Snowless weekend filled with curious hikers, families with kids, cafe lovers, solidarity summit gatherings, and seemingly endless love...snowy weekend ahead?
1/22 9 am: 46 cloudy
Sat started off foggy then clearing and so warm springlike
SNOW DEPTH: sensitive issue for us!
SURFACE: loose granular
CAUTION: we forgot to remind everyone to visit the Freeland Bubbling Sand Spring along the FWS boardwalk nearby...very unique and complete the scenic loop to a Balsam Fir ex-closure and bog forest.
CAFE: OPEN TODAY with soups, sandwiches, desserts, drinks, and more
NEW SNOW: 0"
Last Snowfall: 2" 1/7
4000' stake: 0" * 4300' stake 0"
SEASON SNOW SO FAR: 44" Oct .5 Nov 11.5 Dec 18.5 Jan 13
Km OPEN: 50 km for scenic hiking, all kinds of trails and slopes, 12 shelters, overlooks, feed the birds while pretending that we're skiing
Km GROOMED: We shoveled in a slide that is short and steep yet the rains have washed it away
SKIABLE DAYS: 23 * WITH 50 KM: 11
EVENTS: Jan 22 Snowshoe Discovery Tour 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. RAIN or SHINE with or without snow...
Snowfarm: Was groomed with Pisten Bully...wind blown drifts Jan 7
Snowfarm Snow Depth: 0"
Nat'l Nordic: just like the rest of the mid atlantic...snowless
The best way thru the forest is on the snow
Better to have nicks on your skis than dust
SEASON PASSERS: Andy & Eleanor & Bob Mollohan WDC/Canaan and Colin Hughes WDC and David & Genna & Coby, & Bennett Drazen Potomac MD/Canaan * 194 passers ...thanks for your maniacal support & blind faith
SKIERS YESTERDAY: lots of hikers! (we estimate staff, season passers, guests, etc.)
Ski Patrollers: Thanks to Stro, Brian, Ben, Jeff, Penny, Paul, Jason, Gary, Brad, Chip, Joel, Stinky, Mike, John, locals Dr. Ed & Diane Rader, Dr. John Logar, Dr. Tom Johnson, Dr. Matt Strummin' Lambert, and other visiting volunteers.
Truant by Margaret Hasse
Now forty years after that geography lesson
Purple Fiddle Do NOT Misses: Dangermuffin Jan 28 * Mo Mojo Feb 3 * Driftwood Feb 11 * Blue Yonder Mar 3 * Johnny Staats & Robert Shafer Apr 5.
Discussion: Your Fearless One sees his previous forecast for a very mild, soggy yucky-mucky weekend holding pat. Temperatures will hover in the 50's much of the time through Sunday. However, the anticipated transition to colder and snowy also mentioned as possible in my last Special Statement is now appearing likely, beginning around Thursday. Indications are that once Old Man Winter finally sets up shop, he will be around for an extended period. This major pattern change could include an extended period of below freezing temperatures, northwest flow off the Great Lakes, and days of upslope accumulating snows with some Lake-flake moisture thrown in intermittently for good measure. Back to this weekend, a moisture-rich storm that should pass right over the WV high country Sunday through Monday. Current indications are that it will be mainly a rain-out, possibly changing to snow briefly at the end Tuesday morning before ending, especially above 4,000 feet. However, I am still closely watching the outside possibility that as the storm intensifies, it creates it's own small pool of sub-freezing cloud level air that could change the rain to snow earlier than I now anticipate. Rainfall totals out of this system should be in the 1-to-2 inch range when all is said and done Tuesday morning. Some light snow accumulations are possible above 3,500 ft. if the rain-to-snow changeover occurs early Tuesday as I currently expect. More snow is possible if the changeover to snow is earlier. A detailed updated day-to-day forecast will be issued Monday around 9 am . In the mean time, stay tuned to your local National Weather Service local forecasts for more timely detailed forecasts. Your Fearless Canaan Weatherman (issued 1/21/17 9:30 am)
Alternative Activities What to do when you're wondering why you're here and the natural snow stinks or is non existent...besides an amazing free and welcome hike up our unbelievable trail system and mountain glades to scenic overlooks and shelters with wood stoves, birds feeding from your hands, or chaulk boards to get you on the website, then telemark ski, night ski, nordic ski on manmade snow, sniff out snow way up high, ice skate, sled run, tube hill, try snowshoeing, horseback ride, mountain bike, fat tire bike, hike, animal tracking, cave, rock climb, backcountry drive, paddle, visit nature centers and state park facilities, explore the tourist info office, witness a bubbling sand spring adjacent to White Grass, trade and demo xc gear, climb olson tower, enjoy a cafe and shop a store, enjoy artist galleries, please stop in for ideas from some experts and enjoy a ski video and great music... many great indoor things that make getaways a good time. Experience the amazing Purple Fiddle, Front Street Grocery, Ben's Loom Barn, WV Highlands Gallery, Highland Farm and Food, Lamplight , White Room and Creature Galleries in Thomas and the entire Front Street shops, Tip Top Coffee, Billy Hotel Lounge, Stumptown Ales, Wild Ginger & Spice or Mountain State Brewing Company. Tucker Community Foundation would love to meet you. There are many other fine local establishments and they need your business. Be thankful we're in the mountains and go exploring, everybody's friendly and if not report back to us!
twice the snowfall of Buffalo, 44 mean average temp , 60" rain , 90 sunny days year, 160" average snowfall, snowed every month of the year, 95 hottest every recorded
Blackwater Bikes * Winter Forecast * Intellicast Davis 10 days * GoToWV * Keeping Arts Alive Appalachia * Powder Mag WV * Charm Farm * Winter WV * Snowiest Mountains * Country Vintner * WG First Open * skiing is a dance and the mountains have the lead * Inspiring West Virginians * Renovate WV * Sking in the parking lot is called a Texas Base grind Lauren * Sue Haywood/Dirt Rag * Betty Gatewood/Artist * WG is developing its warm snow technology * Joel's orig WG Rockin' Video * don't track it up til I get there...Todd * Mtn Laurel Learning * had my first ski dream the other night Eric Robish * if you wanna learn how to ski revel in marginal conditions Windy Bridgewater * Congratulations on the first snows Jeff C. * Nordic Dream. pdf
Melanie & Sue WV STRONG
OVERHEARD: Best thing about XC is that you don't hafta wear a helmet or goggles, as they always fog up * better to have nicks on your skis than dust
SEND A mind stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions Oliver Holmes
More hugs to Jim Meckley who played from 6 am - 9:30 and gave his tips to the staff
Joe Henry 1/21
Fund Raisers @ WG almost every Thurs nite
Instill a Lifelong Love of Mountains Kids Free Trade Ups by WG gracefully sent by Jessica Waldo
Mike Messenger 1/19
East meets west on Mt Hood! Michael Clark / Brian Gurr
Just wanted to let us know that I live vicariously through your Whitegrass report website and have been for years. Keeping fingers crossed on the weather for you starting next week! In the mean time, thought you might enjoy this link to a U-tube video the 18 year old son (Sam Teller) of a family friend made when he was up with us and other family friends in Canaan for our annual get together this past New Year's weekend. * Hope to make it up to Whitegrass again soon. Andy Ollis Fairfax, VA
Just got back from Yellowstone! Had an awesome time. Determined to make it up to the WG next month! CP in W-S
Will there still be a 'hike' that we can come and check out even if there is no snow? Fresh air, great scenery, and just being outside are all we are looking for :)))) PEACE-RANDY
Dory albino deer Lanesville WV
Jan 21 6-8 pm awesomeness!
ski touring director turning to the bottle by Laurie
Stan White Lesley Suppes
artist opening for over 15 snowy division
Todd Romero chip skier & Chip chris good skier 1/9/17
Ed Dean / Robbie 1/9/17 * Non Profit takes over XC in Maine sent by Michael Burton
I wanted you to know that we are working on better exposure to this beautiful sport. Check this out: - Ron Hollis Canaan National Wildlife Refuge
Todd Baldy or Bust 1/9/17
I was lucky enough to catch some backcountry pow in the Wasatch with my friends at Winter Wildlands Alliance. Though it was wet, there was quite a bit of snow that I took great joy in carving. Of course the good folks who live out West complained the snow wasn't good enough (if it's not huge amounts of super fresh super light pow I always hear such complaints). It reminded me how much I treasure the few visits I get out here but always look forward to returning to all of the wonderful people out there who -- like me -- savor (and farm) every little inch we get...and who know how lucky we are every day we get to be in the valley. Looking forward to seeing you all again in a couple of weeks. Smile. Johnny
Hi Chip and extended family! I can't begin to tell you how welcome we felt as soon as we stepped through the door of your little red shack! We were just on a recon mission but couldn't wait to come back. This was our kinda place! The mouth watering scents from the kitchen followed us to our truck and returning was all we could discuss. We did return to hike, to snow shoe, to ski and to eat! We were there the week between Christmas and New Year and snow shoed the day of the crazy blizzard snow. Winds so strong we joked we were in the movie The Revenant! Yet there you and your team were, out repairing the trail with snowy smiles on your faces! Our favored time on our vacation was that day in the woods. We were the first people snowshoeing, breaking trail, across on Heartland. I can still feel "that" feeling in my bones today. Thank you so much! We brought the family to eat and ski the next day. The snow farm is such an amazing idea! We bought some White Grass swag to spread the WG good word. And we bought the first cook book so we have some WG at home in Ohio. I'm making potato pesto soup today! We will return. We are inspired to get snow shoes for our farm, why didn't we think of this before?? Any time, any of you are in our neck of the woods you are welcome at our hearth. Thank you for your kindness, Kristie and Ted Fisher
Love this place the moment we walked in. People are very friendly and helpful and you are immediately greeted with the most amazing aroma from the kitchen. The property is beautiful and well maintained. Truly a hidden gem! Betsy O'Neill
link from my movie from Antarctica Randy French (Randy's here teaching in Feb!)
Come out with your ski tips up...you're surrounded by the snow farm. Robbie * Fat Tire Bike Race here Feb 5!
sent by Chris Peterson
trailmap in the freezer Pat Norton
Vern Patterson if the snow melts what to do?
great to be able to ski last weekend, plus two fun dinners at the cafe. Hoping for more snow soon. Bill Berlin
I've been skiing with you since the winter of '97-'98. Timmy started skiing with you in February 2011 when he was four - with your kids package deal. He's now into his 7th season - wow! He knows how to downhill but prefers x-country. I couldn't resist one last pic from the weekend, taken early Saturday afternoon, near the shelter in the Natty Nord. Best, James.
Had a blast Laurie Abildso Chloe Rain
Mt. Washington, NH (6,288 ft.) received 93.6 inches of snow in December, 2016. This is the 2nd highest December snowfall in the station's 68 year record (1948). The highest monthly December snowfall total is 103.7 inches recorded in 1968. Bob Leffler/Fearless Weatherman
Hellooooooooo 2017 Elizabeth Annie Jay Roberts
Brooke Leah Staley
My son Timmy and I enjoyed skiing the last two days - our first visit of the season. We verified the snow depth at the shelter on Weiss Knob. On the way we stopped and fed the birds at Bald Knob. Happy New Year, James
They need 90" out west to ski because the rocks are THIS big...here you got rid of them years ago (or something like that) Clare
Mark Aprile Me, right now, wishing I was in the place on the monitor. May do a day mission tomorrow early. Glad you got some snow. Best. Andy
Tom Johnson Ballash
Looks like my goal of pushing the cold air and snow down south worked you guys are getting some. So glad to see it. We skied XC outside Middlebury on Wednesday and then went to Von Trapp area in Stowe yesterday in a full on snow storm. Only explored a bit but seems like an awesome spot. Here's a pic with of Tema and the kids cruising Andrew
Had to take our Whitegrass Skis on a road trip. Finally found snow in UP Michigan! No luck finding anything like exciting WG trails or yummy WG cafe....hope to see our West Virginia friends soon! ~ Travis & Alicia
We enjoyed the hike and the convivial atmosphere on Boxing Day 2016! Here’s a photo from the Sawmill Flats Shelter taken that balmy day. - Phil
* Wilderness Lodge, Erie PA
Wishing the best to you and yours at this special time of year. We've headed up to the coast of Maine for Christmas and then on to Vermont for the New Year. A little storm this morning put down enough for a ski at the ocean-side park across the street from our house. It felt great to be back on skis and especially to see the smile on Hazel's face from the joy of sliding on snow. She was so pumped to be back out on her Whitegrass gear! Will do our best to push this cold weather down to you guys and see you soon into the new year. Cheers my friend, Andrew
Norm by Ed Dean
12/23 Joe Henry
Our First Supper WAS GREAT...THANKS...
Randall Reed (Farm Owner) & Chip Chase at his sister Nellie's funeral / born Canaan 1916
International that measured the impact of current marketing and advertising efforts. The report found that the state’s current branding and marketing campaign has significantly increased the positive image of West Virginia, while also doubling the return on investment in the campaign over the last year. “Research shows that tourism is the fourth largest industry in the state, bringing with it $4.5 billion in travel spending and tens of thousands of jobs. Our investment in tourism last year not only helped to make these areas of growth possible, but we also have created tremendous momentum,” Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said. “While we have a lot to be proud of, there’s still work to be done as we collaborate with our tourism industry partners to make Wild, Wonderful West Virginia the premiere tourism destination.” In 2014 Wild, Wonderful West Virginia (Division of Tourism) conducted a study to measure the effectiveness of past campaigns. In 2014, the report cited the travel and tourism industry in West Virginia returned in state taxes $7 for every $1 spent on advertising and marketing. The 2016 report shows substantial growth, with a $14 to $1 return on investment. The report also indicates the Mountain State is closing the competitive gap on the impact and awareness of the image of West Virginia compared to surrounding states. In addition, the total visitor spending has increased from $96 per dollar spent on advertising in 2014 to $193 in 2016. The report highlights how the impact of advertising awareness and visitation creates a “halo effect” that raises West Virginia’s image on key economic measures – most notably as a good place to live, a good place to start a career, a good place to start a business, a good place to retire, and a good place to attend college. “This new report shows me strategic planning and aggressive tracking pays off, and robust investment in new photos, fresh video, and engaging content are paramount,” Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler Goodwin said. “Even though we’re still in the early stages of our campaign, we’re seeing great potential in new areas beyond our primary markets. Through new data we are finding we have a significant number of visitors coming from states such as New York, Texas, and Louisiana.” The Wild, Wonderful West Virginia campaign generated more than $1.2 million trips to West Virginia and provided approximately $12 million in state and local taxes. FOOTNOTE: While some comparisons have been made between the 2014 and 2016 research, it is important to note the 2014 research was conducted at the end of an advertising campaign that had been running for several years. The 2016 research was conducted at the start of a new advertising campaign that included new creative, new photos, new video, etc. In addition, the 2016 research does not account for any investments in new photography, video, content, production, etc.
Our Jack Frost Sponsors Honey River Mead, Hawk Knob Cidery, Chestnut Brewing, Big Timber, Mountain State, Chaga Tea Project, BIG special thanks to Brian & Morgantown Brewing * $1100 and a half truck load of canned goods went up to Davis to Veronica Staron and the Blackwater Ministrial Assoc....thank you for your generosity, especially this time of the year.
Oil Creek State Park Rouge One! The storm troopers have landed. The trails are being packed and groomed today. There is 10-12 inches of snow on the ground and the sun is shining! Conditions are good! Please use the honor system pay box until this weekend. Day passes and Season passes go on sale this weekend at the ski hut. Margaret Sims 9:18am 14 Dec 2016
Open Mic @ Fiddle
Food boxes - Blackwater Ministerial Association Hi, all and a joyous Christmas. Thank you all for helping assemble and deliver the Christmas boxes last year. It is that time again. We have added to our deliveries this year, so you are really needed. Christmas bags are being assembled on Wednesday, December 14 and boxes assembled and delivered on Thursday, December 15. We will meet each day at the Davis Fire Hall at 9AM. If schools are closed (closed, not delayed) because of weather, it may be rescheduled. CALL 304-866-7037. I don't need to know if you are coming; just show up. Thanks for your help!! Andy Dalton (Jack Frost food drive helped in this!)
TRAIL HELPERS : A tough dozen helpers braved frozen ground and snow cover for the final weekend around Thanksgiving. Nip, ditch, and mulch. Over a dozen trail nippers set up shelters, swept the sides of downhill runs, and cleared the way for smooth winter skiing mid November...got real wet and cold * 65 folks crushed large parts of the trail list this past weekend (nov 12-13)....glades, high trails, bridges, you name it....WOW, THANKS! We lightly covered 80% of the trails the first November weekend thanks to 20 helpers.
Brad Lovejoy Jenn Osha
Hi Chip! Hope you are well and prepared for this winter. Your report page has such wonderful photos! Maybe you'd enjoy sharing a few of mine please? =) I'd be honored. Roaring Plains area Jonathan Jessup
WYEP / our fave station
2" the nose is covered Todd Sue Haywood
Embrace the Wobble and Six Other Lessons I Learned As a Novice Cross-country Skier - National Forest Foundation sent by Peggy Alpert
Ruthie @ East West
Earlier this week, President Obama signed the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act into law. The law directs the U.S. Forest Service to increase the role of partners and volunteers in trail maintenance, and will definitely assist volunteer efforts -- like Friends of Blackwater's cool trail upgrades in the Blackwater Canyon. Help us continue our "Blackwater Canyon Trail Extravaganza" in 2017, with your generous donation in this giving season. Thanks! Friends Of Blackwater
Welcoming in winter with some awesome hoarfrost. It must be 'jack hoar frost' Todd Romero
Hug filled thanks to all that helped over the Jack Frost weekend to make it happen. Way out at the end of an Appalachian dirt road something like this can happen?
Cool Jam! Thanks for another awesome Jack Frost… Fred and Connie
Very much enjoyed Jack Frost #35 & even managed to hang out a bit later than I have in past several years! Wanted to thank you & your crew for all your efforts to make this another signature opening to the ski season! Had some photos to share...although the quality of phone cameras not ideal, they do capture the essence of the JF spirit! Best wishes, Tom Wood. * Happy Jack Frost Chip Chase. May Ullr bestow many blessings on you this winter season. Christopher Dege
Ullr be praised! Another wonderful Jack Frost! Thanks to all the amazing White Grass staff!!!! Lisa Gillogly
Mike, Ashley & Twins delivering organic produce from Sickler Farms
I found a wonderfully positive descriptive winter forecast for our part of the world. I appreciate the “what could go Wrong” list, but hope it doesn’t happen. Enjoy! David Young Project Director Friends of Blackwater
Had a great 5 hour tour 11/21 - Springer to Powderline to Shenandoah to Baldy to Nat Nordic. Bill Berlin
From The Cube Andy Mollohan
2015-16 Skiable Days 75 * with 50 km open 36 * snowfall 127" * very little skiing in dec, early jan., or march....better luck this year!
Annie make it snow
We asked a panel of cross-country ski experts to nominate their 20 favorite resorts, and for the past four weeks, our readers have been voting for their favorites.
1.American Birkebeiner Trail - Hayward, Wis.
2.White Grass Ski Touring Center - Davis, W.V.
3.Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center - Northville, N.Y.
4.Trapp Family Lodge - Stowe, Vt.
5.Devil's Thumb Ranch - Tabernash, Colo.
6.Maine Huts & Trails - Kingfield, Maine
7.Sun Mountain Lodge - Winthrop, Wash.
8.Jackson Ski Touring Center - Jackson, N.H.
9.SilverStar Mountain Resort - Vernon, British Columbia
10.Vista Verde Guest Ranch - Steamboat Springs, Colo.
A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Reese Brown (Snowsports Industries America (SIA)), Wendy Clinch (TheSkiDiva), Lyndell Keating (Powderhounds), Nate Musson (The Not Snowboarding Podcast) and Jonathan Wiesel (Nordic Group International) were chosen based on their skiing expertise. Other nominees for Best Cross-Country Ski Resort included Bretton Woods Nordic Center, Craftsbury Outdoor Center, The Lodge at Jackson Fork Ranch, Lone Mountain Ranch, Mount Bachelor Nordic Center, Royal Gorge Cross Country Resort, Soldier Hollow, Sundance Mountain Resort, Sun Valley Nordic & Snowshoe Center and Whiteface Lake Placid. Congratulations to all our worthy cross-country winners. WG 2nd place in Best XC Centers Contest
snow guns @ Blackwater by Mr. Dave
Good time on the trails as always . Here is the link to our Thomas website with photos. If you know of people wanting work have them e-mail me. Cheers, Kevin www.172sprucest.com.
World’s best navigators mostly come from Nordic countries
Wreath Workshop Nov 27 1-4 pm
Hero of the week Kevin Moore volunteer clearing the Canaan view of Porte Crayon and Roaring Plains along Rt. 32 south of the Valley
by Todd...having too much fun on weekends, look what you're missing!
Is Your Local Chairlift a Death Trap? Outside Mag 10/16
GENERAL: Your previously advertised weather pattern change from warm-and-dry to more seasonable conditions (temperature and precipitation) will commence Wednesday evening but at a moderate level. The change will feature some light snow and flurries and continue into the foreseeable future (about 10 days out). No major precipitation events are on the horizon so exercise great caution with the extremely dry conditions. SPECIFICS: A sharp cold front will usher in cooler air late Wednesday afternoon, changing light rain showers to light snow flurries. The flurries will end around midnight followed by seasonably cool air with highs near 50 and lows in the 20's F into Friday. Another fast moving cold front will sweep across the high ground Friday afternoon with more light rain showers changing to snow flurries, ending quickly by early Saturday morning. Snow accumulations with both frontal passages, if any, will be one-half inch or less. Temperatures over the weekend will be in the 20's around daybreak warming to 40 F Saturday and up to 50 F by Sunday. I see seasonable temperatures continuing next week with mornings lows in the 20's and afternoon readings upper 40's to low 50's F. .Your Fearless Canaan Weatherman (11/8 9:30 am)First Snow 10/22
COALITION OF NONPROFITS PLANS TO PURCHASE MAINE’S SADDLEBACK MOUNTAIN : A coalition of nonprofits has reached verbal agreements with the owners of Saddleback Mountain, ME, to purchase the Rangeley ski resort and the land around it, according to published reports. The Saddleback Mountain Foundation, a newly formed group of Rangeley businesses and Saddleback season-pass holders, told the Portland Press Herald that it has a verbal agreement with Irene and Bill Berry to purchase Saddleback’s core ski area for $6 million. The foundation would pay the Berrys $2.2 million in cash at closing and then an additional $3.8 million over time in a loan financed through the seller. The Berrys also would receive royalties on future land sales, according to the foundation. The Trust for Public Land, along with the New England Forestry Foundation, said it has reached an agreement with the Berrys to purchase another 3,249 acres around the ski area to preserve as conservation land. That sale price has yet to be determined, said Wolfe Tone, the Maine state director for the Trust for Public Land. Saddleback, Maine’s third-largest ski resort, sat idle last winter after the Berrys were unable to come up with financing to purchase a chairlift that they said was needed to keep the resort open. Saddleback drew between 80,000 and 100,000 skiers in its last few seasons of operation, according to the Berrys, and with 350 employees had been the third-largest employer in Franklin County during the winter. Peter Stein, chairman of the Saddleback Mountain Foundation, said his group plans to raise $4 million, with $1.8 million to be invested in operating costs at Saddleback. He said the group has yet to raise any money, but received $5 million in pledges this summer when exploring community interest for buying the resort. Stein said there is no deadline to raise the money and it’s uncertain whether the resort would open this winter. He is confident, however, that the group will be able to raise the $4 million soon, now that it has a verbal agreement with the Berrys.
weekender trail crew
CHINA ANNOUNCES MANDATORY WINTER SPORTS EDUCATION :
In anticipation of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Zhangjiakou, China, Beijing has announced that it intends to introduce compulsory winter sports education in primary and middle schools requiring at least one hour a week of such instruction, including training more teachers. According to “China Daily,” the Chinese capital plans to more than triple the city’s indoor and outdoor skating rinks. Sun Xuecai, head of the Beijing Sports Bureau, was quoted as saying that 20 existing ski facilities will be improved and 30 new ones will be built. Zhangjiakou is in northeastern China, near the border with Mongolia.
Salamander Overpass 3 Mile
from last april...looking forward to this season, skiing the Valley and Whitegrass. David McCue
Paul Golder natty nord Eddie Dean
Va Tech Meteorology are setting up weather station on Bald Knob
sent by Ed Phelps Ski South
However, La Nina winters tend to favor above average snowfall around the Great Lakes and in the northern Rockies and below average snowfall in the mid-Atlantic. U.S. Winter Outlook predicts warmer, drier South and cooler, wetter North
Could I ask for a little assistance please? There are several unfilled jobs at Tucker County Schools…. Which we could really use some help in filling…… would you be willing to put a note on the white grass web? “Want to live and work near White Grass?? Tucker County Schools needs a math teacher, a music teacher/virtual class coordinator, and/or a long term substitute. Please see more information at www.tuckercountyschools.com (employment) or http://wvde.state.wv.us/jobs/index.html (search for positions in Tucker County).” Thank-you - jdp
LAUREL MOUNTAIN BACK AFTER 11-YEAR ABSENCE : After an 11-year hiatus, Laurel Mountain Ski Resort in Ligonier Township, PA, is reopening, according to published reports. And the snow forecast for the upcoming winter looks promising. “We were definitely excited when we heard Accuweather's long-range forecast for above-normal snowfall in this area for the skiing season,” said Katie Buchan, communications manager at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. The resort atop Laurel Mountain closed at the end of the 2004-05 ski season. Seven Springs signed a 10-year lease with the state in 2008 to operate the Laurel Mountain slopes. On Friday, workers were making progress on the ski lodge after the resort was infused with $6.5 million from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Buchan said the upgrades include a modern ski lift, significant improvements to the trails, snow-making equipment and nearly double the snow-making capacity from a new pond with a 27 million-gallon capacity. Buchan noted that the resort is marketing a special pass that allows visitors to ski all three resort-operated slopes: Laurel Valley, Seven Springs and Hidden Valley Resort in Somerset County, which was purchased in 2013.
Dave Saville WG Tomb JUNK JUNK JUNK
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 (see overlook area south of Canaan Valley)
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Chip and Pat, Fed Ex trucker dropping Rossi skis * Tucker.com * Tip Top Coffee * noise the silence by Joel * Snow Days * Canaan Refuge * East/West Printing * Tele Sale * NWS local Christmas Weather History * Roving WG Reporter * Corny Corn Corn * White Grass Movie * Chase Boys Snow Park Flippo * Morgan Rock Jumpin' * Old stuff links * 24 Hour Hi/Low * Almost Heaven pwdrmg * Chipper Chase pdf * Sue Haywood * 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
Rentals including on and off track, child, telemark, backcountry, skating, ski along pulk sled, NNN BC, 75 mm cable, & snowshoes. PSIA lessons, guided tours, NSP ski patrol, telemarking glades, backcountry, full spectrum retail shop, most all ski repairs and service. We have liberal youth trade kids gear programs, equipment upgrading with trades, and used gear for sale everyday of the winter. The cafe will keep you well nourished. We often roll interesting video and music as well as live concerts.
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