Dec 17 It's Beginning To Look A Bit Like...

Flurries dust the slight bones of the snow farm. Will groom the outer loops later today and get some more pictures, not much there yet we are sliding! 2 km OPEN * Bob's Forecast

SEASON OPENER CAFE Dec 19/20 6-9 pm * Chicken & Andouille Sausage Stew * Onion Tart * Kale Salad & LIVE MUSIC

Experience Tucker County * T''Line & Canaan open this Friday * Our Shop Open Daily * WG in DEC WV Mag * Alternative Activities

Lifestyle of XC * Nordic Demo Team * Trip Advisor WG * NPR best songs 2014 * East West Printing in Davis art it up... * WV LIVING

Easy Come Easy Go * super marginal skiing yet we plan to make the best of the longest sections and groom back n forth back n forth

Mtn Yoga * Cory's Local Massage * Davis History * Thomas History * Salud in Thomas * SIA XC State Of Industry * Outdoor Retailer

White-Eyes by MARY OLIVER (sent by Mark Head)
In winter
    all the singing is in
         the tops of the trees
             where the wind-bird with its white eyes
    shoves and pushes
         among the branches.
             Like any of us he wants to go to sleep,
    but he's restless—
         he has an idea,
             and slowly it unfolds from under his beating wings
    as long as he stays awake.
         But his big, round music, after all,
             is too breathy to last. So, it's over.
    In the pine-crown
         he makes his nest,
             he's done all he can. I don't know the name of this bird,
    I only imagine his glittering beak
         tucked in a white wing
             while the clouds— which he has summoned
    from the north—
         which he has taught
             to be mild, and silent— thicken, and begin to fall
    into the world below
         like stars, or the feathers
               of some unimaginable bird that loves us,
    that is asleep now, and silent—
         that has turned itself
             into snow.

DO NOT MISS FIDDLE SHOWS: Dec 27 Funk Ark * Jan 1 Cabinet * Jan 2 Yarn * Jan 23 the Suitcase Junket * Jan 31 Dangermuffin * Feb 5 the Black Lillies

Gisela yesterday's ski

General: 12/16 pm A rather weak cold front crossing the Canaan and surrounding high ground Tuesday night (12-16-14) will change light rain to light snow above 3,000 feet elevation overnight. Specifics:I disagree with public weather forecasts continuing to call for mixed rain-and-snow with little or no accumulation from Wednesday morning and afternoon. I see colder, below freezing air seeping in between 3,000 to 5,000 feet elevation and above changing light rain showers to light snow showers tonight between 10 pm and 2 am. I expect no more than an inch or two accumulation out of this minor frontal passage with little to no accumulation below 2,500 feet. Northwest winds will be gusting to about 35 MPH. Falling temperatures Wednesday will change the light precipitation to all snow over and west of the Eastern Continental Divide at all elevations (down to 1,500 ft.) by late Wednesday morning. The light snow and snow flurries will be short lived, gradually diminishing in scope and intensity by Wednesday afternoon. Temperatures will stay at or below freezing until Friday. The weekend outlook still remains uncertain with the chance of another coastal disturbance impacting the area but still too early to pin it down. the major pattern change towards more wintery weather for the Canaan and surrounding WV high country before Christmas Eve (12-12-14) is looking more likely now. I will update you on this weekend's uncertain situation and the possible major upcoming colder pattern change later this week. Your Fearless Canaan Weatherman

WG Archive Tomb Page JuNk * MidWest Powder Capital sent to us by many! * Mtn. State's Wind Farms * 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 * JFC sticker by Ruthie, Bill, Chip, and Laurie along with East West Printing * Big Timber Brew * Wreath Workshop SUCCESS thanks Dave Saville * New WV Park Chief * Scenic Winter Webcams * Upcoming Winter * Local Mead Ben McKean * 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 * stocking Scarpa and Voile Skis 14/15 * 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 * Lots of pics by Robbie * 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

Dec 2013 will happen this year, yes!

Alternative Activities
What to do when you're wondering why you're here and the snow stinks or is non existent...telemark ski, night ski, nordic ski on manmade snow, sniff out snow way up high, ice skate, sled run, tube, try snowshoeing, horseback ride, mountain bike, hike, cave, rock climb, backcountry drive, paddle, 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, 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 or Mountain State Brewing Company, or many of the other fine local establishments. Be thankful we're in the mountains.

Send A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions. Oliver Wendell Holmes

NPR BEST SONGS OF THE YEAR....Cheeseball Norwegian disco king goes heartfelt with the help of erstwhile Roxy Music crooner. There’s a rumor I’m starting that Hollywood is considering a remake of Top Gun just so they can use this song in place of “Take My Breath Away.” Jacob Ganz This is THE place to put your computer, then go back to your life and LISTEN and LEARN...thanks Bob Boilen and stand outs so far Sam Smith, Jon Sebastian, Sunny Sweeney (sounds like Love's It!), Drive-By Truckers, Damien Rice, Afterhours, Kölsch feat. Gregor Schwellenbach, and Chris Staples A tear-jerker ode to fatherhood that leaves you feeling grateful for every precious moment of your stupid little life. Michael Jackson King of Pop’s posthumous album Xscape, Lost In The Trees, Latvian Radio Choir, Sharon Van Etten, Doug Seegers, Sufjan Stevens, Parker Millsap, Gabriel Kahane, Sinkane, David Nail, Son Little, The War On Drugs, Future Islands, Clean Bandit , Hozier, Real Estate, Spoon, Temples, Death Vessel, Floating Points, Noura Mint Seymali, Joyce DiDonato, Jeff Ballard Trio and just gettin' started and this is SO FUN and exactly what technology and ear drums are for.

Snow Snow come to stay, you can melt some day in May! Dave Crossley

NEW! Experience Tucker County A High Mountain Experience produced by Jessica Scowcroft (the music gets you pumped up and everything else is fun to watch.)

In the Dec. issue we are there! Thanks Sheila McEntee

Just enough snow. It's always skiable at White Grass...well worth it! Bill Berlin

Timberline Ski Area has opened and Canaan this weekend! Barry Tuttle

With old well worn skis that you have already abused for seasons you can adventure the entire mountain in search of deeper snows that do not exist. Café, shop, and trails are open all weekend! Merry Christmas.

Joe Henry

soon to cross the 2000 mark for Friends Of White Grass...raise your hand if you ski. * The album, being produced by Dylan under his pseudonym Jack Frost, has 10 songs made famous by Sinatra. * US Snow Cover 128 inches at Red River Pass, NM * Saw this article and thought of White Grass:"the art of creating intimacy: a sense of comradeship, conviviality and contentment" * Hope to make it up there a bunch this winter! Eva / Salud

We generated a station wagon full of canned goods and food for the local Food Bank and included a $275 check. Lots of beer was poured for free or heavily discounted. Thanks to all the generous giving people! Not only a rockin good time plus a bunch of gifts to local people that could use it...YES!!...and just in on the nat'l headlines..."The album, being produced by Dylan under his pseudonym Jack Frost, has 10 songs made famous by Sinatra." I'm flattered Bob is such a fan.

B'water by Mr. Dave

appreciate all of you for braving the weather JFC night and to Bill Fisher, Susie Chobe, Kevin Moore, and the staff for doing a bunch of the work, before, during and after....

20 pieces of my Fine Art Landscape Photography will be on display in the Maxwell Room at the Randolph County Community Arts Center during December, January & February. There will be a Reception with hors d'oeuvres on December 12 from 5PM to 7PM. The Arts Center is located in a beautiful old stone church at the corner of Park Street & Randolph Avenue in Elkins, WV. (this is several streets past the court house on route 33, traveling west) Coincidentally, there will be a dance after the reception. I would be delighted to see you at the reception. Any questions, call Maryann Honcharik at 304-866-8731

Lots of Great Jack Frost pictures on the Friends Facebook Page by Chloe Cunningham! (She will be working with us this winter...explore deeply)

Getting Your 'Shine On Is Becoming Increasingly Legal by Andrew Yeager...sent by Tim Sharp my Alaska buddy in that we poured 2 gallons of local at the JFC shotski sessions, me one too many.

Jess Daddio / Blue Ridge Outdoors Washingtonian sent by Claudia

Chip Chase I went over to Timberline year after year and finally convinced Kim and Glenn Plake to check out WG. We knew they dug small ski areas and my boys had skied with him a few times on one ski. They arrived and after a few minutes in the lodge she whispered to her husband..." I really love this place...." Glen wanted to see all the snowmobiles and 4 wheelers while Laurie served her some cafe soup. We run into each other all over the place and at the Vegas Ski Show I offered him some WV moonshine and he so kindly reminded me he was clean on that stuff. One of his favorites and he aired it on his ski show was the FreakyStylie WG movie where the kids were flipping on lightweight skinny skis and I did the soundtrack buzzing in my terrible offense-a-phone voice. Glenn and Kim are down home, easy to get to know , rock stars, and the best ambassors for skiing American could possible have. One day they'll attend a Jack Frost Party and see what a pre season annual shindig will do for your business.

Fun Raiser Dec 18 Blackwater Brew Company

BIATHLON CLUB OFFERS $10 MILLION FOR NORDIC AREAS : A fledgling biathlon club in Bozeman, MT, has made a bold $10 million bid to buy two nordic ski areas at the base of Bridger Bowl Ski Area, according to published reports. In a press release last week, the nonprofit Bridger Biathlon Club announced its move to purchase the 259-acre Crosscut Ranch and the 276-acre Bohart Ranch Cross-Country Ski Center. The price may seem high for a group that just formed a year ago, yet before the Crosscut Ranch sold at auction in March for $4.1 million to Jackson Financial Group of Chicago, it had been listed at $16 million. The Bohart Ranch ski center has been owned and operated by Jean MacInnes and her son, Chris Myers, since 1988. MacInnes said the biathlon club’s purchase price for the properties is not being disclosed. The $10 million price also includes money for operating capital, which could be used to build more trails, a lodge and improve existing trails, said Katie Smith, whose Lone Peak PR firm has been hired to market the club. Eric Love, who co-founded BBC with Jim Sites, said he will be working to understand what development rights would come with the property. But first, the biathlon club wants to reach out to the Bozeman community for suggestions on how the area could be used and preserved. Disc golf is already popular at Bohart Ranch in the summer, she noted, and mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding trails are other possibilities. "We don't want a 500-acre asset operating only six months of the year," said BBC board member Brian Wadsworth, also a former U.S. biathlete.

Kirstin Walcott Corris Jennifer Moran

Dr. Johnson breakfast bowl * Was I the only one who got the memo? Today was White Friday at Whitegrass. LOTS of White Stuff, FEW people out there enjoying it. No lines at all!! $20 day use fee and $5 chili were the deals of the day! David Wray....Chip, thank you for doing what you do! I was able to help someone out of a ditch, ski soft groomed trails, ski deep powder, have a great lunch, and most importantly, make some new friends and ski with some old ones. That wouldn't be possible if it weren't for you guys!!!! Dave

dave markgraf 11/28/14

WEST VIRGINIA SKI SEASON GETS UNDERWAY THIS WEEK : Charleston, WV – Skiers and snowboarders will be heading to the mountains of West Virginia this week as the first downhill area will be opening for the 2014/2015 season. Snowshoe Mountain is planning to open tomorrow, November 26. For the other alpine areas in the state, Winterplace is planning to open this Friday, November 28 and be open through Sunday, November 30 and officially open full time Friday, December 12 along with Timberline on that day. Canaan Valley will be opening this Saturday, November 29 and Oglebay when weather permits. The natural snow that fell earlier this month allowed one of the state's Nordic areas, White Grass Touring Center, to begin providing cross-country skiing and snowshoeing last week. Along with the natural snow in the mountains, temperatures in the higher elevations have been cold enough for snowmaking operations to take place, allowing all of the resorts to provide excellent season opening conditions. The snowmakers at all of the state's ski resorts can produce manmade snow whenever temperatures permit, allowing the industry's unsung heroes to cover the slopes for skiers and snowboarders. When snowmaking conditions are at their best (in the low teens), over 20,000 tons of snow is being produced in West Virginia per hour, enough snow to cover 20 football fields with a foot of snow each hour The mountain state's resorts annually attract over 800,000 skier visits, and last year that figure was reached. "It's great to open for the season, all of the resorts are ready for the skiers and snowboarders," says Terry Pfeiffer, President of the West Virginia Ski Areas Association and President of Winterplace. The top states providing skiers and snowboarders visiting West Virginia slopes are Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio and Florida. The ski and snowboard season traditionally, weather permitting, continues from Thanksgiving through early April. The five-month long ski season in West Virginia has an estimated economic impact of over $250 million and 5,000 jobs at the resorts and other related companies. For more information on skiing and snowboarding in West Virginia go on-line at Joe Stevens Media/Satellite Services

WG is mentioned in Washingtonian Mag Dec Issue ...thanks, Gabrielle Czaja * 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

Found this while researching some Edsbyn wooden racing skis. Mike Gallagher . Cheers to all of the WG family! David Crossley up in Vermont

Dave Miller

Hope that is me in 22 years. Jason, that will put you at about our age! See you this week. Jeff

Glad to hear Whitegrass had some skiing this weekend. Wyndy and I were in Vermont and took a side trip to Craftsbury Outdoor Center. Can't wait to ski Whitegrass Adam Issenberg

STRATTON PLANS ICE CASTLE WONDERLAND: Attracting new visitors to resorts is the name of the game, and having a unique attraction can tip the scales for those planning a winter vacation. Starting Dec. 26, Ice Castles, LLC will bring a one-of-a-kind experience to Stratton Mountain, VT. It will unveil a spectacular icy forest in the Stratton Sun Bowl. The frozen wonderland spans two acres and features giant archways, winding mazes, ice thrones, waterfalls and tunnels - crafted by hand using only icicles and water. The Ice Castle, surrounded by a 30-ft tall canopy of evergreens, is made of millions of icicles that sparkle a glacial blue by day and glow multi-colored at night with the help of thousands of LED lights embedded in the ice. Ice Castles are the brainchild of ice artist Brent Christensen. He is returning to New England after last year's successful Ice Castle exhibit in Lincoln, NH, where he will again build one of the region's two Ice Castles. The Ice Castle will begin construction in late November and is expected to be open to the public Dec. 26 through March 2015, weather permitting; admission will be charged.
SMALL PENNSYLVANIA SKI AREA WON'T OPEN THIS SEASON: Ski Denton, PA, won't be open this season, according to published reports. At the end of October, Steve Haskins, who operates the ski/snowboard/snowtubing area at Denton Hill State Park, posted the following on its website: "On the heels of the worst two winters that the ski industry has ever seen, and last season's extreme cold weather, which resulted in double the utility costs, Ski Denton is not able, financially, to open Denton Hill State Park for the 2014-2015 ski season. Laura [Haskins] and I put forth a tremendous effort and wish to thank all of our current supporters and past patrons." Swain Resort, NY and Ski Sawmill, PA, offered a special deal to any previous Ski Denton season passholders until Nov. 15. And Ski Denton said it would return any season pass money paid for this upcoming season. Chris Novak, the press secretary for the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, said the agency "is finalizing plans for a contractor to do a feasibility study on the ski area at Denton Hill." Novak said the study would focus on "the rehabilitation of the existing infrastructure and the viability of ski operations at Denton Hill, including options for alternative activities at the park outside of the ski season that could be operated by a concessionaire."

Davis is in this wonderful article and makes you wanna go all the places there. by Jess Daddio

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 have two legs, feet, and two long skis....treat um equally and you will love skiing hills from then 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

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

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