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Friday, February 25, 2005 -- McHenry, MD
Wisp Tubes of Fire Mountain Reggae Fest (iPO Event Id#: 6785)
Story and photos by Julie & Jason Black

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It's a long way down!
The tubes were zinging as the band was singing at Wisp at Deep Creek Mountain Resort last Friday night. Folks enjoyed cool wintertime specials and the smooth sounds of Stage Wisp. You may not know this, but every Saturday night Stage Wisp offers free live music. The bands come from all over. It's a great place to grab a bite, brew, and hear some fine tunes.

With plenty of snow for February, Wisp converts it's mountain into a winter land of festival type fun. Bear Claw Snow Tubing Park is one of the fastest tubing parks around. Folks were even catching big air in lane two. Good for kids over 42 inches tall, the park's facilities provide fun for the entire family.

Enjoying Stage Wisp
Wisp is continually changing and growing. New slopes will be constructed on the north face of Wisp, increasing the resort's skiable terrain by more than 50 percent. The first phase, opening in the 2006 ski season, will include beginner and intermediate slopes and trails. As expansion continues, slopes and trails will follow a natural progression from intermediate to advanced. For the more aggressive snow sports enthusiasts, they'll also be building a new terrain park with a variety of challenging pipes, trails and rails.

Dancing and smiling
Plans are also in the works to add a scenic mountaintop village, offering expanded skier services, new home sites, retail shops and restaurants designed to blend into the majestic mountain landscape. In addition to the adrenaline-rushing fun of Adventure Sports Center International, Garrett College is building a new athletic and community recreation center located on top of Marsh Mountain. The Garret College Athletic and Community Recreation Center, a 130,000-square-foot facility, is expected to open in 2009, and will include three gymnasiums, a weight room, basketball courts, an ice skating rink and two swimming pools.