Guess who has pictures of T-Line in the summer!
I took these pictures yesterday while several family and friends were at a meeting at the Canaan Valley Lodge and I snuck away for a chairlift ride at Canaan and these T-Line pictures. Unfortunately the meeting ended early and I wasn't able to get that chairlift ride in after all. Although I do plan to return possibly in another week or two with my mountain bike in tow to get several rides up the chairlift with lots and lots of amazing pictures of Herz Mountain.
Does anyone know what the policy is for people wanting to simply walk on the T-Line property and start walking up the trails? Is it possible to say hike up the Salamander and down Lower Almost Heaven or something like that? If so I'll go up again this week with time and do more photography. If John is around, get some tour guiding.
Anyway I stopped by up there and didn't see a soul around outside when I took these pictures. I did step inside to get a summer brochure and spoke with a woman who worked there and we struck up a really nice discussion on how good terrain T-Line is and I told her I was taking photographs for DCSki.com. She piped up and said "Thats the site that I learne the people from Wisp bought Tory Mountain!".
This looked so weird not seeing that white sheet of snow/ice there with the snowmobiles coming and going. There was an eerily silence to all of that.
Ah, the beautiful Upper White Lightening and Thunderstruck trails. That part of the mountain looks so much different not seeing it frosted white with clouds of snow being blown on the slopes.
One of the various snow guns that sits idly by for another 4 more months. Does that thing stand 3' more taller... no wait there isn't any snow to make it seem shorter.
A eerily silent image of the Woods Hole/Thunderdraft lifts sitting by quietly with my personal favorite Lower Almost Heaven trail in the background.
Lower Thunderstruck with some pretty torn up ground exposing lots of rocks. ATV races I presume??
A scene from a 60's western... no wait it's Timberline in the summer.
Everyone's favorite trail, the Salamander.
John's personal favorite lift of all time... one of which I've never ridden in all the years I've been there because it's never been open *grumbles*. Plus a wide angle shot of the Salamander and other intersecting trails.
Looking directly up the mountain at the Silver Queen Lift along with Upper Almost heaven. Is that Lower White Lightening in the foreground?
Looking at the ghost town.
The last time I saw this was when there was a snowdrift as high as the roof on the ski patrol building with snow as high as the steps on the deck. Alas it's in the upper 70's and sunny.
The Ski-capitol of the Mid-Atlantic silently preparing for a top notch 2005 season...?
"Thunder..." Oh wait I was listening to ACDC. And looking at Upper Thunderstruck.
One of the first images I saw as I pulled into the parking lot.
A 16x zoomed in image of Upper White Lightening and the SilverQueen lift.
A better image of the lift and slopes.
Wide angle shot of the base area and intersecting trails. I keep looking for that massive ditch that is always found along side those trails but I keep forgetting that there isn't any 40" of packed snow available to make ditches.
Last time I looked at this, snow was halfway up the posts on that sign.
The infamous Woods Hole station and trail where I beat the living crap out of myself learning to snowboard. At last count I crashed over 25 times trying to snowboard from that lift to the base lift my first time out.
Another picture of the Woods Hole bunny slope.
And WHY isn't there snow being blown out of that gun?!?
Looks like a place to hike and have a quick sandwhich for lunch at. At least there wouldn't be any kids trying to throw snowballs at me from above. Those things hurt!