Even with the warmer weather and rain, the ski season was pretty good for all Tucker County Ski Resorts. And each location has added many new enhancements for those visiting each of these resorts, whether the season be winter or summer.
Timberline Resort General Manager Tom Blanzy said January and February were very good months, and business actually exceeded last year's numbers.
"December was too warm and rainy," Blanzy said. "But we were able to make snow after the first of the year."
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Summertime offerings at Timberline Resort include mountain biking, weekend entertainment, a scenic chair lift beginning Memorial Day and great dining opportunities.
Blanzy said most of the new progress went into snowmaking this year.
"If we don't make snow, we have nothing to offer the skiers," Blanzy said. "We strive to keep up with the latest snowmaking techniques."
Summertime offerings at Timberline Resort include weekend entertainment, a scenic chair lift beginning Memorial Day, cross-county and downhill mountain biking and great dining opportunities in the restaurant.
"We offer space for group functions including conferences, small weddings and clinics," Blanzy said. "We also have a motorcycle rally."
Timberline's location also makes it a choice lodging spot for those wanting to hike, swim, fish, play tennis or golf, or do anything outdoors. The proximity to Seneca Rocks, Dolly Sods, Blackwater Falls, Spruce Knob, Elkins and Laurel Fork or Shaver's Fork rivers makes Timberline a prime summer lodging location.
More information about Timberline is available at 800-766-9464 or timberlineresort.com.
At Canaan Valley Ski Resort, Director of Sales and Marketing Lisa Ratliff said the ski season was not as bad as they thought it would be.
"It is a struggle to rely on snowmaking, which is impossible when temperatures reach 50 degrees," Ratliff said. "This was one of the worst winters for skiing I have been through in more than 25 years."
However, Ratliff said Canaan is making some wonderful upgrades to its facilities.
"A bocce court is being added as a summer offering at Canaan," she said. "We are very excited to add that to our available activities."
A clay shooting range is also in the works, and should be completed for summer of 2013.
Two hotel units have been razed and the steel structures are in place to add on four stories of hotel rooms connecting to the main lodge at Canaan.
Other additions to the resort include major renovations to ski-related activities.
"We are moving our tubing area and expanding it from four lanes to 10 lanes," she said. "The ski school area also is being relocated, so instructors have more room to teach novice skiers or give refresher lessons to skiers wanting to brush up on skiing skills."
The snowmaking equipment also has been updated recently.
"One of our biggest additions is the installation of a conveyor transport system from the lodge to the lifts," Ratliff said. "This will save skiers from 'cardiac hill.'"
Ratliff said the ski-related upgrades should be completed by the 2012 ski season, and the hotel is scheduled to be completed by August 2013.
Because of the upgrades, the scenic ski lift and turtle slides will not be open this summer, Ratliff added.
Summer offerings at Canaan include nature hikes, golfing on a championship 18-hole course, a driving range, a putting range, paintball court, miniature golf, outdoor swimming and biking.
Special events for the summer will include Relay For Life, music attractions, bonfires, a cornhole tournament, the West Virginia Symphony, a chili cook-off, BBQ cook-off and Brew Skies Music Festival.
More information is available at 800-622-4121 or canaanresort.com.
Meanwhile, Mark Glickman, Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort's vice president of marketing and sales, said the resort faired better than most ski resorts this winter because of its altitude.
"We had 100 inches of snow total for the ski season this year," Glickman said. "We received most all positive reviews of the season, and due to the heatwave, we are ready to turn the page and look forward to a great summer and snowy winter for the 2012 to 2013 ski season."
New programs being implemented this year include a zero-waste food initiative, lots of summer programs and adventure day camps targeting children age 5 to 12.
Glickman said another event to look for may be some really big-name entertainment.
"In August we will have a Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival with entertainment by John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers," Glickman said. "We are working to get some other groups, too."
Summer offerings at Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort include golf on the Raven Course, a Gary Player championship 18-hole course; wonderful food offerings; mountain biking; hiking; nature walks; swimming and canoeing; paddle boats; a scenic chair lift; sporting clays; Segway tours; climbing walls; and more.
Upcoming summer events include Octoberfest, three GNCC motorcross events, fireworks, a home-grown arts and music festival, West Virginia Hog Rally, chili cook-off, a rally car event, Treasure on the Mountain raffle, food, wine and jazz events, 5K obstacle course race, bike races, Labor Day events and the West Virginia Wedding Extravaganza sponsored by West Virginia Wedding Magazine.
More information is available by calling 877-441-4386 or visiting snowshoemtn.com.