Greg Rouse Water Sports-Deep Creek Lake. So you want to learn how to slalom ski, two-ski, wakeboard or maybe even go tubing? Wouldn’t you want to go to the most experienced guy on Deep Creek Lake? You may also expect the top of the line boat and equipment available to you. Greg Rouse represents all of the above and has a stellar reputation with the local community and out of towners alike. What can you say about a man that grew up skiing Deep Creek Lake all his life with his family? Mr. Rouse has also competed at the highest level of barefoot skiing in the nation. He has competed in the barefoot nationals twice which is quite an accomplishment. His expertise helps all levels, from novice to advanced skiers/wakeboarders who want to tweek their form to perfection.
This morning my husband, young kids, mom and my niece went out with him to work on our game. I’m sad to say that a few seasons of child rearing has kept me from the water doing what I love most on the lake – slalom skiing! I can tell you that the nervousness and excitement were all stabilized with a qualified instructor. Greg refreshed some basic understandings of getting up on one ski as well as tweaking my form after my run. He has an excellent understanding of fundamentals acquired from a lifetime of experience.
My young niece Adrianne (7 years-old) has been working with him this summer and has mastered two skis. What a joy it is to see her skiing at a level I remember going through on this very lake at her age!
Before the morning ended, my mom took a spin on two ski’s making me proud to be a part of a three generation ski session on Deep Creek Lake! If you keep up with me and my husband’s blogging, you will know a few things I repeatedly touch bases on. Get up early, enjoy the glass, make memories with family and enjoy Deep Creek Lake! Call Deep Creek Marina at 301- 387-0732 to make an appointment with Greg Rouse Water Sports to get your family up to speed on your preferred water sport!
Sacred morning glass here at Deep Creek Lake is something to behold indeed. I have become a connoisseur of fine glassy mornings here at the lake. There is nothing more calming and spiritual than waking up very early and looking out on a lake with zero wind and sacrificing a few hours of sleep to enjoy absolute solace. Watch as the sun slowly generates an assortment of warm morning colors and creeps slowly over the mountaintops as the lake starts to come alive. Don’t be surprised if you are all alone during this experience as the lake is underutilized in early morning hours. This makes the journey even sweeter.
Later you can catch up with all your friends who all promised they would get up with you who instead slept in! No worries though, they will have missed out and will never understand what you have experienced until they do it for themselves. Your best explanation of the experience will fall short of something that cannot be defined but has to be experienced.
Years back, my wife Betsy and a few friends would regularly have the boat gassed up and ready to roll for some early morning wakeboard and slalom skiing runs. It’s amazing to see your reflection perfectly off lake glass as you are going in excess of 20 mph. Not one trace ripple impedes the rails of your skis as you carve perfect figure eights leaving wrinkled pulses of wake scattering toward the shores behind you. By the time your run is over and you have switched skiers the waters have again calmed to a mirror surface. Paddleboarding and canoeing take this experience to a hallowed level as the sounds of only your paddle faintly and calmly motor you through seemingly masterpiece sceneries of reflected mountains, trees, clouds and the colorful awakening sun.
Don’t be afraid to bring the fishing poles to anchor and witness the wildlife around as you keep a sharp eye on your bobber. Let the lake’s glass inspire your day before the wind starts to blow and the lake traffic picks up. You will be rewarded with memories that will carry you through the winter.
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.
Deep Creek Lake-Wakeboarding. As summer winds down and the kids start to get back to school, there is still time to enjoy one of my favorite summer sports without the mid-summer traffic normally on the lake. The boats on the lake become a little more sporadic helping in producing optimum wakeboard conditions which are no wake and pure glass. There is nothing more exciting than getting up on a wakeboard and having the perfect mirror lake reflecting the mountains off the water while doing 20 or so miles per hour. You don’t have to bust big airs to feel the stoke of wakeboarding. Just kick back with your friends and family and enjoy the experience. I often hear people saying, “Wow, I can’t believe summer is over already” or “summer flies by faster and faster each year as you get older”. Make it a priority to enjoy every moment you can with your family and friends in this gift of life that we are all fortunately given. Take my advice and put wakeboarding on your list of to-do’s in late summer, and find the treasures of memories that are awaiting you and your family.
Dawn Patrol Deep Creek lake. As the season transitions towards the winter ski season, I’m torn between my love for the upcoming snowboarding season at Wisp Resort and my passion for wakeboarding early in the morning on Deep Creek Lake in the summertime with my family. This past summer when the alarm sounds for me at five thirty sharp, I did rounds around the house waking up my grumbling family. The grumbling soon turns to a positive excitement as we pull out of the drive way on the way to the dock and notice that there is zero wind through the tree tops. There’s a fiendish pleasure knowing that we will be the first people to get our Malibu Wakesetter on the lake to create the first ripples on a virgin glassy lake. The feeling of wakeboarding through filtered darkness on a glassy lake at dawn while watching the sun slowly rise over the mountains, bringing light and warmth to a beautiful day is amazing. Recommended…