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Snowshoe vs. Holiday Valley vs. Tline?

post #1 of 13
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Looking to do a last-minute dad & daughter weekend either March 9-10 or 16-17, and wondered whether anyone has intel on which would be best --- Snowshoe, Timberline, or Holiday Valley? (Looking at places within a 4-5 hour drive of Pittsburgh.)

 

I haven't been to any of these three, so don't really know the pros & cons of each. WV is supposed to get hit by this storm that is rolling through the area tomorrow, but does the snow last down there? (Daughter is 9, so apres is not really a factor. She is a decent skier --- does everything at the local mountains (Seven Springs, etc.), and hard blues / easy blacks out west.) Thanks!

post #2 of 13

I haven't been to Timberline but have heard it is quaint with good terrain and slow lifts.  I haven't been to Snowshoe in 20 years but Snowshoe is a great place to spend a weekend.  It is a destination resort so you want to stay on the mountain, at the top if possible where all the action is.  Snowshoe is an upside down resort with the lodge and condo's at the top.  Snowshoe can get quite crowded on the weekends but does have the biggest verticle in the Mid Atlantic at 1500'.

 

Holiday Valley is where I have been doing a lot of skiing since moving to Clevleland from Pittsburgh.  HV is comparable to 7 Springs in size and variety.  Both have a 750 verticle.  The biggest difference is HV has the town of Ellicottville which is the best ski town east of the Rockies.  It is less that a mile from the main resort and is loaded with shops and restaruants. You didn't say how old your daughter is but the nightlife in E'ville is FUN for all ages over 21. HV also has an adventure type park with zip lines and other stuff to get hurt on as well as tubing.   Another nice thing about E'ville is that there is another ski area called Holimont that overlooks the town.  It is almost as big as HV and has better snowmaking and grooming.  The downside is Holimont is a private ski hill, run like a country club and only lets outsiders in M-F.  Weekends are reserved for members and their guests.  But as you will be there 4-5 days, you would get the chance to ski both areas and that would make for a nice 4 day ski trip where you won't get too bored.

 

Hope this helps.  Have fun.

 

Rick G

 

EDIT  Just saw youa re only going for a weekend so you might ot get the chance to ski Holimont but HV and E'ville are still a great place to spend a weekend.

post #3 of 13

Hi ddbanks, March 16, 17 is Timberline's Snowy Luau, our big spring hawaiian themed party and kids of all ages love it.

 

Here is a trip report from jamesj and his daughters from a few years back.....

 

 http://www.dcski.com/articles/view_article.php?article_id=869

 

and this from 2011 Snowy Luau

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/102685/timberline-wv-mar-20-2011

 

 

We will close with plenty of snow on the ground this year. I drive down from Wheeling WV in about three hours and suspect your trip would be about the same, 79S to 68E to MD42S thru Deep Creek to Thomas, Davis and Canaan Valley WV. Cmon down.

post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the feedback --- very helpful!

post #5 of 13

Given all the new snow at Timberline and Canaan Valley, I doubt it's worth the extra driving to go to Snowshoe.

 

Have you ever been to Blue Knob?

post #6 of 13
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Have you ever been to Blue Knob?

 

Went last Saturday --- really fun, and seems to be skiing well. We may yet end up just going back there, but I thought it might be nice to try someplace new.

post #7 of 13

Well, if your daughter wants to ski with another tween girl (advanced) then come join us at Massanutten March 9-10.  Not as big as BK or Tline, but the black runs are fun to lap.  The two off Lift 6 are 850' vertical.  The one off Lift 5 is short but is never groomed.  I'll be there with another Bear and his 9yo son (adv beginner).  We're driving up Sat afternoon from NC.  Skiing Sunday and perhaps Sat evening too.

 

Lots of motel choices in Harrisonburg, about 15 miles from Mnut.

post #8 of 13
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Thanks for the offer! We're planning to decide today, and I will PM you if we decide to try Massanutten for the first time.

post #9 of 13

By the way, Mnut had 18 inches of snow as of 10:30 this morning.  More expected all day long.  Conditions this weekend will be as good as it gets at Mnut.  I was there after/during the blizzards of 2009-10.  Fun!

 

I expect Tline/CV will be great this weekend too.  Driving is easier to Mnut since no mountain driving involved.  But that may be a non-issue by the weekend.

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Thanks for the offer! We're planning to decide today, and I will PM you if we decide to try Massanutten for the first time.

post #10 of 13
I have not been to SS or Timberline. Over President's weekend I went to Holiday Valley. I liked it and it would be good for the two of you. Places to the further south have had more snow the past two weeks.

Overall when the snow is good at both places BK absolutely Destroys HV from a skiing perspective for an expert skier and is at least on on par with HV for a beginner-intermediate. My observance is that BK rarely has as good of snow as HV due poor snowmaking, less snow and a slighty Warmer climate. Right now I'd say conditions are better at BK than HV.
post #11 of 13

Timberline and Canaan Valley are off the hook right now. Tons of snow the past week and tons last night. Warmer temps this weekend for nice spring skiing. If you can get lodging for this weekend, you'd be foolish to driver farther to other areas.

 

Check out the links to the areas in my sig line.

 

Off to catch more pow.
 

post #12 of 13
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WV is supposed to get hit by this storm that is rolling through the area tomorrow, but does the snow last down there?

 

Best areas in the Mid-Atlantic for holding snow in the Spring are Timberline/Canaan Valley/Snowshoe. They are at high elevation (peak of Timberline is ~4200 feet, Snowshoe ~4800 feet.)

 

With the current storm, natural base (not snowmaking base but stuff in the trees) is 28" (up from 18".) http://data.canaanmtnsnow.com/

 

If you can, I'd go this weekend. Chance of liquid precipitation Mon - Tues. (This is the Mid Atlantic and this is March.) Won't kill too much snow, but snow surface will be a lot better this weekend.

 

But if you can't, there will still be a lot of snow in WV and VA the weekend after.

post #13 of 13

One more bit of info. Canaan Valley Tickets this weekend are $17 on Liftopia. As they are the following weekend.
 

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