Alpine Lake

Terra Alta, West Virginia

According to Kenny Hess, Alpine Lake had a 450-foot vertical, one rope two, and two T-Bars.

Today, Alpine Lake Resort offers 9 miles of cross country trails, 6 miles of back country trails, and open meadows, scenic wooded, and lakeside trails.

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Reader Comments

robbie a
July 19, 2005
I ski Apline Lake back in the early 80's. It was small, but as I recall had a great pool. We stayed at a ski in ski house on the slope but had to drive all the way around the lake to get to the lodge.

I came back in the mid 90's and stayed in the "new" lodge w/ my wife. Who laughed at the place.

I think I like the place becuase I went once with a church group and got top hang with senior s when I was in 9th grade. they were very hot....
robbie a
July 19, 2005
I ski Apline Lake back in the early 80's. It was small, but as I recall had a great pool. We stayed at a ski in ski house on the slope but had to drive all the way around the lake to get to the lodge.

I came back in the mid 90's and stayed in the "new" lodge w/ my wife. Who laughed at the place.

I think I like the place becuase I went once with a church group and got top hang with senior s when I was in 9th grade. they were very hot....
Millie
August 25, 2005
I just visited Alpine Lake and it is beautiful now in late summer. I can't wait to go when there is snow on the ground. I'm thinking The cross country trails will be great.
Scott
October 25, 2005
Alpine's ski area changed several times over the years. At one time, there were three lifts (two pomas and a rope tow). There was a main slope with two ways down the face... one being more difficult. There was a great trail through the woods, but this was only open during heavy snows due to the fact that there was no snow-making capabilites on that trail. There was a small, steep slope that went on the fairway for the famous golf hole 10, but this was seldom-used, and the lift wasn't used very often. This slope was great for sledding. And finally, there was the small, learning hill with a tow rope.
There was a ski shop in the basement of the Lodge, hottubs, and a large pool. The restaurant/ lounge has one of the best views in WV. The rooms at the old Lodge were comfortable, and also had a great view.
I miss the old ski-area at Alpine. We spent many wonderful weekends there in the 80's (and as late as Valentine's Day in 1991). The golf course is very nice, and summer has become a popular time for Alpine. But, I miss the good old days of skiing there.
TCS
March 24, 2006
Is this the same area as "Mountaintop"? (circa 1970)
DCSki Reader
September 6, 2006
I vividly remember Alpine Lake Ski Slopes. The family went for a visit when the area was brand new. I recall a conversation with a real estate person at the area who explained to me that the ski slopes were 2000' long with a vertical drop of 2000'...in other words, a cliff. And I really remember an outside potty that was state of the art...a gas fired incinerator. After doing your business you pushed the flush and a flame shot out below with a whoosh. Nearly scared me to death, much less the number I thought might be done on the crown jewels!!!
Quite an experience.
The Colonel
John
January 29, 2007
Ah yes, Alpine Lake, went there in the early to mid 80's. They had one slope (er, hill, well maybe a slight incline) with a poma lift. Went with a bunch of folks who never skied before. Had a great time.
attempted rescue
October 14, 2007
tried to lease this place from the homeowners assoc back in the late 90's but the they preferred to have the place all to themselves courtesy of the absentee lot owners. As I recall, there were no active ski slopes, the restaurant fire escape was roped off with caution tape due to deterioration, much like the entire "resort". The pool was closed and they were attempting to reopen the lodge with space heaters and no staff. I still wish I had written a sit-com about the place. and it appears the board and majority of property owners remains in tact!
Rick Latham
March 28, 2008
My Aunt & Uncle owned a house at Alpine Lake in the late 90's until 2005. I skied there a couple of times when we lived in Columbus, OH. Also played golf there. The golf was better then the skiing, but the run had a decent pitch to it. One of the fastest tubing hills around. The winters got too long and cold for them, so they moved to southern WV.
ggnagy/midatlanticlost
April 14, 2009
History of alpine lake, kind of vague on the ski area details. http://www.clutterrealty.com/images/alpinelakehistory/historyofalpinejesseprice.htm
Alice
November 17, 2010
My family bought a vacation house that is right next to Alpine Lake's old ski slope. While they no longer operate any lifts or light it up, they keep the grass cut and the snow piles up like crazy in the winter time. It's fun to go out there and sled down. If you have a good 4 wheel drive vehicle and someone willing to drive, you can ski/snowboard down and then drive up to the top to go again! The community has a guard that won't let you in unless you are staying there, so don't plan to just show up and check out the old slope. If you have interest in staying in Alpine Lake in the winter or anytime, check out my mom's place: http://woodlandsalpinelake.com Alpine Lake has made a lot of improvements over the last few years and is a really nice place to take a vacation.
RLR
December 3, 2011
I skied here once, the winter of 1995-96. As I recall there were only one or two short slopes with not much vertical drop.

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