2013 ski season preview [Pictures]
Ready to hit the slopes? Here's everything you need to know about the most popular ski resorts near Baltimore.
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Timberline Four Seasons Resort( Timberline / Handout / December 3, 2013 )
254 Four Seasons Drive, Davis, W.Va.; 304-866-4801, timberlineresort.com
Distance from Baltimore: 202 miles
Vertical drop: 100 feet
Number of trails: 39
Number of lifts: Four
Activities: One of Timberline's more interesting activities is its glade skiing area, where you downhill ski between a trail of trees. Just don't try this without plenty of experience or your trip is going to end with a real thud. Timberline also has horseback riding, which includes sleigh rides during the holidays.
New for 2013: Timberline is installing a 1,000-foot zip line, which will travel over one of its chair lifts and across the bottom of the slopes. So now you can watch your friends wipe out on the course from the safety of the air.
Drinking/dining options: Timberline offers three different dining options including the Timberline Cafeteria, the Timbers pub, which often hosts live music and some great brews, and its Fireside Grille, offering jumbo-lump crab cakes that they claim are just as good as Maryland's. Challenge accepted!
Rates: Early and late season (Dec.12-25; March 10-30) $22-$87; regular season (Jan.1-March 9) $31-$149; midweek $20-$114; holiday $37-$212
Classes: Timberline not only offers beginner level classes in skiing and snowboarding, it also offers classes on specific skiing techniques such as alpine skiing, Nordic skiing and Telemark skiing.
Lodging options: Timberline has a hotel right in the resort, with rooms ranging from standard to "Family Jacuzzi." It provides easy access to the slopes -- just roll out of bed and hit the snow. If you don't want to stay in the resort, the Alpine Lodge and Sawmill Restaurant is less than a 20-minute drive from Timberline. The Sawmill is connected to the lodge, so you can grab a hearty meal before heading out.
Special events: From March 14 to 15, Timberline will host its Snowy Luau Festival, which will include Hawaiian music and dancing, Polynesian food, snow sculpting and a torchlight lava parade down the mountain. The Snowy Luau Festival also incorporates a number of races ranging from silly to serious. One of its silly races is an anything-goes sled contest where people make sleds out of anything with the one goal of getting them down the hill. "We've have Viking ships [and also] a couch on skis coming down the mountain," said Timberline manager Terry Stone.
Best deal of the season: College Days. Every day during ski season, Timberline offers $18 lift tickets. Some restrictions apply.