Weekly updates by Betsy Spiker Holcomb of Taylor-Made Vacations and Sales, Deep Creek Lake. Put March 26, 2014 into your phone reminders for next season and I’ll tell you why. I have noticed that this Easter week we are having epic winter wonderland snow/ski conditions and virtually no one here to enjoy them. We have been getting dumped on with snow from a late winter storm that has left many upset about the never ending winter that we are having across the East Coast. I say, take it as it comes! The majorities of people have their minds on golf and the beach this time of the year and often miss the last week here at Wisp Resort. If you were here this weekend you could have pounced on some “West Coast” style powder that lasted most of the day because of the light pressure on the slopes. Check into rental & ticket rates next year around this time and pray for snow! Chances are you’ll score big on some sweet conditions! Check out this photo I got off Wisp’s Facebook page. “Got powder?”
Looking ahead a little when spring and summer start to show their face, consider getting your boat tuned up early before the marinas are swamped with service work. If you are looking for a boat, this is a great time to place your order to ensure getting the boat you want in time for the start of the season. Give Betsy’s brother, Adrian, a call at Deep Creek Marina 301-387-6977 with questions regarding a new or used boat. If you are looking for service, ask for Kim who will be happy to help you.
Here’s a little teaser that I took before a morning session with Bets and the boys a few years back. Bring on summer!
Don’t get caught in a stagnant rut & work routine and forget to enjoy life! LetDeepCreekLake and GarrettCounty serve as catalyst for this year being the BEST EVER for you and your family! Feel free to call me anytime with questions about anything here of interest to you.
Today, I reflect on a wonderful winter that I’ve had here at Deep Creek Lake and all the wonderful adventures that came my way. I finally put down my old-school 10-year old parallel skis and stepped into a set of modern shape skis and had a go on perfect powder at Wisp Resort. I can’t believe that I went this long without experiencing the amazing engineering and control that this has brought to my skiing. As always, Devils Drop is my go-to slope when I want to carve through the trees and experience that “out west” feeling that Wisp can give you in certain areas of the mountain.
I have also had a lot of “first time” experiences this winter which has me buzzing more than my norm with excitement over other winter activities. Since I was a very young girl, I have always loved ice skating and thankfully I had the opportunity to put the skates on again at Wisp’s Ice Rink this winter. I felt exhilarated gliding across the ice with a bonfire roaring along the outside of the ice rink and dozens of people sharing the experience.
Make no mistake about it; my absolute new favorite sport is snowmobiling! For years I have heard from my local friends how they routinely drive their “sleds” across the lake; the safety net in my mind always spoke to me when I would hear this wondering “if these folks were a little short of common sense?!” The old question, “Why would you jump out of a perfectly good plane?” comes to mind as I contemplate driving over frozen Deep Creek Lake waters. I mean, there are plenty of trails around the county on perfectly solid ground that would serve as a safer outlet for me and this sport. The fact is that the lake is impeccably safe after it gets 6+ inches of ice buildup and it’s strong as solid ground when it gets 15+ inches, as it was when I when crossed it for the first time. I’ll never forget the rush of just casting aside my fears and hitting the throttle wide open launching straight across the center of the lake. The change in perspective in viewing the lake in the winter from the middle looking inward while racing at 100mph is something you have to experience to understand. It’s cool because you can cover 60-70 miles around the lake in a very small amount of time and the sights you see are some that many life-long residents have never and will never see. I urge you to put it on your list of things to experience here in Garrett County.
I feel fortunate every morning I wake up and relish every experience that is available throughout all the wonderful seasons we are blessed with here.
Willy Wisp,Wisp Resort Ski Lessons. I know we have a lot of young families that are choosing Deep Creek Lake as their second home get away. Young families need a special place they can count on to help instill confidence and love for winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding. The Willy Wisp program at Wisp Resort will provide your youngsters with professionally trained instructors teaching groups from 3-7 years old to 8-14 years old. Believe me, you will be amazed how quickly the young ones latch on and learn these sports. Even if your children are grown you should still drop by and become a spectator of some heartwarming moments.
My mother-in-law, wife and I brought down our niece who is a hair past 2 years old for her first attempt at skiing. It didn’t take long at all before she was cruising down the slope by herself! What a wonderful experience to be involved in. Check out the rates so you can be prepared on your next visit to DCL to start your child on a lifelong love for winter sports.