firsthand. The state parks offer miles of trails both cleared and primitive for hikers and cross country enthusiasts. Six miles of maintained trails and an equal amount of primitive trails are available at Herrington Manor. Deep Creek and Swallow Falls State Parks also provide marked hiking trails that can be used by cross-country skiers. New Germany provides cleared and maintained trails as well as a snow cleared parking lot. The annual Kick and Glide Cross Country Ski Race takes place at Herrington Manor State Park in January and other races are held in February at New Germany State Park. Rentals are available at local sports stores and at Herrington Manor.
While some visitors enjoy these exciting and thrilling activities, others retreat to Deep Creek to experience the peace and serenity. Curl up in an overstuffed chair with a good book, playing board games by the fire, or listening to your favorite music as the snow falls just outside. Whatever your Maryland vacation desire is, you will marvel at the winter beauty of Deep Creek Lake.