Feb 28 Fresh

Skiing lately has about erased any inferiority complex developed from owning a Nordic ski area 12 hours south of Vermont...we have our own local New England in the South

IN WOODS: 10"- 33"

4000' stake: 29" 4300 stake: 33"

 

 

SKIABLE DAYS: 75

OPEN WITH 50 KM: 51

PURPLE POWDER ALERT

 

CAFE: Open for lunches 11 am - 4 pm daily * Soups, Paninis, Desserts & Dinners 6 - 9

Sat Live Music The Ginsangers Polenta Baked w/ Artichokes, Tomatoes & Olives * Tortellini w/ Italian Sausage, Fennel & Mushrooms * Shrimp and Crab Etouffee

Local Beers on tap by Mtn. State, Greenbrier River Valley, and Big Timber

NEW SNOW: 0

Last Snowfall: 1" on 2/26

SEASON SNOW SO FAR: 123" Oct T Nov 29 Dec 8 Jan 40 Feb 45

KM OPEN: 50 ski everywhere +!++!!!

KM GROOMED: 35 set track and skate lanes re-dusted with light pow...broken record

 

HAPPENINGS : Feb 28 Full Moon Skiing & Sauna Yurt 7:30 pm

Mar 1 Natural History Snowshoe Walk 10 am with Chip Chase

bb biathlon results from 2/22

8:30 am 0 clear calm BLUEBIRD & PERFECTO

Friday showed us what cold temps and fresh new snow can do to improve your ski day...

SURFACE: Few inches of light fluff atop of many types of powder including wind pack and crusty as well as soft and pillowy

Trail Report * Fearless Forecast

SEASON PASSERS: Bruce & Andy Dalton, Canaan Valley, WV and Andy Brooks, Swanton, MD and David Culver & Gloria Chepko, Leesburg, VA * 284 passers. Loyalty inspires us to do

SKIERS YESTERDAY: 165 * Video Trail Report Jan 15

Ski Patrollers: thanks to Stro, 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? We have the weather, snow gods, White Grass, and all the stars lined up. Trails in perfect condition and now it takes humans to make sure and verify. Long Live Spock

Hippie Joint WG * Snow Days by Todd * As a talented person I find xc skiing very humbling * If it's a good way to spend a day...a great way to spend a life Eddie * Joel's WG Vimeo

Learn How To Drive * 250 million people can drive here w/in day, we get 250. 1/10,000 of 1% * Chloe feels inspired as we do after reading the poetry and enjoying the art

Red Spruce in Canaan * Refuge Snowshoeing / Chas. Gazette * Ski Party * We report PACCSA. * Jess/BRO/XC * People Make A Ski Area * Bring your kids and get them skiing young

Chloe * Binding Does De Wurk * Old Town Crier * Snow Shred by Joel * Yosemite Sam * Fav. Ski Movie * Skiing bound to be most excellent this last Feb day...Welcome March!

I'm changing the world one nordic skier at a time Randy French * Easy Come Easy Go * B'Water Sled Run * XC Is Cool Wash Post * Outdoor Retailer * Maplets * Go Mtn Lions

All good things must pass and the time to ski powder is this weekend * WG Dec WV Mag * Experience Tucker * leave WG you're entering deeper woods single track

many people to thank...Robbie, Sue, Adam, Mr. Dave, and Zach for freezing fingers while snapping pics * Canaan Valley snowiest place within 300 miles * Frankferd Farms delivers to WG

Somewhere in the World

by Linda Pastan from Traveling Light.
Somewhere in the world
something is happening
which will make its slow way here.

A cold front will come to destroy
the camellias, or perhaps it will be
a heat wave to scorch them.

A virus will move without passport
or papers to find me as I shake
a hand or kiss a cheek.

Somewhere a small quarrel
has begun, a few overheated words
ignite a conflagration,

and the smell of smoke
is on its way;
the smell of war.

Wherever I go I knock on wood—
on tabletops or tree trunks.
I rinse my hands over and over again;

I scan the newspapers
and invent alarm codes which are not
my husband's birthdate or my own.

But somewhere something is happening
against which there is no planning, only
those two aging conspirators, Hope and Luck.

DO NOT MISS FIDDLE SHOWS: Feb 28 Hey Mavis Mar 14 DriftwoodApr 9 Suitcase Junket Apr 17 Big Leg Emma

WG Fischer Ski Sale : S Bound 88 was $349/ now 229 * S Bound 98 369/250 * S Bound 112 399/275 Free Mount/ $35 value....Mike has gone nuts. Rossi steel edges super sale also.

FEARLESS WEATHERMAN GENERAL: (updated 2-27-15; 7:30 am) A basic pattern change to more average Spring-like conditions is looking likely this coming week.  After another several frigid days (Friday & Saturday), rapid moderation to warmer temperatures Sunday brings a possibility of light rain or snow later Sunday afternoon.  The upcoming week will feature sea-saw temperatures and plenty of precipitation (both rain and snow). SPECIFICS:Friday:  Scattered upslope snow flurries, breezy, and cold after a morning low of 5 F.  Highs in the teens.  One inch or less accumulation. Saturday: Settled, light winds, and sunny mid-winter like day.  Lows -5 to -10 F.  Milder afternoon with highs near 20 F.   Temperatures steady or gradually rising overnight. Sunday:  Low's in the 20's.  Becoming cloudy and much milder with highs rising steadily through the 30's F.  A little light snow, sleet, or plain rain possible by late afternoon, changing to plain rain after dark as warmer air aloft overspreads the area. Monday:  Rain overnight (maybe a quarter-inch), changing back to snow in the morning. Snow accumulations possible. As always, there is uncertainty in these forecasts and mountain weather is especially subject to quick changes.  I will monitor the situation and advise you of any changes I see coming.  In the mean time, I recommend you monitor more timely public forecasts for your local area at:http://www.weather.gov/pbz/  Once on the graphic, place your curser over your area-of-interest and click to get a specific local forecast.Also, you can compare my snowfall forecast total by checking the National Weather Service's official snowfall measurements at Canaan Heights at:  http://data.canaanmtnsnow.com.  Once there, scroll down below the text to the table showing daily (7 am to 7 am) snowfall amounts and depths.Your Fearless Weatherman

Mandy XC SKIER

WG Junk Archive Place * Fritz & Athey * Local Wind Farms * WYEP is playing the Decemberists in February * WG Skinny on Skins P'burgh Post * 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 * Sue Haywood * 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 o* nce 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 * 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 * 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

WG Race Results * Polar Vortex Dance Party At WG and You Are Invited * We've started the WG Super Bonanza End Of Year Sales

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

Dave in VT...heading there next weekend!

Bex Randolph * Dave Saville

Bald Knob / Until we get back over to you all, I'm remembering some special moments at White Grass. We're having a "super sparkly snow day" here. Hope this coastal storm gave you all some fluff too! Betty...www.gatewoodgraphics.com

Nothing finer than a February weekend in Canaan! Our friends loved White Grass, and we took their son on his first epic ski - 9 miles and 1,000 vertical. He thought we should just come back the next day and explore some more! Enjoy the photos and the snow. Chris and Tom Hong

Sully / Chip's Run

Eileen Lammie, our local vet in Norway with WG skis! * Johnny and his Sunday Yoga in the Yurt by Chloe * Simon Putt chicadee nation

Chloe Rain

We had a magical day on Sunday! Thanks for running such an awesome place. WG4EVR!! Sean Joyner

Jay's 60th by Nancy Mammarella Rick Watson * While some official sub-zero readings occurred in the immediate DC suburbs this cold Tuesday, February 24,2015 morning, Canaan Valley, WV, the highest valley floor in eastern North America, only 125 air miles due west of Washington Regan National Airport (DCA) hit an official -20 F air temperature (not wind chill) (preliminary data).  Some other regional offical NWS low ambient temperature readings are shown below: Glady, WV (2,840 ft.):  -21 F * Canaan Valley, WV (3,250 ft.):  -20 F Bayard, WV (2,375 ft.):  -17 F Bob Leffler

Thank you thank you thank you.  What you've created at WG over the years is truly magical.  I'm priviledged to be a part of it from time to time!  Thanks for the hospitality at the end of the day yesterday, the great tasty beer, sharing the rice cakes, the fun music discussion, and the tour of the grooming equipment!  Sam Lindblom C'ville, VA

NATO Todd

Mr. James Bond was recently spotted telly skiing the freshies on D & E hill. He was previously known to only alpine, so apparently he has joined the ranks of the free heels, reportedly on Evo skis. Andy Stump ....skiing the blizzard was like a snow globe, well shaken Andy "James Bond" Stump

Bill Fisher...thanks for plowing the lots all night for the fun of it and parking cars all mornin' and puttin' gas in the truck

Skip Brown Bob Livingston Rick Watson

the future for winter lovers is bright

Mike and Lester Birkie done! * It's not White Grass but there is plenty of white on the grass at Leesburg's "snow farm" where cows graze in the summer and folks are invited to sled in the winter. Your Leesburg area season-passers will know exactly where this is. Regards, John Piedmont

Brenda Facebook 2/21/15 Nils Larsen

Kurt Canaan Hgts I hear it's snowing!!!! And snowing and snowing!! I'm so happy for WG...I would say that I hope you are all skiing your hearts out, but I have no doubt that that is already occurring. Anchorage is less-than-snowy..in fact, it was 48 degrees here today!! It appears that we have swapped climate zones. Alas, enjoying the mountains on foot at the moment. Send my good wishes to all and take a skate lap for me, Andy

Bob Livingston

BB Biathlon Results Feb 22, 2015

Kids Hits Time Age
1. Jac Compton 8 5:16 10
1. Andre Thorton 8 5:16 13
2. Isabelle Judy 8 6:28 10
3. Martin Moyland 8 7:18
4. Aidan Riggle 9 8:26 9
5. Avah Behrens-Wik 6 9:12 7
6. Allison Judy 8 9:27 7
7. Mason Powell 7 9:36 8
8. Adelaide McCann 6 10:30 7
9. Ethan Riggle 7 11:13 7
10. Saxon Joyner 7 11:55 8
11. Delaney Stull 1 14:22 5
12. Arden Gaujot 5 16:13 6
13. Cyrus Pott 8 19:02 6
14. Estoria Chase 1 29:59 4

Adults
1. John Gould 9 5:05
2. Ian Brown 9 5:19
3. Skip Brown 8 5:54
4. Mac Thorton 9 6:19
5. Jon Schaffer 9 6:45
6. Patrick McCann 8 7:03
7. Jon Fiske 9 7:05
8. Sean Joyner 9 7:23
9. Colleen Compton 8 7:40
10. Kat Horska 7 8:54
11. Nazarona Labo 6 9:07
12. Bahskar Purkayastha 9 10:08
13. Omar Mukhtar 8 10:12
14. Nina 9 10:59
15. Nabs 9 12:09
16. Katy Schaffer 8 12:28
17. Emily Pott 9 19:41

 

Heading out to Colorado with Tema sans kiddos. Looking forward to playing in the big mountains. Won't be back until March. Here's a pic from this morning at a Top Secret Turn Farm in the VA suburbs of DC. Just me my dog and a hillside of snow. Had my fill of Cage-Free, Free-Range turns. Hasta pronto amigo, Andrew

You were right - no bad weather only bad clothes. We had the right gear and a great day - see son James and our fresh trax in Sawmill Bowl. Bill Berlin * So good, so happy, and so lucky to have ski days like today. Stro * Yesterday was the best day ever. The mountain was dipped in white, fluffy butter, and I flowed through, and rolled in the replenishing pleasure garden all day. Spending the day in the woods with my son and my friends was special and makes me grateful to someone, for something………...the list is long. Chris Hoy

City parks brace for Nordic invasion by followers of the Dolly Sods Lama Film at 11 Mike and Plum, Richmond,VA

We followed zigzag tracks up to Weiss knob left by two back-country skiers. we passed a couple that was camping, and an ascent skier on the glide back down. this is Evelyn at Weiss Knob, subzero temps frosted hair -thanks for great Valentine weekend! Stephanie

drew that peace sign on the rock outcrop at the end of that short trail off Stone Coal Flats Walter Haydel John Little We enjoy the beauty of frozen waterfalls in slanted winter light and make fun of the mono tropic lack of season boredom there.

Mr. Jeff, Paul Hess, and Paul Sullivan

lenticular clouds Martin

My mom skiing in Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park. Just wait for her story when she gets back…!Hope you’re all well back in the States... Samantha Lammie

Amy Moore, stolen fr/ FACEBOOK Kurt iceboxer

Recently had a great time skiing in the 29th Annual Alley Loop Nordic Marathon race in Crested Butte CO! Cheers!! George A Finly, Clarksburg/Yokum Run



When I got down from today's tour, Robbie said you wanted pix of the National Nordic hut snow stake-- attached (plus some others), but unfortunately out of focus. But it is on the 20" mark, I'll vouch for it. After three days touring, hanging out at huts, talking with folks about gear and where to tour, nothing but GOOD VIBES! Keep on -- Bob L

Mary Ann started the WG cafe in '81, skied at the origianl Virginia WG in '79. She said skiing again was like riding a bike.

Roundtop Shelter unfrozen water sent by Mr. Jeff Harley Cahen...please send more!

New Snow: (2/12) 15" storm total Total Km Open: 47km * Average Depth: 24 - 28" compacted base * 45 - 48" woods Km XC Groomed: 35km * Surface: powder & packed powder Km Trackset: 35km * Snowfall This Season: 108" Km Skate Lanes: 35km * Total Days Open: 73 Km Snowshoe: 12km * Lapland Lake, NY

Chris Stout Jamie Mark Head

Skiathon success

Jess?BRO

sent by Albert Green 2/11/15

Overheard this past weekend. "I want to be less Pottery Barn and more White Grass..." Thanks for the awesome vibe, as usual! Remember--wax dem skis! Brett

This is it... a tele-fest milestone. Four decades of celebrating our passion and culture will culminate with NATO'S last and 40th Telemark Festival, March 7 & 8, 2015 at Mad River Glen. It's been an unforgettable adventure, the best tele-vibe on the planet. Hope you can make this one. ski hard * play fair * have fun, Dickie Hall

Thanks!! I"m going out on a limb and saying this was by far the best fundraiser in the history of the world. Top it off with a bb biathlon and the day doesn't get any better. It was possibly our favorite weekend of the winter - three days in a row at WG, including a day with Randy.Both of my girls are so excited about bb biathlons now. We can't wait until next year! Hugs to you and Laurie and the WG gang for hosting us.Vicki

We have spring skiing every week of the year in WV and that is the beautiful thing about 160 " snow and 100 skiable days/year so close to 32. Glad we are not in New England. There are zero white grasses up there...chip

Jenny Moore learning to fly...Thank everyone at WG for making the weekend great. Trails were the best, weather the best, staff the best and skiers the best. Took Jenny's boyfriend xc for first time. He had a blast. Kevin Moore (Poppa)

Well known Bread and Puppet Theatre prolific printmaker and puppeteer Peter Schumann, I met him by his house, strong character that still rides tall stilts in his 90's. There is also a Wind one at WG. He lives in Glover, VT up north and has a huge barn that houses his many old political puppet shows and one goes in for free with no one there and leaves a donation. Kinda like WG you use the honesty policy and everyone trusts you and so you take up the challenge. The festival they put on each year got so big that it stopped and was reputed to be so wild that if you ran down the fields nude on one would notice. No that is little different than wg, too cold for such antics yet I think a cool idea we should think about doing...the naked part that is. chip

The skinny on skins Pittsburgh Post...Chip occasionally zigzagged to the left or right to pick up small branches that had come down during a recent storm. He then tossed them into the woods. Larry Walsh

Life is short. Spend it with those who remind you what it means to live. Jess Daddio * after my nutty conversation with Tony D. he said..."Chip, get yourself a paper bag and start inhaling..."

Sue Haywood * I think I have a new love in my life. Cross Country Skiing. For 35 years I have ridden the lifts to ski down hills (and not so well btw). This winter I am trying something new and I am loving it!! Makes me feel like I do when I practice Yoga which is my next best love. Suzanne

Thank you to everyone at Whitegrass for a fantastic week of skiing, eating, drinking, laughing! The Onion Tart was superb last night. And the wine went down easy of course. Love ya! See you soon. Clythie * Seen the OLD TOWN CRIER edition? Whitegrass featured. Ron Ulle * I thought you would enjoy seeing the finished product we were working on about Red Spruce and the TNC. Mike

3 mile little mouse mascot...this little guy came out today and was climbing out all over us today. I think he wanted to go on a journey. Richard Owens.

Rahda art

Jess Daddio/Blue Ridge Outdoors

Mark Fulton

I just want to thank you again for all that you and Whitegrass do. Here's a photo of my home away from home last weekend up on the backside of Harmon, which saw weather that ran the gamut. Best regards, Jon D.

Chip always picks up * Sticks fall every second * Chip still picks up stix * by George Bell Snowshoe,WV

BB Biathlon Saturday February 7, 2015
Name age hits time
1. Iris Dubansky 8 9 6:33
2. Ava Stallmeyer 10 7 6:35
3. Max Stallmeyer 8 9 6:43
4. Mia Wheedleton 9 8 9:48
5. Isabelle Judy 10 8 9:52
6. Avah Behrens-Wik 7 3 10:11
7. Grace Coleman 10 2 10:30
8. Allison Judy 7 1 10:43
9. Sage Freed 11 3 10:58
10. Ellie Williams 7 1 11:57
11. Tess Dubansky 5 1 17:07
12. Matt Freed 12 6 19:06

BB Biathlon Sunday, February 8, 2015
Name age hits time
1. Iris Dubansky 8 8 5:58
2. Isabelle Judy 10 7 6:04
3. Colt Coffman 8 7 6:56
4. Emma Ujvagi 7 0 7:42
5. Allison Judy 7 2 8:04
6. Sage Freed 11 5 8:20
7. Zanna Logar 7 5 8:23
8. Mason Powell 8 3 8:35
9. Delany Stull 5 2 9:33
10. Avah Behrens-Wik 7 3 10:33
11. Matt Freed 12 6 10:46
12. Adelaide McCann 7 4 10:54
13. Nash Coffman 6 3 11:50
14. Raina Logar 5 1 12:30
15. Arden Gaujot 6 0 13:05
16. Nate Powell 5 2 13:51
17. Sebastian Crawford 5 1 14:14
18. Estoria 4 5 21:02
19. Andrew Wilkins 5 2 25:39

I had been wanting to check out White Grass for years. But for one reason or another it didn't happen until this past Saturday (1/31/2015). Now I'm kicking myself for waiting so long. My girlfriend and I awoke in our beautiful room in the new Canaan Valley Resort and checked the forecast. Temps in the teens but a bluebird sky and no wind. Good enough! We dressed in layers, grabbed some breakfast, put some tea in an insulated bottle, and drove the 10 minutes out to White Grass. There was a lot of hustle and bustle in the small building, but everyone had that anxious happiness that precedes a fun day in the snow. It's as if everyone knew that days like this are a rare treat. The staff was very efficient and in a few minutes we had our rental gear and were outside ready for our lesson. While waiting, it was easy to figure out how to step into and out of our skis and we practiced poling along on flat ground. In a few minutes, two instructors arrived, divided up those waiting for a lesson into two small groups, and the lesson began. We really lucked out with our instructor Tony Barnes. He did a terrific job of teaching us the basics of cross-country skiing. I just wish I had known to bring my Seneca Rocks guidebook for him to autograph. After our lesson, we decided to take Tony's advice and headed up the Three Mile trail. The scenery was beautiful, we were getting a great workout, and having lots of fun. Whenever we felt like taking a break, a bench would be waiting for us around the next bend. When we got to Upper Falls, I suggested that instead of backtracking on Three Mile we take the Upper Falls trail to Heartland. Had I read the legend on the trail map, I would have realized that the downhill was rated "black diamond" (most difficult). Since I'm a competent alpine skier, I figured I'd be OK. And my crazy girlfriend is up for anything. We fell a lot, but the soft snow made it fun instead of painful. We got to Heartland without much difficulty and then had a fun time on the easy downhill, 'earning our turns' as they say. Four hours after we started up the trail, we had ascended 855 vertical feet and skied back down again, covering a total distance of 6.5 miles. I don't know how many calories that's equal to, but I know I took a nice nap when we got back to our room. After the nap and a shower, we drove back to White Grass for its highly-recommended dinner. The place was packed when we arrived just before 7pm, but there was live "Appalachian fiddle tunes" courtesy of the band "Douglas Falls" and the hostess soon asked if we'd like some beer or wine while we waited for a table. The wait for a table went quickly while we chatted with Chip and then the diners at the table nearest us to ask their recommendations. Our waitress Sheena was great. We had the Brazilian Black Bean soup, kale salad, and some sort of pastry puff as appetizers. They were all delicious. Then we had the vegetable enchiladas and shrimp lasagna [I think] as entrees. They were delicious. We had the peanut butter pie for dessert. It was delicious.We laughed, we listened to great live music. We took photos of the folks (who all looked to be our parents' age) do shots from a DOUBLE shot-ski. We took funny photos with Chip. We had a great time. Eventually, we had to leave. If we had stayed any longer, we would have been in no condition to drive back to our room. But we will be back--soon. And I can't wait. Thanks again Chip, Tony, all the rest of the staff, and Douglas Falls! You guys are all doing everything right. --Adam and Molly

WG Fischer Ski Sale : S Bound 88 was $349/ now 229 * S Bound 98 369/250 * S Bound 112 399/275 FREE MOUNTING / $25-40 value....Mike has gone nuts. Rossi steel edge skis on even better super sale. HELP!!!

 

Trail fairies help, there is a branch falling every moment...otherwise report all needed attention to the Complaints Dept at WG (doesn'tmatterwhatyousay.org)

So, as the lore of the day, Chipper traditionally travels into the Dolly Sod today, if he doesn't return before dark, we will have six more weeks of winter. How did it go, Chipper? Thanks, George pic sent by Andy...arrived home dark thirty....does that count?

hope the blizzards are raging. Marc

killed us to not be there this weekend...Martin

Terry Peterson has skied here since '81 and still getting inspired...Photo: Andrew Hershey, Jacket: Cloud Veil, Pants: REI, Pack: 1994 Lowe Alpine 40 (with duct tape) Skis: Madshus Epoc 165, Boots: Fischer NNN BC, Hair by "Hat Head"; Hat: Sauce Wear (check them out, cool company) Blue skies, white fluffies and sunshine: Mother Nature!

Thanks in large part to thousands of annual skier visits to the trail system at White Grass, winter is the busiest season for visitors to Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Rick Steelhammer / Chas. Gazette

Working at the Trapp Family Lodge, Betty and I occasionally skied with the late Ned Gillette. He had a famously wry sense of humor. One evening as I was doing my sweep from the Slayton Pasture Cabin, wearing green wool pants, an olive green LL Bean parka and probably a green hat, I met Ned coming up the trail. His greeting was "My God! It's the Finnish Army!." The skin-tight one-piece spandex ski outfits that were de riguer among the Trapp instructors, he called "pimp suits." His best ski advice was one word: you should "ooze." I never step into my bindings without thinking of that word. See ya soon, Mark Gatewood

New Sled Run at Blackwater WV Northern Flying Squirrel

XC at Whitegrass breaks down the barriers. It doesn't matter what you do for a living, what you drive or what gear you have, in fact it doesn't even matter how good a skier you are, the folks at Whitegrass make you feel like family! Mark Smith, Bryson City, NC * It comes right from the heart of one nordic skier to another Mark. The finest group of humans that I know and again if you want a cool business put cross country skiing in front of your name. The ultimate filter. chip

Whitegrass RULES in more ways than one... the food, the trails, the atmosphere, the snow farm to skate ski, the staff (Zach! knew him since before he could drive a car). Such a cool, cool place. Glad you found it. You'll have to take a skate ski lesson from Sue Haywood the next time you go... you'll be hooked on skate skiing, for sure. Jill Weist * Best thing about winter is that you can always put on more clothes...

I was just thinking how you are learning to ski exactly how the rest of us learned...by following the Chases, skiing at night, sipping moonshine, too many tumbles to count, skiing in the yuck and skiing in the fluff. Great writing Jess and great skiing! Sue Haywood (Facebook)

i am in awe of being able to ski in my back yard like I do every day of the week and twice on sunday, and sometimes twice monday and the rest of the week! always evaluating and tweaking things to make it even better is half the fun too. It is pretty easy to be high on life when the snow is good! Todd (Facebook)

Andy & Jess

Glad there is some snow worth skiing on there.Wish I could be in two places at once and get some positive vibes you guys have there. It's like medicine. Keep having fun! Jamie in Arabia

Vicki shoots posse 1/28...been skiing with this crew combined years around 125! chip

We’ll try to get out there soon and strike while the iron is cold. Desmond * WG always under promises and over delivers * Call you Moses cause you have freed my heels Calder

Vern Patterson...no wonder Mike never showed up to work...heading out to wv and 8 hours of White Grass should feed the soul for the rest of the season. Dan Coogan, Ft Collins, CO * I hope snow is falling on Chip Chase up at Whitegrass Touring Center. Thanks to the crew, and to the patrons there, for the warm welcome and hospitality Sat night. This place is a gem and should be experienced by all. Let it snow. John Merrill

Mar and Olivia had to head up and south to Roan Mtn TN, snowiest location in NC!

Betty Gatewood strikes again. Freeland Run Falls along some of the more secret wg trails

 Some things I learned this weekend:
--getting away from it all with a group of best girl friends is a requirement and shall be done on a regular basis
--sharing a table with a complete stranger can lead to very interesting, thought-provoking conversation and a chance of having a poem written about you
--I can still dance until 2 a.m. (at least the first night)
--I am rather good at twerking
--do NOT spend the night twerking the night before you cross country ski
--cross country skiing, while more difficult than I thought would be, is way fun!
--I wish to become more earthy/crunchy
--I shall cross country ski again!
--it hurts when you fall when learning to cross country ski
--I cannot stay up dancing until 2 a.m. after cross country skiing all day
--walking is made more difficult the day after cross country skiing
--taking a snowshoe hike at White Grass with camera in hand is a beautiful way to spend a Sunday morning
--I have the BEST circle of girlfriends a person could ask for!!! Shana Nine (1/25/15)

cartoon sent by the notorious Dave Saville

Tucker County High School Goes X-Country Skiing by Charlie Waters * I shared this Post article with my friends saying that at my age (50+) I may actually be considered cool! We've been heading to White Grass since before our teens could get up on skis--they started in pulk sleds--and now we all own our our skis. We've never gone anywhere else. Why would we?! Hoping to make our annual visit later this month so Mother Nature better cooperate with some more snow in the Valley. The Sawyer Family

Thanks for the great pics! Glad to share the super vibe you all generate! * You all are the total reason this whole thing is happening! chip * I am : A reflection of you and the world's light. Kent Baake

Big shout out to Chip Chase and Laurie Little and the entire Crew at White Grass XC Ski Area. Always so happy to be there! I strongly recommend the kids ski gear program for the cost of one set of gear, your kiddo can upgrade year after year. Best food ever! The Polinski Famille Erika, Adam and Daniel ala Morgantown...home of WVU I beg your pardon...chip.

Altai Skiers of Asia * Mark Vieno local hero Cooper 3rd place @ race yet cut the course

Headed your way soon now that it's snowing again.  I've been doing a website of WV terrain trail maps, mostly for Mountain Biking for a while. They can be downloaded for phone apps and Garmin GPS units, or printed. Your paper map is probably still better but maybe some might enjoy having a Whitegrass map on their phone or GPS. It's all free and will stay that way. Feel free to link it on your site if you like. Whitegrass is at the bottom. It's alphabetic.wvtrails.siterubix.com Thanks! IB

Special Olympians Thanks again for another great WV/VA Special Olympics Cross Country Games. You guys are the best. Let's all do everything we can to do this next year. Gary & Terry Stone

February owes WG 100" at least for sure. Jamie Mulligan * Thought we'd come up and ski the last of the "thin snow" cover. Bill Whitzeman * Where can I find the White Grass app for my Google Glasses in case we're stuck in DC ? Mark Wenzler * WV MAG

Tom and I had a wonderful time last Saturday, and the warm temps and thin snows on the mountain actually made for a carefree day-no pressure to ski hard or fast or long. Snow farm conditions were excellent just as promised, and we could, indeed, ski to Baldy (though we found it prudent to hike back down). Enjoyed talking with Jeff and Gisela at the Roundtop shelter where I finally got the chickadees to land on my hand. They feel like a breath of air with tiny toes! There's no place finer than White Grass on such a day! Enjoy the photos, and we'll be back in February. Happy skiing until then. Chris Hong Joey's Bike Shop, Elkins WV headed yer way, powder is calling P Sully

Boy's had big fun. Will see you again soon! Thanks for making it all possible : ) - Bert

Betty Gatewood just test drove our most favorite ski ever and got a case of the "I just gotta haves". One more pair of Rossi Evo Trails out there taking control of winter. Mark and her are skiing out from the GarageMahal this week, never been to the Nat'l Nordic...yet. White Grass on a good day picture, thanks!

Kids Ski Program buy once trade free for life!

RESULTS HERE

32nd Annual Mountain State Marathon Results Jan 25
2K
1st place- Ahna Valach Mingo, WV 18:44

Men’s 25K Skate
1st place- Sheldon Degenhardt Marriottsville, MD 1:27.23
2nd place- Don Nichter Carlise, PA 1:39.22

Men’s 25K Classic
1st place- Jan Merka Clarksville, MD 1:56.00
2nd place- Sean Kelly Pittsburgh, PA 1:58.42
3rd place- Mike Miller Phillipi, WV 2:08.38
4th place- Lester Lind Phillipi, WV 2:08. 52
5th place- Lewis Hart Wheeling, WV 4:12.23

Men’s 10K Skate
1st place- Adam Chase Davis, WV 39.30
2nd place- Chip Chase Davis, WV 44.36
3rd place- Mikey Valach Mingo, WV 55.15
4th place- Mark Anderson Thomas, WV 1:13.21

Men’s 10K Classic
1st place- Chuck Moeser Sterling, VA 44.55
2nd place- Dan Eckel Washington, D.C 57.56
3rd place- Willis Spaulding Charlottesville, VA 1:06.41

Women’s 10K Skate
1st place- Sue Haywood Davis, WV 40:09
2nd place- Charlie Waters Davis, WV 48.55

Women’s 10k Classic
1st place- Anne Jones Thomas, WV 1:22.45
2nd place- Karen Jacobson, Dry Fork, WV 1:23.02
3rd place- Clare Anderson Thomas, WV 1:27.23

We are sending extra racers again to the Marine Corp Marathon since they only get 30,000 entries. After all we have built this race for 3 decades in the most nordic area on the planet.

Adam Chase skier/groomer/climber snaps by Zach Adams (where else do they tele the corners @ xc race?)

Vern Patterson

From Russia With Love A bit of White Grass was seen today in Sochi Russia at the Olympic cross country ski area.   Nothing beats a good day up to Bald Knob and a great bowl of soup at the cafe.  I am attaching two photos but will share others next weekend when I'm back there in Canaan with my uphill skiing friends. Kathleen Black * Eric Erbe

Joel, Marty, Sue

This man is a high paid actor Tammi Stauffer 1/14

Thanks for the great trails 1/12. Harrison County Special Olympics owned WG! Gary Abbate Gabe shoots Ski Hash

Not quite as good as the graphic in the men’s head, but similar idea. This was from Saturday. Have a great season! Dan Shewbridge

Shelly Parsons * Vicki and the first Women's XC Fun Clinic

Snow Yah! sent by Harley Cahen

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 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: 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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