Timberline closed; future in doubt

March 1, 2019
There was plenty of snow at Timberline Resort in December, as shown here, but the resort has closed for the season after a tough year.

CHARLESTON — Ski operations at beleaguered Timberline Four Seasons Resort are closed for the remainder of the 2018-19 ski season, and perhaps beyond, according to at least one ski industry observer.

Last week, after operating for more than a week with only 4 to 6 of its 40 slopes and trails open, the Tucker County ski resort announced on its website that it would close through the Feb. 22-24 weekend and that continued skiing would be “re-evaluated” on Monday, Feb. 25.

On Thursday, the resort’s website continued to carry the message about slopes being re-evaluated on Monday, but included no further word about when, or if, ski operations would resume. But an announcement appeared on Timberline’s Facebook page late Wednesday night stating “Closed for 2019,” and thanking customers for their “kindnesses and support.”

“Better times lay ahead,” the announcement concluded.

It has been a challenging year for Timberline’s operators and those who enjoy skiing and snowboarding at the resort’s 4,268-foot mountain with 1,000 feet of vertical drop, challenging black diamond slopes, glade skiing, sweeping views of Canaan Valley, and a gentle, winding 2-mile-long trail.

The resort delayed its announced opening date twice, finally making its season debut on Dec. 23. Since that time, only a fraction of its trails and slopes have been open, apparently because of snow-making issues.

On Dec. 1 2, Timberline co-owner and operator Fred Herz was arrested by Tucker County sheriff’s deputies on charges that he failed to pay hotel and motel taxes owed the county.