The little tiny towns of Davis/Thomas are on fire in festive moods, yummy food, all kinds of music and friendly people. Summer Has Arrived!
MORNING, LATE JANUARY, BALD KNOB
The wind, you know, has a thorax.
the wind won’t say about stillness
So you feel now & then like a promise
The wind, see: here it comes again,
Snowlove, sprucelove. Spruce, flag-form
limbs. Needles & cones. The way you kick, for instance,
you glide. It happens. And you love it,
all of it, all the wind bears, its sources & sorcery,
are asleep way down inside the wind
slow, windlusty worms, the kind
your worries, & laughing at eternity
in the lunchroom at the beginning
it even has a shadow, empurpled (a cornice,
and for a moment, maybe more (wind
for Cass/Laurel/Shayna (thank you for dinner!) Thorpe Moeckel
DON'T MISS FIDDLE SHOWS
bb biathlon results from 2/22 * Canaan Mtnbike Fest Chip led nature ride * Highlands Sky Race * Home Is Where The Heart Is by Jess * 40" Mt. Mansfield,VT 5/11* 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 * 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 * 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 * 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
Snow to Begin In Four Months...
Send A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions. Oliver Wendell Holmes
Vern Patterson, North Branch Blackwater
Salud Eatery, Thomas
I like whitewater when it's frozen and stuck to the sides of the hills or melted and filling the gullies. Chris Good
Gilbert Johnson/ Creative Images...the Black Lillies @ Fiddle
My Liz and Chloe Cunningham at Whitegrass circa 1983. John F. McCuskey
Suspect Captured in ol' Canaanite Jimmy Gaydos murder...
Mountain Yoga, Thomas
Check out these photos on the Ruth Glacier in the Alaska Range with former WGers Zack and Khalial who have moved to Anchorage. We stayed at the Don Sheldon Mountain House. The weather was awesome over memorial day week! Annums were an awesome all around ski for the glacier travel and skiing laps on the hill by the hut. The rest of the group had AT setups and had unhappy feet and lots of skinning dilemmas touring the flats. http://factum.biz/Fotos/20150526-AK/index.html John and Lisa
Summer trail construction and trail maintenance jobs are still available with Heart of the Highlands Trail System! No experience is necessary. Ability and willingness to work as a team performing physical labor in the great outdoors of Tucker County while learning sustainable trail building techniques is required. Minimum pay is $8.50/hour with an end of term performance bonus incentive. For more information or questions contact: email@example.com. * For application contact: firstname.lastname@example.org * Check out all job postings at http://www.wvccc.com/ * Julie Dzaack
Chip harpin' w/ the Black Lillies by Vicki Moving Our School
Meet The Cheat
planning Euro trip to Iceland, Amsterdam, Brussels, and Paris in July and reaching out for free advice!
Dan & Annalise's goodbye BBQ. As Dan said, "If it's not on the WG report page, it didn't happen!" Devin Hartnett (...WG summer Fan club galore!)
Athey Lutz Erin Chase and crew!
Joe Henry Ben Herrick
85 degrees but still a patch of white over the silo at Sugarbush! Todd
Hi Laurie, Thank you so much for the delicious dinner and cake for our wedding at Blackwater Falls. We had rave reviews and couldn't be happier with everything. If there is an online forum or anything that you use for advertising, we'd be happy to post a positive comment or review. Best, Rachel & Travis
gifted WG art by Bex and Joe Randolph
americans on the moon (rocks) by Todd * WV Rocks
Bewildered Hippy beer by Todd Eardensohn * Local Square Dances
Backbone WVNPR Randall Reed Farm Boss Extraordinare
Georgiana Cave Dedication with John Sweet and the Gordon's....Chip turned up the first rock!
Matthew Goff about to get married with Canaan adopta-family
Mart headed back to Kenya after Reforestation work in WV . thanks Dave Saville
Mar Star & Olivia
John Regan Colo May Freshies
Hardcore Cornography. It's kinda like powder skiing only it's over the terrain not always down the slope - But corn...corn is poetry. Of course, like all good things it's nearly entirely ignored by The World. Corn is snow that has thawed and frozen a few times. The crystals become big, round and juicy. They sparkle in the sun. And they can take the heat. Corn is strong. On sunny, warm, late winter days it can be 50 degrees in the corn and your skis are still lovin' it. It's not sticky. As long as it freezes at night corn can last for weeks. See more at: http://outyourbackdoor.com/newarticle.php?id=2180#sthash.So85ZALC.dpuf
Joe Henry/dry fork cheat
Earl “Skip” Taliaferro considers himself an “amateur mycologist” — which means he likes roaming the woods in search of wild mushrooms. He is so well-known, he has taught classes about mushrooms across the state for a decade. Wednesday night, he forages his way onto reality TV. Taliaferro, who lives in Roanoke County, will be featured on the National Geographic Channel’s “Filthy Riches” as part of a segment where he joins two other people in search of wild mushrooms in the Canaan Valley of West Virginia. He was invited by his friend Chris Matherly, one of the main people featured on the show. Taliaferro, Matherly and Levena Holmes were filmed searching for chaga, a mushroom that grows on birch trees. “We spent five days working on it,” Taliaferro said, “but I don’t know how much I’ll be in it. Chris has been a friend for a long time and he lives off mushrooming, which basically means he lives out of his van.” The show airs Wednesday at 9 p.m. at the National Geographic Channel.
Ashram Rockin' it with Chip & pups by Doug Milam
Between Poles by Mark
80lbs of Chaga filmed nearby WG last summer
Is there an onion snow out there hiding? * I think it was the best winter I can remember. Kia * Looks like spring is over winter around the corner. Michael Whaley
25th Annual Smoke Hole 2015...21 boats, around 30 campers, perfect easy river level, only one short swim we know of, cold saturday to blazin' sun sunday. Put this fine canoe run on your radar! Eagles Nest Outfitters
soaking in southern Spain...Laurie, Janet, & Kate
Andy "Fire" Stump
Carter skiing thumbs up by Chad and Heather
A recent report said that backcountry participation is up 25%, with 6.3 million skiers and riders. Why do you think that is?....cause WG is around! * Amen brother. Thanks for the mega vibe. You are big medicine. Jerry * Check WG whenever I need a lift. Pat Norton (we don't have any!)
Chip and his daughter Erin with some of the grand kids in green & white Vermont
I remember fencing with my dad when I was young. I tried to pound in a staple and, as they often do, it went flying. “Those are the same as nickels,” he said, and made me go find it. Dave Saville
WEST STILL DRY; VERMONT CLAIMS TITLE AS SNOWIEST STATE It’s not just California, although that state has taken the brunt of the snow dearth this year. Colorado’s overall snowpack is also down. According to the Natural Resources Conservation Service, this is the third worst snowpack in 30 years for this time in April. “Drought’s grip on California grabs all the headlines. But from Texas to Arizona to Colorado, the entire West is under siege by changing weather patterns that have shrunk snowpacks, raised temperatures, spurred evaporation and reduced reservoirs to record lows,” a story in Monday’s New York Times reported. The snowpack in Colorado is down to 69% of normal. It fell from 87% of normal one month ago, the federal agency said. In addition to the dry conditions, spring temperatures are higher than normal, so the snowpack is disappearing earlier than usual. At the other end of the spectrum, Vermont is the undisputed snowfall champ this season, according to the Vermont Ski Areas Association. Jay Peak topped the chart with 357 total inches as of April 13, far outpacing western resorts in accumulated snow. It plans to stay open until May. Killington Resort, supplemented its nearly 200 inches of natural snow with efficient snowmaking, resulting in snowpack of up to 30 feet - enough to plan to keep the mountain open until June. The US National Weather Service snow stake at the top of Mount Mansfield, home of Stowe Mountain Resort, read seven and a half feet as of April 9, a record amount for the season and far above the seasonal average.
$55-$72 per month ski area electric Chip/Adam Team Captains
May 22-24 Art Spring Chip teaches wild mushroom workshop
What do you think we've been doin'? sent by Harley Cahen
Todd april 2013
Film Festival 4/25 in Thomas * Annual Smokehole Canoe 4/25-26
...reporting in from the Peer Gynt trail in Norway - a fabulous five day trip with favorable weather and lots of nice people. This mountain pass was crowded with dogs, kids and families enjoying the snow on Easter weekend. Regards! John and Lisa Guide
Gisela sends warm tropical greetings from India!
John Regan Maine w/ Matt
Joe Henry Ryan Gaugot Robbie's work commute
I wanted to make you aware of 2 upcoming photography workshops that I'm co-leading, in an effort to spread the word. If you know anyone who is an intermediate kind of photographer wanting to learn, see lots of beautiful places, meet other photographer types, have fun and explore, this is something that might interests them. Info at this link: Workshop A professional landscape photographer who leads workshops and sells prints. Thanks for helping spread the word! Martin * Salamander and 3 Mile Article in Refuge Update. Casey
7th Annual! Join Chip for the Nature Ride Poster by Rebecca Wudarski * hi friends, hope this email is finding you in full spring swing (sort of). Mark your calendars! Friday, May 22 Friday, September 4 Thanks, Sheena Williams 304-940-3218
Natty Nord where Robbie's Rad meets Chippie Care Free by Mark Anderson
sent by George Finly / Crested Butte
International Potluck where every flavour on the planet was well represented...love my pickled herring from Sweden. Go Mtn Laurel Learning Coop
Loved today. Great xcing with you. Lesley Suppes * Thanks for another great season. Avery and I last skied two weekends ago and had a wonderful time. I so much appreciate the welcoming atmosphere for everyone, including the kiddos, at Whitegrass. Cheers, Joel * It's been great 2015 Season! The Crystal Lake Staff and the STEP AmeriCorps Service Members are deeply appreciative of all your support as we re-organized and set the ground work for the revitaliztion of the Crystal Lake Ski Center this season. We could not have accomplished as much as we did without the help of our Ambassadors who gave many hours of service, our Season Pass holders, and you who have joined us on the mountain for memorable skiing adventures. The stories that were shared, many from over 30 years ago, confirmed why Crystal Lake Ski Center needs to live on. Please know we are off to a great beginning to preserve the Ski Center. With your continued support we will ensure the Ski Center will be here for us and future generations! Additional note: If you are intersted in renting a cabin or coming up for biking, hiking or canoeing please contact the Crystal Lake Camp Director BJ Thompson at BJ@crystallakecamps.com.
Thought you'd appreciate these pictures from our adventure around National Nordic/The Pipeline on Saturday afternoon! We took the Canaan lift up and had an amazing day touring around the area, which we somehow hadn't yet explored until now! There are still definitely still a few weeks' worth of skiing left up there-- in fact, we saw 15 inches of snow at the National Nordic stake (which we think is the 4,300 ft. stake?). We also just wanted to say THANK YOU for the awesomeness of White Grass and getting us addicted to cross country skiing. We've been escaping the DC insanity at WG for two seasons now and it's become our home away from home. We'll be coming back until the last flake melts (and probably even after because we'll be in denial)! Cheers to the endless winter, Brea and Alex
Thanks for a great weekend, it was just what the Dr ordered. Super great skiing, I love the long days, die hard snow, corn powder, and all of your friends. Your collective hospitality is unmatched. Thanks again for all, see you in the autumn for glades clearing etc! Matt Steiman / Dickinson College Farm
Mt. Galena, CO Charlie Waters Matt 3/21
Endless Winter Chip - Glad to see winter is hanging on at Whitegrass. We followed the snow to the Adirondacks to close our season with a week of great skiing, on piste and off, in the High Peaks. Can't wait to return to Whitegrass next season. - Adam I.
Sue Haywood on to cycling...
Chaga Alaska sent by Andy N. Maggie
It meant so much to me to be able to eek out some tracks with you during these final weeks of the season. It is an especially beautiful time of year catching the final snow on top of blankets of moss! Looking forward to pruning the glades next fall! Johnny
Mad River Glen
WG at its Finest Gary Guzy
Olivia had a blast. Joe Sizemore
Bill Berlin Mar 19 @ WG Fun Raiser
Kevin Keane Had a blast meditating up on the hill. Andrew Dickson
Finally made it to White Grass this year and up to Bald Knob on Saturday - came down Powderline and 3 mile like the old woman I am - tired and slow - but happy! Thanks for keeping things just the same ! Food, drink, staff all great as usual. All the best, Sallie and Hugh McElrath
Celebrating Sally's birthday! Valerie Kramer * Girl's get-away weekend. Super Day! Kelly Kruper
Eileen Lammie Powell's meet the Judy girls. Chico
Paul Sullivan Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your Eggplant dish served last Saturday night. As a long time vegan, good creative and taste dishes like this are few and far between and very much appreciated. I detected perhaps some cardamom and lemon, perhaps you would share the rest of the ingredients. Rich in Cincinnati.
Tony gave Wren a few helpful tips while we were skiing by the lodge - mostly how to get up after falling down. Very important! She got the hang of it and we headed out 3 mile for a fun adventure. The tree skiing was divine on Saturday. There was still plenty of powder left for us out-of-towners. Chris
Sorry we didn't make it out to WG this year to see the gang and enjoy all that nice POW. Spring is definitely here and its time to shed some clothes and enjoy the last of the snow. We hope to see you at the Smokehole.The Goos. * My wife and my 8 month daughter and our dog had a blast both days! Dinner there Friday night, lunch, snacks, coffee and good beer on Sat and Sun days - we XC'd on Sat and then snowshoe on Sun! Missing it already and can't wait to get back! Best, Mike Bur
Daniel Davidoff We spent a couple of days at your place last week. Had a blast! What a wonderful place. I attached a picture of some tracks I found on cabin mountain trail. Do you know what they are? Thanks, Kevin
Jim Dunham with long time WGer Bob Livingston 4300' 24" 3/9/15
electric....Thanks Man, Still glowing from the Mad River Glen Mecca. Chip skiing 3/8 by Geo Bell
Laura Bray * Steve Powers
The smartest thing we did this winter was purchase a season pass and new XC skis at White Grass. Thank you Chip Chase and the entire White Grass team for another awesome weekend and, most of all, for sharing your very special place with all of us!!! Margaret and Herbert... No, no in reverse....we love our skiers more than you will ever know...
Jess Daddio * Great, steep, cross country skiing. Good food and wonderful staff. Friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Plenty of rentals available. Live music on weekends. Rebecca Rozin * Amazing to wake up in Winchester on a normal winter day with no snow in sight, drive just an hour and forty-five minutes and be in a winter wonderland. You can go from bored in town to skiing in Scandinavia in less time than it takes to watch a movie. If you don't love gliding through the snow covered trails at White Grass, immediately seek medical help - you may have a serious condition. Jess V. Winchester,VA
VERMONT CHARGES PRIVATE SKI CLUB WITH PERMIT VIOLATIONS : Vermont is charging an exclusive private ski resort with a series of permit violations, according to a report on Vermont Public Radio. The state attorney general’s office says the Hermitage Inn and Club failed to apply for Act 250 land use and water quality permits before starting construction projects. It also alleges the business failed to comply with the conditions of existing permits. In a lawsuit filed in Windham Superior Court, the state says the Hermitage altered a dam and disturbed a "significant" wetland without approval. The suit also claims the resort began building a wind turbine on the summit of Haystack Mountain without the required land use permit. The resort owns 1,400 acres of land in West Dover and Wilmington, including the Haystack Mountain ski area and golf course. The membership-only club features year-round recreation. According to the resort’s website, membership fees range from $25,000 to $75,000. The state is charging the Hermitage with 15 counts of violating land use and water quality regulations between 2011 and 2014. According to the lawsuit, in late 2012 a court ordered the Hermitage to stop any unauthorized work and get the necessary permits, but the state alleges the violations continued. Such violations are usually handled by state agencies, but the scope and the duration of the problems warranted the Attorney General’s involvement. The complaint says, ultimately, the Hermitage Inn took the necessary remediation steps and addressed concerns raised during 2012 construction. However, the state contends the company then undertook new unauthorized work, including converting a snow making pond into a recreational area, clearing land, constructing a parking lot and erecting a building.
Gabe Dewitt Buy replacement skis sooner
Jesse Von Fange Chris Hoy
I usually go to Trapp Family Lodge in Vermont. I was at WG 10 years ago and the improvements are astounding...grooming as good as Trapp and the fees are less. Overheard
HQ for all sorts of indie outdoor cultural action! I'd love to come visit you folks someday. I haven't explored SE USA nearly enough. Thanks for being there! -- Jeff Potter, S.E. Michigan
Matt Steiman * Sent by Chris Hong * Karen Oleksak Morning Ski
Bob Livingston Forest citizen awaiting better conditions
Dave in VT
XC SKIER/ Mandy Sullivan
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
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
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