Noel by Linda Pastan from Traveling Light 2012
the red cardinal
is our only
Purple Fiddle Do NOT Misses: Yarn Oct 4 * Carpenter Ants Oct 5 * Furnace Mountain Oct 6 * Rachel Eddy Oct 17 * The Barefoot Movement Oct 19 * Bella’s Bartok Oct 23 * The Sweetback Sisters Oct 26 * D&E Appalachian Ensemble Nov 11 * Suitcase Junket Nov 16
Powder & Rip * WG Powder Hounds * Geländesprung * Chipper Chase pdf. * Orange Snow * Chase Kids / Outside Mag * Snurfer Mad River Glen Parody * Mt.Bohemia Michigan * WV Trails * Nordic Response to NYT * Birkie XC Race * Hok Skis * Blackwater Sled * White Ecstacy * Bread Puppet Theater * Local Snowbird Hats * Painting Biathlon * Kids Ski Deal * Cheat Mtn Salamander pdf * Outside While It's Cold * Billy Hotel Lounge * Refuge topo map * Blackwater Sled Run * Family Ski Trips * Front Street Grocer * Joeys Bike Shop * Hellbenders Snot Otters * Lost Kitchen/npr * Potomac Highland Farm & Food * Spread Nordic Dream /pdf * WV Explorer * Wild WV * WG XC Map * Red Spruce Planting * WG Top 10 XC * Pics Of The Week * Sue Haywood the RING * Backbone Farm * Get Tuckered * Gary's XC movie * WV Highlands Newsletter * Boulder Park * Run For It! (Team Boulder) * Scotty's Laurel Fork River * Gauley Fest *Aurora Barn Dance * Astronomy Weekend * Burning Man * OTR cavers * Maine non profit XC * 5 Backcountry-Only. * Mtn State Fat Bike Race * WV Mushroom Foray * Clifftop Stringband Fest * Pickin' In Parsons * Augusta Heritage * Front Street Grocer * Cross-country-ski-areas-celebrate * Brad Rice Channel 12 on WG * Blackwater Bikes * Intellicast Davis 10 days * GoToWV * Absolute Telemark * Sue Haywood * Keeping Arts Alive Appalachia * Powder Mag WV * Charm Farm * Winter WV * Snowiest Mountains * Country Vintner * WG First Open * Epic GeTaways * Nordic Dream. pdf *Inspiring West Virginians * Renovate WV * Driftland Ski & Sport * Joel's orig WG Video * Sue Haywood/Dirt Rag * Betty Gatewood/Artist * Mtn Laurel Learning Coop
LAST YEAR SNOWY EARLY - WARM IN MIDDLE - REAL SNOWY ALL MARCH
OVERHEARD: Like skiing here, never too far from the dirt Bill Witzemann * I did a piss test and didn't even see the ground Dick Geiser * 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 * * "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
2017-18 SKIABLE DAYS 94 * With 50 KM 57 * SNOW 155"
SEND A mind stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions Oliver Holmes
Chase For WV House : Some of you may have already contributed but I’d appreciate it if you could donate here to help create momentum for this platform. Even $5. Anything helps. It’s about creating buy-in and momentum. I’m specifically asking you to help with a contribution before I make this public so that when people initially see it there is already some input and not a lonely zero. If you can’t donate, no sweat and I still care about you. Here’s the link: https://www.crowdpac.com/campaigns/381090/cory-chase Thank you all so much for the encouragement and support. I wouldn’t be doing this if it wasn’t for your collective support. Be well, Cory Chase
Time flies while you're having fun...remember the first one in '79
hAPPY bIRTHDAY eRIC eRBE!
next generation whitegrassers Estoria & John Mohan Chase SMI
The National Weather Service issued an El Niño watch for next fall and winter, raising the prospects for cooler, wetter weather across most of the United States and a significantly milder late hurricane season. An El Niño — "the little boy" in Spanish, a reference to Jesus, so-called because the Pacific Ocean near South America is often at its warmest around Christmas — can cause increased rising air motion in the atmosphere, often leading to above-average rainfall in the eastern Pacific Ocean. That, in turn, can shift weather patterns around the world.
(not NWS or official yet dream on....)
Buddy, Chip & Laurie w/ Farm Owner Randall 'Doc" Reed 97 goin' on 98!
NSS in Elkins 2020!
Joined family/friends Sinks Of Gandy for Ben Stout Tribute
Stephen loves Tory by Tom Cecil
lock your WV car in August so back seat not filled with squash not working in Canaan this summer...it was delicious Mike Sayre
Randy French in New Zealand
Thank you for the unsolicited check and kind words. One of the delights of our business is connecting with people like you - it gives us all faith in humanity and hope for society! We will do our best to steer the entire eastern seaboard to White Grass every winter,
and we will certainly be there ourselves from time to time. If this rain pattern continues thru winter you may get too much of a good thing!
Michael Hermann *
Maker of Fine Maps *
Department of Adventure * Purple Lizard Maps
I got into the OEC class! Yay! I will study hard, hope I pass ,so I can patrol trails full of smiling snow lovers at White Grass! Krissy Beecher
Sue Haywood and Jason Cyr) Davis WV Enduro Nat'l Champs
Blackwater Frisbee Golf
Tim and Mollie O Brien Celebration Of Arts Canaan 7/2
WG 1981 Chloe Cunningham
I rate the 2017-18 ski season on Snake Hill as Average * (note the asterisk). The "Average" part is based on cold statistics, compared to the eight years for which I have kept complete records. Here are the statistics (averages in parentheses): 41 skiable days (42.9 is the average), of which 11, or 27%, were rock-skiing days (13.6, 34% averages). Personally, I skied 36 days this winter (34.5 average). First skiable day was December 21 (that's the latest start since at least 2005). Last skiable day was March 22 (pretty much an average last-day). This was the Year of Just Enough Snow, where we had many small snowfalls providing a thin coating (3" or a bit more) of snow just dense enough so that skis glided rather than scraping. In contrast, 2016-2017 was the Year of Almost Enough Snow, with about the same number of snowfall events but only half the skiable days, 14 of which were rocky. Even that was better than 2011-12, which had only 15 skiable days, 10 of them rocky. On the other hand, we had 70 skiable days in 2009-10, 65 in 2010-11, and 60 in 2013-14. Have faith, Ullr loves you and will return someday. All in all, 2017-2018 was the best ski year since 2014-2015, and the quality of the skiing was pretty decent for this far south and 2100' elevation. But the season started late, much of February and March were useless, and we never had a durable base with powder on top. Hence, the asterisk. A few notes: 1) Due to the Trail Fairy's Incompetence, the Ski Trail Map was deleted about a month ago, and the old link is now a 404. The Trail Map has since been rebuilt, though, and the current link, Ski Trail Map of SHWMA, works fine. Please update your devices. 2) To protect your privacy, I am replacing this email list with a Google Group. You'll soon receive an invitation to join the Snake Hill Ski Report Google Group, which I hope you will accept. I believe that the reports will come to you in the same way as they did in the past. 3) It has come to Your Reporter's attention that some people are treating his Reports with Great Skepticism. This is Self-Defeating for the skeptic. Often there is a dramatic, even incredible, difference between conditions on our airy summit and conditions in Morgantown.The main purpose of the report is to alert you when this happens, so it makes us Sad when you doubt us. It is true that we at the Snake Hill Center for Ski Reporting Excellence fervently believe in Chip's Maxim: "Better scratches than dust on the skis." We believe that Good Rock Skiing and even Excellent Rock Skiing conditions are Things that Exist. You may feel differently, and that's fine. But we do our best to report conditions as they are, not as we wish they were. Our Mission is to inform, enlighten, and motivate you out of your midwinter funk.While we don't take responsibility for sudden deterioration of conditions, we do try to warn you when deterioration is likely, and we mention when we hit rocks. Enjoy your summer. If you'd like to help with trail maintenance, give me a call, 276-9390. Strat Douglas
Staffers at the end party time
Randall & Robin Reed Farm Owners
Lester found us a chair lift Geländesprung Morgan Chase
Bill Berlin * Alex Kosowski * Adam Issenberg
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 ha cosnsulted 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 (Bob Leffler, Damascus, MD/Canaan)
Carl Larsson 1853-1919 sent by Charlie Waters
Robbie's Rad Adventure
Sue Haywood /Paul Broughton skied almost every trail @ WG in 10 hours
what groomers do on the side Robbie
Ski Flu? Whitegrass is the cure! We had a ball today. Joe Sizemore
Enjoy. Spring is on the way, but it's loitering. Strat Douglas
First tracks on Skyline drive Krispian McCullar
Elk Knob near Boone, NC
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
Alex Kosowski Beaver Creek 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 David Blackley * Banff Film Fest Harley Cahen
4000' @ 10" 3/25 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 * 100" on ground at Stowe Vt. stake 3/16/18
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