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Whitetail Resort Mercersburg

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Whitetail Resort
14175 Northern Lights Dr
Mercersburg
PA
17236
Tel: 717 328 3321

Where are we going today?

Skiing and snowboarding lessons and open routes are available, with lessons beginning at age 4 and all levels of ability catered for with 7 green runs and another 11 blue. Plenty of scope for precocious types too with the rest spread into double black.

Snow tubing is available on two slopes, one for over 5s and one for 2 to 4 year olds.

There are also 3 beginner friendly terrain training parks with varying equipment for developing skills and confidence.

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsElements are priced individually.
LAST UPDATED 2013

When can we go?

Year round access with seasonal variations posted.

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Several eatery options available..

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What people are saying?

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    Having grown up and lived in DC area pretty much my entire life, I've been to Whitetail several times since I started to ski. Being only a 1.5 hour drive, it is one of the closest ski slopes to DC. For a day trip, many people go to either Whitetail or Liberty Ski Resort in Fairfield, PA, which is comparable in distance and time to Whitetail. These two ski resorts are owned by the same company.

    If you're a more experienced skier, I think Whitetail has more variety and has more challenging/steeper slopes than Liberty. Whitetail also has a better...Read More

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    We had an amazing DAY of skiing and snowboarding... Our Ski/Snowboard trip went awesome! We were very impressed with the friendliness and expertise of the staff. The lessons were fantastic and the whole experience was really great! I had a good legs workout day!

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    I've been to Whitetail a few times this season. I got the "First class learn to ski or snowboard" It was a pretty good deal and I liked the instructor. After the lesson they gave us tickets to buy the mountain pass if we wanted to. Good for couple weeks, I got it for $55 and it came with a free rental/lift ticket ($100ish) It also came with free lessons for the season and 40% off rentals/lift tickets for the season.

    Last time I went I injured myself after just one run (I have a bum knee and forgot to wear my brace). The snow patrol saw me hobbling...Read More

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    Great Resort!! I live in Hagerstown, so, in Half an hour I can be in Whitetail Parking Lot Getting my Ski on! Amazing Staff! :-)

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    Close to DC so the weekends are a mess. Midweek ski is best.Conditions vary with weather but snowmaking is adequate. Staff,while friendly, is often undertrained and overworked. Its not Vail but if you like 1 min runs and 20 min. liftlines this is the place for you. Don't forget your wallet.

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by Alice Wang

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Having grown up and lived in DC area pretty much my entire life, I've been to Whitetail several times since I started to ski. Being only a 1.5 hour drive, it is one of the closest ski slopes to DC. For a day trip, many people go to either Whitetail or Liberty Ski Resort in Fairfield, PA, which is comparable in distance and time to Whitetail. These two ski resorts are owned by the same company.

If you're a more experienced skier, I think Whitetail has more variety and has more challenging/steeper slopes than Liberty. Whitetail also has a better terrain park/half-pipe. One area where Liberty has the advantage in is night skiing. Whitetail has no black diamonds open during the night. While most of the best East Coast ski resorts are located in Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire, Whitetail is a good option for those just starting out skiing/snowboarding and it's a nice option for anyone who only wants to go for one day.

Whitetail is fairly crowded on weekends, especially holiday weekends. The lift lines are insanely ridiculous. I've waited half an hour to get on a quad lift this past Presidents Day weekend. If you can, try to go during the weekday for lower prices and shorter lines. I've gone on weeknights and there are practically no lines and not too many folks on the slopes. It's great because you don't have to worry about bumping into anyone or having to suddenly move out of someone's way if they fall or change course.

Prices: 4 hour flex - $53 (weekday), $64 (weekend). 8 hour flex - $58 (weekday), $69 (weekend). Extended (until 10pm) - $65 (weekday), $73 (weekend). Ski rental is $45 either weekday or weekend. Snowboard rental is $50. If you get the all mountain package deal (includes lift ticket, rental, and optional lesson), it's $105. I believe Liberty is more or less the same price, maybe $1-3 cheaper on the above options.

Another thing to point out: Whitetail is a dry resort and does not serve alcohol. Liberty, on the other hand, has a lounge where you can order alcoholic beverages. Many families prefer Whitetail for this reason.

by Sarah Dunlap

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I've been to Whitetail a few times this season. I got the "First class learn to ski or snowboard" It was a pretty good deal and I liked the instructor. After the lesson they gave us tickets to buy the mountain pass if we wanted to. Good for couple weeks, I got it for $55 and it came with a free rental/lift ticket ($100ish) It also came with free lessons for the season and 40% off rentals/lift tickets for the season.

Last time I went I injured myself after just one run (I have a bum knee and forgot to wear my brace). The snow patrol saw me hobbling with my board and took me to the clinic to get checked out. They freely offered either a half day voucher, if I wanted to rest a couple hours and go back out the rest of the time, or a full voucher if I was done. I left my rental at the clinic and they said to just come back and let them know which I wanted to do. I ended up not being able to go back out, but I hung out at the Starbucks and a Whitetail employee stopped by a couple times with a magazine and checked if I needed anything. I went back to the clinic who called guest services, who gave me a full voucher for my 8 hour rental and lift ticket, good for a year.

Overall the staff has always been cheerfully helpful. I would recommend going early on the weekend as it gets busy. Mid-morning the line for tickets was extremely long. I went in the evening once during the week and it wasn't too busy. It does get icier as the snow gets scrapped off during the day though.

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