Timberline Four Seasons Resort
Davis, West Virginia
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|Resort Overview - reported by M. Scott Smith, DCSki Editor|
Timberline is located two miles from the Canaan Valley ski area, but offers more advanced terrain than its sibling. Steeps and bumps can be found throughout the resort’s trails, as well as some gladed skiing. Beginner terrain is also available, although beginners may feel more comfortable at Canaan Valley. The lengthy 2-mile long Salamander run at Timberline offers an easy-going pitch that is good for beginners.
For snowboarders, Timberline has two terrain parks which can have features such as thirty, forty, and fifty foot jumps. Timberline sponsors numerous racing events each season, such as USASA Boardercrosses, skier crosses, USASA slopestyle, and Timberline Big Air and Slopestyle competitions.
Telemark and cross-country skiers will find a mapped 17 kilometer back country trail system acessible from Timberline. The resort offers regular clinics and workshops catering to Nordic skiers.
Night skiing is offered on 30% of skiable terrain Thursday through Sunday during the regular season, and throughout the Christmas holiday week. If you plan to ski at night, please double-check with the resort to verify operating hours.
In 2006, Timberline Resort added 60 new stationary snow guns, and added a surface lift to service the terrain parks. In 2007, Timberline added an additional 40 snowguns. Timberline is also in the midst of an expansion at the Western Face which will add new residential and terrain development. In 2010, Timberline was granted permanent access to water from the Blackwater River, which allowed the resort to increase its snowmaking capability.
Timberline is located in an area of West Virginia rich with recreational activities. During the summer, numerous outdoor activities are offered — hiking, camping, horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing — you name it.
|Timberline Four Seasons Resort|
|36 (34% beginner, 32% intermediate, 34% advanced)|
|4,500 per hour|
|3 (2 triples, 1 double)|
|30% of terrain is lit on Holidays and Thursday through Sunday evenings in prime season.|
|Two terrain parks|
|(No tubing park)|
|488 Timberline Road
Davis, WV 26260
|(800) SNOWING or (304) 866-4801|
Estimated Distances from Major Cities
|Baltimore, MD||4 hours, 10 minutes||228 miles|
|Washington, DC||3 hours, 55 minutes||192 miles|
|Arlington, VA||3 hours, 50 minutes||190 miles|
|Richmond, VA||4 hours||221 miles|
|Pittsburgh, PA||3 hours, 15 minutes||156 miles|
|Harrisburg, PA||4 hours, 10 minutes||223 miles|
|Philadelphia, PA||5 hours, 50 minutes||325 miles|
|Charleston, WV||3 hours||174 miles|
|Raleigh, NC||6 hours, 30 minutes||340 miles|
|Charlotte, NC||6 hours, 35 minutes||394 miles|
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A snow condition report for Timberline is shown below. Because condition reports may not be updated regularly, be sure to check the date and timestamp on the report. Before making a trip, we recommend contacting resorts directly for the latest conditions.
|Timberline Four Seasons, WV||
As of 06:05:00 on 2011-03-27
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Timberline has an official webcam page here.
The past five articles related to Timberline are shown below.
Mid-Atlantic Ski Season Pushes into April (March 28)
Yes, you can still ski or board in the Mid-Atlantic. Several resorts have announced that they plan to remain open into early April.
Firsthand Report: Snowy Luau at Timberline Resort (March 25)
Jim Kenney thought he was done writing trip reports for the 2012-2013 season, but after one last trip to Timberline Resort in West Virginia, he had to share. He describes the Snowy Luau festival and prime late season conditions at Timberline.
(1 reader comment)
Mid-Atlantic Ski Season Gains Momentum (December 27, 2012)
A shot of cold air and some natural snow has helped launch the 2012-2013 winter season in a big way. Find out the status of Mid-Atlantic ski areas.
Great Glades Almighty! (November 12, 2012)
What’s so great about glade skiing? Is it the adrenaline rush of a high speed slalom through the trees or maybe the seductive siren song of better, softer snow? DCSki Columnist Jim Kenney explores this question, while sharing his own favorite glades.
Firsthand Report: Keep the Faith and Ski the Valley (February 17, 2012)
A group of DCSki readers descended on West Virginia February 10-13, 2012, bracing for mediocre conditions in this mediocre winter, but discovering a foot of fresh powder. The next three days provided great camaraderie, great fun, and great skiing at Canaan Valley and Timberline Resorts. DCSki Columnist Jim Kenney was part of the group and filed this Firsthand Report.
(3 reader comments)
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The following properties located near Timberline are listed in the DCSki Lodging Finder. Property owners pay DCSki a small listing fee for this service. Inclusion in the Lodging Finder does not represent an endorsement by DCSki.
|Black Bear Resort: |
Welcome to Black Bear Resort. Close to Canaan Valley Resort and Timberline Four Seasons Resort ski areas, Black Bear Resort offers unique Pedestal home and Inn suite rentals.
|Cinnamon Fern Chalet: |
Cinnamon Fern Chalet is located in the gated Northpoint resort community of Canaan Valley, West Virginia. The home is a well-appointed, contemporary cedar chalet with walls of glass. This wonderful chalet has 3 full bathrooms and 3 bedrooms. While the chalet can accommodate 10, this house is cozy and appropriate with even two guests. Cinnamon Fern Chalet is pet free and smoke free.
|Timberline Four Seasons Realty: |
Timberline Four Seasons Realty is known for its luxurious lodging choices. Beautiful vacation homes reside on secluded, wooded valley lots and near quiet lakes. Cozy cabins and homes perched on the top of the mountain, offering views of the valley more than 1,000 feet below. Fully furnished and dressed with the touch of their individual owners, these vacation homes are just like home.
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Comments on Timberline - posted by Jim Kenney
August 14, 2004 at 11:13 pm
The natural snow conditions in the mountains of West Virginia are clearly superior to what is usually found at the Pennsylvania and Virginia ski areas closer to D.C. However, good snowmaking is almost universal now and I personally don't find the terrain offered by even the larger West Virginia ski areas such as Timberline, Canaan Valley and Snowshoe interesting enough to justify making the long trip to them very often. The travel time is just about double, 5 to 6 hours. For a few hours more the hardcore skier can get to upstate New York or Southern Vermont.
Having said that, the Timberline area is pretty neat and the mountains of West Virginia are a fun option for D.C. skiers to experience. Timberline is perhaps a little larger than Whitetail as far as the number of trails offered and vertical drop, but it is in a much more wintry environment. For complete proof of the usual natural snowfall, you'll find that there is a real, honest-to-god cross country ski center (White Grass) and an alternative style lodge about a mile away with trails all up and around the Canaan Valley. Perhaps that is why there are so many good Telemark skiers on the slopes of Timberline? Some of them ride the Timberline chairlift to ski into the adjacent Dolly Sods wilderness area. I have been to Timberline several times. Once I stayed slopeside in a ski chalet and had a very nice multi-day, ski in/ski out experience. There are no real killer steeps at Timberline. It has the normal Mid-Atlantic complement of 'shortish' intermediate to advanced runs, but it also has a distinctive two mile long beginner run called Salamander that I really enjoyed with my young children. Canaan Valley downhill ski area is within three miles and Snowshoe is about an hour away, so this can be an interesting destination for more than a day trip. The bottoms of these ski areas are at a higher elevation than the tops of many closer to D.C., so you can get a feeling of being in some real ski country. Sometimes 'atmosphere,' rather than just vertical feet and trail counts, can be a good reason to visit a ski area.
Comments on Timberline - posted by Ryan Schwarz
August 14, 2004 at 11:13 pm
Another reader lumps Timberline with Snowshoe as being a 5-6 hour drive from D.C. I live in the District and it routinely takes me only 3 to 3.5 hours to drive to Timberline, with a gas stop and without tempting VA or WV's finest. In short, it's not that much farther than the better western PA areas (Laurel, Blue Knob), and Timberline provides much better and more reliable snow cover, the potential for real powder conditions now and then, and equal to better terrain variety. You just have to be willing to get off the Interstate.
Comments on Timberline - posted by John Sherwood
August 14, 2004 at 11:14 pm
Timberline is your best bet for good skiing under 4 hours from DC. Why? Snow, steep terrain, and an unspoiled atmosphere.
The Canaan Valley gets an average of 160 inches of snow a year--more snow than even Snowshoe or 7 Springs. At over 3,000 feet at its base and 4,000 feet on the peaks, the valley is also cold enough to hold that snow through April.
With a 1,000 foot vertical, Timberline is also higher than any other nearby mountain except Blue Mountain and Snowshoe. Blue Mountain, while it has some excellent terrain as well as a high-speed quad, has no lodging near the slopes and overlooks a small strip mine. Snowshoe has two awesome trails that boast a 1,500 foot vertical on the Western Territory side but that is it; the rest of the mountain consists of short, Seven Springs-style trails. Nearly every one of Timberline's trails, by comparison, go from top to bottom and take advantage of the 1,000 foot vertical. The expert trails on the mountain are nice, steep cruisers (intermediate by Western standards, but easy enough to ski all day long if you love steeps). Additionally, the resort has lovely slope-side condos and houses available for rental. There is also an inexpensive hotel just down the road. I paid $45 a night at the hotel in March of 2001. The valley has no fast food, only one gas station, and only a couple of restaurants (Deerfield's is the best one). In short, it is no snow park but a natural treasure where one is more likely to see a deer or even a bear than the road-side sprawl typical of many other areas.
To be honest, there are a couple of drawbacks to Timberline and its sister, Canaan Valley. Neither area has Quadzillas. On a cold day in the valley, those speedy monsters are missed by all, but lines do not seem to be a problem thus far. Neither area has any warming facilities on top either. There is also not much in the way of a bar scene at either resort, although unlike Whitetail (which is in a dry county), both have nice pubs for getting a beer after a tough day on the slope or you can always enjoy your own in a condo. In short, this place is not a big single's resort like Snowshoe. Rather, it is more of a skier's mountain -- a West Virginia version of Smuggler's Notch. You'll love the beautiful scenery, the snow, and the steep runs. Kids will love Salamander, and Mom will like the convenience of a condo on the slopes at a price about half of what you can expect to pay at Snowshoe or Seven Springs.
Comments on Timberline - posted by David
August 14, 2004 at 11:14 pm
Some readers say that Timberline has no real steeps. Have you ever skied The Drop? No, it's not Corbett's, but y'know, its pretty steep. They had a sign there that told inexperienced skiers that they could lose their lift tickets on this trail if they skied it. Consequently, it did not have the sheet of ice that is ubiquitous on other steeps in the east. As far as hard trails go, try Silver Streak (so named probably for the coat of ice that is almost always on its face), and White Lightning, a fun, semisteep cruiser.
Comments on Timberline - posted by Joe Bish
August 14, 2004 at 11:14 pm
In high school my friends and I decided we were going to use our skip day for goodtimes rather than the average stay home and party 'til 3 deal. We rented two top quality cabins in Timberline, WV. We took about 20 people so it was only $175 per person for 3 nights in extremely beautiful cabins. Both cabins had a fireplace, hot tub, very large kitchens, a pool table, and 5 elegant bedrooms per house. The houses were right next to each other and we were located only 100 yards from the base of the mountain. The town is small, so it is a nice getaway from the crowded feel of other mountains. The snow is usually a very good powder with a deep base. The lift tickets are inexpensive. In my opinion Timberline Resort is a very wonderful winter time wonderland for a vacation, whether it be a family, a group party, or even a reunion for a small group. Timberline's beauty has made our ski trip a yearly tradition for old high school pals to get together and have a great time.
Comments on Timberline - posted by Donna Clark
November 20, 2005 at 7:44 pm
We have a small family and found most of the houses at Timberline too large. Deerfield Village provides nice 2/3 BR townhomes for a good price. There is a great restaurant right at the resort and the slopes are only 5 minutes away.
Comments on Timberline - posted by Curt
December 26, 2006 at 10:01 pm
My family of four stayed at one of the slopeside condos at Timberline and loved it. The convenience of being SO close to the lifts made it so worthwhile! If we wanted, we could cook in our unit, light a fire, soak in a small hot tub indoors, or watch VHS tapes and relax in comfort. An alternative that we have used on years when money was tighter, was to stay at the nearby Villiage Inn or Windwood Fly Inn, both within 5 miles. Both are next to decent resturants and have family entertainment (video games, etc)available. During periods of heavy snow, these two would be better than driving back up from Elkins, where several hotels there have indoor pools and cheaper rates... but another 45 minutes on the road, each way. So, no matter what your budget, there's an accomodation for your family and plenty of challenge, variety and friendliness to go around.
(This may sound like a commercial, but it's written by a loyal family who have attended Timberline each ski season for five years. We prefer it over any other WV resort, and that's no lie!)
depends what you want - posted by TRJ
December 15, 2008 at 5:37 am
For the past four years, a group of about 12 of us (ages 25-30) have been renting a slopeside home. In my opinion this is the way to go. Whether it is the handful of houses on Salamander or the growing number on Winterset, you will not be disappointed. Other than the obvious luxuries of ski in/out and a hot tub, the house enables you to bring and store your own provisions. This is something that we learned quickly after our first year. Davis is a quaint little town, and has little in the way of groceries or dining. There are some restaurants in town, but I have given up on trying to find anything special. Other readers may know of some great little places I don't (If so, please share). Plan on long waits if it is a Friday or Saturday night in season. There is supposedly a great restaurant that is popular with the telemarkers, but I have not been. The food at the lodge is "okay" and nothing about it is upscale. If you are in to nice food cook all meals in your house and then go to the lodge after dinner for drinks. I have seen the lodge get rowdy on Fri/Sat after 9-10 PM, and have watched families get rightfully irritated if they are not done with dinner by then. They have made an effort to separate the bar from the dining area, but there is often spill over. The fact that the lodge is not upscale also makes it incredibly fun. The laid back, inexpensive bar has colorful and often talented local musicians on the weekend. They have a great steel guitar player that I have seen for the past two years. Catch the bar on a good night and it can be a blast. Don't expect pampering, class, or anything resembling the village at Snowshoe. Unlike their Intrawest neighbor to the south, Timberline does not try to gouge you or try to be something they are not. It's a down home, down to earth atmosphere. Let's be honest, with the exception of Ember, the food at Snowshoe is nothing special either.
We skied the main part of Snowshoe early this December (before Cupp opened) and were averaging about six runs an hour. This is not going to happen at Timberline. Go there knowing and expecting that. The lifts are slow and obsolete. Ten to fifteen minute lift ride depending on the day, crowds, etc... Obviously, such a lack of uphill capacity can become a problem on busy weekends. I would argue however that the number of people on the mountain on a Saturday is not that high, the lifts just simply cannot handle the volume. Despite waiting in line, the more difficult trails never seem to be overly crowded. Maybe I have just been lucky? We always arrive late Wednesday night and enjoy the mountain to ourselves on Thursday and Friday. Deal with it on Saturday and leave Sunday morning. We have found this to be perfect. I would not let the slow lifts deter you, it's a great hill. I think you can stand in line on the main section of Snowshoe for just as long on a busy day. With the exception of Cupp and Shay's, I would much rather ski Timberline. Unlike the main section of Snowshoe, Timberline has not tried to over pack their terrain with slopes in order to boost their trail count. I feel like T-Line has made a conscious effort to make their trails continuous for as long as possible without greenies converging from everywhere once you make it halfway down. This is not to say that this is totally not the case, but not nearly as bad as what you will find at Snowshoe. Like another reader said, Timberline has made a great effort to take advantage of their vertical. The right side of the mountain has three nice blue cruisers that are fine for a weak intermediate, but can keep a stronger skier entertained as well. "Almost Heaven" and "Dew Drop" will keep you occupied, and each have a few enjoyable steeps. The newest slope "Twister" is fun at the top, but turns into a painfully slow green at the bottom. "White Lightning," the widest trail on the mountain, is a nice steep single black cruiser.
This is not to put down Snowshoe. Who doesn't enjoy skiing Snowshoe? Who doesn't think Cupp Run is the best trail, in the area? Of course the Village is cool. These are simply two different worlds. I am confident however that a good trip to T-Line will keep you going back year after year like we do.
Comments on Timberline - posted by Andyski
February 14, 2009 at 9:20 am
& then all this Snow that Canaan Valley is known for began to Dump...& all was forgiven & forgotten...Been there Done that..got the pissed off T-Shirt!...& will keep coming back!
Comments on Timberline - posted by Bob
May 19, 2009 at 8:41 pm
Great Food, and Great mountains for skiers
Comments on Timberline - posted by Ed
January 6, 2010 at 3:35 pm
Timberline is one of my favorite local (DC Region) ski resorts. The snow fall per year never dissappoints! Also look at Davis for even more affordable lodging. The Myer House, B&B on Main Street Davis, www.onthesnow.us to name a few.
Overall great resort for the value
skier's resort - posted by DCsnark
January 18, 2011 at 11:52 pm
Runs are long, some are decently steep and allowed to bump out, yet others are expansive and wide. Runs have "character" and a much better "feel" than snowshoe or whitetail. No crowds. Natural snow. Great Trees. Slopeside accommodations. Inexpensive. Friendly locals.
Two very old, very slow chairlifts service the whole mountain. Park is small. Food in the lodge is terrible.
Comments on Timberline - posted by fishnski
January 19, 2011 at 7:58 pm
Food in lodge is terrible??...Head on up to timbers Pub & you will be Pleasantly surprised at the Quality/Price/Portions...WORD...
Food comment retracted - posted by DCsnark
January 18, 2012 at 10:45 am
Correction - the food is not terrible, actually it's decent and insanely cheap. Ribs are good. The beer is also cheap at $4 a draft. Whitegrass cafe is also a must go. Everything in wv is so much cheaper than DC it's mind blowing.
I stayed in the timberline hotel last visit. $200 a night on a holiday weekend and ski in ski out with parking right in front. Perfectly clean, nice bedding, brand new furnishings. No elevator, just leave the skis in the car on the way in.
From DC proper, it took 4.5 on the way out at night, through 66 bumper to bumper rush hour, snow drifts, and a bit of snow on the road. It took 3:15 minutes on the way home with perfect roads, no traffic and doing 10 over the speed limit.
White lightning imo is my favorite run in the Mid-Atlantic. It's long, very wide, has a nice grade, has nice soft natural powder. They leave the side of it ungroomed and when there is enough snow the trees are skiable.
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January 21, 2012 at 3:23 pm
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Bring your own drinking water to Timberline - posted by DCSki Reader
January 29, 2012 at 6:16 pm
I was at Timberline a few weekends ago, and they were charging for plastic cups of water in the restruant. Apparently, they were even charging for water with a purchased meal.
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