New owner prepping Timberline Mountain for winter season opening

TUCKER COUNTY, W.Va. — If the weather cooperates, skiers and snowboarders could be making runs at the new Timberline Mountain in Tucker County around Thanksgiving, the first skiing and snowboarding in nearly two years at the former Timberline Four Seasons.

“Mother Nature always dictates ski season,” said Tom Price, director of operations for Timberline Mountain, when asked about a projected opening date at what is now a Perfect North Slopes property.

This winter will be the first for operations under Perfect North and the first at Timberline since February 2019 when Timberline abruptly closed.

The property’s previous owners filed for bankruptcy in April 2019, the culmination of years of financial issues.

Last November, Perfect North Slopes, based in Indiana, bought Timberline for $2.2 million following a bid transfer after a bankruptcy auction.

The deal closed in December 2019.

Timberline did not open at all for the 2019-2020 winter season to allow time for the ongoing resort-wide renovations that could add up to more than $12 million in improvements.

“It’s been a test. It was a big project and then, of course, COVID has thrown a few other things at us but (overall) everything has been really good and we just can’t be happier,” Price said.

He said the snow terrain at Timberline was impressive.

“It’s 1,000 vertical feet of consistent pitch and it has good, really hard terrain, hard glade skiing, and then also some of the best beginner skiing we’ve ever seen. The run, Salamander, that wraps around the mountain is two miles long of great, green, beginner skiing.”

Some of the biggest upgrades at Timberline have been to the lift system.

Now on site is a Dopplemyar six-seat, high-speed detachable lift which, Price said, is a first for West Virginia.

“When the chair comes in at the bottom, it slows down for a really nice loading experience and then, when it hits the cable, it speeds up the mountain making the lift ride five minutes or less,” he said.

That’s one of two new lifts.

Snowmaking capabilities have also been expanded with the addition of 75 new snow guns.

The beginner area for new skiers and snowboarders has been reworked.

Improvements continue to the base lodge with a larger single-level deck.

A new cafeteria area was also taking shape and new lift ticket systems with fewer touchpoints were being implemented.

Overall, Price said, a busy spring and summer had given way to a busy fall with winter coming quickly.

“We’ve loved being here in the Valley,” he said.

“It’s a beautiful place and we are just so happy to be able to get our hands on this ski area. We think it’s just a little hidden gem and we’re really excited about the future.”

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