Wisp Resort opens for the 2019-20 winter season Friday, December 13th! This year, there are more than $1 million in improvements and additions. It will operate under the direction of recently hired General Manager, Ron Hawkes. They began making snow Nov. 12, one of the earliest snowmaking starts in the past few years.
Wisp Resort Opens with Improvements
New technology will be in place this year that involves lift tickets and snowmaking. There is also a new restaurant and an app for the resort.
Wisp is well-known for their advanced snowmaking capabilities. Five new Techno Alpin TR8 tower fan snow guns were added. They were placed on Squirrel Cage – a favorite expert slope. The new guns are more energy efficient and can work in a wider range of temperatures.
Renovation project began in the fall of 2015 and will continue through spring of 2018.
As part of a three-year $3.7 million-dollar renovation, wisp Resort recently announced a rebranding of the Wisp Resort Hotel which will be known as The Lodge at Wisp. The renovation project on the hotel began in the fall of 2015 and will continue through spring of 2018.
The Lodge at Wisp will welcome guests with significant changes and improvements to both the interior and exterior of the property. The upgrade will offer more contemporary accommodations, new outdoor Gathering spaces, and overall more modern and functional designs.
Work on the 169-room slope side hotel has totaled more than 1.5 million so far. A new entrance features a porte cochere with an outdoor gas fireplace and timber frame structure with stacked stone facade and lighting. The landscaping is highlighted by a waterfall, benches and day pergola walkway.
Interior renovations include an updated front desk and check-in area to compliment the new entrance. The 100-rooms on all six floors in the tower section of the hotel have been renovated, and 16 new king Suites have been introduced into the guest room mix. The remaining 69 rooms on three floors in the lodge section of the hotel will be renovated by Spring 2018.
Additional upgrades are being made to conference rooms, a new fitness center, exterior signage, courtyards with fire pits and enhanced landscape features. Construction on the current project will be completed in time for the ski season. Work will continue in the spring on a courtyard on east side of the hotel plus renovations to the lobby and the new front porch.
For more information about the upgrades call Wisp Resort, call 301-387-4000 or visit www.wispresort.com.
Story by Cumberland Times-Garrett County Weekender Volume 26-Issue 46