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New Name And Lifts For West Virginia Ski Resort
Indiana's Perfect North Slopes acquired West Virginia's Timberline Four Seasons Resort at an auction in November last year with a bid of $2.2 million. Timberline had filed for bankruptcy earlier last year when it abruptly closed for the 1918/19 season at the end of February. At the time Perfect North said they planned on having it open next season with substantial improvements.
Perfect North CEO, Chip Perfect, recently announced a name change for the storied resort and the addition of some much needed new chairlifts that will be in place for the 2020/21 season. It's the start of a new era for the ski resort, and a perfect time to establish a new name, which he announced in a video posted online.
The new name, Timberline Mountain, more reflects the mountain's stats. It tops out at 4,625 feet and offers a 1,000-foot vertical drop, which will be a big attraction to Perfect North skiers and riders. In addition, they are spending over $10 million in capital improvements for the reopening, which includes two new lifts; a new high-speed detachable six-seat ride to the mountain top and a new fixed-grip quad mid-mountain lift. The Mountain offered 40 trails with the longest being a little over two miles and a terrain park.
Perfect North, located in southern Indiana about a half-hour from Cincinnati, is one of the Midwest's premier ski areas. The family-owned ski area started 40 years offers 23 trails, five chairlifts, and multiple surface tows. It has a snowmaking system that normally allows it to have the longest ski season in the lower Midwest. That snowmaking knowledge should be a real boon to Timberline that had struggled to make snow and open slopes in recent winters.
Timberline and Perfect North are about 380 miles apart, which would be around a six-hour drive. It would make a great weekend trip from the Midwest's Queen City. The Indiana ski area's season pass deadline for next season has been moved to May 1 for saving 40-percent on the price, and Perfect North season pass holders will receive half off Timberline Mountain lift tickets for next season.