Fall Weekend Trail Help (2016-17 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 will provide lunch and follow up snacks and goodies at day’s end. Starts at 9 am yet we leave radios and directions for stragglers. Try to email us so as to plan better. Nice way to give back to the mountains.
November 27, 2016 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. Dave Saville will be outa the country yet we will send him pictures of our success.
December 3, 2016 35th 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 refreshments. We are making a community monetary donation matching all Jack Frost celebration and beer tips to our Tucker County Food Bank. Join in and bring a nonperishable goodie and we'll add that to the whole shebang! Sunday brunch rounds out the weekend.
Dec. 18 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, 2017 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 7 Winter Trails Day 2017 - 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 8 Snowshoe Discovery Tours The Wonders of Winter Wildlife - 10 am Americorp Mallory Gyovai will be talking about animals adaptations to the winter season within CVNWR. Focusing on a few species, and keeping our eyes peeled for tracks and other animal signs, we will discuss how the season creates a plethora of reactions from our wild neighbors.
Jan 16 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 20 West Virginia Special Olympics Winter Games - Gathered are racers from three states, parents, coaches, volunteers, and helpers. This event will give back tenfold what is put in!
Jan 21 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!
Jan 22 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 along with website photos making you look like a champ.
Jan 22 Snowshoe Discovery Tours Time to get Squirrelly - 10 am They rummage through garbage cans, steal our bird feed, and love college campuses. But what do you really know about squirrels? Join Americorp Lauren Merrill and CVNWR on a snowshoe hike as we talk about the behavior and life history of these little creatures. You're guaranteed to see at least one.
Jan 22 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.
Jan 22 bb biathlon 1 pm ski/shoot at 3 targets, 9 shots, and everyone wins!
Jan 29 Year-round Birds of Canaan Valley - 10 am Most local bird species only make their home in Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge during the spring, summer and fall. Only a few hardy species call our area their year-round home. Join local ornithologist Casey Rucker as we celebrate these birds, plus try to spot any winter visitors, on an easy walk on snowshoes or foot, weather depending. We may identify some animal tracks along the way
Jan 29 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 1 Our Ground Hog's Day Ski - 9 am Our annual trek in search for clues to the rest of winter never seems to end. Full day backcountry journeys usually have no route in mind and end up lost.
Feb 5 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 we have an amazing, groomed surface of that all important white stuff to ride on.
Feb 5 Snowshoe Discovery Tours 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.
Feb 11 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!
Feb 12 bb biathlon 1 pm ski/shoot at 3 targets, 9 shots, and everyone wins!
Feb 18 Kids Clinic 10 am - 11 am For Ages 6 ‐10 Both beginner and experienced kids will have fun playing games and learning new skills. $15 & $5 to rent if needed. email us!
Feb 19 Snowshoe Discovery Tours 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.
Feb 25 - 26 PSIA Level 1 Clinic - Randy French, a veteran of the PSIA E educational staff. You will glide easier, turn smoother and and ski with less effort after this 2 day instructional clinic as well as understand how to teach others key cross country skiing skills. (Also- if people want to come for an unofficial, maybe word of mouth day on Sunday, do that for $45/person.)
Feb 25 Mountain Laurel Learning Coop Annual Fun Raiser Ski A Thon - 1:30 pm Support racers as they make laps on skis!
Feb 26 Snowshoe Discovery Tours Volunteering at CVNWR - 10 am Join Mallory and Lauren who will be talking about AmeriCorps, Appalachian Forest Heritage Area (our program within AmeriCorps), and volunteering at the refuge. We will talk about all of the projects that are made possible by the help of volunteers, and how to get involved.
Mar 5 Natural History Snowshoe Discovery Tour - 10 am with Chip Chase, owner of White Grass and lifelong outdoorsman sharing his knowledge of the area as well as the history of the relationship with the Fish and Wildlife Service and the formation of the Refuge here.
Mar 5 bb biathlon championship - 1 pm 3 targets, 9 shots, everyone wins!
TBA Women's Wonderful Weekend - 9am to 3 pm Refresh or pick up some new ski techniques. Instruction available for all types of skiers and experience levels from track and skate techniques to downhill control and telemark turns. Lunch included.
WG Cafe Winter Fund Raisers Friends of the 500th Refuge Fowl Weather Fest Jan 19
Mountain Laurel Learning Center Fun Raiser Fish Taco Night Feb 2
Mountain Top Library Fund Raiser Feb 16
Friends Of Blackwater Backcountry Film Fest Feb 24
Art Spring Fund Raiser Mar 2
Hash Hound Harriers ski hash schedule announced as they are determined.
NATO Telemark Workshop - Dickie has retired and will not be leading classes or tours for 2016-17
Full Moon Skiing Trips are around each month's lunar glare Dec 14, Jan 12, Feb 11, and Mar 12. We usually head out around 7:30 pm. Good snow, surprising visibility, mysterious sense of control.