2)Timberline, the most underrated mountain in the Mid Atlantic. Its terrain is the best in the mid atlantic with maybe the exception of Snowshoe. Glades, cruisers, steeps, 1000 vertical, it has it all.
Suggestion-I cant think of much except maybe a little better snowmaking. Maybe clearing a little bit of the underbrush on some of the glades so they will open more often. Obviously a high speed quad to the top would be nice, but it will never happen with Timeberline's present financial situation. A base resort is definately needed to bring.
3)Canaan Valley an okay place nothing special
Suggestion-put in glades, they also receive a good amount of snow and would be able to have them open on many occasions.
Timberline would be my favorite if they spent a little money on the lifts and developed a base resort. Not much to do when you aren't actually skiing.
Canaan is great for beginners. If you are looking for much improvement, don't expect it witht he state in control. They desperately need decent facilities at the bottom, including a couple more eateries at the base of the slopes.
While I appreciate the excellent snowmaking and rather abundant natural snowfall, I'm hoping that Snowshoe will expand the Western Territory area with a few new runs. I had the opportunity to ride up the Western Express with a Snowshoe executive last season and he said that there used to be another run past Shay's Revenge, but that it was closed years ago due to problems keeping snow on it. I say that if you already have a run cut on the mountain - OPEN IT. With the advances in snowmaking, I'm sure the snow difficulties of the past shouldn't present the same problem.
I do agree with what everyone is saying about Timberline. I've skied there for several years and love it. The lifts are slow and old, and the snowmaking leaves something to be desired, but the slopes have a consistant pitch (unlike Snowshoe) and Timberline offers more terrain diversity.