Whitegrass Events

Fall Weekend Trail Help (2018-19 Season) - 9 am Plan on every November sat/sun with bridge building, glade clearing, ditch digging, downfalls, brushing, and overall tuning of the trails. We'll provide lunch and snacks. Starts in the morning yet we leave radios and directions if you arrive later. Try to email us so as to plan better. Nice way to give back to the mountains.

Nov 25 (2018) 16th Annual Evergreen Wreath Making Workshop - Join us for an afternoon of fun creating your own holiday wreath. Bring a hand pruner and any decorations or adornments you'd like to add to your wreath. Please gather some greens this year as we have a limited amount. We'll have all the materials you'll need including a Fraser fir to construct your very own piece of artwork. We'll get started at 1pm and be around all afternoon. Donations will be given to the Canaan Park Foundation. Thank Dave Saville next time you see him.

Dec 1 37th Annual Jack Frost Celebration - Help open up the season in honor of one our favorite snowy characters. Bring a dish to share Saturday eve and we will provide the rest. We are making a community monetary donation matching all Jack Frost celebration and beer tips to our Tucker County Food Bank/Blackwater Ministries. Join in and bring a nonperishable goodie and we'll add in the rest. Sunday brunch rounds out the weekend.

Robbie's Rad Adventures and Chippie's Care Free Tours Sunday afternoons high in the woods easy trails focused on friendship and fun.

Dec.16 Snowshoe Discovery Tour - 1 pm A natural history snowshoe walk with Chip Chase, owner of White Grass, as he shares fun facts about the climate, forest type, and geology of the area. Enjoy a short streamside jaunt that lasts about an hour and covers around a mile of easy rolling terrain.

Jan 1 (2019) New Year Snowshoe Discovery Tour - 10 am A natural history snowshoe walk with Chip Chase as he endlessly gabs about the history of local skiing, quirky climate facts, railroad history, and the environmental battle for Canaan Valley vs. the Power Company.

Jan 5 Winter Trails Day 2019 - Free lessons, area use, and clinics to all first time interested skiers or snowshoers. XC lessons every hour and a 10 am and 2 pm clinic on types of snowshoes, clothing, basic techniques, and outdoor winter snow travel followed by a natural history tour on snowshoes into our neighboring National Wildlife Refuge.

Jan 21 MLK Snowshoe Discovery Tour - 10 am A natural history snowshoe walk with Chip Chase as he endlessly gabs about the history of local skiing, quirky climate facts, railroad history, and the environmental battle for Canaan Valley vs. the Power Company.

Jan 25 Special Olympics Winter Games - Local winter athletes and everyone wins! Ski and snowshoe events all day.

Jan 27 33rd Annual Twenty Five Km. Mountain State Marathon - 1 pm A rolling long course or settle for a shortened version. Kid's classes and well-groomed for classic or skate. Enter 25 km, 10 km. or 1 km. $20 entry fee. Sweet prizes, post party, and just about endless website glory. Will lap on snowfarm if needed.

Feb 1 Our Ground Hog's Day Ski - 9 am Our annual trek in search for clues to the rest of winter. Full day backcountry journey usually has no pre route and lots of wandering.

Feb 3 Mountain State Fat Bike Champs - 9:30 am This is a timed, XC style fat bike race held on amazing XC ski trails at our local Nordic Center with a staff of groomers making sure this year we have a groomed surface of that white stuff to ride on.

Feb 10 5 Km Snowshoe Walk/Run - 11 am Well organized by Helvetia, WV distance runner Dan Lehmann this event features a rolling course full of prizes and fun. Snowshoe rentals available for $8. Race costs $5!

Feb 7 Friends Of Blackwater Backcountry Film Fest 6 - 9 pm - more info coming....

Feb 9 -10 PSIA In House Clinic featuring the illustrious Randy French. Upgrade your PSIA or become a member or just take the course. Will center on teaching the beginner and more details posted here soon! FANTASTIC CHANCE TO LEARN!

Feb 14 Mountain Top Library Fund Raiser Dinner - And it's Valentines Night!

Feb 18 President's Day Snowshoe Discovery Tour - 10 am A natural history snowshoe walk with Chip Chase, owner of White Grass, as he shares fun facts about the climate, forest type, and geology of the area. Enjoy a short streamside jaunt that lasts about an hour and covers around a mile of easy rolling terrain.

Mar 7 Art Spring Fund Raiser Dinner - Pencil in this fine annual event every Memorial Day Weekend.

TBA (To Be Announced) Kids XC Clinic 9:30 am - noon For Ages 6‐10 Both beginner and experienced kids will have fun playing games and learning new skills. $45 & $5 to rent if needed. Please email us if interested

TBA bb biathlon 1 pm ski/shoot at 3 targets, 9 shots, and everyone wins meet in the Yurt, Free event with prizes.

TBA Mountain Laurel Learning Coop Annual Fun Raiser Ski A Thon - 2 pm Support racers as they make laps on skis!

TBA Friends Of the 500th Fund Raiser Dinner - Help out the Refuge support group.

Discovery Tours from last winter: Water Water Everywhere - 10 am Join Park Ranger Ted Hodson on a hike where we discuss how water in all of its forms moves through the valley. Find out why the wetlands are so important to the water cycle, and how we can guarantee its survival.

Join AFHA AmeriCorps member Kristin Lantz on a snowshoe walk to learn about the method of dendrochronology! Hear about how tree rings are formed, how scientists age a tree, and ways to determine past environmental conditions from tree rings. We’ll even be coring a tree or two for some hands on learning experience!

Where Wildlife Comes Naturally - 10 am Join Park Ranger Ted Hodson who will be talking about the history and importance of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Learn why the refuge system was created, what our mission is, and all of the fun activities that are allowed on wilderness land.

Join Refuge Biologist Dawn Washington as she explores the topic of riparian zones and how they are important for water quality. She will demonstrate how the Refuge collects water quality data and explain how it is used.

Hash Hound Harriers ski hash schedule announced as they are determined.

Full Moon Skiing Trips are around each month's lunar glare Dec 22, Jan 21, Feb 19, Mar 21. We usually head out around 7:30 pm. Good snow, surprising visibility, internal sense of control.

 

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