If the weather prognosticators are correct, skiers and snowboarders are going to enjoy a very good winter in the mountains of Western Maryland, thanks to the pending effects of El Niño. In what sounds like a contradiction of terms, a “weak” El Niño will bring above-average snowfall to the Mid-Atlantic region, offsetting last year’s snow drought. In fact, according to one meteorologist, a weak El Niño, combined with other suitable conditions, could mean “one heck of a snowy winter from North Carolina to Maine.” Welcome news to skiers from Asheville to Pittsburg and those who own vacation homes in the mountains of Garrett County, MD.
That will certainly be good news for Wisp Resort, Maryland’s only four-season destination resort. An El Niño influence could add to the area’s 100 inches of average snowfall and make the resort’s 132 acres of ski terrain a true winter wonderland, supplemented when necessary by a powerful snow-making system. Wisp caters to a range of snow and winter sport enthusiasts, offering skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, tubing and snowshoeing.
For individuals and families committed to year-round mountain fun, a new but proven real estate option at Wisp and Deep Creek Lake is the Ridge Run Club, a collection of luxury ski-in/ski-out villas and chalets just steps from some of the resort’s top trails. Operated as a private residence club, a luxury form of fractional ownership that provides all the benefits of a vacation real estate investment without the ongoing maintenance and upkeep requirements of a typical second home.
Each owner can use a property as often as they want, based on an equitable and time-proven reservation system. In addition, unlike a timeshare approach, an owner holds a deeded interest in one of the fully furnished residences, and, like other real estate, that ownership may be sold, willed, transferred or placed in a trust at any time.
“Ridge Run Club is the ideal option for just about anyone, since research shows most people use a vacation home an average of five to six times per year,” says Mark Peterson, general manager of the Ridge Run Club. “Through shared ownership, you get to use your property as much as you want, based on the Clubs fair and equitable reservation polocies but yoyu only pay a fraction of the cost of full ownership. It’s really the smartest way to invest in a vacation home that you use only partime”, “Plus you never have to worry about any of the usual hassles that go along with a second home, right down to fixing a leaky faucet, cutting the grass or snow removal.”
Each of the four-bedroom Villas and Chalets at Ridge Run Club are professionally furnished, and feature gourmet kitchens, large master suites and baths, as well as generous living areas and large outside decks, many steps from the Ridge Run ski run and lift. The living areas have large fireplaces and are equipped with complete electronic entertainment packages.
Residence Club Owners at Ridge Run also benefit from a range of concierge services designed to simplify the vacation process, including full housekeeping services and grocery shopping for residents prior to their arrival. In addition, ownership at Ridge Run Club includes membership at Lodestone Golf Club, a Hale Irwin Signature Course ranked #2 in the state after Congressional, as well as the Lakeside Club on Deep Creek Lake, Maryland’s largest freshwater lake where Owners enjoy a use of the Clubs new 24’ luxury lake cruiser.
Further broadening the vacation experience for owners is access to other private residence clubs in a variety of locations through the Ventanas Collection, a collection of luxury private residence clubs in a range of destinations from Asheville, North Carolina to Costa Rica.
“Once people looking for a easy and carefree vacation home in Deep Creek Lake find out that the fractional residence club approach is easy to use, and makes financial sense for them, the light bulb in their head really goes off,” says Debra Savage, a top real estate broker in the Deep Creek Lake area. “It really is the ideal way to enjoy an easy and carefree lifestyle at a surprisingly reasonable price,” Savage adds.
For more information on this unique and affordable way to own a vacation home in the prime ski destination of Deep Creek Lake, Maryland, visit online at Ridge Run Club or Best Residence Clubs.