Whitetail Ski Resort

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Whitetail Ski Resort
Whitetail.jpg
Location Montgomery Township, Franklin County, Pennsylvania, USA
Nearest city Clear Spring, Maryland
Coordinates 39°44′30″N 77°55′58″W / 39.74167°N 77.93278°W / 39.74167; -77.93278 (Whitetail Ski Resort)
Vertical 935 feet (285 m)
Top elevation 1,800 feet (550 m)
Base elevation 865 feet (264 m)
Skiable area 109 acres (0.44 km2)
Runs

25 total
Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg 28% beginner
Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg 44% intermediate
Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg 16% advanced

12% terrain park
Longest run "Limelight" ~ 4,900 feet (1494 m)
Lift system 9 total (1 high-speed quad chairs, 3 quad chair, 2 double chairs, 2 surface)
Terrain parks 3
Website http://www.skiwhitetail.com

Whitetail Mountain Resort is a four season resort located on Two Top Mountain in the Tuscarora Mountains of Pennsylvania. The resort opened for skiing in 1991, and was acquired a few years later by Snow Time, Inc., the company which also manages Liberty Mountain Resort and Ski Roundtop.[1] Whitetail is located between Mercersburg, Pennsylvania and Clear Spring, Maryland and serves the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area. Located 89 miles (143 km) from Washington, D.C. and 92 miles (148 km) from Baltimore, Maryland, Whitetail is the second-closest ski resort to Washington and the third-closest to Baltimore (behind sister resorts Liberty Mountain and Ski Roundtop).[2] The resort operates a snow tubing park alongside the ski hill. During non-ski season, Whitetail offers fly fishing and a par 72 golf course.

The mountain[edit]

Whitetail Resort's trail system was specifically designed to separate skiers of different skiing abilities.[3] Separate first time, easier, intermediate and most difficult areas are lined up in sequence across the mountain, each fed by a different lift system, with trails connecting each area to its neighbors. Whitetail's trails are a series of straight parallels noted for the steady, sustained pitch of their vertical drop.[3] The resort's design was noted by Snow Country Magazine, which gave its 1992 Best Overall Resort Design Award to Whitetail, and by Skiing Magazine, which recognized the resort for environmental excellence in area design.[3]

Trails[edit]

Whitetail possesses slopes with varying levels of difficulty.The trail names are as follows:

Easier Trails: Almost Home, Launching Pad, Ledgewood, Northern Lights, Sidewinder, Snowpark, Velvet

More Difficult Trails: Upper Angel Drop, Lower Angel Drop, Bob Small's Traverse, Drop Out, Fallmount, Fanciful, Home Run, Limelight, Ridge Runner, Snow Dancer, Stalker

Most Difficult Trails: Bold Decision, Drop In, Exhibition, Farside

Terrain Parks: Half Pipe, Jib Junction, Park Place 101

Statistics[edit]

  • Base Elevation: 865 feet (264 m)
  • Summit: 1,800 feet (550 m)
  • Vertical Rise: 935 feet (285 m)
  • Average annual snowfall: 40 in/year (1 m/year).
  • Number of Trails: 25 (2 terrain parks and a half pipe)
  • Slope Difficulty: 28% beginner, 44% intermediate, 16% advanced, 12% Terrain Park
  • Longest Run: Limelight ~ 4,900 feet (1494 m)
  • Snowmaking: 100%
  • Night Skiing: 100%
  • Skiing Season: December to mid-March (weather dependent)

Amenities[edit]

  • Child Care
  • Groups and Night Club Cards
  • Special Events
  • Basket Check
  • Seasonal Lockers
  • Online Ticket Pick-up
  • Advantage Cards and Season Passes
  • Terrain Parks Two parks for all ability levels plus a half pipe
  • Snow Tubing up to 10 lanes, 1 carpet

Snow Time, Inc.[edit]

Snow Time, Inc. owns and operates three ski resorts in Pennsylvania. The company offers skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing primarily to residents in the greater Baltimore, Washington DC, and central Pennsylvania markets. It also offers golf, fly fishing, paintball, team building, lodging services, and catered events for weddings and conferences.[4]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Whitetail Resort". DCSki.com. Retrieved 2009-12-16. 
  2. ^ "DCSki Ski Resort map". www.dcski.com. Retrieved 2009-02-18. 
  3. ^ a b c Phillips, John (2001). Ski and Snowboard America - Mid-Atlantic: The Complete Guide to Downhill Skiing, Snowboarding, Cross Country Skiing, Snow Tubing, and More Throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region. Guilford, Connecticut: Globe Pequot Press. ISBN 0-7627-0845-X. 
  4. ^ "Snow Time, Inc.: Private Company Information - BusinessWeek". Investing.businessweek.com. Retrieved 2011-01-12. 

Clapper, Bill (2003-01-19). "Whitetail ski resort is always impressive". The Washington Times. 

Wilson, Scott (1998-01-04). "For Skiers, Directors at Pa. Resort, Kennedy's Death Is Tragic Reminder". The Washington Post. 

Rowland, Kara (2007-01-04). "Warm winter leaves ski resorts out in cold". The Washington Times.