noon: 32 clear, calm, BLUEBIRD
Friday snowed most of the morning yielding an inch....calmed down and cleared up w/ cold night in teens
SNOW DEPTH: 0"- 12"
SURFACE: dust on crust...mostly granular
CAUTION: thin snow warnings everywhere down low or in the wind. Lots of water damage, fixing some of them. Descending in this snow type and amount is difficult yet climbing and flats are easier.
CAFE: Soups, Panini Sandwiches, Salads, Desserts, Local Produce, Beer and Wine
Fri & Sat Dinners from 6-9 pm with LIVE MUSIC...come at 5:45 for the first seating or wait until 7:30 for tables to clear...call us to check openings anytime....no waiting this year
Feb 6 LIVE Music Trevor Reichman with Tortellini w/ Italian Sausage and Mushrooms * Moroccan Slow Cooked Lamb * Mushroom Lasagna
NEW SNOW: 0"
Last Snowfall: 1" 2/5
SEASON SNOW SO FAR: 55" Oct 0 Nov 0 Dec 4 Jan 50 Feb 1
Km OPEN: 25 (25 closed) Many thin and wet spots all over the place. Start at WG and ski in many directions. Springer, 3 mile switches, and Timberline are closed. Fern, Falls OLook, Weiss, and others are open.
Km. GROOMED: 10 km. Grooming snowfarm, lower 3 mile to Falls & Upper 3 Mile to Powderline at least...
SKIABLE DAYS: 32 * WITH 50 KM: 19
Feb 7 Snowshoe Discovery Tour – 10 am birding with Casey
Feb 7 Parent Child Clinic - 10 am
Feb 7 bb biathlon - 1 pm
Snowfarm: 5 km. and 385 feet of vertical rise and fall open. Icy, hard packed, small sections in grass and sticks, getting groomed and shoveled as we speak. Lessons, demos, skating, hill practice are an option.
Nat'l Nordic : 8"- 12" hard pack with lots of terrain not skied. Trails that have are raised and tricky to ski. Lots of birch and tree debris atop the snowpack.
Snowshoe race results ( I burned the tabs by mistake that Dan left behind so no order!)
SEASON PASSERS: Max Matza WDC and Evan Supak Davis, WV and Ritchie Family Harrisonburg VA * 224 passers so far
SKIERS YESTERDAY: 24 (we estimate staff, season passers, guests, sneak ins, and exaggerate like crazy)
Ski Patrollers: Thanks to Stro, Gisela, Brian, Ben, Jeff, Penny, Paul, Jason, Gary, Brad, Chip, Joel, Stinky, Mike, John, locals Dr. Ed Rader, Dr. John Logar, Dr. Tom Johnson, Dr. Matt Strummin' Lambert as well as other visiting volunteers
This weekend? Ski to Baldy and beyond with extreme caution. Good skiers no fear, others consider skiing the snow farm, snowshoeing, or skiing up and walking back down. Lots o skiers today!
Kindness by Stephen Dunn
In Manhattan, I learned a public kindness
was a triumph
over the push of money, the constrictions
of fear. If it occurred it came
from some deep
primal memory, almost entirely lost-
Here, let me help you, then you me,
otherwise we’ll die.
Which is why I love the weather
in Minnesota, every winter kindness
to obvious self-interest,
thus so many kindnesses
when you need them;
praise blizzards, praise the cold.
( 2/5 7 am) General: Seasonably cold air through Weekend followed by colder air early next week and a potential extended period of substantial snowfall. Specifics:Friday (2-5-16): Settled and partly sunny with seasonable temperatures...highs 20's lows teens. Saturday (2-6-16): Settled and sunny with seasonable temperatures...lows in the teens and highs around freezing. Sunday (2-7-16): Settled and a little milder. Lows around 20 F, high around 40 F. Monday (2-8-16) through Wednesday (2-10-16): Snow arrives Monday and continues into Wednesday as a disturbance forms over the high country and ushers in colder air. Significant accumulations of 6-to-12 inches plus are possible for the 3-day total (public forecasts suggesting snow and rain showers with little or no accumulation Monday). I will monitor the potential development of next week's system carefully over the weekend and update you as we get closer. Your Fearless Canaan Weatherman
Purple Fiddle Upcoming Do NOT Miss Shows 2/14 Suitcase Junket 2/19 Jackass Flats 2/27 Gangstagrass 3/5 Hey Mavis 3/17 Yes Alexander
CVI * T'line Tele Improvement * Experience Tucker * Mtns Of Possibility * Jess's Canaan Summer * Tele Sale Gear.doc * Snowflakes Truly Unique * Red Spruce * Marquette Ski * Shen. Bike Co * Blackwater Bikes * Rescue @ Spruce Knob * these skis go right up the mtn...not with me on um they won't. Chip and Pat, Fed Ex trucker dropping Rossi skis * noise the silence by Joel * Snow Days * Canaan Refuge * East/West Printing * Tele Sale * NWS local Christmas Weather History * Old stuff links
3 Mile Weiss Knob 2/4
LIVE MUSIC Feb 6 Trevor Reichman Feb 12 Ryan Gaugot Feb 13 Rebecca Wudarski Feb 14 Chris Hannigan Feb 19 Bo McMillan Feb 20 Daryl Shaw Feb 26 Matt's Blues Feb 27 Benny Q Mar 4 Ginsangers Mar 5 Rob Masten
Send A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions. Oliver Wendell Holmes
Chloe Skis Robbie's Rad * Maggie * Feb 28 Skiathon Fund Raiser for Mtn Laurel School
I wanted to make sure you saw the WV digital teaser on Powder.com with Steve’s photos and video that we published today. And lastly, we have a mutual friend—Kate Grinberg. She’s the mother of a dear friend of mine who grew up skiing in West Virginia. Powder to the people. Best, John Clary Davies Executive Editor
Hey Whitegrass I just noticed Powder Magazine feature - Cool! And Chip, I talked briefly to Glen Plake in Denver, he said to tell Chip, "Hi", so there it is. David McCue * It's impossible to run outa snow at WG cause our snowstakes are buried 6" in the ground.
Maggie & Emily
The inside word from my AccuWeather meteorological colleagues is that February will be a snowy month in the east. Bill Smith (1/12)
Eric Erbe 2/2 Sods
Chris Gay / 25th Annual Sods Groundhog's Ski (lots his pics above...thanks) * I had a blast as usual. I love the stoke. I was going to ask everyone how long they've been skiing because we probably had about 300 years of experience, I'm on my 41st year. Thanks for the over the phone advice last week to my buddy about the Alpina Discovery ski. He went for the upgrade on the boot with your advice and he's very glad he did. I took him XC 15 years ago and it whipped him good. He then started going to the gym every day so he would be better at skiing. He loves it, XC changed his life, directly or indirectly, it's the year round stoke. Ski ya later, Chris
If you wanted to get rid of your mechanic you didn't hafta kill him on skis in the Sods. Mr. Dave 2/2/16 * The woods are clear except for the rhodys. Silas
Geo Bell 2/2
Skip Brown @ WG
EAST CONTINUES TO STRUGGLE WITH UNSEASONABLY WARM WEATHER : The disappointing snow year in New England continues, and has now claimed its first two casualties at a time of year when the snow pack should be at its deepest, according to published reports. Officials at Bromley Mountain, VT, announced today that with a forecast for warm rain and wind moving in, they’re shutting down for Wednesday and Thursday. Bromley snowmakers hope to get back to business by Thursday. “In an effort to be as transparent as possible during this challenging season, we’d like to let all know that due to incoming weather for Wednesday, Feb. 3, featuring .7 to 1.2 inches of rain and 45 mph winds, operations will be suspended 2/3 and 2/4 this week,” Bromley officials announced in an email released today. Likewise, Mad River Glen, VT, which has only very limited snowmaking capability, will remain closed until the weekend to preserve what little snow currently drapes its slopes.
Meanwhile, winter storms swept across Colorado, blanketing many resorts in more than a foot of new powder. That made for a happy group at the SIA On-Snow Demo at Copper Mountain. Despite chilly temps and gusty winds, no one complained about the snow. TSIL will have more on the demos in future issues. In California, heavy rain and snow have brought daily record precipitation and caused some flooding, mudslides and tough travel in the higher mountain areas. Snow totals in some mountain areas have been over a foot. Between no snow in the West last winter to no snow in the East this winter to the predictability of unpredictability, climate change and global warming are becoming more frequent topics at ski industry meetings. This year’s SIA show featured a talk with Gina McCarthy of the Environmental Protection Agency and a Q&A between her and Aspen Skiing Co. Director of Sustainability Auden Schendler. TSIL will have more on that in an upcoming issue.
Vern Patterson / race results
Hey Thanks for getting back to me. We had a blast this weekend! I've never been somewhere with a culture like yours! I met some of the friendliest people I have ever come across, and I can't wait to come back again. Camping up in Dolly sods was great and as a snowboarder... I managed to challenge myself in a way that I have only been able to do out West. I'm in shock.... I'll spread the word, White Grass is fantastic! Nick Voreas
Missed saying goodbye before we left today but will catch up again soon. Below are a couple pictures from the weekend including a rare double chickadee landing. So is that worth four in the bush? Hazel and Bridger charged up the Bald Knob trail switchbacks and were so pumped to top out this afternoon. I think the kids clinic taught them well. All in all a great weekend. Thanks for all that you and the WG team do. Skiing the hood 1/23 Cheers, Andrew
White Grass popping off on a Wednesday! Almost as many vehicles here as there were at Timberline. So proud of the Chase's for the all the hard work they've put into this beautiful xc ski getaway. So dedicated and proud of what they do! Look forward to coming back soon and getting on the trails. Thurston Willis / Elk River
Johnny found lost ski under Baldy two weeks later * Keith laid back
Eric Robish always wishes us the best Ground Hog's Day Ski
Latest Powder Mag sent by Stro * Joe Selner 1/28 Sods
Enjoyed Whitegrass as usual today. Sking was nice as was the barley mushroom soup. Mike
Marlene Jacome painting for Dave
Suitcase Junket...just found my new favorite place to float around.
4000' 8" late 2/3 * 4300' 11" 2/4 by Sue (needs filled in like 4000')
Couldn't make it to WG this weekend, but the heels are free in arlington, baby!!! Colin Collins * WG Founder Winslow Ayer by Dickie Hall * Maisie she looks pretty happy to be at WG Martin Radigan
Matt Fratczak Paul Hess
Yesterday was a little bit of heaven. Looking forward to coming back soon. Tim * Free the heel, plant the face Teleren Wa
Peter Bahor running up some fresh powder on the trail to Bald Knob in the aftermath of Winter Storm Jonas. Free The Heel!
enjoying the nostalgia of being beyond 'state maintenance' and two feet of fresh snow. Xoxoxo Cloe Rain
34th Annual Mtn State Marathon 1/24
Men's 25 K Classic
1st Petr Minar Springfield, VA 1:41
2nd Jan Merka Clarksville, MD 2:03
3rd Aaron Schwartzbard , D.C. 2:06
Women's 25 K Classic
1st Martha Nelson, D.C. 2:29
Men's 25 K Skate
1st Mike Lehman, Harrisonburg, VA 1:59
Men's 10 K Skate
1st Adam Chase, Davis, WV 38:20
2nd Chip Chase, Davis, WV 42:58
Women's 10 K Classic
1st Annie Mealey, Davis, WV 54:21
2nd Anne Jones, Thomas, WV 57:46
Kid's 2 K
1st Charlie Hess, age 10, 7:03
Dare Wenzler WG gear * Unable to make drive from DC to WG. I settled for PA. Avenue Andrea Worden
Amy Tree Huggers Walk by Fran Toro
Thank You. Ullr loves white grass. What a gift! * Maggie & Ragan taking a snack break * Thinking of you guys up in the mountains having a hoedown with all that snow. We miss you, the trails and of course the food. Enjoy! rainey, katharine and the girls
GREAT PLACE MUST GO SEE! Skier Trash
Ken Layman * Todd
1/22 Joe Henry
With Winter Storm Jonas slamming the east coast this weekend, you can expect tons of powder at Timberline! To help you put your snow day to good use, we're offering $25 lift tickets at the ticket window on Thursday and Friday, 1/21 - 1/22. Estimated snowfall ranges from 15"-40" this weekend, which should allow us to open tons of terrain! Keep an eye on our SnowReport for updates
WINTER PICKING UP STEAM IN EAST; WEST STILL PUKING SNOW * The slow start to the winter in the East is changing, and could change significantly soon. A strong storm expected this weekend could bring one to two feet of snow from Washington, D.C., to New York and Boston.....more SKI AREA NEWS
It's awesome to have the snows, finally! We loved our first tour of the season - all the way to Weiss Knob. We'll be back soon! James (1/18)
Devon Hartnett looks like more than 2"- 7"
Longest Shot Ski sent by Adam Ballash
We had a blast. Ellie learning to tellie and her birthday photo. See you again soon. Bill Berlin
Nick Waite mid 80's by Colleen Tony B.
Glad you guys finally are getting a bit of winter back there. That is something we have not had in short supply out here in the Rockies this season. We got out to a local nordic center near Nelson this week. It was no Whitegrass: 2m of base, 15cm fresh powder and we were the only ones there that day. But we did our best to enjoy it enough for everyone who wasn't there. Be well, Katie and the rest of the Wolpertingers * WG is home of the shotski
Canaan Valley, WV was hardly alone in it's record breaking warmth during December 2015. The month was the warmest December ever recorded in many parts of eastern North America. Based on preliminary data just in, some (there are many more) noteworthy warmth records shattered on Canaan's valley floor include the following: 1) It was the warmest winter month (any Dec., Jan., Feb.) in the 71-yr. long valley weather history (213 months total)! 2) The average monthly temperature of 42.3 F was the warmest all-time December on the valley floor by a whopping 3.5 F! 3) It was the first winter month on the valley floor to ever record a monthly average minimum above freezing 4) The minimum temperature of 14 F was the warmest low monthly temperature for any Dec., Jan., or Feb. in the valley's history. 5) The 4.2 inch monthly snowfall was the second lowest in the 71-yr. record with the season-to-date total of 4.2 inches tying the all-time record lowest through Dec. 31. The record warmth abated as of January 1, 2016. Your Fearless Canaan Weatherman
The near record strong EL Nino in the equatorial Pacific Ocean west of Peru continues to roar-like-a-lion, likely contributing to the deflection of cold air from the eastern U.S. In a very rare combination of events, Canaan Valley's floor has yet to see measurable snow (officially defined as 0.1 inch or more) as of today (Nov. 27, 2015).
I checked the 71-year published National Weather Service COOP station records (1944 to present) to see how unusual this late a snow is. Unfortunately, snowfall in most of the historical record is recorded only to an inch (some half inches) instead of the 0.1 inch standard. Thus I cannot determine the latest dates for measurable snowfall.
The best I could do is determine the latest dates of one-inch. Actually in nearly all of the cases below, no traces of snow were recorded earlier (less than 0.1 inch), making it possible that these dates are indeed the dates of the first measurable 0.1 inch snow also. However, we cannot be sure due to the data limitations.
Latest Measurable 1.0-inch Plus Snowfalls in Canaan Valley, WV (3,250 ft)
1) December 2, 1985 (2.0 inches)
1) December 2, 1946 (2.0 inches)
2) November 30, 1964 (5.0 inches)
3) November 28, 1948 (2.0 inches)
4) November 26, 2004 (2.0 inches)
As of today (11-27-15), we are in fourth place for the latest one-inch snowfall with only a trace being recorded so far. Tomorrow (11-28-15) will also be snow-less, moving this season up to the third latest one-inch snow on record.
Current weather model guidance continues to show a well-above-average temperature pattern for most of the eastern U.S. for the next two weeks. There is a good chance little if any measurable snow will fall on the Valley floor until, at the earliest, Dec. 2. Near average temperatures may briefly sneak in for several days around Dec. 2. With that cooler air, there will be a chance for a measurable one-inch upslope snow. If so, this would tie this snow season for the latest one-inch snow in the 71-year record on the Valley floor! If not, a new record late date for the first one-inch snow will be set. Your Fearless Canaan Weatherman
Dolly Sods topo (larger)
First new ski day Dec 3 Sue Haywood Allegheny Afternoon with Robbie and Adam 11/30/15
Tday 2015 with jumpin' jack Chris Barnes
Telemark Rentals for Sale w/ sale prices or Make An Offer Black Diamond Ember 168cm/BD $250
Atomic Janak 174cm/G3 Enzo $250
Rossignol S80 175cm/G3 Enzo $350
Rossignol Smash 7 140cm/G3 Enzo $300
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Ski Logic 178cm/G3 Enzo $550
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Karhu Special Agent 135cm/Voile $100
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Rossignol J-bird 138cm/Chilli $125
128cm/Cobra $125 USED BOOTS Garmont Kenai 26,26.5,27,28,28.5 ($320)
T2 Eco 27.5, 31, 32 ($320)
Garmont Libero 26.5 ($100)
Scarpa T1 W7 old black model ($75)
Veloce 26 ($100)
Synergy 25,28, 29.5,30($300)
Old T2 27,29.5 ($200)
Athena 25 ($250)
G Rex and small excursion in every size 19-25.5 ($45-$80)
G Rex 21,22($180)
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 on task to get a sign and overlook area south of Canaan Valley
Crystal Lakes XC * 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. 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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 * How WG Got Its Name * Sue Haywood * East West * 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
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 Snowfall: 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