It was starting to look like the lifts at a once-beloved West Virginia ski area had run for the last time. Years of struggles had led Timberline Four Seasons Resort to file for bankruptcy. Then, new owners stepped up to the plate, with a bold plan to reinvigorate the ski area. In this extensive Feature Story, DCSki covers the past, present, and future of Timberline Mountain.
The honeymoon didn't last long. Last week, Mid-Atlantic skiers and snowboarders awakened to a new reality: now that Missouri-based Peak Resorts, Inc. owns Liberty, Roundtop, and Whitetail Resorts, changes are afoot. And these changes mean there could be much less change in the pockets of local winter sports enthusiasts starting next winter. That has led to outrage on the part of many Mid-Atlantic skiers.
This week marks the end of an era for the Mid-Atlantic, with Liberty, Roundtop, and Whitetail changing ownership from Snow Time, Inc. to midwest-based Peak Resorts. DCSki provides a detailed history of the Snow Time resorts that Irv Naylor started in 1964.
Jim Kenney hit the trifecta of fine ski conditions last weekend at Pennsylvania's Laurel Mountain Resort, experiencing a powder Friday, bluebird Saturday, and spring skiing Sunday. The icing on the cake? Spending the weekend in person with a couple dozen friends met through on-line communities such as DCSki. Jim provides this Firsthand Report of the unspoiled Laurel Mountain.
By Jim Kenney | February 9, 2019
The ski industry has changed significantly in recent years: ski conglomerates Vail Resorts and the Alterra Mountain Company have gobbled up resorts across the country, and now offer competing "mega passes" that provide skiing and riding across dozens of properties for one historically low price. The proposition has been simple: commit to buying a mega pass in the spring, and youâ€™ll receive countless ski days across North America the following winter. Epic and Ikon have now released pricing and details for their 2020-2021 winter season passes. In this story, DCSki takes a look at these passes from the perspective of a Mid-Atlantic skier.
DCSki recently covered the outrage many Mid-Atlantic skiers are having over the elimination of popular season pass products at Liberty, Roundtop, and Whitetail. The new Peak Passes are priced significantly higher but expand the number of ski areas available. Does that justify the higher cost? We analyze the properties that are part of the Peak Resorts portfolio to assist skiers in determining whether the substantially higher pricing of these passes is worth it.
On Wednesday, November 20, 2019, West Virginia's Timberline Resort entered a new era as it was purchased at auction by Perfect North Slopes, adding a promising new chapter to the beleaguered resort.
Lifts have evolved a lot over the years, and there are now thousands in operation across the world -- ranging from simple surface lifts to high-speed gondolas that have a 1.88-mile free span between two towers. And thoroughly documenting all of those lifts -- past, present, and future -- is Peter Landsman, founder and editor of the excellent web site LiftBlog.com. DCSki recently interviewed Peter to learn more about his passion for lifts and the success he's had operating LiftBlog.
In late March, John Sherwood found himself in the Seattle region and decided to make a side trip to try out the skiing at scenic Crystal Mountain Resort. He provides this report.
DCSki Columnist Robbie Allen is always searching for smaller ski areas, and he recently found one that's located on Army property but is open to the public. He describes his trip there in this report.