Today we stretch fence, tomorrow sweep trails, the next day cross country ski! Anyone's guess for Halloween snows. Six more months of wintery type weather.. Snow ahead?
Shop Open Thanksgiving * Trail work weekends, every sat/sun * Ullr has proclaimed the snow to commence Josh Clark * 3"-6" accu has us!
(Bob's 3rd update...THANKS!) This is a tough forecast will low confidence and your Fearless Canaan Weatherman is out on a lonely limb but here we go....I am in disagreement with public and some private forecasts calling for little if any snow accumulation in the Canaan and surrounding WV high country above 3,000 feet over the next several days ...General Discussion: An intense package of squeezing energy and ample moisture left over from a Pacific Hurricane will plunge southeast the upper mid-western U.S. into western WV and into SC by Saturday. Colder air aloft will be dragged south as the system deepens and transfers it's energy to the coast with a newly developing coastal storm. While the bulk of this strong disturbance will pass to the southwest and then south of the northern WV mountains, freezing to sub-freezing air and moisture will nonetheless be dragged into Canaan and the surrounding high-country by Saturday morning, changing rain showers over to snow above 3,000 feet. While temperature will be marginal for wet snow at first, gradually the cold air will intensify, lowering snow levels to 2,000 feet by Saturday afternoon/evening. Gusty winds (up to 30 MPH) may develop by Saturday night, creating blowing snow that will cover roadways.Specifics: I expect the rain-to-snow transition to occur between 1 and 4 am Saturday morning with the changeover beginning above 4,000 feet elevation first and gradually lowering in elevation to 2,000 feet by early Saturday afternoon/night. Right now, I see 3-to-6 inches of initially wet snow accumulation in the Canaan Valley floor around 3,200 feet over a 36 hour period (as measured at the NWS COOP at Canaan Heights) with higher amounts of 4-to-8 inches above 4,500 feet, especially well to the south and southwest in areas like Snowshoe, WV (4,800 ft.).This should be a rather extended period of light-to-occasionally-moderate snowfall extending out over about 36 hours, ending or tapering off to light snow showers by early Sunday afternoon. I do not see extremely heavy snowfall rates with this storm over the immediate Canaan area as most of the energy will pass west and then south and then east of the highest ground with the developing coastal.Any snow that accumulates will be short-lived. A rapid, significant warm-up by Tuesday will push temperatures over the high ground back into the 50's (F). Again, this is a low-confidence forecast and very minor changes in the track and intensity of this system can change snowfall amounts significantly.I will update you again only if I see significant changes to this forecast ahead of the storm..Your Fearless Canaan Weatherman Bob Leffler
Two Years Ago! Super Storm Sandy WG Style/ West By Ullr WV * The skis are at the foot of my bed and each day I wake up I know I am one day closer to wearing them. Bij Sarlati
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.
Lots by Robbie, Andy, Sue, Joel & Adam * 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 Boots by Scott/Garmont and Scarpa
2013-14 SKIABLE DAYS: 110 * Open With 50 Km 71 * SNOW: 177" * Opened Nov 28 and Closed April 1
Send A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions. Oliver Wendell Holmes
Hey Chip - look at all of us WG'ers all fancied up! We had a great time this weekend celebrating Lisa & John's wedding in Richmond, VA. I don't think anyone quite knew what to make of each other without our gear on. So thankful for this wonderful friendship, all because of White Grass - the lovebirds even got engaged on Bald Knob! Can't wait for another great winter. See you soon, maybe this weekend. Devin & Mike
Our Nordic Patrol is there when the times get tough, thanks to Joel, Jeff, and Paul in these early season training times
Kinshasa / Guardian Tom Yocum Mike Sayre in the Tropics this week!
"It is a kind of nowhere, famous for nothing at all and has an appeal because of just that. Tensions disappear along old roads like this." Robert Persig from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974)
Chip messin' up the Black Lillies & Morgan 35th Annual Rye Hill Poetry Reading
COUNTRY'S NEWEST XC AREA OPENING IN SUGAR HILL, NH The 640-acre Ski Hearth Farm, formerly owned by ski pioneer Sel Hannah and then Olympic gold medalist Bode Miller, is now owned by Davis Mangold. Thom Perkins of Jackson is helping to develop the project and he said the terrain is magnificent. He said Ski Hearth Farm has the advantage of being northern New Hampshire's easiest accessed full service cross-country ski area, only two miles from the interstate highway.Twenty-three kilometers of trails for all abilities were designed by the internationally renowned trail design firm Morton Trails. An additional five kilometers of trails are designated specifically for snowshoeing. Nearly $750,000 has been invested in the start-up including designing and building the trails, modifications to the base facility, grooming operations, and upgrading the ski rental fleet,and equipment. The farm will continue to operate in the summer and fall to produce a wide variety of organic vegetables.Ski Hearth Farm is partnering with local lodging establishments including the Sugar Hill Inn for Ski and Stay packages. It is scheduled to open for the season on December 26
Thanks for the Snake Hill shout-out in your latest WG mailing. Glad you liked the skiing on water cartoon. I don't know if you have heard the sad news yet: Jamie Shumway died Saturday night. Here's the note that Betsy sent out Sunday morning: While some of you may have heard, just wanted to let the rest of you know that Jamie's struggles with ALS have ended. He died last night sitting in his chair in the kitchen, at home where he wanted to be. Wesley and I will need some time to adapt the emptiness in the house, but we are relieved to know that Jamie isn't struggling anymore. The last couple months were harder, and this past week even more so. Sorry for using modern technology to share this news, but we are feeling drained. Thanks for all the support offered to us over the years as we all tried to adapt to life with this disease. --Betsy and WesleyI had a lot of great times with Jamie at Whitegrass, and I know that you and the rest of the Whitegrass community did a lot to enrich his life. Betsy's planning a memorial some time soon, but there's been no date set yet. See you when the snow falls. Looking forward to it as always. - Strat
Absolutely loved the Fall pix on the website--my favorite time of year! We are on vacation until Sunday--1st day of week is Sunday here. Some staff took me to lunch and made me a cake--very nice. Went to Haql near the border with Jordan for last two days for diving. Here's a pic with me in my Orioles shirt with the Gulf of Acaba behind me and Egypt across the water (Sinai Peninsula) and one of me blowing out candles--see how few there are! Miss you guys too and will keep up with the site. Take care Grandpa! Jamie Mulligan
Nice to run into you and Chloe Saturday. Stunning light rays coming thru the clouds. Happy fall. Martin Radigan
Time to Buy Your Season Pass to Ski at Crystal Lake :As the leaves start to fall, if you're like me, you are thinking of snowfall. So it is a very appropriate time for us to give all our skier friends an update of all the great things which happened this summer at Crystal Lake.
First and foremost, Dottie graciously transferred the skiing operation over to Crystal Lake Camps and the Camps accepted the transfer. This means skiers can continue to ski at Crystal Lake for years to come. But we haven't skied out of the proverbial woods yet and need your assistance.
A committee of the board of Crystal Lake Camps has been formed. It includes skiers like ourselves to make the operation run smoothly. STEP, our local Community Action Agency, has offered assistance including an AmeriCorps participant to help in the ski shop, coordinate us volunteers, and let skiers know right away when the trails are open. Everyone is working tirelessly to get ready for the upcoming season.
Please recognize that we cannot be a financial burden to the Camp. Skiers must contribute so we can continue to pursue our wonderful sport at this beautiful location. To repeat: we need your help! If you have ever considered a season pass, this is THE season to purchase one. It is not just a pass to ski this year, but also a contribution which will help skiing continue here for years to come. This transition leaves us in need of early season cash flow and we are counting on skiers (including you) to buy a season pass now so we can put our plans in action. Also, if you purchase this month you receive a nice discount. Please buy yours today.
Thanks and we hope to see you on the ski trails. Joe Smith and Michael Gross for the Crystal Lake Ski Center
Gore Mtn North Creek, NY 1940 Chip's Grand Dad, John Dewell
Adam grew up in the close-knit community of Canaan Valley, WV. At the age of seventeen, he caught the climbing bug, scaling nearby Seneca Rocks and bouldering his way through the Dolly Sods Wilderness. When he enrolled at West Virginia University (majoring in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism), Adam continued climbing at Coopers Rock State Forest and at the university's indoor wall. In 2008, Adam moved to Boulder, CO and climbed extensively in the Front Range of the Rockies. More recently, he returned to West Virginia and worked as a climbing guide at the Nelson Rocks Via Ferrata. He currently resides in Davis, WV. Boulder Park,Davis,WV * Whitegrassers Ran For It on Team Boulder Park 9/27 & thanks for Supporting us! Our team earned $4200 behind Mtntop Readers @ $4800 with over $175,000 overall for the community! 39 team members, and all tolled we raised $17,453 for the Project. Way To Go Doug and Carol Milam for their generous gift as well as so many others. The first boulder should be going up next summer!
Hit 15 degrees last night but am upriver w/ Therese getting in one more week before freeze up. Northern lights last night. The music field seemed especially weak this year but no doubt we saw some good ones, just not up to what I have come to expect. Every wave I have ever ridden plays out eventually, but Nashville has been a very good ride. No regrets but timing is everything. Da goils and I will hit San Francisco on the third and be there for a week or so... You forgot your goody bag from the AMA's. Laurie will be much more impressed by your trip when you have the "Visit Meridian, Mississippi" beer coasters prominently displayed in the house. I'll mail it to you. Thanks again to Doug and Carol. Tell them Northern Hospitality exists if they come to AK. Good part was hanging out with an old friend, though I thought we would have ridden a little harder... Nashville got off lucky this time...Next time Brother Chase.... Say hi to Laurie and all those that need saying hello to...Happy Trails Tim Fairbanks, AK
Hiya Chip and Laurie!!!! My gosh it is beginning to look like fall and smell like winter up here, and I'll bet that the same is true in Canaan! How are you all doing?! What all have spring and summer brought your way? I am still living in Anchorage, the strip-mall-to-mountain city. Alaska is so very jaw-droppingly gorgeous (minus the malls) and I have thoroughly enjoyed running up these ridge lines under the midnight sun. Days are becoming shorter now, and rainier, and it seems like everyone is gearing up for winter. There are so very many cross-country skiing trails in Anchorage, it is incredible. I am living right by one of the commuting trails at the moment, and I might well be able to ski to work every day once the snow flies! Not that I could not do that in the valley as well. I finished my summer job leading trips for kiddos in the Chugach/Talkeetnas - it was much fun and a good way to learn about this place from folks who know it well. I am now working at a bakery (Laurie, I can now talk so much more informatively about baked goods! Also, I might have met someone who will let me ride her horse...how is Shaheen?! Still hanging out with Cyggy?) and will start Nordic coaching for one of the high schools in November. There are so many people who cross-country ski here...young and old...I'm intimidated by all these Olympic-bound 11-year-olds! I do know that I will learn a lot this winter from this place. But, I do think often of the hills and hollows of West Virginia. This is the most magical time of year there...I hope that you all have been well! I hope you have gotten to hike, harvest, boat, beach, bike, and do all the other things that bring you joy in these past months...Today Adele came on the radio at work and my mind teleported for a bit (as I think it always will) to White Grass. Anyways, send me an update and spread my best wishes. Janet tells me that you all are running in Run For It in a couple of weekends! Have fun!! Good luck!! Andy, Anchorage, AK
the boys have a band in Thomas now...and it was righteous! Pedal now…ski soon. Joe Sizemore
Seeing you with bells on with is different! Here is the picture of you coming in to the bump shack with something else on. Think Snow! Scott R. Kersjes * Jamie always a Ravens fan warming up in the desert * Ricky Krogh Domension it...Saluda,VA
Mar and Abby, Boone NC Adam skiing waves
Getting ready for the season . . .Strat Douglas
Good Morning, Heart of the Highlands will be working on maintenance upgrades on Plantation Trail in the Canaan Mountain Area this week and next. Wednesdays, August 20 and 27 are days that we could use some helping hands between 8:00 and 4:00. You'd be working with Zach Adams, our Trail Crew Leader. We'll be installing rolling grade dips, hardening tread, restoring existing turnpike, cleaning and building rock culverts... Boots, food, water and the willingness to have fun while working hard and learning the art & science of trail building are all you'll need. We've got tools, gloves and safety gear. Please share with others and RSVP if you are interested, available, have questions... We'll set you up with the necessary details when we hear from you. Thanks! Julie Dzaack * Project Administrator * Heart of the Highlands Trail System * Connecting Trails on Public Lands in Tucker County, West Virginia PO Box 274 * Davis, WV 26260 * 304-866-4757 * firstname.lastname@example.org * www.heartofthehighlandstrail.org * facebook.com/HeartOfTheHighlands
Splash Dam along Blackwater on Thompson Farm * We have been helping find chaga for the Filthy Riches Nat Geo TV series as of late...
Zach calls us "homey"
Just want to say that I have enjoyed taking my girls 9 and 11 out to Whitegrass for XC skiing the past month. With Whitegrass you have created a scene of serenity, an ambiance of friendliness, and a space for young people to appreciate nature and simplicity. Thank you! My daugther Mia Kristensen from yesterday, feeding the Black-capped Chickadee on the 3-mile run. All the best, Peter
Planet White Grass Marc Shaffer good times !! P Sully
Ruthie East West ad queen... 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
Facebook Remembering Old Canaan ...Chip Chase videotaping the mountainbike trials events - barefooted no matter the rocks underfoot or the weather. Roger Bird
...where'd it go? WG Archive Tomb Page JuNk * 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 Snowfall: CANAAN VALLEY, WV 140" * ERIE, PA. 88 * BUFFALO, NY 93 * TALKEETNA, AK 115 * MARQUETTE, MI 141 * MT. WASHINGTON, NH 260
Kid's Free Trade In XC Gear $250
Kid's Free Tele Trade In Gear $575
Adult Trade In XC Gear $350
Nothing hardens the muscles and makes the body so strong and elastic,
lightningboards.com woodenskis.com* Work in progress. Check it out Colleen* Early ski days in Davis Wendel Allen My gallery is Dolly Sods Views. Mary Ann * Chase Kids Couloir Article.pdf * Zanny Nordic Website xczone.Davis National Highlights USA Today * Amazing Snow From Mr. Dave * Pocahontas County has average mean elevation of 3219'"...cross-country skiing through that utterly magical snow encrusted pine forest this past winter was enough to make a grown person weep with awe." Susan Moundsville, WV
Our senior Senator, Robert C. Byrd, is fond of noting that: “West Virginia is one of the most beautiful and unique places. It is the most southern of the northern and the most northern of the southern; the most eastern of the western and the most western of the eastern. It is where the East says good morning to the West, and where Yankee Doodle and Dixie kiss each other good night!” Indeed, West Virginia is a most beautiful and unique place. And with the introduction of our legislation, “Wild Monongahela: A National Legacy for West Virginia’s Special Places, we are striving to keep it that way” Hon. Nick Joe Rahall introducing the new WV Wilderness BillVideo To Waste Time With
Ullr is a Norse god of skiers
When winter is a no-show in the mid-Atlantic region, count on West Virginia's Dolly Sods Wilderness, four hours west of Washington, D.C., for a healthy dose of the real thing. Perched on a 4,000-foot tableland in the Allegheny Mountains, the Sods averages more than 12 feet of snow each year. Wind permitting, follow the Breathed Mountain and Big Stonecoal trails into the high plains, with their decidedly Western feel. White Grass is known for some of the best and most extensive cross-country skiing on the East Coast, with a natural foods cafe that attracts nearly as many fans. All 31 miles of the center's varied trails, half of which are groomed, are open following the weekend storm. A one-day trail fee was $12 for adults; rentals were $12 on weekdays and $15 for weekends and holidays.(Wash Post) Total # of Trails: 44 with 50KM, 30 KM machine groomed Beginner 30% Intermediate 55% Advanced 15% Top Elev.: 4436' Base Elev.3250' Vertical Drop:1200' Terrain Features pretty challenging constantly varying open hardwood glades, pastures, mountaintops, old ski area runs, railroad grades.
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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