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Canaan Valley official says Timberline partnership not a ‘done deal’

By Staff reports
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An announcement made Tuesday by Timberline Four Seasons Resort that a new partnership with Canaan Valley Resort makes possible a single lift ticket serving both resorts’ ski areas starting this winter was “premature,” according to Steve Drumheller, the general manager at Canaan Valley Resort.

“We are exploring the possibilities of a cooperative marketing program with a joint lift ticket, but we still have a lot of work to do,” Drumheller said in an email on Wednesday. “It’s far from a ‘done deal,’ especially for the 2017-2018 season.”

According to a press release issued Tuesday by Timberline, the price of the new daily lift ticket, valid at either or both of the resorts, would be based on the average price of tickets sold at ski areas throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

Both ski areas, located about four miles apart in Tucker County’s Canaan Valley, would open on the same date, operate during similar hours, and have lift ticket scanning systems installed to determine user numbers and the revenue split. The single ticket would give skiers and snowboarders access to 84 trails at the two resorts, according to Timberline’s release.

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