quality snow and a lot of it
easily snowed in, older
The high base elevation and location of Timberline allow it to receive above average snowfall in the form of lake effect from the Great Lakes. However, the road system into the region is older and can easily be shutdown by massive snowfall. The road system is currently under great improvement and access will improve greatly in 1-2 years. The area is still far away from Metropolitan areas, because of this and the likelihood of being snowed in, many that live in the cities do not go to this resort. A lack of customers has prevented the resort from truly profiting enough to make capital improvements in their equipment.
Their equipment, overall, is severely outdated. Lift service is provided from two triple lifts, which are prone to breakdown and appear to be dated from the early to mid 1970s. The snow making is the form of fans on tricycle carts which are moved with snowmobiles. The quality of the machined granular is of above average quality, relative to man made snow.
The staff is poorly presented and many of the lifties likely to not ski or ride. The food, like all resorts, is overpriced. In this case the food is of extremely poor quality. Others places, while overpriced, still present something worth spending the time to eat.
I have seen, but not used, their rental equipment. Bring your own stuff, enough said.
The terrain and the natural snow are of high quality. This makes the mountain itself of rather high quality and fun. If it was closer to the cities, DC/Baltimore it would make a lot more money and be a great place to go.
*Be attentive of others on the mountain, ski patrol is scarce/ doesn't care and many learning the sport may run into you at trail convergences and run over your new skis.