I headed down to West Virginia to celebrate my birthday at a ski resort I have been pretty interested in visiting for a while now - Timberline. Timberline Resort is located about 45 minutes South of Deep Creek, MD near the Dolly Sods area where I back packed 2 years ago. The resort boasts a 1000 foot vertical drop with 42 slopes and trails.
The weather had been cold for a few days prior to arrival and received 4 inches of natural snow the night before. However, even though the resort got what might seem to be like a lot of snow, all the slopes were not available. Timberline has poor snow making coverage on the slopes. The majority of their guns are portable and I would imagine it would take much longer than most resorts to get all of their terrain open. The slopes I did ski - Upper White Lightening, Silver Streak, and Upper Thunder Struck - all which were black diamonds had a longer drop than most slopes in PA resulting in more turns and the use of the upper and lower body. Needless to say, my legs were definitely burning more on these slopes which required a nice break on one of the easiest hills - the Salamander Trail.
I also took a break to go in doors for lunch. The food wasn't too bad, your typical ski resort options. The overnight accommadations were not bad either but judging by the food, accommadations, and facility this is strictly more of a ski resort not a resort searching for top notch customer service or organization. It seems as though they want to get skiers out on their slopes to enjoy the powder.