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Timberline Four Seasons Resort
Davis, West Virginia

After several years of struggles and drama, West Virginia’s Timberline Resort unfortunately was unable to open for the 2019-2020 winter season. In 2019, the resort filed for bankruptcy, entered receivership, and went on the auction block. On November 20, 2019, the property was purchased by Indiana-based Perfect North Slopes. The owner of Perfect North Slopes has indicated that he plans to reinvest in Timberline with an eye towards re-opening the resort for the 2020-20201 winter season, while acknowledging that much work will be required to bring Timberline back up to a high standard. DCSki will provide continuing updates as the process to revitalize and re-open Timberline proceeds, but in the meantime, since Timberline is no longer in an operating status, it lands here (hopefully temporarily) in DCSki Lost Areas.

With its peak at 4,268 feet, Timberline benefited from plenty of natural snow on its 36 slopes and trails. Its rugged, no frills character attracted passion in many skiers and snowboarders, who appreciated the interesting and challenging terrain, phenomenal views, and historically good snow conditions. Beginners enjoyed the lengthy 2-mile long Salamander trail, among the longest beginner trails in the Mid-Atlantic.

Timberline was best after a natural snowfall. Compared to many other resorts in the region, Timberline’s snowmaking capacity was limited, and night skiing was only available on approximately 30% of its terrain.

Just a couple miles down the road from Timberline is Canaan Valley Resort, which is owned by the state of West Virginia and continues to operate as a ski area.

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