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Colder temperatures projected for Maryland later in winter

The Washington Post

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — While many burrowed indoors the third week of November as extreme record-breaking cold impinged upon life across the Mid-Atlantic, the snow machines at Wisp Ski Resort were busy whirring and churning out a base layer of snow for the upcoming winter.

The third week of November is the earliest the ski resort has started making snow in the past five years, said Lori Zaloga, director of marketing for Wisp, in McHenry, Maryland.

Climate scientists are pretty sure of one thing: This winter, the weather could vary. A lot.

The slight snowfall that glided over most of Maryland and portions of northern Virginia late Tuesday into Wednesday morning was a prime example.

The strong cold front that enabled the changeover from rain to snow was the result of an amplified, S-shaped jet stream that dipped through the eastern U.S., said Stephen Baxter, winter weather lead at the national Climate Prediction Center.

While this swing in weather from mild to frosty was predicted by one type of model through the Christmas holiday, another model indicates milder weather from now until Santa hitches up the sleigh.

There is the chance for another wintry mix on Monday, although once again the varying temperatures make it hard to say whether the region will receive freezing rain, sleet, or snow from the holiday grab bag of precipitation.

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Labor Day Activities

Labor Day weekend is almost here!

The Wisp has an abundance of activities going on including the Mountain Coaster, Zip Lining, Segway Tours and their Labor Day weekend Sale .  Check out www.wispresort.com for all the happenings.


High Mountain Sports will be hosting their annual Labor Day weekend sale.  It is 70% off storewide!  For more information check them out at www.highmountainsports.com.


From the looks of the weather report, it is going to be a BEAUTIFUL weekend here in Deep Creek Lake!!



New Listing! 892 Marsh Hill Road – GA8373498 – $299,000 – Slopeside – Lake views

Nearly new – renovated & expanded classic lake cottage. Arguably the best location for 4 seasons enjoyment, Marsh Hill Rd at the base of the ski slopes & the lake across the street. 2 master suites, custom tile baths, high end furnishings and attractive floor plan. Lake views. Must see to appreciate! Much more here.
Listing Information
Property Type: Single Family-Detached
4 4 Full
9,147 Sq. Ft. 1950 3
Public,Public H/U Avail,Well,Other
Public Sewer
School Information
Room Information
Kit-Dining Combo, Liv-Din Combo
Interior Features
 Oil, Wood, Forced Air, Stove
Improved, Partially Finished, Other, Heated
 None, Other
2 Attach Mstr Baths, Attach Mstr Bath, Bath Ceramic Tile, Drapery Rods, Drapes/Curtains, Entry Lvl BR, Fireplace Equip., FP Screen, FP Mantels, MBRs-Multiple, MBR-BA Full, Other, Other, W/W Carpeting, Washer/Dryer Hookup, Wood Floors, Wd Stove Insrt
Exterior / Lot Features
 Drvwy/Off Str
Stone, Concrete, HardeePlank
Shows Well
Driving Directions
Travelling from Taylor-Made DCV&S, turn onto Garrett Hwy, left on Sang Run Rd. Left on Marsh Hill, #892 on the right side.
Financial Considerations
Fee Simple

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DC Lions Give Sight-Challenged Students Adventure Of A Lifetime

Feb. 23, 2012

by Mary Sincell McEwen

Inspired by what they saw at a faraway ski slope more than three decades ago, two area men launched a program in 1976 that has grown into a much-anticipated, traditional event at the Wisp Resort. Bill Thoman, former mountain manager of Wisp, and Jay Kamineck, a former ski instructor, were skiing out West when they saw sighted volunteers assisting young people with vision challenges in skiing down a mountainside. They came back home and went to the Deep Creek Lions Club to make a pitch for a new service project. The Lions latched onto the idea immediately, and the local Blind Skier Program was born.

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Each year, students from the Maryland School for the Blind (MSB) in Baltimore work hard to earn the right to come to Garrett County. The adventure on the ski slopes is a reward for good behavior and excellent grades at the school, where about 124 students live full-time. If they perform well, they know they have the chance to travel to Garrett County and Wisp Resort for three days of fun.

While they are working toward that goal, members of the Deep Creek Lions Club and extended volunteers are also hard at it, too, planning for the year’s excursions. Each winter, the Lions bring three groups of students to Wisp for two full days of skiing. Many area people get involved in the process, including high school students who are good skiers and who like to pitch in as guides.

Barbara Law, a teacher at both Northern and Southern high schools, coordinates the students each year. She taught chiefly at Northern for more than 20 years before moving to Southern, so the student “bold guides” have chiefly come from NHS in the past. She has worked hard to involve more students from Southern, and did get a few more this year. She hopes to continue that trend and have groups of volunteers from both county high schools.

Linda Buchanon, another local resident, has volunteered her time for 16 years to organize the adults who take part in the program.

Tom Wenzel, a Lion and a volunteer with the program since 1991, said Wisp Resort has always provided free lift tickets to the students as well as the volunteers who may not have their own passes.

“A lot of people don’t know that Wisp does that each year,” said Wenzel. “It’s a huge help to the Lions to have that covered.”

Buchanon added that Wisp also provides all the rental ski equipment free of charge.

“And the lift operators go out of their way to assist our children,” Buchanon said. “Their cooperation is greatly appreciated.”

While the folks in Garrett County are organizing and planning, the same is going on at the school. Scheduling begins in September, when the MSB staff sets the dates for the three excursions.

“The kids will come to me at the beginning of the school year, already asking about the trips,” said Pam Schirmer, a recreation specialist at MSB. She has been with the program nearly from its inception. “The kids want this trip. They look forward to it all year, and work hard to be selected for it.”

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Wisp Readies For 6th Annual Deep Creek Chili Splash

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Jul. 28, 2011

The Wisp Resort will host the sixth annual Deep Creek Chili Splash on Saturday, Aug. 6, from noon to 5:30 p.m. to benefit the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival. This International Chili Society sanctioned cook-off will offer three different competition categories—salsa, chili verde (green chili), and red chili.

The Wisp expects as many as 30 cooks from all over the eastern United States to register for the competition and contend for the cash prizes being offered. Over 20 individuals will be judging the chilies, as the Chili Splash is a regional event sanctioned by the International Chili Society.

The first-place winner of each category will qualify for the World’s Championship Chili Cook-Off planned for this October in Manchester, N.H. The top three winners in each of the three categories will receive a cash prize.

The general public will have the unique opportunity to become an active part of the Splash by participating in the People’s Choice Chili Competition. Tasting kits will be available to interested attendees at the cost of $5 for adults and $3 for children (6–12 years old). Tasting kits will consist of: a wristband, soufflé cup, spoon and five voting tickets for adults or three voting tickets for children.

After sampling the array of chilies, voters will be asked to drop a ticket in their favorite cooks’ bowls. The cook with the most tickets at the end of the event will be declared the People’s Choice winner.

A portion of the sampling-kit proceeds will go to support the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival. According to a spokesperson, GLAF is not only the largest advocate of performing arts and arts education in Garrett County, but also serves the entire tri-state region.

“GLAF’s primary purpose is to improve the quality and increase the scope of performing arts for local residents and visitors to Garrett County. GLAF considers high-quality performing arts to consist of nationally or regionally recognized professional artists in the fields of dance, music, and theater,” jointly stated Judy Prather and Betty Ellington, GLAF fundraiser chairwomen.

“GLAF arts education is focused on enhancing the appreciation and understanding of the performing and visual arts for elementary through high school students.

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Wisp Resort – building lot with a VIEW! 74 Westward Way – GA7006283

MC HENRY, MD 21541

Reduced! Build your dream home at Wisp Resort! Huge lake views abound from lot 74, Deep Creek Highlands. Gated community, great amenities & direct access to Adventure Sports Center white water rafting & Wisp Ski & Golf resort. Water & sewer tap included.

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Listing # GA7006283

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