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There’s more than skiing in Maryland’s mountain resort Garrett County is home to Wisp Resort, Maryland’s premier ski venue, but the state’s winter playground also offers plenty of “offslope” activities that can warm up
even the coldest day. After all, even the most ardent skier occasionally enjoys a change of scene. If you want to enjoy people-powered sports, Wisp Resort — along
with its 32 slopes and trails — maintains terrain parks, a snow tubing park, an ice skating rink, and a Nordic center offering snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. Thrill-seekers will enjoy the Mountain Coaster, which runs yearround as long as the track is ice-free. Two of Garrett County’s state parks also maintain groomed crosscountry skiing and snowshoeing trails. Herrington Manor State Park has 10 miles of beginning- to intermediate-level trails running into the adjoining Garrett State Forest. Also, a 5.5-mile trail connects through to
Swallow Falls State Park. The park trails are track-set when conditions allow. New Germany State Park has 10 miles of multi-purpose trails that can challenge cross-country skiers of all abilities. Beginners can enjoy the flat, open “turnpikes,” while winding hillside trails can give a workout to experienced skiers. During the winter months, the park’s lake house warming hut rents cross-country skis and snowshoes, and provides a place to relax after a day in the snow. Swallow Falls State Park is home
Kids master the sport of skiing at Wisp Resort.
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