When the State of West Virginia regains a fifth ski area next season, a lot will be new. The folks behind Perfect North Slopes in Indiana acquired the resort formerly known as Timberline Four Seasons in November and are already busy preparing for a 2020-21 rebirth under the name Timberline Mountain. Being closed this season has a silver lining: there’s been little natural snow to speak of in the mid-Atlantic, allowing work to begin. This week, a crew started removing the Thunderstruck triple, one of two Borvig lifts on the mountain. The retirement is significant as this key lift suffered a major structural failure near the end of the prior owners’ run.
A new logo, new signage and new website all debuted recently. The resort announced a partnership with Doppelmayr to bring a brand new, top-to-bottom lift to Timberline Mountain this summer. The lift will traverse more than 4,000 feet with a thousand foot vertical rise. “Details of the size and scope of the new lift are still developing,” a posting reads. “We will be excited to share updates on this new addition to the West Virginia ski and snowboarding community as they become available!”
Thunderstruck’s 165-plus Leitner triple chairs will be sold to the public at the price of $250 (or $200 apiece for multiple) in the coming weeks. The mountain’s two other chairlifts will remain in place for now.