Perfect North Slopes Acquires Timberline Four Season Resort
Indiana's Perfect North Slopes is expanding its territory with the acquisition of West Virginia's Timberline Four Seasons Resort. It was purchased at an auction on November 20 with a bid of $2.2 million. Timberline had filed for bankruptcy earlier in the year when it abruptly closed for the 1918/19 season at the end of February.
Perfect North plans to reopen Timberline for the 2020/21 ski season, according to an article in the Charleston Gazette-Mail, after making a significant investment in the resort. The resort currently offers 20 rooms and on-mountain 40 trails with the longest being a little over two miles, a terrain park, three chairlifts, and a surface tow.
The mountain tops out at 4,625 feet and the ski area offers a 1,000-foot vertical drop, which will be a big attraction to Perfect North skiers and riders. It has a 400-foot vertical drop. The two areas 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.
Perfect North, located in southern Indiana about a half-hour from Cincinnatti, is one of the premier ski areas located in the lower Midwest. They have already opened for the season. The family-owned ski area started 40 years ago, and today offers 23 trails, five chairlifts, and multiple surface tows. It has a snowmaking system that normally allows it to be one of the earliest ski areas to open in the lower Midwest and extends its season through mid-March. The snowmaking knowledge should be a real boon to Timberline that had struggled to make snow and open slopes in recent winters.
West Virginia Ski Areas Association executive director Joe Stevens said in a news release that “the purchase is great news for the ski industry in West Virginia.”