Distance from Washington: 180 miles (about 3 hours)
Average snow: 100 inches
Average season length: 120 days
Price: High-season weekend lift ticket is $59 (9 a.m. to 9 p.m.).
Best for: Early-season skiers/boarders. With its deep natural snowfall, Wisp is often one of the area's first ski centers to open. For a bit of adventure off the mountain, head to nearby Deep Creek Lake for ice fishing and cross-country skiing.
-- Becky Krystal (November 2009)