I love Timberline! I've gone every winter break since I was a small tot, learning to ski and snowboard there. I travel with family and friends, this year we had 13 kids, ages 4 to 18. We go the day after Christmas and -no joke- the kids in my family count down the days to Timberline instead of Christmas. The instructors are awesome, always professional and kind. The mountain may not be as large as Snowshoe, but offers a large variety of terrain. While the lines may be long, the trails are surely worth the wait. From greens to double blacks and backcountry, you can find what you need at Timberline. The people who work there are down to earth, and if you happen to be there on a freezing day, feel free to take off your boots and warm up in a rustic lodge with two large wood fireplaces. Sleeping arrangements range from interesting hotels in the area to luxorious slopeside homes. If you want a real mountain experience, Timberline is the place to be.