FANTASTIC season opener last night and thank you for the support, great food, beer, and loyalty.
IN WOODS: 5"- 8"
4000' stake: 7" 4300' stake: 8"
SNOWFARM: drifted in reverse as winds are out of the east
SKIABLE DAYS: 7
OPEN WITH 50 Km: 1
No reservations needed to eat here this winter, kinda like most places. Skiers can hang out and have supper after skiing before heading home.
NEW SNOW: 7"* Last Snowfall: 11/27 - 4" * SEASON SNOW SO FAR: 27" * Oct 8 Nov 12 Dec 7
Km OPEN: 50
Km GROOMED: Foot packed
HAPPENINGS: 32nd Annual Jack Frost Celebration Dec 7 with Free Heel Pancakes & Local Maple Sun 8 am - noon
4 pm TEMP: 25 breezy light snow
2.5 " rain last two days!
SURFACE: Thick powder with a glaze of sleet that breaks away easily
SEASON PASSERS: Cathy Eiden, Alexandria, VA and Gavin Shire, Alexandria, VA and Eric Erbe & Vicky Weeks Canaan Heights, WV...over 60 passers so far.
SKIERS YESTERDAY: bunch of helpers decorating the lodge and setting out flags
Ski Patrollers: thanks to Stro, Jeff, Penny, Gisela, Paul, Jason, Gary, Brad, Chip, & Joel
Three talented Cafe staff with Laurie, Mary Anders (back this year, cookbook author) and KB * In the High Country Joel Wolpert (filming a wg movie this winter)
Sheri Lindner *
February 22, 2013
CHIPPIE DO NOT MISS FIDDLE SHOWS: Dec 6 Steel Wheels and @ 1 pm Dec 7 Davis and Elkins College Appalachian Ensemble * Dec 27 Yarn * Dec 31 * Funk Ark * Jan 19 Dangermuffin * Feb 16 Kaira Ba * March 21 Hey Mavis
Robbie Groovy Groomer every winter hour important
PATC helps us! * LATEST FWS WG XC Trail Map * Red Wing Roots Fest * Birthplace Of Rivers * Birthplace Utube * local East West Printing * Wildfire crews home cooked * Maryland Eyes Expanding Wildlands * Latest Smoke Hole Fire * I'm already havin' ski dreams Jeff C * I'm coming on Jan 4 and you will have snow, I have already paid my money. * You're actually skiing, not in control all the time * Local Dance Trail * Jacob Lutz * Trail Side Lodge @ WG year around * XC Ski Book/Mtneer Press * White Room * Local Author Elisa Carbone * Universal Klister * Tucker Facebook * Thomas Popping / Wash Post * Wildflower collections * Boogie-Woogie Aphid * Tyler Elliott Poet * WVU Environmental Research Center * Dolly Sods Pittsburgh * Birch, Walnut, Hickory Syrup alternatives * THe Loft in Davis * Joy's New Cooper House * WAG weather,inc * Photamerica in WV, got interviewed 9/23 * why donchya burn some skis tonight? josh tompkins * Chanterelle Encounter * Seneca House * Mon Forest Grows * Worst Weather Cities / Elkins * WV Island Nat'l Refuge * WV Mammals Sods Porcupine * Leaf Peepers Festival Vic Moore * Ramps In Decline Nils Powder Creek, BC * Geo Opus Hut, CO * Geo Powder Creek
11/29/13 Snow Farmin' Glidin'
Trail Work Weekends so far: 90 people, many on multiple weekends, some staff, mostly volunteers...500 hours ...Smooth and Fast Inc. /// where did it all go?...WG JUNK PAGE
Matt Shockley opened up Deerfield Restaurant this fall!
WANTED: any snow that is extra laying around, plowed up, or unused...discarded snow of any type ...we gladly accept at our wholesale snow warehouse in Canaan Valley
135 skiable days last winter * 321 season passers * 225" snowfall * started 10/30 off on thru 4/12 * Season before warmest we've skied since the late 70's
Send A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions. Oliver Wendell Holmes
Jack Frost is hammer'n. thanks Chip Chase for hosting the ULTIMATE SKI PARTY! Crede Calhoun
WG on the President's Christmas Tree by Marc Shaffer Garrett College @ WG
Clay Carter's Jack Frost campsite before the am snows
Hey Chipper,Don't know if you have seen this yet, but I found it on the internet. WG got a nod and some serious love in the article.... "In my home turf within a few hours of Washington DC, most of our ski areas don't quite fit my definition because they are set up as both overnight weekend resorts and day-trip areas. There are a couple of mid-Atlantic candidates, however, that I see as anti-resorts. If you've ever been to the White Grass Ski Touring Center in Canaan Valley, WV you would agree it must be labeled an anti-resort. The focus is on Nordic/Cross-Country/Telemark skiing. There are no chairlifts, but if you don't mind earning your turns it's renowned as a quiet escape for touring Weiss Knob (elevation 4,459') and other nearby summits of the Cabin Mountain Range. The onsite and down-to-earth White Grass Cafe serves excellent home-cooked food with a funky, welcoming freeheeler/pinhead vibe." I am looking forward to Jack Frost and doing little snow dances all over the house today. I am even considering adorning my holiday reindeer antler headband with snow decorations for the party (in hopes to please Ullr and bless the valley with snow). Hell, maybe I'll just dress up like a giant snowflake. See you soon, Susie Q
Canaan Valley has lost one of its pioneers yesterday... Dorothy and Fred were the first skiers I met in the 70's along with Bobbie & Annie and Fred's quote I always remember at one of the first Jack Frost's was "WG is like a hit of the 60's". RIP friends.
For the first time in years we are sorry to miss the Jack Frost Celebration...We will be at home anxiously awaiting the arrival of our lil Next Generation White Grass Snow Seeker! Hoping for a long snowy season, and to make it out for a visit with our new addition AND some homebrew as soon as possible! Sending our best ~ Annie and Kyle // GREAT FANTASTIC NEWS and nothing makes us happier than more mini young skiers. Mike take note on the inventory and buy extra strap on fatties. Makes us real happy hearing from the family at a time like this. Checking In! Written permission to miss Jack, your hall pass is still good. When is the due date so we will be in the cheering section? Rock on and if love can steer the weather here comes snow! chipper
Happy Jack Frost Chippy! We do miss you SO! And our thoughts will be flying your way this weekend, and snow too? ….won't see you for the partay but hope soon and hope floats on top of the snow. So much love fowg. Jeanne Sutton
We had a big crowd of folks making wreaths. It was a great day, friends, some snow, some skiing, a little chilly, but dozens of folks made over 75 wreaths! Dave * Dave Saville is another prime example of selfless life-loving people that share their energy, hard work, and passion with others freely. How can we be so fortunate?
There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way. Gautama Buddha
Heading up to Canaan Valley Friday early evening from Richmond, Va and returning Sunday for Jack Frost. If anyone needs a ride up, I have room for up to 6. Bill Fischer, Midlothian, VA (facebook, friends of WG)
Stephan is bringing Herring to Jack Frost, Mike has a smoked salmon from the Great Lakes, and the 7 man shotski is up and running...lots of chaga bourbon aged and ready to pour...
Finally started the season here at the old VT stomping grounds. Surprisingly decent Black Friday snow. Beats the heck out of shopping, doesn't it? Psyched for another fantastic season at Whitegrass!! Looking forward to seeing you and the rest of the family at Jack Frost. Best to you all and happy winter! Johnny * Avery's first WG ski this year! Joel
Very happy that Cory is opening shop. That's a big plus for the mountain. Diane Hinkle * ZZ Ward is like Adele, you will enjoy. Paul * The Annual WV Mushroom Foray is set for the July 25 and 26, 2014
Chip's Blue Ridge bucket list: Annual WV Mushroom Foray in late July near Canaan Valley searching out hundreds of different fungi with the world's best experts
Jack Frost Celebration at White Grass in Canaan Valley coupled with a night ski to Bald Knob and Chip's maple syrup pancake feed the next morning
Dolly Sods Wilderness Plateau in snow conditions where you can backcountry skate and fly, happens a lot of the time
The Mount Porte Crayon Bowls in deep snow where boulders and icy waterfalls are jumped on cross country skis
Canoeing the WV Eastern Mountain Smoke Hole Canyon in an annual rights of spring run with your best friends and lots and lots of pulling over
Skiers, Be on the lookout for a cow which has been running loose in the area of the ski hut and blue trail. Do not approach the cow as it is becoming kind of wild. We just wanted to warn you in case you have an unusual encounter while skiing! FRIENDS OF OIL CREEK STATE PARK
WINTER OF 2013-14 STARTING STRONG IN NORTH AMERICA : Thanksgiving marks the opening day for many ski resorts, and for the first time in several seasons, this year looks like it will provide skiers and riders in North America lots of reasons to be thankful. In the East, 18 New England ski resorts have opened for skiing and riding compared to nine last year. From Maine to North Carolina, cold weather and recent snow have allowed resorts to gear up during the past few weeks. Some are already operating; a good number of others start at the end of this week. A winter storm that that swept across the West this past weekend is expected to arrive in the Northeast tomorrow. Snocountry.com quoted meteorologist Brian Clark as saying the likely big winners will be resorts in the Northern Adirondacks of New York and the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. The Rockies are off to a solid start as well, with heavy snow in some areas last week. Park City's KPCW said that another big snow dump could come to the Wasatch, but not until Monday. The Midwest has also profited from recent cold and snow. The Southwest is also starting strong. Ski Santa Fe, NM, will open on Thanksgiving for the first time in nine years. And with its snowmaking capacity and nearly two feet of natural snow, Arizona Snowbowl announced it will open on Friday. With low snowpack in the Northwest, some areas that were open this past weekend are crossing their fingers that they'll be able to stay open (or reopen) for the holiday and subsequent weekend. Stevens Pass closed on Monday but plans to reopen Thursday, while Crystal Mountain said it would reopen for the weekend. A healthy, thoroughly average year of snowfall in the Sierra is predicted. That means cold temperatures and plenty of white stuff as resorts begin opening this week. Kevin Cooper, spokesman for Kirkwood Mountain Resort, CA, was quoted as saying, "With us, 'normal' is absolutely fantastic."
COLORADO RESORTS CONSIDER WHAT LEGAL MARIJUANA COULD MEAN:Colorado's ski resorts are taking the offensive in ensuring the multi-billion-dollar-a-year industry isn't hurt by recreational marijuana stores that are set to open at about the same time many families begin planning their winter vacations, according to The Associated Press.
The stores are set to open Jan. 1 near resorts across the state and a handful of companies are offering cannabis-themed ski trips. For Colorado Ski Country USA, whether families consider that as part of their ski vacation plans is important.
CSC's Jennifer Rudolph said the ski industry generates about $3 billion in tourism revenue annually and Colorado had more than 11 million skier visits last year, more than any other state. She said the organization is being proactive in educating the public in what to expect when they come to Colorado to ski. Rudolph said she hasn't heard of anyone deciding not to come to Colorado because of the new pot laws, and it's too early to tell what resorts can expect to see after Jan. 1.
Old Time Ballads in Elkins Dec 12 alert sent by the dancin' Becky Hill * Greetings from IquiQue, Chile, See you at Jack Frost, Love LE
There is about 5-6 inches of snow on the trail. All trails have been packed and downed trees and debris have been removed. We anticipate more snow on Tuesday. We are open for business! REMINDER: Ski Trail Passes are required. Passes can be purchased Mon-Fri at the Park Office from 8:30- 3:30 and on weekend at the ski hut from 9:00- 4:30. Cost for day passes are $5 and $40 for a season pass. Family season pass is $100.FRIENDS OF OIL CREEK STATE PARK * www.friendsocsp.org
Hi Chip,I don't know if you remember me and my family, but last year we were honored to have you provide us our 1st cross-country ski instruction during Christmas week. We're the family from New Orleans. Taking those lessons was a life-altering experience. We'll be staying in Canaan Valley during the last week of December and look forward to taking more lessons from you.However, we're also thinking about making a last minute trip to Canaan Valley during Thanksgiving. I know that snow is in the forecast. I'm wondering if White Grass will be open for skiing during Thanksgiving weekend. If so, my wife, son and I would be interested in taking another lessons. I'll look forward to hearing from you. James
The weather around here is like watching stock futures Skippy Dan * Pickens, WV (1950) Maximum snowfall from a single storm (state) A total of 57.0 inches.* We are inspired by ideas on TED.com