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.”