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2 months ago

Just got this email from Timberline Mountain.    A high speed six person quad is beyond anything I could have imagined them doing.     Cuts the ride time down to 5-6 minutes from what used to be about 12.   This is just incredible news and gives us some positive news that we all need at this time.     If they are doing that with the lifts I can’t wait to see what they’ll do with the rest of the mountain.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Nt1SXDwVug&feature=emb_logo

 

Officials with Perfect North Slopes, the new owners of Timberline Mountain, have announced that skiers and snowboarders will be riding to the top on a brand new 6-passenger high speed chairlift next winter. The brand new Doppelmayr 6-passenger lift will be the first of its kind in West Virginia. In addition, the ski resort will have a 4-passenger mid-mountain chairlift that will service beginner and intermediate terrain along with easy access to a race course, terrain park, and most trail-side lodging. Other improvements include a re-graded learning area with a conveyor carpet lift, extensive upgrades to the snowmaking system, a fully remodeled rental shop, consolidated food service facilities, and an updated outdoor area for a fresh sense of arrival.

The resort, which originally opened in the early 80’s, fell into bankruptcy in 2019 and was not open for this previous ski season. Work to restore the ski area began immediately after the purchase by Perfect North Slopes in December.  “We look forward to participating in the economic development of Tucker County and we’re excited to announce the significant investment in Timberline Mountain’s infrastructure that will take place this summer.  I believe skiers and snowboarders next season are going to really enjoy the new experience on this very special mountain,” says Chip Perfect, President of Perfect North Slopes and CEO of Timberline Mountain.  

Perfect’s family has been in the winter sport business for over 40-years, with the operation of the Lawrenceburg, Indiana resort.  Perfect is also a member of the Indiana State Senate.

Timberline Mountain is nestled in Canaan Valley and features 1,000 feet of vertical drop and has a variety of terrain for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities.  

2 months ago

Double Wow!

2 months ago

superCalifragilisticexpialidocious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  
The Colonel

2 months ago

I only visited Timberline once because I felt like it was falling far short of its potential. Between 21st century lifts and US 48/Corridor H reaching all the way to Davis noe, a return trip is much more attactive. Even with average snowmaking, it could really be a destination for DC skiers. I think we’re going to find out.

JimK - DCSki Columnist
2 months ago

The Colonel wrote:

superCalifragilisticexpialidocious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  
The Colonel

+1.  BRAVO!

I think the six pack is definitely a play for Balt-Wash market.  The locals would have been happy with a second hand, but reliable fixed grip double chair:-)

2 months ago

They will instantly become a major player in the Mid-A. 

2 months ago

JimK wrote:

The Colonel wrote:

superCalifragilisticexpialidocious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  
The Colonel

+1.  BRAVO!

I think the six pack is definitely a play for Balt-Wash market.  The locals would have been happy with a second hand, but reliable fixed grip double chair:-)

The locals who wanted a return to the TL they knew 5-10 years ago must be in shock?!!!

interesting question: where are all these new customers going to sleep…

2 months ago

This is awesome news! The best snow I ever skied in the mid A was at Canaan V about 20 years ago the only time I skied there

never tried TL , they sounded like promising owners when I spoke to a manager of Perfect ,this is just perfect!

2 months ago

The Colonel wrote:

JimK wrote:

The Colonel wrote:

superCalifragilisticexpialidocious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  
The Colonel

+1.  BRAVO!

I think the six pack is definitely a play for Balt-Wash market.  The locals would have been happy with a second hand, but reliable fixed grip double chair:-)

The locals who wanted a return to the TL they knew 5-10 years ago must be in shock?!!!

interesting question: where are all these new customers going to sleep…

I think the more prescient question is where will people park. At 2.5 hours from a good chunk of N. VA, a lot of folks will daytrip it on weekends. That 6 pack will handle a lot of people and if there’s decent snowmaking, the mountain has ample terrain to accomodate them. Parking on the other hand is a more limited asset.

2 months ago

Timberline Mountain Ski Patrol is actively recruiting Volunteer ski patrollers for the coming season. Contact us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TimberlineSkiPatrol/?ref=br_rs

2 months ago

johnfmh wrote:

The Colonel wrote:

JimK wrote:

The Colonel wrote:

superCalifragilisticexpialidocious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  
The Colonel

+1.  BRAVO!

I think the six pack is definitely a play for Balt-Wash market.  The locals would have been happy with a second hand, but reliable fixed grip double chair:-)

The locals who wanted a return to the TL they knew 5-10 years ago must be in shock?!!!

interesting question: where are all these new customers going to sleep…

I think the more prescient question is where will people park. At 2.5 hours from a good chunk of N. VA, a lot of folks will daytrip it on weekends. That 6 pack will handle a lot of people and if there’s decent snowmaking, the mountain has ample terrain to accomodate them. Parking on the other hand is a more limited asset.

I had heard the “we don’t want modern lifts, because it’ll get crowded” before. It turns out that model isn’t really supported by the current marketplace. I am skeptical a mom and pop operated ski area could work there even if mom and pop weren’t under indictment. 



 

marzNC - DCSki Supporter
2 months ago

wfyurasko wrote:

 

I had heard the “we don’t want modern lifts, because it’ll get crowded” before. It turns out that model isn’t really supported by the current marketplace. I am skeptical a mom and pop operated ski area could work there even if mom and pop weren’t under indictment. 
 

That was said by people who didn’t work for Sugar in NC for years.  Of course, some of those people probably know how much a detachable quad would cost.  The old lift was a very slow double with a mid-station.  Sugar upgraded the trails and other lifts on a slow but steady timeline since 2009.  Much like Perfect North has been doing for a few decades from what I can tell.  Sugar is also a family owned mountain.  Now Sugar has more terrain and a base detachable to the summit.  Not a lot of land for parking in Banner Elk either.

What did Timberline have for summer revenue?  I would guess that the North family has plans for that as well.

2 months ago

Wow, and double-wow.  A surprse to see this much, this big, this soon after closing.  The place had deteriorated so much in facilities, operations, and management in the past decade.  Always enjoyed the patrollers, ski school staff, and many other staffers I met, though … not to mention the ski-crazies.

I agree with wfyurasko, JimK, LHC and others about TM becoming a major player in the Mid-Atlantic with these moves.  All now needs to come to fruition and we need Mother Nature meets us at least halfway.  I share johnfmh’s concerns about parking - that parking pit was so often a haphazard hog waller.  Well, if they can fix the snowmaking, lifts, and operations, I expect that the Perfect team can handle parking, too … and maybe make a sheltered place to buy lift tix on those coooold mornings. ❄️. Best to Chip (hey, another skiing Chip in the Valley!) and the TM team - everyone!  

See you on the slopes. ⛷

Woody

2 months ago

marzNC wrote:

What did Timberline have for summer revenue?  I would guess that the North family has plans for that as well.

At one point they had lift served mountain biking.  Many of the trails are still there in some form. Scenic lift rides of course. The bar/restaurant was usually open and I believe they offered horseback riding through one of the local stables.  

 

2 months ago

The Colonel wrote:

 

The locals who wanted a return to the TL they knew 5-10 years ago must be in shock?!!!

 

not really, but most of them have been kicked off this forum for exposing what was really going on and bashing the previous owners, who I guess were paying for advertising (if their checks cleared) so it put the moderator in a pickle probably

the real question is when is snowsmith making good on the bet about the lifts?!  :) 

Scott - DCSki Editor
2 months ago

chaga wrote:

The Colonel wrote:

 

The locals who wanted a return to the TL they knew 5-10 years ago must be in shock?!!!

 

not really, but most of them have been kicked off this forum for exposing what was really going on and bashing the previous owners, who I guess were paying for advertising (if their checks cleared) so it put the moderator in a pickle probably

the real question is when is snowsmith making good on the bet about the lifts?!  :) 

(Sigh.)

Nobody was kicked off this forum.

Timberline wasn’t paying for advertising and I had no interaction with the management of Timberline.

The only administrative actions DCSki has ever taken were clearly documented here, and were the result of blatant Terms of Use violations.  I can’t even repeat the details of a couple of the deleted posts because they were so over the line.

Yes, I grew tired of having to keep an eye on a large volume of posts, many of which were borderline slander and could not be verified (or that I easily verified were NOT true — such as repeated claims over the years that Timberline had been sold when it had not been), putting the poster at risk of being sued.  And the e-mails I was receiving from readers made it clear that the silent majority didn’t like seeing DCSki hijacked by a few users to become nothing more than a “bash Timberline all the time” forum.  I encouraged folks to stick to the facts on DCSki and leave the most salacious and unverifiable rumors for other venues.  It’s not like there weren’t plenty of damning facts coming out.

Some users thought they should be able to post whatever they wanted to (or make multiple accounts so they could post under multiple names) — that they shouldn’t need to adhere to DCSki’s Terms of Use.  When they met resistance they began attacking DCSki, making up stuff about being censored, having posts edited or deleted when they weren’t, etc.  Some users may have chosen to stop posting to DCSki, which is fine, but it’s not because they were kicked off this forum.  So I’d appreciate you not insinuating otherwise.

2 months ago

Scott - I agree with you. Some people were calling the place ‘Tslime’ and saying the management was intentionally vandalizing equipment. Totally inappropriate. Actually, Pugski, where many of the ‘rebel-rousers’ moved to is much more strict. No politics or mean spirited stuff is tolerated on that site. 

Chaga - I was about as wrong as wrong can be. somehow I would like to make good on my bet in person. Perhaps at Tline gathering this winter. Who knows, the COVID 19 recession could kill the project👹…. I’d rather part with a fifty spot.

2 months ago

I am  strongly in favor of the changes going forward at Timberline and am not a huge fan of mom and pop resorts. I suspect Timberline purchased a detachable 6 as opposed to a detachable 4 to gain more capacity and probably because the marginal cost difference was not a financial obstacle for it. I applaud this decision. 

Parking at Timberline, however, really is a finite resource. The resort simply does not have the space to create much more parking and garages are very expensive and generally only built as an amenity for hotel or condo complexes. If business increases (which is inevitable), the resort is going to have to either (a) turn away some day visitors similar to what has happened at Bogus Basin and Crystal Mountain this year or (b) build or lease satellite lots somehere and shuttle people to the resort. 

2 months ago

Scott wrote:

chaga wrote:

The Colonel wrote:

 

The locals who wanted a return to the TL they knew 5-10 years ago must be in shock?!!!

 

not really, but most of them have been kicked off this forum for exposing what was really going on and bashing the previous owners, who I guess were paying for advertising (if their checks cleared) so it put the moderator in a pickle probably

the real question is when is snowsmith making good on the bet about the lifts?!  :) 

(Sigh.)

Nobody was kicked off this forum.

Timberline wasn’t paying for advertising and I had no interaction with the management of Timberline.

The only administrative actions DCSki has ever taken were clearly documented here, and were the result of blatant Terms of Use violations.  I can’t even repeat the details of a couple of the deleted posts because they were so over the line.

Yes, I grew tired of having to keep an eye on a large volume of posts, many of which were borderline slander and could not be verified (or that I easily verified were NOT true — such as repeated claims over the years that Timberline had been sold when it had not been), putting the poster at risk of being sued.  And the e-mails I was receiving from readers made it clear that the silent majority didn’t like seeing DCSki hijacked by a few users to become nothing more than a “bash Timberline all the time” forum.  I encouraged folks to stick to the facts on DCSki and leave the most salacious and unverifiable rumors for other venues.  It’s not like there weren’t plenty of damning facts coming out.

Some users thought they should be able to post whatever they wanted to (or make multiple accounts so they could post under multiple names) — that they shouldn’t need to adhere to DCSki’s Terms of Use.  When they met resistance they began attacking DCSki, making up stuff about being censored, having posts edited or deleted when they weren’t, etc.  Some users may have chosen to stop posting to DCSki, which is fine, but it’s not because they were kicked off this forum.  So I’d appreciate you not insinuating otherwise.

Scott, thanks for the cool site! When I found it couple months ago I mentioned I was looking for people to ski the Beast, I just came up with the name Vermont out of the blue (or should I say white) I never thought about it maybe not being a good idea as this is Mid A site but you or anyone never said anything was wrong with that, now I am thinking I am back to more local skiing next seaso. And I will bring the snow! And maybe meet some nice locals as well.

I see on other sites how some bash others and the ones who have to chime in to back tbeir drinking buddies, not here you all rock!

peace, stay safe Vt.

2 months ago

Parking will definitely be an issue if they start to draw good crowds, the only option to me seems to be satellite parking down the road somewhere as the base area is all built up with houses.    When we went to Big Sky a few weeks ago they had a shuttle system that ran continuously that seemed to work very well of pickup trucks and tractors towing flatbed trailers with a series of benches on them that could hold 20-30 people easily.   It would make a few stops and people could jump on and off quickly while holding their skis/boards (vs a shuttle bus where you have to take the time to have everyone put their skis/boards in the back and go through a single door.   This was a very efficient and easy to use shuttle that would work very well for Timberline if the could find some land down Timberline road to put in additional parking.

2 months ago

My guess is that there are many options for remote parking in and near Davis. Many customers will 

be driving through Davis anyway.  I am ready to buy my season’s pass. 

marzNC - DCSki Supporter
2 months ago

The stand-only trailer at Elk seems to work fine to get people from the parking lot to the base.  There is also a small parking lot that can be used by season passholders who are happy booting up in the car.  More on the same scale as Tline, as opposed to what is done at a large destination resort like Big Sky.

2 months ago
Yeah, I was thinking that something like they have at Elk could work at TL.
2 months ago

Parking at Timberline Mountain can and will be an issue.  There are three parking areas at timberline and the rest is private.  I’m a homeowner at the closest area and we do enforce parking meaning we will tow if the cars are not properly tagged and parked.  I think there are solutions but it needs to be closely cordinated with local HOAs. This is a work in progress.  

  

one month ago

Does anyone have any intel on season pass/ski the valley ticket deals? How much/When they will announce? I know most other local places offer around 300$ for early buyers. I also checked and it is 300$ at Perfect North as well. They also offer a “Ski once a week” Deal for less than that. 

 

Would also be awesome to see if they expand trails in the future. I have never skied there but based off what I can tell from reviews, for a 3 hour drive it has the best advanced terrain/snow combo in the area. 

one month ago

Hopefully Perfect North didn’t bite off more than it can chew.

Vail just axed all planned new ifts and capital spending.

If the virus turns out to be seasonal, like the flu, there would be another awful winter next winter.

 

one month ago

I sure hope that’s not the case but hopefully by the winter we will have a much better idea of how the virus works and how to treat it. Stay safe out there people!

 

As far as Vail essentially freezing spending I think you also need to consider how different their situation is. They had to shorten their ski season by atleast a month at many of their biggest locations such as Vail, Breck, and Whistler. They had to issue refunds for people who planned trips they could not attend, and lost a ton of expected revenue (lost out big on Spring Break season). They also have southern hemisphere ski resorts that will need to close for most likely their entire season. 

Where as Perfect North may have closed a week early so the year was normal for them. Obviously, I have no idea what their financials look like and they could have money tied up in different investment portfolios that are not doing well. All we can do is hope for the best but as of now I have a positive outlook on next season!

one month ago

I messaged timberline mountain on Facebook about season passes and they told me they will go on sale this summer for 259$ for everyday and will have other options available too. Seems like a great deal to me!

marzNC - DCSki Supporter
one month ago

Looks like season passholders for Perfect North who want to make the drive from the midwest to WV for a taste of Timberline will  get a discount.

“New for 2020/2021: Perfect North Slopes passholders can use their season passes to receive 50% off their lift ticket at Timberline Mountain in Davis, West Virginia!”

 

one month ago

There have been no updates to their Facebook page in over 3 weeks. Is it possible that lift installations and other work is being delayed due to the Covid-19 crisis?

one month ago

Most states’ stay at home orders treat construction work as an essential 

activity regardless of the purpose of the construction.  Whether or not the work is really 

“essential”,  this does lessen the economic harm caused by the orders. 

one month ago

The construction is ongoing.  Dopplemeyer is on site getting the foundations for the lift bases put together with re-bar.  The parking lots are full with construction equipment and materials.  This place will ROCK this season and although I don’t want to hassle a lot of folks, I hope they have a great season.  Timberline Mountain will be the mountain to ski in 20/21.  

one month ago

YEW!!!

one month ago

Doesn’t surprise me, developers get stuff done! Covid 19 is the new asbestos to construction workers just give em some protection and a safe distance and they work, I think they are going to be GREAT owners, thank you for the update as it saved me a drive out there, I am figuring on taking a drive there sometime and try and get to know the area and maybe meet someone from Perfect North and check out options for next season 

one month ago

Question for the (former and future) TL regulars - are you going to go ahead and buy a TL season pass for this year, or give it a season to see how things shake out? 3 seasons ago I did the SS pass. 2 seasons ago Ikon. Last season WTG (with the Wisp reciprocal benefits). Really considering taking the plunge back into TL this year but if there was a commitment from the new owners to have, say, WL open by mid-december that would seal the deal. Obviously weather-dependent - by “commitment” I mean that they would have the snowmaking infrastructure in place and would be willing to run the guns even in marginal snowmaking conditions.

This also assumes Covid doesn’t impact ski ops, which at this point cannot be said with any certainty.

 

one month ago

Probably if the price point is reasonable. I purchased the all access Epic, so I will want to ski Whitetail/Liberty and will probably take trips to NH, CO, and UT to justify the Epic, but that still leaves many weekends at Timberline. Another issue for me is direct access. I don’t want to have to go to the ticket office every ski day. I want to ski directly from my condo to the 6Pack. 😀

marzNC - DCSki Supporter
one month ago

Noticed that Perfect North has a Once-A-Week pass.  $149 for adults 13-59 and $111 for 60+.

Perhaps there will be some sort of less typical season pass option(s) for Timberline to encourage people to go check it out in 2021. Seems like they must be aware of the popularity of the Snowshoe Ridiculous pass.

marzNC - DCSki Supporter
one month ago

I’m hoping that Timberline and CV will be on the Indy Pass for 2020-21.  During a stay at Massanutten, I could have a very good time doing day trips to Bryce.  Perhaps day trips to Davis too, but more likely to stay overnight.

one month ago

Being a long time regular at t-line, I will most probably buy a season pass or may do the ski school thing along with the wife.  We live in our house in Yoakum III, but during the season base out of our condo if we are working.  Location is important here and like John, I prefer to head straight to the lifts, by passing ticket windows.  Dopplemeyer is working now getting the lifts sites ready.  I would expect once mud season is over there will be real efforts to get the snowmaking infrastructure up to speed.  I’m excited that WL will be wider w/o the silverqueen lift in the way and I would imagine that they will make snow early and often. Perfect North was over 50% open by mid November last year so they know what they are doing.  With the valley’s elevation and usual colder temps in late to mid fall we might get some early season turns around Thanksgiving. Back in the day CVR would always be open by Thanksgiving and Timberline used to always stay open well into April giving us well over 5 months on snow. Twas the life.

    

one month ago

Timberline Mountain is going to release a website this summer that will have season pass sales, new trail maps, etc. and should answer most of our questions. Really looking forward to that release, hopefully it’ll come out shortly after Memorial Day. 

one month ago

Really anxious to see their new trail map and how they will be configuring a number of the trails.

one month ago

I wouldn’t expect too much in trail change since they are working on the infrastructure for lifts and snowmaking.  There is room for expansion but at the cost of some of our favorite power stashes in the trees or to skier’s left of twister but it’s west facing.  I’ve been amazed at the changes we are seeing.  Dopplemeyer has Timberline’s six pack and quad at the top of their list and work is going on in earnest to have them installed. I don’t know how long it takes to get a new lift in but at the rate they are going, we could be doing senic chair rides by the 4th.  They are reconfiguring the lodge and will be reparing the decks which was mucho needed.  I imagine the entire curb appeal experience will change as the lifts will both load in the area that is where the ski patrol building is/was.  Lots of parking back in the area of the hotel and beyond.  Probably will be twice what the old large lot held.  It’s exciting to see.  Houses and lots are selling in the valley and folks are really excited.   

one month ago

kwillg6 wrote:

I wouldn’t expect too much in trail change since they are working on the infrastructure for lifts and snowmaking.  There is room for expansion but at the cost of some of our favorite power stashes in the trees or to skier’s left of twister but it’s west facing.  I’ve been amazed at the changes we are seeing.  Dopplemeyer has Timberline’s six pack and quad at the top of their list and work is going on in earnest to have them installed. I don’t know how long it takes to get a new lift in but at the rate they are going, we could be doing senic chair rides by the 4th.  They are reconfiguring the lodge and will be reparing the decks which was mucho needed.  I imagine the entire curb appeal experience will change as the lifts will both load in the area that is where the ski patrol building is/was.  Lots of parking back in the area of the hotel and beyond.  Probably will be twice what the old large lot held.  It’s exciting to see.  Houses and lots are selling in the valley and folks are really excited.   

 

Kwillg6,

That’s an informative and encouraging update on Timberline Mountain.  Can’t wait!

Thanks for your post. 

Woody

one month ago

bousquet19 wrote:

kwillg6 wrote:

I wouldn’t expect too much in trail change since they are working on the infrastructure for lifts and snowmaking.  There is room for expansion but at the cost of some of our favorite power stashes in the trees or to skier’s left of twister but it’s west facing.  I’ve been amazed at the changes we are seeing.  Dopplemeyer has Timberline’s six pack and quad at the top of their list and work is going on in earnest to have them installed. I don’t know how long it takes to get a new lift in but at the rate they are going, we could be doing senic chair rides by the 4th.  They are reconfiguring the lodge and will be reparing the decks which was mucho needed.  I imagine the entire curb appeal experience will change as the lifts will both load in the area that is where the ski patrol building is/was.  Lots of parking back in the area of the hotel and beyond.  Probably will be twice what the old large lot held.  It’s exciting to see.  Houses and lots are selling in the valley and folks are really excited.   

 

Kwillg6,

That’s an informative and encouraging update on Timberline Mountain.  Can’t wait!

Thanks for your post. 

Woody

I live at the base of the mountain and watch the work go on as it has since January.  We find the Perfect North family and workers wanting to be good neighbors which is a huge change from what we endured before. We welcome them into our piece of heaven.  

26 days ago

johnfmh wrote:

Probably if the price point is reasonable. I purchased the all access Epic, so I will want to ski Whitetail/Liberty and will probably take trips to NH, CO, and UT to justify the Epic, but that still leaves many weekends at Timberline. Another issue for me is direct access. I don’t want to have to go to the ticket office every ski day. I want to ski directly from my condo to the 6Pack. 😀

 

I saw an ad that said that early bird pass price would be $249 starting in May sometime. 

 

25 days ago

chaga wrote:

johnfmh wrote:

Probably if the price point is reasonable. I purchased the all access Epic, so I will want to ski Whitetail/Liberty and will probably take trips to NH, CO, and UT to justify the Epic, but that still leaves many weekends at Timberline. Another issue for me is direct access. I don’t want to have to go to the ticket office every ski day. I want to ski directly from my condo to the 6Pack. 😀

 

I saw an ad that said that early bird pass price would be $249 starting in May sometime. 

Sounds like a great deal! I am going to take a ride  and check out the mountain soon, thanks!

Scott - DCSki Editor
21 days ago

Be sure to check out DCSki’s extensive Feature Story on the Renaissance of Timberline - it just went on-line here: http://www.dcski.com/articles/1614.  You might want to brew a cup of coffee first, though — it’s one of the longest feature stories DCSki has run.  I hope you enjoy it.

20 days ago

Great write up Scott. Looking forward to Timberline Mountain becoming the best game in town.

Denis - DCSki Supporter
20 days ago

What’s the status of corridor H these days?  Does it go all the way to Davis?

how much time does it take to get to the valley from Pittsburgh?

20 days ago

Had the coffee ready! very cool, I knew theirs a reason I like the “valley ” the one time I went there to Canaan skiing about 20 years ago, the snow was amazing, if it’s like the other contributor said Stowe, we used to stay at the Vermont state ski dorms there for $15 a night included breakfast and dinner and of course those old blankets we used to pile on us riding up the chairlift, ahh the days before “safety “ 

I hope they stay away from mega passes,  are strong enough to handle things themselves as they seem to be to keep crowds down, I hope to check it out maybe help clear some of those beautiful looking glades! Dig those pictures great write up!

19 days ago

Denis wrote:

What’s the status of corridor H these days?  Does it go all the way to Davis?

how much time does it take to get to the valley from Pittsburgh?

Corridor H (US 48) is a continous four-lane highway between Davis and Wardensville — over 62 miles.

 

 

19 days ago

Denis - From the east, yes, from the west, no.

19 days ago

Denis wrote:

What’s the status of corridor H these days?  Does it go all the way to Davis?

how much time does it take to get to the valley from Pittsburgh?

From Pittsburgh around 3 hours. I’m about 3 &1/2 from some 25 miles north of dahntahn Pixburgh. I have day tripped it.

8 days ago

Yo, DCSkiers, what’s going on at Timberline Mountain,WV?  We need pictures and details about the ongoing revitalization of this ski area by the Perfects, the new TLM mountain owners.  Tons of positive changes coming for the 20-21 ski season!  Remodeled lodge, zip towers gone, old lifts gone, new lifts under construction (including a high speed six person chair), new improved & repaired snow making, etc!!!

what are the ultimate and interim plans for snowmaking? Few details known about this most important aspect of the new/future TLM, the Perfect Ski Mountain? 

Assuming Covid-19 still a big problem this coming ski season, how might TLM operate within distancing protections, etc.  For example only load two per six pack char only on the ends of each chair!? 
The Colonel
 



 

marzNC - DCSki Supporter
6 days ago

The Colonel wrote:

Assuming Covid-19 still a big problem this coming ski season, how might TLM operate within distancing protections, etc.  For example only load two per six pack char only on the ends of each chair!? 
The Colonel
 

Keeping up social distancing will definitely still be necessary for this winter.  All the ski areas that ran lifts in May (yes, there were a few) allowed singles and didn’t put people who didn’t know each other together on any chair.

The ski resorts in Australia and New Zealand are preparing to open by late June.  Those island countries shut down international travel and went to Stay At Home quite a while ago.  New daily cases are well under 25.  Of course, much smaller populations than the entire U.S.  In any case, how things run for the June-Sept ski season there will be watched by all N. American ski resort managers.  Vail Resorts owns three resorts in Australia.  Ikon has locations in Australia and NZ.

3 days ago

Lodge/food service/restrooms is going to be the big challenge if the virus is widely circulating this coming winter.  Crowded indoor environments with little air circulation.  Undoubtedly resort operators are all trying to figure this out now but it will place a huge premium on slopeside or near-slope lodging this winter, seems to me, particularly houses, condos and other single family occupancy dwellings with entrance/exit directly from the outdoors.

marzNC - DCSki Supporter
2 days ago

Norsk wrote:

Lodge/food service/restrooms is going to be the big challenge if the virus is widely circulating this coming winter.  Crowded indoor environments with little air circulation.  Undoubtedly resort operators are all trying to figure this out now but it will place a huge premium on slopeside or near-slope lodging this winter, seems to me, particularly houses, condos and other single family occupancy dwellings with entrance/exit directly from the outdoors.

What I’m watching is the speculation about how the Australian and New Zealand ski resorts are going to handle their ski season.  Opening days have been pushed back to late June or early July.  The biggest question is lodging for not only customers but also staff.  The Australian resorts are mostly in national parks so really no big towns around at all.  The one ski town that’s less than an hour drive from the bigger resorts is really not the big.

Ski resorts in Australia have much more in common with mid-Atlantic or northeast ski resorts than destination resorts in the Rockies.  Vail Resorts owns three resorts in Australia, so they will be learning a lot first-hand in the next few months.

The big advantage is that both Australia and NZ shut down international travel early on and was testing people flying in.  People who tested positive were required to quarantine away from their homes.  Australia has had less than 20 new COVID-19 cases per day for quite a while, for a country/continent with 25 million people.  NZ has done even better.  So community spread is very much under control with plenty of testing and contact tracing.

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