Snowshoe and Timberline are colder than 7 Springs because of the higher elevations. The village at Snowshoe is at 4,848 feet, so it can get cold up there--especially at night. The lodge and hotel at 7 Springs, by comparison, are at 2,240 feet. Timberline's base is at 3200 feet and the summit is at 4200.
If you can get a ski-in/ski-out condo at Timberline or Snowshoe, I'd go there. Otherwise, head for 7 Springs if you are worried about the cold. Also, always be aware of where the sun is while you ski. At Snowshoe, for example, you can ski the east facing slopes in the morning and the western slopes (expert) in the afternoon. Timberline's slopes, by contrast, all face NORTH and therefore can get very cold--especially the 2 mile long Salamander because it goes through a windy ravine between Hertz and Cabin mountains. 7 Springs has a lot of wide open bowls that get good sun--that's one reason my wife loves the place so much. Also, 7 Springs has the best food and lodge services hands down.
Finally, if you are concerned about the cold--do not go to Vermont this weekend. One of my friends will be skiing the Mid-Atlantic this weekend rather than VT because it is supposed to be butt cold in VT.
[ January 13, 2004, 07:17 AM: Message edited by: West Virginia Skier ]