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Chip oar riggin' The Grand for May-June
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DEBACLE IN VERMONT’S NORTHEAST KINGDOM IS COMPLICATED : A federal receiver appointed to oversee two Vermont ski resorts amid allegations of massive fraud says Jay Peak could close and Q Burke Mountain may not open without additional money, according to published reports. In an alleged fraud scheme that has sucked up most of the air in the Vermont ski community, Jay Peak owner Ariel Quiros and president Bill Stenger are accused in state and federal complaints of misusing more than $200 million of about $400 million raised from foreign investors for development plans at Jay and in other parts of northern Vermont. The court appointed receiver’s attorney Michael Goldberg (who also represented investors in the Bernie Madoff scandal) filed a declaration Friday saying the entities named in the fraud case ‘‘have very little cash and numerous upcoming expenses,’’ and if more money is not obtained he will be forced to shut down the operations of Jay Peak and keep Q Burke closed. The story has a multitude of moving parts and if you haven’t been following it, it is not easy to explain. But it involves EB-5 investments which “buy” foreign investors a green card under certain conditions; a partnership between well-known ski industry veteran Bill Stenger and Ariel Quiros, who promptly renamed Burke Mountain “Q Burke” and put his son – with no ski area experience – in charge of Burke; and a plan to revitalize the impoverished Northeast Kingdom of Vermont using EB-5 loans, among other things. And that’s leaving out the political angle, which is a story in itself. While investors worry about losing their money and their path to citizenship, the interim management team is scrambling to pay the bills. "We're paying on an as-needed basis, so basically the most critical functions are being funded currently," said Steve Olsen, CEO of Leisure Hotels and Resorts, the management team hired to run the day-to-day operations at the resorts. Goldberg said on Friday he has very little cash to work with and a mountain of expenses made worse by the warm winter. He says Jay Peak needs $7 million to $11.5 million to survive the off-season, fix its aging tram, and pay vendors who are threatening to cut off service or require cash payments. Goldberg requested an additional $750,000 loan for Q Burke to carry the project through the off-season so it can later open or be sold. Court filings show the hotel is finished but there's no money to operate it once the doors open. He says the loan would cover insurance, payroll for a skeleton staff, utilities, pest control and taxes. Olsen says if all goes as planned, he intends to open the hotel at Burke by Thanksgiving weekend. He says the campground; hiking and biking trails at Q Burke will remain open throughout the summer. Quiros’ assets have been frozen and he has reportedly said he can’t pay for a cup of coffee. In a clarification of his statement about not opening Jay or Burke next year, Goldberg said he is looking for a buyer for the hotel at Burke. He would like to open it in late fall, but needs money to keep it going through the summer. "There’s plenty of money available to keep Jay Peak and Q Burke resorts open, as long as the court doesn’t go along with Quiros’ request to unfreeze his assets, he said. “The assets are in great shape. They are amazing properties,” he told 7 Days. “If the judge gives him the money, then we don’t have the money to operate.” Stenger claims he didn’t think anything wrong was going on. (Which, given that he was initially applauded and given all kinds of awards, is somewhat understandable – at least at the beginning.) He revealed in a deposition that he has a “handshake deal” with Quiros to own 20% of Jay Peak and said he may not have known everything that his partner was doing. The state officials who accepted campaign contributions from the two men and who praised their projects to the skies are now scrambling to explain themselves. Rules that were once given a wink and a nod appear to have come around to the point where they could no longer be ignored. It appears at this point that if the money can be raised to keep employees and vendors paid and the lights turned on, it makes little sense to shut down Jay Peak or the operations at Burke. Sentiment is heavily in favor of getting the “Q” out of Burke, although Quiros Jr. – who is widely disliked – is still employed there. He has been running the resort for the past few years. It makes little sense to close down resorts that have millions of dollars worth of assets already sunk into them. As one industry insider told TSIL, “for the past few years Burke has been run so shitty, that if it runs at all, it’s going to be better.”
found under some stickers
Stro @ Todd's...nice jump!
Tommy P. Off the Wall 4/16
July 22-23 Mushroom Foray Dry Fork WV... pencil in!
Hey Chip, Wanted to send some photos from a Colorado trip I just got back from. I was skiing with my friend and his wife from Nederland. We did some day trips to the James Peak Wilderness -- we skied Frosty and Radio Beacon if you are familiar with that area. Pretty much everyone has switched to AT gear! They cite new lightweight gear and the efficiency of the alpine turn. I told them we still rock the inefficient tele turn in West Virginia and can live with the extra few grams of weight because we aren't carrying 30 lbs of gear on our backs. And we'll still be cranking our tele turns when they come back into fashion in CO. Glad to hear Whitegrass got 20" while I was out west. Take care, Bill Connelly
Chip Colo, still tele!
the secret lake of canaan Todd Ride @ 5
As we say sayonara to 2016 we have a lot to look forward to for 2017. We plan to unveil some trail improvement projects, continue our land conservation efforts and of course, we are excited and honored to be hosting the NCAA Cross Country Championships in March! We will also host our annual events and will be working on developing some new programs. I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of our guests who came up to Jackson to enjoy our trails, but mostly for your patience, understanding and appreciation for the skiing we were able to offer. Thank you to our landowners, donors, volunteers and staff for your generous support and dedication. We couldn’t have done it without you. It truly takes a village and that is part of what make Jackson and Jackson Ski Touring so special. As a community based non-profit organization, maintaining a trail system, providing skiing and snowing and positively impacting your lives through health, fitness and fun is our passion and mission and we hope it shows. Our office will be open through the month of March allowing you to still be able to drop by and take advantage of our early season pass sale. You can also purchase your pass on-line at Jacksonxc.org/shop. ~Breanne Torrey & the rest of the staff at Jackson XC
your nordic adventure team is always ready to attack at moments notice Todd 4/10
Baldy, 4/9/16 Josh B.
great day of skinning with some new friends Eriks A. 4/10/16 ..." In Colorado the saying was always that "there are no friends on a powder day!" Definitely not true in WV. "
A vigorous storm system dumped 19 inches of very elevation dependent, mostly upslope snow on the Canaan Valley, WV area (3,250 ft. + elevation) during the last 3-days ending Saturday afternoon (4-9-16). In addition to the large powdery wind-driven snowfall, the storm featured occasional blizzard conditions with near zero visibility at times in blowing and drifting snow above 3,000 ft. Season-to-date snowfall in the area is now at 128 inches, nearing the 30-year climatological average of 130-to-150 inches. There are still about 4 weeks to go in the area with a risk of accumulating snowfall. The official National Weather Service Canaan Valley weather station hit a low temperature Sunday morning of +1 F, just shy of the 72-year record low April temperature of -2 F (April 10, 1985). Unofficial temperatures as low as -8 F were reported this Sunday morning from more favored, colder locations (with no trees and flat) on the valley floor that maximize cold air drainage under clear, calm, snow covered conditions. While this was a big, near record April snowstorm, it is not the largest April snowstorm to occur in the immediate Canaan Valley vicinity. Furthermore, we are still awaiting snowfall amounts to be made available from the valley floor station. Other larger noteworthy Canaan Valley area April snowstorms include:
1) 30 inches (2 days): April 27-28,1928
2) 21 inches (3 days): April 2-4, 2004
About the Canaan Valley Area: Canaan Valley is located only 125 air miles due west of Washington D.C. This large, elevated area ranges in elevation from 3,000 to 4,800 ft.) is located at the crest of the high Allegheny Plateau and adjacent to the highest portion of the Eastern Continental Divide in PA, MD, and WV. It is not an isolated mountaintop but a large broad elevated surface with 2,200 square miles above 3,000 ft. The surrounding areas harbor the vast bulk of the winter recreation facilities for WV, Washington D.C. MD, VA, PA, and OH residents. Canaan's 3,250 ft. valley floor is the highest, large valley floor (50 square miles) in eastern North America. It's location at the crest of the Allegheny Plateau/Mountains, deep, flat bottomed valley floor, and adjacency to the Eastern Continental Divide (the western rim of the Valley) are largely responsible for creating it's noteworthy low temperatures (sub-freezing temperatures have been recorded every month of the year) and heavy snowfalls Conclusions here are based on preliminary published official National Weather Service Cooperative (COOP) station observer observations from Canaan Valley and Canaan Valley 2, Davis, WV, and Davis 3 SSW (Canaan Heights). Bob Leffler
Silas skis WG! Paul Golder 3/21
I just made this WV cliffs montage video Enjoy, Jonathan
Kevin O Neill Sully/ Team Moonstomper
Todd You have a great classic example of downsloping with east winds in the photo instead of the normal upsloping that occurs with west winds over Canaan. Coming from the east, moist Atlantic Ocean air rises and peaks over the Allegheny Front, then warms and dries up as it descends to Canaan's Valley floor and west. Normally Moorefield, Petersburg, Keyser, etc. are the downsloping locations with a west wind. In this case, Canaan and areas west of the Front are the downsloping locations with the east wind, hence the sunny skies. The humidity has to be just right to see it dry up completely in extreme cases like this. Bob Leffler
Timberline by Faunce
mixin' two of my fav things of all the skis I've known this is by far my favorite....poppachip
WEST COAST REVELS IN TONS OF SNOW WHILE EAST MELTS DOWN: Ski areas on the West Coast are rejoicing in new snow. After a great start to the season, it looked like the dry spell was back. But “Miracle March arrived, bringing (as of Monday) 26” of snow to Sugar Bowl, CA, with more in the forecast. A weekend storm system dropped 56" of snow on Mammoth Mountain. Meanwhile, Vermont’s snow sports industries are just trying to survive, according to another report. Especially it’s nordic areas. After last year’s prodigious snows and record winter sports season, “this is a year of survival,” said Mike Miller, who has been at the helm of Mountain Meadows ski touring center in Killington for 28 years. He has had virtually no trails open this winter. Can he remember a worse year? “Never,” Miller said. “It’s the worst.” Actually, on his blog, Sugarbush President and Owner Win Smith wrote: “Has this been the worst snow year ever? It certainly seems so. In reviewing our historical records, I discovered that there have actually been three worse years. As of the last day of February we have received only 117” of natural snow. However, the winters of ‘73/’74, ‘79/’80 and ‘83/’84 were even sparser.” Warm temperatures this week are not helping, but larger ski areas are doing a good job keeping main trails covered.
Nature Discovery tour 3/6
Two of my favorite things in one package! Don't throw your old skis out, grow mushrooms on em. Max / Backbone Farm
Chipper and Laurie! Thank you both and your entire staff for the keeping the trails well groomed, preparing the best food, and making White Grass the most enjoyable place to visit. Remember, it's not over until the fat lady skis! Love you all. Kevin Moore , Susan, Amy, Jenny and all our friends who joined us at WG
learn the turn to feel the burn
Would like to thank you and the Whitegrass crew for a helping us host the Shenandoah Nordic clinic on the March 5-6. All of us had a great time, on and off the skis. Charlie was an excellent instructor, so many pointers to apply to our nordic technique, thank her for being so patient. The food goes with out saying, excellent all around. Thanks again for being a great host for the patrol, hope to work on the calendar for the winter of ’16 -’17 for a future clinic. Ken Pankow Director Shenandoah Nordic Ski Patrol
Hey poppa Chip So sorry to have missed this last weekend with y'all and the snow. I still intend to search for skiable traces these next few weeks. Doing a little snowdance. Going and biking and hiking re also defensible items on the menu and the call to Canaan continues in me. Spring is starting to pull at my heartstrings and I guess it's not so bad. Birds singing and crocuses coming up. Much love and appreciation for you and the crew and all you do to create and encourage the magical connection of Whitegrass. Gwendolyn
still winter Adam Issenberg 3/6
Sue Haywood chippie care free sundays
Chipper and Laurie, Thank you both and your entire staff for the keeping the trails well groomed, preparing the best food and making White Grass the most enjoyable place to visit. Remember, it's not over until the fat lady skis! Love you and all our friends who joined us at WG Kevin and Susan Moore
Found this guy hiding in Doc's Drift Nelson
Still able to find the goods up high with Ed Rader and Charlie. Enjoyed the Last Supper and the third year in a row I've closed down the cafe. The season went way too quickly. Bill Berlin
Anne Post Haygood Paisleys
Bedrock steep trails by Rob
no better view to accompany coffee...Bill Fisher * Patty in WA
Representing White Grass at Snowworld in the Netherlands. The epitome of yoyo skiing! Joe Randolph
Sue Haywood / Chaga mid station
me too! Sport Rock Climbing Gyms
186 laps @ 2nd Annual skiathon Fun Raiser ...Just wanted to say thanks so much to you and your crew for making the weather and ski loops so awesome yesterday for the ski-a-thon! Final Results: The kids had a great time (as did the parents)! 186 total laps by 21 participants. Thanks again for your support of these awesome kids and their learning experiences - both inside and outside the classroom. Shannon / Mtn Laurel Learning Coop
We had a great weekend at WG! Enjoyed the remaining snow on Saturday and skied in the sun and warmth on Sunday. Great times, great people, great food, and great skiing! Thank you! Allison and Stephane
Chip, We had a blast this past weekend on our first trip to White Grass. Mike in the shop did a great job putting Everett on a pair of skis that fit him really well. Planned our next trip up there on the way back to Waynesville, NC yesterday. Judd and Everett Mahan
I loved the idea that you don’t have to sit on a chairlift and just wait and sit there. You could make a longer adventure of it. You’re human powered — I don’t need the chairlift, I can go up myself. Sue Haywoodie Wash Post
near White Grass Knob by Skip Collins 1973
Hey Chip~ It was nice to see and hang out with you. Thank goodness for that snow, eh? Here are some pics from our trip on Friday Ryan & Brian
old ties...Karen Oleksak
Re writing the early history of Davis and it gets settled by Norwegians instead of Italians and there are 32 nordic centers and ski jumps between every house and guess what their favorite season is?
Natty Nord w/ Todd Romero Molly Wolff Photo
Marlene Jacome * Mandy & Blue Mtn Art
Christina Shepard / Rebecca Wudarski
Happy people of all sizes @ snow fort. Real group project that rocked with tunnels, a slide, and stairs! Sallie
Andre and I had a wonderful "3 bagger" with Weiss Knob, Nordic, Bald Knob, Ashram Rock, both minor peaks of Cabin Mtn, and out across the meadow back to the pipeline. We had done a Canaan lift ride at 900 am. Glad we were not at Tline! Across the meadow was a hoot since the meadow was 67% bare spots, with just a long ribbon of trail 18" wide where skiers had packed snow down a bit. Thanks being the greatest ski-meister ever and for another stunning day! Mac
Ed Rader and I found plenty of snow in the National Nordic, Ashram and Stonecoal Ridge, and were fueled by the 'breakfast of champions".... Fingers crossed for snow this week. Bill Berlin
Hey Chipper. We had such a fantastic time this weekend. I thought you might like to check out this shot of Sunny on Friday eve. It's sweet to witness the return and continuing love for Canaan of several of my friends who worked at Whitegrass. Got my fingers crossed for snow and hope to see y'all fine folks on the upcoming weekend. Bless and thanks Wendy
Local Map Makers Maryann & Alex...we have their local waterproof topos for sale now!
Stephanie & Evelyn * Kyle Weaner
what a great day to be on skis!!! Margaret & Herbert
moonstompers to base Sully
Chip harpin' w/ Trevor by Richard Williams
GW B Day
Thanks for your help. Enjoy the snow! Merrie, Rob, and Kate
Mark Bandy * Eric Lorenz * Pete Kotses
Athens Bike Shop Chloe
Jess Daddio * Sean O' Malley
I love people and look at this man's face..saving the planet one step at a time...YES!
Barry Strata 80's * Tom Johnson
James and I flew the WG flag from the top of Squaw Peak, Lake Tahoe. Guess I was so scared to drop in I had it upside down in SOS mode... Bill Berlin
Jivaka Wellness Center Kelly Alba
Gisela * Bob Carts in CO
Hey Chips,Thanks for hanging out with the girls and really being into their art. Everyone in the family loves Whitegrass! The vibe, the people, and the skiing. Wishing we were there this week as well! Thanks Jimmy Bruner Raleigh NC
Snowshoe Hare / Black Bear
Chloe Skis Robbie's Rad * Maggie snow education
I wanted to make sure you saw the WV digital teaser on Powder.com with Steve’s photos and video that we published today. And lastly, we have a mutual friend—Kate Grinberg. She’s the mother of a dear friend of mine who grew up skiing in West Virginia. Powder to the people. Best, John Clary Davies Executive Editor
Hey Whitegrass I just noticed Powder Magazine feature - Cool! And Chip, I talked briefly to Glen Plake in Denver, he said to tell Chip, "Hi", so there it is. David McCue * It's impossible to run outa snow at WG cause our snowstakes are buried 6" in the ground.
Maggie & Emily
The inside word from my AccuWeather meteorological colleagues is that February will be a snowy month in the east. Bill Smith
Chris Gay / 25th Annual Sods Groundhog's Ski (lots his pics above...thanks) * I had a blast as usual. I love the stoke. I was going to ask everyone how long they've been skiing because we probably had about 300 years of experience, I'm on my 41st year. Thanks for the over the phone advice last week to my buddy about the Alpina Discovery ski. He went for the upgrade on the boot with your advice and he's very glad he did. I took him XC 15 years ago and it whipped him good. He then started going to the gym every day so he would be better at skiing. He loves it, XC changed his life, directly or indirectly, it's the year round stoke. Ski ya later, Chris
If you wanted to get rid of your mechanic you didn't hafta kill him on skis in the Sods. Mr. Dave * The woods are clear except for the rhodys. Silas
Skip Brown @ WG
EAST CONTINUES TO STRUGGLE WITH UNSEASONABLY WARM WEATHER : The disappointing snow year in New England continues, and has now claimed its first two casualties at a time of year when the snow pack should be at its deepest, according to published reports.
Officials at Bromley Mountain, VT, announced today that with a forecast for warm rain and wind moving in, they’re shutting down for Wednesday and Thursday. Bromley snowmakers hope to get back to business by Thursday. “In an effort to be as transparent as possible during this challenging season, we’d like to let all know that due to incoming weather for Wednesday, Feb. 3, featuring .7 to 1.2 inches of rain and 45 mph winds, operations will be suspended 2/3 and 2/4 this week,” Bromley officials announced in an email released today.
Likewise, Mad River Glen, VT, which has only very limited snowmaking capability, will remain closed until the weekend to preserve what little snow currently drapes its slopes.
Meanwhile, winter storms swept across Colorado, blanketing many resorts in more than a foot of new powder. That made for a happy group at the SIA On-Snow Demo at Copper Mountain. Despite chilly temps and gusty winds, no one complained about the snow. TSIL will have more on the demos in future issues. In California, heavy rain and snow have brought daily record precipitation and caused some flooding, mudslides and tough travel in the higher mountain areas. Snow totals in some mountain areas have been over a foot. Between no snow in the West last winter to no snow in the East this winter to the predictability of unpredictability, climate change and global warming are becoming more frequent topics at ski industry meetings. This year’s SIA show featured a talk with Gina McCarthy of the Environmental Protection Agency and a Q&A between her and Aspen Skiing Co. Director of Sustainability Auden Schendler. TSIL will have more on that in an upcoming issue.
Vern Patterson / race results
Hey Thanks for getting back to me. We had a blast this weekend! I've never been somewhere with a culture like yours! I met some of the friendliest people I have ever come across, and I can't wait to come back again. Camping up in Dolly sods was great and as a snowboarder... I managed to challenge myself in a way that I have only been able to do out West. I'm in shock.... I'll spread the word, White Grass is fantastic! Nick Voreas
Missed saying goodbye before we left today but will catch up again soon. Below are a couple pictures from the weekend including a rare double chickadee landing. So is that worth four in the bush? Hazel and Bridger charged up the Bald Knob trail switchbacks and were so pumped to top out this afternoon. I think the kids clinic taught them well. All in all a great weekend. Thanks for all that you and the WG team do. Skiing the hood Cheers, Andrew
White Grass popping off on a Wednesday! Almost as many vehicles here as there were at Timberline. So proud of the Chase's for the all the hard work they've put into this beautiful xc ski getaway. So dedicated and proud of what they do! Look forward to coming back soon and getting on the trails. Thurston Willis / Elk River
Johnny found lost ski under Baldy two weeks later * Keith laid back
Latest Powder Mag sent by Stro * Joe Selner Sods
Enjoyed Whitegrass as usual today. Sking was nice as was the barley mushroom soup. Mike
Suitcase Junket...just found my new favorite place to float around.
Couldn't make it to WG this weekend, but the heels are free in arlington, baby!!! Colin Collins * WG Founder Winslow Ayer by Dickie Hall * Maisie she looks pretty happy to be at WG Martin Radigan
Matt Fratczak Paul Hess
Yesterday was a little bit of heaven. Looking forward to coming back soon. Tim * Free the heel, plant the face Teleren Wa
Peter Bahor running up some fresh powder on the trail to Bald Knob in the aftermath of Winter Storm Jonas. Free The Heel!
enjoying the nostalgia of being beyond 'state maintenance' and two feet of fresh snow. Xoxoxo Cloe Rain
Dear husband. I know all you wanted for your birthday was to go skiing, so I hope you like the snowstorm I ordered for your birthday weekend — Kelly Alba
25 km XC Race 1/24
Dare Wenzler WG gear * Unable to make drive from DC to WG. I settled for PA. Avenue Andrea Worden
Amy Tree Huggers Walk w/ Fran Torro
Thank You. Ullr loves white grass. What a gift! * Maggie & Ragan taking a snack break * Thinking of you guys up in the mountains having a hoedown with all that snow. We miss you, the trails and of course the food. Enjoy! rainey, katharine and the girls
GREAT PLACE MUST GO SEE! Skier Trash
Ken Layman * Todd
With Winter Storm Jonas slamming the east coast this weekend, you can expect tons of powder at Timberline! To help you put your snow day to good use, we're offering $25 lift tickets at the ticket window on Thursday and Friday, 1/21 - 1/22. Estimated snowfall ranges from 15"-40" this weekend, which should allow us to open tons of terrain! Keep an eye on our SnowReport for updates
WINTER PICKING UP STEAM IN EAST; WEST STILL PUKING SNOW * The slow start to the winter in the East is changing, and could change significantly soon. A strong storm expected this weekend could bring one to two feet of snow from Washington, D.C., to New York and Boston.....more SKI AREA NEWS
It's awesome to have the snows, finally! We loved our first tour of the season - all the way to Weiss Knob. We'll be back soon! James
Devon Hartnett looks like more
Longest Shot Ski sent by Adam Ballash
We had a blast. Ellie learning to tellie and her birthday photo. Bill Berlin
Nick Waite mid 80's by Colleen Tony B.
Glad you guys finally are getting a bit of winter back there. That is something we have not had in short supply out here in the Rockies this season. We got out to a local nordic center near Nelson this week. It was no Whitegrass: 2m of base, 15cm fresh powder and we were the only ones there that day. But we did our best to enjoy it enough for everyone who wasn't there. Be well, Katie and the rest of the Wolpertingers * WG is home of the shotski
Canaan Valley, WV was hardly alone in it's record breaking warmth during December 2015. The month was the warmest December ever recorded in many parts of eastern North America. Based on preliminary data just in, some (there are many more) noteworthy warmth records shattered on Canaan's valley floor include the following: 1) It was the warmest winter month (any Dec., Jan., Feb.) in the 71-yr. long valley weather history (213 months total)! 2) The average monthly temperature of 42.3 F was the warmest all-time December on the valley floor by a whopping 3.5 F! 3) It was the first winter month on the valley floor to ever record a monthly average minimum above freezing 4) The minimum temperature of 14 F was the warmest low monthly temperature for any Dec., Jan., or Feb. in the valley's history. 5) The 4.2 inch monthly snowfall was the second lowest in the 71-yr. record with the season-to-date total of 4.2 inches tying the all-time record lowest through Dec. 31. The record warmth abated as of January 1, 2016. Your Fearless Canaan Weatherman
The near record strong EL Nino in the equatorial Pacific Ocean west of Peru continues to roar-like-a-lion, likely contributing to the deflection of cold air from the eastern U.S. In a very rare combination of events, Canaan Valley's floor has yet to see measurable snow (officially defined as 0.1 inch or more) as of today (Nov. 27, 2015).
I checked the 71-year published National Weather Service COOP station records (1944 to present) to see how unusual this late a snow is. Unfortunately, snowfall in most of the historical record is recorded only to an inch (some half inches) instead of the 0.1 inch standard. Thus I cannot determine the latest dates for measurable snowfall.
The best I could do is determine the latest dates of one-inch. Actually in nearly all of the cases below, no traces of snow were recorded earlier (less than 0.1 inch), making it possible that these dates are indeed the dates of the first measurable 0.1 inch snow also. However, we cannot be sure due to the data limitations.
Latest Measurable 1.0-inch Plus Snowfalls in Canaan Valley, WV (3,250 ft)
1) December 2, 1985 (2.0 inches)
1) December 2, 1946 (2.0 inches)
2) November 30, 1964 (5.0 inches)
3) November 28, 1948 (2.0 inches)
4) November 26, 2004 (2.0 inches)
As of today (11-27-15), we are in fourth place for the latest one-inch snowfall with only a trace being recorded so far. Tomorrow (11-28-15) will also be snow-less, moving this season up to the third latest one-inch snow on record.
Current weather model guidance continues to show a well-above-average temperature pattern for most of the eastern U.S. for the next two weeks. There is a good chance little if any measurable snow will fall on the Valley floor until, at the earliest, Dec. 2. Near average temperatures may briefly sneak in for several days around Dec. 2. With that cooler air, there will be a chance for a measurable one-inch upslope snow. If so, this would tie this snow season for the latest one-inch snow in the 71-year record on the Valley floor! If not, a new record late date for the first one-inch snow will be set. Your Fearless Canaan Weatherman
Dolly Sods topo (larger)
First 2016 ski day Dec 3 Sue Haywood Allegheny Afternoon with Robbie and Adam 11/30/15
Tday 2015 with jumpin' jack Chris Barnes
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Athena 25 ($250)
G Rex and small excursion in every size 19-25.5 ($45-$80)
G Rex 21,22($180)
BORED & Don't Wanna Ski : Coffee and baked goods at Tip Top after a dawn bird walk with breakfast at Flying Pigs, State Park and Gallery stops on your way to Canaan's great outdoors, skiing or skating, hot lunch spots including White Grass, Siriannis, Canaan Park and Timberline. Finish up with afternoon jaunts to a bubbling sand spring or scenic overlook. Dinner open with many choices and then a night cap high quality beer at Stumptown Ales or Mtn State/Blackwater breweries. Rock out at the Purple Fiddle, bed by midnite.
The Eastern Continental Divide, Mt. Porte Crayon, and the Roaring Plains: The highest hump about 4 miles south of here is the summit of Mt. Porte Crayon. At 4,770 feet elevation, it is the highest elevation on the Eastern Continental Divide in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. It's name honors one of the first white explorers who documented his visits to the area in the mid-and-late 1800's. The flat topped ridge to the left of the summit hump is the Roaring Plains, named for the fierce winds that frequent the high plateau. This wilderness area contains 5.5 square miles above 4,500 feet. The Valley of Red Creek below is nearly 3,000 feet below the top of Mt. Porte Crayon. Red creek's waters flow into the Ohio and then Mississippi Rivers. Precipitation falling on the east side of the Eastern Continental Divide flows into the Potomac River and the Atlantic Ocean. sent by Bob Leffler on task to get a sign and overlook area south of Canaan Valley
Crystal Lakes XC * Be A Skier * Adele Tonite Show * Highland Market * Salud * Discover Thomas * Bet the rocks at WG are smooth by now Tony D * Driftland Movie * Benefits of XC * F. Almanac * WV chaga * Mtn Music Trail * Chip has a two track mind * WV Food Map * Even bad weather is nice up here Alisa * SIA Nordic On-Snow * NWS improvement * WV Philanthropy * Gauley Rapids * Mother Earth News Fair * Salamanders @ WG * Suitcase Junket * Canaan Foilage * How WG Got Its Name * Snowy Winter Ahead * New WG Events * Off Piste * Local XC Ski Areas * Never cancel due to a weather forecast Kevin Moore * Climate Change @ B'water * Bridge Day * Sue Haywood * East West * Canaan Spruce * Jivaka Wellness Center * Mushroom Mtn * Water's UP? * Augusta Heritage * Clifftop Stringband Fest * Tucker Foundation * Old Timer's Reunion * Burning Man * Our Favorite Ski Movie * Gabe's WV Winter * Salamanders @ WG * Larry Keel * Brew Sky Fest * Shovel will Ski & Livin' the Dream & the noise the silence by Joel * bb biathlon results from 2/22 * Canaan Mtnbike Fest Chip led nature ride * Bicycle Dynamics npr * Highlands Sky Race * Home Is Where The Heart Is by Jess * 40" Mt. Mansfield,VT 5/11 * XC Is Cool * Outdoor Retailer * Maplets * Scarpa T4 & Voile Vector Skis * Eddie Spaghetti Art * Holly Hinkle Art 115 skiable 65 days all 50 km open & 150" snow, started before T'Day ended around Easter...Dec. dry/warm * Banff Film Fest * Uphill Skiers npr * Film Fest Vimeo & Snow Days by Todd * Patch Adams * Sweet place to stay in canaan? * People melted away before the snow * Norwegian flips * Amer. XC Racers Win * Mad River Glen, VT * Hippie Joint WG * Yosemite Chip * Experience Tucker * WG Skinny Skins P'burgh Post * WG Dec WV Mag * Local Mead Mr.Ben * WG Junk Archive Place * Jivaka Wellness Center * Seneca Rocks * Binding Does De Wurk w/ chip * Chaga Mushroom * Seneca Rocks * Wanderlust Festivals * The more focus on a weather forecast the less you go outside and ski. Brent Easton * John Logar Raced AK * Old Town Crier * Easy Come Easy Go * B'Water Sled Run * Learn How To Drive * Frankferd Farms * Nat Geo Chaga filmed in Canaan * xc skiers have cobwebs on their bikes and canoes this springtime of the year * Best thing about winter is that you can always put on more clothes and in spring take them back off * I'm changing the world one nordic skier at a time Randy French * Love WV Craft Beer * I love this Spring skiing! Don't have to worry about crossing water and icing up. Walter * WG Junk Archive Place * Fritz & Athey * Local Wind Farms * WYEP is playing the Decemberists in February * many people to thank...Robbie, Sue, Adam, Mr. Dave, and Zach for freezing fingers while shutterbugging * Refuge Snowshoeing * If it's a good way to spend a day...a great way to spend a life Eddie * WG Race Results * 250 million people can drive here w/in day, we get 250. 1/10,000 of 1% * Patrick said he'd do a lot better if he just went fast as hell and went into a snow bank * As a talented person I find xc skiing very humbling Rebecca * They oughta invent a snowboard that goes sideways....they did 3000 years ago, called xc skiing * skiing the blizzard was like a snow globe, well shaken Andy "James Bond" Stump * Canaan Ski Webcam * there's something wrong with these skis, I keep falling * cheapest psychotherapy I know. Barry * Its gotta rain to snow Allen * the skiing is HEAVEN, there is no "ALMOST" about it Mac Thorton * we'll never share our skiers, all mine * Kids drag their parents to snow worldwide * having put so much into bringing totally legit xc skiing to the southeast and brightening the lives of many along the way. Be well, and see you next season. Kurt * my best childhood memories were sledding * know its good when you're only wearing ski boots * Trip Advisor * NPR Best Songs * East Of Maui * Lifestyle of XC * Nordic Demo Team * Mountaineer Wind Farm * They got the lifts running backwards at WG * Want to move to Colorado then I ski WG...Chrissy * once you get to the top...there's more * Stephan, Nord,.inc.* This is my true Christmas Marstar * converting unsuspecting alpine skiers is my favorite past time * B'water Sled Run is makin' snow now! * Mon. $15 ski Canaan with non perishable food gift...WOW! * XC State Of Industry * Jivaka Wellness Center * Top 50 Albums 2014 * we either have tulips in the yard or three feet of snow this time of the year...or any day in winter * Morgantown Brewery * WG T shirts by East West Printing * Big Timber Brew * Wreath Workshop SUCCESS thanks Dave Saville * New WV Park Chief * Scenic Winter Webcams * Upcoming Winter * Navy leaving WV * Ullr has proclaimed the snow to commence Josh Clarke * Winter has left the building! The note said " I will be back soon" Robbie * that dirt was pretty sudden Eric skiing friday near his house * 27 worker bees sat & 20 sunday = 225 hours this weekend alone and boy the cafe lunches were yummy * Eat, drink, ski, and be merry! Kevin Moore * After reading this, I've decided to cut trap door in my roof. Dave Lesher * Flickr whitegrass * May the winter be with you * Today we stretch fence, tomorrow sweep trails, the next day cross country ski! Six more months of wintery type weather to look forward to * Casey sent great cold freezing windy horrible winter weather news in that Cold Northeast, Interior Mid-Atlantic to Yield Snowy Winter Season * Our daughter's favorite season is winter, due in great part to you. Highland Market * Ol' Whitegrasser art Sean Conroy * WG Rentals Rossignol Evo Trail, Fischer, Alpina skis nnnbc boots by Alpina, Rossi, Madshus, and Fischer, Leki tapered aluminum poles with WG logo * Metal edged skis by Rossi, Madshus, Alpina, Fischer * Tele skis by Voile, Ski Logic and Boots by Scott/Garmont and Scarpa
Most important muscle in skiing is the one in your cheek that makes your lips shape into a smile. Dickie Hall
Some of the secrets to slowing down on xc skis is having the skills to create even shape, pressure, and a balanced 50/50 treatment to each ski, never favor or lean and be politically correct to yourself...you have two legs, feet, and two long skis....treat um equally and you will love skiing hills from then on...be flat center in the middle of that well shaped "V". Tilt your skis on edge to cross a sidehill i.e anywhere at WG. Place your weight firmly over each step like monster-giant stomping and again travel forward and be the boss. Basic athletic flexed ankle and knee position throughout your skiing and when you stride your body needs to up out and forward and your knees should lead the way. Concentrate weight and steering to the back ski in the tele turn and you MUST turn the back knee and ski up into the hill.
Average Snow ERIE, PA 88" * BUFFALO, NY 93" * TALKEETNA, AK 115" * CANAAN VALLEY, WV 140" * MARQUETTE, MI 141" * MT. WASHINGTON, NH 260" * TUG HILL, NY 300"
The pure spirit of skiing and the good life is alive and well and living at Whitegrass. I know of no other place where skiers gather and get closer to that wonderful spiritual aspect of skiing and fellowship. That special place in all nords that makes us want to go outside put on our skis and have fun. Whitegrass is quite simply my favorite ski area in North America. Ski Hard, Play Fair, Have Fun, Dickie Hall (NATO)
All my life, right and wrong tangled, playing with the moon, ridiculing the wind, listening to the birds…Many years wasted seeing the mountain covered with snow. This winter I realize snow makes the mountain - Dogen Zenji
skiing is not a matter of life and death, it’s more important than that
Nothing finer than standing on this great planet! chip