As a family that loves to ski, though all novices we are often posed with the challenge of finding a place to ski that has great EASY trails as well as INTERMEDIATE trails. Additionally, price can often really be the tipping point of go or no go for a fun quick holiday with the family. What we have come to learn is that for a few hour drive, just about 3 hours, you get a whole lot of fun, for a ‘frugal’ price and the scenery and trails are OUTSTANDING!
We have skied locally at Hidden Valley and Seven Springs for years, because we live only about an hour away, but it really was time for a change. You can social ski anytime, but if your family wants a great retreat, at a fun resort, with beautiful scenery and literally only a few hours away, you have to Ski The Valley at Canaan and Timberline.
The ticket prices for 2 days are less than you pay for ONE day of skiing at local area ski resorts and the lines….. well…..not quite elbow to elbow obnoxious, more like able to ski without running into everyone and yes, this is on a Friday Night!
If you like Slopeside Lodging, they have it!
Timberline offers Ski & Stay Packages(we are !)
The snowmaking is upgraded!
The top elevation is 4,286 feet and Vertical is 1,000 feet. The longest run(Salamander) is 2+ miles and a great FAMILY trail. Fun, and a great descent. The Ski Terrain boasts 37 slopes and trails and has snowmaking on 94%. There is night skiing available on 2 nights which are Fridays and Saturdays & often on Holiday Sundays. Night skiing is so much fun and the kids love it. (if you ski at night plan to dress a little warmer because it gets a little colder, brrrrr). As for lifts to get from the bottom to the top, there are 2 triple chairs, 1 double lift and a 1 surface lift.
From first hand experience, Salamander was a HIT with my crew because the few of us that can ski better took the small cut throughs which were a bit Intermediate and were never separated for more than a minute. We were all happy with the length of the trail and the ride up the lift was beautiful. ( I am sorry I did not take a photo to share, but I am so afraid of heights I can’t move when I am on the lifts, lol)
The Ski Lift to the top of Salamander from the bottom is such a nice ride. The end result is the trail Salamander. Why am I so excited about this trail? If you have a family, you look for trails that are long, and fun, and have a true EASY capacity when everyone is learning. While I have been skiing for a while, I am not an expert on any level, but sometimes a small cut-through is something I will do, and I was able to do this and not lose sight of my kids! The trail is 2 miles long! It is an EASY Trail that is interspersed with INTERMEDIATE and Black Diamonds(if you dare). The trail is perfect for those of you with children training to ski or even yourself(it’s never too late to learn). The ride up offers a view unparalleled to anything you will see in your home town and when you get to the top, the potential of the ski trail is what you choose, Easy, Intermediate or Black Diamond!
The snow is being made, and was while we were skiing today and it really adds to the fun!. We rode the lifts, you can ride 3 people to the lift. Once at the top, it is not stressful dis-mounting with hundreds of people buzzing around, you can get off and not worry about running other people over or being run over. As a mom this is priceless because it is hard enough getting off of a ski lift, let alone having the kids get off without stopping the lift!
A side note- we did stop the ski lift today, because my youngest lost his skis and poles, and it was no big deal! We are THAT family:)
IMPORTANT TO KNOW: Ski Rentals are available and they are super close to the resorts and lodging.
If you want to rent skis, there is the SKI BARN. They are wonderfully easy to work with, and the equipment is great! I loved not hauling my equipment to the slopes in addition to all of our luggage. This was the easiest part of our trip. Zeb set us up at the Ski Barn today. Thanks to the Ski Barn for sponsoring our ski rentals. If you are looking for souvenirs, gloves, snow bibs, anything that you need for skiing you will find it at the Ski Barn! We loved the fact that they were open until 10p as well! You don’t have to lug skis from home you can just rent them and it is a stone’s throw from Timberline and Canaan so you are not lugging skis far!
Our dining of choice tonight was at Big Al’s. If you like Applebee’s you will love Big Al’s. This place begins to rock at about 8p. There is a full bar area, with seating and there is a dining area. There is a bit of everything on the menu from burgers to pizza and pasta and it is all good because our table had a bit of everything! This is located right next to the Ski Barn and super close to our lodging, just about 2 miles away so you never have to go far! I would suggest dining before 6:30 or 7 because then the places all get busy! (that’s the word on the ski slopes) We were able to eat here because they are latex free, peanut free and there was no shellfish in the fryer! We thank Jessica for finding all this information out!
We were provided lodging by the Best of Canaan Realty. Donna made sure we had great accommodations and we really want to say THANKS! We actually ran into Donna at Big Al’s! Our Moose Lodge, had 3 bedrooms, a kitchen, family room, fireplace and more. One of the greatest things we have ever done is stay here, relaxing clean, close to the slopes and what a great staff at the Best Of Canaan Realty! I will be sharing another post on the lodging.
SKI THE VALLEY LIFT TICKET
What you need to know about the tickets. If you purchase a 2 day ticket you can use it at TIMBERLINE and at CANAAN Valley. The passes are valid for night skiing when night skiing is available. The rates on the tickets are SUPER FRUGAL and the time you will spend with your family, priceless!
If you are looking for a great family get away that won’t break the bank but will provide fun family time at a ski location that offers SKIING for people who love to SKI, Timberline, in Tucker County, West Virginia is well-suited to fit your needs! Family time, couple time you decide but the the fun is there to be had! Ski season is in full swing, so don’t go local, come to West Virginia and Ski The Valley!