Hours of Operation
9:00 a.m. - Dark-Thirty 7 Days a week, all winter long. We do not close due to snow. Trails close at dark. Open December-March and Catering only in Summer
Rates: Area Use Fee: Adults $20 / Kids (under12) $5 XC Rentals: Weekday: $20 Weekend/Holiday: $20 / Backcountry: $30 Telemark :$38 / Skating: $25 / Snowshoes w/ Poles:$15 / Kids $5 Pulk (pull behind) Sled $5/day Season Pass: Adult: $140-person, $250 couple Children: $40 Ski School: Mini: $6...the basics in 15 minutes Group: $15...a full hour long Telemark: $25 / Skating: $25
Weekday GROUP RATES : Rental $10.00 - Lesson $8.00 - Area Use $12.00 - Reservations are required, 10 people minimum
Weekend/Holiday GROUP RATES : Rental $15.00 - Lesson $10.00 Area Use $15.00 - Reservations req'd / 10 days advance, 10 or more skiers in your group, must contact us email.
Our Ski Sales Shop: We sell new as well as used about every type of ski, boot, binding, pole, and needed accessories such as skins and various base care products. Hats we have by the hundreds; gaiters, simple fleece with White Grass logos, gloves, mittens, eye care, and a bunch of other nordic stuff. We invite you to try most all of it in our rental fleet and remember we have a buy once trade for free kids ski package that gets kids started young and affordable.
We allow pooches on certain designated trails that lead to Forest Road 80 and the Dolly Sods. NO DOGS IN MAIN PARKING LOT! PLEASE USE THE CORNER Freeland Run PARKING LOT AND STAY OFF THREE MILE, SPRINGER, etc. Thank You!
White Grass Ski School
Our instruction is fun, exciting, and helpful. For skiers starting out, lessons are just what you need to get on the right foot and can save lots of later on suffering . Amazing variety in terrain awaits out the door. Skate, Tele, Backcountry, Mini Lessons, we want to help you master the mountain. Flex your ankles a lot and keep your head up and hands mellow relaxed at your side.
5 km of snowfence and driftlines are maintained adjacent to the Lodge with a vertical rise of almost 400 feet. Catching greater amounts of snowfall, these practice loops and teaching areas usually assure skiing possibilities December-March. We shovel snow if needed to patch our snowfarm. We move madmax fence sections to fill up the fields with snow when the wind blows. Our location combined with our techniques usually captures tons of fresh natural snow in a zero carbon footprint.
Go anywhere you want to go. Please walk to one side of our xc trails as your tracks may chop things up. We feature the MSR brand for most of our rentals. We have some snowshoe only trails that lead to some scenic areas. Rent, demo, or buy snowshoes here.
Guided High Country Tours
Because deeper snows and cooler conditions prevail in our highest northfacing mountains, we do offer special treks into these areas. Instruction as well as local lore fill an afternoon of adventure. Winter in Canaan Valley
XC exploration is fun nearby at Canaan Valley and Blackwater Falls State Park as well as Timberline Ski Area and the Monongahela National Forest. The Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge provides many learning oportunities. One of the finest Nordic network of trails with well over 100 km locally. Check out the amazing topography through the maps below.
25-30 km of trails are regularly groomed with machine set track. We go off at times and pack more. We operate a Pisten Bulley 160 snowcat, a tracked UTV, and three large 4 stroke snowmobiles. Yellowstone Tracking pull behind groomers do most of our work. Skaters may find us on the narrow side, consider bringing diagonal stride skis as well as backcountry in your quiver. First timers will feel our trails are groomed with them in mind. Ski to a dozen shelters, some with wood stoves, and most with snacks and bird seed.
Throughout our 32 year history we have been known to nip the forest for skiing fast. Old abandoned downhill ski areas are perfect for this. Fly down the Yitzhak Ravine, Boutros-Boutros Gully, the Endless Glade, or dodge the trees of the NATO Breakfast Bowl.
Mountain in Canaan Valley * Home to our Nation's 500th Nat'l Wildlife
48 trails over 60 km * 12 shelters several with wood stoves
over 1200' vertical: 3220 '- 4463'
Annual precipitation: 53", almost an inch per week
Average Snowfall: 160", over 13 feet
Mean Annual Temperature: 44 degrees F
Average January Temperature: 23 degrees F
Coldest Temperature: -24 degrees F
Warmest Temperature Ever: 95 degrees F
Average Skiable Days on the shady side at 4000' -- 95
Best Skiing: mid January - early March...it can be 50 or 20 below on any day in winter. Sorry, if it was colder none of us could afford to live here...this is not Utah. We get rain!
Alternative Activities: What to do when you're wondering why you're here and the natural snow stinks or is nonexistent...besides to an amazing free and welcome hike up parts of our unbelievable trail system and mountain glades, scenic overlooks and shelters with wood stoves, visit the bubbling sand spring on Freeland Road, then telemark ski, night ski, nordic ski on manmade snow, buy one run and combine with a Dolly Sods hike * sniff out snow way up high, ice skate, sled run, tube hill, try snowshoeing, horseback ride, waterfall hikes, mountain bike, fat tire bike, hike, animal tracking, cave, rock climb, backcountry drive, paddle, stargazing in some of the clearest skies, incredibly quiet and peaceful lack of noisy noise, visit nature centers and state park facilities, explore the tourist info office, trade and demo xc gear, climb olson tower, enjoy a cafe and shop a store, support artist galleries, please stop in for ideas from some experts and enjoy a ski video and great music... many great indoor things that make getaways a good time. Experience the amazing Purple Fiddle, Front Street Grocery, Ben's Loom Barn, WV Highlands Gallery, Highland Farm and Food, Lamplight , White Room and Creature Galleries in Thomas and the entire Front Street shops, Tip Top Coffee, Billy Hotel Lounge, Stumptown Ales, Wild Ginger & Spice or Blackwater Bikes, Mountain State Brewing Company. Tucker Community Foundation would love to meet you. There are many other fine local establishments and they need your business. Be thankful we're in the mountains and go exploring, everybody's friendly and if not report back to us!
Maps Of Furthering Interest: XC Topo Map from Fish and Wildlife Service - Canaan Valley - Sods North East - Roaring Plains - Sods North * Dolly Sods South (above) * WG and the Sods Map (above) * 2013 Official FWS XC Trail Map
FREE TRADE CROSS COUNTRY SKIS FOR KIDS: $250.00. Buy once and get a no charge trade up until adult sizes and then another $100 or $150. Our soft, short, and wide kid skis have nnn Jr. boots and bindings. Like a free Christmas present every year. Your lifetime investment is around $350.
WG RENTAL/SALES: Rossignol Evo Trail, Fischer, Madshus and Alpina skis along with nnnbc boots by Alpina, Rossi, Madshus, and Fischer, Leki tapered aluminum poles * Metal edged skis by Rossi, Madshus, Alpina, Fischer * Tele skis by Voile, Ski Logic and Boots by Scott/Garmont and Scarpa. Let's Make A Deal!
RENTAL/DEMO GEAR FOR SALE: Short-wide ski packages average $350.00 with nnnbc boots and Leki aluminum poles.
BACKCOUNTRY GEAR: Demo and bargain for a pair of skis and boots that upgrade your present gear. Everything Must Go!
Safety and Emergency Procedures
Check posted trail conditions and weather forecast.
Dress warmly in layered clothing, protect your extremities and be aware of the onset of darkness or stormy weather.
Carry water and snacks, a compass, avoid skiing too far.
Stay on terrain well within your abilities as a skier.
IF INJURED: Stay calm. If possible don't leave injured skier alone. Keep them warm. Check their location on a map. Send for help. First aid will be dispatched. Call 304 866-4114 or 911
COUNTRY PHONE NUMBERS
...in West Virginia (304) * Canaan Valley State Park 866-4121
Timberline Ski Area 866-4801
Blackwater Falls State Park 259-5216
Elk River Touring 572-3771
Monongahela National Forest 636-1800
...in Maryland (301) * Herrington Manor/Swallow Falls 334-9180
New Germany 895-5453
Savage River Lodge 689-3200
...in Pennsylvania * Crystal Lake is 570-584-5607 Hidden Valley 800-458-0175
Nemacolin Woods 800- 422-2736 * Blue Knob 800 458-3403
Discover why Cross Country Skiing is one of the most wonderful lifetime winter sports. Besides being healthy and challenging, it burns up very little of our world's resources. Our ski area's electric bill averages less than yours at home. Guess who's burnin' up all the energy in this sport...Cheers! Chip, Laurie, and the WG staff