Linda Kelley of Timberline actually sent us this news release back in November, but it is just as newsworthy today as they are planning to open for the 2007-2008 season on Saturday, December 8th!
SNOWMAKING A HUGE EMPHASIS FOR THIS WEST VIRGINIA RESORT!
Tom Blanzy, General Manager, Timberline Four Seasons Resort, reported today that the ski area has purchased 40 additional snow guns for its ’07-’08 winter season. This recent acquisition is in addition to 60 units purchased last year.
“Delivery of large volumes of high quality snow to Timberline’s 100 acres of skiable terrain is basic to the winter attraction of skiers coming to Tucker County. Timberline has always emphasized snowmaking as the basic ingredient to the ski area of Timberline Four Seasons Resort. Our snowmaking technology combined with our position at 4200 feet on the Eastern Continental Divide has attracted attention of the ski industry and with our visitors and friends who know Timberline as ‘Real Snow Country’”.
Timberline’s emphasis on snowmaking attracted wide attention during the major winter thaw of January of 2007. During this time skiers from various Mid-Atlantic resorts came to know Timberline when lower altitude resorts were closed.
In recent years the resort has installed two new powerful vertical turbine pumps which supplement its water pumping capacity.
Timberline has recently received a number of acclaims for its performance in its role as an Eastern mountain resort. This recognition in regional, state and national publications is a reflection of the quality of its amenities including its snow making capabilities and its increasing popularity.
Timberline’s consistent and spirited growth has resulted in its being named the best ski area in the coveted “Best in Region” award for three consecutive past years by a poll of readers in the largest regional newspaper of North Central West Virginia. The popularity of the resort has also been expressed statewide in a recent poll of Graffiti Magazine whose readers voted Timberline “Best of the Best Places for Wintertime Sports” in an early winter edition.
The most recent issue of Snow East Magazine commended the terrain at Timberline for its consistency of incline and for its extensive snowmaking and base elevation which allows for skiing consistently into April. It is also noted that the 37 trails are well separated by thick forest and that the terrain is optimally rated a third easiest, a third more difficult and a third most difficult. The magazine also recognized the staff at Timberline for its “…genuine Appalachian Mountain hospitality.”
And in a December 8, 2006, editorial, the New York Times singled out this region for its reputation in year round resort facilities and its excellence in winter sports activities and importantly stressed the growth and potential of its associated Timberline area real estate values. Interest in this area was also stimulated by the increasing pace of highway construction of Corridor H which will soon link the major metropolitan areas of Northern Virginia and Southern Maryland as well as neighboring states to the west directly into the greater Timberline area.
Pictured Frederick Herz, co-owner of Timberline with Timberline’s fleet of snow guns. In addition to the guns pictured, Timberline will have an additional 70 guns for snow production during the ’07-’08 winter season.
Photo was taken before snowmaking temps dropped!