Outlasting its fellow West Virginia resorts and dozens more throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, [R471R, Timberline Four Season Resort] is preparing to put the 2011-12 season of scant snowfall behind it. The resort opened for the season on December 17, and has an anticipated closing of March 25.

With so many resorts being forced to shut down weeks, even months earlier than a typical season, Timberline has one main thing to thank for the longetivity they've enjoyed.

"Snowmaking," says Timberline General Manager Tom Blanzy. "Every year we try to add increased snowmaking capacity. Our snowmaking team missed very few opportunities to make snow. They kept up with the work on the hill, constantly checking guns and water flow, moving guns and all the things that make fore good productivity." "We hope to open even early and have a longer season in 2012/13."

Following last weekend's Snowy Luau festival, a traditional event at the resort that celebrates the warm temps with a Hawaiian theme, games and friendly competition, the resort has discontinued mid-week operations in a effort to preserve the conditions for skier and rider traffic through next weekend's Local's Cup races. This is annual event is open to all and features events like a Bump Competition, Best  Retro costume contest and more on Saturday. Then the Local's Cup Race wraps up the season on Sunday.

[R471R, Current conditions.]