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Timberline to open one of the East's only four-wide ziplines Saturday

Jan. 30, 2014 @ 05:18 PM

DAVIS, W.Va. —  The new color-splashed billboards just put up in Canaan Valley say it all, Timberline — “Ski, Zip.”

 West Virginia’s only family-owned ski resort, Timberline Four Seasons Resort in Davis, W.Va., has joined a growing number of ski resorts around the country installing ziplines as an added year-round attraction.
 Opening on Saturday, Jan. 25, the zipline attraction can have up to four people zipping side-by-side 1,000 feet past the massive, four-story Timberline Lodge with a bird’s eye view of the lodge, the terrain parks and several converging ski trails.

 Launched from a massive tower 50 feet in the air, the zipline slopes down with riders traveling at speeds at up to 25 miles an hour before braking and landing at a 35-foot-high tower that sits near one of the resort’s ski lifts and within view of the resort’s ski-in, ski-out Timberline Hotel.

 The first four-person zip in the state opens to the general public Saturday, Jan. 25  from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. as well as next Saturday, Feb. 8, at that time. The new attraction is one of only a couple four-person zipline attractions in the East (Wildcat Mountain in New Hampshire has a four-person zipline).

Read more about the latest Canaan Valley area attraction in Saturday’s Life section of The Herald-Dispatch.

 With a top elevation of 4,268 feet, Timberline has 40 slopes and trails with a vertical drop of more than 1,000 feet. Timberline boasts the two-mile-long trail, Salamander, that is the longest trail in the South. Twister is a one-mile intermediate trail that curves across the western side of Timberline and past the resort's exclusive slope-side community, Winter Haven.

There's also two terrain parks, glade skiing, telemark skiing and cross country at the resort and in the adjacent national forest where fresh snowfalls have an eight-inch base in the backcountry trails.

 You can find out more about hundreds of cabin options, slopeside-accommodations as well as bunkhouse options for scouts and youth groups by going online at www.timberlineresort.com or by calling 1-800-SNOWING to make reservations.