Timberline Four Seasons Resort

by: Joseph Gutmann - Nov 30, 2013

  • Overall Rating 3
  • Family Friendly 3
  • All Mtn. Terrain 5
  • Terrain Park 5
  • Nightlife 4

    Pros: Excellent Mountain Terrian & Vertical Drop, Abundant Snowfall, Nice Real Estate surround the resort, Great Nightlife/Events, Location

    Cons: Horrible Lodging/Hotel, Horrible Food, Slow Lifts, Staff, Crowds, & Location

    Recommended For: Empty Nesters


Full review

Timberline Four Seasons Resort is located in Tucker County, West Virginia's scenic Canaan Valley with the nearest incorporated town being Davis. Notice I have "Location" under both a pro and con for this resort. The reason I believe Timberline's location might be beneficial is mainly because of Canaan Valley Ski Resort just 4 miles down the road. Customers love having 2 ski resorts that close because they can simply ski/board both in a weekend or even a day. If you do ski both resorts then you have the opportunity to ski over 80 trails. Not something you here everyday in the Mid-Atlantic. Of course Timberline's location also has other perks all year round being next to Blackwater Falls State Park & Canaan Valley Resort State Park. Now to the reason this resort's location isn't so good. The answer is, it is simply hard to get too. Their is no other way to get into Canaan Valley than to travel Rt 32, which is a winding "Classic West Virginia" road. Of course, it offers breathless beauty, but many people who come from father east toward Washington DC/Northern VA & the Balitlmore area aren't use to roads like these. Also when it is snowing, you can practically give up trying to make it to Timberline. However this is not the resort's fault, but instead the WV Department of Transportation doing a horrible job of clearing the mountain roads. Now I know it must be hard to clear roads that go above 4000', but once you cross into Garrett County, MD you will notice the roads automatically become better cleared better and I'm not to sure why. Despite all of the negative reasons of the location of the resort, they may all be fixed within the coming years. How so? Well, West Virginia is currently working on Corridor H which will connect those higher populated area's such as the DC area to the mountains. Corridor H will act more as a highway, rather than a back road so hopefully road conditions won't have to become an issue for Timberline.

The absolute best thing about Timberline has to be its mountain terrain and high vertical drop. It is home to the longest trail in the Mid-Atlantic (the 2 mile long Salamander green circle). With Herz Mountain standing at 4,268 it offers a 1000' ft vertical drop throughout the entire resort, not just some parts. I believe that is unmatchable for the Mid-Atlantic and is probably the best vertical drop south of New York. The terrain here is also excellent as well, with some trails being as steep as you see at resorts such as Killington and Stowe. But of course like I said before they also have a nice 2 mile long green circle along with other smooth greens for beginners. And a good mix for the blue squares as well. Along with this mountain terrain, Timberline is also known for its abundant snowfall. Over the past 2 ski season the resort averaged 240 inches of snow. Which in fact they ended up with more snow at the end of last season, than Killington did. Usually they average about 180"-200" each season, but that number may go up as the mountains of West Virginia just keep supplying the white stuff. Pricing at Timberline is probably the best and fairest prices around I have seen, whether you are buying a lift ticket/season pass or renting one of their slope-side condo's. Speaking of condo's, the real estate surrounding the resort I noticed was quite nice so if you are looking for a nice mountain cabin next to a ski area, this might be your place. The nightlife and events at Timberline are also another perk of the resort. The snowy Luau Festival in March is a popular one to note. Also Timber's slope-side bar and grill usually always has a live music.

However, I would stay away from Timberline's cafeteria. I'm not sure if it is like this everyday, but it was almost as cold in their as it was outside. The only thing that kept that place from freezing the fireplace in the center of the room, but once that died the staff didn't even care to throw another log on their. I'm not saying the whole staff at Timberline is awful, but somebody really should have taken care of that. The food was also gross, almost like a school lunch. So pack your own lunch or go to a restaurant nearby. Now going back out to the slopes, the only two things bad about actually skiing/boarding their are the painfully slow lifts and of course (every resort has this problem once and a while) the crowds.

Overall, I would rate Timberline an average resort for the Mid-Atlantic, but to be honest the only thing keeping that resort alive is that mountain terrain and awesome skiing and riding. If they would just renovate and update their lodges/hotel, and lifts the resort would be well above average and possibly be one of the best south of New York.

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