Snow is for skiers. It's light until 8, powder piles up daily, perfect time of the year, no end in sight, skiing legs off in seasonal joy. Thanks Ullr. PURPLE POWDER ALERT!
3/22 8 am 19 partly cloudy calm Purple Powder Alert
SNOW DEPTH 2"- 16"
PACKED BASE 1"- 6" (snowfarm 10"- 36")
CAFE OPEN LUNCHES DAILY 11 am - 4 pm
Weekend Dinners are history yet cafe serves late on weekends
Beer Party Apres Ski Times, Inc
Consider WG Cafe Catering for your summer events
NEW SNOW 2 "
Last Snowfall 4" 3/21
SNOW 147" Oct 9 Nov 2 Dec 36 Jan 31 Feb 23 Mar 46
Km OPEN 50
Km GROOMED 25 rolled by Robbie & Adam Groovy Groomers
SKIABLE DAYS 86 * With 50 KM 53
EVENTS Almost Heaven March Powder
chippie care free spring ski season on hold until April
SNOWFARM Froggie PB snowcat/YTS groom today
Nat'l Nordic (4200'- 4463') 8"- 16"
Snurfer Mad River Glen Parody! Mockumentary Extraordinariness..Burton paid to sneak in and film
Best Skiing mid January - early March. It can be 50 or 20 below on any day
SEASON PASSERS Amy Cimorelli Canaan and Sean & Michele Kelly Pittsburgh PA and Emily & Val Miller Elkins WV * 328 passers / thank you
SKIERS YESTERDAY 92 (adding in staff, passers, & comps)
SKI PATROLLERS: Thanks to Stro, Ben, Jeff, Penny, Paul, Jason, Gary, Brad, Chip, Joel, Stinky, Mike, John, locals Dr. Ed Rader, Dr. Tom Johnson, and other visiting volunteers.
XC Crystal Ball? Powder skiing all thru this weekend of the finest quality. We rarely brag yet nature is dealing us a royal flush. Telemark skiers one with endless glades. Chip Chase
Dawn Revisited by Rita Dove
Purple Fiddle Do NOT Misses: Dangermuffin Apr 13 Keller Williams May 4 ArtSpring Benefit w/ Locomotive April 20 * Bella’s Bartok May 9 The Woodshedders May 12 Zach Deputy May 19 Larry Keel Experience June 16
CANAAN 3000'+ FORECAST General (3-19-18 through 3-23-18): Yet another close call on a rain and snow event early on with Old Man Winter in charge Tuesday into next weekend. The bulk of this week's storm's precipitation looks to stay to the south of Canaan. This is again a low confidence Fearless Forecast. More snow will fall if the storm lifts farther north and less snow will occur if it tracks even farther south than I now anticipate or the cold air doesn't work in as fast as I foresee. Specifics: Monday: Becoming cloudy with light rain arriving around midnight. Morning lows vary greatly from mid-30's on the ridge tops to 20° F on valley bottoms. Temperatures warm well into the 40's F by late afternoon. Temperatures begin falling steadily after dark. Rain changes to freezing rain, then sleet, and then mixed snow, sleet, and freezing rain overnight as temperatures continue to fall. New snow and sleet by 7 am Tuesday an inch or less, highly dependent on how fast the sub-freezing air works in at cloud level. Tuesday: Mostly cloudy and colder. Mixed precipitation changes to all snow by noon. Sunrise temperatures around freezing fall a little to the upper-twenties F by late afternoon. Periods of light snow continue overnight. New snow by 7 am Wednesday 2-to-4 inches. Wednesday: Cloudy and colder with intermittent light snow. Sunrise temperatures begin in the low 20's F, rising little to the upper 20's F by late afternoon. Snow tapers off during the evening. New snow by 7 am Thursday 1-to-3 inches (2 day storm total 3-to-7 inches) .Thursday: Mostly cloudy and cold. Morning lows upper teens F., rise only to the upper 20's F by afternoon. Friday: Cold with some snow showers possible. Sunrise temperatures in the upper teens, rising to near freezing by late afternoon. New snow by 7 am Saturday one inch or less. Early Peek at Next Weekend: Cold and settled. Lows in the teens and highs in the 30's F. I expect a milder pattern to set up early next week. If this occurs, this will be my last regular Fearless Forecast for winter weather this spring unless I see significant differences with your National Weather Service winter weather forecasts after that. In closing for this season, I want to acknowledge weather input from two colleagues. Josh Brenneman of Bittinger, MD and the official published NWS COOP weather observer Dave Lesher of Canaan Heights. Josh has consulted with me on his local forecast expertise during especially difficult situations. Dave's dedicated and timely official snowfall observations form the basis for my snowfall forecasts and model guidance on those amounts. I could not make these forecasts without both these gentleman's contributions. Thanks guys for making this a team effort! Your Fearless Canaan Weatherman 3/19 9 am
ice cube down the toilet, trail map in the freezer, underwear inside out, anything to make it snow.
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3 Mile skiers needed
OVERHEARD: 2 months of skiing in one day Mark Anderson * I am proof that skiing is a substitute for sleep and food Spencer * snow goes sour faster than milk Nori * Like skiing here, never too far from the dirt Bill Witzemann * "immature snow" Mad River Glen defines rain * telemarking in logging pants * I'm coming here every weekend until we die Ritchy & Vicki * Glide to Bald Knob and then decide where to ski * Use the quads that God gave you Stevie W * Is there a backcountry ski category for the Mtn State Marathon? Spencer * My skis can't take the chairlift * I don't know what hurts more my butt from falling or my cheeks from laughing * we took a lot of wrong turn to get here * I wouldn't even tried xc if it wasn't for WG * they burn low levels of diesel fuel here Spencer * our teeth got cold we were smiling so much Eric * Our emails and cell calls froze and we saw a polar bear up there * White Grass is what you find at the end of the rainbow or maybe rainbows originate from there. Either way, you need some. Mike Messenger * I did good and hit the ground a hundred times * WV Nordic ...bear dogs with moonshine * Namaski - the skier in me honors and appreciates the skier in you. Pass it on. John Tidd * I've never slid on snow standing up * Count our snow in dog years * anybody can be nice 3 months of the year * iN wINTER IT'S A MARSHMALLOW WORLD * it's easier just scarier & skiing downhill on xc skis at 5 mph is more freaky than snowboarding at 5 times the speed Brian Haze * legislate raising the freezing temp of water to 40 Eric Erbe * never cancel due to a weather forecast Kevin Moore * if there's snow on the ground skis are on your feet * The best way thru the forest is on the snow * go as far as can go and then go a bit further Bill Fischer * skiing is a dance and the mountains have the lead * Sking in the parking lot is called a Texas Base grind Lauren * WG uses moonshine as wax remover * better to have nicks on your skis than dust * Might want to check the lifts, they seemed slow Jeff Simcoe * if you wanna learn how to ski revel in marginal conditions Windy Bridgewater * WG... Ski It When You Can Roger Zbel * Guess the human sacrifice worked Spencer Lee *Everybody wants to ski to the top and when you arrive there it's just the beginning * WG is developing its warm snow technology * Nirvana is not only a band...it's a place called White Grass Mike Kenny don't track it up til I get there...Todd * there are many paths thru the forest Joe Cheff * Bramble On by zeppelin trail blazer Todd * Best thing about XC is that you don't hafta wear a helmet or goggles * WG is close to the earth * Glad to serve while hoping winter can be one of your four favorite seasons. * There's a stick falling on our trails every second * Downhill skiing is thrilling yet short lived Mark * skiing on one inch our mission * I know I'm not the center of the universe but today seemed to be meant for me Anne Sills * We're only huggin' to stay warm * old people skiing in circles on flat ground Brian Hazlett * definitely have a distribution problem with your snow here * no green snow? * the wind is blowing all of Maryland's snow here Lang King * know skiing is great when I meet Chris Good in the parking lot Mark Anderson * trails trying to get nowhere quick Eric Erbe
SEND A mind stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions Oliver Holmes
Enjoy. Spring is on the way, but it's loitering. Strat Douglas
First tracks on Skyline drive Krispian McCullar
Elk Knob near Boone, NC
WG Springs Forward by Brian Sarfino
Sled Run open and XC skiing at Blackwater Falls * 100" on ground at Stowe Vt. stake 3/16/18
Jason Coffman / Black Bear Burritos
Ben & Lindsey
Joel Wolpert 3/14
Thank you to Chip Chase, Laurie and the entire crew at Whitegrass for all your hard work, and for sharing your love of Mother Earth, family, friends,wonderful food and skiing!! It is definitely contagious! I will always cherish our time together on your magical mountain!! We are passing on the love to our kiddos and think this weekend sealed the deal!! Kristin Staley
rOBBIE'S rAD 3/11
Chipper, thanks for making WG one of the coolest ski areas on Planet Earth! Vern Patterson
Beaver Creek with Hazel & Bridger Gault
It is ridiculously sunny and warm here in Cleveland but we are still holding out hope for a little more snow to practice everything we have learned. We are very grateful for Chip and his willingness to open up his ski mecca to us. Randy thank you for all the effort you put into those two days. Everyone learned a great deal. We look forward to skiing with all of you again in the future! Take Care, Ashley Rossetti / Cleveland Metro Parks
Ray and Cristina Loglio Phaneuf Caitlin Greg 5 time winner Birkie
river trail Motown David Blackley * Banff Film Fest 4/6
4000' @ 13" 3/21 4300' @ 20" 3/15 by Bill Fischer
Sawyer on his first journey to Roundtop by Anne Mtn. Yoga
Leslie Suppes 2/20
SNOW FINALLY ARRIVES IN THE ROCKIES; EAST MELTING DOWN Conditions are mixed midway through one of the biggest weeks of the season for the nation's ski industry, with the Rockies finally getting huge dumps, and the East and West Coasts struggling with warmth and lack of snow, according to published reports. In the Rockies and Cascades, Winter Storm Oliver brought another burst of snow through Sunday, then spread into the Midwest. When everything is said and done, snowfall will be measured in multiple feet in the Washington and Oregon Cascades, Idaho's Bitterroot Mountains and Wyoming's Tetons and Absaroka Mountains . Portions of Montana had already picked up as much as 18 inches of snowfall through Saturday. Up to 16 inches of snow had been measured in parts of the Washington Cascades as of late Saturday. Utah and Colorado ski resorts are also reporting enviable conditions, with snowfall measuring in feet at many popular resorts. “Winter is back and Aspen is back to form being the greatest ski resort in the universe. Wow! What a difference a week and 50 inches of snow make!” resident Mike Marolt tweeted. Unfortunately, snowfall amounts in the snow-starved Sierra will once again be rather unspectacular by mid-February standards. And in New England, after a good start, earlier conditions have deteriorated in a thaw-freeze cycle. With temperatures expected to hit the 60s in Burlington, VT, on Wednesday, things are not looking good for the near future. The long-range forecast looks more hopeful. OpenSnow.com predicts: The remainder of February will favor powder in the western US and Canada while the east stays warm. Then, as we transition into March, the weather pattern will shift slightly, and this should bring colder weather and snow to the west coast as well as the east coast.
Kate Grinberg 2/18
somebody call the Smithsonian Robbie
Sunset Susie by Todd
Hawk Knob Cidery @ WG 2/10
Difference a day makes Adam Issenberg
Great times as always! Nathan Kerr
Yoga In The Yurt w/ Leah Staley
Rime and Reason Dylan Jones
You guys blew me away with the exchange of boots for a different size! Thank you. Makes a world of difference. Hoping to get your way soon. Turns from my local hill this morning. I’m the only one who skis this. Zach Sipe
Phoebe Shaw whitegrasser
kids ski hash / bb biathlon by Sheena
WG flag @ Crested Butte Bill Berlin * OR & Ski Show News 2018
In the mid Atlantic they're all junk boards Jason Cyr
Maureen, Griffin & Ivan
original on display only @ WG
Wolf Creek Sue Capelle sent us one...
After 4.6 billion years the sun has finally burned out. Gabe Dewitt
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. Drinks and charm Billy Motel in Davis. Rock out at the Purple Fiddle, bed by midnite.
Alternative Activities: What to do when you're wondering why you're here and the natural snow stinks or is nonexistent...besides to an amazing free and welcome hike up parts of our unbelievable trail system and mountain glades, scenic overlooks and shelters with wood stoves, visit the bubbling sand spring on Freeland Road, then telemark ski, night ski, nordic ski on manmade snow, buy one run and combine with a Dolly Sods hike * sniff out snow way up high, ice skate, sled run, tube hill, try snowshoeing, horseback ride, waterfall hikes, mountain bike, fat tire bike, hike, animal tracking, cave, rock climb, backcountry drive, paddle, stargazing in some of the clearest skies, incredibly quiet and peaceful lack of noisy noise, visit nature centers and state park facilities, explore the tourist info office, trade and demo xc gear, climb olson tower, enjoy a cafe and shop a store, support 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 Blackwater Bikes, 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!
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)
The pure spirit of skiing and the good life is alive and well and living at White Grass. 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. White Grass is quite simply my favorite ski area in North America. Ski Hard, Play Fair, Have Fun, Dickie Hall/ NATO