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Timberline Four Seasons Resort

Check out the Unofficial Guide to Timberline for details on things like secret stashes, best places to ski, avoiding lift lines, and other local insights on the mountain. 


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Timberline now open for the 2013-14 ski season. Opening date was Thursday, December 12; scheduled closing date is Sunday, March 30.
2012-13: Opened on Friday, December 21, pushed back from the originally scheduled Thursday December 13 and closed on Sunday, March 31.
Daily snowfall and snow depth reports (this is the gold standard from a local weather buff in nearby Canaan Heights, WV): Dave's Snowfall Tracker
Also, the Whitegrass conditions page is useful.
NOAA Point Forecast - 1 (approximate ski area location)
NOAA Point Forecast - 2 (Davis, WV, closest town)


Davis, WV weather (a bit warmer than at the mountain):

Average snowfall is 180 inches (http://data.canaanmtnsnow.com/)
For the weather and climate geeks (NOAA/Caanan Valley Institute Research Paper discussing some unique climate features of the area): PDF on Canaan Valley Climate



Windwood Fly-In Resort (if you are a pilot)


Elkins-Randolph County Airport


Dulles International Airport


Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

Baltimore/Washington International Airport


Pittsburgh International Airport


Driving directions per Timberline's Web Site.


General driving tips:

  • Don't trust GPS when driving in West Virginia. Many devices have been known to direct drivers via unplowed dirt roads through wilderness areas. Exercise your brain and ditch the box.
  • Depending upon your route, gas stations may be far between. So make sure you have adequate gas. From DC, gas stations can be located in Strasburg (US-48/VA-55 just off I-81); Wardensville, WV; Moorefield, WV; end of Corridor H in Bismarck, WV (take a short back-track to the right); Davis, WV; Canaan Valley, WV.
  • During storms, it is often best to stay low in the valleys, if possible. The higher elevations are more subject to drifting snow, cross winds and reduced visibility. WV-93 can be a tricky road in poor conditions, despite being relatively flat. (The WV-93 section is relatively short.)
  • Once you've made the climb up to Davis/Canaan Valley, the roads are relatively flat to the ski areas. However, some rental houses near Timberline have steep unpaved climbs to the houses and 4WD may be needed at times. (The house descriptions should specify this.)
  • Timberline, Whitegrass and Canaan Valley ski areas are a 10 minute drive from each other.


From DC Area:

In November of 2013, a new section of WV Corridor H has opened, further reducing the time from the DC area. From the Beltway and I-66, (assuming no rush hour traffic and clear roads), the trip is 2.5 to 2.75 hours. As mentioned above, the WV-93 section at the end of Corridor H can be tricky, depending upon the weather.


Name Description

Timbers Inn - Timberline Slopeside Hotel



Standard Rooms with 2 queen beds, Jacuzzi Suites, Family Jacuzzi Suite 2 bedroom with 2 queens and 2 bunks. Expanded standard room with 2 queens and double futon

Timberline Four Seasons Realty


Rentals of private homes, condos and townhouses throughout the area.


Mountaintop Realty and Rentals Rentals of private homes, condos and townhouses throughout the area.
VRBO Rentals of private homes, condos and townhouses throughout the area.

Bright Morning Inn



Bed and Breakfast in Davis, WV, all rooms with private bath. One large guest house that sleeps 9. Guest house has fully equipped kitchen, satellite TV and washer/dryer.


Group Lodging (Sitzmark Bunkhouse)

Bunkhouse adjacent to the main Timberline parking lot. Often used by youth group trips.

Village Inn  
Blackwater Falls Lodge  
Canaan Valley Lodge  
Canaan Valley Cabins  

Timberline Ski Area: Timbers Pub and Fireside Grill (Upper level in Timberline's lodge.) Menu Live music.
Timberline Ski Area: Timberhaus Cafeteria (Main level in Timberline's lodge.)
Canaan Valley (near ski areas): White Grass Cafe   (Winter only. Lunch: Daily; Dinner: Friday and Saturday/Holidays. Reservations no longer required for dinner.)
Canaan Valley (near ski areas): Sirianni's Pizza and Cafe (304) 866-3388 (On Route 32 towards Davis)
Canaan Valley (near ski areas): Deerfield Village Resort Restaurant (Pizza, wings, etc.)

Canaan Valley (near ski areas): Big John's Family Fixin's (On Route 32 towards Davis) (304) 866-4418

Canaan Valley (near ski areas): Amelia's (At Winwood Fly-In Resort)
Canaan Valley (near ski areas): Breakfast Nook
Canaan Valley (near ski areas): Piccalo Paula's (On Route 32 towards Davis) 304-866-3825
Canaan Valley (near ski areas) Subway (On Route 32, located in BFS gas station)
Canaan Valley (near ski areas) Trail Mix (At T-Intersection on Timberline Road) 304-866-7080
Canaan Valley (near ski areas): Big Al's Pub and Grubberia (near Ski Barn, on Route 32 towards Harmon) Closed. Par for the course for this location.

Dryfork, WV: Golden Anchor Restaurant  (Seafood and more.)

Davis, WV: Sirianni's Pizza and Cafe (304) 259-5454
Davis, WV: Muttley's Downtown Bar and Grill  (Steaks are a specialty.)
Davis, WV: Restaurant at Blackwater Falls State Park
Davis, WV Boomtown Java
Thomas, WV: Blackwater Brewery and Restaurant (German, Italian and more.)
Thomas, WV: Purple Fiddle Cafe (Live music.)
Thomas, WV Tip Top  Coffe Shop - Bar - Cafe
Thomas, WV Flying Pigs Cafe 304-463-4292

Timberline is now open for the 2013-14 ski season. Opening date was Thursday, December 12; scheduled closing date is Sunday, March 30.
Ski The Valley  Combined Timberline and Canaan Valley lift tickets.


Packages, Special Discounts, Group Rates

Dec 12: Opening Day for Skiing
Feb 28-Mar 1: Governor's Cup Weekend - Ski Clubs Racing Weekend
Mar 14-16: Snowy Luau Festival
Mar 22-23: Local's Cup Events and Race
Mar 30: (Tentative) Closing Day for Skiing


Clinics, Workshops, Races Calender





Kids Ski School


Child care


Special Programs - Call Timberline's Ski School Desk (304-866-6333) for more info.

  • The Advantage Club: The Advantage Club is a fun and friendly group of 50+ aged folks who will meet each Thursday and Friday at 9 am for fun, instruction and camaraderie.
  • Timberline Alpine & Nordic Ski Club: This club is for children ages 8-17, and meets each Sunday from 9 am - 12:30 pm.
  • Timberline Snowboard Club: The club meets Sundays from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm and allows young riders to get together and ride in a structured, fun learning environment. Snowboard Team (Ages 17 and under)


Ski and snowboard rentals


Gift shop

Good: Very long and scenic Salamander (beginner) and Twister (intermediate) trails.
Better: Bumps/whales on The Drop or Off The Wall and fall line crusing on White Lightning.
Best: Tree skiing throughout the entire area.



Timberline Four Seasons Resort

Location: Canaan Valley, WV (10 miles south of Davis, WV) Annual Snowfall: 150-200+ inches Vertical Drop: 1000 feet Elevation: 4268 feet (summit), 3268 feet (base) Typical Season: Early/Mid December to end of March Trails/Skiable Acres: 37 slopes and trails (~9 primary paths down from summit) Lifts: 2 fixed grip chairlifts, 1 beginner chairlift Most Expensive Lift Ticket: $67 adult, $47 (12 and under) Children: Child Care Center, Lessons (4 years minimum age), All Day Programs Backcountry/Special: Backcountry access (touring) and limited side country Night Skiing: Fri - Sat (peak season only), Holiday Periods Terrain Park: 2 small parks Web Site: http://www.timberlineresort.com/Winter/ Timberline ski resort is located in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia in the high-alpine Canaan Valley. Due to the elevation of the area (3,200+ ft at the valley floor/ski area base, 4,200+ ft at the ridge tops/ski area peak), the climate resembles those of much farther northern regions. The resort's unique location at the Eastern Continental Divide is a place known for cool temperatures, long winters, and abundant natural snowfall. It's weather is influenced by both Great Lake and Atlantic Coastal weather systems. Over 150 inches of natural snow falls on the mountain each season, and consistent winter temperatures provide great snow making weather from early December through the end of March. The north-facing slopes at Timberline retain snow like no other mountain in the region. Due to these factors, it has some of the best tree skiing south of Vermont. Abundant snowfall for the region, snow-making and relatively low skier traffic produces some of the best snow conditions in the Mid Atlantic. Timberline is best suited for hard-core sliders and/or those who seek to get away from the city crowds. It's lifts are slow and the base area amenities can be described as rustic. (There are however, several upscale slope-side rentals.) The lack of amenities is more than compensated for by the snow conditions and the terrain features. For a back to nature get-away 3-4 hours from major cities (DC, Richmond, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, etc.), it has few, if any, rivals. The Mountain Biking Center at Timberline provides scenic trails winding through woodlands for beginners, to more strenuous climbs and descents for the experienced rider. Chairlift service provides quick access to the mountain's peak, great views of the Canaan Valley and easy entry to the Monongahela National Forest.

Snow making percent100% of trails
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Magic carpet
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Rope tow
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Poma
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Lifts-Surface Lifts-J bar
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Lifts-Chair Lifts-Double1
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Triple2
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Lifts-Chair Lifts-High speed quad
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Five person
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Lifts-Total number of lifts3
Lifts-Total lift capacity
Trails-4-Expert only
Trails-5-Terrain park1
Trails-6-Half pipe
Runs-Steepest runOff the Wall
Runs-Longest runSalamander
General-Base elevation3268 ft
General-Vertical drop1000 ft
General-Mountain rangeAllegheny
General-Annual skier visits
General-Back country accessYes, mostly touring but some side country. No gates.
General-Total area in bounds
General-Snow making coverage100% of trails
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC


Pros: Excellent terrain & snow conditions (for the region), legit tree skiing, great skier vibe, scenic location, access to Whitegrass and Canaan Valley

Cons: Slooow lifts, older infrastructure, not the most efficient operation

Timberline has been my home mountain for 5+ years now. For hard-core skiers, it is a gem in the Mid Atlantic. I grew up in the Northeast, skiing Vermont and Western Massachusetts; Timberline has a lot of the same skier culture. It doesn't have the same stats as Vermont, but it is still pretty respectable: 1000 feet of vertical, annual snowfall of 150-200 inches a year (greater in some years), and some pretty impressive tree skiing most years. And some epic tree skiing during blizzard years. With some nice groomers for high speed cruising and several challenging runs with moguls and man-made snow whales. And two long and twisty runs for beginners and intermediates: Salamander and Twister.


With the openings of new stretches of Corridor H, the trip from the Washington, DC area is about 3 hours (non-rush hour.) This is short enough for drives out every weekend, but long enough to be safely removed from the stresses and yahoos of DC.


Timberline has greatly improved their snow making capability in recent years. That said, they have an approach to snow making that has distinct positives and negatives. Mountain operations will concentrate on blowing a large base on a small number of trails at a time. Trails are often slow to open; this can result in lesser early season trail counts than expected. The positives are that 1) when the trails open they have excellent cover 2) with the large man-made (and natural) base, Timberline trails generally keep their cover late into the Spring; they generally have the best cover in the Mid Atlantic in mid-March. This makes for some excellent Spring skiing.


Speaking of Spring skiing, the Timberline Snowy Luau (mid-March), is the preeminent snow party in the Mid Atlantic. Generally warm weather and deep snow base, Hawaiian dancers, roasted pig, funky ski attire, mogul and park competitions, build yer own contraption to get down the slope races (one of my ski buds mounted a toilet bowl on a set of skis and slid down the hill while reading a newspaper in a Yeti suit), capped off by Saturday evening fireworks and a skier torchlight parade down White Lightning. And plenty of other shenanigans.


Timberline has an excellent youth ski race program (many families come up nearly every weekend from adjacent cities), hosts college and other races, and has an excellent ski instruction program. I have many friends who instruct at Timberline, and they are solid skiers, great teachers, and better people. Plus the slopes are less crowded than other Mid Atlantic areas such as Whitetail, Liberty, Wisp, Snowshoe and Seven Springs.


For better or worse for us Timberline regulars, it is a popular destination for large groups such as Scout trips. Timberline offers affordable accommodations (bunk house), meals, tickets and lessons for these groups. They are the future of skiing, but they often have a bit to learn about ski control. Their chaperons have their work cut off for them. Hey you kids, get off my snow and don't block my way to the bar!


From boundary to boundary, you can find tree lines to ski between every trail. You'll find very low angle, widely spaced trees suitable for intermediates (Pearly Glades) to 30+ degree tight tree runs. I've had years where my best tree skiing was actually at Timberline, and not in Utah or Vermont. (Obviously, this does not happen every year.)


Timberline is situated in the somewhat remote high alpine Canaan Valley. Don't go there for the city-like ammenities that you'll find at Seven Springs, Wisp or Snowshoe. Do go there for a getaway where you can see the stars clearly with no lights blocking your view and have deer cross your backyard. Two ski areas within 10 minutes of Timberline contribute to the ski culture. Next ridge over is Whitegrass, which offers cross-country, touring and tele skiing (no lifts.) It also has an excellent restaurant for lunch and dinner. One more ridge over is Canaan Valley Resort, which offers more skiing, tubing and ice skating.


What are the weaknesses of Timberline? For starters, it has some of the slowest lifts known to man. It is typical for a 13 minute lift ride to climb the 1000 foot of vertical. Even mid-week. That irritates when you are skiing during less busy periods and expect more vertical for your time/money. The lodge is tiny, dated, and has a funky inefficient layout. Expect slow service at Timbers Pub. If you are buying a lift ticket or renting skis, expect a bit of a wait. (Season passes holders don't have to worry about that.) The parking lot can be a frozen or muddy free for all at times.


Despite the weaknesses, it's where I spend most of my winter weekends and money. And it keeps me stoked on the sport. I don't live in Burlington or Salt Lake City, but Northern Virginia still offers some decent skiing thanks to places like Timberline.


Pros: good terrain, relatively abundant natural snow, fairly economical

Cons: creaky infrastructure, somewhat remote

Timberline, WV

This is a quirky, fun mountain and one of the best places to ski/ride in the mid-Atlantic. Timberline is located in Canaan Valley, WV, sometimes described as the highest valley east of the Mississippi River. It received ~250" of natural snow during the 2010 season. "The Valley" also encompasses nearby Canaan Valley downhill ski area and the White Grass Touring Center. The snow, elevation, and multiple venues for both on and off-piste skiing imbue the area with perhaps the nearest thing to authentic alpine character to be found in this part of the US.

Timberline ski area has a legitimate 1000 foot vertical drop and a summit elevation of almost 4300'. The three dozen trails include long beginner slopes (Salamander-two miles), sustained steep groomers (Silver Streak), bump runs (Off the Wall), and when there is enough natural snow - challenging tree skiing (Cherry Bowl Glades). In recent seasons the mountain has operated two terrain parks.

The eclectic aspects of Timberline relate to the mom and pop style of management and a higher than average presence of skilled Telemark skiers migrating from the White Grass Nordic operation that shares the same mountain ridge. Timberline's infrastructure is somewhat antiquated and underfunded. Early season trail counts have been known to suffer from sputtering snowmaking equipment, but by midwinter Timberline generally offers fine ski conditions. Prime Saturdays can feature significant liftlines due to an uphill transport capacity that is primarily limited to two slow, creaky triple chairs. Yet there is something endearing about a place where the owner is often seen bussing trays in the dining area.

Despite any superficial flaws Timberline has a devoted following for its good ski terrain, moderate prices, and comparatively superior natural snow conditions. While the mountain tends to draw a down-to-earth clientele more focused on skiing than fancy amenities, there is a good assortment of slopeside and near slopeside housing/accommodations for multi-night stays. Timberline is very family friendly and frequently hosts Scouts, church, and youth groups.  It is well known as one of the most affordable destinations in the mid-Atlantic for group ski trips.  Snowy Luau, a Hawaiian themed weekend including music, pig roast, contests, fireworks & torchlight parade, is held annually around the third week of March and often affords excellent spring skiing.


Pros: 150-200in natural annual snowfall, great tree skiing, challenging advanced and expert terrain, making more infrastructure improvements

Cons: Slow lifts but are manageable

Boasting an average annual snowfall of 150-200in of natural snow, 40 named trails, an alpine summit of 4,268 feet, 1000 ft of vertical excitement, and the best glades skiing south of Vermont! Timberline is definitely the place to go to for skiing/snowboarding in the Mid-Atlantic region! Timberline has been my home mountain for the past four years and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else in the area after a big storm dumps snow! Located in a real skiers environment in Canaan Valley at a high elevation, a liberal in-bounds policy, and temperatures 10-15 degrees lower than the DC area make this a real legit ski resort destination!  Closer resorts to DC receive less than 50in of snow per year and have really crowded trails.  Timberline bucks that trend!


THE MOUNTAIN: Featuring the longest trail in the South, 2 miles, is the Beginner Salamander trail which meanders through the alpine environment of Dolly Sods Wilderness area.  In addition to Salamander, there are over 10 other short green trails to enjoy.  For those that want to take it up a notch, Timberline features three fantastic & long Intermediate trails (Almost Heaven, Dew Drop, and Twister) from the summit to the base of the mountain.  Where Timberline really excels is in its offerings of Advanced & Expert trails and glades!  The center part of the mountain features groomed Advanced and Expert trails of White Lightning, Thunderstruck, and the Drop where you can pick up some great speed and let it rip down the mountain.  The Expert trails of Thunderdraft, Silver Streak, and Off the Wall are all ungroomed for most of the season and are intended to create moguls and whale formations (Off the Wall trail) to challenge expert skiers.  With 5 listed glade areas, and two more glades in the works for this season, get pumped for some serious action when a good snow base forms in the woods!  The lower part of the mountain offers the Pearly Glades, a good introduction to glade skiing at a low pitch.  The upper part of the mountain offers the Parkway Glades, Just Beachy Glades, Glade Runner, and the Cherry Bowl Glade.  The Parkway and Just Beachy Glades are adjacent to the Upper Dew Drop and Upper Almost Heaven trails, respectively. Glade Runner can be accessed from the Upper White Lightning and Thunderdraft trails. Cherry Bowl is accessed from Upper Salamander and is an excellent true double black glade and should only be skied when there is a sufficient snow base on the ground and in groups.  Follow on facebook for trail openings & weather updates!

^Video of skiing in Parkway/Little Pearl/Pearly Glades in February 2015

Click here to see more of my Timberline ski video collection


IMPROVEMENTS:  1) Now with the new Corridor H Highway, it's made access to Timberline now just 3 hrs from the DC/NOVA area!  Head west on Interstate 66, south on Interstate 81 for about 2 miles, then head west on Route 48/55 (starts as a two lane road for 10 miles then opens up into a smooth sailing four lane highway) out to the Davis/Canaan Valley area.  2) Timberline has made major improvements to their snowmaking for the 2015/2016 season to open up terrain earlier by implementing new water pipes and adding 20 more Snowlogic guns increasing their snowmaking capacity 30% more than last year! 3) Two new glade areas are in the works for this year!  Get ready to make those quick turns and bring out your serious skis! 4) A second terrain park is in the works to open up this year so get ready to catch some air and ride some rails!  -Some people complain about the lift lines and the slowness of the lifts but I bypass that by taking a weekday off from work and skiing on a mountain where I can cruise in solitude! Hopefully in time the lift will be improved at my fav resort!


ACCOMODATIONS:  For large groups, look into renting a house nearby at Timberline 4 Seasons Realty (http://www.t4sr.com/ )For small groups, look into renting a slopeside room at Timberline (http://www.booking.com/hotel/us/timberline-four-seasons-resort.html?aid=809090 ).  For those looking to save cash and don’t mind the 15 min drive, the Alpine Lodge offers rooms for about $60 (http://alpinelodgewva.com/ ).  For those die hard skiers that don’t mind roughing it so as to save more money in their budget for more lift tickets ($25 a night), the Purple Fiddle in Thomas WV (17min drive) has a hostel with numerous rooms and is located on premises of the Purple Fiddle Bar (http://purplefiddle.com/ ).


RESTAURANTS AND NIGHTLIFE: Timberline has a good restaurant on site called the Fireside Grill and also offers live music.  The nearby towns of Davis & Thomas offer some great options such as Hellbenders Burritos, Sirianni’s Café for excellent pizza, Blackwater Brewing Co. for a some excellent microbrews & pub fare, Stumptown Ales for some great craft brews, Mountain State Brewing Co for a few cold ones, and The Flying Pigs for a delicious breakfast to start your next ski day! The Purple Fiddle is an excellent pub for nightlife, great local micro brews (some for just $3!), and live music. It's wild & wonderful out here in WV and you have to experience it for yourself!


^View from top of Timberline



^View from Cherry Bowl Glade