Whitegrass Events

Fall Weekend Trail Help (2017-18 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.

November 26, 2017 15th Annual Evergreen Wreath Making Workshop - Join us for an afternoon of fun learning how to make your own holiday wreath. Bring a hand pruner and any decorations or adornments you'd like to add to your wreath. We'll have all the materials you'll need including a variety of firs to construct your very own piece of artwork. We'll get started at 1pm and be around all afternoon.

December 2 36th 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 a couple thousand dollars. Sunday brunch rounds out the weekend.

Dec 10 - Snowshoe Discovery Tour 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.

Dec. 17 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, 2018 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 6 Winter Trails Day 2018 - 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 14 Snowshoe Discovery Tour Trees and Shrubs in Winter - 10 am with Frank Slider local naturalist focus on winter trees and shrubs

Jan 15 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 21 Snowshoe Discovery Tour- 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.

Jan 26 Special Olympics Winter Games - Athletes from Va. and WV where everyone wins! Ski and snowshoe events all day.Training Day is Jan 25.

Jan 21 Snowshoe Discovery Tour - 10 am 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.

Jan 21 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. $20 entry fee. Sweet prizes and endless website glory.

Jan 28 Snowshoe Discovery Tour- Join AHFA AmeriCorps Zach Dykema on a snowshoeing tour on the Refuge as we talk about winter birds. We will see what feathery friends we find and chat about winter behavior, why certain birds migrate and others don't, and what you can do to help your local birds get through the cold, snowy months.

Jan 28 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 2 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 4 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 all important white stuff to ride on.

Feb 8 Friends Of Blackwater Backcountry Film Fest 6 - 9 pm - more info coming

Feb 11 Snowshoe Discovery Tour - 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!

Feb 15 Mountain Top Library Fund Raiser Dinner - Get generous!

Feb 20-21 PSIA In House Clinic featuring the illustrious Randy French. Upgrade your PSIA or become a member or just take the course. Will center around teaching the beginner and more details posted here soon! FANTASTIC CHANCE TO LEARN!

Feb 22 Friends Of the 500th Fund Raiser Dinner - more info coming

Feb 25 Snowshoe Discovery Tour - 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.

Mar 1 Art Spring Fund Raiser Dinner - more info coming

TBA Parent Child Clinic - 10am - 11am Ski lessons for our littlest skiers. Parents and children ages 3-5. What does every skiing parent want for their children? Good health, happiness, and of course a love of skiing. We'll engage your youngest skier in games and activities that will make them beg you to go skiing again. Plus parents will learn how to play skill-­based games with your little ones.

TBA bb biathlon 1 pm ski/shoot at 3 targets, 9 shots, and everyone wins!

TBA Mountain Laurel Learning Coop Annual Fun Raiser Ski A Thon - 1:30 pm Support racers as they make laps on skis!

TBA Kids 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. email us!

TBA Backcountry Ski Days with Chip and Sue sharing skills and terrain making the most of your snowy travels

TBA Robbie's Rad Adventures and Chippie's Care Free Tours Sunday afternoons high in the woods

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

Full Moon Skiing Trips are around each month's lunar glare Dec 3, Jan 1 and 31, and Mar 1 and 31. We usually head out around 7:30 pm. Good snow, surprising visibility, internal sense of control.

 

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