Top Nearby Ski Resorts

Ours is a small state, and South Maryland is, well, pretty much Central Maryland. As a result, several of our favorite, local mountains are not within the state’s boarders. You’ve likely seen our feature on Wisp, Maryland’s snow-loving pride and joy, and this is a companion guide. Here, you will find our top local ski resorts that happen to be outside state lines.

Blue Knob Resort; Claysburg, PA
Just a couple of hours away in Claysburg, Pennsylvania, Blue Knob is the highest mountain in the state with a vertical drop of 1,072 feet and an elevation of 3,174 feet. Sporting thirty-four trails (beginner, intermediate, advanced intermediate, and expert), five lifts, and 100 skiable acres (including glade runs and a terrain park), this is one of the best mountains around. Additionally, at $30 for an adult day ticket, it is relatively affordable.


Liberty Mountain Resort; Carroll Valley, PA
With a vertical drop of 600 feet and 100 acres of skiable terrain, Liberty Mountain Resort is a fantastic destination for southern Maryland families. In addition to offering wonderful skiing opportunities, the resort sports tubing, lessons, equipment, rental, a childcare center, restaurants, and bars. Just an hour and a half from Baltimore, this resort makes for a fantastic weekend trip.


Canaan Valley Resort; Davis, West Virginia

Canaan Valley Resort receives an average of 180 inches of snow every year, making it heaven for all winter fun-loving Maryland residents. Offering skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, tubing, and air boarding, this ski resort provides fun for the whole family. They also offer snow making on more than 75% of the mountain and sport an 850-foot vertical drop.


Massanutten Resort; McGaheysville, Virginia

This resort is not messing around. Their 2,925-foot summit offers a 1,110-foot vertical drop with 70 acres of skiable terrain. Two terrain parks, seven lifts, 14 trails, and 100% snowmaking coverage comprise this wonderful resort—perfect for lovers of adrenaline. If you choose to stay overnight (you might—it’s around three hours from Baltimore), take advantage of the resort’s indoor water park, zip line, restaurants, and boutiques.