I'm starting this thread for tips, etc. for driving to Timberline and Canaan Valley, WV.
Good news is that Timberline and Canaan Valley (and Whitegrass) are rocking little areas that average 180 inches of snow a year. With legit tree skiing. We skied boundary to boundary every month last year (and past the boundaries.)
Bad news is that they are at high elevation ~3200 feet at the base and can be a bit tricky to drive to. If you live in the DC area, with the additional completion of a stage of Corridor H, the drive is a snap. Timberline is nearly as easy to get to as Wisp. From points south and west, it may be a bit trickier.
From the south, despite a longer drive (but maybe quicker), it may pay to drive up Route 81 to Strasburg, then take 55/48 to Davis, then head south on Route 32. Something similar to this route:
From the north and west, I-68 to Route 219 (past Deep Creek Lake/Wisp) to Route 32 is a standard route. It does get pretty remote from Oakland, MD to Thomas, WV, but there are no major climbs.
From the west, if you get to Elkins, WV, heading up via 33/55 and then 32 north is fairly easy, even in snowy roads. (I've done it in the past.)
Some travel tips:
- Don't rely on GPS in West Virginia. Some devices have been known to route travelers through wilderness areas on unplowed dirt roads. Google Maps/Mapquest, etc. are probably a better option.
- It is much easier driving if you stay low in the valleys for as long as you can. Much less snow and less drifting snow and better visiblility.
- Once you do make it up to Oakland, Davis, Thomas, Harmon, etc., the routes don't have serious climbs and are pretty well-plowed. There is no sketchy climb like you have at Blue Knob.
- Depending upon where the group stays, the last little drive from the ski lodge to the house could be a bit sketchy. It may be snow-packed cinders.
- Timberline, Canaan Valley and Whitegrass are all within 10 minutes of each other, on flat roads.
Feel free to ask any questions on getting to Timberline. I'm sure someone will be able to help you out.