BIG JUNK

Saw this guy having a good time out there. Gwendolyn

Fresh crop 1/14 8 am Dave Shook

Paul Sullivan one can see how thin yet barely doable the skiing was. 1/13

The moose is loose! Chris Petersen 4000 'stake 1/14 pm

Ground control to Major Tom. Commencing countdown groomers on...take your snowing pills and put your helmet on

There are high winds this morning and there will be a snow storm later today (about time). The exploration option was to take another look at photos I captured in the first week in January. The photo was taken at Dolly Sods and is good example of the wonderful textures that are revealed with side light. The frosted heath barren is nice canvas to reveal this. Enjoy, Joe Henry * www.canaanvalleyphotography.com

Dave Red Spruce Walk

4" of solid with 2" of powder on top, with the usual suspects. Cheers to all the White Grassers. Dave Crossley, Waitsfield, VT

Todd

hi Chipper - long time no see but we talk about Whitegrass all the time and my kids are miserable with no snow. That said, we had to go south for the holidays instead. It's 82 degrees in the Keys. We miss you all and can’t wait to get out there. Ian is now taller than me (at 14 years old!) I can’t wait to get back on some skis. See you soon I hope. - SKIP

Norwegian kick sled from the Lammies to WG! WoW, Thanks! by Vern Kick Sledding sent by Todd

Enjoyed celebrating my birthday on New Years Day at White Grass with a hike to Bald Knob. Love you guys, can't wait to see you next year! Leslie Glascock & Scott Hicks Cary, NC

Whitegrass in the house at DC Backcountry Ski film fest Keith & Cory Loving WG Aimee Verdisco

snow forever

Learn To Ski by Randy Johnson

Just wanted to say thanks for the good time at White Grass last week, in spite of there being no snow. We brought our boys up and hiked up to Baldy, then came down to warm up in the lodge. Even though the kitchen was closed, you opened it up and got hot cocoas for the boys and beers for me and the wife (including half an amber ale for free when the keg tapped out!). We're back down in DC and it's plenty cold enough, hoping some snow will come along with it. When it does, we'll be back! Thanks again for everything, we'll see you all later this season. Happy 2016, Jerrod and Krista Mason

Andy N. & Colin C. (1/4/16)

Vicky Weeks

Nature Lovers Hike with Chip 1/3

Rang in the new year in a cabin in the Chic Chocs. No need to drink champagne as we have enough falling from the sky constantly. Loving life, the beauty and the Québécois. But also praying to Ullr for pow at Whitegrass, missing all the good cheer and SMILES and very much looking forward to another beautiful year with you all. Much love your way from Gaspé! Johnny & Stacey

Gabriel Munter 1909, Tannen im Schnee ( first snow) .. got to see her artwork while in Germany. Charlie Waters

DangerMuffin rocks WG!

on the lookout for snow by Scott Hicks

Fiddle NYE jammin' DangerMuffin...place to be in Tucker Co

Hoping we can bring some of this beautiful stuff back to Whitegrass soon. Badger Pass in Yosemite sure got it this year. Eric von Eckartsberg * Diane Fosnocht

No one ever accused me of being religious, but my girlfriend is and we went to Mass on Christmas. I prayed for snow.Reports from Vermont are bleak but encouraging. My buddy Matt, originally from WV and a senior Rep for Gordini, says they just got 5 inches. Not much, but better than nothing. Even Jay is still struggling, so let's hope this cold front pushes some snow across your farm. Put the Mollohan's down for three season passes. I'll be there as soon as the snow flies. Best. Andrew Mollohan

Greetings Chip, I may do the twinkie roast request-haven't had one in decades, but it's worth a shot. Kind Regards & Snowy 2016 Wishes, Jon Dodd Chesterfield, VA

NORTHEAST SEES WARM WEATHER CUT INTO HOLIDAY BUSINESS : Until this week, ski resorts in the Northeast endured an unseasonably warm December. At 12 popular ski destinations, only 182 of 1,154 trails were open last week, or about 16%, according to published reports. That percentage is significantly down from previous years, the resorts say. A week ago in Vermont, Stratton Mountain had nine of 94 trails open, Smugglers’ Notch Resort had 10 of 78 and Killington had 24 of 155. In New York, Windham Mountain had four of 54 and Whiteface Mountain had nine of 80. In New Hampshire, Wildcat Ski Area had seven of 48 and Loon Mountain had 17 of 61. In Maine, Sugarloaf had 19 of 154 and Sunday River had 33 of 135. Bonnie MacPherson, spokeswoman for Okemo Mountain, VT, said the resort is behind where it was this time last year and has experienced guest cancellations. MacPherson describes bookings there as “a roller coaster ride.” Jay Peak, another major Vermont ski resort, also has fewer trails and more cancellations. The resort had seven of its 78 trails open; this time last year, it had 68. At full occupancy, the resort houses 3,000 people in its hotels, cottages and condominiums. Spokesman JJ Toland estimates only 2,400 people are currently staying there. Fortunately, those guests have access to an indoor ice rink and water park, which Toland said the resort built in recent years in case of warm weather. On smaller mountains, the unusual temperatures are cutting even deeper into business. Jiminy Peak, MA and Catamount Ski Area, NY, are among those that have yet to open for the season. Opening late means a significant financial loss, said Rich Edwards, marketing director at Catamount. Ski instructors and shops selling ski and snowboard gear have also been affected. And the story is similar in the Southeast, MidAtlantic and Midwest. But manufacturers of snowmaking equipment are seeing business boom.

LIMITED OR NO SKIING MEANT RESORTS HAD TO GET CREATIVE : In an effort to keep guests happy, Eastern ski resorts got creative over the holidays. While some had limited skiing, warm temperatures left slopes in less-than-optimal condition. In New Hampshire, tubing parks, mountain coasters, adventure parks, climbing walls, canopy tours, dog sledding, ATV rentals, sleigh rides and ice skating were all promoted in local news stories.
The warm pre-Christmas temperatures had some resorts advertising their golfing opportunities and mountain biking trails. Kids’ activities, movies, shopping and crafts classes were also offered. Wachusett, MA, put together an expanded list of activities including hikes to the Bullock Lodge Cider House, scavenger hunts and frisbee. With a winter storm approaching New England on Monday night and Tuesday, most believe the worst will be over before New Year’s weekend. But the damage could be significant. Cancellations were numerous for one of the prime times of the year. Those that had some snow and enough diversions to keep visitors entertained may be able to make up for the slow start, but others may not be so lucky. Even those that had skiing – and lots of other activities – noted the hardships incurred by the uncooperative weather. In an interview with Bloomberg, Sugarbush President Win Smith said business was off significantly this year.

The Snow Gods have seen fit to bestow a bit of white gold upon the flanks of General Stark Mountain. We have picked up about 5" of new snow overnight and we are expecting more throughout the day and.... not a moment too soon! Mad River Glen, VT our fav lift served area in the US

1943: U.S. Army Begins Transforming Parts of Dolly Sods Red Creek Sods by Vern Patterson

HISTORY OF PAST CHRISTMAS WEATHER sent by Geo Bell * Two years ago (and prior), Whitegrass was one of the few things that kept us sane. Brain Coop Bend, OR

no boats or bikes allowed @ WG until April!

Wax recommendation Klister and our finest grass skis - so we chose to hike instead. A wonderful Christmas holiday, despite the snowless terrain! Katie Harris

Herb Stevens and the MLK ski weekend

(1/8) Looking at the weather for the next week leading up to and including MLK weekend…It is going to be mild into midday Sunday, and there will be some rain to deal with during the day on Sunday. The precip is part of the process of stepping down to a more consistent winter pattern, and thankfully, this looks like the last step. The rain showers will turn to snow showers on Sunday afternoon as arctic air pours into the region…the ride home on Sunday p.m. may be a bit challenging coming out of the mountains, but doable. Once the cold air arrives, the mountain crews will have great snowmaking conditions through the week, with only a low risk of the lower elevations having to go offline for the daylight hours one or perhaps two days midweek. Some light snow will occur on Wednesday as the cold air gets reinforced…a few inches of fluff in the northern mountains will help the resurfacing effort.
Your main concern seemed to be the forecast for the long weekend itself. As we discussed, the “point and click” forecasts are terrible most of the time, but especially so when the pattern is in the midst of a major transition, as is the case right now. That model will flip and flop like a freshly caught fish on a dock at times like this…it is basically useless. There are other methods for forecasting that I employ, and they all point toward a seasonably cold MLK weekend, with a fresh shot of arctic air coming late in the 3 day period. That new surge of cold could come on the backside of a coastal storm that could produce fresh snow in the mountains…that is less certain right now, but I have no worries at this point about adverse weather (rain/warmth) leading up to the holiday. Looking further ahead, I will simply say that the overall upper air pattern is evolving in a way that will end up looking a LOT like the mid and late winter of ’09-’10. You may remember that winter ended up being referred to as “Snowmageddon” in the mid-Atlantic. I am very bullish on where the pattern is headed with respect to snow conditions in WV. Regards, Herb Stevens The Skiing Weatherman

Long Term (12/28) Christmas week warmth is unusual but certainly not unprecedented. Christmas Eve/Christmas Day 1955 was warmer coast to coast than 2015, and there have been several other years when snow sports in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast were very severely limited during the holiday. The vast majority of strong El Nino’s, as this one is, produce warmer than normal weather in November and December and then the pattern flips to colder than normal for January through March. That pattern flip is coming, and it is coming soon. The first shot of cold that will allow the mountain crews to get to work will move in on Thursday and by Thursday night, the full force of the snowmaking arsenals will be on display. The higher elevation resorts will be able to make snow round the clock right through the weekend and mountain snow showers will contribute to the process as well. (Winterplace could be forced offline for the afternoon hours but they also have a significant snowmaking window coming). It will turn a little milder for a couple of days early next week before another cold shot arrives. Longer term, we will see the opposite jet stream set up from what has dominated thus far this season. Since early November, an upper level trough has been parked over the West, where snow has been plentiful. An upper ridge has call the shots in the East, and cold and snow have been scarce. Those two features are going to swap places, and the development of an eastern trough will start this weekend. For a number of reasons related to warm water in the eastern Pacific and the core of the warm water associated with the El Nino, the trough will be heavily favored to dominate in the East once it develops. Until mid-January or so, the mid-Atlantic will still be at risk of a storm running up west of the Appalachians, which would result in a mix of precip types, but after that, the storm track will switch to the southern states and east coast, which should put WV in the “sweet spot” for natural snow. Despite the slow start, it would not surprise me if seasonal snowfall totals end up close to normal by the time we reach April.We just have a couple more days of mild weather to endure before the season kicks it into gear. Regards, Herb Stevens (The Skiing Weatherman)

Joe Henry 12/27 Kevin Moore My son Ian was happy to get his skis. Something seems to be missing. See ya in a few weeks. Chris Fischer

Drop Goggles for Virtual Skiing

Jill sending snow from Oregon . late 70's in Davis sent by Luke

Best Christmas Present from my Kids. Gave me a season pass at Whitegrass – they know it is one of my favorite places on earth. I will be by next week when we come up for Danger Muffin at the Purple Fiddle. I’m bringing my mountain bike, but some old skis and planning on trying “Candide Thovex” style! Steve Sanderford

Snowy Wonderland

Hawk Knob Cidery

Snowless Ski Resorts Offer Hiking, Mini Golf — Or Pleas For Donations * The Christmas and New Year's holiday period represents one of the peaks in tourism, along with the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in January and President's Day weekend in February. The number can vary, but in general the number of visitors during Christmas is approximately 20 percent of the season's business, Keeler said.

ASCUTNEY MOUNTAIN BOUGHT BY TOWN; ROPE TOW INSTALLED * The town of West Windsor, VT, has officially acquired Mount Ascutney. Outdoor enthusiasts will now permanently enjoy a 30-mile network of non-motorized, recreational trails on more than 1,500 acres of Mount Ascutney. The Trust for Public Land has succeeded in protecting 468-acres of the former Ascutney Mountain Resort for the town of West Windsor and adding it to the existing 1,112-acre West Windsor Town Forest, according to published reports. Mount Ascutney Outdoors is a nonprofit organization responsible for developing, managing and financing recreational opportunities on Mt. Ascutney. They hope to make these opportunities available and affordable for all. In anticipation of the land purchase, Mount Ascutney Outdoors has nearly completed a 1,000-foot rope tow for this winter, and hopes it will be ready for Christmas vacation. The rope tow will be free for anyone to use.

MRG is eternally hopeful so keep your fingers and toes crossed, wear your pajamas inside out put your spoons under your pillows and your trail maps in the freezer (yeah that's a thing too!) and above all.....THINK SNOW!!!

Mark Anderson 12/19 at WG Rikert

History of Augusta Heritage Center

WWVA Mag Snowshoe pdf. * WWV MAG

Eric Thompson * WV ON the Go * no matter the weather there is Adele raising Chip's stimulation level

Healthberry Mead * First Business to Brew Hard Cider in WV

Harley

El Nino takes months to develop and months to dissipate. It is not going away in a night or week. As such, indications continue to suggest a strong persistence of the very strong southwest flow of very mild Gulf air aloft and at the surface through the end of December. This overall very mild pattern may occasionally see brief periods of average to a little below average temperatures but with little of the normal upslope or lake effect snows as the overall flow aloft is off the Gulf of Mexico. The previously advertised brief change to colder conditions Friday into Sunday morning is on track. However, the colder air moving in is relatively dry, which again will limit upslope snows to only an inch or so. Snow making will need to go into overdrive during this short-lived freeze as below freezing conditions will rapidly be replaced by above freezing conditions by Sunday afternoon. Milder air will again quickly overspread the high country and dominate through Christmas Eve with no snow making possible through that entire period again! An early peek into Christmas Eve and Christmas suggests more of the same with rainy conditions and way-above-average temperatures well in the 50's at least Christmas Eve. Christmas Day may see a brief return to cooler, seasonable temperatures but 7 days out is pushing the limit of specific daily forecasting so let's wait and see on that one. The Canaan is hardly alone in it's lack of winter. All of eastern North America is basking in much above average winter temperatures. A National Weather Station at 3,950 ft. near the top Vermont's highest mountain (Mt. Mansfield at 4,393 ft.) near the Canadian border reports only one inch of snow on the ground on Dec. 16 with 24 inches being average. Mt. Washington, NH (6,288 ft.), also near the Canadian border, has averaged an astonishing 18 F above average for the first half of December and has a very rare December snow depth of only one inch. Similarly mild, snow-less conditions prevail well up into eastern Canada with ski resorts hurting all the way up to Mt. Tremblant Ski Resort, 80 miles northwest of Montreal, Canada. Your Fearless Canaan Weatherman

EAST COAST FRETS ABOUT IMPLICATIONS OF STRONG EL NINO : For the first time in nearly two decades, a strong El Niño weather system is forecast for New England, bringing warmer than normal temperatures - and with it, prospects for much less snow, according to a story in The Boston Globe. The current warming trend has skiers and riders on edge, with the all-important holiday vacation week for the region’s resorts just around the bend, coupled with a sobering, long-range forecast. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration describes El Niño as a pattern that develops when the sea’s surface temperatures are warmer than average in the equatorial Pacific for more than a season. This tends to affect winter weather in North America in various degrees, depending on the strength of the system. “The expectations that we see are for a milder than average winter, and I’m sure that typically correlates with less snow, but it certainly doesn’t mean no snow,” said Mike Halpert, the deputy director of NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. Each El Niño is different, but the 2015-16 version has been compared to the two strongest on record, which occurred during the winters of 1997-98 and 1982-83. The earlier El Niño featured an almost snowless start, with barely a few inches across most of the region. In 1998, it produced a withering ice storm across much of northern New England that downed trees along the trails, cut power for lifts, and closed roads so skiers couldn’t drive to the mountains. Numbers from the National Ski Areas Association are inconclusive about how a strong El Niño would affect skier visits. In 1997-98, an estimated 12.7 million skiers and riders visited New England and New York ski areas, not far off last season’s near record of 13.3 million. In 1982-83, however, the number was a more modest 9.52 million, the weakest season the region has seen in three decades. Two winters with moderate El Niño systems, 2006-07 and 2009-10, also started out slowly, but saw major snowstorms in February. The Valentine’s Day storm in February 2007 dumped nearly two feet of snow on some parts of Vermont, while three years later a storm that become known as “Snowmageddon” spread a similar bounty across much of New England.
Moreover, forecasters are predicting this season’s system will be wetter. Whether that will show up in the form of rain or snow, though, is not yet clear. Halpert said it depends on the environment a weather system encounters as it moves in. A swing of just a few degrees in temperature could mean the difference between rain and snow in the mountains. Meanwhile, the Northwest, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah and Colorado are getting hammered. The second storm in a week left 23” of snow at Wolfe Creek, CO; Whistler, BC reported 42“ in the past week; Tamarack, ID, has received 50” in 12 days.

WG Cafe Bruschetta recipe in the WV Market Bulliten sent by Frank Slider * I thought you all could just dream up snow @ WG.

Craftsbury, VT

Skiable Day 22 "Our daily goal is to deliver the most skiing possible" Boston's Weston Ski Track

Marit Bjoergen

WV Spruce Planting Friends Calendars in stock at WG

Joe Henry Mountain Photos proven that pruning telemark trails is more cardiovascular than xc skiing Eric Erbe * spend a week skiing the new glades here. Stro

Live simple, love well, and take time to smell the flowers along the way. Mark Twain * G3 Stinger Skis and Voile Vectors with Scott Excursion or Scarpa T4 boots @ WG this year.

Well it was another great party last weekend. Wonderful food, tasty beer & the multiple music selections were very entertaining. On top of that you raised a lot of funds & donations for the Blackwater Ministerial food bank. ( Anne & I are frequent contributors & even used a vacation day once to help hand out food with Veronica & her sisters. Very rewarding. ) The attached photo of Ben & I doing ski shots looks more like we're kissing skis than doing shots. Still, appropriate since we love snow. Ron Ulle

Warming Landscapes

All indications are that the abnormal warmth will continue for another week. Some record high temperatures in the mid to upper 60's are possible over the weekend above 3,000 feet. Your Fearless One sees very little opportunity even for snow making at night for most of the next 7 days.Things could temporarily change by next Friday or Saturday as some more seasonable air and snow showers try to work their way south. How long that lasts, if it materializes at all, has yet to be seen. The near record strong EL Nino in the equatorial Pacific, while still roaring, has abated a small amount recently and is expected to peak and begin dissipating this winter. Your Fearless Canaan Weatherman

Mail Pouch fr/ WV

Feb. should be busy in terms of cold air, storms and the potential for snow. Accu * Was sorry to miss the Jack Frost this year. Until it snows perhaps trying to push this type of skiing . Hope to ski you soon! Cheers, Andrew

Hey Bud, Returning to my daily check of whitegrass.com, skitheeast.net and weather.gov. Hoping the El Nino keeps its sweaty paws off of our alberta clippers and lake effect. It is hard to believe that Eleanor and Bob are now older than I was when I first started skiing with the whitegrass community. They and I are itching to glide. Hope to see y'all soon. From my cubicle, Andy

WV Mountain Christmas

The parking lot can be fun to see if you car can cross country ski. A good place....Yelp/WG

Hey Chip and all of Whitegrass... the slow start to the season forced me out west. But I tried to represent, the pics are from below Monarch Pass and above Berthoud pass. I will be up to whitegrass soon and will be buying a season pass this year. Davis McCue

Blackwater Falls Sled Run new snowmaking by Mr. Dave

What a weekend of great times and life long memories hanging with you all this weekend. Simple to you folks but it means the world to me to have met and feel so welcome with the greatest people on earth. I'm overwhelmed with the spirit of White Grass and all its followers ! Hiking to Baldy yesterday I realized how much work has been done on this mountain by you folks and continues on a daily basis to make it such a great place to enjoy, man I want to be a part of that for sure. Anyway thanks for a great time this weekend and I also attached a few photos, me on top of Baldy and you and a few others with the shot ski ! Thank You Ed

Marcedes

Chip – I hope you guys are doing well and getting pumped for a fun Jack Frost party. Maybe you can introduce this LED lighting product to Whitegrass this year for your moonlight ski tours! A buddy sent me this of some guys in BC -- thought it'd be down your alley. Now, I will return to do my snow dance to help get winter to come east! Best wishes for an exciting 2016 ski season! Adam Balash

Another great Jack Frost and another bunch of people stoked for snow. Mark Anderson

Todd Joe Henry

The ongoing equatorial Pacific Ocean warmth (El Nino) is now close to being the strongest ever recorded in history (65 yr.s.) and still strengthening. It is cited for creating the current much-above-average temperature pattern in much of North America, including West Virginia. See nicely written 12-5-15 Washington Post article BoB Leffler

143 of us / about 710 hours so far...enemies of water in the trails, rocks, brush, or anything that makes bumps. Having smooth skiing with 1" base and 1" powder is our goal! Trail Work Weekends : Eric, Todd, Chris, Stro, Chip, Paul 12/12 glades below R top 34 man hrs Trump PalisadesThank you for the warm ultra lite rain last nov. sat/sun glading in liftshack with Tom, Dick, Chip, Stro, Ed sunday. 17 trail helpers sat. w/ the power of Steve, Renee, Max, Todd, Stro, Kevin, Chip, Bill C, Trudi, John, Fred, Kathleen, Tom, Dick G, Michael C, Colleen, Dave Natty nord, bridges on Milksnake, cliffs Plum Orchard 36 trail nuts midmonth mountaineers * Tim, Kobi, Mark A, Mark H, Tim, Melba, Todd, Stro, Adam, Phoebe, Paul, Robbie, Aaron, Kyle, Tony, Chris, Kia, Bert, Robert, Kelly, Tom, Wes, Stevie W, Chip , Tom, Julie, Eric T, Amy, Athey, Brian33 new moon November trail party weekenders thanks! We covered several trails, opened up glades, and set some big bridges. Garrett and Bridget, Todd, Kevin, Tim, Chrissy, PATC ( Erma, Dave and Cathy, Doug, Peter, Harvey), Paul, Stro, Robbie, Tim and Kobi, Spencer, Roger and Nancy, Yoko and Mark, Lesley, Ben and LE, Jesse, Jeanne and Jim, Ned, Tom B, Tom J, Frank, ChipHugs and Thanks out to the first weekend in November Gladingaters! 29 wanderin' around Heartland and Powderline with Fred, Frank S, Eric T, Chase, JT, Ned, Kevin M, Robbie, Brian M, Todd, Zach, Sue, Bert and Robert, Gwendolyn , Anne J, Andy B, Christy and Nick, Sarah, Chip, Paul G, Keith and Ivonne, Paul H, Sam and Charlie, Steve W, Lesley High Fives to the first trail crew of the season Halloween in the Woods! 17 trail snippers up 3 mile and Falls Overlook with Bill F, Robbie, Chip, Dave M, Bruce W, Stro, Todd, Brain, Andy B, Anne and Ron, Lesley, Singer, Vincent, Clare and Mark, Jess T

Josh Brenneman / Sods 12/3/15The stoke is high in west (by God) Virginia for the 2015/2016 ski season... For my friends on the left coast, this is the southeast Nordic epicenter in tucker county wv. Think mazama and mad river glen. Chip Chase, best promo video yet!!!! Josh Marshall

First weekend in Dec. is Jack Frost. Please have a turn at the shotski for me and say hello to all the gang. I miss you guys. I'll be teaching at Sierra at Tahoe this season. If anybody gets out here, look me up. Denis

 

Joe Henry 12/1/15

potential for snowy winter sent by Tom Breach

Dave Saville

Kathleen Black Stro 11/28/15 CVSP by Dick Geisler

Gladeiator Attack Team by Todd

We will require another Jack Frost hall pass this year as we are expecting a little one very soon. Missing our White Grass friends something terrible, but will bring our growing family as soon as we can. Ullr is sure to send plenty of the white stuff this season. Can't wait for you to meet the kiddos, and share with them all the wonder that is White Grass! Cheers, Annie, Kyle, Finn, and yet to arrive

Randy French and Canaan Valley Ski Area present a PSIA Backcountry Clinic Feb 25-26...details to follow * Sunshine Village, AB snow farming

I don't hang out with any DC folks that I haven't met in Canaan. Mike Clark * A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people. Thomas Mann * Green Thanksgiving = White Christmas (last year the opposite!)

 

so yeah, we'll be up on friday .. got a "special guest" w us... the kickass preacher (from GA) we've been playing w.... he's the serious real deal.. used to play w the blind boys and highway qc's...here's a link to a video w did w him.... if you think it would be something other folks would like.. maybe pass the word around? hope to see you then. Michael Lipton/Carpenter Ants

Before and after! Chip's neice, daughter, and nephew...Shane, Erin and Matthew

Robert Hunsucker: This will be WVMC's 10th annual foray. Way back, when we were a fledgling club, Robert Hunsucker drove all the way across the State to lead a foray for us. The most wonderful thing about Bob was that he pointed out every insect, every bird, every plant and every fungus he saw. Bob had tremendous love and respect for all that the Earth had to offer and, just being around him, caused us to look and think twice before we took each step in the woods. For the first time at a foray, we found ourselves listening to the sounds around us when we otherwise would have been talking. Back at the park shelter, he sat down with us and patiently pointed out the identifying charcteristics of each mushroom we found, using the large, heavy stack of books he'd brought with him. We learned about so much more than mushrooms from Bob that year and we are still grateful for his support. He lived a long life, filled with the love of nature and his fellow man, and he left a lot of sad friends when he slipped away earlier this year. We wanted to take a moment to celebrate Bob's life and remember, with gratitude, a naturalist who did all he could to support us all those years ago.
So if you can finish this high bowl of ramen, you can do anything in life. That's the concept. OK, good luck with your ramen, and thank you very much!"

Chip,We got a Whitegrass 'uphill skier' hat to the summit of south sister in the cascades outside of Bend, Oregon. Hope you are doing well. John and Lisa * Sue Haywood in the winning * Ricky Krogh new Va dome home.

Spanish Cay. June 29 2014 Chip and the West Virginia posse. We sailed from home on May 6th, Made it to St Georges Bermuda on May 15. ... explored by zodiak, scooter and also moved the boat to Castle Harbor for a few days, hundreds of UW photos and videos. Left St Georges BM on June 1, arrived Marsh Harbor Big Abaco island, bahamas on June 7. Been cruising all over the abacos from Little Harbor to Grand Cay and half way back again. Many hundreds more UW photos and videos. We are now waiting for a low pressure system off the coast just north of us to move out and away so we can sail home, and are enjoying being plugged in at a marina with the AC on. Craig and Terrie on Anduril...also entire trip being put here

Help wanted! Govcon Accountants, located in Davis, is currently hiring staff accountants. If you have a bachelors degree in accounting and are interested in applying, please contact Mark Vieno at mark.vieno@govconaccountants.com.

ADIRONDACK CLUB IN TUPPER LAKE GETS GO-AHEAD : After years of wrangling, a ruling by New York's Supreme Court on July 3 paves the way for the development of the Adirondack Club and Resort in Tupper Lake, according to Ski Area Management. In 2004,  Preserve Associates LLC, Big Tupper LLC, Tupper Lake Boat Club LLC and Nancy Hull Godshall, as trustee of respondent Oval Wood Dish Liquidating Trust, submitted an application to the Adirondack Park Agency for conceptual approval of the proposed Adirondack Club and Resort - the largest project ever proposed for New York's 6,000,000-acre Adirondack Park - to be located on privately-owned land in the Town of Tupper Lake.Several environmental groups, including Protect the Adirondacks, the Sierra Club and some local landowners, filed a suit in early 2012 objecting to permits given to developers by the APA. The court dismissed the lawsuit finding that many of the environmental complaints were "without merit," and dismissed the claims that politics played any role in the process. The application for permit approval submitted by the developers in 2005 proposed reopening the Big Tupper ski area and a closed marina, building more than 600 "second home" residential units, a hotel and several other recreational resources.The application was amended and supplemented by the developers several times until it was deemed complete by the APA in 2006. Permits were finally issued by the APA in January 2012. The lawsuits were filed immediately after.

Blue Mtn Art, Elkins WV

snowing, flowing beer and soaking up the good times. oh yeah! just wanted to thank you and the crew at whitegrass for such a bad-ass jack frost party and super first weekend of winter fun! not only did we sled the farm, but we skied all the way up to bald knob, and we got to see our groomed lines in sawmill bowl start to fill in with snow. you have created a special thing out there. can't wait for more! dan

Salud in Thomas! It's a good thing that all the snow falls in one place around here. Pete Vigour

Linnie Spence Chip and Vicki Weeks by Cheryl Rauch

Weddings WV * Summer in Canaan! Andy Wright

Trails! Photos of WV *

Seneca Rocks Mountain Guides and owner/host Tom Cecil welcome you to the Wexler Hut! Pamper yourself a little. As an alternative to camping we are excited to offer our cozy, newly renovated hut to climbers, or those here to enjoy the scenery and outdoor activities. Boasting incredible views and within walking distance to Seneca Rocks, The Wexler Hut comfortably sleeps 4 people. Accommodations include one bedroom with a queen bed and twin bunk beds, private shower and bathroom facilities, separate living room with kitchenette, flat-screened tv and free internet. Available single nights, weekends or longer. Call to reserve your space now! 304-567-2115* Rates: $75/night total for up to 4 people.

The Nature Lover's ride: Ride leaders: Chip Chase and Todd "Chaga" Romero. This ride is for people who like to take it easy and learn about nature and the unique natural history of the Canaan Valley with interesting characters and experienced amatuer naturalists. Past years have explored Beaver Ponds, Waterfalls and mushroom hunting. Expect to be out 2-3 hours. Double Down: Ride leaders: Rob and Mr Jeff. This ride cruises out the race course and up to the world famous Moon Rocks , Down Hoo-Doo rocks, across the Blackwater and climb up the Little Canaan "haul" road, down Hellbenders and finishing up on Splash Dam and back to Davis. Around 4 hours with bail out spots. Many rocks on this ride. * Scientists, public discuss impact of climate change in W.Va. - See more

Mike Sayre Collection

Judge Stephan Moylan, WG skier to the core, with lifetime friend Judge Connolly Tom Preston

Stro by chip chip by Stro

Cheyenne Carter Rick and Karen Watson

Andy in Norway * Kate Preston down under * Chris Barnes summer ski by Anne Jones

Joe Henry

Red Lodge, MT by Jean Buckley * Chip & Natalie Tennant

Tom Preston

thunder boomers

Do you think I could have used this in last weekends "run what you brung"? Bruce * Todd Romero husky on lodge

Mike Costello AT 327 PM EDT 5/14...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR CONTINUED TO SHOW VERY THUNDERSTORMS WITH TORRENTIAL DOWNPOURS MOVING ACROSS EASTERN TUCKER COUNTY.* LOCATIONS THAT WILL BE AFFECTED BY THE HEAVY RAIN INCLUDE GATZMER AND CANAAN VALLEY STATE PARK.FLASH FLOODING HAS BEEN REPORTED ALONG FREELAND RUN WHICH IS A TRIBUTARY OF THE BLACKWATER RIVER. 2.75 INCHES OF RAIN HAS FALLEN IN ABOUT A ONE HOUR PERIOD HAS BEEN REPORTED.

So sorry to hear about Mellie. I've attached a great picture I took this past winter under his favorite tree. What a great spirit he had! Hope your spring is full of mountain laurel and ramps, and your summer is full of mushrooms.-Rainey and Katharine...Sorry about your dog – I think about the Will Rogers quote - "If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." In my mind – a part of Heaven looks like Whitegrass and there are definitely dogs there. Steve Sanderford

How can you be gone Mellon Collie?
I say no, that you do live on.
In hikes and walks and fields and streams, in the parking lot, in skiers dreams.
In bales of white laid tween fences bare; in leftover tufts of brown and black hair.
Woofs and warnings and "let's go along!"
You truly lived and sang your own song.
A finer beast ? Unlikely you see. Mellon Collie, like Chip was an only you see.
Only one of that kind in a Universe can be, and then upon passing they go in to you and me. Our souls remember so much of you. A loyal brave friend, and so very true. Chanda

Best whitegrass lead photo ever!!! He represents all that Whitegrass stands for. Loyalty, love, dependibility and the good vibe. My kids always ask how he is doing. Dude of the decade nominee. Chris Wellborn

was wandrin through
A forest of inspiration
As I am want to do
When I came upon
A smallish dog
With this to say to you I'd rather go out on a good day
Than a dark night
Shrouded by pain
I'd rather not loose
All that I ever had
Before having everything to gain
I'd rather leap
From the shores of life
Toward one final splash
Than to crawl into the water
With one final desperate gasp
I'd rather run and frolic
And play until the end
Than to watch you all
As I slip away
Hoping I will mend Thank you for
The times we shared
And the ones we'll spend alone
I'll be here ever waiting
For you too
To come home

Vicky finished the video for Zack for the upcoming 'Run What Ya Brung' Trials competition on May 24th afternoon with riders practicing from 4 to 6 PM and competing from 6 to dark. The movie can be seen on You Tube. We hope you find a lot of mushrooms soon! Eric & Vicky

Hey Chip, I am moving to the UK. I have several books on VA and WV natural history. Would WG like to have them? Don't wanna take them (realistically) and I think there are people who may need them more ... I like the idea knowing that someone might go through those books while sipping beer at WG. Contemplating to climb Aconcagua this winter, if I do, will for sure wear your attire and send a picture. If not this winter, next time. I am now a US citizen, the US is my home, and I will be coming back for visits to WG every now and then. Looking forward to seeing you guys again. Say hello to Eric the arm-skier for me! This past winter was the best skiing, as I finally discovered the backwoods of WG and learned to appreciate un-groomed skiing. Andrey R. * Bald Knob Blizzard by Carolyn Cavendish

Cheat River Fest with McQueen brothers, neighbors in Alaska as kids and now standing in WV's newly protected canyon

Just another spring powder day in May . . .Jill skiing in Montana...Canaanites moved west

Eddie Spaghetti

56 campers,36 boats braved perfect weather and water 24th Annual Smoke Hole

Eric and Vicki somehow keeping up with bikin' Sue Haywood

The kids were plotting to send you " big hello" by displaying White Grass bandana from the top of Snowbird, but then saw the name of the runs:) And here it is!!!! They could not believe that Mr. Chase is so well known and respected way away in the high mountains of Utah!!!!!!! Thanks again for the wonderful skiing at WG! Please apply the same formula for Polar Vortex for the next year! Elena and family

We had a sweet couple days on the river this past weekend. Water level was great (2.67-2.61) and we ran everything even though we were pretty loaded down. Waves on the second day (Big Papa and Big Mama) actually put more water in the boat than Landslide. Ran into a cool group of WVU geology grad students out on a field trip. They camped at the spot just past landslide so we went to the site below Blue Rock on the right. Nice being the only ones there. Looks like the weather is setting up nicely for your trip. Have a blast. I wish I could do it again this weekend! Andrew

Back from Norway adventure with Randy...big landscapes, lots of snow, and loads and loads of Norwegians out on their skinny skis enjoying the mountains! Awesome. Andy

Please share with others like you share of yourself with us on a terrific visit to WG. PEACE! Rob Hawk, Whittier, NC

single track sleds making grooming simple and low tech Bozeman CO-OP

Joe Henry

Snow Bikes * Smakula Instruments * After leading the Jackson, NH, Ski Touring Foundation for 38 years, Thom Perkins has announced his retirement from the organization. As its executive director since 1976, Perkins has been instrumental in transforming the small village of Jackson into one of the nation's premier cross country skiing and snowshoeing venues. Jackson XC

Please let me know if your business or organization is doing something cool that I share. Anne H. Jones Executive Director Tucker County Development Authority (304) 614-8839 tuckercounty@gmail.com

We had a great week, and missed you all very much. The snow was good, not too much sun, made trips to the North Face, Attic, Pit Bull, Enchanted Forest, and Sunrise Ridge. Had a blast on Nils's birthday, I danced up a storm! Hope your travels went well. Cheers, Patty, John, and Cheeky

As the season ends I look back at this winter and the times I spent in CV and WG it brings a quick tear to my eyes as I reflect on what it meant to me personally...The best people in the whole world, making new friends and reuniting with old ones ... As most would want to protect and keep secret what you have at your door steps, you my friend welcome all with open arms...I often wonder what has brought me so close to CV over the 25 years I have been visiting but this past winter it all came together and it was clear as a bell ... I was not able to visit as much as expected but the times I made it were so memorable...Your friendship to me is irreplaceable, you've done nothing other than be yourself and open your world up to me and others...Your trail map and season pass hang in my kitchen reminding me daily of the good times spent and the great times to come ! Sincerely, Eddie

Joe Pete Wilson * Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul. Democritus

Silver Lake, CO (April 14-15 1921) Most Intense U.S. Snowfall. Near Boulder, CO, at an altitude of 10,220 feet had 75.8" in 24 hours, 87" in 27-1/2 hours; 95" total from storm (32-1/2 hours).

Well, the snows came late just about everywhere but Colorado. Of course, "me of little faith" went out and booked a European hut-to-hut, and departed just as VT was hit with some consistent snows. No matter, I tried to do what they call the Pyreneean Haute Route as a tune-up for the real thing next year. Problem was there was already a lot of snow there (Southern Alps did well this year, with Italy having a banner year), and it snowed 3 of the six days we were supposed to be climbing. We didn't need the French ski patrol to tell us there were Level 4/5 avalanche conditions, as we heard them all night and saw plenty more during the day. Still, we did get out 4 days, and when we did the snow was great! In any case, I have a caption for the first Photo. I reads: "Damn, that sign for Springer Orchard was a ways back. This must be Stonecoal Flats!" Ged Smith

Hey Chipper, Just launched a Kickstarter campaign for those DIY Shot Ski sets I showed you earlier in the winter. Put in a little White Grass propaganda in my photos! Looks like you guys had a great winter, hopefully me and Kaitlin will be joining you for next season. See you guys this spring! The link for the Kickstarter. Peace, Max

Todd

Red Spruce Tree Planting edge of Dolly Sods 4/12, thanks Dave Saville

This has been great," he said. "This state has everything — roaring rivers, beautiful forests, soaring peaks, interesting rock formations. It's been perfect for our needs." Cabela shoots WV

Vicki Weeks & Eric Erbe

Missed you this year, can't wait to get back to WG. In the meantime we tried snow farming in Masai Mara, Kenya, so far so good! Best, Chuck

We heard lots of good things about Whitegrass from John and Patty. Also talked to Doug and he said he spent some time with you at the CCSAA. Just got back from Powder Creek and my big 60…. yikes... How did the Hoks do this year? All the best, nils

Erin Chase Sibling Day on Facebook! Harley Cahen

Free Heel and Wheel West Yellowstone, MT

Todd

I find myself more and more spending time off the map Kevin * Going skiing with the wind at my back and no destination in mind. Bill Witzemann

Ol' Canaan local Jim Gaydos in Alaska

I'm trying to spread the word about a Photo Workshop that my friend and talented photographer Randall Sanger and I are doing in June. If you know anyone who might be interested in a weekend of fairly intensive photography in the beautiful and very picturesque setting of Canaan Valley, WV please pass this link along to them. Thank you!! * Best, Martin Radigan

Laurie is selling her salad dressing locally! * If it's in the Lost and Found there is a 50% chance it is the the Thorton's.

Great day skiing and hanging with you. Here's a couple of pics of the Chicadee eating out of my hand at Powderline shelter. Looking forward to coming back down. Brad, Somerset.PA

I'm Mike, I bought some glide was along with the trail pass (and needed it as I got to Upper Falls on the way up). First time in a long time I went up to Baldy. Attached is a panorama from there, along with my addition to the blackboard at Roundtop.

A real belated hanks for your kind words. Whitegrass has been part of the family history for, yes, about 30 years. My sons, now 32 & 35, keep track on your website, which we all agree is the best of any we've ever seen. We still reminisce about the time you went down on the floor as I tried to nickel & dime you down on another pair of skis 20 years ago, dirtbag climber that I was and, mentally, still am. Still recall how wide their eyes popped as our puppy disappeared under a drift the first time I took them (and snuck Penny) onto the slopes. Our continued appreciation for the treasure you've created out there. Your drive, good humor, always positive attitude has been an inspiration to us all. Think I found the entrance to the Secret Passage trails but not sure and didn't have time to explore. Definitely want to get back up there and check it out when FR70 opens up. Always great seeing you and enjoying your company & hospitality (refreshments included)! Cheers! Vito

Yo guys, Thanks for the great tours Wednesday - my personal best day ever at Whitegrass. Sitting here in DC and kicking myself for not having taken Paul up on his offer for a place to crash. Already looking forward to next year and working on my tele skills. Kevin Volz

One of my best times all winter was the magical ski that we went on with you - thanks for another wonderful season at WG!! Love, Mary and Dan (on the road again)

Attached is a "3 years later" photo from the same lunch spot where I took the photo I sent you in spring 2011 after a similar tour of the National Nordic via the Canaan State Park lift. We were missing James this time, but Hillary, Ellie, Dr. Ed Rader (who took the photo) and I had a great time. Hope to be sending you similar photos for another 20 + years....Bill Berlin

Perhaps the primary reason I located here to photograph is the incredible textures of the diverse flora which provides the canvas upon which so much of the beauty of the place is revealed. This is in general true of northern landscapes. The attached photo reveals these textures and the impact of sun shafts on an otherwise relatively flat landscape. Joe Henry

Just wanted to share a couple of my favorite moments from our trips out to White Grass this winter! Jesse Von Fange

Local hero John Logar wins foot race! iditarodtrailinvitational

T'line by Adam

Wearin' this hat is like drivin' in the WG driveway Corey B * Jackson NH Touring Center * Mad River Glen, VT * Tug Hill, NY * Lapland Lake, NY

If you don't love gliding through the snow covered trails at White Grass, immediately seek medical help - you may have a serious condition. Jesse Winchester, VA * Just spent an amazing weekend at Whitegrass. The staff is so down-home and friendly and it spreads to everyone on the trails. Way to keep it real! * Loved everything about Whitegrass including the cafe, cross country skiing, and rentals. My mom (a first time skier) still raves about it to this day. * This casual place charmed me with old school skis and bumper stickers, handwritten announcements and character you won't find anywhere but in West Virginia. Unique and lovely experience, I look forward to my return! YELP!

PACCSA WG report : 30 degrees and breezy with solid icy frozen granular skiing and a good day for either snow shoes or metal edged skis. Can ski to Baldy and back along lower 3 mile to Falls Overlook or Barton's Weiss Ascent to Upper 3 mile and Powderline and all trails above. National Nordic is totally covered in a foot plus of hard snow. We will groom as much as we can with two ways up and down under the ginzu knives. Chippie Care Free Tours this weekend in search of the best snow both Sat/Sun. Friday afternoon it may warm enough to offer up softer corn snow surface conditions. Head up and high into the spruce to duck back into winter. Website is full of recent pictures and letters from skiers. Marginal yet way skiable for the near future or longer! 17" at 4300 feet this morning!

Rocket R. Surfer Tele Works in Wood Twice each year, the equinox occurs when the sun is directly overhead of the equator. This happens on the first day of spring and autumn. Spring this year begins on Thursday, March 20, at 12:57 p.m. EDT. The reason that the seasons do not exactly begin at the same time and date each year has nothing to do with the Earth's orbit, since the time it takes for the Earth to go around the sun is virtually the same from year to year. The problem is with the calendar, which does not entirely conform to nature. * This Day In Weather History Indiana (1996) More than a foot of snow across central and southern parts of the state. (19th-20th). Drifts reached 6 feet; more than 200,000 people lost power; I-74 was impassable between Indianapolis and the Illinois border. * Eastern U.S. (1958) (19th-22nd) Virginia to New England had 17" to 30" of very wet snow. Forty-nine deaths linked to snow; also damage to power lines. Eight hundred people trapped in restaurant along PA turnpike near Morgantown. (See also March 20). * Cape Whittle, Quebec (1964) 39" of snow -- greatest one-day total anywhere in Quebec Province. ACCU tells the weather what to do.

Got back Sunday from BC and had a spectacular trip. I can see why you head there to the lodges. Every turn presented another snow covered peak, and we covered over 1,000 miles driving the Powder Highway. I also certainly value the 10 days spent with Gerrit exploring the towns of BC. Picked up 30cm the first day. Was glad Gerrit and I had beacons/avy gear as the danger was high all week with some folks caught in slides. near where we were. Enjoyed the steeps and bowls inbounds, but back/side country was a no-go. They even cancelled the Swatch / North Face Freeride Pro event at Revy. Diverted back north late in week and found some fresh at Lake Louise and Sunshine which were not part of our original plan. Gerrit was psyched to be head of a line for a rope drop at Lake Louise and be the second one to enter a bowl full of pow. Sue wanted to see some photos of the trip so please forward to her for me. - Gerrit with helmet snow packed after a header (that video will be great!) Been following the crazy weather and it's great the WG skiable days continue! Enjoy...Cheers, Bill Fischer

Great skiing yesterday and today (3/18). Michelle did her first run down pipeline from Weiss Knob, so she was pretty stoked. As promised, here is that pic of the Big M "track truck" single track groomer; must be from the 1970s. They lay a single classic track through the Manistee National Forest...and only drip a little hydraulic fluid in the track. Big M is a hoot, classic northern Michigan skiing. Cheers, Think snow! Sean Kelly, Pittsburgh

We had a fun afternoon skiing with our dog Grady and Morgan's dog, who followed us up the trail for quite a while. Grady is digging his new snow boots, which keep off all those nasty snow balls he would get between his toes. So great to have the time to chat with you for a while, and get some beta on those awesome skis you showed us. Something to think about for next year! Have a great week! Gale and Bill * Thanks to all at Whitegrass for another great day! (3/18) Mark Thomas

WATER RIGHTS PROTECTION ACT COULD BACKFIRE ON SKI AREAS: The U.S. House last week passed a controversial bill triggered by the U.S. Forest Service's equally controversial move to assert federal ownership over water rights held by ski areas to tap public streams for snowmaking, according to published reports. The Water Rights Protection Act seeks to prevent the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management from seizing water rights without just compensation. It had the backing of virtually all ski resorts in the United States. But the National Ski Areas Association in recent weeks had been pushing lawmakers to narrow the legislation's scope out of fear the Democrat-controlled Senate would otherwise reject it. The 238-174 vote - with every Republican in favor and all but 12 Democrats opposed - capped a twisted legislative journey that began with a 2012 court fight in Colorado and ended with a bill that critics fear would handcuff federal oversight of water use by ranchers, farmers, oil companies, municipalities and other parties. Rep. Jared Polis, a Colorado Democrat and one of the bill's 15 co-sponsors, withdrew his support and pushed for an amendment to restrict the bill only to ski-area permits. Instead, House Republicans approved a broader bill that would apply to the Interior Department and the Department of Agriculture, agencies that encompass the Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service as well as the Forest Service. The legislation bars the federal government from taking ownership of water rights as a condition for issuing land-use permits required to operate ski resorts or other businesses on federal lands. Many ski areas are located within national forests. Tom O'Keefe, Pacific Northwest stewardship director for American Whitewater, a conservation group, said it was disappointing to see ski resorts, many of which have embraced environmental sustainability, back legislation that would upend the balance among competing demands for public water. O'Keefe and other opponents now are counting on the Senate Democrats to block the bill.

all the snow...we are itching to come back out 1 last time. We will camp if nothing else! Thanks again to all staff at White Grass, you have a fabulous thing happening there! It's addicting! Our entire family agrees. Stella & Crosby have not stopped talking about WHITE GRASS!!!! Jessica, Mark, Stella & Crosby

Laurie and Chip ~
Mark and I just wanted to let you all know how much we enjoyed our time at White Grass this winter.... You ask ~ what did we like?....
• the friendliness and expertise of everyone on staff
• the funky ambiance of the lodge
• the fantastically groomed trails
• the fun parking staff
• whatever was on the Laurie's cafe menu
• whatever was on tap
• Cory's massage chair
• whomever was behind the rental counter
• whatever libation you were letting us sample
• Mellie and Estrella
• AND my new boots!
Attached are a couple of my watercolor landscapes that I did in February that I thought you and your staff might like. Carry on and enjoy some R&R time. Thanks for all the fun! See you next season ~ and maybe sometime during the summer when we return to a different season of Canaan! Betty Gatewood

Just chilling with a cup of tea before the drive back. Watching it snow and am a little melancholy about the end of the season. I didn't ski as much as I would have liked - never do. It was a good year, as good as all those others. Good friends, good food, good drink and a lot of good turns. I spend my week days inside with a lot of stressed out malcontents and it is tonic to spend a few days outside with positive, happy people. As a patroller, it is amazing that you can have 700-800 diverse people in one place, skiing, and no one gets hurt! It was fun. Let's do it again next year! Pax Jeff

Chipper and the WG crew...Missed WG this year ...saving all my vacation for a big boat trip May-July. Chesapeake to the Sea of Abaco and back.X-c skiing on kent island in march ....its not the Cabin Mountain, but its not bad for one day....Hope all is well...Craig

Richard and Lindsay tied the knot in COLO this past weekend on WG nnnbc boots and bindings! We were there....in a way.

Thanks for a great tour! Jason and I were totally wiped but made it home safely to PA by 11:00.I couldn't have asked for a better day... Super sweet touring up top, that was really beautiful in Birches Garden and Lil Antarctica. And to finish down lower falls, that was an incredibly grounding nature scene down in the trees with all of the creeks flowing with melt water. Whitegrass and Family delivers again! So very much worth the drive from PA.Thanks as always for your enthusiastic hospitality and for putting it all together. Hope you get some more white stuff Sunday night! Here's a few highlight pics from Fri-Sat. Cheers Matt

What A Day! On our way home but still basking in the afterglow of a perfect day yesterday. Tema and Andrew Gault * Mad River Distiller

Thank you for your note. Glad you liked the veggies. Thanks again for a great place to stay. Whitegrass is like home. Thanks for saving us some snow, I feel like we just made it. And....thanks for the BB biathlon experience! It was a great experience for Phil and the boys. And I got to ski with a shovel, I had never done that before :) Until next time, ilene

MARTINO!!!

Robbie shooting Martin, Abby, and Maisie!

But we had a great time and a little bit of White Grass was there – see my "Uphill Skier - WG" sticker on my downhill helmet. See you this weekend and hoping for some snow! Bill Berlin...plenty of snow for you! cc * Tess ski repair time sent by Bert Taylor

Main part of the amazingly skiing Hoffman famille in WDC snow! Robbie & Adam hams

I just want to thank you for all you do to keep White Grass going for those of us who love X-Country skiing. Lill and I always look forward to coming back up from Miami so we can ski for a long as we can stand up. This past week was just great and I am looking forward to this coming December so we can do two weeks of skiing. Art & Lill Gravatt

Eric Thompson mad man scientist Vito, year 30 @ WG last Sunday

Dave Carter, a valued member of the Maine cross-country community, died March 2, at his home in Bethel, ME. He had been elected to the Maine Ski Hall of Fame this winter and had been notified in time to appreciate the honor. He was the owner operator of two XC ski centers. A memorial service will be held on March 16 at the 1st Congregational Church, 17 E. Main Street, South Paris, ME, at 2 pm. …

This run began on top of Bald Knob. Tom Johnson Robbie eagle eye on Chip

Some of my lovely guests went to Whitegrass for dinner on Saturday night and raved about the lamb. One really raved about the greens that were served with it- I think he said collards- said they were the best he'd ever had. Thanks for helping me make their stay happy and memorable. Laurie and Sarah Elizabeth Hubbard. Joy / Cooper House, Thomas

CRAZY...A random gas pump say this to me. Is it aliens or big brother. Of course. Rocket Robisch

My wife, son and some friends were up there last weekend. Had a blast, of course. Gordon Dalton * Thanks so much for a great season of skiing. I'm stoked because my 12-year-old grandson now loves the sport. I'm one of the guys whose skis disappeared and I really was so amazed by all the support I got from your staff. Best, Len Shindel

Fun all around Saturday. Adam Issenberg

making my day... .Took this picture of my delicious hot cocoa last night. Our waitress thought it was such a great picture that I should email it to you! Thanks for a great evening with great food! Molly Ramey

This area is the best value of any place I go on vacation Paul Chandler * I left my legs on the trail Susan-Marie Stedman

Gratitude for the glorious gliding, fabulous food, bodacious beer, and hellacious hooch...Pedro and Bridey Jameson, Ligonier, PA

Remember this show like it was yesterday and barely heard them in WDC w/ weak sound system and girls screaming. Helping change the world for the better when it needed it.

Lillies @ WG thanks Neal!

AWABI-Sushi Dinner ...next year yes Marcus and Emma! cheekie and patty

Geo Bell Hok in Poco/Randolph County,WV Read the caption .Geo Bell

Looks like last weekend was a blast! We were up at a small mountain inn in the Catskills of NY for a family wedding, which I guess is an OK reason to miss a purple powder alert. Highlight of the weekend (aside from Mike's sister getting hitched)? The grounds had 18-inches of completely untouched snow and the staff was thrilled to have us ski it. It wasn't White Grass powder, but the evos rocked it, of course :) Nice loop around the property and we got to cut up a small hill. Can't wait to see everyone again next weekend. It's Dan Berger's birthday, so it's gonna be a big one!! - Devin Hartnett

Good meeting you over the weekend. Just wanted to say thanks again for the WV hospitality. Will be sure to bring some nugget nectar your way next time...!- Colby

Another great weekend at Whitegrass! Thanks Chipper and crew for a cool place to ski and hang out. Great music and delicious dinner. Another big thanks to Martin Radigan and Marc Shaffer for the photo class. Gregory Oates

There are two kinds of people in this world, the kind that think there are two kinds of people and those that don't....overheard from Patty climbing from roundtop and she heard it from Nils Larsen

My favorite place in the world to ski, eat, and be with great people. They maintain over 60 km of trails ranging from 3220 – 4436 ft. making for over 1,200 vertical feet to cross country / tele / AT / split board etc. Down to earth, homey, Appalachia good vibes and love. Just ask any of the local guys and gals and they can take you surprisingly challenging terrain. Earn those turns at one of the coolest ski areas in the world… And don't forget to checkout the 'Daily Report' to see current happenings Whitegrass.com...Eric on BRO

got some pow then had some corn pudding for dessert...Paul Sullivan, Floyd,VA * Easily our favorite winter spot and can't think about any better word than magical. Planning two trips next year! Carrie

I had a great time yesterday. It was my first time doing XC...the staff were great (especially Tony, my instructor) and I had fun exploring the trails. Also the lentil load sandwich was SO GOOD. How late in the season will you be open? Do you have a set date or does it depend on conditions? Carlene Gong...'til the fat lasy sings, last year it was April 12th

Ryan Elizabeth in sunny soft snow conditions! * One of the best days ever yesterday in some twenty years of coming to this little Valhalla (in Norse: "land where powder is slain"). Sign on the Round Top chalkboard: "Whitegrass is the center of my universe." Rick Van Noy

Have been meaning to write you all and tell you how much Alice and I enjoyed our time with you all and your beautiful resort. It truly is "spacial." My first time cross country skiing since I was 17 was really fabulous. I came with no expectations and enjoyed every minute of it. Looking forward to returning soon. Alice is actually coming over for the day tomorrow. Looking forward to our next visit! Cleve

Radha Tanner

YELP! A casual, fun atmosphere with staff who are passionate about sharing their love of cross country skiing. It has customers who have been skiing there for years. Despite being busy, the staff take the time to give you the individual attention you might need. Take a skiing lesson from Tony, he's an excellent teacher. The trails are beautifully groomed and there are trails for all levels of expertise - rolling trails for beginners to steep downhills through the woods and even a popular old downhill slope. Great food, too. The prices are very reasonable and the friendly owner is not out to make money but instead wants to ensure that people enjoy their visit. * White Grass is a true gem. We drove through snow and ice on a January night to find this remarkable and most unlikely of restaurants. We are so glad we did! * Despite a busy Saturday night we were greeted immediately and were seated at a table where we could watch the Celtic musicians play nestled amongst t-shirt racks and cross country ski shoes in this house that doubles as a ski shop when not serving top notch meals. The atmosphere is cozy, warm and so inviting we returned the next night as well. * Friendly and cozy is all fine and well but White a Grass is serving up the meals to match. I had a beef and Guiness kind of stew that made me feel like I was back in Ireland. There is also a terrific wine and beer list - I never thought I'd be drinking Chimay in West Virginia (no offense). * If you find yourself anywhere near to Davis, WV go out of your way to visit this unique, delicious and inspiring spot! * Great place for cross country skiing. I highly recommend this place. Great trails, great rental gear, great food in their lodge. This place is excellent! :-) Ski in the day then hang out and enjoy the live music!

Most all skis have been hot waxed this week and buffed with F4 for max glide and easier turning. We have lots of nnnbc boots on sale for cheap in the breezeway from our rental rack. At least 20% off about anything and we are ready to MAKE A DEAL from now until the fat lady sings...chip

Am coming Saturday and looking forward to it. I was there last on Jan 25 and it snowed on us all day but made for great conditions. Hoping for same this weekend. Here is a pic I took from January, thought I would share. Jeanine

There's WG disciples everywhere. This was at the local "coffee shop" Dan Coogan, Ft. Collins, CO

Athey Lutz by Mechanic Dave * The Birkie had a record crowd of 10,300 skiers this year, along with single digit temperatures, lots of powder and a 15 mph headwind at the end on Lake Hayward. In short, typical Whitegrass conditions! Ray Phaneuf and Cristina Loglio

White Grass is home of the tele turn. Thanks Chip Chase for all the glades cleared with love and might for nords to turn their hearts out! Sue Haywood

Martin Radigan & Marc Shaffer

The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth, dwelling deeply in the present moment and feeling truly alive. Thich Hanh

Joel

Tucker Community Foundation Say hi to the chili for me! Jonathan Jessup

BB Biathlon Results

February 9, 2014
1) Owen Klimas: 5:30 2) Roland Moylan: 5:50 3) Iris Dubansky: 6:28 4) Ava Stallmeyer: 6:43
5) Sammy Klimas: 8:57 6) Mason Powell: 9:49 7) Mickey Issenburg: 10:18 8) Emma Ujvagi: 10:24
9) Avah Behrens-Wik: 11:54 10) Mia Wheedleton: 12:00 11) Adelaide McCann: 14:46
Also participating: Wyndy Rausenburger

February 8, 2014
1) Bennett Cullison: 14:06 2) Ava Stallmeyer: 17:55 3) Mia Wheedleton: 16:55 4) Colt Coffman: 15:02
5) Max Stallmeyer: 15:51 6) Alex Ornee: 16:00 7) Nash Coffman 17:21 8) Julius Boxer-Cooper: 22:04
9) Mason Powell: 26:19 10) Nate Powell: 37:27

January 18, 2014
1) Stephen Vieno: 5:50 2) Flynne Schierkoll 18:44 3) Gabe Schierkoll 19:40 4) Ozzie Connerman 20:54
Also participating: Harrison Parsons, Culton & Marilyn & Eric Brown

January 5, 2014
1) Ian Brown: 5:00; 2) Case Eshelman: 5:15; 3) Chase Sutton: 5:18; 4) Owen Klimas: 6:27;
5) Christopher Brown: 7:29; 6) Nikolas Ivanov: 8:33; 7) Sammy Klimas: 9:44;
8) Avan Behrens-Wik: 10:27; 9) James Ivanov: 10:49; 10) Emma Aujvagi: 10:55;
11) Iris Dubanski: 11:04 12) Amelia Sutton:

WG newest skier...Friday night at 9:14 we welcomed Maisie Elizabeth Radigan to our family. She was 6 lbs 11 ounces. Mom and baby are doing well. martin and abby

Sully

Good times! As always, had a blast. Joe Sizemore

Andrew Famille ...heading to Rogers Pass, Canada

Mountain State Marathon Results January 26, 2014 ...when you nurture and develop a race over 32 years you get 20 racers, will send them to the Marine Corps Marathon to bolster numbers.
1) Roland Moylan, Oakland, MD, 15:50
Women's 25K Classic
1) Michelle Kelly, Pittsburg, PA, 2:35
Men's 25K Classic
1) Sean Kelly, Pittsburg, PA, 1:51 2) Louis Hart, Wheeling, WV, 2:33 3) Keith Fredlake, Gainsville, VA
Women's 25K Skate
1) Alicia Cruz-Uribe, State College, PA, 2:03
Men's 25K Skate
1) Vince O'Connell, Athens, OH, 1:27 2) Andrey Revyakin, Ashburn, VA, 1:28 3) Greg Haskay, State College, PA, 1:35
4) Don Nichter, Carlisle, PA, 1:53 5) Brian Joly, Pittsburg, PA, 1:56 6) Newt Rogers, Oakland, MD
Women's 10K Classic
1) Charlie Waters, Canaan Valley, WV, 0:55 2) Leah Fredlake, Gainesville, VA
Men's 10K Classic
1) Rick Balestri, Washington, DC, 1:06 2) Will Spaulding, Charlottsville, VA, 1:11 3) Stephan Moylan, Oakland, MD, 1:18
Women's 10K Skate
1) Andy Notopoulos, Red Creek, WV, 0:44 2) Sue Haywood, Canaan Valley, WV 0:46
Men's 10K Skate
1) Mark Simonin, Parkersburg, WV, 1:07
A tribute to our friend Scott Pleban, who has won this race many times and was hit by a car cycling and is still in a year long coma.

Marc MUD

Always nice to be in the Wasatch but the snow is kinda rotten here. You all are loving the great snow and the even greater SMILES. Looking forward to being back there to enjoy it with you all. Ps the good folks at Winter ildlands Alliance send you their best. Johnny * Skiing in NOVA Kathy Sawyer

Here in Saranac Lake there isn't much snow but there's a lot of ice. Tomorrow we'll try to ski but today we got a time-lapse of the ice palace being built. Check it out if you have time, it's kinda quirky: Miss you, see you soon! Vicky and Eric

So psyched for you guys right now! Looks like a great weekend had by all. We are jonesing for it here - two weeks of high pressure and skinning over bare (wind scoured) ground on the way to the continental divide to sniff out powder. Last weekend, we bachelor partied it up in Marble, where we certainly enjoyed the benefits of prolonged high pressure (see attached photo on Marble Point with some familiar faces). If you haven't been there, it's WELL worth the effort. Enjoy all the POW! Richard

Chip - thanks for everything at Whitegrass. It was a fantastic......Nate and Chuck Critchfield and all of Harrison County Special Olympics

Thanks for the snowshoe event on Monday - my wife broke part of her femur when she was young --- So the joy she had when there was a winter sport she could participate in was incredible Here is an interesting article ahead of Sochi Philip Boit and Bjorn Daehlie: Cross-country friends * As Zimbabwe and Togo prepare to make their Winter Olympic debuts in Sochi, Kenya's first international skier recalls the unexpected friendship that turned him into a poster boy for snow sports in Africa John M McGrath

I was over-planning for my 2nd ever trip to White Grass when I found the webcam, and saw the host provider keeps a backlog of images back about a month. I had some time to kill at work so I scraped the pictures and turned them into time-lapse videos. Turned out cool, so I put music to it and added to Youtube. I made these "unlisted", so only someone with the link can find them. Hope you like! .youtube.com *.youtube.com * See you February 1st. * Derek Pangallo


Everybody who skis West Virginia MUST make a stop at Whitegrass. That is absolutely non-negotiable. Moonshine and stoke and nobody does that better than Chipper! Famous Skiers Blog

New Corridor section completed we are now on the far side of town Cary Reed * Every time it snows I don't miss living in Canaan Reese in Elkins * plenty of time before April powder skiing Chris Good

Chip Chase skiing out of Happy Valley, BC last April and the view of Kootenay Lake from our house...hope your ski area is doing well! Ann Brenton

Oliver, Erin, and Janie...Chip's vermont family

RESORTS SEE NEED FOR UPHILL SKIING POLICIES : Ski areas across the USA are in an uphill battle to get a grip on the growing number of snow sports enthusiasts who use the resorts' plowed roads, facilities and groomed slopes without chipping in on the costs by purchasing a lift ticket. Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park, WA, is going through a public comment process to draw up rules and consider setting fees for uphill travel within the downhill skiing concession area it leases from Mount Spokane State Park. "Mostly it's a safety issue," said Brad McQuarrie, the ski area's general manager. "But there are lots of thoughts on how to deal with it." On the other coast, Killington, VT (and by association Pico) has formalized its ongoing relationship with folks that like to earn turns on their nicely produced and manicured product. The move is likely to impact the evolution of on-resort uphill skinning throughout the East, according to Ski The East. The past policy depended on who you talked to, what mood they were in that day, and various interpretations of state and resort policies. Also perhaps how long it had been since the last "close call." Killington's policy set routes to be used and requires a pass. Those who do not have a downhill season pass need to buy a $20 pass. Some other examples: The dramatic increase in uphill trekking in Sun Valley, ID, bans uphill skiers during operating hours, 9am – 4pm; Big Sky and Bridger Bowl, MT prohibit uphill travel in the ski areas; Whitefish, MT has designated two routes uphill skiers may use to access powder runs under their own power. The U.S. Forest Service proposed a rule change this winter that would allow ski areas that lease lands from the federal agency to charge a fee for the uphill skiers. The issue came to a head at eastern resorts two years ago during low snow conditions that prompted uphill adventurers to vie for the same ribbons of man-made snow where resorts' paying customers were descending. Find a link to more information on our Facebook page.

BB Biathlon Results January 5, 2014 * 1) Ian Brown: 5:00; 2) Case Eshelman: 5:15; 3) Chase Sutton: 5:18; 4) Owen Klimas: 6:27;5) Christopher Brown: 7:29; 6) Nikolas Ivanov: 8:33; 7) Sammy Klimas: 9:44;8) Avah Behrens-Wik: 10:27; 9) James Ivanov: 10:49; 10) Emma Aujvagi: 10:55; 11) Iris Dubanski: 11:04 12) Amelia Sutton (? lost in translation)

Skip Brown

Paul Sully dave markgraf

Go Girls USA

ASPEN, VAIL TICKET PRICES SOAR; SNOW GETS PARTIAL CREDIT : Aspen Skiing Co. is charging its highest price ever for a single-day, walk-up lift ticket, thanks in large part to good early conditions that it touts as once-in-a-generation, according to published reports. The SkiCo boosted its single-day, walk-up ticket price to $119 last weekend once all of its ski areas were open. A lift ticket is good at all four mountains - Aspen, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk. The window price is climbing to $124 per day starting today, according to company spokesman Jeff Hanle. It will be reduced to $119 after the holiday period and then go back to $124 during Presidents Day weekend and spring break. Vail Mountain typically runs neck-and-neck with Aspen for the highest lift-ticket price in Colorado.Vail will charge $129 for its walk-up window price for a single-day lift ticket over the holidays if it isn't purchased one week in advance, according to a sales representative. ( The sky is the limit and let me tell you it feels really good to charge a fair price rather than the highest....I have to live with myself.)

32nd Jack Frost * Thanks to the Nook, Mtn. State, Blackwater, Morgantown, and Chestnut Brews

Powder Mag. * Hope you guys had a fantastic Jack Frost and are catching some of the precip from the winter storm. Just wanted to say hello from my new home in Driggs, ID! It was -25 the other night, but that means light and fluffy snow, and we have a pretty solid 50 inches at the base of Targhee. I've got tons of space for guests so come on out for a visit and please, extend the welcome to all my friends at WG. Miss you guys! Love Gabby (pic from Super Sandy, WV 11/12)

Earliest Skiers From Asia * Timeline skis Nat''l Geo

The weather around here is like watching stock futures Skippy Dan * Pickens, WV (1950) Maximum snowfall from a single storm (state) A total of 57.0 inches.* We are inspired by ideas on TED.com

hi school buddy Mark Greenhouse/npr Chip, Thesbian 1971 Mt Vernon,VA three up from big finger holdin' playwright and actor Bob Zudicker * My sister's class president, our neighbor in hi school, Mt. Vernon / Yahoo's Tim Koogle.

check out the dream time shark byte video that we toured with master wood worker tele guru Rocket Robish / Bayliss Boats, NC

Beautiful day on the mountain Saturday. Thanks for creating such a great place. John Pgh, PA Mark Anderson

FAST COMPANY PROFILES PRIVATE VERMONT SKI CLUB : An article in Fast Company Magazine about the high-end Hermitage Club in southern Vermont points to some friction as well as potential benefits of having a local mountain turn into a luxury private club.In 2011, Jim Barnes bought Haystack Mountain and the adjacent golf course for $6.2 million and launched the Hermitage Club. Barnes's master plan includes more than 100 deluxe on-mountain and off-mountain homes, a $15 million hotel, and a $3 million airport expansion. million 80,000-square-foot Club House, scheduled to open in November, has 14 spa and treatment rooms, a movie theater, and an edit suite for GoPro helmet cams.
As is true in many resort towns, there's a discrepancy between the incomes of tourists and local workers. Median household incomes in the towns of Wilmington and West Dover are $45,536 and $47,500 respectively. Second homes play a huge role in the local economy, accounting for 61.6% of homes in Wilmington and 80% in West Dover, and the Valley deeply depends on the large disposable incomes of seasonal and weekend visitors.Tourism in Wilmington was temporarily sidelined in 2011, when flash floods caused by Hurricane Irene wiped out 40 businesses with 120 employees in the town center. The town is rebounding, thanks in part to the Hermitage Club, which has added 300 full and part-time jobs to the local economy, contributed $30 million to the local tax base, sponsored charitable events to benefit The Wilmington Fund, and promoted the Deerfield Valley as a vacation destination. While not everyone is excited about the privatization of Haystack Mountain, full-time residents can ski there by purchasing an $85 lift ticket and showing their driver's license. And Barnes's ambitions for the community extend far beyond the resort. He believes the Deerfield Valley could be a major arts and recreation hub on par with the likes of Telluride. The Independent Television and Film Festival is now based in Dover after a seven-year-run in Los Angeles. And if that happens, it's good for the entire economy of the region.

I thought this pic of Chris Hoy and son Winston was stellar and telling of yet another epic day in your wonder park. Note, that our Sunday morning WG playtime was enjoyed down to the minute, as Winston made it back to Charlottesville for his 4pm shift (new job)... with 5-minutes to spare! And again, thanks for being so cool about my son Jac snowboarding on your WG terrain park. It literally made his weekend when Morgan and the trail groomin-mobile dudes came rolling by... they were thoughtful to give him on the fly applause-props for (almost) shredding the grind-tube (he is really learning how to crash well). til next time! Johnny Compton

Great conditions. Charlie and I did a big tour up to Bald Knob then down with many off trail runs. He's inspired to do backcountry skiing. He also took a liking to my 200 cm Fischers... And somehow was able to ski up and down no problem including a fancy telemark hockey stop. Got to find that boy some metal edged skis of his own so I can get mine back. See you again soon! Paul Hess...To the entire Staff at White GrassThanks so much! We had 8 Scouts and 3 Leaders there Saturday. We had an excellent time! All staff were wonderful, cheerful, kind and helpful. All of us hope to come again. What a great trip. Thanks again for everything. Greg Campbell Troop 1071, BSA

Good times @ cafe by Jacelyn Swenson * Super awesome day! Sun is brighter, people are nicer, toast is tastier at WhiteGrass! Cya real soon! Bert & Robert

We had a great weekend of four-season winter fun. In addition to fine spring skiing, we enjoyed ice dancing, the waterslide, apre ski slope side sunbathing and Casey's bird walk. Thanks for taking care of our friends the Sheridan family. See you in a few, Mark & Betty Gatewood (pic by chip from Foggy PB)

NATO * Cooper followed the Hoffman family to Baldy. Busted!

I'm so glad you liked the video. I know I speak on behalf of everyone when I say we had a truly amazing experience at White Grass. Such a magical place. It stands as one of my favorite places to visit and stories to write, mainly because of the incredible folks like yourself that we met along the way. Beginning in May I'll be living on the road out of a camper for one year, traveling for the magazine throughout the region. If I don't see you before then, you can expect I'll be spending at least a few weeks next winter in Canaan Valley. Cheers to new friends and adventures to come! Much love from Charlottesville. Jess

Thanks a ton. Had a great time. Hope to get out again. Baldy Thursday. Smooches to you, Laurie and the kids!- Bert

Just a note to say thank you, as always, for an incredible time at Whitegrass.  I rented one of your sleds over Presidents Day Weekend and hauled all my gear up into Dolly Sods so I could sleep in a snow cave for the first time!  I'm no engineer but it served its purpose, and the scenery was spectacular!  Thanks for inspiring me to take advantage of all that winter offers and tear myself away from the television to go enjoy nature! Best wishes, Alex G

We had a great time along with our friends Terri and Pat last weekend at White Grass. It was the best snow of the season anywhere we have been! Dinner was fantastic as usual, and we enjoyed the White Grass ambience, including waiting for our dinner among the rental gear. It was like being in the inner sanctum of the ski gear world... I've attached a couple photos from the weekend, including the one photobombed by Emay. We hope to get down again before the season is over. May the snowflakes fly! Chris and Tom Hong

We had an great Presidents/Valentines Day weekend in Canaan. The conditions were epic. See the attached photo of my gals on Cabin Mountain trail - we took lift up at Timberline, came over on Forest Rd 80 and Cabin Mt, then up Stonecoal Ridge Trail from the back (with Ellie leading the way) to Ashram before zooming down Stonecoal/Powderline/Upper Falls. Unfortunately, I then had to ski back to Timberline on the lower trail to get the car while Hillary and Ellie relaxed in the WG lodge...See you soon, Bill

Chip, Laurie, and the Whitegrass gang, After waiting for years for my wife to retire or semi retire a plan is now well underway. We will be moving permanently to San Francisco, America's most beautiful and cosmopolitan city, 3 hours from tahoe's ski areas. Our daughter and family are in the East Bay as is one of my sisters. Downsizing our "stuff" and other preparations have been underway for some time and we hope to sell the house and move in the spring or early summer.
We'll be leaving behind many great friends, many at Whitegrass. Thanks for the memories of good times and good turns shared. I have probably made my last turns in the east. I am in CA now with season passes at Kirkwood and Sierra at Tahoe. Our daughter and family have theirs at Kirkwood. Make some turns for me and look me up if you are in Tahoe. Affectionately, Denis Bogan

The spirit of the Chickadee anoints my wife Ellen at the Bald Knob shelter, 2/16/14. Happy to have been part of a record setting weekend for you all, though the lodge was crazy! Such wonderful snow. Best regards, Mark Stromdahl

My husband and I visited Whitegrass this very busy weekend. Our 2nd or 3rd time at Whitegrass. I finally got into the groove and have decided we need to come back (from Northern VA) in about 2 weeks. We've decided we want to buy our own equipment, i think you sell your rental gear at season end, is that right? Any chances of buying a XC Ski package in 2 weeks? if yes, what kind of price would that run? Thanks - hoping for more snow!! Renee & Vince Amodeo...yes we sell all our gear either new or used for about $350 with the retail being $550...nnnbc boots, leki aluminum poles, rossi evo trail ski, please help us out and buy, buy, buy! chip

Bill and I had a great time xc skiing with our dog Grady on Monday.  Thank you for opening some of your trails to our four legged friends.  We always have a fun time.  Grady loved his Scooby Snack by the way! We were out in Canaan from Wed night until Monday afternoon - what an incredible 5 1/2 days.  And it's always memorable camping during a big snowstorm! Best, Gale and Bill

Red Dress Hash @ Chaga Todd's last Sun. by Vicki Weeks

Never been so happy to be unable to find a parking place. Been season passers off and on for several years. Will be full time in WV retirement, not soon enough, and will be able to enjoy WG all week long. SO happy for Chip and WG crew! Chris Longe

Hi Chip, Laurie, and ALL the Whitegrass staff, Whitegrass nurtures the body, mind, and spirit - there is no compare! Nothing like a Whitegrass cookie to bring out sibling love. The affection for Whitegrass and one another is real no doubt. But mom knew Christopher had secret motives, hoping his affections would prompt Lily to share her cookie with him. And she did. I love that Chip is there in the background, sharing the love, smiles all around. Christopher thrilled in breaking new ground on the snowfarm. Heaven! Enjoy a deep breath and a rest after bringing joy to so many this weekend, xxoo Jen, Skip, Lily, Christopher & Ian Brown

Dear Chip & Family :), Thank you for a great time. My friends and I toured the quiet pine forest on Sunday through Breakfast bowl, Ashram Rock, Stonecoal Flats and Cabin Mtn Trail. We fed the birds, compared snacks and shared flasks at the huts at Powderline and Baldy Grove. We met up with friends from near (Columbia Heights) and far (Carolina) on your trails. Gobbled the rum balls at Tip Top and soaked up the last ounce of the weekend ... then sadly made our way home today. Next time, we will bring kimchi. Anne

Workin' hard, playin' hard, & meeting my furry-hat-twin. All in a wild, wonderful, winter wonderland holiday weekend at good old Whitegrass. Kelly

Avery's First Ski Stacy Small Thanks Chip et al for an awesome time as always...sure we'll be back a lot more often now that Macey got bit by the x-country bug! Catch you all next time....Cecilia Lane

Last run of the day after 3 perfect days of skiing, feet blistered and big smiles as I left CV yesterday afternoon. Thanks again for everything you do to enhance the spirit, see you all soon ! Eddie

I made it up this weekend to take my Fiance skiing for her first time. The conditions were epic, she had a blast, and we're planning a return trip. I always enjoy the fun atmosphere that surrounds your great establishment. Looking forward to many more memorable visits. Huge thanks to you and everyone else. You all do a great job! Zach Parsons

So sad to have missed you guys this weekend, but we got dumped on…..24" on Heards Mountain just south of Charlottesville. It was a great opportunity to ski local. I got 5 full days of sweet mountain touring on single track, double track and fire roads, as well as a day on the Parkway and AT. It was the same group of suspects. All that was missing was the Whitegrass vibe and associated goodness. See you next weekend. Chris Hoy

Been great snow all around Appalachia lately eh? Had to stay home and enjoy 2'+ of snow on the local cow hills. see ya soon Sully

There are not enough superlatives in Webster to describe how special our time has been here....This has been a wonderful time and we will both be back! Cleve and Alice, Crozet, VA

I came to Colorado looking for backcountry but all I found were people fly fishing. Alex Pharis Knob, WV by John Regan

everybody smiling! I think I actually heard Ullr roar out on upper Springer today, right before I took a face plant in the deep stuff.Today on the long slogs uphill I thought of some fun uphill skiers mottos: What comes down, must go up.Visualize Global Cooling Simple but seemed profound at the time :) Hey a safety note, we saw a nasty widow maker snag tree prepared to fall on somebody... It's over the last section of trail going up to the round top shelter, just above double trouble and below the round top meadow. If your groomer guys look for it it's an obvious hazard right over the trail. Thanks as always for your hospitality! The skiing was epic, the food unbelievable, but as always the people take the cake. Hope to catch you again this winter! Cheers Matt from PA ....Here's a nice set of turns we did in the Bald Knob trees:

my wife barbara (bridey) and I (pedro) had an exquisite, sublime climb up to bald knob on valentine's day…i even got to make her an impromptu card in the shed on three mile trail: we really dug the snow banks on Powderline, too. The food back in the cafe was exquisite, paired with a mountain state stout… slainte, pedro & bridey jameson, ligonier

Joel

Enjoy your winter bliss! I hope to get down next weekend so save some powder.John McCluskey Pgh, PA

Willy Love in cold Montana... heck with the shot ski!

Master Naturalist class weekends this year will be April 4 – 6, May 16 - 18, July 11 - 13 and August 1 - 3rd. (The Saturday, May 17th classes will be held in Elkins, WV in conjunction with the Tygart Valley Chapter). Classes are held from 6PM to 9PM on Friday, 8AM to 9PM on Saturday and 8AM to noon on Sunday and are held at the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitors' Center on Route 32 in Canaan Valley. Bring your own lunch and dinner. Cost for the program will be between $125 and $150 depending on the number of students. The fee includes a $40 manual from DNR. If people have questions about the program or classes, please have them E-mail me (ADalton2000@yahoo.com) or give me a call 304-866-7037 as soon as possible. A decision will be made by the last week in February if the program will be held. For more information on the program, go to the DNR website or the Advisory Committee's website www.mnofwv.org. The Tygart Valley Master Naturalists will offer the Master Naturalist program in Elkins again this year on a more relaxed schedule of 2 classes each Saturday once a month for most of the year. If people prefer this format, please contact Tommy Zeitz at 304-866-7418 or tezeitz@aol.com.

Glad I was wrong.....NWS beat the pants off me on this one. The storm injtensified so much it rolled right over the Allegheny Front with no problem. I suspect Dolly Sods and Mt. Porte Crayon got over 15 inches. Your Fearless Weather Captain is down but not out.18 inches so far here at my house 25 miles North of DC.

My reward after a day of skiing. LOVED it! Hoping to come back at least two more times before spring comes. You guys ROCK!! Bonnie Lytle

Took this one a few weekends ago. Been meaning to send it your way but keep forgetting. One of all time favorite ski pics I've taken. Says a whole lot about how awesome XC skiing is. Can't wait to get back up there!! Dave Wray

herez some cool shots I snapped of your snow groomer crew earning hazard duty pay comin' down the steeps from Sat 2.8 Sully

WINTERGREEN RESORT, VA, FOR SALE TO 'RIGHT PERSON' : The owner of The Greenbrier resort said last week he's interested in selling Wintergreen Ski Resort, VA, according to published reports. Jim Justice told The Associated Press he would sell "if the right person comes along that I think is the right fit." He bought the resort for $16.5 million in June 2012. But Justice considers himself a hands-on owner. And with a wide variety of demands on his time that include The Greenbrier, his coal and other properties, his involvement in the PGA Tour's Greenbrier Classic and coaching high school basketball, Justice said he's had no chance to visit Wintergreen. Several upgrades have been completed at Wintergreen, including a larger water storage tank for snowmaking capabilities and restaurant improvements. Justice had high praise for Wintergreen General Manager Hank Thiess and said the resort is financially sound. Justice didn't indicate a selling price but said he's had multiple inquiries about Wintergreen. YELLOWSTONE CLUB FOUNDER ORDERED TO PAY MILLIONS: A federal judge has ordered Tim Blixseth, founder of the Yellowstone Club, WY, to pay at least $13.8 million for violating a court order by selling an ocean resort in Mexico that was part of bankruptcy proceedings, according to published reports. Blixseth is to pay the full value of the Tamarindo resort at the date of its transfer or its sale price of $13.8 million, whichever is greater, U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon said in his order Monday. In December, Haddon ruled Blixseth was in contempt for selling the property in the state of Jalisco in 2011. The judge said Blixseth took a deliberate, calculated course of conduct that contravened a bankruptcy judge's order in the bankruptcy proceedings against him. Blixseth, a Washington state resident, founded Montana's ultra-exclusive Yellowstone Club before the resort went into bankruptcy in 2008. He has put most of his assets into a Nevada trust out of the reach of his creditors. The club has since been reorganized and emerged from bankruptcy under new ownership.

a man outstanding in his field...Brain Hart Yes, A man out standing in his field. Matt Moore pic by Vicki * ....bird meets rabbit by Mark Anderson

snapping away with her telephone...Sue Haywood

Ice makes you ski faster and more better Ghandi * Ever been to WG...I don't like xc skiing, tofu, or girls with patchouli oil... * Powder steering * throw out the anchor...

The conditions were truly awesome. Eric Goodman * Came up to WG on 29-30 January and met you as you came down from 3-mile sitting warm and comfy inside the grooming machine. You came out of the machine and we talked for a couple of minutes before I headed up into Nat'l Nordic Nirvana. The 29 th was quite cold, (-18 C) had to pay attention to the face going downhill, but what a temp difference there was between the 29th and 30th. Anyways, your trails were excellent both days. Hats off to your trail maintenance crew! Your trails and their excellent maintenance and grooming, regardless temperature is what I enjoy most at WG. I notice a comment from 'Huntley' who states that the difference between WG and Norway is that the rednecks ski in Norway. Well.. just about everyone ski in Norway, there are even a couple of old Norwegians skiing at WG as well! Keep up the good work, and hopefully the wife will give me another 'ski pass' now that the snow is back. As you say, "The snow is there-gotta use it " Mange takk og hilsen fra Jo S.

2 sweeps * super duper great to have Cindy and Jon Robeson @ sunday wg xc party Myer House B&B Thanks for a great day! Our kids had a blast in the clinic, biathlon, and working in the snow fort. And it's snowing! Adam Issenberg (the only place closed at wg was an icy sidehill without snow...what to do with kids.)

HOUSE SHARE * 2 BR IN 3BR HOUSE TO SHARE * Available are two large bedrooms in a 3 bedroom house to share for the season through April 1st. There is a large kitchen, one full bath, and one half bath in home – also large living room, washer dryer in home. The house is very spacious and located right in Davis on Henry Street, walkable to shops only a few blocks away. $250/month per room. (Pro-rated for the month of February.) This is a great deal and you'll have a room to yourself to not have to haul your ski and snow gear every time you go to the Valley! Please contact Stacia at docstacia@gmail.com or 703.401.1755 if interested One month security deposit and lease agreement required. Thanks for looking! Stacia "Give blood...ride a mountain bike"

The Great Lakes are largely frozen over with the entire lake system now at 79 percent ice covered as of February 6, 2014. This is the highest amount in 20 years. Continued much-below normal temperatures for the entire Great Lakes region this week will only increase the frozen surface coverage. There is now a chance this winter will set an all-time historic high level of ice for the Lakes as a group. The ice data goes back over 40 years. Lake Superior has hit a record high 92 percent ice cover. It broke it's 1994 all-time record of 91 percent. Lake Erie which is the primary contributor to lake-effect snows in the WV high country, is now 95 percent frozen which will shut off the downwind lake-effect snowstorms for the rest of the winter. Lake Ontario is only 29 percent frozen but it's the 2nd deepest of the lakes (more heat is stored). Your Fearless Canaan Weatherman

Zach Deputy...good people

Can't express how HAPPY White Grass makes us.....the whole King clan still BUZZIN from todays session....little touring with the pups...little powder stash for us.....Thanks WHITE GRASS thank you Chip...thanks to the whole Chase family and all the folks that make it happen there..and all the folks that come together there.... all the energy — Lang and Chrissy

Thanks for getting me into skiing, it's probably the best thing I have done for my life. There's nothing more exhilarating than cutting a mean turn at high speeds, or the feel of my beard freezing as I b-line it down a slope. Bij

Vicki shooting Mr. Jeff in the National Nordic

Clythie Clarken * 2/6/14

what a great new thing! Back Bone Kids Go! Accu

Megan McGee with quote from 2002 web (likely chip)

zip line in canaan valley * Thousands of men each year will die of stubborness....NO WE WON'T! on Mr. Jeff's big smartphone

frostyness Vicki Weeks Escalator by Bill Fisher * XC Boot Sole Repair Seattle,WA sent by Walter Haydel

We always have such a great time at WG! Your hospitality is wonderful and the food out of this world. All your staff is so kind and helpful with our needs! Keep the snow coming for a big season. Mineral County Special Olympics Trina Melody and skiers Morgan, Custer, Joel, Sutherland, and James

TNC had a big push at the end of the year promoting a story on the local Canaan Fir that got picked up by the Washington Post and over 50 news outlets across the country and as far away as Japan. Also featured in a good video on the same topic: I hope you are having a great winter so far! Best, Mike Powell, Canaan Valley WV

Conditions are Primo (highest rating possible) throughout SHWMA this morning. Jodie and I skied out early across the Big Field to the Big Hill, then Northside to Cheat View, where I took the attached shots. (Notice the teensy bit of open water on the Cheat in the sunrise shot. You don't see that every year, or even every decade!) After Cheat View we cruised on out to Table Rock, then home by way of the Hoops. All the way, the snow was pretty well ski-groomed and packed but friable, like a good tasty sno-cone. Good glide, fun downhills, can't be better. We're back all sweaty and ready for work. The weather report says it's going to be in the mid-30s today but overcast, so conditions should hold. Then tonight: rain, sleet, snow, so who knows what we'll have. Later, Strat, Morgantown, WV

What an incredible day of cross country skiing at White Grass. If you've never been, put it on your bucket list. Thanks to Chip Chase for an amazing ski trip. If you ever get the chance to meet this local legend, your life will truly be better for it. gooutsideandplayToni Lynn * XC Canaan Land of Milk and Honey Blue Ridge Outdoors sent by Jason Espie * "Chip, like our father, has never met a stranger. You feel like family at White Grass and I don't even ski!" Linda Lange

Enjoyed skiing at Whitegrass and the food in the café very much. Only had to wait 2 days to ski here for 2 days. We had about 6-7 inches. Hope to get back up there as soon as possible. Best regards, Melvin Twiddy, Jr.

Hope WG gets some of this action! Best, Bill Henry

Dear WG staff, My husband and I skied your trails and had a lovely time. We got a little late and ended up just enough energy to ski back to our cabin. Here are the trail fees with a little interest. Thanks for all that you do! Sincerely, Suzanne

Snowman smoke and are obese...I guess that's why they have such a short life...

Whitegrass gear + Whitegrass practice = tele at Powder Mountain. Here with Paul Gideon and his daughter Mary. First day was closed due to high winds and one lift still not open due to avalanche hazard. Lots of glades. Back Sunday Bob Gideon

Happy Ground Hog's Day from Mark and Betty Gatewood


Collectors item * I found this when going through our flooded basement. It is classic WG! I was still young then! Peace, Jeff

We returned from the Adirondacks last night and can't wait to ski at Whitegrass tomorrow! We skied part of the Jackrabbit trail near Lake placid which I found out was made in part by the worlds oldest cross country skier 'Herman "Jackrabbit" Smith Johannsen. He skiied for over 100 years and lived to be 111 Years old. A great short movie was made about him. Check it out! A great goal for every cross country skier to aspire to. I have also include a few pics from our trip See you soon. Eric & Vicky * Jack Rabbit

We were not alone! Mike and Christi

Sorry this is late but given today's precip, this could be a pick me up. I took this while sitting outside with one of your IPA's in hand, at sunset, and things simply couldn't be better. Hopefully you'll be getting snow today while those of us in the low country are getting rain. Dan Shewbridge

Love back to you Aimee

I spied these incredible ice falls and ice cave in Flatrock yesterday. Wishing for six more weeks of cold & snow!! Kevin Keane

We Love WG! Rain fell we drank the fog pearls that condensed on the firs and we skied the Nordic Nationals without a soul in sight. Thanks for showing us your junk skis fashioned out of a bisected snowboard. You really must mount them skate thingy blades and take a group out onto the Blackwater. Don't worry - winter will return just like that snowball hurtling towards the camera. Kira, Robert and Marianne

Thanks Amy for the Winter Wildlife Signs Walk

Bill Koch will always be an important part of our history, but we're looking forward to giving him some company in the record books. Kikkan Randall

Hey folks, Thanks for putting on the 25k last weekend. It was fun and it was a nice surprise to find some good skiing just a few hours from Athens. Cheers,Vince O'Connell Athens, OH & Craftsbury Common, VT

Sunday, February 9th at the Old Brick Playhouse IT was so cold that the crust went back to powder and it was healed Andy * Pic by Sue Haywood...Awesome day and what a killer ski week...skiing sunrise to sunset! Sue

Chip – Thank you very much for helping make last Saturday a great day for the Scouts of Troop 29. The weather was perfect. Your staff and facilities are wonderful. The boys and their parents had a great time and are already talking about another trip next year. Best wishes for a great winter. Bo

hi Chipper - wishing we could be out there but life, work and kids all have been not allowing. Lucky us that it's been as good as it gets for DC in winter. Skate skiing the towpath everyday for a week and ice skating pretty much every day too. It aint Whitegrass but it's not too bad…see you soon. - SKIP

Local Gisela Yoga and Thai Massage * The usual followed — beer, chili, moonshine, music, and general festive insanity White Grass style Andrey

Highland Market

Pete Seeger played Augusta in Elkins where the audience sang his songs back to him after he started the first verse. Never seen anything like it. Dancing like a kid with his banjo. Judy LaPrade picked him up at the airport, her stories are sweet.

thanks so much for allowing us to capture footage last weekend at Whitegrass for Episode 3 of Mountain State Overland. We've got lots of good material to work with and we plan to get the film rolled out during February; we'll send it out for your review before we promote it - I'm sure you'll be pleased.The campsite was solid too. Protected us from the elements and served as a great location for people to see some nuts winter camping; Saturday night was no joke! Jason Specht * Web: mountainstateoverland.com

Thank you, White Grass, for making my pulse quicken at the sight of your flags, my lungs filling with the beauty of the mountain, and my appetite satisfied with luscious short ribs. Almost heaven? You bet it is! Lisa Crews Gillogly

 

John Regan slicing colorado


Ran into this proud whitegrass alum on the gondola in vail Colorado...WV's Greg Berry! Patrick McCalley

bb biathlon # 2 * January 18, 2014 * 1) Stephen Vieno: 5:50 2) Flynne Schierkoll 18:44 3) Gabe Schierkoll 19:40 4) Ozzie Connerman 20:54 * Also participating: Harrison Parsons, Culton & Marilyn & Eric Brown

Leah's Review....Dear Mr. Chip, Thanks so much for renting Garagemahal to me. Usually when I take my mom to West Va she leaves me in a boring motel room while she snowboards. How lame?!? Now we have the ultimate pooch apartment, complete with lots of sun, windows and an amazing trail for me right outside the door. However, most of all, I LOVE the way your Whitegrass place makes my nose taste! Yumma! Yours truly, Leah P.S. Sorry about the yellow snow. I just can't help it.

Snow squalls are common this time of year, especially downwind of the Great Lakes as cold air moves over the warmer lakes. The squalls can produce several inches of snow in a short time and reduce visibility to near zero at times. ACCU RADAR

World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall topped every one of her heats Saturday to take the victory in the Szlarska Poreba, Poland, World Cup sprints. It was the second win in a week for Randall, moving her up from third to second in the World Cup sprint standings.

dc in the news, is that a WG skier....should be, someone email him...

Kid Power by Paul Hess * It's because of you the kids wear skis in the house when they were little. Eileen, Tom, and James

It's been 30 years skiing at WG and we're still going strong... caught this pano. I wish we were there - skis are waxed for some urban touring today along the C&O. Cheers, Kate and Tim

We are sooooo impressed with your successful businesses! I grew up in Leadmine in Tucker Co. and I love the success stories. My parents love your Café (Mark and Norva Warner). And we use the smoked trout dip recipe from the cookbook with the trout we catch in horseshoe... You have a fantastic business and a fun life. :) Thanks for the work you do adding great food and fun to Tucker County.- Joan Carr

Chip: Have you seen this yet? Martin and I saw it last year, and I immediately thought of you…..A lot of history implied, plus great footage on ski-making, Siberian -style. See you and Laurie soon! Nance

local digs 2/15 Tip Top Coffee Shop

Hey, great time skiing on the coldest day ever:) Started with 4F but overheard that Chip set up the temp info with optimism as usual! Thank you for all your help setting up the kids for their great expedition to Bald Knob! See you all soon! Elena and family

Mike Costello * Sittin' in the U.P. getting ready for a 42K skate race tomorrow and listening to bluegrass = wishin' I was at Whitegrass. Roger Bird

It was just last week. I found myself hiking at 10-12 thousand feet elevation to drop in and run the minturn mile out of vail colorado. The snow was deep, my friends were near, the sky was clear. We took a short break at the top. I looked around and thought...damn I miss whitegrass. Cheers to all the good turns back east. -former dc resident * patrick branham

Trying to help our friends at Crystal Lake to strengthen XC Skiing in our region..... Crystal Lake XC The 7th Annual Ski Chase is scheduled for Sunday Feb 9. Jesse

I Anne Jones New! Canaan Child Care comes to you...Sara Litzau • Canaan Child Care on Facebook canaanchildcare@gmail.com • 304-851-1131

Attached is the annual newsletter from the Heart of the Highlands Trail System project. We are proud to share another year of news and accomplishments. To see more, visit us at: Heart of the Highlands Facebook or on our website. Thanks for your support and interest in Heart of the Highlands. Julie

I hope the farm bill that Congress is working on has some generous provisions, including tax breaks, subsidies, grant opportunities, drought and crop failure payments, low-interest loans, and in-kind assistance, for snow farming that you can take full advantage of. Let me know if I need to contact my elected representatives to lobby for the cause. Farm on! dave saville

Kids Clinic was a lot of fun!! Shannon

Check out this very cool blog by a Russian guy who has cobbled together a crazy-looking but very effective bunch of camera equipment with which he makes some gorgeous snowflake photos: Russian guy's snowflake photos(scroll down for the photos) Sarah Anderson

sent from Canada go Eric!

Bill Love Montana, ol' WV friend

Lots of good local XC skiing at Coopers Rock State Forest yesterday! Lots of folks out enjoying it too! David Wray

Rock Creek Park Wash DC snow day by Aaron Wernham


brian gurr at springer orchard 01/03/2014 & New year's thumbs up Mark Anderson * ,I thought you'd like this blog post - 5-reasons-you-should-try-cross-country-skiing Cheers Nimi

Jon Yoder and Wren Gabel were waiting for a waitress to come out and take their lunch order ;) The skiing wasn't the greatest that day but the food was delicious and the atmosphere in the lodge was marvelous, as always! Happy 2014, The Gabels (Ellen, Chris and Wren)

Maine-iacs by Andrew Gault

We groomed extensively overnight and our daily grooming the trails are all buffed out for you. Jackson Touring in NH

thanks for another great weekend. Martin

I'm back from my travels! and ready to start offering yoga classes and Thai massages ones again. Black Bear invited me back to have the classes in their beautiful loft area. Classes will begin next January 6th,Monday evening 6 pm - 1 hour class, followed by a period of meditation for thus who are interested Tuesday mornings 9:15 am - 75 minutes classSunday morning 8:30 am- 1 hour class - stretch before skiing ( I'm open for feedback on the day here, if Saturday is preferred by most I'll be glad to change the day) I'm also available for Thai Yoga Bodywork, please see my website at: www.mettathai.webs.com Gisela

Found a dreamy sleepy place over xmas on the coast of Kenya, white sands, neon turquoise water, rastaman fisherman going out each day in their dugout canoes and returning with tuna and prawns and psychedelic lobsters (like bright blue and red and orange and yellow and green, yep), and then cooking them all up with indian and arabian spices... it was an amazing a place! The people were so kind. I even tried to learn how to kite surf!!! (which is about 20 times less forgiving than learning to x country ski :) ... But in all of it, still a hole for the winter that only Whitegrass can fill.. still my favorite snowy place in the whole wide world. I hope yall are having a wonderful season. Give my best to everyone! Jesse Silver

VARIABLE WEATHER NOT MAKING IT EASY FOR RESORTS : The headline story of the ski season so far appears to be weather so variable that conditions in many areas can go from awful to awesome and back in less than 24 hours. And while there were a number of climatic challenges over the holiday period, many resorts were reporting good crowds. The past week brought some natural snow to the East, offsetting some of the effects of earlier rain, with temperatures and conditions ranging from bitter cold and biting winds to more seasonal. As of Tuesday, the pattern seemed to be repeating itself. Resorts that have good snowmaking have a distinct advantage, but it's not a panacea. As of Monday and Tuesday, the Midwest experienced a "polar vortex" that brought the coldest temperatures in decades to an area that is used to cold. A number of schools and ski areas were closed.That polar air is now moving East and South. For some, it was good news. Cloudmont Ski Resort in Alabama has struggled financially in the last two seasons because it was too warm. Thanks to current temperatures, Cloudmont hopes to stay open until March 15. Last year customers were only able to ski 30 days. Perhaps more troubling is dry weather that is plaguing parts of the West and Northwest. The past year was the driest on record in some parts of the Reno-Tahoe area, and there's little sign this year is going to produce much in the way of different conditions, at least in the short term. Many areas around the Northwest have gotten half of their average snowfall or less. Some have not opened yet and are nervously waiting for snow, according to published reports. So are thousands of workers and retailers who depend on the ski season. And there's little relief in sight. Mt. Ashland and HooDoo, OR; Mt. Shasta, CA; Snoqualmie Pass, WA are among those waiting for more snow, while even at slopes that are open, like Oregon's Mt. Hood and Mt. Bachelor, conditions are reported to be sketchy. Royal Gorge at Donner Summit, CA, announced it will temporarily close its cross country ski trails beginning on Jan. 8 due to a lack of snow. However, Sugar Bowl Resort, which owns and operates Royal Gorge, is open with top-to-bottom skiing. A persistent high pressure area over the western coastal US has deflected the jet stream and the storm track away from the Pacific Northwest further north into Canada," said Jerry Macke, with the National Weather Service. And he doesn't see any change to that pattern in the foreseeable future. The Sierra's larger downhill ski resorts survived the Christmas-New Year's holidays - a crucial period revenue-wise - through the benefit of snowmaking systems. "It's difficult to overemphasize how important those snow guns have proven so far this winter," said John Monson, director of sales and marketing for Sugar Bowl. A New York Times article said the changes to the polar vortex had become more common in the past five years, leading to suggestions that climate change in general, and the decline in Arctic sea ice in particular, may play a role. But most researchers say there is not enough data to conclude that anything other than normal climate variability is involved. This polar vortex excursion is a single weather event directly affecting about 2% of the world.

IS CLIMATE CHANGE TO BLAME FOR THE CRAZY WEATHER? : An article in Boston Magazine last weekend quoted Jeff Crowley, a co-owner of Wachusett Mountain, MA, on the topic of climate change. "We have our fingers crossed, hoping that maybe we're all wrong about this stuff," he said. "Sure, the climate is changing, but I don't think it's going to be drastic enough that [New England is] going to be without snow all winter [in the future]." He said he is working hard to stay optimistic, even if it means indulging in some wishful thinking. "I find myself listening more to the guys who are saying all of this climate-change stuff is not necessarily true. We kind of have to put our blinders on," he said. "Otherwise we would just want to sell our resort." He cited Joe Bastardi at http://www.weatherbell.com. "He is bullish on the ski industry and debunks climate change stories on a regular basis." "I joked with that reporter at the Boston Magazine," Crowley told TSIL. "I said the Crowley family has a hedge on climate change. If the planet warms up, we will simply sell more Polar Seltzer [owned by the family]." He said revenue for the holiday period was "on par with our 5 year average for Christmas vacation. Not bad given we had .75" of rain on 12/22 and 1.7" rain on 12/29." Climate change is measured by evaluating continental to global trends in weather over decades - not events happening over a few days in a little region. For this reason, a fleeting cold wave (or snowstorm) over part of a continent should never be used as evidence for or against climate change. The record shows winter temperatures have risen markedly in recent decades across the northern hemisphere.

Michael Brehl and family skied...in shorts 12/21/13

Celebrated the end of the semester and the start of sabbatical yesterday by skiing at Whitegrass. Freeland Road had 4-5" of not-plowed snow so parked at the church (no snow until Harman hill -- should have brought four wheels instead of two). Jo Jo gave me a ride in. Robby drove me out. Chip Chase was chipper. Skied up to Bald Knob and down, Falls Overlook to Heartland, hemlock forest, mountain streams, back down Fern Gully, tired legs, wobbly ankles, sticky snow better than none. Birthday ski this weekend looking in serious jeopardy so glad to go . . Elliot Van Noy at last year's ski. Rick Van Noy * Pics by Joel Wolpert and Erin Neal

Dear Andy, Doc Rader and Crew, We are writing to express or massive appreciation for ya'lls stellar and warm and delightful care when I smashed my knee last week. Thanks Doc for volunteering your time. We will be back for the dinner we missed and thanks for offering a take away. Happy Holidays and Lots of Snow Matt and Marnie

* I used to be scared of the winter til I met you and in '85 it took me 5 hrs the first time up here and today 2.5 from northern Virginia...

Report From Ole's in Warren Vermont....Thursday, December 19, 2013 A new, fluffy inch has brightened up an already bright snowpack, just a little bit of icing on an already yummy cake. With temps in the mid-20s today, the warmer snow should be glideliciously sumptuous and scrumptuous. Satisfy your sweet tooth with some of the tastiest conditions you'll ever find at Ole's on 20 kilometers. * My first Jack Frost! I'm proud to be living proof that pagan worship of the primitive gods really works! We feasted, we danced, we burned, and the result was almost instant snow. Happy Winter!!!! Kia * Ullr was beseeched, the Whitegrass 'burning man' offering was made from the heart. Let it Snow oh Great Norse Ski God. Shotski and Amen! Creed

Lesley shooting Tommy P 12/18/13 in the endless glades, skiing is good

Martin

The huge warmup this weekend is going to happen as previously advertised with record high temperatures of near 60 possible Sunday . Rain will only be on the moderate side. I now expect only one-quarter to one-half inch out of the cold frontal passage Sunday. Your Fearless Canaan Weatherman has not given up all hope for a White Christmas. While some forecasts suggest partly cloudy skies and cooler temperatures both Christmas Eve and Christmas day, I see the possibility of light upslope snows Monday into Christmas morning squeaking out the one-inch on the ground required on Christmas morning to be officially considered a White Christmas. Still early for this forecast and I will stay in touch on that important one. **** Yesterday/dc.com Denis Bogan

Peter Estin Hut...

We had a great time at Jack Frost and enjoyed seeing everyone! The snows came just as requested and they are still falling, hopefully setting in for the greatest ski season ever. Eric & Vicky

Many days of helpful love from Bill Fischer

Trail Work Weekends so far: 90 people, many on multiple weekends, some staff, mostly volunteers...500 hours ...Smooth and Fast Inc. /// where did it all go?...WG JUNK PAGE

Twas a happy jack! Lesley Missed The Frost Happy in Idaho Robb


PEAK RESORTS TO MANAGE AND UPGRADE WOLF RIDGE RESORT : Peak Resorts LLC has taken over management of Wolf Ridge Ski Resort, NC, according to published reports. The ski area is one of the county's largest employers and a 35-minute drive from Asheville, making it the closest resort to Western North Carolina's biggest city. Peak operates several much larger resorts around the country, including Mount Snow, VT and Attitash, NH. In a press release, the company promised big changes for the small local resort. "Customer service is number one and everything in our business is aimed at providing an experience to our guests like no other. The first thing people need to know is Wolf Ridge is not just a ski resort anymore", said Craig Perkins, principal owner of Peak Resorts LLC. Wolf Ridge Resort plans to immediately start converting into a year-round destination, which includes enhancing the dining facilities by opening the new Mountaintop Grill. Wolf plans on providing weekly seasonal entertainment at the Grill, as well as many other events throughout the year. The New Wolf will have two separate terrain park areas ranging from beginner, intermediate to advanced, with the goal of being one of the best terrain parks in the region. Other changes include a lift-side grill, the expanded Breakaway slope, local Asheville busing options to and from the resort, fundraising promotions and more trails being open earlier in the season.
HIGH COST OF SKIING, LACK OF NEW PARTICIPANTS CONCERN INDUSTRY: Under the heading: "The price of the sport is getting so steep that some believe it may be becoming the exclusive domain of those whose pockets are exceedingly deep," an article by CNBC pointed to some of the statistics which are already familiar to many in the snow sports industry. The high cost of lift tickets, equipment and lodging, while never inexpensive, has been escalating and the sport has seen a significant upward shift in visitor demographics in recent years. Last year, 54% of skier visits came from households earning more than $100,000, a 12.5% increase. However, more than half of ski travelers (as opposed to day-trippers) now buy their tickets at least a week in advance and just under half buy them online, garnering potentially significant discounts by doing so. Sites such as Liftopia, along with season pass deals such as Vail's Epic Pass, make skiing more affordable for "core" participants. The article notes that in itself is the challenge for resorts - and the industry as a whole - because the core audience is getting older and not being replaced by enough new participants to grow the sport. Douglas Quinby, principal analyst at travel industry research group PhoCusWright, said the future of the ski industry looks increasingly like the travel industry at large: a two-tiered market in which wealthier participants are more optimistic, more able to travel and more willing to accept higher costs. The rest, by contrast, are less optimistic and less likely to spend - with one major caveat. Skiers and snowboarders are passionate about the sport, and most will find a way to satisfy their passion. Smaller, accessible, and affordable areas such as Bogus Basin, ID, which was mentioned in the article, are part of the answer. And while there are fewer such areas, some are staging a comeback as community resources.
KOREAN STUDY: ADULT PLAYFULNESS IS GOOD FOR YOUR WELL BEING :Researchers at Yonsei University in the Republic of Korea conducted a study that found completely losing yourself in a sport you love is good for your wellbeing, according to published reports. The study looked at 279 skiing and snowboarding visitors at three resorts in South Korea. To determine how skiing and snowboarding affect life satisfaction and happiness, they assessed three elements after the participants spent some time engaging in their sport: sense of pleasure, level of flow/engagement, and sense of involvement and satisfaction.
Researchers found that the act of skiing and snowboarding did boost life satisfaction and happiness, with flow seeming to have the biggest effect. They found that flow and meaning have superior effects on satisfaction while pleasantness serves as a supplemental effect. The study points out that you don't have to participate every day to get this positive effect. It found that even people who participated in a one-off ski outing experienced benefits.

Jack Frost is hammer'n. thanks Chip Chase for hosting the ULTIMATE SKI PARTY! Crede Calhoun * bellies Peter Wentzel

WG on the President's WV Christmas Tree by Marc Shaffer Garrett College @ WG

every winter hour important Robbie Groovy Groomer

Hey Chipper, Don't know if you have seen this yet, but I found it on the internet. WG got a nod and some serious love in the article.... "In my home turf within a few hours of Washington DC, most of our ski areas don't quite fit my definition because they are set up as both overnight weekend resorts and day-trip areas. There are a couple of mid-Atlantic candidates, however, that I see as anti-resorts. If you've ever been to the White Grass Ski Touring Center in Canaan Valley, WV you would agree it must be labeled an anti-resort. The focus is on Nordic/Cross-Country/Telemark skiing. There are no chairlifts, but if you don't mind earning your turns it's renowned as a quiet escape for touring Weiss Knob (elevation 4,459') and other nearby summits of the Cabin Mountain Range. The onsite and down-to-earth White Grass Cafe serves excellent home-cooked food with a funky, welcoming freeheeler/pinhead vibe." I am looking forward to Jack Frost and doing little snow dances all over the house today. I am even considering adorning my holiday reindeer antler headband with snow decorations for the party (in hopes to please Ullr and bless the valley with snow). Hell, maybe I'll just dress up like a giant snowflake. See you soon, Susie Q

Canaan Valley has lost one of its new age pioneers... Dorothy and Fred were the first skiers I met in the 70's (along with Bobbie & Annie Snyder) . Fred's quote I always remember at one of the first Jack Frost's was "WG is like a hit of the 60's". RIP friends.

For the first time in years we are sorry to miss the Jack Frost Celebration...We will be at home anxiously awaiting the arrival of our lil Next Generation White Grass Snow Seeker! Hoping for a long snowy season, and to make it out for a visit with our new addition AND some homebrew as soon as possible! Sending our best ~ Annie and Kyle // GREAT FANTASTIC NEWS and nothing makes us happier than more mini young skiers. Mike take note on the inventory and buy extra strap on fatties. Makes us real happy hearing from the family at a time like this. Checking In! Written permission to miss Jack, your hall pass is still good. When is the due date so we will be in the cheering section? Rock on and if love can steer the weather here comes snow! chipper

Happy Jack Frost Chippy! We do miss you SO! And our thoughts will be flying your way this weekend, and snow too? ….won't see you for the partay but hope soon and hope floats on top of the snow. So much love fowg. Jeanne Sutton

135 skiable days last winter * 321 season passers * 225" snowfall * started 10/30 off on thru 4/12 * Season before warmest we've skied since the late 70's

We had a big crowd of folks making wreaths. It was a great day, friends, some snow, some skiing, a little chilly, but dozens of folks made over 75 wreaths! Dave * Dave Saville is another prime example of selfless life-loving people that share their energy, hard work, and passion with others freely. How can we be so fortunate?

Bert Taylor

Martin!

There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way. Gautama Buddha

Heading up to Canaan Valley Friday early evening from Richmond, Va and returning Sunday for Jack Frost. If anyone needs a ride up, I have room for up to 6. Bill Fischer, Midlothian, VA (facebook, friends of WG)

BRO * Davis Highland Market

Finally started the season here at the old VT stomping grounds. Surprisingly decent Black Friday snow. Beats the heck out of shopping, doesn't it? Psyched for another fantastic season at Whitegrass!! Looking forward to seeing you and the rest of the family at Jack Frost. Best to you all and happy winter! Johnny * Avery's first WG ski this year! Joel

Very happy that Cory is opening shop. That's a big plus for the mountain. Diane Hinkle * ZZ Ward is like Adele, you will enjoy. Paul * The Annual WV Mushroom Foray is set for the July 25 and 26, 2014

Chip's Blue Ridge bucket list: Annual WV Mushroom Foray in late July near Canaan Valley searching out hundreds of different fungi with the world's best experts
Jack Frost Celebration at White Grass in Canaan Valley coupled with a night ski to Bald Knob and Chip's maple syrup pancake feed the next morning
Dolly Sods Wilderness Plateau in snow conditions where you can backcountry skate and fly, happens a lot of the time
The Mount Porte Crayon Bowls in deep snow where boulders and icy waterfalls are jumped on cross country skis
Canoeing the WV Eastern Mountain Smoke Hole Canyon in an annual rights of spring run with your best friends and lots and lots of pulling over

Skiers, Be on the lookout for a cow which has been running loose in the area of the ski hut and blue trail. Do not approach the cow as it is becoming kind of wild. We just wanted to warn you in case you have an unusual encounter while skiing! FRIENDS OF OIL CREEK STATE PARK

Jack Kangas

WINTER OF 2013-14 STARTING STRONG IN NORTH AMERICA : Thanksgiving marks the opening day for many ski resorts, and for the first time in several seasons, this year looks like it will provide skiers and riders in North America lots of reasons to be thankful. In the East, 18 New England ski resorts have opened for skiing and riding compared to nine last year. From Maine to North Carolina, cold weather and recent snow have allowed resorts to gear up during the past few weeks. Some are already operating; a good number of others start at the end of this week. A winter storm that that swept across the West this past weekend is expected to arrive in the Northeast tomorrow. Snocountry.com quoted meteorologist Brian Clark as saying the likely big winners will be resorts in the Northern Adirondacks of New York and the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. The Rockies are off to a solid start as well, with heavy snow in some areas last week. Park City's KPCW said that another big snow dump could come to the Wasatch, but not until Monday. The Midwest has also profited from recent cold and snow. The Southwest is also starting strong. Ski Santa Fe, NM, will open on Thanksgiving for the first time in nine years. And with its snowmaking capacity and nearly two feet of natural snow, Arizona Snowbowl announced it will open on Friday. With low snowpack in the Northwest, some areas that were open this past weekend are crossing their fingers that they'll be able to stay open (or reopen) for the holiday and subsequent weekend. Stevens Pass closed on Monday but plans to reopen Thursday, while Crystal Mountain said it would reopen for the weekend. A healthy, thoroughly average year of snowfall in the Sierra is predicted. That means cold temperatures and plenty of white stuff as resorts begin opening this week. Kevin Cooper, spokesman for Kirkwood Mountain Resort, CA, was quoted as saying, "With us, 'normal' is absolutely fantastic."

COLORADO RESORTS CONSIDER WHAT LEGAL MARIJUANA COULD MEAN: Colorado's ski resorts are taking the offensive in ensuring the multi-billion-dollar-a-year industry isn't hurt by recreational marijuana stores that are set to open at about the same time many families begin planning their winter vacations, according to The Associated Press. The stores are set to open Jan. 1 near resorts across the state and a handful of companies are offering cannabis-themed ski trips. For Colorado Ski Country USA, whether families consider that as part of their ski vacation plans is important.
CSC's Jennifer Rudolph said the ski industry generates about $3 billion in tourism revenue annually and Colorado had more than 11 million skier visits last year, more than any other state. She said the organization is being proactive in educating the public in what to expect when they come to Colorado to ski. Rudolph said she hasn't heard of anyone deciding not to come to Colorado because of the new pot laws, and it's too early to tell what resorts can expect to see after Jan. 1.

Old Time Ballads in Elkins Dec 12 alert sent by the dancin' Becky Hill * Greetings from IquiQue, Chile, See you at Jack Frost, Love LE

Nordic Ski Exhibit @VT. Museum NATO

Quote from YOGA class: "Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow." Melody Beattie

Hi Chip, Awesome that you have a rental in the area, no one knows the area and appreciates it as much as you do. It must be 20 years ago you gave myself and my husband lessons at Whitegrass. We love the area and visit as often as we can. Now with 2 kids we want to come back and let them experience the areas X country , I can't imagine the more perfect rental then from you ! Deborah

Canaan Valley Institute Is Looking for a Stream Restoration Specialist : We are currently seeking applicants for the position of Stream Restoration Specialist to plan, design, and implement grant-funded and fee-based restoration projects. We are looking for an ecologically-minded professional with experience in natural stream and wetland design to lead and support projects as part of a small, fast-paced, and dynamic team. Project goals may include mitigation, habitat enhancement, stream bank stabilization, sediment load reduction, and water quality improvement. For the full description, please visit the Society of Ecological Restoration's job postings

Hi Chip, Dogs have become HUGE business in just about every market from Halloween costumes to pet health insurance. People LOVE their pets. We won't leave home without Tess but when we come to Canaan we have to leave her moping in the car while we have all the fun. SO - how about hosting a dog day (or two or three), maybe during the weekdays when biz is slower or a Friday afternoon for a couple of hours before closing the trails? The cafe could serve up some tasty chow chow during yappy hour (outside of course). I know all those paws tend to muck things up for the 2-leggeds so that you have to re-grade & of course you would have to charge per dog to attend and make sure the humans are willing to pick up after their pets. I notice on your site that you do offer a few trails but they seem to skirt the best part of White Grass. Maybe you could expand the terrain where dogs are allowed? Just my 2 cents. I'm trying to find a way to come to White Grass more often and to get my hubs to participate in xcountry (he will come and he will ski but he needs a lesson or two on form). Having Tess able to join us would be the cat's meow. Let me know if my idea ever gets adopted. Thanks. Jill Chisholm, Lovettsville, VA

Haven't been down there in a while and need a recharge of spirit and beauty! Best regards, Pat * Hoping for snow soon so I can try em out. Thanks, Wesley

Thought you might like this image- a painting by Leesburg VA artist Penny Hauffe from a scene along the Otter Creek Trail, 2013.Penny and I are happy Whitegrass followers and users.Enjoy the season! Phil Erickson

Laurie & Kimmy: I am eating White Grass Red Lentil Curry soup that I bought from the Highland Market and I am so, so happy. This soup should be renamed "Happy Soup." It is amazingly delicious. Thank you both! Karen Jacobson

New! Davis Highland Market first tracks Andy

First Ski Of The Season Oct 24 * how many great volunteers does it take to make a mountain skiable every year...and we have fun getting the work done...THANKS!

some photos Pat sent me, hope it looks like this soon! Mike Sayre

My house for sale or rent in Davis, WV. It is 3 bedroom and 1 bath. Call if interested (850) 363-4670. Kimberly Anne Johnson * I saw someone else's comment on web page so I thought I would throw mine in. I'm bringing 8 others February 2-8. We've been eye- balling this for a few years and are finally pulling the trigger. Please have snow. Sam McKelvey

The next section of Corridor H is due to open soon, as soon as the WV Gov can cut the ribbon, probably in next 2 weeks or so. IT HAPPENED. This will extend the road up the mountain to Bismark. Should cut another 15 minutes off the trip from DC area. And VA has finally agreed to build from I-81 to Wardensville; they kept telling us "not until 2030 at the earliest/anonymous

Saw some references on your web site to the SnowMageddon winter of several years back. Some of your patrons may enjoy reading this peer-reviewed article published in 2011 on SnowMageddon that appeared in a scientific journal.

Cafe Lunches 11:30AM-4:00PM Daily: Dinners on Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 6:00PM this upcoming winter. Dinners will be served on a first come, first serve basis (no reservations).We will continue to serve you our fresh and tasty casual dining menu prepared in our kitchen here at White Grass. We will be adding to our selection of fine baked goods, some gluten free and vegan options as requested. And there's more...And as always, we will offer a vegetarian option along with our dinner special. Please see our posted menus each month on this page starting in December. See you this winter at White Grass Cafe! Laurie and Staff

we were a little late carving our pumpkin this year so we thought we would celebrate a better upcoming season! Happy Winter, Kate and Andy * Andy Goldsworthy

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Sort notice but----- We are in need of one or two extra sets of hands to complete some in-progress trail work this week --- Tuesday (yep, that's tomorrow) and Wednesday while the sun shines and before the flurries fly again.  You'd be working with Zachary Adams, our HoH trail crew leader, on the Middle Ridge Trail in Canaan Valley State Park.  The walk into the work site is about 1.5 miles one way. The work is leveling logs (so using an axe and/or draw knife to shave the log)  and nailing decking (2x4 lumber with 16d nails) to complete a section of puncheon near where Middle Ridge Trail crosses Club Run.  Most all supplies are on site, so you would only have to carry your own supplies for day (food, water, layers, gloves...).   Work day would be about 8:00 - 4:00, but if you feel comfortable walking in or out by yourself, we're glad to have help for part of the day.Please let me know if you (or someone you know) are interested and available and what questions come up. (pictures of puncheon are on our Facebook page)  HeartOfTheHighlands  Thanks for considering.  Hope to hear from you! Julie Dzaack Project Administrator Heart of the Highlands Trail System   Connecting Trails on Public Lands in Tucker County, West Virginia www.heartofthehighlandstrail.org 

Some of the best colors occur after the leaves are gone. just after sunrise this morning. (11/4) Joe Henry

Took a tour up to the shrine ridge today above Vail pass - tons of snow up there. Miss y'all! Will be around after Christmas! Richard and Lindsay

National Youth Science Foundation Blackwater River Bridge? * driving posts into the snow farm is easy payment for all the good WG karma Andy B.

In Praise of the Anti-Resorts * White Grass Ski Touring Center, WV: Located in Canaan Valley, WV close to Timberline, snowsports activities at White Grass take place on the valley floor and nearby mountains across an elevation range of approximately 3200 to 4400 feet above sea level. Basically, once you climb out of the valley the whole place is a glade, but there are no ski lifts and you have to earn your turns at this cross-country, telemark, Alpine Touring (AT), and snowshoe center. The total skiable vertical drop is 1200 feet. White Grass made national news by offering early season powder turns as a result of the Hurricane Sandy Halloween Blizzard of 2012. Locally, most of our ski areas don't quite fit my definition because they are set up as weekend resorts as well as day-trip areas. There are a couple of mid-Atlantic candidates, however, that I see as anti-resorts. If you've ever been to the White Grass Ski Touring Center in Canaan Valley, WV you would agree it must be labeled an anti-resort. The focus is on Nordic/Cross-Country/Telemark skiing. There are no chairlifts, but if you don't mind earning your turns it's renowned as a quiet escape for touring Weiss Knob (elevation 4,459') and other nearby summits of the Cabin Mountain Range. The onsite and down-to-earth White Grass Cafe serves excellent home-cooked food with a funky, welcoming freeheeler/pinhead vibe.

Here's the web site of Kate Long's new project "Try This WV" and www.trythiswv.com Michael Thompson

Chip, Something to get the stoke going for this season.http://www.dcski.com/forum/78188 Sorry I missed the first snow.I was visiting my sisters in Boston. Denis Bogan (made the second one, though....)


Well you folks in Thomas WV at The Purple Fiddle know how to party. That was a fun Halloween night, thanks for hanging out with us, and taking us up to your local bar for the late night. Good times!!! Today we're off on the long and winding road to Washington, District of Columbia, to play a show at Ebenezers Coffeehouse. Spread the word. We're new to D.C. and would love to find a place to stay for the evening. Cheers! http://www.littlestbirds.net/


Dear Friends,Volunteer trail work days are scheduled for Saturday, October 19th and Saturday, November 9th, both starting at 9:00am. Enjoy the crisp fall days and get some exercise as we trim brush and make sure trails are clear of debris. Call Dottie on her cell phone if you plan to help (570) 419-1736 or send us an email at clski@windstream.net. Please bring a bag lunch. Season passes for the 2013-2014 Winter Season are now available. Rates are discounted if purchased before December 1, 2013. Click on the Season Pass button on our web-site, www.crystallakeskicenter.com. If you prefer to pay by check, Your early purchase of a season pass will not only help us with preparation for this ski season, but insure that skiing will be able to continue into the future. See you soon! Crystal Lake Ski Center Team Crystal Lake Ski Center, Hughesville, PA (570)584-4209

Oct./ Nov. last year!

Happy Halloween!  Your Fearless Canaan Weatherman kicks off November by not in agreement with public weather forecasts calling on Sunday (11-3-13) for "mostly cloudy with a chance of rain...snow and freezing rain in the morning, then partly sunny in the afternoon."  I see rain showers turning to all snow flurries beginning Saturday evening between 10 pm and midnight, with light accumulations, if any, of around an inch or less before winding down mid-Sunday afternoon.Overall numerical guidance continues to suggest a rather mild pattern setting up for the next 10 days or so over the WV high country.  While occasional cold fronts passing through may drop temperatures to near normal for a day or two, there will be a quick return to warmer than average conditions during that period.  At this time, I see no significant winter storms in sight during this period.Your Fearless Canaan Weatherman

The family and I would love it to snow a lot so we can spend our winter vacation at Whitegrass. We all love to xc ski but could definitely use help particularly in going the downward direction without spending time in the ER. I wonder if we could do daily lessons combined with some guided tours? We have been going it alone but I think some instruction would be great. Whatcha think? Thanks, Ben

I love that you have your powder boards and long stick out.I don't make enough trips to Whitegrass but I love every one I do Cheers to the new season. And let me remind you how important comforting and inspirational your Daily Report is esp. for us in more southern climes. I sit down every few days and just work my way through the pics and links till I can make it up to the CV again. You've nailed it, you folks have created such an exceptional and accessible place. Very soon I hope -David * HUGE big hugs back to you and thank you for taking the time to write and mostly stay stoked for winter and canaan and the goodness over at WG. Nothing without you. Get a plan to head up and we can celebrate up close and head for Bald Knob! Really appreciate the email! chipper

sent by Colleen Davies Ryder and Ollie, Chip's grandsons

Hello everyone! Just wanted to remind you that Eva and I will be hosting a 'soft opening' Highland Market Friday, October 25th, from noon-6pm. An Open House, if you will, to offer what we have thus far and take requests for future inventory! Only open Friday for this weekend, so please come and visit us. Lots of items are currently available and many more to come! Cash and check only. Credit, debit and EBT coming soon! What will be available tomorrow from noon-6pm? beef, eggs, coffee, lettuce, kale, bok choi, bell peppers (fresh & frozen), honey, varieties of winter squash, cheese, fresh & frozen bread, garlic, frozen cranberries & raspberries, pumpkin butter, hot pepper jelly, apples, pears, White Grass goodies, gourds, decorative corn, handmade rugs, frozen hot peppers, cabbage, potatoes, dried and frozen tomatoes, tomatillos, granola... and more to come soon! Some items are limited, so don't delay! Hope to see you there! Kimmy

Chippee, Great to apple press w/ you and yours. Can you give the Sugarfoot Stompers some WG love and notify your peeps of our Purple Fiddle show. It's the night of the Zombie Walk. Tack ska du ha, Stephan * Fri Nov 1 @ 2 pm Zombie make-up tutorial * Fri Nov 1 @ 7:30 pm * 3rd annual Zombie Walk * Fri Nov 1 @ 8:30 pm the Sugarfoot Stompers $8 * (zombies only $5!!)

thought you guys would enjoy this. Can't wait to get on the slopes! Charlie Brand * Whitegrass is an inspiration to the sport of skiing Ken Stippa

My snow dance worked! It WORKED!!!! Yippee! Susie White Grass Ski Patrol Maytag Repair Pace

Winter Is Coming Doug Milam * Bridge Day WV

John Sills in Canada this fall * Luke Fleischman

estoria, sheena, and our favorite dog in the world was run over on Freeland . RIP Lilly!

My friends are my heros

When I saw this Barefoot Garden in a forest-themed playground for kids at summer camp in a nearby castle, I couldn't help but recall the two legendarily barefoot men in my life: Chris Bolgiano ...see you at Rye Hill.

Chip Chase, owner of White Grass Nordic Ski Center in WV and a leader in establishing the Canaan Valley Natl. Wildlife Refuge, hiking in Dolly Sods barefootin'

Leaves change color mainly due to a reduction of sunlight. As October progresses, the daylight period is growing shorter and the sun's rays are not as intense. The green cells within a leaf require a certain amount of light. When the light dwindles, the green cells die. This exposes other cells in the leaf, which are yellow, red or orange. In time, not even the bright-colored cells can survive. At this time, the leaf turns completely brown and eventually falls from the tree. Accu Weather

WILD & WOOLY An attempt to tame the challenging trails of WV. "Locals in Canaan Valley are so friendly they're downright Canadian." Graham Averill / MtnBikeMag

I am taking a group over to ski hut to hut in Norway this year, April....interested in joining us. Enjoy the fall colors. Randy French

Saleh Lutz, future extreme skier * The Skiing Lutz family * Cory Chase already there...

Mike Costello / Roaring Plains

Paul Sully / Norway

Marc Shaffer / word clouds The attached photo depicts the fall color transition about as good as it gets. This photo was taken just after sunrise this morning at wetland area where I hangout this time of year. Note the diverse grass species progressing from the waters edge through to the cotton grass and to the ferns in the background. The diverse grass species make the color degradations in the foreground possible. The side light creates the impression of glow in the grasses. Enjoy, Joejosephhenry1@frontier.com * www.canaanvalleyphotography.com * You can see the photos that judges selected from the NNL photo contest at: Many of these photos will also be featured in a Time Magazine online article (date to be determined) Joe Henry

Dolly Sods Martin

Wilderness Keeping the WILD in Wonderful West Virginia * The West Virginia Wilderness Coalition is a proud partner in the Birthplace of Rivers National Monument initiative. Join the movement to preserve one of the Mountain State's most special wild landscapes, a rich history and an unparalleled cultural heritage. Facebook: facebook.com/BirthplaceOfRivers * Twitter: twitter.com/BORMonumentWV * Instagram: @BirthplaceOfRivers * The West Virginia Wilderness Coalition is proud to host the 2013 Wild and Scenic Film Festival on November 4 in Lewisburg

Fruition and Defibulators rocked Fiddle

Killington Vermont 2012 35th annual   RYE HILL Poetry Reading  12 noon Sunday, October 13th, 2013  on top of Fulk Mountain,VA   Hope to see you there !!!!! Mary Ann, Carol, and Chipper

NC Coastline

Self Guided Nature Tour on Freeland Boardwalk and a bubbling sand spring as mid Sept for a month the most dramatic time to be outside here! "Life is not how to survive a storm, but how to dance in the rain."

next thomas square dance friday, 10/25 caller Matthew Kupstas from elkins, wv band Corey B. and friends from tucker and randolph counties * friday, 11/29 caller Lou Maiuri from Summersville, WV * band John Gallagher and Michael Kline and more * december date, caller and band TBA Sheena

I want to announce that there are some great learning opportunities coming up. Potomac Highlands Farm and Food, Gabriel Rogers, and I are organizing a series of cooking, food preservation, nutrition, and farming workshops in Tucker and Randolph Counties. In fact there is one called Cooking Simply taught by Kimmy Clements happening this Thursday 5-7PM at Mill Race Park in Parsons, WV. Kimmy is a great cook, and this workshop will be fun, educational, and delicious! I am attaching a flyer about the workshops. Also Ariela Grodner is coming from Gainesville, FL to teach a Thai Massage and Ayurveda: Phase 1 Workshop. This will be an introduction to the practice of Thai Massage and some basics of Ayurvedic philosophy. Participants will learn a full 90 min routine, and get the opportunity to practice on each other. It will be held at Saranam in Montrose on the weekend of October 5- 6th. It is cheaper if you sign up now. Register at www.arielasthaimassage.com Any questions can be directed towards me. Kyle
All yoga classes and the free meditation group are on going!
Monday 5:30 - 6:30 PM — Gentle Flow with Susan
Wednesday 5:30 - 7:00 PM — Vinyasa Flow with Susan
Thursday 10:00 - 11:15 AM — Gentle Yoga with Jackie
Thursday 12:05 - 12:45 PM — Lunchbreak Yoga, Jackie
Thursday 5:30 - 6:30 PM — Gentle Viniyoga with Jackie
Thursday 7:00 - 8:30 PM — Meditation / Study Group (free)
Friday 6:00 - 7:00 PM — Beginners' Yoga with Kyle
Saturday 9:00 - 10:15 AM — Vinyasa Flow with Susan
Saturday 10:30 - 11:00 AM — Childrens' Pre-K Yoga with Susan Thanks, Kyle

Call today to help make the Birthplace of Rivers National Monument a reality! Two minutes of your time could make a huge difference in protecting this special area! Senator Jay Rockefeller: 304-347-5372 * Senator Joe Manchin: 304-342-5855 "Hi my name is __ and I'm from ___ and I want to let the Senator know that I want him to know it's important that we protect special places and preserve our access to hunting, fishing and hiking in our Monongahela National Forest. Please ask him to support the Birthplace of Rivers National Monument so we can protect West Virginia's outdoor heritage for future generations." https://www.facebook.com/ Birthplace Of Rivers

Saturday and Sunday, September 14 and 15 are volunteer work days for Heart of the Highlands. We will be meeting at 9:30 at the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center parking lot, then caravanning to our work sites on the Allegheny Trail (Mon National Forest) and Middle Ridge Trail (Canaan Valley State Park). http://www.heartofthehighlandstrail.org/

Elk River mid 80's (chip left center) Old Timers Reunion

The 197-year-old publication that hits newsstands Monday. It also predicts a colder-than-normal winter for two-thirds of the country and heavy snowfall in the Midwest, Great Lakes and New England. "We're using a very strong four-letter word to describe this winter, which is C-O-L-D. It's going to be very cold," said Sandi Duncan, managing editor. Based on planetary positions, sunspots and lunar cycles, the almanac's secret formula is largely unchanged since founder David Young published the first almanac in 1818. Farmers Almanac


Hi Chip,I don't know if you remember me and my family, but last year we were honored to have you provide us our 1st cross-country ski instruction during Christmas week. We're the family from New Orleans. Taking those lessons was a life-altering experience. We'll be staying in Canaan Valley during the last week of December and look forward to taking more lessons from you.However, we're also thinking about making a last minute trip to Canaan Valley during Thanksgiving. I know that snow is in the forecast. I'm wondering if White Grass will be open for skiing during Thanksgiving weekend. If so, my wife, son and I would be interested in taking another lessons. I'll look forward to hearing from you. James

Canaanites Kate Preston, Richard and Lindsay in Colo with Black Lillies * I moved out to Bonners Ferry, ID a few weeks ago to teach at Northwest Academy. The Lillies played last night near Sandpoint and didn't disappoint. I'm missing the East coast, and especially the valley, but am occupying myself with these beautiful mountains until the snow falls. Robb Talbott

Seneca House Rob Stull races in FrederickMark Anderson Mtn Stage at 30

Skiing Sand Dunes in Namibia My brother just trimmed up some skins for me about a week ago. Can't wait for winter! Colleen Davies

Appalachia, hard to hold in the palm of your hand, harder still to capture its spirit in words. Country farm house, next to a river - with trout in it, chickens roaming free, potluck dinner, local-made wine, beer, shine, bon fire, authentic music from fiddles, guitars, banjos, and a stand up base. Only a few dozen people, but enough to roll up the carpet and get a full-blown square dance going with multiple callers. Friends, family and neighbors gathering, in a collection of diverse and complex individuals, each with simple tastes, and simple dreams, sharing simple pleasures. Is there anything in life sweeter than this...Dave Saville

Hobbitat Spaces * Mtn Trail Rides

Blackwater River in CV State Park

Martin! Brewstel, WV

We wanted to thank you for your wonderful hospitality (good mushroom pickin' )' Tovi, Noa, and Bar Sysco

Joe Henry fall is comin' early..

my early am Stonehenge photo this summer. Bill Fischer (thanks to you and Gerrit for the gladeiating)

Alpine ski had a 19% drop in participation but still brought the most people to the mountains with 8.2 million, followed by snowboard with 7.4 million, freeski with 5.4 million, snowshoe with 4 million, cross country with 3.3 million and telemark with 2.8 million participants.

Bob Livingston Adirondack Beauty

Mtn Yoga Blackwater Canyon

A LITTLE CANAAN VALLEY HISTORY IF YOU WILL INDULGE ME. I have loved Canaan Valley since 1971, when I acquired the food and beverage concession for Canaan Valley Resort State Park. The only business operations in the valley consisted of Guy Smith's motel--(property still there under new name, new owners and new building as the original burned down)-- and Kenny Sturm's service station. The golf course and ski area were in place without any lodging food services except snack bars. Over the next couple of years, Charlie Reed launched Mirror Lake and David Downs was acquiring the property to develop Timberline. There were always deer hunters and fishing, but the pioneers of Canaan Valley development and tourism were Murray Dearborn, myself, Charlie Reed and David Downs. Everything was made possible by the gift of land for the park by a member of the Thompson family. Murray Dearborn and myself. We were there when spending our money and holding on until the lodge and dining facilities came along. In 1976, I was in possibly the worst traffic accident ever in Tucker County with five fatalities (no I wasn't at fault) and as a result of that I ultimately sold my interests, along with the concessions management contracts I held at Cacapon, Twin Falls, and Hawks Nest State Parks. I come back as often as possible and my granddaughter Orion McClurg is in the valley now. As I wrote in the first Tucker County travelogue in 1995, Tucker County and Canaan Valley is a land of smiling faces and beautiful places. It truly is all that and more. Don McClurg

MaryAnn Honcharik

Freeland Road Sand Spring/Nanci Hancart

 

Eric on the Go Thompson

ground zero

New Canaan Shooting Range. Hard to find peace and quiet when they are open. Next time you get a chance write something to the state about moving it away from the ski area. (dnr.parks@wv.gov) Golfers, swimmers, horseback riders, scenic chairlifters, wedding guests, and all local outdoorsmen are directly impacted in this new venue. It is set atop a hillside overlooking the Valley. Really loud there. chip

White Grass is celebrating one of our best ski seasons ever! Mostly from all the happy skiers that we hope will return next autumn to slide all over again. See you on the summer trails....The parking lot can be fun to see if you car can cross country ski. A good place. yelp

wg staffer cooling off in colorado

Joe Henry

Dave Faunce, local farm to food initiative

Todd Romero, All Day Ride to Table Rock Canaan MTB Fest.

Happy 150th Birthday, "Wild and Wonderful" West Virginia! Thank you for providing strong and true community, soft mountain landscapes, cool summer breezes, snowy winters, starry night skies, night sounds, and lots of space to grow up in and return to. Montani Semper Liberi!

Jeff and Margaret Colaianni

VERMONT LAND TRUST ACQUIRES BOLTON BACKCOUNTRY SKI TRAILS : After a two-year effort, Vermont state officials, backcountry skiers and land conservationists are celebrating the purchase of 1,100 high elevation acres in Bolton. The land that hosts nordic and backcountry ski trails is now part of the state forest system. The Vermont Land Trust spearheaded a private fundraising campaign that came up with $1,050,000 in 15 months. That was matched by $800,000 from the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board. Last week, the Land Trust transferred the deed for the 1,114 acres to the state.  Forest and Parks Commissioner Michael Snyder said the high-elevation land will become part of the Mount Mansfield state forest. He said it’s a unique and valuable parcel because it provides habitat connectivity, recreation, and a rugged, beautiful landscape.  The property includes a long section of the Bolton to Trapp Family Lodge ski trail. It is also is the largest state land conservation acquisition in more than a decade.

Seneca Guides * Gendarme Climbers

Zach Fowler Hellbendering along west fork greenbrier river

Chippy is already thinking about winter Cheers Andy Brooks Joel

Hiring Announcement:  West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition seeks Executive Director sent by Kimmy

June 1 atop Timberline, last of a great season.

Ramps: Loving Them to Death? http://therevivalist.info/ramps-loving-them-to-death/ * As luck would have it, an area nonprofit called Grow Appalachia came into a large quantity of ramp seeds. They connected with me and my friends at the Eastern Kentucky Food Systems Collaborative, and together, we made sure the seeds were distributed. In secret, farmers stomped through the hills looking for the ideal location to plant the seeds, a north slope under a canopy of trees offering just a dappling of sunshine. We will report back on seed germination rates. We will keep mum about where the seeds were planted, hoping nature will take its course and the ramps will spread rapidly. By planting ramps, we’re trying to help repopulate our dwindling supply. Growing from seed takes time; but once plants take root they can be thinned and replanted, spreading the wealth so to speak. As my patch grows, I will continue to expand ramp plantings in hopes of re-establishing this native plant, which is emerging as an important source of supplemental income for a region in economic transition. And as we come together to bring change in Appalachia, we realize it is possible to respect our culture and traditional foodways while moving toward a more self-sustaining future. It happens one ramp seed at a time; one farmer at a time. It happens when people talk across the county lines. Sent by Dave Saville / Restore Spruce,org

big mtn little skier (chip bc tele) * sent by Dave Waag / Off Piste Mag

Lindy Run Volunteer Labors

Eric Erbe

BERKSHIRE EAST FIRST SKI AREA TO GENERATE ALL OF ITS OWN ENERGY: Berkshire East, MA, ski area is generating enough renewable energy for its entire electricity demand - a first for any ski resort in the USA, according to published reports. The small ski area recently added a 500kW solar farm to a 900kW wind turbine installed in 2011. The solar array, consisting of 90 AllSun Trackers from Vermont's AllEarth Renewables, was installed and developed by Sustainable Energy Development Inc. of Ontario, NY. The six-lift Berkshire East used a 30% federal investment credit along with state grants to help defray the expense of the $2.8 million system. The resort expects the system to pay for itself within the next five to seven years, a time period that is affected by the comparative cost of fossil-fuel-generated electricity. Jon Schaefer, Berkshire East assistant general manager, said, "These projects are a hedge against the future increase in the price of power. We have effectively set our rates for the next 25 years." Read more at http://tinyurl.com/q43uvoa.

Sidling Hill Creek, down from Rt. 40, is a scenic gem of a canyon. Cliffs, rocks and anticlines galore. Ledge drops for surfing, the class II action never stops. Mike Hall and Walter Haydel

Cheat Mtn Salamander, local rare and endangered and along the upper WG trails

brief, sunny window of time between snowmelt and leaf-out of the hardwood forest canopy. From early April into early May, the ground is awash in subtle hues of white, yellow, pink, and other colors as the small forest floor herbs race to complete their flowering before the emerging tree leaves block the sunlight.

Scott Pleban, America's fastest ski orienteer racer has been hit by a motorist while cycling and still in a form of a coma in Buffalo, NY. some weeks later. Send him your healing energy...scottpleban@yahoo.com...I noticed on your White Grass Daily Report page that there is mention of Scott's tragic accident last month. Unfortunately, he is still in a coma at Inova Fairfax, but I am happy he is stable, has progressed to less intensive care, and he is now able to accept visitors on a regular basis. There is a now a community web site set up to provide updates on his progress from folks who are able to visit and to lend Scott, his family, and each other support. If you could include the link on the White Grass site, I think that would be great, as it would help his community of XC friends informed. Here's the link: https://www.lotsahelpinghands.com/c/704269/...Scott absolutely loves White Grass, and I had the pleasure to join him this Jan and then again, solo, on Easter weekend. What a fantastic season you had, and Scott used the word "magical" to describe how fantastic the snow conditions were while he trained and prepped for his World Ranking Events and then the World Ski Orienteering championships in Kazakhstan.

Sue Haywood inspires * As They Fall sent by Richard * MTn Dance Trail

Geo Thanks, Chip, for all you do to make the Smoke-In happen. Then there's execution. You, and the others, really delivered for Courtney. I'm thankful for your assist. If he was a little crotchety while standing in the river, know its just his way. I called him yesterday, he's thankful too. We'd likely caught up to you at lunch, but Mitch and I were lookin' out for Matt. He took a couple if spills too. To his credit, he said he's never had more fun "...messing about in boats". Me too. Mike Hall * Ja ja, allt ar bra. All is good. Motivated paddlers got us to Eagle's Nest by 2:30. Guitar dry as a bone, paddlers not so much. When I laid down at night I still felt the rocking of the canoe. Tusen tack, (a thousand thanks) Stephan * Brook and I had a great weekend--it was another epic Smokehole run!! We both thought it worked well to sleep on the river for the first night. My son went almost 48 hours with no access to his iPhone or other tech stuff--pretty unbelievable for 14-year-old! We had an especially good father/son weekend, in spite of the rain and chill yesterday. It was very pretty on the river in the rain and mist Brook paddled most of the day so that helped keep him from getting chilled. He had fun but he said there are some good parts to this being a once-a-year event! We were home by 5 pm and I got all the camping gear spread out to dry, a load of wet stuff in the washer, and most of the paddling gear semi-put away or hanging to dry before I collapsed into bed. I was back at work in Silver Spring at 6 am this morning wishing I was still somewhere on the South Branch.....Steve Leathery * Awesome weekend with a great crew. Glad to cross that one off the bucket list and know I'll be back. Attached are a couple photos I took. Enjoy the rest of your spring and hope to catch you again before next winter. Cheers, Andrew * Great seeing you and the crew! What a great trip. I'll put some pics here: https://www.facebook.com/martinradiganphotography See you again soon. In the mean time have a great spring! Feel free to share the pic link. Martin Radigan http://www.martinradigan.com * if it's not Scottish Straps, it's CRAP! Kevin Moore.

Tuckerman's Ravine with John Regan

Thanks to you and everyone at Whitegrass for a super ski season. Sure a nice change after the 2011-2012 winter. Woke up this morning (4/25) to a dusting of snow on my deck. Snow up in Flatrock Bowl/Mt. Porte Crayon. It takes a while for spring to get up there. Rick and Karen Watson

Hansi local stoke Duluth! Record April snows.

. Hok Ski / Powder Creek

Thanks to you Chip, for that endless to-do list that keeps making Whitegrass better and better. Looking forward to Smokehole this year as always. Stro * Thank you for making Whitegrass a place we can come and feel joy and beauty and leave feeling whole again. * Going to Whitegrass is always a big highlight for me, and I thank everyone there for making it one of the greatest places in the world. * Much love and thanks to you and Laurie for bringing the magic to the enchanted forests of White Grass. Your love and inspiration shines through in all of our smiling faces as we traverse White Grass trails. Great season and great memories!!! Facebook Friends of WG

2012-2013 WG grooming update. This winter saw Whitegrass trails groomed by 2 snowmobiles for 1106 miles and the Pisten Bully was out for 183 hours. with almost 1000 hours on it since it was added to the line up. I'd like to give a special thanks to Robbie Linthicum Jr, Adam Chase, Lester and Chip Chase for not tearing up equipment too bad but still giving me enough repair work to last unti it starts all over again next fall. Robbie was the big winner with 700 miles on the yamaha alone. I'm looking forward to next season with a new bearcat snowmobile groomer and operators with another year under their belts. I'd also like to add a special thanks to Laurie and all the cafe staff for keeping my belly full with the best food anywhere! WG Fix It Guru Dave Markgraf

Silver Lake, CO (April 14-15 1921) Most intense U.S. snowfall. Silver Lake, near Boulder, CO, at an altitude of 10,220 feet had 75.8" in 24 hours, 87" in 27-1/2 hours; 95" total from storm (32-1/2 hours).

Chip, Mike, everyone at WG: Thanks for a great season – cant believe it began for us on November 2 and just ended on April 7. The attached photo is from Saturday, April 6, when James and I skied up to Bald Knob with backpacks (along with Ed Rader who was traveling lighter) and spent the night snow camping in Dolly Sods. Still several feet of snow, plenty of sun, and a great way to end the year. Just wish I had been able to ski WG even more this winter (and spring). And Mike said he was hanging out the closed sign on Sunday when we skied down, so I'm proudly claiming to be the last official WG customers of the year! Thanks for a fantastic season of Nordic nirvana. Bill Berlin

Since we haven't gotten to White Grass yet this year, we took advantage of his speaking to the students in the Adventure Sports Program at Garrett College in McHenry. The Olde Professor himself, a bit gray of beard and head, the guy was every bit as great as he was when we first met him 27 years ago. He was supposed to talk about White Grass as a example small business model, but you know Chip so you know this was not a dry lecture but as usual a real learning experience for the students. The more he spoke, the more you recognized that he spoke from the heart and let the folks know his philosophical views on most everything and his approach to work as a life journey. If the assembled students took to heart and really heard what he said, each one learned more in that 55 minutes than they ever could from 4 years of studying business administration even at Harvard. Hats off to a great gut who still has the vision, enthusiasm, and charisma to make folks young and old out of the box. Thanks Chip, ken & lee fisher


Good times as always. Martin

BB BIATHLON RESULTS February 16th* 1) Mikie Allen, Age 13; 9 hits 6:35 * 2) Phillip Allen, Age 11; 9 hits 6:34 * 3) Elka Longstreth, Age 9; 7 hits 8:03 * 4) Travis Ashby, Age 8; 8 hits 8:14 * 5) Nina Wenzler, Age 8; 9 hits 8:27 * 6) David Brehl, Age 10; 9 hits 8:30 * 7) Michael Agren, Age 11; 8 hits 9:28 * 8) Emma Vjvagi, Age 5; 3 hits 16:14 * 9) Sage Greed, Age 9; 9 hits 17:15 * 10) Kevin Ahearn, Age 12; 6 hits 17:45 * 11) Isiah Longstreth, Age 6; 9 hits 18:24 * 12) Serk Czarnecki, Age 13; 9 hits 19:02 * 13) Mia Wheedleton, Age 7; 3 hits 20:13 * 14) Matt Freed, Age 10; 6 hits 27:07 * 11) Silas Longstreth, Age 4; --

BB Biathlon Results Feb 2 * 1) Andre Thornton, Age 11 5 hits; 6:11 * 2) Maeve Hoffman, 11 7 hits; 7:03 * 3) Travis Ashby, 8 9 hits; 9:43 * 4) Xzandra Ashby, 10 3 hits; 12:01 * 5) Emma Ujvagi, 5 5 hits; 12:40

30th Annual Mtn State Marathon RACE RESULTS 1/27/13...way to go Ken, Robbie, Stephan and all the racers to brave the warmish day and the dicey thin snow conditions.

25K SKATE MEN * 1) Scott Pleban, Colonial Beach, VA 1:36:22 2) Gerald Audet, Mogantown, WV 1:55:25 3) Don Nichter, Carlisle, PA 1:58:06
25K SKATE WOMEN * 1) Carolyn Bramante, Baltimore, MD 1:48:30
25K CLASSIC MEN * 1) Sean Kelly, Pittsburg, PA 2:08:25 2) Bill Pope, Lake Park, MD 3:38:59 3) Louis Hart, Wheeling, WV 4:14:38
10K SKATE MEN * 1) Newt Rogers, King of Prussia, PA 49:06 2) Johnny Garder, Washington, DC 1:08:40 3) Ian Beckner, Harrisonburg, VA 1:11:10 4) Anthony Bramante, Baltimore, MD, 1:13:18
10K SKATE WOMEN * 1) Charlie Waters, Davis, WV 59:29 2) Andy Notopoulos, Red Creek, WV --
10K CLASSIC MEN * 1) Zachary Adams, Harrisonburg, VA 1:17:06 2) Mike Buchness, Reston, VA 1:17:08 3) Tom Drake, Catharpin, VA 1:43:52
10K CLASSIC WOMEN * 1) Michelle Kelly, Pittsburg, PA 1:27:20 2) Carly Audet, Morgantown, WV 2:00:28 3) Mimi Costley, Catharpin, VA 2:29:40
KIDS 2.4km * 1) Martin Moylan, Age 9 13:50 2) Roland Moylan, Age 10 14:07 3) Georgy Meredith, Age 6 14:25

BB Biathlon Jan 19th 1) Maeve Hoffman 7/9 hits 12:10 * 2) Octavia Hoffman 5/9 13:25 * 3) Cameron Hoffman 1/9 22:07 * Lindsay Mulliken Kids Ski Klinic 2/2/13
January 26th 1) Leon Dubansky, Age 13 5:27 * 2) Garry Mogge, 13 5:56 * 3) Martin Moylan, 9 5:56 * 4) Grace Dubansky, 15 6:21 * 5) Roland Moylan, 10 6:49 * 6) Philip Allen, 11 7:05 * 7) Mike Allen, 13 7:13

Friends Of WG

There are SO many friends, skiers, trail crews, staff, and about everyone we know that have been helping with the trail work lately. Sandy has been the largest overnight tree fall event of our 32 year experience. Every trail impacted and some beyond recognition. Hundreds of hours are going into this project. Thanks for being part of the solution. November/December Trail crews: Jim & Jeanne, Andy, Tons O' Todd, Jeff, Athey, Maggie, Morgan, Trey, Chuck, Joan, Ed, Bob, Bruce, Evan, Robbie, Adam, Chip, Ann, Gracie, Matthew, Johnny, Jessica, Kate, and Tom, Joel, Casey, Dan and his bros., Robert and friends, Jamie, a lot of Kevin Moore year after year, and oh yeah the PATC crews and especially Barry Chainsaw Weston...there are more and thanks again!

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the little Waags shralping Sunrise Ridge and Sugar Bowl over New Year's Dave Waag /Off Piste Mag (getting back to a reunion with all these friends in early April, Yeah!)

Thanks for all the fun! Cathy Love

George Bell Igloo @ Powder Creek, BC

Opus Lodge

even I can ski in these conditions * pOLE wAX (what you use when skis don't) * Vermont Maple Syrup Farmer...When you rely on Mother Nature you become an eternal optimist * what does a buff snowman have? an ice pack * got a daughter in Montreal and she is jealous of the snow we have here

Smoke Hole chorus by Robert Goo...low water, all kinds of sun and rain, 30 boats and 43 paddlers braved the natural elements and Appalachian spring.

last kids clinic! Shannon Anderson grand daughter and son by Margaret (Estoria / Morgan)

Managed to get up here this in late March and I'm not disappointed in the least!! Wow great weather. I just posted a few in my gallery of the Sods (Cabin Mt) and if you want to share any of them in your report page, please do! I'd be honored! This one might be my fav of the bunch. Hope you are doing well! Your report page looks awesome so you must be. J. Jessup

folks go out of their way to be nice Powder Creek

on website & uncanny resemblance. Matt Lambert

A great season keeps going...Laura and I are so glad for the Chases and Whitegrass crew.We're heading the wrong way next week, as the white between our toes will be the sand of the Sea of Cortez in La Paz. I continue to send folks who don't know of the Whitegrass experience. Kindest regards, Bill Fischer Richmond, VA

I love it and all of you. Thanks for a great winter. Maggie * a team is only as strong as its leader(s)!! so much love to you all too! one hellova winter, it was!! and thanks for pulling together a mighty fine dinner and party last night! xoxoxoxo, kimmy * You ALL are the best family a girl could ask for! Thank you for a terrific party, Laurie and Chip...so good to be together. Love you dearly, Linnie

shelter National Nordic on 4/2. Thick! Thanks for all the hospitality this year. Happy Easter. Joe.....


I sneaked down to WG this weekend with a buddy from PA. Saturday was fantastic with mashed potato softies and some corn powder... I had one of my best runs ever down a nearly untracked upper springer! I'm loving the Madshus epochs, what a ski for soft crud! Anyway sorry to miss you this time. But Mike, Todd, Jamie, Sheena and Max held up the hospitality spirit in fine style. Oh and Cabinet was a blast at the pfiddle! When you get back, check with Sheena for some PA goodies. Until then enjoy your ski. See you next year and thanks! Matt from PA

Andy and Stacy

My daughter is on spring break and timing is perfect with more snow on the way. Can we use the area for skiing/snowshoeing/and hike a snowboard? By the way, the tree skiing at your place is some of the best to be found. You all have done a wonderful job of clearing and kudos to you and your staff for all the hard work. It's paying off in a big way! Cheers, A Whitegrass lover and supporter! Tim

I am all for simplified and stripped down...lol...but I love your website with all the details, pictures and info, it will be hard to improve on the perfection that it is. I'm playin hooky tomorrow to get what may be my last White Grass day of the season. Hope to see you and your crew to say 'Hi' and 'Thanks'...simply love love love WG...so happy I discovered it! Jane

I was jumping for joy to get Kia out for some spring skiing.What a weekend! Spring skiing at its best. Powder in the shade and sunshine everywhere else. Sunday brought fabulous mixed conditions. Effortless skating on slick crust followed by a blizzard which provided enough powder to ski the steeps in perfect sine waves.May Ullr bring the promised foot of snow today! Goo

Every year more than one billion people participate in Earth Day. To celebrate the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day, Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge will host a red spruce tree planting on April 20th and 21st. Volunteers are needed to help plant nearly 5,000 red spruce trees during this two day event. Anyone wanting to participate should arrive at the Refuge Visitor Center in Canaan Valley at 10 a.m. on both days. Volunteers are asked to bring gloves, sturdy shoes, water and appropriate clothes for the weather. Lunch will be provided to volunteers by the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy. Red spruce once covered hundreds of thousands of acres in the higher elevation areas of the state. Prized for its straight, unknotted light wood, spruce was used in everything from paper to pianos. The Wright brothers even used spruce in the construction of the first airplanes. Many spruce forest wetlands are now listed as globally impaired and are a high conservation priority for the state. After heavy industrial logging, red spruce stands were reduced to less than 10 percent of their original size. Now a group known as the Central Appalachian Spruce Restoration Initiative (CASRI) works to restore this important ecosystem. Red spruce ecosystems are home to the federally threatened Cheat Mountain salamander and the recently delisted Northern flying squirrel. Planting spruce in riparian areas also ensures cold water streams will remain shaded and provide spawning areas for native brook trout. By planting spruce seedlings, the Refuge seeks to expand and improve habitat for these important species. Spruce tree seedlings for this project were provided in part by support from the Arbor Day Foundation. For more information about this volunteer event or to learn more about red spruce restoration in West Virginia, contact Dawn Washington, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Biologist, at 304-866-3858.

I was so focused on re-skiing Barton's with new skis. They smell like the WG kitchen, by the way. What do you marinate them in? Enjoy vacay... Rush * Freeland Rd. is a bastion of the human spirit. My unbounded gratitude as always. Alex Ford

Paul Sully Floyd, VA

WV ranked #50, Vermont #5, highest in the east. Shoulda called me, coulda tipped the scales in one person's enthusiasm

Mike Miller * Thanks for all that you do to make Tucker County awesome. Matt

Sarah Anderson

David calls White Grass "The Enchanted Forest". By far my very favorite place to enjoy the out of doors in the winter. Kristen Staley

I drove the whole way home to PA with a big smile on my face. I really feel like the stars aligned just right to deliver the ideal Whitegrass weekend...Perfect conditions, and nothing but kindness from the moment i set foot in the parking lot! Skiing with you and the home gang really made it special.  And what snow!!! Thanks again to you and the crew for your awesome hospitality. WG is the best!  See you again as soon as I can! Farmer Matt 3/17/13

Timberline Ski Area with tows, these things that haul you up so you do not experience it...

White Grass Cafe's WV Culinary Scholarship * To create a high quality standard in our food and lifestyles here in Tucker County and West Virginia. Scholarship available to a WV resident attending culinary school or cooking education classes. Apply for the $500 scholarship provided by White Grass Cafe through the Tucker Community Foundation. For more information, apply for a "traditional scholarship" at ww.tuckerfoundation.net or contact Robert Burns at 304-478-2930.The deadline for the application is April 5, 2013.

I'm so glad I was able to make it down last weekend. Friday especially was one of the best days I've ever had there, and to make it better, I was able to introduce a friend to the glory of Whitegrass under a purple powder alert. I'm attaching a few pics. Here's to winter lasting through April! Aaron Burkholder

Mark Andrews/adaptive ski & Mark Vorhees/UVA Rec...we appreciate our skiers more than you can imagine. * Apr 21 Rasta Rafiki @ Brew Pub

Thanks for the skiing and have fun out West. Kathleen Brooks (fr/ tues.)

Whitegrass is paradise. In transit from Alta. Will arrive soon. * I saw that there were around 800 people at Whitegrass during the weekend. Jennifer and I saw only six of them on Saturday. From Weiss Knob, all around National Nordic for much of the day, then over to Ashram, (where we proceeded to lose Heaven's Gate trail after a few hundred yards and never did re-find it), to Boundary and Upper Springer, and finally down Springer at sunset, where we only saw one skunk roaming around the middle of the field as darkness arrived. Heavenly even without Heaven's Gate. Among the masses, a day of solitude in the powder. Thanks for all the work on those trails in National Nordic. There seems to be a new set of blue ribbons taking us to new places every time we enter that paradise. You and your staff are amazing. Daring to hope for another fresh coating, Gary McMichael

We couldn't make it this year but are missing our annual dinner there. We made this from your cookbook to help carry us thru to next year. Also need a shot-ski!!!! The Takoma Park Crew (10 years in a row) Promise

nos estamos divirtiendo mucho! robertos small mountain town of jalcomuco is amazing. there is rock climbing right out the back door and a river with big whitewater that runs through town. we have been climbing alot already in 85 degree weather! we visited rio blanco for a climbing trip and met some great people. few speak english, but i'm trying to decipher their language. tomorrow we head to the nearby city, jalapa, to visit robertos parents, our new climbing partners, the skatepark, a friends music venue, bouldering, and explore. in the future we are going to visit ancient mayan ruins and go see ziggy marley and smashing pumpkins! everyone we've met is super friendly and the food is awesome. tortas, tostadas, tamales, enchiladas, sopes, and endless fruit. no such thing as burritos in mexico! just made chile rellenos with the neighbor which are my favorite. dave rause is here for two weeks as well. traveling is great for the soul and everyone should get out of the country. can't believe i haven't got out more. hope you guys are doing good. hasta luego. adam and morgan chase

A skier is born! Robert Chiappetta Another great hike to the top of Bald Knob....and then your fabulous kitchen for dinner. Too bad I didn't get any pics of you and your honey dancing, or of you playing harmonica in the band (great band BTW)...cocktail before dinner Mike Fleckenstein

What's not to love about cold blowing snow in the Dolly Sods? Kate * Being 6 hours away...Sarah

A Whitegrasser in Montana Check out those fatties! Denis Bogan Andy

To any fans of nordic skiing with the proximity and/or time to get out to Canaan Valley, West Virginia, I highly recommend making the journey this week. Whitegrass is a magical enough place any time, but when the conditions are as ideal as right now, it's indescribably wonderful. It's killing me that I'm not there. Spencer Lee

Whitegrass with fresh powder, snazzy rental skis, friendly chickadees, and cans of Sierra Nevada. First order of ski business, 4.8 miles up to Round Top! Second order of ski business, long rest and snacks. Fish tacos Whitegrass Cafe style in support of Friends of Blackwater. Mountain State Miner's Daughter Oatmeal Stout X 3 or 4. Shine and time with Chip. And THAT is what I did with my bonus. — Amanda Pitzer

corny corn... soooo much fun today on a gentle ski w/ Dorothy and then later w/ some friends new to the sport. Stoke! P Sully

What radio station do you guys listen to in the lodge? (WYEP) Also, I wanted to say thanks to you all for running a great operation. WG is really as good as it gets anywhere in the country. I love the place. I'm getting ready to move this summer, probably to Miami, and I miss the place already. Thanks, Eric Carpenter

As you can see the Allegheny Trail Heart of the HIghlands needs some trail maintenance so it necessitated some radical cross country maneuvers. I hope to see you before the snow melts. Robert Goo

Bridger (6) getting his first taste of air friday in Cathedral Cliffs. Andrew Gault

Here is the correct way to hang the Korean flag: red (yin) side up. Luckily someone went back on Sunday and fixed it. ;o) The yin/yang in the middle represents the origin of all things in the universe. The 4 sets of bars in each corner stand for the sky, moon earth and sun. Kind of like Whitegrass. x Anne

Talked to you briefly in line this morning, Saturday. I have never seen this many cars at WG must be a new record?.. Anyways a big attaboy for your groomers, they had 3-mile and powderline just super this morning! Friday I used my old woodskis since the temp stayed below 30 F all day. Just super skiing. Today Saturday what a difference one day can make. I used my non-wax 'plastic' skiis today- just perfect just like an early easter skitour back home in Norway, below freezing and dry morning snow, then the sun softens things up a bit in the PM. Keep up the good work. You and your crew are just the best, when the snow is there and thanks to you all it makes an old Norwegian feel right at home. Did you know there was even a woman from Argentina skiing at WG today? Have a nice Sunday and see you again next season. Jo

shelter stoke * Jack Kangas T'Line Ski Hash * Chef Rich Spence getting ready Canaan Winter style * Chris Fewster missing the storm yet cookin' up wg recipes in beautiful Floyd, VA

Prairie Stream

Amazing weekend at White Grass, UT. Ullr exceeded expectations. Thank WG staffers for your guardianship of this slice of heaven. You do a great service to the grumpy, overworked nation. We all leave grinning and glowing. Happy sliding! See you this weekend! Christi Dant

Snow, snow and more snow - yes, please! Shannon

Please save some of that snow for me as I plan to visit next week (Tuesday or Wednesday)! Having a good but busy season. We (Mt Lake boys) had a great yurt trip in Montana at the end of January with 20+" of snow while there. Just got back from the Adirondack back country ski festival in Keene Valley NY. Worked the beacon park at the gear demo on Saturday then toured the Wright Peak ski trail on Sunday followed by some turns at Whiteface on Monday morning before driving home. Say hello to all the awesome WG people and hope to see you soon! Cheers! - Doug Reilley /Mtn Lake Marketing

Going up was only half the fun! The trip down is rewarded with soup. Thanks for the great skiing. Susan Renda

WV Highlands Conservancy Highlands Voice Newsletter * Adam and Morgan Chase on their way to Mexico for the spring....stopped off in New Orleans and met up with WGrasser & ARTIST Sean Conroy *
Awesomeness March 2 & 3 * At Crested Butte, an uphill pass costs $10 a day, $100 for the season, and $40 for the remainder of the current season, since approval of the Crested Butte program by the U.S. Forest Service in mid-February, while skiers who already have a downhill mountain pass may ski uphill for free.

It was awesome skiing this past weekend and we want more purple powder freshies in the bowls--Carl D. gave me a tour of the trees, which was the first time I'd ever skied any of that stuff, and I'm afraid I'm now a tree whore! Matthew Wikswo

Purple powder eater! Never seen so many Tele skiers on Whitegrass! Our friends from Florida took to xc like otters to waters. Best glade skiing I have ever experienced and all the while celebrating with the wild mountain nation. Thanks to you and your team for a wonderful day! DK * And it just kept on snowing! Love how this season just keeps getting better. Another amazing weekend, thanks for all you do, Chip and friends! Abby * It looks like a bunch more snow in the forecast - it makes my mind wander......Jim Dunham, Gambier, OH * are we missing school today? Yes, Son you have a case of white lung Paul Hess

Papa Chip Amigo! Saw the boys flew the coop & you guys are skiing it up there in powder paradise! So good, so good! We're up in the north of Spain; Austurias, land of Celtic spaniards, where bagpipes echo and apple cider flows like a river. We can see the snow from here, but it's a stretch to ski it... Maybe allegheny will hold some for us on the return, otherwise see you in the smoke hole! Corey Bonasso

hey chipper - I'm still buzzing after as good as it gets weekend with you all. Skating, kiting, face shots bombing down upper Springer with my son on skis and snowboards…never stopped snowing...don't know what else to say. - SKIP...gave up a lot of hall passes to be out there last weekend

You make one feel welcome, relaxed, and part of the crowd. There is nothing else like it. You both have given skiing back to the people. Rachel, Andy, and Isaac Willis

Maple Syrup

I always consider it a disappointing year when I don't ski White Grass, but this year there are compensations. This shot, in the parking lot at the base of the "skinning trail" up Mt Yoeti on the northern island of Hokkaido shows you what the 36 feet of accumulated snowfall this year looks like! Wish I could bring some back for you! Ged Smith..We were just blabbing about the deep Japanese pow this eve while skiing hard corn and then this! Great powder here Wed.Thurs to drizzle fri and corn sat to frozen sun and mon with some sunny loose spots today....diversity inc. Our love for skiing has gone viral...you won't believe all the new glades when you get back. Be careful and thanks for making your fine contribution to our family. Love you. chipper

Pharis Knob,WV * Hope momma nature is gonna give us more! I am diggin' the pics of the inverted skinny skis. AMAZING! JR

We had three great days of skiing at your place! White Grass is a genuine and fascinating place we have to come back to another time. The good conditions at WG helped us immensely in our races in Wisconsin. In the Junior Birkie, Margrethe (Maggie) missed the 1st place with two inches, while Harald became number 6. I finished the Classic Birkie in 3:32 and was 105 out of 1800, which i´m very satisfied with. As you described to me, the Birkie course was awesome! Cheers, Margrethe, Harald and Rune from Norway * That's as fast as I skated it and this was diagonal stride! chip

By the way, I enjoyed seeing my picture on today's report! The attachment is from two weekends ago with Paul Gideon, me, Bob Livingston, Stacy & Heather Waggy. I'm sure Paul has already gotten into the moonshine! Jim Dunham, Gambier, OH

Pharis Knob private ski area with his youngest daughter Sarah by local legend John Dalen

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Triple Crown...Thanks for another fabulous three days of skiing and livin' the life at Whitegrass, highlighted by a delicious dinner at the Cafe on Saturday and the frosting on the cupcake.....an at home massage by Cory. Wow. Cory has a gift. He is an exceptionally skilled and talented massage therapist. (You must be so proud!) Every time we visit it just gets better and better! Cheers, Gabrielle

Fun video and you caught gentle ben & the frenchie on the slope crest...sweet. Oughta be a fun weekend! uncle chippie and the snowy marches of past. I'm finally making my way back to Winter Home, see ya this weekend! P sully

Just What The Doc Ordered...1" new snow that is sticking to everything atop icy hoar frosts to create not only great skiing but nice on the eyes, too! Up to 20" base in the highest spruce and down to 1" in the warmest and sunniest spots. Expect lots of snow in the first two weeks of March and plan a ski to one of the busiest and most exciting ski centers in the world. Find out why working on all the thousands of little things make a difference over the last 32 years. Everyone that works here has wet ski boots on and can't wait to get off work to get them snow covered again. Cheers to All! chip PACCSA report

Lots of fun Sunday, especially as the sun and groomer came out!! David & Lindsay Shinnston, WV

We had a great time this weekend! Your guys fixed my wife's ski poles out of their big box of grips. And we rented a pair of Excursions for my wife, which worked great with my old Rebounds. Sat. was warm and beautiful, and the snow was soft and forgiving. We made it to the top of Bald Knob, and I had her skiing on blue squares and black diamonds coming down. Sun. morning was cold and icy, but we still got some miles in.
We're already talking about coming back next year. Tom

 

Mark Fulton

Yes we have a Volunteer National Ski Patrol ..aid room, sleds, supplies, training, and NEED MEMBERS PLEASE!

40th annual Birkie -10,000 skiers. Lots of snow - 6 inches just before the race! Next year: Team Whitegrass! Ray Phaneuf and Cristina Loglio

We've enlarged our doggie friendly terrain to include Freeland Run i.e.Barry's Dump and the Snowy Woods. North facing terrain adjacent to the Freeland Run Dog Parking

we're living vicariously through you and the web site and the web cams…the next best thing to being there. Skip Brown

Blue Bird soars Doc's drift by Sue Haywood....looks like walkin' on the moon but even better

JMU loves White Grass. Guy Thought we might get away with a holdup there but we arrived after the Brinks truck left and had to settle for a glorious ski through powder, blue skies and sunshine. WOW! Sandy, Susan and LuAnn

Did you hear the good news?  Maker's Mark reversed its decision to water down the bourbon!  The universe is back on its proper course. Harley

Thanks again for a perfect weekend. The Garagemahal -Trailside was perfect! Gaylord Chambers

It's been far too long since I've warmed up my ski muscles, but my snow fever is running as high as ever. Best of luck for the rest of the year. I've got spring break during the second to last week of March and weather allowing, would love to spend it in Canaan catching that ol' corny corn. I'll let you know. Best wishes and much love. Please carve up a glade for me. Spencer

Thank you for another beautiful day at Whitegrass. Your son was kind enough to humor me on Saturday as I was saying goodbye so I wanted to send him this picture. The moonshine was inspiring! :o) Anne

great to get to White Grass this weekend! Here's shot from over at Springer on Sunday. A powder smile-fest! Gary Feiss

Mark clicks Mo upside Michael placed 7th in BB Biathalon while Erik and Evelyn climbed to Bald Knob and beyond! Stephanie

Thanks for another great day! Constructed by Weigert and Kaplan kids Wyndy Rausenberger Joel

Mike and I didn't have a chance to say good bye last week but we wanted you to know we had a fantastic time at White Grass this year. Thanks so much to you and your wonderful staff--the trails couldn't have been in better condition and Saturday night with Aaron's band and the Friends of Jay and you was a lot of fun. We wouldn't trade that vacation for anything. So exciting to read about your big crowds this weekend! Hope the snow keeps coming way into March. I wrote a blog post inspired by my experience this year and both mentioned and linked to White Grass. Bald Knob is featured as well. See you next year if not before. All the best, Plum Cluverius, Richmond,VA

Chip and Lauire, I feel so honored to have been a part of the Whitegrass dance today.....what a great family! Thanks for having me! all my love! * terry ... honor goes hand in hand with the amazing individuals that have come together over something as easy as skiing around on the side of a hill. Bless simplicity and togetherness to make it like a party. chip

Thanks again for everything! We love you guys xoxo Linds & Richard John Bright, Dr. Purple Fiddle, Local Hero

On May 28, 2008, Adam LeWinter and Director Jeff Orlowski filmed a historic breakup at the Ilulissat Glacier in Western Greenland. The calving event lasted for 75 minutes and the glacier retreated a full mile across a calving face three miles wide. The height of the ice is about 3,000 feet, 300-400 feet above water and the rest below water."CHASING ICE" sent by Jerry

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Couldn't let the week slip by without letting you know how great the women's clinic was this past weekend. It was fantastic to have such knowledgable and passionate teachers. Can't wait to make it back to Whitegrass to practice my new skills! Cheers, Julie Whitehair

Here is Tom last Wednesday. I told my coworkers that I was taking the day off to go to a mental health clinic in West Virginia. Unfortunately the turns we had only made my powder fever worse. Will be back for some more therapy soon. Cheers, Andrew Gault

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I will be up this weekend….can't stay away. The house is upside down, and my horse barely recognizes me. That is why God made springtime. See you tomorrow AM. Jeff

back this weekend! cheers Pat Branham

Aliens at Whitegrass? Always great to be part of the the WG community. Pure powder and spring snow in one weekend. Hurrah! Robert Goo

On this day in 1964, the Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show for the first time...Like yesterday I was upstairs in front of a B/W TV with my mom and sis. Beatlemania alive and well here. chip

Gratitude. A friend and I were able to partake in last weekends glory!!! 2/3 - 2/4 * I wanted to send some pics of our visit. We had a great dinner, got to hear the live music and then you joined in to play your harmonica just after coming in from night skiing. It was fabulous. We skied the trails all the next day. Needless to say our time at WG was magical. Thanks for all your hard work to make it special for so many souls. Ramsey Higgins

Glad to see the happy smile of a woman heading out for fantastic day of supercharging ski skills with your very Wonderful Women's Winter Ski Day. In one day I filled my bag with a bunch of tricks to use while exploring the trails at Whitegrass and beyond. Special thanks to Charlie for her detailed explanations of how to be an efficient strider/climber, and for showing us how to get down a challenging slope intact! More special thanks to Leslie for helping us to relax and have fun out there in the purple powder kingdom! Blagodarya – Joan from Falls Church

These pics explain why I have missed the 25K race 2 weeks ago (and it was not an easy decision!) Note, as usual, the WG beanie. See you guys tomorrow. Andrey Revyakin (British Columbia, Canada)

Ken Cremer sending as we had THE MOST WARM WILD WONDERFUL engagement party for his famille!

I follow the White Grass daily report like a stalker! I fly back east from CA every February to join my DC pals at a cabin in Blackwater Falls. This will be our 20th year! I pray for snow like this. The footage and music here capture that racing through the trees feeling so well. When it happens, we cry out "Karhu!!!" See you in a couple of weeks. Foxlor...read on Vimeo comments

O. Vaering & Rick Allen from XC Skier

Kelly and Nelson (Shovels and Rope) sending music!

Todd

Martin

Thanks for having me at one of the coolest places on earth - Eddie Brooks AKA Sidewalk Mule

We spent the morning doing trail maintenance on Black Bird Knob Trail and Freeland Road in the Forest. Now you don't have to duck under or crawl through the trees. Trudy and John Phillips

As I mentioned to Lindsay while we were skiing the Pipeline: "You might be the only bride who thinks they lucked out with the weather when it snows nonstop during your engagement weekend". Here are a few Whitegrass-inspired photos: Benjamin White, Bennington, VT

Local Dave Faunce in Chas Gazette

local ski hash wg 2/3/13

Mark and I will be over this coming weekend ~ YAY! We have been missing you and WG snow! In the meantime, we thought that you'd like to see some pics from our January, 2013 trip. See you soon! Betty Gatewood

If I had to wipe them down and put them away today, I'd feel ok with it Joe and Larry....…the back side of Pipeline on Sunday AM. My quads burned from the powder and my cheeks hurt from smiling! It was awesome. I was the one rambling in the lodge about how I could put my skis away for the season after a day like this. This is why! Joe Sizemore

We were all still glowing this morning from an awesome weekend. Hope to see you again soon. Cheers, Andrew ( xc gaspe article nyt)

Cabin Mtn last Saturday. Rob Coleman

...the impossible we do right away, miracles take a minute. Late getting to work after trying to snap lines, tear out trannies, and make deeper ruts as a new Sysco driver explores deep underground before dawn this fine swampy day. Dave to the Rescue, here within 10 minutes, had her buckin' like a bronco, and will charge peanuts and feel bad about that much. Takin' care of friends nothin' new. chip

this spiritual experience worth a listen and a new fav Fiddle * How uplifting and joyous the sharing we had...your music, friendship, and playing like angels and the messages of family, peace, thoughfulness. This should last at least forever and may your audiences be a listenin' in deep where your music hits! sent by chip

.Dinner was delicious and we had a lovely time. Thanks also to Mike, Tony, Chip and all. Anne and the crew at Cabin #51

This time we had the girls' weekend- skiing away! We came right with Friday snow storm. Sunday was the best of the best. We started just to cover the 3 mile run, but then got inspired by one of the couples to get all the way up to Bald Knob! And we did it!! What a beautiful view!! Here are few pics to share! By the way , the dinner was fantastic as well - squash with black beans and kale - yum-yum! Tuna was amazing! Hoping for more snow to come.....Elena, Regina and Kate

Much of what we do at Crystal Lake, and this website, are inspired by the wonderful trails, atmosphere, and snow at the Whitegrass Ski Area in Canaan Valley West Virginia. Do check out their Daily Report; their season is twice as long as ours. ...found on their website last night

Thanks, as always, for Whitegrass! Mike Fleckenstein

Chip, enjoyed White Grass very much yesterday. I'm the guy who bought the cookbook your wife autographed and who accompanied Don Nichter to race there. I sincerely hope you get significant snow between now and March. If so, I'll be back. Love the cookbook. Going to make the smoked trout dip next week or so. William D Fergusson , Lancaster, Pennsylvania

on Stonecoal Flats. Joe Spitek Burke, VA

great feedback on the Gaspe Ski Article sent by whitegrasser Andrew Gault and ex grasser Michael Burton in Maine...If you're looking for a unique cross country ski experience you can't top "Book Across the Bay" in Wisconsin. The groomed course runs from the City of Ashland, WI to the City of Washburn, WI across frozen Lake Superior...at night! The 6 mile course is marked with luminaries and rest stops every kilometer feature bonfires and refreshments. The race concludes in a huge tent on the shores of Lake Superior in the City of Washburn, with fireworks, hot chilli, locally brewed beer (this IS Wisconsin!) and a terrific live band/dancing. How many crazy skiers do this? Oh, only about 4,000!!! All proceeds go to local charities. http://www.batb.org/
Please stop publishing such glowing accounts of the splendors of the Gaspesie Peninsula in English or for American consumption. The Gaspe fell out of the American vacationer's mindset fifty years ago, to be rediscovered by me and my family, to the apparent exclusion of all other Americans, and we would appreciate the secret being maintained. ATTENTION AMERICANS: northeastern Quebec is unfathomably distant, French-speaking, and cold. For your own comfort and safety please confine yourselves to Montreal, Mont Tremblant, or better still, Toronto; and if syrupy pleasures you seek, Mrs. Butterworth awaits at your corner grocery store.Thank you.ex-LootellanNew York, NY
You forgot to mention one of the best Nordic events in North America, the Canadian Ski Marathon, a 2-day 100 mile point-to-point event (NOT a race) from LaChute to Gatineau, Quebec, this year Feb. 9-10 ( http://www.csm-mcs.com/ The course is divided into 10 sections, 5 each day, and one can ski as few or as many sections as you want, and you can even work up to skiing the 100 miles and camping out on Saturday if you're really hard core. Superbly organized with incredibly helpful and cheerful volunteers, it's an amazing event. If you go, don't miss staying at the immense log hotel Chateau Montebello .Paul G.E. Thetford, VT

these things are silly fun. work better on packed snow than powder, they worked really well dropping Sally.there is so much traction and stability with 8 psi. Paul Sullivan

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Every year it seems as though someone needs to leave Tucker County and take a sacrifice for the team. I'm psyched to hear that the snow has started flying while I've been gone. Glad to hear things are again open for business and I'm sure your keeping it wild and wonderful. Farm dem flakes, Kurt Litzau/East West Printing

Adam Posey/D&E College, Elkins, WV

Snowflakes form differently depending on the temperature at which they freeze. Despite the popular saying that no two flakes are alike, snow that forms at higher temperatures is less complex. Some snowflakes have been found that looked indistinguishable from one another, even under a microscope. accu weather

Is WG gonna get snow? It is certain. Matt and Jay Clouse

KARHU ANNOUNCES RETURN TO NORTH AMERICAN MARKET : Finish sports company Karhu announced that it is reintroducing its Karhu ski collection to the North American winter sports market for the 2013-14 ski season. The brand had been unavailable in North America for a few years and Karhu North America will begin importing its line of skate and classic skis and boots, which are designed, developed and tested in Lahti, Finland. Karhu will use the SNS Salomon nordic binding boot platform. There will also be a footwear line as counter-seasonal products for the spring and summer. Geoff Hurwitch will be the Karhu nordic product manager. The new line will be unveiled during both the Outdoor Retailer show and at the SIA Show. More SKi News

We are closing Wilderness, Heaven's Gate, and Snaggle Tooth per request of the US Fish and Wildlife Service Manager as of 1/15/13

snow comes out of the ground so in times like this we lay our skis outside and wait for the snow to lift them to us teddy and sarah "I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do." Willa Cather

 

sorry the storm missed yall, we had some pretty nice snow that turned to corn the next day. leathers n junks workin pretty good. see ya soon. p sully (in scenic floyd, va)

I took my favorite bandana with me on our trek to Machu Picchu. Hope you all are doing well and get some more snow soon! Abby

What's up Chip Chase? I know the answer to that......providing inspiration while producing perspiration!!! to name one thing. Hope you and the WG crew are doing great! I've been checking your daily report everyday, and sometimes multiple times a day, and cheering you guys on while away from home. Looks like you've had some really good skiing so far this season w/ more on the way. I've attached a photo that I took in Truckee, CA, with you guys in mind, while thru hiking the Pacific Crest Trail last summer. Elizabeth and I will remain away from home until next summer so we sadly won't make it to WG this season, but next season will be a different story. We miss you guys and are wishing you well. Kelly & Elizabeth

Artist Simon Beck must really love the cold weather! Along the frozen lakes of Savoie , France , he spends days plodding through the snow in raquettes (snowshoes), creating these sensational patterns of snow art. Working for 5-9 hours a day, each final piece is typically the size of three soccer fields! The geometric forms range in mathematical patterns and shapes that create stunning, sometimes 3D, designs when viewed from higher levels. sent by Elaine George

frosty winter dawn * red spruce with summit as a stage * among my best friends. Joe Henry

..."I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you different." Kurt Vonnegut some good quotes about the kind of xc skiing and skills of the locals we have here on that little video...I put this on Teton Gravity Research... someone else put on telemarktips Todd

Friends of Blackwater Canyon. We'll be showing the Backcountry Film Festival: Sat Feb 16th from 6 to 8pm at Tip Top. Suggested donation of $10 or whatever people can afford. There'll be a small raffle of gear

Leslie Suppes clinic entrepreneur

May you all ski your heart's content * May you cook good whitegrass food * May you smile and have fun! I Love You Sarah Johnson

Thinking of you guys today! SnowFencingwashpost ...Jay's goal this year (he's six) is to bag all the shelters at WG. He's got five under his belt, including Saw Mil and Lift Shack. Baldy Grove will be a challenge. Matt Clouse

Looking forward to next week!!! Ludovic Moore/Photographer

TMI sent by Casey

Silky conditions Monday with a dusting of new snow . In Norway we call those conditions silkeføre rather than powder . Yesterday was also excellent because I came back down from the Cabin Mt/ Baldy area just in time (by two PM) when the temp hit 37. Btw: there are some really tight areas with young trees blocking the trail going up over the Cabin Mtn. trail. That surprised me because the trail had seen lots of use going up the hill from the Stonecoal flats trail . Most of the time I go there the trail seems to have only a very limited use. Anyways it is always nice to see all the good trailwork you folks are doing. Keep up the good work and thank you. Jo Storaker

Chip, thought you might enjoy my explanation  when a friend said they couldn't believe  that I thought snow was more important than accepting an invitation to their house.  Oh it is so much more than just the snow. It is climbing to the top of the mountain, looking out over the Canaan Valley, going into the fairy tale  grove of fir trees with their limbs drooping with snow and the little hidden  shelter there with granola bars and maybe dark chocolate stashed in the tin box if you are really lucky. Then it is making the turns through the trees on Beech Lick trail in deep snow, crouching low going fast under control down Powder Run trail. It is deciding to go for Fern Gully trail even when Nell isn't there to talk you into it and making it down even the steep curvy parts without falling down. It is helping a young couple down that trail on their 4th time skiing and knowing they have many great skiing years ahead of them. It is that wonderful bowl of what was it? Cheseapeake fish chowder, that tasted like Thai lemon grass soup at the White Grass Cafe. It is all the friendly familiar folk on the trails and in the lodge. It is going out for one more trip down Orchard Forest trail before you make the tired drive back to Northern Va. And it is is all that deep marshmallow fluff snow. And yes that is better than anything else I can imagine doing on a winter day. Hope to be back soon with the whole family. Mimi

Marty Byer

It gets in your blood. It calls you home. Whitegrass, I can't wait to return... cyberegg

We have been skiing dream powder for the past week. We finally finished our move to West Virginia and got around to our holiday/solstice/newyear/pregoundhogday digital card and greetings! We even have official West Virginia license plates and address Eric & Vicky

Kare Andersen passed on Thursday afternoon. He was surrounded by friends, loved ones, and music. Please take his spirit for a ski this winter. Love ya, Dickie

Wanted to start off by saying that we had a super time there 2 weeks ago skiing!! Great day -blue sky- took our pix for christmas card 2013 at top of Dolly Sods!!! Just a 10 out of 10!! patty merinar

awesome ski up to Nordic National, Birchess Gardens, Green Cabin, Cabin Mountain, Secret Peak and popped out at top of Fern Gully...amazing tour! Susan Haywood

Paul, Glad the boys are dragging you up to WG Stro * A weekend of skiing is exactly what I needed. ☺ #whitegrass #happiness #chipchase #lifelongfriend Cheyenne Carter, Elkins WV

What a trip we had! Skiing on powder before New Years Day?! No kidding - it was not the dream! Thank you again for all the hard work. Our kids had a fantacious time:) The Miranda - Papina crew

A fellow patroller and I tried skijouring (on teles of course) behind her horse last weekend. I hope to see ya this weekend! Robb Talbott

More people in one place than I've ever seen outside the lodge in all my time at Whitegrass! As much fun as always, but with extra bonus great conditions! Matthew Wikswo

Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship ~ The Buddha

Good service: SkiSA * Happy winter, and best wishes for more snow and many many goodtimes! I had a great time being a part of the Whitegrass Skier supported touring center. Many thanks for your hours of hard work, love & support; and so happy that dreams come true! Hearing this, i was reminded of you and ghandi and a quote about service: True service is the spontaneous outflow of a loving heart and intelligent mind; the result of being in the right place and staying there; produced by inevitable inflow of spiritual force; not produced by strenuous physical activity; the effect of BEING what we truly are, not speaking of words, or doing of deeds. Happy new year! Corey Bonasso (on his way from here to Spain for the winter)

Some upper trails have been closed by Superstorm Sandy and will not be reopened per the request of the USFWS...Heaven's Gate and Snaggletooth have returned to Nature. bye bye ...Thanks to impermanence, everything is possible.~Thich Nhat Hanh

To the beautiful people of Whitegrass: May the new year bring much good fortune, endless happiness and countless moments of contagious laughter...Oh, and many snowstorms. We'll be over with bells on Aimee & Ethan

Cuba Libre!!!!' sent and cooked by Linnie for wg cafe With 67 percent of the contiguous U.S. covered by snow, the first day of 2013 marked the widest coverage of snow the U.S. has seen on Jan. 1 in the past ten years.

Sorry we did not make it by WG this past MLK weekend (and even sorrier there was no snow). But I took inspiration from your comments on the website and tried to make the best of it. Some tellie skiing on manmade snow Sat afternoon, and then hiked into Dolly Sods on Sunday (see attached photo of James building a fire on Red Creek). We took the lift up at Timberline, stashed our skis while hiking, and then ended the day with one run down. Next time hopefully we can do the whole trek on skis. Keeping an eye on the forecast and actual weather for this week and next weekend....Bill Berlin

thanks for setting my son Mickey up with xc gear. We went for a short excursion on the Winterset trail and he loved it. He also lived your chimes. Adam Issenberg

good idea and can start this here and add guitar music and headlamp skiin'....should we?

Fourteen of the last 15 days had measurable snowfall and it was the MOST fantastic New Year's cross country skiing ever! Fresh silk or powder every day; base at 16". No one wanted to come home. Mac

Not sure what she liked best -- skiing or just hanging out in the lodge with some hot chocolate! Kerstin Canby

wg stock (WGTC) is now trading higher following a slump in the spring of 2012. The nordic trade council has chosen us as a buy now in light of the fact that it is the 12th day of winter and already the company is showing real strength. Some traders were seen in the parking lot scalping their stocks amongst the bliss of happy holiday skiers this past weekend. Watch for the daily ticker tape on top of the report site as things develop. Now back to other financial news.

Liz and her hubby and new babe have moved out to Idaho from here and sez got lots of snow too!

driving to wg are we there yet? we're here on Timberline...MSG from a dog who was SOOOO glad not to be left behind. Thanks for having dog runs!! Love, Gwen

The National Weather Service is calling for cold temperatures in our area this week but not much snow, which is surely good news for local residents. (speak for yourself!) Elkins Intermtn Paper

HOLIDAY SNOWFALL BRINGS CROWDS TO RESORTS ACROSS COUNTRY: Snow was the headliner - and Christmas present - for ski resorts across the country as many areas saw the biggest dumps in two years. After last year's unusual situation of a snow drought throughout most of the country, this year saw the trend reversed, with abundant snowfall in almost all areas.The Northeast, which didn't see a decent storm all of last winter, was buried two days after Christmas with up to two feet of snow, and more falling on the weekend. Vermont resorts were mobbed, and traffic backed up to and from ski areas. A daycare worker at Stowe Mountain reported that her 16-mile trip home, which normally takes 30 minutes, took two hours on Saturday night. Sugarbush Resort reported that business was up 14% over the busiest Christmas week ever recorded under the 11-year ownership of Summit Ventures. It posted its busiest day ever on Friday (12-28), where visits were 9% higher than its previous record. TSIL expects to be reporting similar results from other areas next week, when more information about holiday visits is available. In Utah, a weeklong storm left ski resorts with more than three feet of fresh snow on Friday. The Wasatch resorts between Salt Lake City and Park City were swarming with thousands of skiers. Morning traffic was backed up in Little Cottonwood Canyon, home to Alta and Snowbird resorts, where skiers said it took 90 minutes to drive up the seven-mile canyon from Salt Lake City. The West coast was also blessed with abundant white stuff. Ski resorts around Mammoth Mountain and Lake Tahoe reported that 16 to 19 inches of snow fell from Christmas Day to Wednesday morning. Three days before Christmas, Crystal Mountain, WA, posted that more than "eight feet of snow has fallen since last Saturday." At Stevens Pass, WA, skier visits are up 26% ahead of last season at this time, and last season was one of the best on record. There were a few negatives to all the snow though, ranging from the minor annoyance of waiting in traffic and long lines, to lost skiers, to deadly avalanches.

Morning Chip, Thanks for sharing yesterday, my daughter Adeline and I had a special day on the mountain. I got the attached pic of Morgan on the main slope I thought you would appreciate. Working today, but may see you tomorrow! Jason

Ben Franklin said Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man

Porter Clark loved his new skis so much he had to sleep with them :) Jessica

We're in Alpe di Suisi, Alto Adige (South Tyrol), Italy to celebrate the new year with a little pre Montain State Marathon training. This place is not almost heaven-IT IS heaven! See you soon at Whitegrass! Ray Phaneuf and Cristina Loglio

Great skiing today. Thanks for the granola bars! Robert Chiappetta

really stoked on the snow quality and quantity. here are a few of Dorothy's 2nd time skiing by herself. she is not quite 3 and loves snow and eating icicles. i'll be here for at least another week so see ya tomorrow P. Sully

Just saying my family and I had a great few days at Whitegrass last week and we look forward to coming back as soon as our crazy schedules allow. I am so happy to see the daily updates as it reminds of being there somewhere in the snow. Love you guys! The Swartz family

Looks like we should do a hash this New Year's Eve. The hash will be in Thomas and leave from Tip Top. They (Tip Top) will be serving dinner for about 15 bucks...you should make reservations if you are interested. Dinner is from 6-8 and the hash will get started around 8:30 after you hounds get your buzz on. If you already have other dinner plans, show up at 8:30 to do the hash anyway. Spread the word and let me know if you have any questions. Hare O' the Dog

ski bottom wear and tear comparison; one weekend at White Grass equals three seasons in Vermont or five out West. * I'm filing as many prayers as Ullr's inbox can handle Spencer Lee

Merry Christmas! Eric, KB, Avah, and the Chases

Andy Brooks

My brother Ross and I had a great weekend at Whitegrass. I've attached a few pictures from Dec. 23. Looking up at the two or three tracks through breakfast bowl and along Powderline. See you in a couple of weeks. Merry Christmas. Joel ( One of White Grass Nordic Patrollers...P.S. always need more!)

Just back from 4 hour ski - Baldy, Breakfast Bowl, Springer Orchard, National Nordic, Fern Gully, etc. Awesome! Jamie * One Nation under snow Carol Calhoun

Chip: Belated and very sincere thanks for taking the time to set the signature "Chip Chase Corduroy" while juggling so many other post- Sandy responsibilities. It was the best skating I have had in years and was able to get in seven great hours on snow. Looks like things are looking positive for WV in the forecast. I hope to get back up there from the Charlotte area over the holidays. Best regards to you and all of the other Whitegrass staff for a great holiday season! Barry Tuttle

Wanted to make sure you know that we can now do sleigh rides to White Grass from the Timberline area, so you can market that for your guests who may be renting houses in Timberline. I will bring some flyers to you guys in the next couple of days! Cost of the ride is 175.00 and we can take four adults or two adults and a mix of kids.Thanks! Angie

Hello dear ones,we will have a yoga class tomorrow morning at 9 am. Before the storm gets really going. As it is the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year and the beginning of the new cycle on this planet, we will honor the sun with sun salutations and poses to open our hearts to the new energy that is coming in. Looking forward to celebrate this special solstice during practice with you who are able to make the class. Love and light Gisela

Ben and LE Herrick

John and John could not wait for east coast snow and headed west to Driggs, Idaho

The Paradise Rainer National Weather Service Cooperative weather station locatd at the modest elevation of 5,426 ft. (summit is 14,410 ft.) on the south-facing slopes of Mt. Rainer (14,410) reported a whopping one-day snowfall of 54 inches yesterday on Dec. 18! That's a big one-day storm anywhere, even for the station with the world's highest average seasonal snowfall (671 inches). That brings the snow depth on the ground there to 126 inches (12 and one-half feet) this morning. See attached photo taken Wednesday 12-19-12) with first floor of the National Park Lodge buried. I'd say the chances look pretty high for a white Christmas there! Bob Leffler

Only when the world is ending will we get snow. Cheers, Casey

Untracked patch on Roaring Plains 12/15 at least a foot thick. Sandy snow? Rick Hartman

Based on preliminary data, this is the first November in WV's history that any station has ever reported snow cover (1 inch or more on the ground) every day of the month. Ironically, even Mt. Washington, NH (6, 288 ft.) much higher and much farther north had 13 days in November with a trace or less (zero) snow cover. WV's anomaly was largely a result of Hurricane Sandy's two and one-half feet of snowfall that started the Canaan Heights NWS published COOP station (3, 715 ft. elevation) off with 25 inches of dense snow pack on the ground. Six and one-half inches of more fresh snow during the month (actually below normal) combined with consistently well-below normal temperatures (about 5 F below average) to help sustain the early, dense pack. Bob Leffler


Itching to ski. Dancing for snow. Hope to see you all soon. Andy * Jack Frost sponsors include Mtn Top Brewing, Morgantown Brewing Co, Bridge Works Brew, Tip Top Coffee, and East West Printing

Flowering Dogwood(Cornus Florida)Silky Dogwood(Cornus Amomum)Northern Arrowwood(Viburnum Recognitum)Winterberry/Dec.Holly(Ilex Verticillata)Serviceberry(Amelanchier Arborea)Mountain Holly(Ilex Montana)American Elderberry(Sambucus Canadensis)Mountain Ash(Sorbus Americana)Black Chokeberry(Aronia Melanocarpa)Balsam Fir (Abies Balsamea) local seeds collected by Dave Saville


I was dancing around the house to Big Band era tunes this morning and heard a great song called "THE DIPSY DOODLE". Lyrics are priceless, 4/4 beat is impossible to resist. Thought it would be a great name for a ski run. Then I thought of people who can include naming ski runs in their job description. It was a short list and you were at the top. I don't think you have a run named the Dipsy Doodle do you? Patty

Ill be praying for snow - missed seeing WG last year can not let that happen again. Robert Guynn

Great job with Jack Frost! Combined some still images and video clips of music in the yurt. Thanks again for such a fun fest. Steve and Debbie Ball

John and gang skied (skhiked) to Baldy Dec 1...barely Marbin Rocks Fiddle

Go here and do a search for White Grass:. Mobile Maps. We're sending snowy thoughts out your way. Hope to see you guys soon! Tom

Thanks for a kick-ass time @ Jackfrost Saturday night! AS ALWAYS a fantastic time! Hope the snow returns soon! Cheers, Rod Jones Mill Creek Saw Shop & Canaan Valley Ski Patrol

Chipper, Thanks for throwing the best party ever! We love you and the WG family! Every year at Jack Frost, I fall in love with the community all over again. The kegs are our contribution to the party, thanks for supporting the brewery all of these years! Mad Love! Kate / Mtn State Brewing

Greetings From Vermont...more WG Family

Bobby...Jack Frost gets better every year yet I am not certain how that is even possible. Thanks a ton for throwing a terrific bash. Onward to a great ski season. Clare

Local Thomas, WV wood fired pizza and the region's best hummus @ Gargantuan-Emporium

Randall Reed owns the wg farm, 91 and strong!

met adam and athey at canaan after they ski'd off the wall at tline and found it too crusty still. corn was just right on the meadow and dark side of the moon for some nice turns and safety from hunters. tony was out there also. anything not getting sun was still pretty frozen...Todd...hey dad, more days of amazing trailwork. wonderful friends, food, and backcountry. Endless days in paradise! Adam Chase * Driving Canaan George Flam

Thanks for providing the excellent Halloween adventures at White Grass! Big ups to WG nation! After a morning of digging out in Davis, I did happen upon a few shady characters in them there spooky woods...Will be back to pick up some season passes! - tom b

. Goo Martin and Adam

I'll move out west when you can put me next to West Virginia. Steve W * Gravity. It's not just a good idea, it's the law. Drew Gallacher

WEST VIRGINIA XC SKI AREA REAPING BENEFITS FROM SUPERSTORM : The record snow that hit parts of the South as a result of Sandy was overshadowed by the devastation the storm caused, but in parts of West Virginia, the snow is still there. It took a couple of weeks but power has finally been restored to its mountains, spokesman Joe Stevens told TSIL. The state's ski resorts still plan to open later this month and in December, but the 40+ inches of snow dropped by Hurricane Sandy has been a windfall for the state's largest nordic area - White Grass Touring Center in Canaan Valley. Cross-country skiers and snowshoers have been hitting the center's trails since late last month, coming in from as far away as New England. * FiddleHead

Cary Reed Collection

Morgan not sure of what direction to xc ski in 11/4/12 by chip

If I was responsible I would not be in WV skiing Pat, Ottawa * He had such a great day, he skied better and longer than I've ever seen. See you next storm! Ellen Ramsey, Charlottesville

Adam and Morgan Chase by Maggie Lutz

This is a place that just oozes the essence of the sport we love; the three of us ate it up. Whitegrass has a surplus of the purest ski stoke. We wish we could be so lucky to only ski at places as cool as this for ever. The most honest expression of my takeaway from this trip. There was so much that was so memorable but the place where we made our turns was one of the most happy and glorious places I have ever been. To anyone who would ever have the inclination to go to WV to ski, you MUST visit Whitegrass. MUST. West By Ullr Virginia Peter/Famous I Skiers, Burlington,VT

Hey Chip, could you forward this picture to Eric? I met him on my way to Bald Knob, he and Cory showed me the way. Plus two representative pics of your grooming. Thanks, man!! Andrey Revyakin

I am still amazed at the un Jackson Hole-ness of the place, the scarcity of of condos and resorts, the few spare restuarants and shops and the fact that summer is considered the off season. Sue Eisenfeld, Arlington,VA comments@bethesdamagazine.com...Bravo Valley High by Sue Eisenfeld / Dear writers, editors, and publishers, Having read my most deliciously described short article about Canaan Valley we wanted to praise all of you! The entire mag is full of success, innovation, stimulating, and hard to put down...Good going! Having lived in WV for the last 35 years and a former resident of Mt. Vernon, Va it is SO GOOD to see the results of talented dedicated work. Sue, You better let us know who you are the next time you are in Canaan so we can make a big deal out of all this. Write On! chip chase canaan valley wv

Alice and I skied mt Baker. On the summit I met a guy from Colorado who looked at me and said "is that a Whitegrass hat" ? I was wearing a WG hat and so was he ! Random! Bob Vernon... It was good seeing you at Cheatfest. I have been out in Washington trying to ski volcanoes. I was on the summit of Mt Baker and ran into some really nice folks. We started chatting when we realized we had a WV connection. Turns out Bob from Morgantown and I were both sporting White Grass hats!!! Total coincidence in our wiggly world! White Grass is like no other and I thank you for sparking that vibe when I was a kid. Sliding on snow is pretty rad! Stop by Neptune's if you are on Colorado. Cheers, Zach Holtzman

WISP, MARYLAND'S ONLY SKI RESORT, BOUGHT BY REAL ESTATE TRUST : Maryland's only ski resort asked a bankruptcy court judge Friday to approve the sale of the property to a unit of Entertainment Properties Trust, a Kansas City-based real estate investment trust, for $20.5 million, according to published reports. Current owner D.C. Development LLC said the proposed sale of Wisp Ski Resort, unless topped by a better bid, "will bring the highest and best return to creditors and parties in interest over any other achievable alternative." An approval hearing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court is scheduled for Dec. 4. Wisp plans to open for the season Nov. 23. Wisp was purchased by Karen Meyers and partners Gary Daum and Steve Richards in 2001 for just under $12 million. They made a number of improvements, but filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October 2011 after defaulting on nearly $30 million in loans. The money had been borrowed to build a golf course community near the ski hill. Home sites in the Lodestone golf course development didn't' sell as well as expected in the recession. The deal with Entertainment Properties doesn't include the Lodestone development. Entertainment Properties or its subsidiaries own 11 other ski areas in Indiana, Missouri, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Vermont, according to the firm's 2011 annual report. Its other investments include multiplex theaters, entertainment retail centers, wineries and public charter schools. The publicly traded company reported total revenue of $301.7 million in 2011, up 4% from $289.8 million the previous year. On Nov. 12, Entertainment Properties changed its name to EPR Properties.

We had a fabulous time this weekend at Whitegrass (and last weekend too)! Thanks for keeping the light on after darkness fell on Saturday and the hot tea and cookies.. We hope to see you soon when winter returns.The first picture is of Kira and Emma from Takoma Park, MD on Bald Knob with their snowman.The last one is of some bear tracks we were following across the road. Goo * started losing sleep 2 days before Sandy hit Overheard

this snow ain't goin' nowhere and Denis bets no ground 'til April up high, that spells 165 days in a row to mid April * you never know when you're gonna get it so you better get it while you can. OverheardIt was awesome skiing with you.  Hope to do it again soon! Peter Wadsworth/ The White Lining and FamousInternetSkiers * To the brotherhood of the bended knee, david lysy

The frequency of lake-effect snow continues to increase through the month of November and typically peaks in December. As the lake water temperatures continue to cool during January and February there is usually less lake-enhanced snowfall as the amount of instability needed to generate the heavy snow bands is reduced. 11/23 on this day Pickens, WV (1950) Maximum snowfall from a single storm (state) A total of 57.0 inches Accu Weather

the basic stats. 2.5 days of skiing 24,010 vertical 19 hours driving WORTH IT! Jonathan S. Shefftz * I told you we were getting 300" this winter. Joe Massi

Hey Chip!! Hope all is well. We cannot thank you enough for your hospitality down there. If you are ever in North VT you have a place to stay for sure. We had an awesome time. Teton Gravity asked me and Andy to write a story on our trip. And it is published on their home page right now as their cover story. Currently with the most amount of hits as well. I thought I would share it with you so you could see how much we appreciate your type of passion for the back country and skiing in general! Here is the link. Thanks Again!! Dalton Harben Co-Owner, Worth Skis.

First off - thanks for an amazing day of skiing on Friday. My girlfriend and I stopped by and had an amazing day enjoying the epicness of the blizzicane. I'll definitely be back to do a full day of tele and and do what I can to better get a hang of it. Kyle Dodd / OpenSnow.com..."Know your limits and exceed them frequently" **** Oscar's rockin' it and P is for Powder Melanie Hall, Roxbury Gap. Vt

I love Whitegrass and I've never even been there. KC * "Everywhere around here is up" power worker from Arkansas * Jeff Hazel wants to know the price of a lifetime season pass

Just keep doing what you do at Whitegrass and being the community that you are. It's part of what makes the valley so awesome. See you on the hill, Peter Denbigh

Hope you like the picture. Frozen, slippery slug up to Blackbirds Wing yesterday morning, but at the crest of Blackbirds, instantly turned into Powder Paradise.  Few small obstructions.  Turned right at the iron gate and up to the CVNWR kiosk and into Dolly Sods.  Wonderful single-track powder thru the Red Spruce grove.  Got sketchy for solo mid-week.  Turned around and down Forest Road 80: wonderful.  Hard to find Timberline Trail, but once found, just perfect. Having done 3-mile, Bald Knob, Powderline, etc. on Tuesday for comparison: Blackbirds Wing - Forest Road 80 - Timberline is not to be missed and great for beginners once you get the ascent. Soon I hope. David McKibbin, Towson, MD

DangerMuffin 8 days after the storm and we are still skiing POWDER! This is at Pharis Knob in the trees and Yokum Knob in the Sinks of Gandy. We got to the top of Yokum and were greeted by a bunch of cows and their herd dog. ONLY IN WVA! We got it goin' on here.  John Regan

Photos from the storm Nolan Yager Jacob Lutz Ski Art

ECENT CALLS HAVE INITIATED THE WHITE GRASS PURPLE POWDER ALERT SYSTEM. THIS SYSTEM IS USED WHEN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS DICTATE A SKIABLE HAPPENING AT WHITEGRASS. IF YOU RECIEVE THIS ALERT, DROP ALL YOU ARE DOING, BRUSH THE DUST OFF OF BOOTS AND SKIS, AND HEAD FOR THE VALLEY IMMEDIATELY. . LAST YEAR'S SEASON HAS HIGHLIGHTED THE NEED TO "CARPE SKIUM" WHEN THE CONDITIONS ARE RIGHT, IRREGARDLESS OF THE DATE. I AM ON THE ROAD! mike sayre

SKIABLE DAYS 2011-12: 72: Oct-5 Nov-2 Dec-21 Jan-16 Feb-23 Mar-3 Apr-2 OPEN WITH 50 Km: 16 * 200 season passers * Last Snowfall: Mar 5 (4") & Apr 23 (5") SEASON SNOW: 115" CAFE: is open now that there is early snow and serving dinners in mid December THANKS EVERYONE... supporting international cuisine hand crafted by hard working dedicated staff. Cater all summer and be back ready to cook each winter.

Great Start! Great signs for a new season. Could be a fantastic! Dan Shewbridge

Thanks for a great time! Daniel and Jessy

It was great to see you guys thriving in the snowy autumn. We had a great tour and capped it off with a hearty soup and a well-deserved cookie. Chip, thanks for taking me on a quick joyride in the piston bully. I can check that off my bucket list now. Here are some pics I took during our tour. I hope you like them. Later, Marc

Hello Chip, Laurie, and the gang who made it all possible this past weekend, What an incredible weekend! Snow and trail conditions of all varieties and ear to ear grins from everyone on skis graced White Grass. I can't think of a happier place to be. Gotta love those nordic skiers - trees down, bridges yet to be put in place, no bird seed at the shelters to tempt the chickadees…yet everyone is just happy to be alive and skiing. The bumper sticker adorning an SUV parked at a precarious tilt along the entrance road on Saturday said it all - "It's all good." Enjoy the pics! Chris, Tom, and Jesse Hong

SO psyched to see all the X-C love there on Sunday!!! Here is a photo of Chara Whittemore on Baldy Trail just south of the false summit. Not a Radigan....but cool lighting, for what it is worth!Looking forward to seeing all of you many more times this winter! Much love!, ter

Adam Chase

I remember skiing Roan Mtn. as early October 5th. sometime back in the 80's. Garry

Well, buddy, I don't think many in Manila understood it, but everyday on the elliptical in the Asian Development Bank gym, there were cheers and 'high-fives' from me everytime CNN reported another inch of snow had fallen in Elkins, WV! And most might think that an "All Souls Day" weekend on a live-aboard dive boat in Thailand's Similan Islands is about as close to heaven as one can get. [And, frankly, it is pretty damn good!] But I have to say my thoughts were in another place often mentioned as "almost heaven," where they were getting 30+ inches of snow! Now take good care of those 'freshies" for me. My tour out here ends in December, and I am looking to be up in National and Stonecoal Flats this January trying to get my ski legs back. And in the meantime, I hope you have the best November ever! All in the ski industry deserve it after last year! Ged Smith p.s. Got to tell you about skiing in Kashmir last year.It is a howl! (wg hat in the pacific!)

I just wanted to say thanks for being open this weekend! Coming off last years sad winter, this weekend was much needed winter therapy. There were a lot of happy faces on the trail. So again, thank you, thank you, thank you !!!! Michelle

Had a blast! John Bolecek * a fine day of xc, excellent conditions enjoyed by lots of happy people. thanks to everybody there for all the hard work that made it happen.except for some traces on Snowy mountain, no snow or signs of the storm in sight from the bottom of Allegheny Mountain home. sunny and mild. striking contrast. hope to return soon. John & Anne

Had to see it for myself...Thank you for keeping the door open, fire warm !! Best wishes for the early season and be back REAL soon! Corey Bonasso

In the wake of Sandy, West Virginia still attracted intrepid backcountry skiers from as far away as Vermont to make the haul through downed trees and power lines to skin and shred the 2-4 feet that fell from the storm. The unofficial launching pad for various missions was Canaan Valley's Whitegrass cross-country and backcountry ski area. License plates from across the East converged to skin in the mornings and clink beers in the afternoon after bagging October turns in heavy but incredibly deep snow. I'm not sure anyone anticipated pre-season pow skiing in the Appalachians as the silver lining to this incredible storm. ...

Yesterday I bought a share in the CSA snow farm for the family. Looking forward to a winter of Carpe Skiium at Whitegrass! Season Pass... supports Chip and Laurie (whether there will be snow or not) for all the work they do creating that amazing place where people enjoy physical activity, the trees and sky, and delicious food. Eat real food off real plates!!! Enjoy actual conversations with real people, face to happy face. Get your blood pumping and hear your heart beating in your head! Immerse yourself in the peace and beauty of snow-covered trees. This is the good life, good people. Barbara Walker, Morgantown,WV

And so it begins . . .Ski it ALL man. Wicked jealous.Hope your tired and happy from skiing all day.Wishing it was 30 degrees colder. YA HOO 4 UP.S. - How did that string groomer work out? David Crossley

OK, we are moving back down from Vermont! Happy skiing!  Looks fantastic!!! we are sooooo jealous....! Becka and Pam * Sandiemonium Mike Carpenter * Denis Bogan ski reports www.dcski.com * http://www.telemarktalk.com/ * http://list.uvm.edu. Cite as you wish. Denis

Thanks for being there! Hats off to you and yours. Here are some photos of our fun times in....November! Final verdict reviewed and confirmed: it was definitely all right. Best, Matthew Wikswo

West VTah...Famous InterNet Skiers were down, Will, Peter, and Jake

We were in Canaan for over a week, but Ed decided to return home to Ocean View (Bethany), Delaware, to secure our home for the impending Hurricane Sandy. Please note NOT MY IDEA! The hurricane winds are picking up, and I have my comfort food simmering on the stove. You guessed it, White Grass Chili. Hope you have the big snow that I WILL MISS. Cece Niemi

I'd like to let you know that I've added Whitegrass to my website SkiTrailReport.com. I started the site last year after there was no good forum to find out who was grooming after the Halloween snowstorm and built a database of ski trails in New England for people to find ski trails and submit first-hand reports. I'm working on building out the database for the Northeast this fall and figured that, with the snow, Whitegrass would be a great place to start. I've never been to Whitegrass but have been following your site (and your snow) jealously for years—maybe I'll make it down from Boston some day! Anyway, our (my, really) goal is to provide a central location for skiers to find out the latest Nordic conditions, so we spend less time looking for trail conditions and more time on skis. If you can provide more information about Whitegrass, or other ski areas, we'll be glad to include it in our database. You can find trails, submit reports, and encourage others to submit reports at Whitegrass's page. We're open to reports from ski areas but hope we get many visitors to submit their own pictures and reports. Please let me know if you have any questions, please help spread the word, and happy snow! Thanks Ari Ofsevit

type in Snowshoe,WV 26209 or closer to here yet forecasted from Charleston, WV (rather than Pburgh, PA), is Whitmer,WV 26296.... Blizzard Warning High Wind Warning Flood Watch Hazardous Weather Outlook all at once

This is a preliminary assessment of the current snowstorm in the Canaan Valley WV area.Power and phone service is out in much of the WV high country and official snowfall observations are sketchy at best.  Therefore, I have made some calls to folks up there to obtain their observations.  I talked with Chip Chase, owner of the White Grass Cross Country Ski Center in Canaan Valley. Chip is a very astute weather observer. Based on his conversations and pictures and my knowledge of the local mountain climatology, my best estimate for snowfall for the last 24-hours ending 7 am Tuesday morning is as follows: 3,000 to 4,000 feet elevation:  26 to 30 inches snowfall; depth about 24 to 28 inches 4,000 to 4,900 feet elevation:  30 to 34 inches snowfall;  depth about 28 to 32 inches. If validated with official data,  both WV state October all-time snowfall and snow depth records will be totally smashed and the storm in the high country is still not over.  Another foot or so of new snow is possible in the next 2 days in favored higher elevation westward facing slopes above 3,000 feet due to wrap-ar

Bridge Day Popping wheelies in the sky Bridge Day 2012

Oh my gosh, first of all, everybody plan a weekend getaway to The Purple Fiddle in Thomas, West Virginia. This place is a true gem. The population of this town is about 577, and apparently they are 577 of just about the sweetest people you will ever encounter. And not only sweet, but seriously know how to have a good time. Everybody was up and dancing from the very first song of The Spring Standards and just got more and more amped up and enthused as the night went on. The audience gave us such a warm, welcoming reception and made us feel right at home here. Getting up there and joining the Standards on their encore of "I Shall Be Released" was a moment that will not be forgotten in my life. That's one of those musical moments where you are just overcome this joy to be participating in something so big, beyond ourselves, just feeling the power of music and creating music with one another. Whew. Pretty special. The celebrating and music and jamming continued long into the night. Looking forward to a long nap in the van today as we travel these winding roads of West Virginia and make our way down to Asheville. Ali Sperrry http://alisperry.com/music/ Nov 16 live here

Matt Clouse sent Mega-storm threat growing for mid-Atlantic last week and lookie what's happenin'

November 25, 2012 10th Annual Wreath Making Workshop White Grass Ski Touring Center and Cafe in Canaan Valley and the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy invite you to join them for the 10th annual Evergreen Wreathmaking Workshop. Its an afternoon of fun in a beautiful place with friendly people and it's now officially a tradition! Learn how to make your own evergreen wreath. Bring a hand-prunner and any decorations such as pine cones, berries, ornaments or bows, that you would like to adorn your wreath with. We will have all the materials you'll need including a variety of fresh-cut firs. We'll get started around 1 pm and be around all afternoon. Please RSVP daves@labyrinth.net . White Grass is a long-time partner with the Highlands Conservancy's and Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge's spruce restoration efforts. They have helped organize volunteers, build fence, collect cones, plant trees and feed the volunteers. 2012 marks the 10th year of this holiday season tradition. Dave Saville

Hey Chipper! Hope all is well sir! Just wanted to let you know the 12z run of the European Model this afternoon spits out 36 inches of snow by Wednesday across Canaan Valley with its take on track of potential Hurricane/Hybrid Nor'Easter storm at the start of next week! Thinking this might be a bit extreme for now, but will keep our fingers crossed that maybe somehow the atmosphere can work this out...wooohooo! Would love to get an early start to ski season this year and head over your way for some backcountry...LET IT SNOW! Clayton Stiver, C'ville,Va

Chipper - Hope all is well with you! Us lovebirds finally tied the knot this summer, and we took memories of WG with us on our adventures, from the South Pacific to the Pacific Northwest... Can't wait for the snow! See you for trail work and good times early November. Best, Annie and Kyle

Dear Skiing Friends, As preparations continue for the coming ski season, we are planning another volunteer trail work day this Saturday October 27. We will continue our quest to hold the persistent mountain laurel back from the sides of the trails. If you can join us, we will start at 9:30. Don't forget your lunch and some drinking water. You are welcome to bring your own tool suitable for trimming the brush, and/or a leaf type rake to help clear the cuttings. It's a great way to enjoy this Fall weather and get some exercise. Please send an email if you are planning to join us. Our final work days are planned for Saturday and Sunday Nov. 10 & 11. Season Passes are on sale now and discounted before Dec. 1. Individual: $90 Family of two: $144 Each add'l person: $45 6 Day Pass: $50 Your early purchase of a season pass is not only a great value for you, but will help insure that skiing can continue at Crystal Lake. Checks may be sent to: Crystal Lake Ski Center, 1716 Crystal Lake Rd., Hughesville, PA 17737 See you soon, John Manifold

Corridor H is about to open from Knobley Road to Rt. 93. saving another 10 minutes and putting Fairfax easily within 3 hour drive. "I just learned that there has been a rock slide on the newest section of Corridor H that was suppose to open soon. Looks like they will move the date back to November. Additionally, they have not yet painted the lane markings"

Todd....maybe they know something about the upcoming winter...

INNOVATIVE FUEL SOURCE WILL POWER NEW KILLINGTON GONDOLA : One does not normally think of poop and ski resorts as being related except in the most tangential way, but recent news might indicate otherwise. After the huge brouhaha over Arizona Snowbowl's use of recycled wastewater to make snow comes another poop-related ski resort story. Cow manure will be used to power skiers to the top of Killington Resort, VT this winter as part of a growing effort to generate electricity from a byproduct of the state's iconic dairy farms, according to published reports. The resort will use 300,000 kilowatt hours of electricity made from manure generated on 13 farms to run its K-1 Express Gondola. The manure-generated electricity is distributed through a renewable energy program at Green Mountain Power, the state's largest utility. Begun in 2004 by Central Vermont Public Service, which was acquired by Green Mountain Power's parent company this year, the "cow power" program now generates five megawatts using manure from 10,000 of the state's 270,000 cattle.
Killington is the first ski resort in Vermont - and possibly the country, maybe even the world - to use manure to power a ski lift. Herwig Demschar, senior VP of international business development of Killington parent Powdr Corp., told TSIL that he is not aware of any other lifts that are similarly powered, although there are some small solar powered T-bars in Europe, and bio-mass plants are very popular in Austria. Read more about the Cow Power program at http://tinyurl.com/92jm7l5.

warren and chip by Ron Shelton

What A Summer: Leaf Peepers Sept 29-30...Sept. 7- 9 Slatyfork Women's Weekends * Sept 15: Revenge of the Rattlesnake Ultra-marathon XC race *WG cafe @ Local Brew Skies Festival Aug 18 * Clifftop Aug 1-5 23rd String Band Gathering * July 28-29 1st Annual Joint Appalachian Mushroom Foray in Canaan * Celebration Of The Arts June 29-July 1 * June 22-24 Canaan MTB Fest *Elkins, WV, EVERY 2nd. Saturday Squares at Randolph County Community Arts Center April 14, 8pm – 11pm and May 12, 8pm – 11pm * Master Naturalist Contact Andy Dalton at 304-866-7037 * Apr 27-29 New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend Babcock State Park * April 28-29 Irish Road Bowling @ Pipestem Resort State Park *April 29, 2012 Get Lost! Orienteering Race Coopers Rock State Forest * Virginia's Second Dare To Be Square May 4-6 Homestead Farm, Riner, VA * 18th Cheat River Fest May 5 * May 11-13 Blackwater WV Wildflower Pilgrimage May 26 7:00pm Mountaintop Library Fundraiser w/ YOUNG FUNK SUNG Brew Pub * Art Spring May 28-29…A Local Memorial Day Art Tour * June 1,2,3: Canaan Valley Birding Festival * June 16 Block Party FWS

Found this tiny Wooly Bear in the yard. So what does it mean when they are sooo small -- Hope it portends a super fantastic winter!!!! Keep on have fun every day. See you soon. L.E....Hi Chipper, I was on my road bike today from Heights to Canaan Valley State Park and back. I counted 32 Wooly worms, it's got to be a sign that white flakes will be heading our way... Diane Rader

News from Barbara Brown (CCA): "Gorman Young passed on October 9, (2012) just six weeks short of his 100th birthday. There is going to be a memorial service and Metropolitan Memorial Methodist church on 4301 Nebraska Avenue (Washington, DC) Saturday November 17 at 2 pm." Gorman Young was one of the founding fathers and early explorers of the Canoe Cruisers Association of Washington, DC. Below is a picture of a spry and vivacious and youthful Gorman – then just 57 years old - on the "Lost Paddle" October , 1969 rapids naming trip on the Gauley River. Gorman Young was also instrumental in establishing the first commercial ski area in Canaan Valley, WV with the Ski Club of Washington, DC – at what is now the White Grass Ski Touring Center. Gorman was active and skiing into his late 80's. FaceBook Page

Spent 4 days in your neck of the woods and the colors were outstanding. Good times and here's a few pics....stay well, Martin Radigan

Run For It!

Dolly Sods Dog rescue ...The people you know saved the day! Neil McDermott organized Vern Patterson, Chuck Nichols, and Jim Mollard, who trekked in and carried, walked, or sledded May out in a basket. I hope they all got excellent, well-deserved rests afterwards! Martin

Made a fantastic trip to the Telemark region of Norway last week. a few pictures attached of our ascent up Gaustatoppen, the highest peak in the region; where our sport was born in ancient times. Martha representing WG on this day! We missed you at Floydfest but look forward to time at Whitegrass this winter! best, Martha and Paul Sullivan

A hit record isn't what sustains you - what sustains you is a hit show. Bobby Rush (reminds me of most of the small, yet sweet, Fiddle shows)

Hello!I am writing because I wanted to let everybody know about my new band, Knock Boxxx. Band members include Eric McDonald, Zach Brock and I. We just recorded an EP this past weekend and we have it available to listen to and for sale at http://knockboxxx.bandcamp.com/album/ep Please check it out if you have a minute and pass it along to anyone who might be interested. For those of you who are local to Thomas,WV there are copies of this record available for sale at Tip Top. Thanks so much, Rebecca

Just whipped up a batch of Chicken Enchiladas from the original White Grass cookbook. Yummy doesn't even begin to describe the deliciousness. What? You say you don't have that cookbook? Well, the easy way is to pop over to Amazon, but I say the best way to get yourself a copy is to head to White Grass this winter and experience the food, the vibe, the skiing and, oh yeah, get yourself this cookbook! And while you're at it, get the newest one as well...more of the most fabulous food you'll ever cook. Let me just say it kicked Joy of Cooking out as my go-to cookbook. Lisa Gillogly

Just recently got back from a dreamy trip in Denali and on the Copper RIver. Hydrating the whole time with my Jack Frost bottle had me reminisce with some regularity about the place. Looking forward to some pruning and a powdery winter! Best to you and Laurie and the family. Johnny

This video got me fired up for some trail work - can't wait to cut some new lines!! Richard and Lindsay...where do you store your moguls for the summer...with your moonshine?

Todd

Just letting folks know of an upcoming West Virginia Highlands Conservancy Fall Review  October 19-21 at Canaan Valley State Park.  Presenters will include   Dr. Trish Miller, WVU biologist---Golden Eagle telemetry surveys   Kelly Fuller, Wind Campaign Coordinator, American Bird Conservancy---birds and wind energy/federal laws   Most events open to all.  Here is link to preliminary schedule in WVHC "The Voice," p. 24.
http://www.wvhighlands.org/Voice%20PDFs/VoiceSept12.pdf    Cheers, Cindy Ellis

First Flakes Ten Mile Range, Summit Co, COLO

We are releasing our 4th full-length telemark movie in October titled "Let's Go!" OFFICIAL TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/47921811 Josh Madden

We are very pleased to provide you with a sneak preview of our new book: SEASONAL Canaan Valley. Books should arrive in Canaan Valley late Nov. Ludovic Moore

The white woolly worm is the caterpillar for the Yellow Woolly Worm Moth or the Virginia Tiger Moth. Weather folklore says that if you find an all-white woolly worm, you are in store for a snowy winter.
They are typically yellow in color as caterpillars, but occasionally show up as white. They can look like little white puffballs. Each woolly worm is made up of 13 different sections, which is believed to represent the 13 weeks of winter. They have three sets of legs and even though they have small eyes, they make their way around mainly by touch. An interesting fact about woolly worms is their ability to survive being frozen in temperatures as low as -90F. Their bodies have the ability to produce an organic antifreeze of glycerol and other chemicals that protects the interior of their cells in addition to their bristly hair. Tom Conlon

WG Ski Patrol Alive. Pic by Paul Hess

OK NOW I'm ready..........Tele Bruce

Kids and I were just going through old pics and saw this gem...God smiling on White Grass and thought of you. Looking forward to snow...Jamie & Margaret Newell

Adventures in New England Eric and Vicky

Margaret Fleischman hails from the rural river town of Columbia, Virginia, but she belongs to the world. She channels voluminous soulful vocals - think Norah Jones meets Bessie Smith with a healthy dose of Patsy Cline - wielding her ukulele against a sensual backdrop of vintage blues, old-time country and intriguing originals. Call Michele ? Brookside Inn at 304.698.6343 for reservations

Perfect fall company Mark and Clare

Mike Gallagher Moon Rocks outside of Davis...Looking forward to tons of snow!!!

Tim Sharp

Looks like the first significant snow is starting to fall in Utah and Colorado right now - just ordered a pair of Voile Chargers to shred it! Came across the attached Lcartoon - apparently Neptune used to sell shirts with this on it. Maybe an idea for new WG swag? Will be out in a two weeks - happy to do any trail work if y'all are already getting out. Richard -- When the situation is desperate, it is too late to be serious. Be playful.

Carol from 34th Rye Hill Poetry Reading

 

Dear Friends of Crystal Lake Ski Center, Yes, there will be skiing at Crystal Lake Ski Center this winter! As many of you know, Anna Alford died suddenly in early May this past Spring. Anna's love and passion for skiing at Crystal Lake will be fondly remembered by all of us who were touched by her unselfish life. Anna's mother Dottie Alford continues to oversee Crystal Lake skiing from her home in Island Falls, Maine. Dottie will be in touch with her "Management Team"here at Crystal Lake on a daily basis as the ski season progresses. Our team consists of our friends and employees of many years experience, and actually includes all of you who know what a special place Crystal Lake is for skiing. This year especially, we are looking for your help and support in making thiswinter a successful ski season. Many of our volunteers and employees from past years are going to be involved: John Manifold, the designer and constructor of our trails, will supervise operations including the all important trail grooming, with the help of Paul Gawblick, Tom Deljanovan, and others. We have families that play an important role: The Keeleys from Virginia , the Gstalders from Montoursville,and especially our close neighbors the Gross and Smith families. Michael Gross is helping in many areas including the website. Chris Elliott will be handling the bookkeeping department. Louise McCormick, our certified ski instructor will be active with the instruction program. Of course we could not exist without the trails at Crystal Lake Camps and the support of Nathan, Tim, andtheir staff. We all love cross country skiing and want to provide the best ski experience for you to enjoy. How can you help? Invest in a season pass. Specific information will be coming in a few days through another email and our website. Your early purchase of a season pass will not only helpus with the trail preparation work, but insure that skiing can continue in the future. We welcome your suggestions forimprovement, negative or positive. Please email the Ski Center with things you liked in the past and those things you would like us to do better. All are welcome to come for trail volunteer days this fall. Enjoy the crisp fall days and get some exercise. We will be trimming brush, replacing bridges, or fixing up the ski shop. Come for the full day or just a few hours. We will start at 9am. Don't forget your lunch. Dates are: Saturday Oct.13, Sunday Oct. 21, Saturday Oct. 27, Saturday Nov. 10, and Sunday Nov.11. Send an email to clski@windstream.net or leave a phone message at 570-584-4209 to let us know when you will be coming. See you soon, The Crystal Lake Ski Center Team

At 6:45 this morning (9/ 11) my weather station registered 34 degrees. As I looked out there was a large, but very very thin patch of frost on the East facing roof. Bruce Dalton

Dolly Sods Wilderness area is always a great place to visit… But last weekend reminded us that we need to enjoy the outdoors a little more. Here's a direct link to about 60 photos – hope you can take 5 minutes to enjoy.
See what happens when 3 photographers aim for the Wilderness. Vic Moore

Neal McDermott

Chris Good

Our Historian from work found the attached photos of Drift Land (I think) can you give us some history on the buildings and Ski Lift? Thanks, David Beckner (Wash Ski Club at Driftland in the mid 50's)

Todd Romero

New snow tube park being built at Canaan Valley by Rick Steelhammer

Spent last weekend in Canaan and missed not running into you. Here's a few pics from the refuge, shay's run and dolly sods yoga. Enjoy and we'll be out in late september. Cya then. Martin Radigan

Jeff C. in his yard at Timberline

Just checked your White Grass website and am impressed! Colorful, current, beautiful, upbeat, inviting....makes me wish we are here in the winter! One year we'll do that and crosscountry ski in White Grass and enjoy Laurie's food! Congratulations! lolita

Next time I'll have to take you up on your generosity.  My family had a great summer vacation in Canaan.  The cooler weather was a Godsend.  We ended up swimming in the North Fork-South Branch of the Potomac when visiting the Seneca Rocks area .Jon

Oh my gosh, first of all, everybody plan a weekend getaway to The Purple Fiddle in Thomas, West Virginia. This place is a true gem. The population of this town is about 577, and apparently they are 577 of just about the sweetest people you will ever encounter. And not only sweet, but seriously know how to have a good time. Everybody was up and dancing from the very first song of The Spring Standards and just got more and more amped up and enthused as the night went on. The audience gave us such a warm, welcoming reception and made us feel right at home here. Getting up there and joining the Standards on their encore of "I Shall Be Released" was a moment that will not be forgotten in my life. That's one of those musical moments where you are just overcome this joy to be participating in something so big, beyond ourselves, just feeling the power of music and creating music with one another. Whew. Pretty special. The celebrating and music and jamming continued long into the night. Looking forward to a long nap in the van today as we travel these winding roads of West Virginia and make our way down to Asheville. Gotta say it again...so grateful to be doing what I'm doing with the people I am doing it with. Grateful, humbled, so happy.? Ali Sperry * Chip's daughter Erin and Ollie matching his Mom's tummy

The first season for the children's community garden was a success. Rob Do you recognize this guy?? He hooked me up when we were mountainbiking in VT and my bike got messed up-- SMALL WORLD....miss ya--see ya at the Rattlesnake race! Lynn and David

just wanted to thank you (and thank you and thank you) for hooking us up w tim... what a great guy.. and he seriously came through...when people up there asked us what we had done, when we told what tim steered us (and took us) to everyone was pretty amazed - and said that most alaskans never do that stuff.. so... longer explanation will follow... but just wanted to thank you (profusely) michael lipton

Couple climbs Seneca Rocks to tie the knot Jon from Chesterfield

Marc and Kara * Rolling Thunder Organic Farm

Saw this article and thought of you and your empire. Looks like there are some WG recruits hidden away in South Africa. See ya soon, Chad

Chris Good

I'm getting the gear out now. Tele Bruce * oh please...Sarah Anderson NYC, Philly, DC: Winter 2012-2013 will be "Snow" Joke * forecast map sent by Jeff Simcoe...thanks everyone for wishing this to be true...The presence or absence of a Greenland block will determine if we get alot of snow in my opinion. Last year a La Nina year the NAO was positive so we got very little snow the prior year also a La NIna year was negative and we got dumped on. Same in 2009-10 it was the NAO combined with the weak El Nino that caused the heavy snow. IF the El NIno was strong then the heavy snows would be flooding rains in the northeast instead.

Eddie Art As always, love keeping abreast of Canaan happenings on your site.  Looks like another winning summer in WV!Though you might enjoy the attached pic of a bearhead find last Fall on Equinox here in VT, and the following link (with vid): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqXN-IGxwSo Enjoy your forest mandala.  All the best from the Wise gang,

miles of lindy run trail rhody reclamation on the blackwater side. The -premier- trail of canaan mountain is now way better for hikers and rideable for bikers! if the usfs won't do it... someone will! Todd * Tucker County Trails "now get to work"

I love you guys, come to White Grass at least one weekend every winter, but you have to get your mythology right. While it's true that Ullr is the god of skiing (among other things), Skade is not his wife! Skade is a jotun (Norse Giant) that (like Ullr) represents skills in skiing and bow-hunting and other stuff. She eventually becomes a goddess after she marries the god Njord (a guy not particularly associated with skiing, snow, or mountains). There are those that say that she later leaves Njord for Odin. But either way, she was never Ullr's wife. As a Norwegian transplant to DC, I am letting you know this because I want to spare you the wrath of any potential errant Icelandics that might stumble upon you making this mistake! ; ) Ian Fossberg Washington DC P.S One rather hilarious thing about Skade (Jotun/Giant/Goddess of skiing) is that, in modern Norwegian, the word "skade" means "injury"!=.... Ian, Fantastic and we want to be accurate especially when it comes to the Gods of snow or skiing. Thanks for the history check and mostly the love part of the letter that goes a super long way in this world down here. The Gods were not so nice at times according to myth. I will publish this and change the website info! Cheers, and our best back to you for a great year and nothing better than having you as skiers on our trails and woods this next snowy winter. chip

AHS Hiking Crew Helpin' Out...* Mo MoJo... Fantastic time at The Purple Fiddle last night! Such a great venue with even greater people. A real treat of a gig. If you are ever passing through or near Thomas, WV, it's worth the stop!

It's the birthday of poet Joyce Sutphen (books by this author), born in St. Cloud, Minnesota (1949). She's the author of Straight Out of View (1995), Coming Back to the Body (2000), and Naming the Stars (2003). Her most recent book is First Words (2010). Sutphen spent her childhood on a farm near St. Joseph, Minnesota. She said: "Like many of the people I had read about, I set out on a long journey to find truth and beauty. As usual, the road led straight back to the beginning: home, country roads, the sun setting through the woods."

All Earth Eco Tours

Why are Trails Important? by Sam Ristich... Inexpensive method to get physical, mental, spiritual therapy. Inexpensive convenient way to enjoy companionship, community and family. Seasonal way to enjoy natural history. Additional way for schools to educate and instill a sense of wonderment especially in young children. Function of trails... Great way of having a togetherness without traffic and noise. Great mental therapy.
Learning process. Sense of wonderment. The forest is a combination of producers and recyclers that produce oxygen, wood, food, leaves, lichens, ferns, fruits, seeds, condominiums for birds and rodents. Recyclers are fungi, birds, mammals and insects. Patterns. Sam belonged to these organizations, and he lead walks, talks and classes. Nothing would please him more than for you to volunteer, or to sign up for a walk, talk, or class!

Joe Henry... Some of you I sent one of the photos of the mushroom shaped cloud which actually a cumulonimbus cloud. This one of three rarest cloud formations and usually spawns sever thunder storms. There was no wind on August 1 when I photographed for about 90 minutes as the light changed. The photo that is attached reveals a cloud with an alpenglow from the sunset behind the camera. You may be able to see the cloud in more detail if you open the jpeg rather than view the cloud in your email reader. Best, Joe

Today in Valle Arpa, Chile. Think snow! Ben Badger

Kate Preston

Planning Mid-Summer's Eve ritual to appease the snow gods and insure lots of glorious white stuff this coming Winter. Currently planning prayers and the ritual sacrifice of a snow cone in the backyard fire pit. Suggestions welcome. David Burr

Dear organizers and leaders of the Joint Foray, I just wanted to thank you and tell you that the foray for me (and my wife) was a wonderful experience. The place was magical, the program exciting and interesting, the staff very kind and helpful, and the guides were great. I enjoyed the walks led by Mel and Chip (and of course listening to Gary, Rudy, Peter, and many others!) I am sorry I had to leave quickly before thanking Chip for the great walk he led today. I learned a lot and enjoyed his spirit –so beautifully fitting the amazing forest he took us into. Please forward this letter to him as my late good bye. Thanks so much to all involved and hope to see you again,Tovi p.s. We sure plan to return.. Hi Tovi. We are so happy that you had a good time. We worked pretty hard and knowing that you enjoyed yourself makes it all worthwhile. Thanks for your email. See you next year, Shelly and the Organizers. WV Mushroom Club * Gary Lincoff

A photo I took recently of an interesting cloud formation in the WV mountains near the highest point on the Eastern Continental Divide in PA, MD, and WV (mt. Porte Crayon; 4,4770 ft.) is featured as today's (Tuesday, July 31, 2012) National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) "Earth Science Picture of the Day". You can view the photo and a discussion (today only) at: Enjoy! Bob Leffler

Cheat appeared to be around 5 1/2 feet right after I played. There was no one else around...I LOVE WV!!! * First, thanks for posting our business sign in Thomas for the Gargantuan Emporium – we are working on it and hopefully up and running in August. Next, we are putting in a wood fired brick oven by the building...Boury Boys

Dear Chip, Thank you for all the useful information that you provided Doug and Brian about the caves in Tucker County. We hope you will enjoy the book. Doug McCarty and Brian Masney / West Virginia Speleological Survey

Bob Burrell is one of my lifetime favorite heros and I am blessed to have known him and followed some of his life instructions. Now back to living like he has and love to his family and close ones that feel such a loss. Send condolences online at www.hastingsfuneralhome.com. Chip

Hey Pops, Check out this link. Looks like fun. Later, Cory

I look at your website every single day to see what's going on up there and maybe catch some pictures from around the farm. I would rather live there than any place that I can think of. I haven't been in touch with Uncle Ran for a long time. Hope you are enjoying the Summer and will have lots of snow this Winter!!!! Best Regards, Richard Reed

July 19: Southern Appalachian Celebration program and book signing, at the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 7 pm, Southern Appalachian Celebration: In Praise of Ancient Mountains, Old-Growth Forest, and Wilderness with author Chris Bolgiano. The book features stunning photographs by James Valentine, whose photographs of ancient mountains, old-growth forests, rare plants, and powerful waterways reveal the Appalachians' rich scenic beauty. Bolgiano's evocative prose and interpretive verse tell the story of its natural history. She wrote an article about Chip and White Grass in Harrowsmith Magazine in the 80's

Please join us if you can this Saturday, July 14th for our monthly trail work day. Meet at 10am at Blackwater Bikes in Davis. We have a few various little projects we can accomplish depending on the amount of folks who show up. Will try to feed the trail slaves some grub afterwards. See you out there!Todd p.s. As always, it doesn't take a 'trail day' to help with the trails. Any time when you are out hiking or biking on the trails and come across something that can be done to improve the overall trail experience, whether it be moving a branch, getting a puddle to drain, or even trimming back some overgrowth, please take the time if you can to make any little improvement and show some pride in our great trails, knowing you and thousands of people each year will enjoy the fruits of your labor!

Here are new galleries from the vacation creek scrambles. There's no better place to be during a heat wave, or any other time actually...
Big Run, Blackwater Canyon and Dunkenbarger Run, Dolly Sods Wilderness. Clare Anderson

We would like to thank Bill Smith of the Tucker County CVB/Chamber of Commerce for coming out yesterday and honoring us with a ribbon cutting! The wine tasting was a success. Shades Of Grape Cindy R.

My new weather website will come online this fall. It's dedicated to snowfall only.Check it at: canaanmtnsnow.com Here's hoping for plenty of deep, white powder this winter...Dave Lesher

Hiking the Allagheny Trail Sara Bird Kevin Moore, Secret Passage,WV

I am seeing signs of the early fall color pallet in grasses, reeds and seed pods in the wetlands here. We may be in for a delightfully long fall season. This will require continued frequent rains and the lack of very high winds in September and October. Joe Henry

The place to be if you want to escape the heat in the lowlands this July 4, 2012 is Mt. Rainer National Park near Seattle, WA. At the modest elevation of 5,500 feet at the visitor center below the 14,410 foot volcano's summit, there is still 100 inches (8 ft. +) of snow on the ground! See attached photos taken this July 4 morning. Have a great one regardless of where you are! Bob Leffler

Bill Love, Glacier Nat'l

John Mayall, 79, played Snowshoe,WV Aug 11 (leader of the Blues Breakers in the 60's where young men like Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton were developing their chops)

Trail-Work photos http://www.visitcanaan.com (RECENT PHOTOS on the right will take you straight to the photo album) World record on "how much can be done in an hour" Ludovic Moore

Most of you probably know by now that CVI is soon to transfer ownership of its property near Davis, WV to the WVDNR. As former Land Manager and current Sustainable Trails Specialist for Canaan Valley Institute (CVI) I felt the need to send a thank you message to you all. I would like to express my personal, and the CVI organizational, thanks and appreciation for all the hard work you put into the development of the trail system on CVI property near Davis, WV. Beginning in 2004 with a lengthy series of meetings to iron out the trail system details and formalize commitments, to this month with trail maintenance and construction of the Splash Dam South Trail, our partners have held up their end of the agreement with dedication and lots of hard work. It hasn't always been easy, or worked as planned, but we have accomplished our goal of creating a multi-use trail system for the community and the region. As the icing on the cake; in 2008 (only 3 years after we started!) the trail system we built was included in the National Recreational Trails System. It has been both very rewarding and very educational for me to have worked with you to build, and play on, these trails. Watching the racers negotiate newly constructed areas and listening to their comments after the events were particularly informative! with the impending transfer of CVI property to the WVDNR, CVI will not have a hand in the future of these trails. I am confident that the trails will remain open to public use basically as they are now. But we all know the only thing in life that remains the same is change. I encourage you to remain patient and positive while the WVDNR decides on the use policy for the CVI trail system. I also encourage you all to develop the kind of relationship with the WVDNR for the management of these (and other trails in the state) that has stood us in good stead for the last 7 years. You can be confident that I am, and will continue to be, proactive in influencing the WVDNR to keep the CVI trails open to public use as they are now. While we are transferring our property, CVI is not closing its doors. We will continue to offer our services in trail planning, design and construction as we have in the past. Please feel free to contact me if you need more information on these services. Thank You, keep up the great work state wide, and (though I try very hard to not say this) Happy Trails, Ken Dzaack: NSD Construction Manager/Sustainable Trails Specialist P.S. Feel free to forward this to those you feel need to know.

Canaan Mtn Bike Fest June 22 Big Al's

Laurie Little (my wife)  and I were among some of the original local supporters that took time to learn some of the facts and then attend meetings to speak in front of the county commissioners and others. We pulled our White Grass business in with us and kept the pressure on with the help of Linda Cooper and others as we focused on our local government officials...after less than a year we had convinced one of the members who was riding the fence and then a majority vote fell in our favor. After that the path was open for the higher ups to swoop in and get some land purchased and get started with the Refuge. We also created a very warm and supportive personal atmosphere for the officials that were from various support organizations that were attending local meetings and having to experience a basic negative response from many that attended and spoke. It was key to have us there at every corner and for us to repeatingly get up and spout off the many reasons we felt supporting the idea of a local Refuge made fantastic sense.  Timing is everything, and we happen to be at the right place at the right time yet much credit goes to the hard working Friends group that has continued to support the Canaan Refuge through all the bumps and high spots. We are original members of this crew and they continue to grow and prosper as we speak! Cheers! chip

Friends of 500th - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service...GREAT BOOKSTORE full of goodies including this calendar.

SIA: Words of Wisdom… If I were to speak with someone just getting started in the industry, I would try to impress upon them the value of following and never losing their passion for the sport. Too often the day to day grind gets in the way of continued participation in the sport we loved so much that we chose to make it our career. If I can think of one negative that I have observed during my tenure in the industry, it would have to be that many of the principals in the business are no longer participants in the sport. Too many creative decisions are made by non-skiers or boarders. And to this fact I believe we have taken a giant step backwards.

Happy Fathers Day from Erin ( late 80's on Table Rock, Loop Rd.) Johnny Staats and the Delivery Boys

Mtn Biking Thomas Trails and Dobbin House by Scotty B

chip has 3 grand kids and one on the way...Oscar is the newest cousin held by Janie and Oliver (in Vermont) along with Estoria reading with Nanna and the new WG pup, the wise yet small Cooper * Alex, Erin, Jane, Ollie

Holly Hinkle Art * Watermelon Park

Thanks for being such a sweet host Chris Bolgiano

Paul Weiss Gaspe, Canada/ snow report

Geo Bell...good times must always follow you around. So much fun and nice stretch of river...Chad

Gisela's Yoga and Massage * Black Bear Burritos, Mgntwn, WV * Jimi Snyder * Stewed Mulligan foot stompin' sweet * WG/Facebook * Trail Mix * Snowboarding Opossum * MoFrontFlip * Total Snowfall Pool: winner 150" Barb Douglas (sitting around 115") First Frost: Guess 9/15 actual 9/16 Saundra Goss First Snow: Guess: 10/7 actual 10/1 Catherine Fleischmanstill waiting for winter to show up * Chuck Nichols * MoFrontFlip * NE US Snow * VT Mansfield Snow Stake * Tuckerman's Ravine * EPA finalizes rules to cut gas-drilling air pollution * Lack of Skiers Brings End of Season / Chas.Gazette * Caddisfly Lady Kathy Stout * WV Senator Pulls Support For Nat'l Park * Made me smile. Street Skiing sent by David Crossley * You would enjoy this.... Rodger Carter * Guess Drum beats fr/ albums/npr * Tele Bumps Timberline Todd * It's like swinter- summer and winter combined * mushrooms will save the world/Paul Stamets sent by Cory * Turning skiers into friends is more fun than skiing * Will this thin snow skiing affect my WG ski buy back program Robbie * you can't go wrong around here in the summer Jared Roy * Ski Chip/Robbie 2/21Utube * Chipper Chase pdf * Off Piste Mag ** Skiing Roan Mountain NC. Randy Johnson * Easy Come Easy Go Snow by Todd * Winter Adventure Afghanistan sent by Jeff C * Ski Area Trail Artist & Winter Paradise Old Town Crier * WG on PA XC & Sno Country * too bad the wind is blowing all your powder away...little did they know * Days like today remind you to never get rid of your old skis Steve Waugaman (out West still skiin' somewhere) * 52nd Gov. Cup SLALOM: GS: Local's Cup Soon! vic * Arctic Sunday @WG by Tom Beach * Canaan Valley/Wiki * WG Aerials Mo UTUBE * How White Grass Got Its Name pdf * Original WG Movie Utube * deepest snows of this winter so far have been a foot, last year 2' on the ground packed in early March * Short Version of WG report * Hive Snowshoes Ski Back Down * WYEP Rocks WG * Women's Clinic on Facebook * the buzzards are back spring has arrived * WG FreeYour Heels/UTUBE * Trak Waxless Skis' 85 * Canaan Under Ground Weather Station * Cross Country Skier Mag* am I technically skiing off piste right now Jerry (on dirt section last week) * why don't these skis have edges * I found the patches Ed Rader * I was the last skier on Falls Overlook taking the line where the deepest leaves were Mike Buchness * Early Feb WG Skiing/UTube * Century Farm Award Randall Reed * Thursday night's FunRaiser smashing success * He who puts skis away too soon...has to re find them * Gisela local Yoga site * Many WG trails are 1400 feet higher than Davis / Thomas and in the shade *Amos Lee a favorite * White Grass Wiki * It is better to be out skiing, thinking of God, than to be in church thinking of sport Sent by Barry Glotfelty * Love to Contra Dance * WV Poet Laureate Irene McKinney Passes On * sent to TWC by Todd * Recycle WV Directory * Ground Hog Fun Facts * I really appreciate the warmth and goodwill funny how those words share initials with Whitegrass Spencer * State Parks Chief Cool WV Nat'l park plan * Ski on a National Wildlife Refuge/WG * Last Year 125 skiable days November - April with 216" snow along with 266 loyal season passers. Credit to our pal Ullr, Canadian Great Lakes Northwestly Flow, and You! * White Grass I'll be back! Nancy Whalen * Chaga Mushrooms Are Good * Brewstel in Elkins * Inventing Waxless Skis Trak Jan 85 * 111-acre Youth Science Center in Canaan Valley * The secret's out Winter Weekend @ Deep Creek, MD sent by Rodger Carter * 1966 WV ski article.pdf sent by Tom * Is that a smile or is the wind just pushin' my cheeks back? * WG is Outa State by Al Larsen * Cabin Fever Blackwater Falls * Felt more like streaking than skiing Dan Coogan from CO after touring the weekend on light no edge eastern ski gear * Neighboring WV Elk River Nordic * I'm wearing my pajamas wrong side out when I go to bed. It worked for snow when I was a kid...HONEST it did! Tele Bruce * Grip and Glide waxing with Toko * National Snow Analyses * Tele Ski Elements UTube * PSIA Nordic Tele Teaching * Radical 'Spoon' Ski Built-in Cleats * Marcellus Special Session * Viva La Nina. Hope she brings us a long hard winter! Strat Douglas * Winter 2011-2012 Forecast * make you happy until it snows. wintermoon * Parents/Child Clinics this winter * Into the Garden: Lots of wire, and other wreath-making secrets * Banjoist Noam Pikelny brings his West Virginia-learned skills to Mountain Stage * Typical sat at whitegass. 13 degrees, 30 mph winds and snowing sideways. Everybody having fun * Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile And Stuart Duncan: NPR Tiny Desk Concert * NWS publishes its wildest guess on winter * Cold Sauna * Junk Boards * WG Archive Tomb Page * Expanding Summertime Activities Ski Resorts * Timberline Ski Area claims an average of over 200 inches * Greenbrier distillery makes small-batch spirits * WV Beartown Park Video * WV First Skiing In East 10/3/2011 UTube * NSAA Formalizes Partnership w/ IMBA * Cold-Loving Fungus in Bats * West Virginia Speleological Survey * WV Agriculture Market Bulletin * A WV Sesquicentennial Moment * Forget about Utah's Greatest Snow on Earth * 49 Million Roadless Acres Remain Protected

Two October snows where tracks were laid down in all directions, very unusual to have so much so early. Chip skis 10/2 and slope tracks on 10/31 by Todd (some say this is why it never snowed later on...)

For the WG website! - Herb and Sarah

Out here in the Northwest in the big truck. Got lots of time to play on this trip. I got to get on my skiis on Thursday in the Tetons in Wyoming. Thought I would send you some of the pics. Hope you are well. You look great in the pics on your website. Loved seeing Bob Vernon on your site. I was hoping to ski with him tomorrow on Baker but rain in the forecast says no, go boating. Be well, John Regan...Right On Chipper. You do give me inspiration to keep the fun meter pegged! I luv your site. Always updated and luv seeing familiar faces every time! From now on, Chippies Fork joins the Dry fork in Jenningston. See Ya, JR

Chipper, did you know there is a Whitegrass soccer team here? Today was Whitegrass shirt day for the boys dressing for school. Those shirts get worn a lot! Paul Hess

Zach Deputy headlined Evan Supak / Green Rivers

I thought TCT might be interested in this story. I don't know if you could show the same numbers here, but I bet they're very similar. Jenny...forwarded over by Todd, he took the 5 # umbrella polypore pic of chip above

Vic Moore

It was one of those once in every twelve year winters Tony Denucchi * Just remember next winter has to be better than this one Tom in French Creek

Canaan's improvements coincide with ongoing construction on Corridor H, a four-lane highway project that has decreased travel times between the Washington, D.C., metro area and the year-round resort near Davis.

Canaan Birding Festival Weekend. Vic Moore

Thomas Trails Celebration June 1/ Critton Hollow and the Klines PolyJesters

Thomas WV town trails adjacent to new Park dock and picnic shelter with donated supplies from Cluss Lumber and others...flat water river front along the North Branch of the Blackwater

Statewide Duck Contest at the Refuge New wine shop in Davis @ Muttleys Downtown

Congratulations on another successful journey around the Sun.  It's a long way but we have a nice planet to ride on! Ride on, brother. Christoph....HIPPIE DIRTDAY

May the sun shine, all day long, everything go right, and nothing wrong. May those you love bring love back to you, and may all the wishes you wish come true! Happy Birthday! sent by Shari Scofield

the girls putting the finishing touches on the new community gardens in Thomas. Cory was a huge help.  Rob Stall

Chippy, How many miles you have flown, hope you are dancing through Augusta this year. Keep up the good work of feeding people and loveing them, and feel your spirit flying from that youthful heart to bless us with the fun we forget to have. Zeke Applegate posted on your Wall

TMI

The test of an adventure is that when you're in the middle of it, you say to yourself, 'Oh, now I've got myself into an awful mess; I wish I were sitting quietly at home.' And the sign that something's wrong with you is when you sit quietly at home wishing you were out having lots of adventure. Thornton Wilder

After we sort of assembled we were given words of encouragement and a brief introduction by THE MAN Gary Lincoff. He's holding up a tinder fungus and some tinder fungus moonshine a member brought for all to enjoy! That's his book on the table: (that is chaga and chip's shine with lots of it in there...) July 28-29 1st Annual Joint Appalachian Mushroom Foray in Canaan

Hi Chip -- I perused the Web to see all the latest about White Grass, which lives on in my imagination as my ultimate destination, the place where I was literally a sky-scraper, where I broke trail up between the fir with falling snow obscuring the tops of the trees, where just sitting in the lodge was like being in time out of time, never wanting to leave, to just enjoy the good feelings and the energy around me. You gave me White Grass of my Mind and I am a richer person because of my time there. I saw White Grass lodge one time from a drift 30 feet above the lodge in the great storm of '93 -- I could only ski to the lodge, but I had to get there to see the lodge, drifted clear of snow in a 5-foot margin, but surrounded by giant drifts of snow, dwarfing the lodge. Who else has seen the lodge from 30 feet above the parking lot? White Grass was my pilgrimage: I would drive 4 hours to get there, ski for 6 hours, and dtrive another 4 hours home. Those visits were enchanting. Thanks for still being there, for still being my ultimate destination, for keeping alive the spirit of the land and the mountain and eternity. The hat arriving almost made me cry. I so miss your bit of heaven. hugs. Trent Batson (Judy surprised me with the hat, which I am wearing as I write).

it took me most of last summer and a ton of corn to get this little guy to be this friendly Andy in Swanton

Anne Farmer Yoga * Blackwater Bikes

Nancy Mammarella

Canaan Valley in Tucker County, West Virginia, is a beautiful and rare treasure with nationally significant wetlands, unusual character and unparalleled opportunities for outdoor education and research. High altitude and a cool, moist climate have created a unique wetland and northern forest treasure in Canaan Valley. The Valley supports many unusual and rare plants and animals. Canaan Valley is home to 40 different wetland and upland plant communities supporting more that 580 different species of plants. The diverse Valley habitats support equally diverse wildlife populations, with 290 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fishes known or expected to occur there. On August 11, 1994, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service purchased land establishing Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge as the 500th refuge in the National Wildlife Refuge System. Managing land within Canaan Valley as a refuge will maintain the ecological diversity of the Valley and the Blackwater River drainage basin for present and future generations of West Virginians and all Americans. The idea for a refuge in Canaan Valley was first voiced in 1961! It finally became a reality -- thanks to Chris Clower, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's West Virginia Field Supervisor and Senator Robert Byrd. They have a right to look happy and satisfied. Read more:

pizza time...goin back for harvest, so don't try and figure out where it is and beat me too it! :) Todd

WV Geology Burkes Garden, Va / a mini Canaan Valley

Smoke Hole Land Protection * Smoke Hole Canyon property preserved

BLACKWATER RIVER, WEST VIRGINIA The Blackwater River is considered one of the most superb trout fisheries found in the eastern United States. The 32- mile long river flows through Tucker County in West Virginia's scenic highlands, beginning in a high mountain wetland and ending in a steep wild canyon. The river flows through the Monongahela National Forest, the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge and Blackwater Falls State Park, plummeting 1,500 feet over its length and draining 142 square miles. The risks to the Blackwater River are numerous. Sections of the Upper and Lower Blackwater and nine of its tributaries fail to meet state and federal water quality standards. Past and current mining activities have polluted portions of the river with acid mine drainage. The continued development of golf courses, condominiums and ski resorts in Canaan Valley threatens the river with depleted oxygen levels from sewage flows and increased water consumption. New condos planned for Blackwater Canyon will add to this pollution load.
As well, major corporate landowners have recently stepped-up logging in the area. This logging threatens the river with heightened sedimentation, increased likelihood of downstream flooding, and further threatens endangered species."Lovers of this fragile river system must continue to be watchdogs," said Molzahn. "At stake is their health, and that of their economy. Studies continue to prove that the most competitive economies are those with strong environmental standards. West Virginia ranks near the bottom in both."

Trout and Tunes Elk River,WV Larry Keel

Way to go on not only amazingly fresh cutting edge music perfectly executed but to me as important...your personal sincere love and appreciation of friends. The journey is family. chip chase

The greatest stand of red spruce in the world (in terms of size and quality) could be found along the upper Red Creek drainage in what is now Dolly Sods Wilderness. The entire region was clearcut. The largest tree logged in the State of West Virginia, near Lead Mine, Tucker County, 1913. This white oak, as large as any California Sequoia, was probably well over 1,000 years old. It measured 13 feet in diameter 16 feet from the base, and 10 feet in diameter 31 feet from the base. © McClain Printing Company. West Virginia is called the Mountain State largely because the average elevation is over 1,500 feet above sea level. This is the highest average elevation of any state east of the Mississippi River. The relief, the difference between the highest and lowest points, of the state is 4,613 feet. The lowest point is at Harpers Ferry on the Potomac River (247 feet); the highest is at Spruce Knob on the Allegheny Plateau in Pendleton County (4,860 feet). Logging the Virgin Forests of West Virginia

Jamie floats "lower BlackTop" from Canaan in 9 hours (10 minute shuttle from Davis bridge to Timberline Rd offers a 10 hour run after 14 miles of flat water with a few late rapids if you'd like.) AWA WV River Levels

Weather station operated by Reinhard on Valley View Road at the top of Timberline at an elevation of 4058 feet near the ski area. You can view the data at here and here and note you can change history interval Station Info. If this one is out of order, see the NOAA NWS station on Canaan Heights and the webcam there. Dennis Mennerich 

Laurel Fork of Cheat, 750' drop over 14 miles, close to 100 class 3 rapids in a row....chip taking time not so seriously. Pics by George Bell

Great to reconnect with the old vermont nordic clan ! Dickie Doug Elliott

Doug Elliott has performed and presented programs at festivals, museums, botanical gardens, nature centers and schools from Canada to the Caribbean. He has been a featured storyteller at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee. He has lectured and performed at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto and conducted workshops for the Smithsonian Institution. He has led ranger training sessions for the National Park Service and guided people in the wilderness from down-east Maine to the Florida Everglades. Elliott was named harmonica champion at Fiddler's Grove Festival in Union Grove, North Carolina. He is the author of four books, many articles in regional and national magazines and has recorded a number of award-winning albums of stories and songs. Elliott has traveled from the Canadian North to the Central American jungles studying plant and animal life and seeking out the traditional wisdom of people with intimate connections to the natural world. And he still looks under rocks. These days he uncovers more than just a few strange critters; he brings to light the human connection to this vibrant world of which we are a part.

Chip's the man! Such a good vibe at Whitegrass!!! If they could bottle it and sell it, they'd be set for life! found on UTube

photo captures the essence of Spring at Dolly Sods: rock field, interesting tree trunk, fresh green leaves and red to orange leaves yet to get their chlorophyll. Best, Joe Henry

VIRGINIA RESORT SEEKING NEW OWNERS AFTER TOUGH YEAR: Wintergreen Resort, VA is searching for new owners following difficult winter, according to published reports. After several years of declining business, a warm winter has made the financial situation even trickier. Earlier this year, Bank of America threatened to pull the resort's line of credit. There was also a dispute with the state over how much tax relief the resort was getting. "It's certainly been the most challenging, from a financial management standpoint," said Rob Sullivan, the resort's vice president and chief financial officer. Sullivan believes things are improving, however. One way they've done that is by hiring a team of financial advisors. Alvarez & Marsal, a global advisory firm, is trying to sell the resort's ski trails, golf courses and lodges to new investors. The situation has left a lot of questions for the dozens of people who live on the mountain. In recent years, residents have purchased bonds to generate money for the resort. Many have been willing to pay higher membership fees to keep the mountain amenities available. But the future may ultimately lie in the hands of a new owner. Until the fog of uncertainty clears, managers intend to keep the resort open and ready for vacationers. "It's really business as usual here, and it will continue to be throughout the summer," said Sullivan.

KOTTKE NUMBERS CONFIRM THAT SEASON WAS ONE OF THE WORST: It's not a big surprise: visits to US ski resorts were down 15.7% during the past season. This year's preliminary Kottke numbers, released Monday at the National Ski Areas Association's San Antonio, TX, convention, total 51 million skier visits, down almost 10 million from last year's final number of 60.5 million. The report states that it was the most challenging season since 1991-92, when 50.8 million visits were recorded. Historically, the largest year-to-year visit decline was 17.6% in 1980-81. All regions were affected. The weakest snowfall in 20 years saw a 26% drop in California, 20% decline in New England and 7% drop in the Rocky Mountains. The Southeast, which includes the Poconos, was down 24% and the Midwest off 18%. Even the Pacific Northwest, which saw good snowfall, was down 5.7%. Five out of six resorts in every snowy region of the country saw declines in visitation. In a further indication of the challenging season, the industry as a whole fell below its 10-season average by 11%, a pattern echoed across the country. All regions except the Pacific Northwest were below their 10-season visitation average from the period 2002-03 to 2011-12. Days of operation also declined in each region. The survey reports that 50% of responding areas opened late and 48% closed early. While the mood of the meeting was reportedly more somber than in the past, the industry is eternally optimistic. And there were some silver linings. While season pass use declined by 10%, or roughly one day from last year's 11-day pass use, the revenue from pass sales remained the same, boosting resort lift ticket yield by 8.8%. While the number of overall lessons declined in 2011-12, the participation rate of lessons climbed to 8.2% of all skier visits, compared to 7.7% last year, meaning more revenue for resort operators. And while visits by passholders and single-ticket buyers dropped, visits by overnight travelers climbed to 48.5% of all visits, compared to 46% last year. International visitation - especially in the Rocky Mountain West - also climbed, reaching 6.3% of all visits, compared to 5.7% last year. Another silver lining is the most surprising: early season pass sales seem strong, with resorts reporting stronger sales than last spring.

Please join us if you can this for our monthly trail work days. Todd p.s. As always, it doesn't take a 'trail day' to help with the trails. Any time when you are out hiking or biking on the trails and come across something that can be done to improve the overall trail experience, whether it be moving a branch, getting a puddle to drain, or even trimming back some overgrowth, please take the time if you can to make any little improvement and show some pride in our great trails, knowing you and thousands of people each year will enjoy the fruits of your labor! Thanks to Mike Goss @ Siriannis for donating lunch to the trail workers

51st Annual WV Wildflower Pilgrimage

Zach Deputy headlines Black Lillies unplugged special acoustic Fiddle show...wow

Howdy...just wanted to say thanks, found your video randomly. I grew up in WV. Smiling! anon * my idea of a ski vacation is to go to the WG cafe for lunch Beau Lambert

Red Spruce Restoration Caution: Wearing These Can Sabotage Your Health * When walking on the earth barefoot free electrons from the earth transfer into your body via the soles of your feet. These free electrons are some of the most potent antioxidants known to man. • Lack of grounding, due to widespread use of rubber or plastic-soled shoes, may have contributed to the rise of modern diseases by allowing chronic inflammation to proliferate unchecked. • Experiments have shown that free electrons from the earth cause beneficial changes in heart rate, decreases inflammation, reduces pain, promotes healthy sleep, and thins your blood, making it less viscous, which has beneficial impact on cardiovascular disease. • Ideal locations for earthing are on the beach, close to or in the water, and on dewy grass. sent by kimmie (or most of he time like me )

I will also enroll in an Adelle language camp this summer in Alaska so we can communicate that much better.. Happy Adelle's Birthday to you both.... I am sure all of Mexico will adapt quickly to the change from Cinco de Mayo to Señorita Adelle's birthday celebracion....Tim Sharp, Fairbanks,AK

chip shroom identification at his cabin above Criders,VA found on Facebook posted by old Mt Vernon Hi friend Robin Yale

SMALL PLATES Brookside Inn and Retreat Center, Aurora,WV info@brooksideinnwv.com Sunday, May 6, 2012 Dinner 6-9pm• Sautéed tilapia with a green tea citrus rub over quinoa pilaf; served with a side salad $12.95 * Mixed greens with cannellini beans in a roasted garlic vegetable broth; served with crostini $7.95 • Sweet potato chipolte gratin; served with a side salad $7.50 • Roasted red beets, sliced avocado and pink grapefruit with citrus vinaigrette $6.50 • Lime cilantro ramp butter and stone ground wheat crackers $3.50

...imagine your trails done like this. Great marketing and teaching before folks go exploring your playland. Like Google street view but of trails.Terrain360.com Bill Rice

Augusta launches statewide Dance Trail Project 6 months! Not bad for WV. Of course the 6 months in between had their, shall we say, ups and downs. I was expecting a heavenly powder day based on the NWS forecast of a foot or more in the high country. Seeing no more than 3" and lots of green grass I was prepared for a big disappointment. It was actually quite decent. The storm bulls eye shifted north leaving the foot or more, even 2 feet in places, less than 100 miles away in PA and MD. The high points of both MD and PA are lower than the floor of Canaan Valley. At the start of the day the temperature was just above freezing with a strong sharp wind. The snow was heavy but very skiable. The toughest part was skinning up with many pounds of heavy wet snow clinging stubbornly to the top skins of my wide "junk boards". Just one of those confoundedness of nature things that backcuntry skiers must deal with. It is not a game for sissies. After that first tough climb the skin track was set and it was much easier. The sun was brilliant and warm despite the chill wind, and although the fun meter was still pegged, each run got a little slower than the last. When the snow got as slow as the grass I called it quits, fully satisfied with a 6 month WV season. Denis Bogan

Joe Henry Davisson Bros. Chip and Owen Schmitt

Mike Hall shot some of the weekend floaters, 21 of us braved the clear waters and bright sunshine..nothing easier than an annual event to force you out there..."Another epic West-by-God VA overnight river expedition! Brook and I had a blast, the trough was a good choice. Thanks so much for organizing the event!" Steve Leathery

Ameri Corps are here helping Blackwater Falls...pics by Todd

The Heart of the Highlands Trail System has scheduled three volunteer trail work Saturdays. Help spread the word and consider coming out to help.First one is tomorrow, Saturday, April 28, meeting at 9:00 a.m. at Blackwater Bikes in Davis. Work will be on the Camp 70 end of the Splash Dam South Trail. Tools and instruction provided. Your boots, long pants, gloves, water and food will round out the supplies. RSVP if possible to help us plan, but walk-ins are welcome.We have started our Tucker County High School after school trail program and have begun repair work on their Outdoor Learning Trail this week. Tomorrow, several of the students (and the High School principal) will be joining us to work on the HoH trail. There is plenty of work to share - come work side by side with the students! Other trail work Saturdays are May 19 and May 26. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Blackwater Bikes.If you are available to help out mid-week, April 30, May 1-3, May 7-9, May 15-18, May 22-27 are all planned trail work days. Contact me for meeting time and place. Julie Dzaack Project Administrator Heart of the Highlands Trail System 304-866-4757

One day's exposure to mountains is better than cartloads of books. John Muir.

Spring Skiing, WG and Gaspe, Canada

The weather scenarios……. A. Well… I don't know Steve and Jill Kaufman ….. however, I read on the WG webpage that they were headed to Canaan for the 3rd week in April and wanted to order up a spring snow storm. Perhaps you should stay in close touch with them…. Apparently they are in touch with some really powerful folks……. ? B. Mother Nature woke up and said "I am thinking there was something I forgot to do this winter ….. oh yeah….. make snow"….. or C. Remember that week of 70 degrees in March…… well… if you enjoyed it – paybacks are hell; if you hated it – you are now compensated……. I can't get the weather out of my head today…………. jdp ( janet preston)

I skied today around 2PM. It was amazing. About a foot of snow and it really wasn't sticky at all. Only issue was trying to get into the parking lot. I was surprised no one else was there. I posted a picture from this afternoon Jeff Rutter (Got over 2 feet Laurel Summit 4/23)

You would be proud that I learned to skike at whitegrass Willy Love (notice roof level winter vs. summer)

Hi Chip, Nice photo in the paper today! Here's an update on the July Mushroom foray: It's going to be July 28-29 at Canaan valley resort. They were able to offer us a nice big conference room, lodging, and the pavilion in the back of the lodge for our cooking demonstration and tasting. Gary Lincoff will once again be our lead mycologist and Bill Roody and Donna Mitchell will be there to help with identification. The Washington D.C. Club and the new river Virginia club will also be joining us. Saturday we will concentrate on mushrooms and on Sunday Gary will give a morning talk on wild food foraging. We will then go out and see what we can find. Gary has a new book coming out this summer called "the joy of foraging" so we will have his book on hand for sale. Nancy Ward

Canaan Valley tract to become DNR Wildlife Area

I thought of you on this early spring morning where "White Grass" was the name of the game here in the ADK's! Golf course skiing was the treat of the day and not many takers. I sure did enjoy one more slide on snow before this season should be over. Thinking of home and friends that make it so. Diane Miller, Saranac Lake, NY

We are still chasing the snow and skiing the fence – this pic from Cypress Mtn BC on Sunday! Emily and Jerry

The test of an adventure is that when you're in the middle of it, you say to yourself, 'Oh, now I've got myself into an awful mess; I wish I were sitting quietly at home.' And the sign that something's wrong with you is when you sit quietly at home wishing you were out having lots of adventure. Thornton Wilder

Adam Chase

The oldest trees found in eastern North America, are a 1,653-year-old northern white cedar, found in Ontario, and a 1,622-year-old North Carolina bald cypress. Oldest table mountain pine in Pendleton

Although some sectors are impracticable for skiing activities, there are still places like Mount Albert, Mount Lyall or Mines Madeleine where we can do some beautiful spring skiing. The melt-freeze crust on the surface makes travel conditions more difficult in the morning. Solar radiation and warm weather change rapidly the surface to wet snow. During the thaw period it is important to watch out for loose wet snow avalanches that may occur naturally or be triggered by skier. It will therefore be careful in traveling as a wet snow avalanche could make you up trip and bring you on terrain obstacles such as rocks and small trees present at the surface in many places. Enjoy the day of today and tomorrow as rain and warm temperatures forecasted for Sunday and Monday is likely to change drastically the conditions. Vallée (CDS) @ 230m 47 cm 0 cm 0 cm 0 cm * Mont-Albert - Serpentine @ 560m 83 cm 13 avril/April 13 * Mines Madeleine @ 700 m 80 cm 31 mars/March 31 * Mont Hog's Back @ 800 m 100 cm 4 avril/April 4 Most Recent Avalanche Bulletin for Chic Chocs, Quebec, Canada * Photo of Chip near Mt. Albert by Adam Chase

We're headed your way the third week of April and would love to order up a spring snow storm....yeah right! Bend, OR has been home for about a year now and we managed to stay sane in a lean snow winter by hiding out on and around Mt Bachelor (470" and counting!). I'm sorry to say we haven't freed the heels nearly enough, but we carry the Whitegrass spirit with us no matter the style of snow sport. Hope we cross paths if you're in the Valley. Cheers, Steve & Jill Kaufmann

Please join us if you can this Saturday, April 14th for our monthly trail work day. It should be a beautiful day if the forecast holds up! Meet at 10am at Blackwater Bikes in Davis, and we will drive over to the park and get to it! Lunch will be provided afterwards for those that show up to get their hands dirty! See you out there! Todd ...p.s. As always, it doesn't take a 'trail day' to help with the trails. Any time when you are out hiking or biking on the trails and come across something that can be done to improve the overall trail experience, whether it be moving a branch, getting a puddle to drain, or even trimming back some overgrowth, please take the time if you can to make any little improvement and show some pride in our great trails, knowing you and thousands of people each year will enjoy the fruits of your labor!

Hey chipper, been skiing Switzerland for the last five days great snow here. Altitude around 12,000 feet. Drinking Swiss beer on the deck with toasts to white grass Ed Erwin, Floyd, Va

"We have free passes to Timberline, we have backpacks and outdoor gear, hydration packs. We have gift cards, tickets to civil war train rides, WV Mountain Theater. There's a range of prizes and they are basically made available to you when you show up to participate in a Garlic Mustard Challenge Event." The events will take place in the following locations and times: April 14 at 9:00 am: Seneca Rocks Discovery Center * April 20 at 10:00 am: Sugar Grove Naval Base * April 21 at 10:00 am- Greenbrier State Forest * May 5-6 at 10:00am- Big Bend Campground * May 12-13 at 10:00 am- Blue Bend Campground * May 17 at 10:00 am- Fernow Experimental Forest * May 19 at 10:00 am- Pocahontas 4-H Camp

Eric Friedman, marketing director at Mad River Glen, VT, took home the 2012 Bob Gillen Memorial Award. The award honors an individual who exemplifies the highest standards of professionalism in public relations and media communications.

Tucker County had the best physical environment that combined access to recreational facilities and healthy foods, as well as [fewer] fast-food restaurants and air pollution. Recent Statewide News.

Hi Chip..seriously doubt if you remember us but thought I would send you this pic of our sons, Whit & Monty, taken at the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse Yurt LAST year mid March...they have lived in Leadville for the past 10 years (when not in school down in Boulder or Ft Collins) and they said this has been the WORST year for snow since they moved out there and that its warm & breezey at 10,200'...FYI, they honed their love for skiing at Whitegrass, Canaan & Timberline growing up..lots of happy memories from those days and so I am a frequent visitor of your website & enjoy it greatly..we are all hoping for a better season next year, East AND West! Cheers, Linda Willson

Another stop on the trail in Randolph County is Harman, where square dancing was first documented by David Strouther in 1852. Local residents recall dances taking place there as long as they can remember, including when the Harman School prom was a square dance. The first Harman square dance will be at 7 p.m. April 14 at the VFW Hall. Refreshments will be provided by the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Jack Hedrick of nearby Dry Fork will be on fiddle and Alan Crossland of Canaan Valley will be on guitar. Other dances are scheduled for June 9 and Nov. 17....more

Todd Tip Top Coffee

Tibetan Healing Retreat w/ a focus on Maintaining Healthy Diet & Lifestyle  Who: Dr. Jampa Yonten will teach, and anyone with interest may attend. Where: Saranam in Montrose, WV. www.saranamwv.org  When: April 20-22 This is mainly a two day teaching, but there will be introductions and dinner on Friday night 6PM. Meditation on Sat and Sun is 7-8AM Teaching, discussion, and practice is 9:00AM-6PM Sat and 9:00AM-3:00PM Sun Donation: $150 is recommended for the weekend ($75 for one day), but there is also the option for trade in cooking, washing dishes, and cleaning.Free Public Talk: The Relationship Between Spiritual Health and Physical HealthWho: Dr. Jampa Yonten will talk to the Mountain Sangha, and all are welcome. Where: St. Thomas Social Hall on Brown St. Thomas, WVWhen: Wednesday April 25th 7:15-8:30PM (after yoga) Donation: this is a free talk, but donations are welcome.Consultations w/ Dr. Jampa Yonten Appointments are scheduled through me, and they will be held either at my office space on the farm, or one day (possibly Wednesday) at Nancy-Elizabeth and Madonna's "Honey Grace Farm" near Oakland, MD. Cost: there is a recommended donation of $50 and cost of herbal medicines are separate.Contact: Kyle Weaner 1334 South Haddix Rd. Montrose, WV 26283 kyle.weaner@gmail.com Home: 304 478 2123 Cell: 304 642 1772

Searching for snow on spring break, found 25" near Bachelor and Mt. Hood, wish I could of shared it with you all! Kate Preston

TMI

You can track our progress on the Grand Traverse website here - and if that doesn't work for some reason, try http://www.trackleaders.com/ - we are Team Whitegrass, but it might just be organized by last name. We don't expect to finish during the night as some racers do, so no need to pull an all nighter watching as we trudge toward Star Pass. This has been quite a process getting in shape (thanks Cali!), procuring all the proper gear (thanks Chip!) and getting in days on the snow during an anemic winter (thanks Johnny, Dan, Zack, Mark, Clare, Cawley, again Chip etc). Given the conditions on the course (somewhere between 3-5 miles of walking/bullet-proof to slush) and forecasted weather (15-60F) - we probably couldn't have found a better place to prepare for this than Whitegrass ;) Thanks all - much love! Lindsay & Richard

Chic Choc Mtns, Alps of the Appalachians

The end of Ski Season 2011-2012 - see how the locals & visitors enjoyed their weekend: Snowy Luau Festival * https://vimeo.com/38706667 * Lots of terrain park action * Hear little ones having a blast running up & down the hill * The "great" descent – by ski school instructors – on White Lightning * A brief view of Timberline's * Update: Spring will soon arrive… We are revamping http://www.VisitCanaan.com to accommodate spring videos. Tell your fiends!!! Ludovic Moore Photographer

Glen Plake in Keene NY this March/ Backcountry Mag ...a dedicated backcountry ski tenure complete with a great day-use hut, gladed runs, an overnight cabin and lots of cool locals out skiing. Off Piste Mag

I don't know what it means. Maybe they are being absorbed by the heavy cloud. Or maybe this is Canaan and the are hopping off the lift at National Nordic and skiing off into the sunset. Cheers, Harley

Canaan Valley locals in Crested Butte, Co Ryan G.

Whitegrass in a(n) (Austrian) box Justin Wimpey * David Lindley, one of my favs

Ever skated on skis? It's a blast. Yesterday was Saturday in SLC, home of hundreds of thousands of snow starved lift riding skiers. (there was all that powder little more than a week ago, but they are spoiled, like me.). Rather than contend with these hordes for chopped up sun baked crud, on lift served slopes, i went XC skiing at White Pine Touring in Park City. I decided to skate since it is great fun on sun baked trails. So fast, so fun, riding a knife edge between stability and crashing. The trails are on a golf course and I soon discovered that the ungroomed untracked fairways between the groomed tracks were much better. Frozen overnight and now with an inch of sun baked corn on top they were fast and perfect. I am not a good skater, technique OK but aerobic capacity terrible. I can go a few hundred yards before collapsing on my poles panting. I did it over and over with a big grin on my face. Oh, BTW the trail pass is free if you're over 70. Back in the lodge I learned that today was a skate clinic with top instructors and high end demo equipment, all for $15. So back I went for a repeat with instruction helping me to identify some limiting faults. I worked on them for a while after the lesson, then went back to the lodge to discover free lunch, burgers and dogs hot off the grill. It was locals day. I am a 6 week local. Denis Bogan

Ah, one of the specialties of Whitegrass. "To share happiness. And to have done something good. Before leaving this life is sweet."~ sent by Colleen Davies

Advantages of skiing when it is warm and mushy and the snow is melting away like most of this winter...you never ice up, anti fog a waste, neck gaitors or balalclavas not, gloveless, warm feet, hands and body, easier to climb and carves like a dream, what you see is what you ski and hidden projectiles not an issue, avalanches are less likely, less squinting of the eyes, warmer winds bite less, no goggles, its comfy, shorts, ball caps, great animal tracking, ski across creeks, wet spots, days are longer, sun is higher, no frozen anything....its brighter, a sign of soon it will be over and you will be boating, biking, climbing, it is also likely to be powder again...and maybe for you it is new and different and maybe more fun. Besides it happens all the time around here and you'll miss a bunch of the ski season if you write it off. It's ethereal. It's beautiful. It's skiing. chip

The Hess's skiing blossoms for us! * "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." — Groucho Marx

Tomorrow evening yoga will start, as usual, at 6 pm and will last until 7:15 pm. It will be followed this week with a meditation on the chakras. I will read/talk a short explanation on the chakra system and how it fits into our yoga practice. This will be followed by a short audio talk of the chakra system by Dr. Fernand Poulin of White Winds - and then he will guide us through a chakra meditation. We will end the circle around 8:15 pm. You may want to bring a cushion to sit on for the meditation for your comfort. Of course you are welcome to just attend the yoga class, or come just for the meditation. There is no additional charge for the meditation circle. However if you are able and would like to make a small donation toward purchasing additional audio talks, guided meditation, and yoga nidra talks it would be much appreciated. These recordings could then be made available to all on a library style lend out system in the future. Looking forward to see you, Love and Light Gisela

Laurie has a recipe in this new one! Cookbook Celebrates Ramps / http://www.rampfarm.com/

Best kids!

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced that this was fourth warmest meteorological winter on record across the contiguous United States and the warmest since 1999-2000. (Note: The meteorological winter is December, January and February combined) Only the winters of 1991-1992, 1998-1999, 1999-2000 were warmer. All of this is based on records dating back to 1890s. Deep Stuff TWC

EVERYONE has switched over to AT gear – the general consensus is it's lighter nowadays. There were some points where we were skiing avalanche bed surfaces where I kind of wished my heels were locked in too – but I managed. I think we encountered every snow structure – sugar, corn, isothermic mashed potatos, hard slab…oh, an POW. We leave for Colorado on Saturday – Team Whitegrass is ready for action! Got an email from the race organizers urging people to do their snow dances or else bring running shoes…I told them they need to learn how to snowfarm. Thanks for the binding and all the love this year! We'll be in touch in April for some river action. Richard

Nice to see you at mrg last weekend. Love your site and check it out often. FYI Stowe XC closed today and I boiled maple syrup once. Very strange. March 18th! The mtn here is still loaded with snow so they are in good shape. WG is on my list of places to visit, maybe next season. Hope you have a nice summer and maybe one more dump this year. All the best. John Tarrant

Crystal Lakes, PA & Craftsbury,VT &Trapp Family,VT & Jackson NH & Tug Hill, NY & Lapland Lake, NY

Kikkan Randall claimed a World Cup crystal globe by winning the overall sprint title, becoming the first American in 30 years to win a cross-country championship. In 2007, Randall was the first American woman to win a gold medal in a World Cup race and the first American, man or woman, to win any event in 24 years. …

Joe Henry / the other day, Canaan Valley/ Naturalist Nirvana

ghost of Tele Past Anne Farmer shares her knowledge Mtn Yoga/Thomas

Another years bites the dust or slowly turns to mud.We will be closing for skiing after this Sunday. We have some trails with 100% coverage. I just skied down the malloy trail and it has some icy patches but 100% of the trail is skiable.  We have had skiers everyday all week and they have found some good stretches of snow cover on the north side of the road up out of the valley. Current events talk about the 99% vs the 1%.  My take on skiing for this weekend is that 1% will really like the skiing with sun both days of the weekend. 65 degrees Saturday and 70 degrees Sunday. Half of the 99% will be ok with the skiing and the othjer half will wish they went biking.  Looks to be the last weekend of skiing in Osceola.  For those that do want to try skiing we are waiving the trail fee this weekend. Of the 40k of trails available we have approximately 30k with skiing. If you want to do the entire system be prepared to take off the skis and walk some sections. Needless to say do not bring your new skis and we are through renting skis for this season. I would like to thank all of the skiers that have skied with us this year.  On what can be described as a challenging year for snow at best, we ended up with more skiers than ever before.  Lots of plans for trail expansion this summer.  I have put together some maps that we have made for different bike rides we have run in the past. These are available at the cabin for rent across the road. In addition we are running a special rental rate on the cabin for anyone that arrives on a bicycle. Hope this helps.- Hugh Quinn - Osceola Tug Hill NY XC- www.uxcski.com 315-599-7377

Lack Of Skiers in WV Charleston Gazette 3/15/12

Urban P'burgh skiUTUBE Frontier finally got a new contractor to install fiber optics local Todd

never wasted or unskied

Mary McHugh Canaan Valley, WV

taking advantage of the third-biggest snowstorm in Pittsburgh's history, we took it to the streets (and hills) in search of rails, powder, jibs, and fun. This is the Urban skiing from Pittsburgh's February 2010 storm.

Andy

thanks chip, more sun than snow Thomas Hogan 3/7/12 (the last skier?)

3/11/12/Geo Bell / Paradise, Mad River Glen, Vt

Hey Chip, In spite of the lack of snow I did the Birkie this year (number 11!). We stayed at Spider Lake Lodge, where you are a sort of legend- people still talk about how you started in the 10th wave but finished in the 3rd! Why not join us for Birkie #40 next year-Team Whitegrass!!! Ray

Came for the snow, stayed for the chaga Gwendalyn / Teabazaar/C'ville,VA

Hi Chip - did you know there was a carpet ski slope in Lynchburg, VA - the only one in the whole US? I tried skiing there today You could telemark there, too! Andrey

Subject: Skate skiing: Ever skated on skis? It's a blast. Yesterday was Saturday in SLC, home of hundreds of thousands of snow starved lift riding skiers. (there was all that powder little more than a week ago, but they are spoiled, like me.). Rather than contend with these hordes for chopped up sun baked crud, on lift served slopes, i went XC skiing at White Pine Touring in Park City. I decided to skate since it is great fun on sun baked trails. So fast, so fun, riding a knife edge between stability and crashing. The trails are on a golf course and I soon discovered that the ungroomed untracked fairways between the groomed tracks were much better. Frozen overnight and now with an inch of sun baked corn on top they were fast and perfect. I am not a good skater, technique OK but aerobic capacity terrible. I can go a few hundred yards before collapsing on my poles panting. I did it over and over with a big grin on my face. Oh, BTW the trail pass is free if you're over 70. Back in the lodge I learned that today was a skate clinic with top instructors and high end demo equipment, all for $15. So back I went for a repeat with instruction helping me to identify some limiting faults. I worked on them for a while after the lesson, then went back to the lodge to discover free lunch, burgers and dogs hot off the grill. It was locals day. I am a 6 week local. Denis Bogan

The Grand Traverse will be a challenge, but we know it will go much smoother just feeling the good vibes from Whitegrass behind us.track our status online - - once we start at 11pm on Friday March 30. The season ain't over yet!! Also, attached a picture of the new Patagonia catalog featuring a shot of Chris Gopelrud climbing Madmen Only at Seneca Rocks - photo credit Nathan Smith.. Can't wait to get back on the stone! Richard Peterson-Cremer

New Tiptop Coffee in Thomas * Purple Fiddle was a sweet mountain party spot 3/5 we had a knee slapping good time. Just got offered homemade moonshine it's official WV is the best state to play this place is packed! Also, moonshine jug going around at our show last night...that was real.Twitter on Gangstagrass

85" TOTAL SO FAR THIS YEAR by John Robeson Meyer House in Davis, once a day measurement....4 x day Dave's with over 104" may be a 15-20% increase. What they measure and what you ski on are very different.
The National Weather Service posts their daily 24-hr totals around 9 am each morning. Check the column headers to see "new snowfall" and "snow depth" Go to THIS ... Bob Leffler, our dedicated Canaan Weatherman knows the local weather after 40 years of coming here better than the computers and guessers in downtown Pittsburgh do at times...He says the next 2 weeks look WARM and that if we end up with 85" total it will be one of the lowest ever recorded. Dave's weather observations from Canaan Heights are reputed to be some of the best in the country. Chip and Bob Leffler/The Fearless Canaan Weatherman

Looks like we'll need another Discovery Tour! We thought we found a bear paw print (and marked it with an apple to record the size). But expert Ron Ulle revealed that a running rabbit fooled us. I enjoyed watching the 25K Mountain State Marathon race on February 26th. Nothing seemed to slow these racers down. I also enjoyed seeing the Indy Pace Dog! Karen O

davey calls contra dances across USA

I wanted to say thanks so much for providing a great environment, and free refreshments for the showSunday.  I thought it went pretty well, and people seemed to enjoy the slides. I was so happy that people came out!  What a fun time, and a great group of people. Scott Pleban

Sun eve we were in AK..special thanks Jackie, Charlie, and Ben

MAGIC MOUNTAIN REACHES GOAL TO FORM SKIER OWNED CO-OP : Magic Mountain, VT announced today that it reached the threshold needed to form the skier-owned Magic Partnership LLC. It has sold 333 shares at a price of $3,000/share for a total capital raise of $999,000. Much of the money will go toward improving the snow-making capacity at the 50-year old ski area.

chip's natural history lite walks * Freeland Boardwalk bubbling sand spring has neutral pH water rushing out at 47 degrees

Todd Romero on his way to work commute snapshot in between the snowy times here this winter

Don't know how we missed you on the mountain Monday, as it appears from the website we were in all the same places. My buddy and I had a great day, and always good to introduce/reintroduce someone to WG. We stubbornly skied from and back to the lodge (with the occasional hike and ski portage) - up the liftline, then Barton's Bend, 3 Mile, Powderline, Wilderness, Snaggletooth, Stonecoal (but did a uturn partway down), Ashram Rocks (with a short hike over the rocks), Shenandoah, Beechlick, Bald Knob, hiked gasline, multiple Natty Nord loops, skied back down gasline, hike back to Baldie, Beechlick, Powderline, 3 mile (by then much melted) and hiked down to driftline and skied the last 200 feet to lodge, then a victory lap around the snowfarm. Fair to say, we squeezed the last turns out of this snow. Now just waiting for some more... hope to see you this weekend or the next. Bill Berlin

Maple tree tapping cold nights and warm days and the sweetest are the first runs. 30-40 gallons of sap to one gallon syrup, we boil lots down on the WG stove. Native Americans taught the mayflower folks how to do it...

Chip, could you please refrain from posting pictures of Kotarsky and his pseudo-tele turn on the website? Thanks, Matt Lambert, MD

Much love from the whole Wise clan up here in the green mountains of VT (a might bit greener than we'd like them to be...). Recent snow has been soothing the soul, with another 6-12" on tap through tomorrow. Thought you'd appreciate this Adirondack backcountry site (our favorite getaway this side of WV), and the fact that your pal Glen Plake will be carving in the East this weekend.... http://adkbcski.com/ Best from the little guys - Brooke (10), Hannah (9), Chase (5) - free heelers....Charlie Dorset, VT

I just got off the phone with Maggie, who told me that she and her dog found my knife!!! I couldn't be more happy with the news. Thank you so much for keeping the description in your lost and found. That knife was passed down to me from my grandfather, and has a lot of history. I would LOVE to come by and pick it up in person, both to thank you in person and to meet Maggie and her dog, but unfortunately, my schedule is as tight as a drum these days, and that will have to wait. Next time I'm in the Canaan Valley region, though, I'll make sure to come out your way. Thanks again. This has been another chapter in the history of that special knife.- Karl ( the WG camera flew outa my pocket at Timberline on one of many falls and returned by Trevor from Massanutten Tuesday and his friends were tappin' his shoulders on how much cooler it was to meet me and have some free beers)

We had a fun time at the Snowshoe Discovery Tour on Saturday. Mark offered lots of winter photo tips. Ron found chaga! See ya soon. Anne Smith & Ron Ulle ...the timberdoodle ( woodcock ) males were peeeeenting in the wetlands behind our house last evening before starting their courtship flights. 

I had a great time on the photo walk on Sunday.I hope everyone enjoyed it. We walked around and took pictures of snow and looked through polarizers and blurred water with a neutral density filter. It was really a beautiful morning. Here are some pics I took Saturday and Sunday. Yell if you want me to come back and do it again. Marc /Trail Pixie

Marc Shaffer

WV only rep...Anne just raced the Birkie

The consensus from several reps was that this year, hardgoods will do OK, but it's not a good year for softgoods. "The enthusiasm level is pretty blah," on rep said. Another noted, "the mid-Atlantic is a basket case." It illustrates that there is still pent-up demand and interest in skiing." recent ski area gossip

A couple of shots from Saturday on the way to Baldy, at the top, and a self-portrait at the shelter. Thanks for the Hi-Test! Cheers,Vito

I wanted to thank you for giving our Boy Scout troop such a good time and a good deal on our visit Saturday. In spite of the blizzard-like conditions, the boys and the leaders had fun. As always, lunch was superb. The entire gang is anxious to make it annual trip. In the process of rounding up and leaving Whitegrass (which was not unlike herding cats) we walked away with two of your scrapers. I am putting them in the mail today. Thanks again for taking such good care of us. Brad Tipler

Hello to All, Our family has spent many happy times at White Grass. Most recently, our family which gathered in Canaan Valley from Maryland, Indiana, Pennsylvania and D.C., all enjoyed the great snow and cold that came on our visit in early/mid February. The cafe never disappoints and I have enjoyed the 2 cookbooks for many years. On our last visit, I purchased a granola bar that was absolutely wonderful. I do not see the recipe in the cookbooks, therefore I was wondering if you would be willing to share it with me? Thanks for the consideration. Betty Smucker

Shelter antics. Katharine Feehan * How cute is the newest skier? Maggie

Anne and I were at Garnet Hill in the Adirondacks for some xc skiing a week ago. Found some snow up north. Jay DeJesus runs the ski shop there. When we told him where we live, he asked if we go to White Grass. He says he knows the Canaan area and the folks there primarily from his other season passion--mountain biking. He was a great help to us--told us about some neat off site places to ski. He said to say hi to you for him. Al Larsen

Canaan Valley Ski Area 2/27 pic by Maggie

Cross-country areas are having an even harder time. In Vermont, the Catamount Family Center has been open for only about 10 days, and even on those days it was running at 20% capacity. The ski center is down by about $25,000 on gross annual revenues of $250,000, and with each passing day that shortfall is growing, said Eric Bowker, who manages the area. Win Smith, owner of Sugarbush Resort, VT said that the perception in New York and Boston of snow conditions is critically important to the reality of the ski business in Vermont. Smith said his resort is down about 13% in skier visits from last year, despite having plenty of snow on the mountain...more.

Ski on keeping your weight over your whole foot by over flexing the ankles and knees and tucking the arms in and keeping hands down. Repeat over and over always falling less....Onward and Up and then...Down!

Can't waste snow....I know you make the best of whats available so thought you would appreciate my efforts. Hoping for a very snowy March for you guys at Whitegrass! Be well! Sincerely, Jeff Simcoe

Mount Porte Crayon, the Eastern Continental Divide, and the Roaring Plains : Mount Porte Crayon: The highest hump about 3.5 miles southeast of here is the summit of Mt. Porte Crayon. At 4,770 feet elevation, it is the highest point on the Eastern Continental Divide in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. The mountain is named for 19th century writer and illustrator David Hunter Strother (1816-88), also known by his pen-name as "Porte Crayon", who was the first to publish illustrations of his travels to this largely unknown, wild part of West Virginia in the mid and late 1800's.
The Eastern Continental Divide: The Eastern Continental Divide is the place that separates waters flowing into the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. Precipitation falling on the east side of the Eastern Continental Divide flows east into the Potomac River and then the Atlantic Ocean. Precipitation falling on this, the west side, flows into the Ohio and then Mississippi Rivers, and ultimately, into the Gulf of Mexico.
The gaping valleys of the Red Creek (to the left) and the Dry Fork (to the right) in front of you lie nearly 3,000 feet below the summit of Mt. Porte Crayon. Red Creek's headwaters are just a couple miles northeast of here in the high meadows of the Dolly Sods Wilderness. Red Creek and Dry Fork flow west into the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers and then into the Gulf of Mexico.
The Roaring Plains: The flat topped ridge to the left of Mt. Porte Crayon's summit hump is the Roaring Plains Wilderness, named for the fierce winds that frequent the evergreen cloaked summit. This rocky red spruce dominated high country contains the highest sphagnum bogs in West Virginia and 5.5 square miles above 4,500 feet. It is the highest flat-topped plateau of its size in eastern North America. It's abundant snowfall, averaging about 180 inches (15 feet) a winter, makes it home to the elusive snowshoe hare. Snow can fall as early as September and as late as June. ( Bob Leffler on task to get a sign and pull off south of Canaan Valley)

been skiing with chip when your bindings and ski boots have twigs and moss ground into 'um. Pic Mike Gorrie

I'm looking forward to the photo walk on Sunday morning at 10:00.  It looks like we may have some little bit of fresh snow.  That is certainly a welcome addition to the weekend. See you guys Sunday morning. Marc

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We can't wait to see you at the "Mother of All Telemark Festivals". It's a free heel shindig of knee dropping Mad River Glen skiing, wild competitions, skill clinics, demo gear, and fun. This year's Tele-Dance Party is brought to you by our local award winning craft brewery Lawson's Finest Liquids with music by the legendary (smokin') Guy Burlage Band. All this fun is included in the price of a tele-fest lift ticket.
Registration and Festival Lift Tickets: Top floor of the Base Lodge 8:00 am - 2:00 pm Saturday and Sunday.
Tele - Dance Party Saturday 4:00 pm, top floor of Base Lodge.
We are giving away a two-day festival lift ticket. The lucky winner will be randomly selected from our facebook fans on March 1, 2012. Like us today (we like you)! We will be representing WV once again...

Come and get out of the congested city, turn off those smart phones, media devices and computers and connect consciously with family, friends, your new squeeze and above all, nature, one of my most beloved places. Carolyn Guglielmo / Old Town Crier

atop Mt Hunger towards Sugarbush, MRG and Camels Hump. Best Regards, Jonathan Chesterfield,VA

Hey Chipper, great to see you this weekend and the skiing was far beyond my expectations. I'm doing my snow dances. Maybe we'll get back up there before the season's end. Nicole Hiegl

Dear Friends, Though the skiing was a bit thin during our week in Davis, your hospitality more than made up for it! Many thanks for a delightful day of skiing on the snowfarm and delicious dinner, the Pad Thai was amazing. Hope that the taste of SW Virginia will be enjoyable and serve as a thank you for another memorable stay in Canaan Valley. Betty and Martin Payne

We had a fabulous time at White Grass -- like we always do! And, we especially loved sitting down for a bite of delicious soup and conversation with you! And, then of course to top it off with Adele! We miss you all already, and the fresh clear air and snow where you can hear the earth breath! Deb, Rick and Essi (friends, DO NOT DOUBT the popularity of Adele, if you have time to watch a live song from her August 2011 Live at Albert Hall and see what a few thousand humans did together magically and who ever edited and did the sound is also to be commended, the most goose bumpy concert for me. Enough said....chip)

Found a window to catch some freshies up in the high Sierras. Dreamy pow turns. Folk out here sure hear a lot from me about Whitegrass. Hope to get some more out there still this year and looking forward to applying the new tele skills. Johnny

Skied into a lake just west of Glacier, weather turned nasty up high so no pretty pics, about 2400 ft of gain had some nice turns up high then sporty skiing down a steep narrow hiking trail. Willy Love, MT,USA

Thanks for sharing a fine snowstorm with us. We tried to do it justice touring, turning, sledding and fort building. Hope to be in your neck of the woods soon! Pembroke Posse

Last night I found a photo of my "WG church" from February 2007....Finding this photo was not just a coincidence...I believe the Lord of the Nords is sending us snow soon.. Keep on believing :-) Bob Milvet and the free-heeler family, Morgantown,WV

Snow or no the White Grass vibe never fails and the welcome mat is always out. Mark & Betty Gatewood Southern Shenandoah Valley Chapter PATC / Flying McLeods SNP South District Trail Crew

Wilderness Trail GW Day 2012...not bad!

Really enjoyed our visit and your wonderful establishment. Great and personal service from everyone. Jim Lyons, Buxton, NC

I will be back for ramp season Peace. Jeff

Thanks for Whitegrass and prayers for more snow, in Arabic, Romanian/Moldovan, and Spanish! Chris Wolz

Top of the WV world-entering breakfast bowl. Mark Anderson

It is better to be out skiing, thinking of God, than to be in church thinking of sport Barry Glotfelty

Your website is a gift of gladness...  and WINTER...  ain't over yet! Vermontsters Thanks Chip and all you good folks at Whitegrass Monday I tried the skinny gear for the first time, Chip, your ninja lesson is the best, I sucked but people should the first time they approach a real skill. I'll try again next time I'm up Here's some pictures from monday...late evening I skinned up -- maybe soon I can accomplish that on nordic gear. Thanks, you're the best--David

To all at WG...Just wanted to let you know that I visit your website everyday. Even though I don't cross country ski; just downhill' I thoroughly enjoy the pictures, Daves weather conditions, and the stories and comments. Keep up all the good work you do. Dave in Washington PA

Salutations from Rogers Pass BC. Couple of great days touring up here, the most insane terrain in North America. Looking forward to bringing the fam to WG. After 5 hours of up we skied the shadow line. Welcome to Nirvana Feliz curvas, Andrew Gault

Sunday was awesome! I would have stayed for Monday if I could have! Thanks for everything. Joe.

Thanks for the great food and camaraderie Saturday night. As always, the food, music and vibe were terrific. A huge thanks to Todd who pulled my buddy's truck from the ditch. I tried to tip him and he wouldn't take it. I really appreciate it. Look forward to going back. Kevin

Thanks to Rick Landenberger and all the folks that have been leading the Discovery Treks this winter

"Nothing hardens the muscles and makes the body so strong and elastic,
nothing gives better presence of mind and nimbleness;
nothing steels the will power and freshens the mind as cross country skiing.
This is something that develops not only the body but also the soul --
it has a far deeper meaning for people than many are aware of."
Fridtjof Nansen 1890 sent by Dave Crossley, VT

Robbie Powder

This album was created by the Tucker County Development Authority to celebrate the creative and talented individuals who are from this part of West Virginia or have chosen to make it their home. All TCDA profits (100%) will go towards supporting the arts and artists in Tucker County. For Sale at WG and in the area with Chip,Todd, and Kimmie dancin' on cover

Finally Ullr provides! It was great hanging at White Grass this weekend, best place to ski for the natural experience! There was not a drop of powder at T-line on Sunday and the Grass was loaded! Thanks for the hospitality. Let's hope the weather will cooperate and I will see you soon. Best, Ed pics by Paul Sullivan, both from beautiful Floyd, VA

We made it to White Grass twice this winter and had fresh lovely snow both times. Ullr has smiled on us! The powder was fantastic! Thought you might enjoy some photos from the weekend. Thanks for all you and your staff do to make White Grass the splendid place it is! Chris, Tom, John, and Jesse Hong

Good times, good snow, good winds, good livin' and good friends Marc

Watching the Grammys tonight and can't help think about how you must be rollin in the deep with Adele's performance! And of course you are rollin in the deep with snow. Jerry and I are following your updates online and are so happy that Mother Nature is cooperating.  We plan to come back before the season is over.  Jerry wants to ski that mountain – you have to take him.  Emily

What comes first snow or smiles? Answer: Smiles. Snow just makes them bigger.Glad to see the big smiles at W.G. Peacefully waiting for snow. David, Vermont, USA

WV Mac Daddy's Whitegrass Cache *** This is in a rock field that has some loose rocks so be careful even the big ones are questionable. There is a 1,000 ft plus altitude climb! There is a myriad of scenery fields, cliffs and wooded views. This is a big ammo container with a travel bug and a special geocoin that wants to go to only higher elevations so do not take it unless it is going higher than 4,352 ft and that will not be easy! This is a fun cache that is pretty much on trails. I took the Bald Knob trail from Canaan Valley ski area the location is N 39.00.656 W 079 26.387. Once you get to the wonderful view of Bald Knob continue over to the top of Whitegrass on the top trails. The rest of the walk is very nice with walks through ferns and thickets. Take at least 2 hours on this one kids in good shape can do this one. After you find the cache keep going on the cabin mountain trail to get to the tippy top of the mountain the gigantic field at the top is awesome. On my way back once again I ran into a big black friend she had two cubs and roared at me but after I scampered up the hill already very tired she left me alone. If someone can tell me what kind of tree is at N 39.00.581 W 079 26.245 I would love to know kind of tree this is, its right on the way up in the first flat walk after the parking lot, this is one of the largest trees I have seen east of the Mississippi. Enjoy the cache who will be FTF Ratman Cteam who knows lets have a meet and greet soon WV MacDaddy

Hoping winter is NOT over...maybe come up next weekend! Sid

bb biathlon international official results / Blizzard Below Zero Wind Chill Conditions Feb 4
sorry some of the kids froze, could not wait and got lost...Ken (Doctor Biathlon) was in Jackson,WY
bib # 39 Ethan Grave Age:5 dnf
#31 Andre Thornton Age 10 8:15 8 Hits 7:35 adj time Place 1
#54 Emma Meaninsh Age: 7 dnf
#10 Roland Moylan Age: 9 8:44 7 Hits 8:09 adj time Place 2

Brewstel Mac and Andre

USFS: JESUS STATUE CAN STAY AT MONTANA RESORT Montana's mountaintop Jesus can stay at Big Mountain ski resort - for now, according to published reports. The religious statue, which has been on federal land since 1955, was allowed to remain in place for at least 10 more years after the U.S. Forest Service reversed its eviction order last week. The initial decision came amid heated debate over the separation of church and state.
The agency had faced a firestorm of criticism from religious groups, the state's congressman and residents after it decided last year to boot the Jesus statue from its hillside perch in the trees above Whitefish. After the agency's about-face, opponents promised a lawsuit within the week. They argue the statue's free placement on federal land is unconstitutional. Forest Service supervisor Chip Weber said the revised decision took into account that the statue is eligible for placement on National Register of Historic Places, and that no substantive concerns related to environmental conditions were found in about 95,000 comments received by the agency. The latest decision renews a 10-year special-use permit for the Knights of Columbus Council, whose members placed the statue there.

VERMONT'S MAGIC MOUNTAIN REACHES FUNDING GOAL After a nearly two-year campaign soliciting loyal skiers to buy shares at $3,000 a pop, Magic Mountain is finally a cooperatively owned ski area, according to published reports. The southern Vermont ski area has hit its goal of 300 shareholders, giving management access to the $900,000 raised during the campaign, which will go toward snow making and other infrastructure projects. The sale of the 300th share triggered a change in ownership from the family that owns the resort to a partnership that includes shareholders and Magic president Jim Sullivan. Magic's inability to cover trails with man-made snow has kept the small ski area from thriving, especially during dry winters like this one.

 

Lack Of Lakes Ice looking at last year...

Dear White Grass Café Staff! Thank you for making this past Saturday evening very special for the Amstutz-Forehand Families. Special thanks to everyone especially JoJo for the kindness and Sheena for being such a wonderful server. We are still in awe of you Sheena for remembering Renee's seed allergies. WOW!!!! You all provide everyone with such a memorable experience and your kindness and attention to detail is especially appreciated. You make memories for all who are fortunate enough to share your good graces. We have been coming to White Grass for the past 7 years, and even though our children are 15, some of their happiest moments in life have been made during our annual trip to White Grass. Thank you ever so much!! Best wishes for the rest of the season! Richard Amstutz, Eagle Rock, Va.

only a poet with a neurotic compulsion for
control would try to embrace snow in the alphabet,
an impossible task since snow is no more
nameable or tameable in words than I can shovel
the snow in my back yard back into the sky
Wislawa Szymborska

Cindy Phillips

sent by La Fontaine Bakery Europe cold appropriate for the "crop" on the snowfarm Richard

sent by David Crossley, Duxbury, VT Dolly Sods Ground Hog's Day

Mt Sopris, CO sent by old timey WG staffer Russ Kennedy (NSS Nat'l Convention)

New Venue / Freeland Road The name Chinook is an American Indian word that is translated as "snow-eater."

White Grass a LOTTA FUN even without snow! Just a quick note to thank you for helping to make our (snowless) week in Canaan Valley so much fun. The hike up to and views from Bald Knob were spectacular. It's the first winter we could hang out up there for more than 5 minutes. Definitely worth the trip. Of course, the Adele video was an added bonus, and singing & dancing along—priceless. Enjoy the rest of the winter. Best, Plum and Mike "To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong." Joseph Chilton Pearce

As always, we had a great time hanging around White Grass Saturday and Sunday, despite the heavy dirt cover. Here are a few pics of the nature walk on Sunday. See you again in two weeks. Marc

Thanks for everything. Chuck Critchfield

Megan

Swan Mtns. Bill Love

Again, thanks for showing the outdoor club an awesome time! Those kids had a blast! And, as always, so did I! I hope to make it at least one more time before the season is over! I'll be doin' a fire-snow dance for you! Sending you snow angels, Carrie

Just back from an amazing trip to Utah and Juneau AK. Don't tell: but Alaska is where all the snow is. Here are some wintery pictures until winter makes its way down to WV. Daniel F. Kirkwood

Stumbled across this sweet painting of early nordic skiing. Evan Erbe

Head is still ringing from the ride back - rough but so more than worth it. Thanks for sharing such a -- add every superlative in the world here -- thing called White Grass. There is magic hiding in every corner of the place. Thanks again. David Crossley, Duxbury,VT (tele pic by Kate Preston, on far right...)

5 Km Snowshoe Race Jan 22 * WV Mtn Trail Runners Coverage

Hey Chip, Saw your snow search video in the Nat Nord. I can't wait to join you up there some day soon! Snow comes and goes but our memories with each other never melt. Eric Erbe

Greetings from Charlottesville, VA! Just wanted to send you some snow:) This photo was taken January 2010 at White Grass - one of my favorites. May the snowflakes be many in the coming weeks. Hope to see you guys soon, Susan

Set of Whitegrass skis makes their way to Chicago. 3 year old Eva makes her debut run on the Chicago powder powered with boards from Whitegrass! Hopefully we will get her to the real Grass next winter. Be ready for more orders from Chi Town, Kristin is spreading the word! Best Joe Hovious

Chppie doesn't come on here too often, but many of us are really liking the rossi evo trail for trail skiing at whitegrass. Of course the Chase boys can rip on anything anywhere. The madshus skis now have the old omnitrack pattern I consider the best kick and glide pattern. There are several models to chose from, I liked the Cadence when I gave it a spin. I also tried the Alpina Woodie which is a metal edged trail skis that fits in the track. My skate skis are atomic, but I've never tried any of there no-wax skis. Stro...from facebook

may be snow covered so we recommend driving a snow worthy vehicle. Hope to see you here this weekend. Crystal Lake Ski Center,PA

What a great weekend at Whitegrass. It is always my dreamworld come true. Thanks for making it happen over there. Snowfarm was incredible, you are the Master. Scott Pleban

Our family had a blast last weekend. The weather dialed up perfectly. Looks like it could happen again. Fingers crossed. Jay loves his "new" skis and is climbing hills well when he remembers to ski like he is peeing in the toilet. C ya soon, Matt

thanks for the best weekend this winter yet! Skip

White Grass even shows up towards the end as a little white building in the distance under a parade of billowing clouds. Enjoy :) Best wishes, and we'll see you 'round in 2012! Vicky and Eric

would like to set up a lesson for myself and three boys, ages 13/10/10 on Sat, 1/21. My 13 year old son and I took lessons last year from an older gent on your staff who was the best instructor I've ever had in any sport. I hope he's working Saturday! We have a few more in our group, too, but not sure their intentions yet. ...thanks! Mark

MLK weekend at WG

Dear Laurie and Crew, Thank you for a great meal and great service. Everyone was appreciative of the food, drinks, and service. Hope the rest of 2012 winter season goes well. Again, a thank you to each of your crew Sarah Fletcher/ Friends of Mtn Top Library

To the whole gang, thanks for all your expertise in the field of x country skiing & the joy of living. Ethan dug the bb biathlon...this card was a depiction of the valley from last December. Aimee & Ethan

But I have to tell you that Diane is the one who spotted the Lio about Step 1: Get Snow.and said I should send it to you! She thinks, optimistically, about Whitegrass all the time. We have kept our weekend clear in case something turns up--or comes down. Cheers, Harley

Thanks again for advice on camping spots and with gear. We had a memorable trip. I think all 16 of the boys would make the trek again, which is saying a lot considering the cold! Chris

Mike and Cassie Sheer

We had a blast! Beechlick was silky smooth and Falls Overlook was fast and FUN!!!!! Fabulous network of trails and friends, we smiled the whole way home. WE LOVE WHITE GRASS!!!!! Jeanne and JT Sutton

Purple suit purple pow alert John Bolecek follow chip

It is a great ski at all that was missing was a hug from you.. I hope all is well. Best! Erika

Vic

Just renewing friendships made the drive over worthwhile. The dinner at the WG Cafe put it over the top. And the unexpectedly good snow was just "ice"-ing on the cake. Al Larsen, Arlington VA

Rock on Chip!Your spirit lives on with us all year long.We can't wait to be back!Here's a one last little Hipstamatic batch for your archives....Have a great season! Peace, Rodrigo

Whitegrass should be top of the list...go there only if you want to be disappointed when you try somewhere else. FREE THE HEELS! feedback found online

Here's to getting more snow soon... you do a good job with whatever comes your way. Good thing you have the strongest following of any Cross Country ski area in North America ( the world maybe ) ... You'll be fine no matter what... cause you have it right. Dickie NATO

Randy Johnson, Smokies of NC on facebook

Dorothy's first time skiing on snow @ 22 months (she had been practicing on the kitchen floor) looking forward to coming back and seeing you again soon! Sully

LAWSUIT FILED TO BLOCK HOMEWOOD RESORT DEVELOPMENT : A federal lawsuit was filed recently to block a controversial plan that would turn the Homewood Mountain Resort at Lake Tahoe into a posh winter and summer mecca, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The Sierra Club and Friends of the West Shore sued the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and Placer County for approving what they called "an ill-conceived, inadequately studied, and environmentally-disruptive development." The $250 million project by San Francisco's JMA Ventures includes a four-story hotel, ski-in condominiums, two lodges, a swimming pool, underground parking and retail space. It was approved by the planning agency last month. If built, it would be the biggest hotel on the west shore since 1901. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Sacramento, says the development would, among other things, increase traffic on two-lane Highway 89, worsen air pollution and spew runoff into the lake, which is directly across the street from the resort. Read more at http://bit.ly/yn0hxl.In related news, Homewood announced a cutback in its schedule, which will close the slopes Mondays through Thursdays, "until snow conditions permit full operations or further notice," but will keep them open Fridays through Sundays.

New Mexico one of the few NA locations getting more than average snowfall this winter so far. Richard and Lindsay

The Friends of Blackwater's North Fork Watershed Project is hosting their 3rd annual holiday open house and raffle to benefit the Davis Food Pantry. The raffle drawing will be held Saturday January 14th at 6:30pm at the Hypno Coffee in Davis, following an open house from 12-6 at our office located next door.

It was good seeing you guys again over the holidays, and I'm glad I got to take my kids over to enjoy their first taste (literally) of White Grass! Our 9 month old loved the show, thanks for the hospitality. I thought you might enjoy the attached photos of Caroline Ballash clapping along to the music on Thursday 12/29! Oh, and our son Park loved it too and loves his new White Grass Frisbee! Wishing for snow, Adam Ballash

BB Biathlon Results Jan 7
1. David Brehl Age:9 Time: 8:23 Hits: 9 Adjusted Time 7:38
2. Christopher Brown Age: 7 Time: 9:38 Hits:7 Adj Time:9:03
3. Gregory Gilmore Age: 9 Time 10:22 Hits: 4 Adj Time: 10:02
4. Ethan Grahe-Cody Age: 5 Time: 28:20 Hits:4 Adj Time: 28:00

We made it to Whitegrass! Adam sorted me out with a pulk and some snow shoes. The wife and kids had a great time. Lovely place you have up there. Nice food in the cafe.I will recommend your place to people when I head back to NC and the UK next year. Might see you tomorrow to free the heel for and hour or two. My family and I made it to Whitegrass again today. Tony hooked me up with some backcountry skis and boots. I had never tried skis with fish scales but they worked great. Cracked a few of the trails and practiced some telemark turns on the hill. My wife a children enjoyed a coffee or two in your cafe. We had a great lunch too. Whitegrass is cracking. We really enjoyed it. Thanks! Jon Lindsey

Thanks for a great dinner! Angie Ron and Anne Ulle

Mandy Sullivan

Dolomites: Alpe di Suisi in north Italy, enjoying fresh snow, fantastic scenery, and dreaming of Whitegrass! See you soon! Ray Phaneuf & Cristina Loglio

Our first time out this season in a Leesburg, VA park late October 2011. The boys WG boots were small since they'd grown from last winter, so Sam (on left) voluntarily went sockless. Both were stoked to get new gear today and try it out on their second ski day this year, at Whitegrass. Peace, Paul Hess

sent by Betty Gatewood

Everything I know about skiing I learned on White Ecstasy Tony Barnes Tony B.

Lindsay/ Kid's Clinic Jan 7

Canaan Ski Area is 40

Last Year 125 skiable days November - April with 216" snow along with 266 loyal season passers. Credit to our pal Ullr, Canadian Great Lakes Northwestly Flow, and You!

Mark Bandy Hope On The Slopes

The passing of our fine pal Brian Bry is felt deeply in the hills of West Virginia's Nordic ski community and White Grass this morning. Many of us grew up skiing the hills of Trail Head learning from him the secrets of freeing the heels. He made the long trek south to ski with us and I can remember every stride and the white outs in the Dolly Sods where we found refuge behind a slab of sandstone that day. Brian, smooth sailing my brother and our love goes out to the family and friends that join me in saying good bye for the last time. Chipper Chase, Canaan Valley, WV

Todd

It's nice to be important but it's more important to be nice. Sent by Susie Mullens

Vic Moore Visit Canaan.com Robbie

Looks like some fun snow has arrived..know you are having a blast and making everyone's Whitegrass experience super fantastic. We are blasting Adele and i sent the CD of her concert to my step dad for his birthday.The kids are still talking about you and all the people there, the cafe and wanting to get back on skis. Thanks for everything! Caroline Atkinson You all made our week and you and your family are an inspiration and with this goin on in the world there is not only hope but a for sure we are bound for glory! Ski together and everything else is a cinch. Love! chipper

YAY!!!! Make snow, farm snow, pack snow, groom snow, snow ice creme, snow men (and women), snow cones, snow chains, snow gumbo, snow scampi,...Matt Haverty/Mt Top Realty

Dude! Great walk. Loved it. Martin

Thanks, Whitegrass for a wonderful, healing, re-centering time had by myself on Wednesday, Dec. 28. I am so grateful that I have discovered your little space on our planet! You have made a difference in my life...I will be back. John Cantrell... John, We get all our love and energy from folks like you and simply pass it on. Bless your heart! chip

Cabin Mountain and sky were all dressed up in Winter’s finest. Joe

Our local treasure no matter the weather is the local Purple Fiddle, AMAZ ING intimate shows, way to go John Bright!

It is an idiosyncratic species, the Mad River Glen skier, and among its distinguishing features, pride leavened with self-effacing humor is its most endearing. That, and the bumper stickers. The pride is deserved. This little bauble of a ski area is arguably the most challenging in North America. But like a New England blue blood's thrifty chic, she's a little frayed at the edges, her base area buildings showing the trials of time, and her main lift up the mountain is a nose-thumbing single chair. We do things our way, that chair says, and that's the way we like them. The fact that Mad River Glen is even alive is a tribute to a New England resolve as obdurate as the granite bedrock of Vermont's Green Mountains. Its iconic bumper sticker, worn like a badge of honor, challenges in bold red letters: SKI IT IF YOU CAN — a far cry from most modern resorts' back-bending efforts to alleviate any trace of discomfort or anxiety for their guests. Bucking every ski-industry trend, its handful of owners over six decades have kept this singular ski area true to a simple set of beliefs: Skiing is a sport, not a business; a mountain should remain as close to its natural state as possible; presnowcat trail cutters knew what they were doing; and all focus should be on the mountain, not the amenities.

Bill Love little crow tracks are bigger in Montana

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I am finally finished with my presentation about our climb of Denali last spring. Takes about 45 min to an hour. I am happy to present it at Whitegrass some weekend coming up. Scott Pleban

Marc and Kara

US woman skiers are already off to a great start! Kikkan Randall captured the title at the World Cup sprint races in Dusseldorf Germany the first week in December. Sarah Hendrickson became the first American woman to win a World Cup ski jumping event, this one in Lillehammer, Norway. Also, alpine skier Lindsey Vonn has already won two Downhill Championships in Alberta, Canada. And Bodi Miller has a WC silver medal already too.

ASPEN AND VAIL TOP LIST OF PRICEY SINGLE-DAY LIFT TICKETS : The Aspen Skiing Co. raised its lift ticket price on Friday, back to its highest in history, according to published reports. The walk-up, single-day ticket is $104; a buck lower than Vail, which is charging $105 for the last-minute purchase. Vail appears to be the winner of ski resorts in charging the most for one day of skiing. One day at Aspen or whole season at WG about same price!

We do hope that White Grass will send the special message to the upper atmospheres for Santa to drop just a foot of snow - that is all that we are wishing for! Looking forward to seeing the Whitegrassers, Elena and family

We rallied again for another epic trek into the Colo. backcountry. Ullr offered northface granular glisse. Moonlight Meadows won best wax track and best vista. Thanks, Dan, for another excellent Hut Trip. Geo Bello

SNOWMAKING IN CRAFTSBURY, VT EARLIER THIS WINTER

Climbing great Tom Cecil setting up new routes off his boat in Hopeville Canyon,WV

Chipper , Hope all is well. I saw this in a Dec 1966 copy of "West Virginia Conservation", a small monthly magazine (subscription $1/yr) that used to be published by the WV DNR. See you soon.Tom Nutter

"My ski bases are grooving" Dave Neff after hitting more CO granite in the thin backcountry this early December

Paul Sully

Freaky STyle WG If you've ever skied White Grass this video makes complete sense! The kind of place you might want to plan your entire winter around.

This was my first Jack Frost--and it was a blast! I thought you might like to see a few of the photos from the party: We'll be back in the area for New Year's. Bring on the snow! Andrew

Emma was so disappointed in October when she went out to ski and her boots no longer fit! But we just stopped by the other day, traded up to a bigger size, and then she went right outside and took off skiing with a BIG smile on her face! She skied off down to the hut and was puzzled when she couldn't find the "treasure box". I had to explain that Chip and the gang were still getting things ready. I think she'd like to volunteer to help with restocking some of the "treasure boxes" this winter! See you soon - Shannon

We are a community of warriors. See the schedule at www.mountainyoga.blogspot.com Thanks!- Anne R. Farmer, RYT

Here is a link to video featuring Adam doing some climbing and longboarding, it is part of a national video contest of state parks "Blackwater Falls State Park" by Nora Sheridan. Athey Lutz

Marc /Dolly Sods

MARYLAND’S ONLY SKI RESORT CONSIDERS OPTIONS The owners of Wisp Resort, MD, said they're considering selling the landmark property to resolve financial problems linked to a slide in home construction around nearby Deep Creek Lake, according to published reports. Karen Myers said selling Wisp – the only ski resort in the state - is the last option she and her partners in DC Development LLC would pursue to repay more than $23 million to BB&T Corp. of Winston-Salem, NC. They're also seeking new investors in their businesses. She said Wisp is in no danger of closing.The resort isn't directly involved in the financial dispute, which stems from slower-than-expected sales of home sites in DC Development's nearby Lodestone golf-course community. Wisp is run by another company, Recreational Industries Inc., also owned by Myers and partners Gary Daum and Steven Richards. Myers said there's little demand these days for subdivisions with just home sites. Wisp, on the other hand, is a profitable business with $16 million in annual sales, state-of-the-art snowmaking equipment and features that drew 195,000 skier visits last season, said General Manager Tim Prather. Since its founding in 1955, Wisp has made Maryland's westernmost county a year-round tourist destination. Vacation homes, some worth millions, ring the 3,600-acre lake. The ski resort is the county's sixth largest employer with a work force that swells from 225 in the summer to 650 in the winter.

Tool

Hopefully earthquakes and hurricanes are precursors to tremendous amounts of Snow! We'll surely be there for trail work in the Fall... Cheers, Annie and Kyle

70" for the year if it's gonna rain...

Joe Henry

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You're reply triggered a nice memory I have of my 1st Jack Frost (1995). I remember it being kinda ethereal-lots of stars as we stood around the bonfire, and strangers (at least I was) talking as if they'ed known each other for a long time. And the next day we all skied up to Baldy & back, and it was the first time you and I had a conversation (you told me your story of Whitegrass Knob, VA, to Canaan Valley). Mike Gorrie

Good times and new friends. martin

Chip & Crew,Thanks for a WONDERFUL time this past weekend! Had a BLAST. The music this year was off the hook! Rod CV Patrol Mill Creek Saw Shop * The Carpenter Ants at Jack Frost! Whew! I loved it! jdp

Jack Frost party. Wonderful as always, and with the addition of the band it just topped it all. Still a bit sore from hours of dancing. Haven't had that much fun in a long time. Let it snow now - I'm soooo ready! Much love always Gisela (Chris Good, Todd, and Gis were in the steeps all day Sunday nippin' n' tuckin')
What a noble use of energy and effort. Here's to your Thirtieth Jack Frost and a big honkin bowl of thank you for all the Whitegrass tours, treats, turns and grins. You keep the nord flame burning so brightly. I'll be there is spirit this weekend and look forward to skiing with you later on.  Ski hard, play fair, have fun, and get back in the woods where you belong. Love, Dickie NATO

Over 1000 hours and counting. Never been better on the trails. You'll love the improvements and THANKS TO ALL THE WORKERS!

Much of the property White Grass skis is within the The Highland View Farm owned by Randall Reed. He has been presented a Century Farm Award for continuously farming the same tract for at least 100 years.
Lindsey Reed, his father, bought the first tract in Canaan in 1908 and came from a family that has farmed in WV for four generations. "We have to preserve farms someway, somehow, and provide the means for farms to be productive" stated Ed Michael.

No trees anywhere, so in the back country you can just pick a direction and go. I was there (along with Olympic team members from Russia, Poland, and Slovakia) for the annual Merino Muster race. Strat Douglas/NZ

Friend Chris B. writes the text Morgan is on the road

Larry Camp

it seems a one- to two-week period of more substantial cold will settle into the Northeast during week two and three of December. Weather Channel

Carla and Randy Kesling

My mom loves Whitegrass. When I was making the wreaths she said it reminded her of when she as a teenager. Ken Cremer

Crocketts from Athens, OH slaving away in new glades

Ketih Strausbaugh

Mark and Betty Gatewood

Checking WG site every few days, counting the snow flakes. All I can say is: can't wait, can't wait, can't wait! Ready to make any necessary sacrifices to snow gods for this winter. Maybe a burning of ill-informed wooly bears? Love, Elisa and Jim

Engrossing history of Helvetia,WV Modern telephone service did not arrive until 1966. * Nov 23: Pickens, WV (1950) Maximum snowfall from a single storm (state) A total of 57.0 inches.

go from mowin' the lawn to mowin' the tele glades Rich Spence ski gardener * I think its fantastic that you and all us worker bees have turned Old Weiss Knob into the most varied XC terrain anywhere. Ken Cremer

Halloween weekend at Big Meadows Jeff Salem the boys at the Nut

Are you a resort skier concerned about the immense amounts of fuel and energy used for snowmaking, grooming, heating lodges, and running lifts to make your sport happen?

LET IT SNOW! NOVEMBER 22ND 5:02 PM We are looking forward to Mother Nature Developing some SNOW for our Trails this Thanksgiving Holiday! Our snow guns were fired up this morning! We look forward to a wonderful winter season of skiing, snowshoeing & hitting the Backcountry! Season Passes have an early discount until November 29th Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe,VT

QUEBEC WILL BE ONLY HELI-SKI DESTINATION IN EASTERN NA : In January, Massif du Sud in Quebec will become the only downhill area in Eastern North America offering helicopter skiing and snowboarding, according to published reports. The area's operators still are refining the program, but say there will be helicopter departures from at least three venues: the base of the mountain, a heli-pad in downtown Montreal and La Cache à Maxime, a nearby resort. Besides the new Héli-Safari, which will take skiers into the backcountry, Massif du Sud already offers a Catski Safari. Massif du Sud is about 3,000 feet above sea level, making it the highest elevation lift-serviced skiing in Quebec, although it is not the highest vertical drop.

"The story explores the fact that there still are many places in the world where mythical and long believed extinct creatures still exist. The characters and dialogue breathe fresh life into this exciting and excellently crafted tale." Thanks for your support, Mike Esola THE ICE GORILLA BOOK

Birkebeiner in Durham! We Meyer/Salazars thought you just might appreciate Izzy's Halloween costume this year. Note the skis on her back which she carried all night! See you in January. peace, Sarah and Teddy

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About White Grass Touring Center : Steep, rugged, wide, groomed, glades galore, twisty, curvy, mountain tops filled with wind, wilderness in all directions, trails of every description going everywhere. Exciting challenging ski terrain nearing its 50th year of providing the snowiest southern Appalachian nirvana. Laid back coffeehouse atmosphere coupled with a famous natural foods cafe makes it hard to even want to go outside and ski.

Storm only dropped 10-15" (versus the 24-37" predicted, sigh) but still gave us sufficient coverage. Saturday skinned up to Cardiff Pass and skied Cardiff Bowl and Hellgate Cliffs a couple of times, climbed over Cardiff Peak and then down Two Trees to Snowbird See you at Jack Frost! Richard

If you can't take the heat, lie down in the kitchen! Thanks for a fun day yesterday! See you Tuesday....Love, Linnie

Dear Whitegrass, First of all, let me say how much fun a friend and I had skiing there last Feb. It was 50 degrees in Harrisonburg, VA and snowing at Whitegrass! Amazing. I've convinced my family to come with me this year, and I am looking for some used XC skis for myself and my wife. I was wondering if you all had some leftover from the previous season, or if they have all been sold. We are looking for basic touring xc skis, nothing fancy. Let me know. I'd much rather support you all then some online retailer...Thanks! Jon Spicher

She's always at her sparkly energetic best at Whitegrass, and I think the rest of us are right there with her. No matter what, we'll be there a lot this winter. See you soon, Aaron, Jana, Emma and Violet

Good Fiddle show w/ Uncle Lucius

" I hate cross county skiing" overheard from a Texas Band but we good vibed them anyway, they don't know WG yet, give them credit

WG hat and Jack entering Denali

What Those WG Stickers Stand For : Here is a list of some of the many possible things that those WG stickers can represent. This is everything I've been able to think of this past week. Now you go think up some more.
General: welcome guests
warm greetings
wistful goodbyes
wide grins
wax 'n glide
woolen garments
well-used gear
windy gusts
winter gales
weird goings-on
winding glades
woody groves
Weiss Gnob
weird 'n gnarly

Types of people you meet at White Grass: wily guides
weather gods
whiskered gnomes
wizened geezers
wild gals
wise guys
wacky goofballs
wurldly groomers
WARPED GENIUS
wingding goers - at Jack Frost
Wavy Gravy (in spirit)
wobbly galoots
wolves 'n grizzlies (well, maybe not)

Trail maintenance weekends: wandering glade-iators
work groups
worn gloves
weathered gates
wet gaiters

White Grass Cafe: wholesome goodness
whole grains
wondrous gastronomy

Trip planning meeting overheard in White Grass Lodge: What gives?
Wanna go?
Who's going?
We're going!
Wow, great!
Wayta go!
Worries gone!
WE'RE gone! Jack Kangas

Thanks for a fabulous time on Sunday. Glading with Todd was a blast (and a great workout, I might add) - looking forward to checking out the short steep spine we opened up below barton's bend. I'll send pictures from Utah this weekend. Some Colorado College friends started Sweetgrass Productions a couple of years back and have been making some of the most incredible ski movies - all without helicopters or snowmobiles! They've spent the last two years in South America making "Solitaire" and it looks to be epic. Here's the trailer - http://vimeo.com/27216372 - it will be showing at the E Street Cinema in Washington, DC on Wednesday, November 30 at 8pm See you at Jack Frost! Richard

in the morning my crew did some amazing glading around bartons on the existing little shots and opened up a new one down to join the bottom that runs up lookers left of sauna hollow. afternoon was a new shot from tippy top of little wing to skiers left down to the switchback intersection, and then cleaned and widened jack frost to the likes of which i have never seen! Todd

Love the valley. Love the snow. Love to ski. Steve and Susan Dayton - JAX, FL

It's Johnny here, Richard's friend who messed up my ankle there last year and got rescued by your staff, but kept on skiing till the end of the season. As I recall from our conversation, your sister lives in Bennington, VT, where I'm from and learned to ski. It was awesome to see your pics of Prospect Mountain on your website. I talked to the proprietor there, Steve, last winter when I was visiting my hometown and raved to him about Whitegrass. He knew it well but hadn't been there or met you; maybe you two got to connect this time. It's a great place and where I learned to ski! Imagine how surprised I was to learn that you've got the higher elevation there at WG and more snowpack. Than Vermont. Who would have thought? And it was great to see your pictures of the mountain, including I'm pretty sure one of local skinny ski celebrity Birger Vigsnes, the man who taught me how to skinny ski. Small world! Looking forward to a rocking winter at Whitegrass. I might see you this weekend. We're headed out there to do some pruning. Johnny

Whitegrassers would appreciate the cartoon below entitled "Occupy first chair" -- be the 1%. I think WG is more egalitarian than most ski areas though...Richard

Go Todd!

Chipper!! Check this out,in particular the first paragraph: Hope he's right Sarah * People have been asking me about updating the winter forecast. Well, right now, I have nothing new to say about the forecast that I issued a few months ago. I think the snowstorm in October was tipping its hand to where the snow wants to be this year. We are already seeing the pattern for the winter taking shape and some more adjustments and blocking over the next 30 days will line us up for the barrage of winter storms on the Appalachians and Northeast. I think while the core of the cold weather will be across the northern Plains and Great Lakes, the snow will be centered from West Virginia to Maine. ACCU Weather

LL Bean XC Skis * Ski Museum

Fiddle Do Not Missers: Hackensaw Boys 11/19 Furnace Mtn 11/25 Hoots and Hellmouth 11/26, 2/4 Tenth Anniversary Celebration w/ Sim Redmond Band , and 2/18 Dangermuffin

Halloween Weekend

Random Hi from Florida. Mild winter ahead for us. Rollercoaster likely for you guys unlike the last couple of years if I'm reading the weather sign right. Thaws punctuated by big storms looks to be the rule for the central and southern apps this year. I haven't been in WVA since the big snows of March 1999 but I still get my Canaan Valley fix from your website all winter long. I just need a way to like it on Facebook so I can share the snow stoke with my internet friends that might not be on to the snow zen of the Whitegrass Ski Touring Center. I can't say that I hated paddling 20km on the St. Johns River with a light sweat this afternoon but I'm still wishing I was playing in the snow when I look at your site. Plant a paddle in the water, plant a pole in the snow. Don't matter. Just glide. Reid Hyle (in Florida)

Pics from Halloween Snow Fun. Craig

Haven't seen you guys in two years but I check the site every day like I check the sky for the morning sun. Chris Miller

RELIGIOUS STATUE AT MONTANA SKI RESORT FACES EVICTION : A statue of Jesus on US Forest Service land on a hillside over Big Mountain, MT faces potential eviction amid an argument over the separation of church and state, according to published reports. The Forest Service late last week withdrew an initial decision to boot the Jesus statue from its perch in the trees. But as the agency further analyses the situation before making a final decision, it warned that rules and court decisions are stacked against allowing a religious icon on the roughly 86-square-foot patch of land. The statue has been a curiosity to skiers at the famed resort for decades, mystifying skiers at its appearance in the middle of the woods. But the Freedom From Religion Foundation isn't amused, arguing that the Forest Service was breaching separation of church and state rules by leasing the small plot of land for the Jesus statue, and the organization is pushing the agency to stand by its original decision to remove the religious icon.

Bennington, Vt

Similar set up in Vermont, old downhill to cross country Prospect Mtn XC

This was the end-of-season/chili cookoff party at Seneca Rocks. There were so many climbers present that a number of parties were still up on the summit of the South Peak as the sun set. And it takes time to rappel off. You will see in the first half of this video lights from the climbers as they are trying to get down. The bright star-like object that rises within a second of the video starting is Jupiter. The Pleiades (also known as the Seven Sisters, or M45), enters the upper left corner of the field of view at about 0:13. There is no music with this sequence (that'll come in the final movie), and it's only 17 seconds long. Other details noted in the video description on the youtube page. Enjoy! Mk

You won't have to look any further than your own web site to find the inspiration for our new outside wall hanging. We're planning on dropping by one weekend in Nov.for one of the trail days Looking forward to snow! Ron & Anne

Chip Margy's Hut mid December Whitegrasser Jennifer Walker overseas helping others

I usually drive down from Pittsburgh for a few day trips of skiing in January and February, and it's always been great. Kudos on maintaining a great ski area and an authentic lodge. I'm glad you remain personally involved in every aspect of the ski area. Phil

George Mikedes and the new JFC artwork * Countdown to Jack Frost less than a month\

RECENT CALLS HAVE INITIATED THE WHITE GRASS PURPLE POWDER ALERT SYSTEM. THIS SYSTEM IS USED WHEN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS DICTATE A SKIABLE HAPPENING AT WHITEGRASS. IF YOU RECIEVE THIS ALERT, DROP ALL YOU ARE DOING, BRUSH THE DUST OFF OF BOOTS AND SKIS, AND HEAD FOR THE VALLEY IMMEDIATELY. . LAST YEAR'S SEASON HAS HIGHLIGHTED THE NEED TO "CARPE SKIUM" WHEN THE CONDITIONS ARE RIGHT, IRREGARDLESS OF THE DATE. I AM ON THE ROAD! mike sayre

SKIABLE DAYS 2011-12: 72: Oct-5 Nov-2 Dec-21 Jan-16 Feb-23 Mar-3 Apr-2 OPEN WITH 50 Km: 16 * 200 season passers * Last Snowfall: Mar 5 (4") & Apr 23 (5") SEASON SNOW: 115" CAFE: is open now that there is early snow and serving dinners in mid December THANKS EVERYONE... supporting international cuisine hand crafted by hard working dedicated staff. Cater all summer and be back ready to cook each winter.

Great Start! Great signs for a new season. Could be a fantastic! Dan Shewbridge

Thanks for a great time! Daniel and Jessy

It was great to see you guys thriving in the snowy autumn. We had a great tour and capped it off with a hearty soup and a well-deserved cookie. Chip, thanks for taking me on a quick joyride in the piston bully. I can check that off my bucket list now. Here are some pics I took during our tour. I hope you like them. Later, Marc

Hello Chip, Laurie, and the gang who made it all possible this past weekend, What an incredible weekend! Snow and trail conditions of all varieties and ear to ear grins from everyone on skis graced White Grass. I can't think of a happier place to be. Gotta love those nordic skiers - trees down, bridges yet to be put in place, no bird seed at the shelters to tempt the chickadees…yet everyone is just happy to be alive and skiing. The bumper sticker adorning an SUV parked at a precarious tilt along the entrance road on Saturday said it all - "It's all good." Enjoy the pics! Chris, Tom, and Jesse Hong

SO psyched to see all the X-C love there on Sunday!!! Here is a photo of Chara Whittemore on Baldy Trail just south of the false summit. Not a Radigan....but cool lighting, for what it is worth!Looking forward to seeing all of you many more times this winter! Much love!, ter

Adam Chase

I remember skiing Roan Mtn. as early October 5th. sometime back in the 80's. Garry

Well, buddy, I don't think many in Manila understood it, but everyday on the elliptical in the Asian Development Bank gym, there were cheers and 'high-fives' from me everytime CNN reported another inch of snow had fallen in Elkins, WV! And most might think that an "All Souls Day" weekend on a live-aboard dive boat in Thailand's Similan Islands is about as close to heaven as one can get. [And, frankly, it is pretty damn good!] But I have to say my thoughts were in another place often mentioned as "almost heaven," where they were getting 30+ inches of snow! Now take good care of those 'freshies" for me. My tour out here ends in December, and I am looking to be up in National and Stonecoal Flats this January trying to get my ski legs back. And in the meantime, I hope you have the best November ever! All in the ski industry deserve it after last year! Ged Smith p.s. Got to tell you about skiing in Kashmir last year.It is a howl! (wg hat in the pacific!)

I just wanted to say thanks for being open this weekend! Coming off last years sad winter, this weekend was much needed winter therapy. There were a lot of happy faces on the trail. So again, thank you, thank you, thank you !!!! Michelle

Had a blast! John Bolecek * a fine day of xc, excellent conditions enjoyed by lots of happy people. thanks to everybody there for all the hard work that made it happen.except for some traces on Snowy mountain, no snow or signs of the storm in sight from the bottom of Allegheny Mountain home. sunny and mild. striking contrast. hope to return soon. John & Anne

Had to see it for myself...Thank you for keeping the door open, fire warm !! Best wishes for the early season and be back REAL soon! Corey Bonasso

In the wake of Sandy, West Virginia still attracted intrepid backcountry skiers from as far away as Vermont to make the haul through downed trees and power lines to skin and shred the 2-4 feet that fell from the storm. The unofficial launching pad for various missions was Canaan Valley's Whitegrass cross-country and backcountry ski area. License plates from across the East converged to skin in the mornings and clink beers in the afternoon after bagging October turns in heavy but incredibly deep snow. I'm not sure anyone anticipated pre-season pow skiing in the Appalachians as the silver lining to this incredible storm. ...

Yesterday I bought a share in the CSA snow farm for the family. Looking forward to a winter of Carpe Skiium at Whitegrass! Season Pass... supports Chip and Laurie (whether there will be snow or not) for all the work they do creating that amazing place where people enjoy physical activity, the trees and sky, and delicious food. Eat real food off real plates!!! Enjoy actual conversations with real people, face to happy face. Get your blood pumping and hear your heart beating in your head! Immerse yourself in the peace and beauty of snow-covered trees. This is the good life, good people. Barbara Walker, Morgantown,WV

And so it begins . . .Ski it ALL man. Wicked jealous.Hope your tired and happy from skiing all day.Wishing it was 30 degrees colder. YA HOO 4 UP.S. - How did that string groomer work out? David Crossley

OK, we are moving back down from Vermont! Happy skiing!  Looks fantastic!!! we are sooooo jealous....! Becka and Pam * Sandiemonium Mike Carpenter * Denis Bogan ski reports www.dcski.com * http://www.telemarktalk.com/ * http://list.uvm.edu. Cite as you wish. Denis

Thanks for being there! Hats off to you and yours. Here are some photos of our fun times in....November! Final verdict reviewed and confirmed: it was definitely all right. Best, Matthew Wikswo

West VTah...Famous InterNet Skiers were down, Will, Peter, and Jake

We were in Canaan for over a week, but Ed decided to return home to Ocean View (Bethany), Delaware, to secure our home for the impending Hurricane Sandy. Please note NOT MY IDEA! The hurricane winds are picking up, and I have my comfort food simmering on the stove. You guessed it, White Grass Chili. Hope you have the big snow that I WILL MISS. Cece Niemi

I'd like to let you know that I've added Whitegrass to my website SkiTrailReport.com. I started the site last year after there was no good forum to find out who was grooming after the Halloween snowstorm and built a database of ski trails in New England for people to find ski trails and submit first-hand reports. I'm working on building out the database for the Northeast this fall and figured that, with the snow, Whitegrass would be a great place to start. I've never been to Whitegrass but have been following your site (and your snow) jealously for years—maybe I'll make it down from Boston some day! Anyway, our (my, really) goal is to provide a central location for skiers to find out the latest Nordic conditions, so we spend less time looking for trail conditions and more time on skis. If you can provide more information about Whitegrass, or other ski areas, we'll be glad to include it in our database. You can find trails, submit reports, and encourage others to submit reports at Whitegrass's page. We're open to reports from ski areas but hope we get many visitors to submit their own pictures and reports. Please let me know if you have any questions, please help spread the word, and happy snow! Thanks Ari Ofsevit

type in Snowshoe,WV 26209 or closer to here yet forecasted from Charleston, WV (rather than Pburgh, PA), is Whitmer,WV 26296.... Blizzard Warning High Wind Warning Flood Watch Hazardous Weather Outlook all at once

This is a preliminary assessment of the current snowstorm in the Canaan Valley WV area.Power and phone service is out in much of the WV high country and official snowfall observations are sketchy at best.  Therefore, I have made some calls to folks up there to obtain their observations.  I talked with Chip Chase, owner of the White Grass Cross Country Ski Center in Canaan Valley. Chip is a very astute weather observer. Based on his conversations and pictures and my knowledge of the local mountain climatology, my best estimate for snowfall for the last 24-hours ending 7 am Tuesday morning is as follows: 3,000 to 4,000 feet elevation:  26 to 30 inches snowfall; depth about 24 to 28 inches 4,000 to 4,900 feet elevation:  30 to 34 inches snowfall;  depth about 28 to 32 inches. If validated with official data,  both WV state October all-time snowfall and snow depth records will be totally smashed and the storm in the high country is still not over.  Another foot or so of new snow is possible in the next 2 days in favored higher elevation westward facing slopes above 3,000 feet due to wrap-ar

Bridge Day Popping wheelies in the sky Bridge Day 2012

Oh my gosh, first of all, everybody plan a weekend getaway to The Purple Fiddle in Thomas, West Virginia. This place is a true gem. The population of this town is about 577, and apparently they are 577 of just about the sweetest people you will ever encounter. And not only sweet, but seriously know how to have a good time. Everybody was up and dancing from the very first song of The Spring Standards and just got more and more amped up and enthused as the night went on. The audience gave us such a warm, welcoming reception and made us feel right at home here. Getting up there and joining the Standards on their encore of "I Shall Be Released" was a moment that will not be forgotten in my life. That's one of those musical moments where you are just overcome this joy to be participating in something so big, beyond ourselves, just feeling the power of music and creating music with one another. Whew. Pretty special. The celebrating and music and jamming continued long into the night. Looking forward to a long nap in the van today as we travel these winding roads of West Virginia and make our way down to Asheville. Ali Sperrry http://alisperry.com/music/ Nov 16 live here

Matt Clouse sent Mega-storm threat growing for mid-Atlantic last week and lookie what's happenin'

November 25, 2012 10th Annual Wreath Making Workshop White Grass Ski Touring Center and Cafe in Canaan Valley and the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy invite you to join them for the 10th annual Evergreen Wreathmaking Workshop. Its an afternoon of fun in a beautiful place with friendly people and it's now officially a tradition! Learn how to make your own evergreen wreath. Bring a hand-prunner and any decorations such as pine cones, berries, ornaments or bows, that you would like to adorn your wreath with. We will have all the materials you'll need including a variety of fresh-cut firs. We'll get started around 1 pm and be around all afternoon. Please RSVP daves@labyrinth.net . White Grass is a long-time partner with the Highlands Conservancy's and Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge's spruce restoration efforts. They have helped organize volunteers, build fence, collect cones, plant trees and feed the volunteers. 2012 marks the 10th year of this holiday season tradition. Dave Saville

Hey Chipper! Hope all is well sir! Just wanted to let you know the 12z run of the European Model this afternoon spits out 36 inches of snow by Wednesday across Canaan Valley with its take on track of potential Hurricane/Hybrid Nor'Easter storm at the start of next week! Thinking this might be a bit extreme for now, but will keep our fingers crossed that maybe somehow the atmosphere can work this out...wooohooo! Would love to get an early start to ski season this year and head over your way for some backcountry...LET IT SNOW! Clayton Stiver, C'ville,Va

Chipper - Hope all is well with you! Us lovebirds finally tied the knot this summer, and we took memories of WG with us on our adventures, from the South Pacific to the Pacific Northwest... Can't wait for the snow! See you for trail work and good times early November. Best, Annie and Kyle

Dear Skiing Friends, As preparations continue for the coming ski season, we are planning another volunteer trail work day this Saturday October 27. We will continue our quest to hold the persistent mountain laurel back from the sides of the trails. If you can join us, we will start at 9:30. Don't forget your lunch and some drinking water. You are welcome to bring your own tool suitable for trimming the brush, and/or a leaf type rake to help clear the cuttings. It's a great way to enjoy this Fall weather and get some exercise. Please send an email if you are planning to join us. Our final work days are planned for Saturday and Sunday Nov. 10 & 11. Season Passes are on sale now and discounted before Dec. 1. Individual: $90 Family of two: $144 Each add'l person: $45 6 Day Pass: $50 Your early purchase of a season pass is not only a great value for you, but will help insure that skiing can continue at Crystal Lake. Checks may be sent to: Crystal Lake Ski Center, 1716 Crystal Lake Rd., Hughesville, PA 17737 See you soon, John Manifold

Corridor H is about to open from Knobley Road to Rt. 93. saving another 10 minutes and putting Fairfax easily within 3 hour drive. "I just learned that there has been a rock slide on the newest section of Corridor H that was suppose to open soon. Looks like they will move the date back to November. Additionally, they have not yet painted the lane markings"

Todd....maybe they know something about the upcoming winter...

INNOVATIVE FUEL SOURCE WILL POWER NEW KILLINGTON GONDOLA : One does not normally think of poop and ski resorts as being related except in the most tangential way, but recent news might indicate otherwise. After the huge brouhaha over Arizona Snowbowl's use of recycled wastewater to make snow comes another poop-related ski resort story. Cow manure will be used to power skiers to the top of Killington Resort, VT this winter as part of a growing effort to generate electricity from a byproduct of the state's iconic dairy farms, according to published reports. The resort will use 300,000 kilowatt hours of electricity made from manure generated on 13 farms to run its K-1 Express Gondola. The manure-generated electricity is distributed through a renewable energy program at Green Mountain Power, the state's largest utility. Begun in 2004 by Central Vermont Public Service, which was acquired by Green Mountain Power's parent company this year, the "cow power" program now generates five megawatts using manure from 10,000 of the state's 270,000 cattle.
Killington is the first ski resort in Vermont - and possibly the country, maybe even the world - to use manure to power a ski lift. Herwig Demschar, senior VP of international business development of Killington parent Powdr Corp., told TSIL that he is not aware of any other lifts that are similarly powered, although there are some small solar powered T-bars in Europe, and bio-mass plants are very popular in Austria. Read more about the Cow Power program at http://tinyurl.com/92jm7l5.

warren and chip by Ron Shelton

What A Summer: Leaf Peepers Sept 29-30...Sept. 7- 9 Slatyfork Women's Weekends * Sept 15: Revenge of the Rattlesnake Ultra-marathon XC race *WG cafe @ Local Brew Skies Festival Aug 18 * Clifftop Aug 1-5 23rd String Band Gathering * July 28-29 1st Annual Joint Appalachian Mushroom Foray in Canaan * Celebration Of The Arts June 29-July 1 * June 22-24 Canaan MTB Fest *Elkins, WV, EVERY 2nd. Saturday Squares at Randolph County Community Arts Center April 14, 8pm – 11pm and May 12, 8pm – 11pm * Master Naturalist Contact Andy Dalton at 304-866-7037 * Apr 27-29 New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend Babcock State Park * April 28-29 Irish Road Bowling @ Pipestem Resort State Park *April 29, 2012 Get Lost! Orienteering Race Coopers Rock State Forest * Virginia's Second Dare To Be Square May 4-6 Homestead Farm, Riner, VA * 18th Cheat River Fest May 5 * May 11-13 Blackwater WV Wildflower Pilgrimage May 26 7:00pm Mountaintop Library Fundraiser w/ YOUNG FUNK SUNG Brew Pub * Art Spring May 28-29…A Local Memorial Day Art Tour * June 1,2,3: Canaan Valley Birding Festival * June 16 Block Party FWS

Found this tiny Wooly Bear in the yard. So what does it mean when they are sooo small -- Hope it portends a super fantastic winter!!!! Keep on have fun every day. See you soon. L.E....Hi Chipper, I was on my road bike today from Heights to Canaan Valley State Park and back. I counted 32 Wooly worms, it's got to be a sign that white flakes will be heading our way... Diane Rader

News from Barbara Brown (CCA): "Gorman Young passed on October 9, (2012) just six weeks short of his 100th birthday. There is going to be a memorial service and Metropolitan Memorial Methodist church on 4301 Nebraska Avenue (Washington, DC) Saturday November 17 at 2 pm." Gorman Young was one of the founding fathers and early explorers of the Canoe Cruisers Association of Washington, DC. Below is a picture of a spry and vivacious and youthful Gorman – then just 57 years old - on the "Lost Paddle" October , 1969 rapids naming trip on the Gauley River. Gorman Young was also instrumental in establishing the first commercial ski area in Canaan Valley, WV with the Ski Club of Washington, DC – at what is now the White Grass Ski Touring Center. Gorman was active and skiing into his late 80's. FaceBook Page

Spent 4 days in your neck of the woods and the colors were outstanding. Good times and here's a few pics....stay well, Martin Radigan

Run For It!

Dolly Sods Dog rescue ...The people you know saved the day! Neil McDermott organized Vern Patterson, Chuck Nichols, and Jim Mollard, who trekked in and carried, walked, or sledded May out in a basket. I hope they all got excellent, well-deserved rests afterwards! Martin

Made a fantastic trip to the Telemark region of Norway last week. a few pictures attached of our ascent up Gaustatoppen, the highest peak in the region; where our sport was born in ancient times. Martha representing WG on this day! We missed you at Floydfest but look forward to time at Whitegrass this winter! best, Martha and Paul Sullivan

A hit record isn't what sustains you - what sustains you is a hit show. Bobby Rush (reminds me of most of the small, yet sweet, Fiddle shows)

Hello!I am writing because I wanted to let everybody know about my new band, Knock Boxxx. Band members include Eric McDonald, Zach Brock and I. We just recorded an EP this past weekend and we have it available to listen to and for sale at http://knockboxxx.bandcamp.com/album/ep Please check it out if you have a minute and pass it along to anyone who might be interested. For those of you who are local to Thomas,WV there are copies of this record available for sale at Tip Top. Thanks so much, Rebecca

Just whipped up a batch of Chicken Enchiladas from the original White Grass cookbook. Yummy doesn't even begin to describe the deliciousness. What? You say you don't have that cookbook? Well, the easy way is to pop over to Amazon, but I say the best way to get yourself a copy is to head to White Grass this winter and experience the food, the vibe, the skiing and, oh yeah, get yourself this cookbook! And while you're at it, get the newest one as well...more of the most fabulous food you'll ever cook. Let me just say it kicked Joy of Cooking out as my go-to cookbook. Lisa Gillogly

Just recently got back from a dreamy trip in Denali and on the Copper RIver. Hydrating the whole time with my Jack Frost bottle had me reminisce with some regularity about the place. Looking forward to some pruning and a powdery winter! Best to you and Laurie and the family. Johnny

This video got me fired up for some trail work - can't wait to cut some new lines!! Richard and Lindsay...where do you store your moguls for the summer...with your moonshine?

Todd

Just letting folks know of an upcoming West Virginia Highlands Conservancy Fall Review  October 19-21 at Canaan Valley State Park.  Presenters will include   Dr. Trish Miller, WVU biologist---Golden Eagle telemetry surveys   Kelly Fuller, Wind Campaign Coordinator, American Bird Conservancy---birds and wind energy/federal laws   Most events open to all.  Here is link to preliminary schedule in WVHC "The Voice," p. 24.
http://www.wvhighlands.org/Voice%20PDFs/VoiceSept12.pdf    Cheers, Cindy Ellis

First Flakes Ten Mile Range, Summit Co, COLO

We are releasing our 4th full-length telemark movie in October titled "Let's Go!" OFFICIAL TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/47921811 Josh Madden

We are very pleased to provide you with a sneak preview of our new book: SEASONAL Canaan Valley. Books should arrive in Canaan Valley late Nov. Ludovic Moore

The white woolly worm is the caterpillar for the Yellow Woolly Worm Moth or the Virginia Tiger Moth. Weather folklore says that if you find an all-white woolly worm, you are in store for a snowy winter.
They are typically yellow in color as caterpillars, but occasionally show up as white. They can look like little white puffballs. Each woolly worm is made up of 13 different sections, which is believed to represent the 13 weeks of winter. They have three sets of legs and even though they have small eyes, they make their way around mainly by touch. An interesting fact about woolly worms is their ability to survive being frozen in temperatures as low as -90F. Their bodies have the ability to produce an organic antifreeze of glycerol and other chemicals that protects the interior of their cells in addition to their bristly hair. Tom Conlon

WG Ski Patrol Alive. Pic by Paul Hess

OK NOW I'm ready..........Tele Bruce

Kids and I were just going through old pics and saw this gem...God smiling on White Grass and thought of you. Looking forward to snow...Jamie & Margaret Newell

Adventures in New England Eric and Vicky

Margaret Fleischman hails from the rural river town of Columbia, Virginia, but she belongs to the world. She channels voluminous soulful vocals - think Norah Jones meets Bessie Smith with a healthy dose of Patsy Cline - wielding her ukulele against a sensual backdrop of vintage blues, old-time country and intriguing originals. Call Michele ? Brookside Inn at 304.698.6343 for reservations

Perfect fall company Mark and Clare

Mike Gallagher Moon Rocks outside of Davis...Looking forward to tons of snow!!!

Tim Sharp

Looks like the first significant snow is starting to fall in Utah and Colorado right now - just ordered a pair of Voile Chargers to shred it! Came across the attached Lcartoon - apparently Neptune used to sell shirts with this on it. Maybe an idea for new WG swag? Will be out in a two weeks - happy to do any trail work if y'all are already getting out. Richard -- When the situation is desperate, it is too late to be serious. Be playful.

Carol from 34th Rye Hill Poetry Reading

 

Dear Friends of Crystal Lake Ski Center, Yes, there will be skiing at Crystal Lake Ski Center this winter! As many of you know, Anna Alford died suddenly in early May this past Spring. Anna's love and passion for skiing at Crystal Lake will be fondly remembered by all of us who were touched by her unselfish life. Anna's mother Dottie Alford continues to oversee Crystal Lake skiing from her home in Island Falls, Maine. Dottie will be in touch with her "Management Team"here at Crystal Lake on a daily basis as the ski season progresses. Our team consists of our friends and employees of many years experience, and actually includes all of you who know what a special place Crystal Lake is for skiing. This year especially, we are looking for your help and support in making thiswinter a successful ski season. Many of our volunteers and employees from past years are going to be involved: John Manifold, the designer and constructor of our trails, will supervise operations including the all important trail grooming, with the help of Paul Gawblick, Tom Deljanovan, and others. We have families that play an important role: The Keeleys from Virginia , the Gstalders from Montoursville,and especially our close neighbors the Gross and Smith families. Michael Gross is helping in many areas including the website. Chris Elliott will be handling the bookkeeping department. Louise McCormick, our certified ski instructor will be active with the instruction program. Of course we could not exist without the trails at Crystal Lake Camps and the support of Nathan, Tim, andtheir staff. We all love cross country skiing and want to provide the best ski experience for you to enjoy. How can you help? Invest in a season pass. Specific information will be coming in a few days through another email and our website. Your early purchase of a season pass will not only helpus with the trail preparation work, but insure that skiing can continue in the future. We welcome your suggestions forimprovement, negative or positive. Please email the Ski Center with things you liked in the past and those things you would like us to do better. All are welcome to come for trail volunteer days this fall. Enjoy the crisp fall days and get some exercise. We will be trimming brush, replacing bridges, or fixing up the ski shop. Come for the full day or just a few hours. We will start at 9am. Don't forget your lunch. Dates are: Saturday Oct.13, Sunday Oct. 21, Saturday Oct. 27, Saturday Nov. 10, and Sunday Nov.11. Send an email to clski@windstream.net or leave a phone message at 570-584-4209 to let us know when you will be coming. See you soon, The Crystal Lake Ski Center Team

At 6:45 this morning (9/ 11) my weather station registered 34 degrees. As I looked out there was a large, but very very thin patch of frost on the East facing roof. Bruce Dalton

Dolly Sods Wilderness area is always a great place to visit… But last weekend reminded us that we need to enjoy the outdoors a little more. Here's a direct link to about 60 photos – hope you can take 5 minutes to enjoy.
See what happens when 3 photographers aim for the Wilderness. Vic Moore

Neal McDermott

Chris Good

Our Historian from work found the attached photos of Drift Land (I think) can you give us some history on the buildings and Ski Lift? Thanks, David Beckner (Wash Ski Club at Driftland in the mid 50's)

Todd Romero

New snow tube park being built at Canaan Valley by Rick Steelhammer

Spent last weekend in Canaan and missed not running into you. Here's a few pics from the refuge, shay's run and dolly sods yoga. Enjoy and we'll be out in late september. Cya then. Martin Radigan

Jeff C. in his yard at Timberline

Just checked your White Grass website and am impressed! Colorful, current, beautiful, upbeat, inviting....makes me wish we are here in the winter! One year we'll do that and crosscountry ski in White Grass and enjoy Laurie's food! Congratulations! lolita

Next time I'll have to take you up on your generosity.  My family had a great summer vacation in Canaan.  The cooler weather was a Godsend.  We ended up swimming in the North Fork-South Branch of the Potomac when visiting the Seneca Rocks area .Jon

Oh my gosh, first of all, everybody plan a weekend getaway to The Purple Fiddle in Thomas, West Virginia. This place is a true gem. The population of this town is about 577, and apparently they are 577 of just about the sweetest people you will ever encounter. And not only sweet, but seriously know how to have a good time. Everybody was up and dancing from the very first song of The Spring Standards and just got more and more amped up and enthused as the night went on. The audience gave us such a warm, welcoming reception and made us feel right at home here. Getting up there and joining the Standards on their encore of "I Shall Be Released" was a moment that will not be forgotten in my life. That's one of those musical moments where you are just overcome this joy to be participating in something so big, beyond ourselves, just feeling the power of music and creating music with one another. Whew. Pretty special. The celebrating and music and jamming continued long into the night. Looking forward to a long nap in the van today as we travel these winding roads of West Virginia and make our way down to Asheville. Gotta say it again...so grateful to be doing what I'm doing with the people I am doing it with. Grateful, humbled, so happy.? Ali Sperry * Chip's daughter Erin and Ollie matching his Mom's tummy

The first season for the children's community garden was a success. Rob Do you recognize this guy?? He hooked me up when we were mountainbiking in VT and my bike got messed up-- SMALL WORLD....miss ya--see ya at the Rattlesnake race! Lynn and David

just wanted to thank you (and thank you and thank you) for hooking us up w tim... what a great guy.. and he seriously came through...when people up there asked us what we had done, when we told what tim steered us (and took us) to everyone was pretty amazed - and said that most alaskans never do that stuff.. so... longer explanation will follow... but just wanted to thank you (profusely) michael lipton

Couple climbs Seneca Rocks to tie the knot Jon from Chesterfield

Marc and Kara * Rolling Thunder Organic Farm

Saw this article and thought of you and your empire. Looks like there are some WG recruits hidden away in South Africa. See ya soon, Chad

Chris Good

I'm getting the gear out now. Tele Bruce * oh please...Sarah Anderson NYC, Philly, DC: Winter 2012-2013 will be "Snow" Joke * forecast map sent by Jeff Simcoe...thanks everyone for wishing this to be true...The presence or absence of a Greenland block will determine if we get alot of snow in my opinion. Last year a La Nina year the NAO was positive so we got very little snow the prior year also a La NIna year was negative and we got dumped on. Same in 2009-10 it was the NAO combined with the weak El Nino that caused the heavy snow. IF the El NIno was strong then the heavy snows would be flooding rains in the northeast instead.

Eddie Art As always, love keeping abreast of Canaan happenings on your site.  Looks like another winning summer in WV!Though you might enjoy the attached pic of a bearhead find last Fall on Equinox here in VT, and the following link (with vid): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqXN-IGxwSo Enjoy your forest mandala.  All the best from the Wise gang,

miles of lindy run trail rhody reclamation on the blackwater side. The -premier- trail of canaan mountain is now way better for hikers and rideable for bikers! if the usfs won't do it... someone will! Todd * Tucker County Trails "now get to work"

I love you guys, come to White Grass at least one weekend every winter, but you have to get your mythology right. While it's true that Ullr is the god of skiing (among other things), Skade is not his wife! Skade is a jotun (Norse Giant) that (like Ullr) represents skills in skiing and bow-hunting and other stuff. She eventually becomes a goddess after she marries the god Njord (a guy not particularly associated with skiing, snow, or mountains). There are those that say that she later leaves Njord for Odin. But either way, she was never Ullr's wife. As a Norwegian transplant to DC, I am letting you know this because I want to spare you the wrath of any potential errant Icelandics that might stumble upon you making this mistake! ; ) Ian Fossberg Washington DC P.S One rather hilarious thing about Skade (Jotun/Giant/Goddess of skiing) is that, in modern Norwegian, the word "skade" means "injury"!=.... Ian, Fantastic and we want to be accurate especially when it comes to the Gods of snow or skiing. Thanks for the history check and mostly the love part of the letter that goes a super long way in this world down here. The Gods were not so nice at times according to myth. I will publish this and change the website info! Cheers, and our best back to you for a great year and nothing better than having you as skiers on our trails and woods this next snowy winter. chip

AHS Hiking Crew Helpin' Out...* Mo MoJo... Fantastic time at The Purple Fiddle last night! Such a great venue with even greater people. A real treat of a gig. If you are ever passing through or near Thomas, WV, it's worth the stop!

It's the birthday of poet Joyce Sutphen (books by this author), born in St. Cloud, Minnesota (1949). She's the author of Straight Out of View (1995), Coming Back to the Body (2000), and Naming the Stars (2003). Her most recent book is First Words (2010). Sutphen spent her childhood on a farm near St. Joseph, Minnesota. She said: "Like many of the people I had read about, I set out on a long journey to find truth and beauty. As usual, the road led straight back to the beginning: home, country roads, the sun setting through the woods."

All Earth Eco Tours

Why are Trails Important? by Sam Ristich... Inexpensive method to get physical, mental, spiritual therapy. Inexpensive convenient way to enjoy companionship, community and family. Seasonal way to enjoy natural history. Additional way for schools to educate and instill a sense of wonderment especially in young children. Function of trails... Great way of having a togetherness without traffic and noise. Great mental therapy.
Learning process. Sense of wonderment. The forest is a combination of producers and recyclers that produce oxygen, wood, food, leaves, lichens, ferns, fruits, seeds, condominiums for birds and rodents. Recyclers are fungi, birds, mammals and insects. Patterns. Sam belonged to these organizations, and he lead walks, talks and classes. Nothing would please him more than for you to volunteer, or to sign up for a walk, talk, or class!

Joe Henry... Some of you I sent one of the photos of the mushroom shaped cloud which actually a cumulonimbus cloud. This one of three rarest cloud formations and usually spawns sever thunder storms. There was no wind on August 1 when I photographed for about 90 minutes as the light changed. The photo that is attached reveals a cloud with an alpenglow from the sunset behind the camera. You may be able to see the cloud in more detail if you open the jpeg rather than view the cloud in your email reader. Best, Joe

Today in Valle Arpa, Chile. Think snow! Ben Badger

Kate Preston

Planning Mid-Summer's Eve ritual to appease the snow gods and insure lots of glorious white stuff this coming Winter. Currently planning prayers and the ritual sacrifice of a snow cone in the backyard fire pit. Suggestions welcome. David Burr

Dear organizers and leaders of the Joint Foray, I just wanted to thank you and tell you that the foray for me (and my wife) was a wonderful experience. The place was magical, the program exciting and interesting, the staff very kind and helpful, and the guides were great. I enjoyed the walks led by Mel and Chip (and of course listening to Gary, Rudy, Peter, and many others!) I am sorry I had to leave quickly before thanking Chip for the great walk he led today. I learned a lot and enjoyed his spirit –so beautifully fitting the amazing forest he took us into. Please forward this letter to him as my late good bye. Thanks so much to all involved and hope to see you again,Tovi p.s. We sure plan to return.. Hi Tovi. We are so happy that you had a good time. We worked pretty hard and knowing that you enjoyed yourself makes it all worthwhile. Thanks for your email. See you next year, Shelly and the Organizers. WV Mushroom Club * Gary Lincoff

A photo I took recently of an interesting cloud formation in the WV mountains near the highest point on the Eastern Continental Divide in PA, MD, and WV (mt. Porte Crayon; 4,4770 ft.) is featured as today's (Tuesday, July 31, 2012) National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) "Earth Science Picture of the Day". You can view the photo and a discussion (today only) at: Enjoy! Bob Leffler

Cheat appeared to be around 5 1/2 feet right after I played. There was no one else around...I LOVE WV!!! * First, thanks for posting our business sign in Thomas for the Gargantuan Emporium – we are working on it and hopefully up and running in August. Next, we are putting in a wood fired brick oven by the building...Boury Boys

Dear Chip, Thank you for all the useful information that you provided Doug and Brian about the caves in Tucker County. We hope you will enjoy the book. Doug McCarty and Brian Masney / West Virginia Speleological Survey

Bob Burrell is one of my lifetime favorite heros and I am blessed to have known him and followed some of his life instructions. Now back to living like he has and love to his family and close ones that feel such a loss. Send condolences online at www.hastingsfuneralhome.com. Chip

Hey Pops, Check out this link. Looks like fun. Later, Cory

I look at your website every single day to see what's going on up there and maybe catch some pictures from around the farm. I would rather live there than any place that I can think of. I haven't been in touch with Uncle Ran for a long time. Hope you are enjoying the Summer and will have lots of snow this Winter!!!! Best Regards, Richard Reed

July 19: Southern Appalachian Celebration program and book signing, at the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 7 pm, Southern Appalachian Celebration: In Praise of Ancient Mountains, Old-Growth Forest, and Wilderness with author Chris Bolgiano. The book features stunning photographs by James Valentine, whose photographs of ancient mountains, old-growth forests, rare plants, and powerful waterways reveal the Appalachians' rich scenic beauty. Bolgiano's evocative prose and interpretive verse tell the story of its natural history. She wrote an article about Chip and White Grass in Harrowsmith Magazine in the 80's

Please join us if you can this Saturday, July 14th for our monthly trail work day. Meet at 10am at Blackwater Bikes in Davis. We have a few various little projects we can accomplish depending on the amount of folks who show up. Will try to feed the trail slaves some grub afterwards. See you out there!Todd p.s. As always, it doesn't take a 'trail day' to help with the trails. Any time when you are out hiking or biking on the trails and come across something that can be done to improve the overall trail experience, whether it be moving a branch, getting a puddle to drain, or even trimming back some overgrowth, please take the time if you can to make any little improvement and show some pride in our great trails, knowing you and thousands of people each year will enjoy the fruits of your labor!

Here are new galleries from the vacation creek scrambles. There's no better place to be during a heat wave, or any other time actually...
Big Run, Blackwater Canyon and Dunkenbarger Run, Dolly Sods Wilderness. Clare Anderson

We would like to thank Bill Smith of the Tucker County CVB/Chamber of Commerce for coming out yesterday and honoring us with a ribbon cutting! The wine tasting was a success. Shades Of Grape Cindy R.

My new weather website will come online this fall. It's dedicated to snowfall only.Check it at: canaanmtnsnow.com Here's hoping for plenty of deep, white powder this winter...Dave Lesher

Hiking the Allagheny Trail Sara Bird Kevin Moore, Secret Passage,WV

I am seeing signs of the early fall color pallet in grasses, reeds and seed pods in the wetlands here. We may be in for a delightfully long fall season. This will require continued frequent rains and the lack of very high winds in September and October. Joe Henry

The place to be if you want to escape the heat in the lowlands this July 4, 2012 is Mt. Rainer National Park near Seattle, WA. At the modest elevation of 5,500 feet at the visitor center below the 14,410 foot volcano's summit, there is still 100 inches (8 ft. +) of snow on the ground! See attached photos taken this July 4 morning. Have a great one regardless of where you are! Bob Leffler

Bill Love, Glacier Nat'l

John Mayall, 79, played Snowshoe,WV Aug 11 (leader of the Blues Breakers in the 60's where young men like Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton were developing their chops)

Trail-Work photos http://www.visitcanaan.com (RECENT PHOTOS on the right will take you straight to the photo album) World record on "how much can be done in an hour" Ludovic Moore

Most of you probably know by now that CVI is soon to transfer ownership of its property near Davis, WV to the WVDNR. As former Land Manager and current Sustainable Trails Specialist for Canaan Valley Institute (CVI) I felt the need to send a thank you message to you all. I would like to express my personal, and the CVI organizational, thanks and appreciation for all the hard work you put into the development of the trail system on CVI property near Davis, WV. Beginning in 2004 with a lengthy series of meetings to iron out the trail system details and formalize commitments, to this month with trail maintenance and construction of the Splash Dam South Trail, our partners have held up their end of the agreement with dedication and lots of hard work. It hasn't always been easy, or worked as planned, but we have accomplished our goal of creating a multi-use trail system for the community and the region. As the icing on the cake; in 2008 (only 3 years after we started!) the trail system we built was included in the National Recreational Trails System. It has been both very rewarding and very educational for me to have worked with you to build, and play on, these trails. Watching the racers negotiate newly constructed areas and listening to their comments after the events were particularly informative! with the impending transfer of CVI property to the WVDNR, CVI will not have a hand in the future of these trails. I am confident that the trails will remain open to public use basically as they are now. But we all know the only thing in life that remains the same is change. I encourage you to remain patient and positive while the WVDNR decides on the use policy for the CVI trail system. I also encourage you all to develop the kind of relationship with the WVDNR for the management of these (and other trails in the state) that has stood us in good stead for the last 7 years. You can be confident that I am, and will continue to be, proactive in influencing the WVDNR to keep the CVI trails open to public use as they are now. While we are transferring our property, CVI is not closing its doors. We will continue to offer our services in trail planning, design and construction as we have in the past. Please feel free to contact me if you need more information on these services. Thank You, keep up the great work state wide, and (though I try very hard to not say this) Happy Trails, Ken Dzaack: NSD Construction Manager/Sustainable Trails Specialist P.S. Feel free to forward this to those you feel need to know.

Canaan Mtn Bike Fest June 22 Big Al's

Laurie Little (my wife)  and I were among some of the original local supporters that took time to learn some of the facts and then attend meetings to speak in front of the county commissioners and others. We pulled our White Grass business in with us and kept the pressure on with the help of Linda Cooper and others as we focused on our local government officials...after less than a year we had convinced one of the members who was riding the fence and then a majority vote fell in our favor. After that the path was open for the higher ups to swoop in and get some land purchased and get started with the Refuge. We also created a very warm and supportive personal atmosphere for the officials that were from various support organizations that were attending local meetings and having to experience a basic negative response from many that attended and spoke. It was key to have us there at every corner and for us to repeatingly get up and spout off the many reasons we felt supporting the idea of a local Refuge made fantastic sense.  Timing is everything, and we happen to be at the right place at the right time yet much credit goes to the hard working Friends group that has continued to support the Canaan Refuge through all the bumps and high spots. We are original members of this crew and they continue to grow and prosper as we speak! Cheers! chip

Friends of 500th - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service...GREAT BOOKSTORE full of goodies including this calendar.

SIA: Words of Wisdom… If I were to speak with someone just getting started in the industry, I would try to impress upon them the value of following and never losing their passion for the sport. Too often the day to day grind gets in the way of continued participation in the sport we loved so much that we chose to make it our career. If I can think of one negative that I have observed during my tenure in the industry, it would have to be that many of the principals in the business are no longer participants in the sport. Too many creative decisions are made by non-skiers or boarders. And to this fact I believe we have taken a giant step backwards.

Happy Fathers Day from Erin ( late 80's on Table Rock, Loop Rd.) Johnny Staats and the Delivery Boys

Mtn Biking Thomas Trails and Dobbin House by Scotty B

chip has 3 grand kids and one on the way...Oscar is the newest cousin held by Janie and Oliver (in Vermont) along with Estoria reading with Nanna and the new WG pup, the wise yet small Cooper * Alex, Erin, Jane, Ollie

Holly Hinkle Art * Watermelon Park

Thanks for being such a sweet host Chris Bolgiano

Paul Weiss Gaspe, Canada/ snow report

Geo Bell...good times must always follow you around. So much fun and nice stretch of river...Chad

Gisela's Yoga and Massage * Black Bear Burritos, Mgntwn, WV * Jimi Snyder * Stewed Mulligan foot stompin' sweet * WG/Facebook * Trail Mix * Snowboarding Opossum * MoFrontFlip * Total Snowfall Pool: winner 150" Barb Douglas (sitting around 115") First Frost: Guess 9/15 actual 9/16 Saundra Goss First Snow: Guess: 10/7 actual 10/1 Catherine Fleischmanstill waiting for winter to show up * Chuck Nichols * MoFrontFlip * NE US Snow * VT Mansfield Snow Stake * Tuckerman's Ravine * EPA finalizes rules to cut gas-drilling air pollution * Lack of Skiers Brings End of Season / Chas.Gazette * Caddisfly Lady Kathy Stout * WV Senator Pulls Support For Nat'l Park * Made me smile. Street Skiing sent by David Crossley * You would enjoy this.... Rodger Carter * Guess Drum beats fr/ albums/npr * Tele Bumps Timberline Todd * It's like swinter- summer and winter combined * mushrooms will save the world/Paul Stamets sent by Cory * Turning skiers into friends is more fun than skiing * Will this thin snow skiing affect my WG ski buy back program Robbie * you can't go wrong around here in the summer Jared Roy * Ski Chip/Robbie 2/21Utube * Chipper Chase pdf * Off Piste Mag ** Skiing Roan Mountain NC. Randy Johnson * Easy Come Easy Go Snow by Todd * Winter Adventure Afghanistan sent by Jeff C * Ski Area Trail Artist & Winter Paradise Old Town Crier * WG on PA XC & Sno Country * too bad the wind is blowing all your powder away...little did they know * Days like today remind you to never get rid of your old skis Steve Waugaman (out West still skiin' somewhere) * 52nd Gov. Cup SLALOM: GS: Local's Cup Soon! vic * Arctic Sunday @WG by Tom Beach * Canaan Valley/Wiki * WG Aerials Mo UTUBE * How White Grass Got Its Name pdf * Original WG Movie Utube * deepest snows of this winter so far have been a foot, last year 2' on the ground packed in early March * Short Version of WG report * Hive Snowshoes Ski Back Down * WYEP Rocks WG * Women's Clinic on Facebook * the buzzards are back spring has arrived * WG FreeYour Heels/UTUBE * Trak Waxless Skis' 85 * Canaan Under Ground Weather Station * Cross Country Skier Mag* am I technically skiing off piste right now Jerry (on dirt section last week) * why don't these skis have edges * I found the patches Ed Rader * I was the last skier on Falls Overlook taking the line where the deepest leaves were Mike Buchness * Early Feb WG Skiing/UTube * Century Farm Award Randall Reed * Thursday night's FunRaiser smashing success * He who puts skis away too soon...has to re find them * Gisela local Yoga site * Many WG trails are 1400 feet higher than Davis / Thomas and in the shade *Amos Lee a favorite * White Grass Wiki * It is better to be out skiing, thinking of God, than to be in church thinking of sport Sent by Barry Glotfelty * Love to Contra Dance * WV Poet Laureate Irene McKinney Passes On * sent to TWC by Todd * Recycle WV Directory * Ground Hog Fun Facts * I really appreciate the warmth and goodwill funny how those words share initials with Whitegrass Spencer * State Parks Chief Cool WV Nat'l park plan * Ski on a National Wildlife Refuge/WG * Last Year 125 skiable days November - April with 216" snow along with 266 loyal season passers. Credit to our pal Ullr, Canadian Great Lakes Northwestly Flow, and You! * White Grass I'll be back! Nancy Whalen * Chaga Mushrooms Are Good * Brewstel in Elkins * Inventing Waxless Skis Trak Jan 85 * 111-acre Youth Science Center in Canaan Valley * The secret's out Winter Weekend @ Deep Creek, MD sent by Rodger Carter * 1966 WV ski article.pdf sent by Tom * Is that a smile or is the wind just pushin' my cheeks back? * WG is Outa State by Al Larsen * Cabin Fever Blackwater Falls * Felt more like streaking than skiing Dan Coogan from CO after touring the weekend on light no edge eastern ski gear * Neighboring WV Elk River Nordic * I'm wearing my pajamas wrong side out when I go to bed. It worked for snow when I was a kid...HONEST it did! Tele Bruce * Grip and Glide waxing with Toko * National Snow Analyses * Tele Ski Elements UTube * PSIA Nordic Tele Teaching * Radical 'Spoon' Ski Built-in Cleats * Marcellus Special Session * Viva La Nina. Hope she brings us a long hard winter! Strat Douglas * Winter 2011-2012 Forecast * make you happy until it snows. wintermoon * Parents/Child Clinics this winter * Into the Garden: Lots of wire, and other wreath-making secrets * Banjoist Noam Pikelny brings his West Virginia-learned skills to Mountain Stage * Typical sat at whitegass. 13 degrees, 30 mph winds and snowing sideways. Everybody having fun * Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile And Stuart Duncan: NPR Tiny Desk Concert * NWS publishes its wildest guess on winter * Cold Sauna * Junk Boards * WG Archive Tomb Page * Expanding Summertime Activities Ski Resorts * Timberline Ski Area claims an average of over 200 inches * Greenbrier distillery makes small-batch spirits * WV Beartown Park Video * WV First Skiing In East 10/3/2011 UTube * NSAA Formalizes Partnership w/ IMBA * Cold-Loving Fungus in Bats * West Virginia Speleological Survey * WV Agriculture Market Bulletin * A WV Sesquicentennial Moment * Forget about Utah's Greatest Snow on Earth * 49 Million Roadless Acres Remain Protected

Two October snows where tracks were laid down in all directions, very unusual to have so much so early. Chip skis 10/2 and slope tracks on 10/31 by Todd (some say this is why it never snowed later on...)

For the WG website! - Herb and Sarah

Out here in the Northwest in the big truck. Got lots of time to play on this trip. I got to get on my skiis on Thursday in the Tetons in Wyoming. Thought I would send you some of the pics. Hope you are well. You look great in the pics on your website. Loved seeing Bob Vernon on your site. I was hoping to ski with him tomorrow on Baker but rain in the forecast says no, go boating. Be well, John Regan...Right On Chipper. You do give me inspiration to keep the fun meter pegged! I luv your site. Always updated and luv seeing familiar faces every time! From now on, Chippies Fork joins the Dry fork in Jenningston. See Ya, JR

Chipper, did you know there is a Whitegrass soccer team here? Today was Whitegrass shirt day for the boys dressing for school. Those shirts get worn a lot! Paul Hess

Zach Deputy headlined Evan Supak / Green Rivers

I thought TCT might be interested in this story. I don't know if you could show the same numbers here, but I bet they're very similar. Jenny...forwarded over by Todd, he took the 5 # umbrella polypore pic of chip above

Vic Moore

It was one of those once in every twelve year winters Tony Denucchi * Just remember next winter has to be better than this one Tom in French Creek

Canaan's improvements coincide with ongoing construction on Corridor H, a four-lane highway project that has decreased travel times between the Washington, D.C., metro area and the year-round resort near Davis.

Canaan Birding Festival Weekend. Vic Moore

Thomas Trails Celebration June 1/ Critton Hollow and the Klines PolyJesters

Thomas WV town trails adjacent to new Park dock and picnic shelter with donated supplies from Cluss Lumber and others...flat water river front along the North Branch of the Blackwater

Statewide Duck Contest at the Refuge New wine shop in Davis @ Muttleys Downtown

Congratulations on another successful journey around the Sun.  It's a long way but we have a nice planet to ride on! Ride on, brother. Christoph....HIPPIE DIRTDAY

May the sun shine, all day long, everything go right, and nothing wrong. May those you love bring love back to you, and may all the wishes you wish come true! Happy Birthday! sent by Shari Scofield

the girls putting the finishing touches on the new community gardens in Thomas. Cory was a huge help.  Rob Stall

Chippy, How many miles you have flown, hope you are dancing through Augusta this year. Keep up the good work of feeding people and loveing them, and feel your spirit flying from that youthful heart to bless us with the fun we forget to have. Zeke Applegate posted on your Wall

TMI

The test of an adventure is that when you're in the middle of it, you say to yourself, 'Oh, now I've got myself into an awful mess; I wish I were sitting quietly at home.' And the sign that something's wrong with you is when you sit quietly at home wishing you were out having lots of adventure. Thornton Wilder

After we sort of assembled we were given words of encouragement and a brief introduction by THE MAN Gary Lincoff. He's holding up a tinder fungus and some tinder fungus moonshine a member brought for all to enjoy! That's his book on the table: (that is chaga and chip's shine with lots of it in there...) July 28-29 1st Annual Joint Appalachian Mushroom Foray in Canaan

Hi Chip -- I perused the Web to see all the latest about White Grass, which lives on in my imagination as my ultimate destination, the place where I was literally a sky-scraper, where I broke trail up between the fir with falling snow obscuring the tops of the trees, where just sitting in the lodge was like being in time out of time, never wanting to leave, to just enjoy the good feelings and the energy around me. You gave me White Grass of my Mind and I am a richer person because of my time there. I saw White Grass lodge one time from a drift 30 feet above the lodge in the great storm of '93 -- I could only ski to the lodge, but I had to get there to see the lodge, drifted clear of snow in a 5-foot margin, but surrounded by giant drifts of snow, dwarfing the lodge. Who else has seen the lodge from 30 feet above the parking lot? White Grass was my pilgrimage: I would drive 4 hours to get there, ski for 6 hours, and dtrive another 4 hours home. Those visits were enchanting. Thanks for still being there, for still being my ultimate destination, for keeping alive the spirit of the land and the mountain and eternity. The hat arriving almost made me cry. I so miss your bit of heaven. hugs. Trent Batson (Judy surprised me with the hat, which I am wearing as I write).

it took me most of last summer and a ton of corn to get this little guy to be this friendly Andy in Swanton

Anne Farmer Yoga * Blackwater Bikes

Nancy Mammarella

Canaan Valley in Tucker County, West Virginia, is a beautiful and rare treasure with nationally significant wetlands, unusual character and unparalleled opportunities for outdoor education and research. High altitude and a cool, moist climate have created a unique wetland and northern forest treasure in Canaan Valley. The Valley supports many unusual and rare plants and animals. Canaan Valley is home to 40 different wetland and upland plant communities supporting more that 580 different species of plants. The diverse Valley habitats support equally diverse wildlife populations, with 290 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fishes known or expected to occur there. On August 11, 1994, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service purchased land establishing Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge as the 500th refuge in the National Wildlife Refuge System. Managing land within Canaan Valley as a refuge will maintain the ecological diversity of the Valley and the Blackwater River drainage basin for present and future generations of West Virginians and all Americans. The idea for a refuge in Canaan Valley was first voiced in 1961! It finally became a reality -- thanks to Chris Clower, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's West Virginia Field Supervisor and Senator Robert Byrd. They have a right to look happy and satisfied. Read more:

pizza time...goin back for harvest, so don't try and figure out where it is and beat me too it! :) Todd

WV Geology Burkes Garden, Va / a mini Canaan Valley

Smoke Hole Land Protection * Smoke Hole Canyon property preserved

BLACKWATER RIVER, WEST VIRGINIA The Blackwater River is considered one of the most superb trout fisheries found in the eastern United States. The 32- mile long river flows through Tucker County in West Virginia's scenic highlands, beginning in a high mountain wetland and ending in a steep wild canyon. The river flows through the Monongahela National Forest, the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge and Blackwater Falls State Park, plummeting 1,500 feet over its length and draining 142 square miles. The risks to the Blackwater River are numerous. Sections of the Upper and Lower Blackwater and nine of its tributaries fail to meet state and federal water quality standards. Past and current mining activities have polluted portions of the river with acid mine drainage. The continued development of golf courses, condominiums and ski resorts in Canaan Valley threatens the river with depleted oxygen levels from sewage flows and increased water consumption. New condos planned for Blackwater Canyon will add to this pollution load.
As well, major corporate landowners have recently stepped-up logging in the area. This logging threatens the river with heightened sedimentation, increased likelihood of downstream flooding, and further threatens endangered species."Lovers of this fragile river system must continue to be watchdogs," said Molzahn. "At stake is their health, and that of their economy. Studies continue to prove that the most competitive economies are those with strong environmental standards. West Virginia ranks near the bottom in both."

Trout and Tunes Elk River,WV Larry Keel

Way to go on not only amazingly fresh cutting edge music perfectly executed but to me as important...your personal sincere love and appreciation of friends. The journey is family. chip chase

The greatest stand of red spruce in the world (in terms of size and quality) could be found along the upper Red Creek drainage in what is now Dolly Sods Wilderness. The entire region was clearcut. The largest tree logged in the State of West Virginia, near Lead Mine, Tucker County, 1913. This white oak, as large as any California Sequoia, was probably well over 1,000 years old. It measured 13 feet in diameter 16 feet from the base, and 10 feet in diameter 31 feet from the base. © McClain Printing Company. West Virginia is called the Mountain State largely because the average elevation is over 1,500 feet above sea level. This is the highest average elevation of any state east of the Mississippi River. The relief, the difference between the highest and lowest points, of the state is 4,613 feet. The lowest point is at Harpers Ferry on the Potomac River (247 feet); the highest is at Spruce Knob on the Allegheny Plateau in Pendleton County (4,860 feet). Logging the Virgin Forests of West Virginia

Jamie floats "lower BlackTop" from Canaan in 9 hours (10 minute shuttle from Davis bridge to Timberline Rd offers a 10 hour run after 14 miles of flat water with a few late rapids if you'd like.) AWA WV River Levels

Weather station operated by Reinhard on Valley View Road at the top of Timberline at an elevation of 4058 feet near the ski area. You can view the data at here and here and note you can change history interval Station Info. If this one is out of order, see the NOAA NWS station on Canaan Heights and the webcam there. Dennis Mennerich 

Laurel Fork of Cheat, 750' drop over 14 miles, close to 100 class 3 rapids in a row....chip taking time not so seriously. Pics by George Bell

Great to reconnect with the old vermont nordic clan ! Dickie Doug Elliott

Doug Elliott has performed and presented programs at festivals, museums, botanical gardens, nature centers and schools from Canada to the Caribbean. He has been a featured storyteller at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee. He has lectured and performed at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto and conducted workshops for the Smithsonian Institution. He has led ranger training sessions for the National Park Service and guided people in the wilderness from down-east Maine to the Florida Everglades. Elliott was named harmonica champion at Fiddler's Grove Festival in Union Grove, North Carolina. He is the author of four books, many articles in regional and national magazines and has recorded a number of award-winning albums of stories and songs. Elliott has traveled from the Canadian North to the Central American jungles studying plant and animal life and seeking out the traditional wisdom of people with intimate connections to the natural world. And he still looks under rocks. These days he uncovers more than just a few strange critters; he brings to light the human connection to this vibrant world of which we are a part.

Chip's the man! Such a good vibe at Whitegrass!!! If they could bottle it and sell it, they'd be set for life! found on UTube

photo captures the essence of Spring at Dolly Sods: rock field, interesting tree trunk, fresh green leaves and red to orange leaves yet to get their chlorophyll. Best, Joe Henry

VIRGINIA RESORT SEEKING NEW OWNERS AFTER TOUGH YEAR: Wintergreen Resort, VA is searching for new owners following difficult winter, according to published reports. After several years of declining business, a warm winter has made the financial situation even trickier. Earlier this year, Bank of America threatened to pull the resort's line of credit. There was also a dispute with the state over how much tax relief the resort was getting. "It's certainly been the most challenging, from a financial management standpoint," said Rob Sullivan, the resort's vice president and chief financial officer. Sullivan believes things are improving, however. One way they've done that is by hiring a team of financial advisors. Alvarez & Marsal, a global advisory firm, is trying to sell the resort's ski trails, golf courses and lodges to new investors. The situation has left a lot of questions for the dozens of people who live on the mountain. In recent years, residents have purchased bonds to generate money for the resort. Many have been willing to pay higher membership fees to keep the mountain amenities available. But the future may ultimately lie in the hands of a new owner. Until the fog of uncertainty clears, managers intend to keep the resort open and ready for vacationers. "It's really business as usual here, and it will continue to be throughout the summer," said Sullivan.

KOTTKE NUMBERS CONFIRM THAT SEASON WAS ONE OF THE WORST: It's not a big surprise: visits to US ski resorts were down 15.7% during the past season. This year's preliminary Kottke numbers, released Monday at the National Ski Areas Association's San Antonio, TX, convention, total 51 million skier visits, down almost 10 million from last year's final number of 60.5 million. The report states that it was the most challenging season since 1991-92, when 50.8 million visits were recorded. Historically, the largest year-to-year visit decline was 17.6% in 1980-81. All regions were affected. The weakest snowfall in 20 years saw a 26% drop in California, 20% decline in New England and 7% drop in the Rocky Mountains. The Southeast, which includes the Poconos, was down 24% and the Midwest off 18%. Even the Pacific Northwest, which saw good snowfall, was down 5.7%. Five out of six resorts in every snowy region of the country saw declines in visitation. In a further indication of the challenging season, the industry as a whole fell below its 10-season average by 11%, a pattern echoed across the country. All regions except the Pacific Northwest were below their 10-season visitation average from the period 2002-03 to 2011-12. Days of operation also declined in each region. The survey reports that 50% of responding areas opened late and 48% closed early. While the mood of the meeting was reportedly more somber than in the past, the industry is eternally optimistic. And there were some silver linings. While season pass use declined by 10%, or roughly one day from last year's 11-day pass use, the revenue from pass sales remained the same, boosting resort lift ticket yield by 8.8%. While the number of overall lessons declined in 2011-12, the participation rate of lessons climbed to 8.2% of all skier visits, compared to 7.7% last year, meaning more revenue for resort operators. And while visits by passholders and single-ticket buyers dropped, visits by overnight travelers climbed to 48.5% of all visits, compared to 46% last year. International visitation - especially in the Rocky Mountain West - also climbed, reaching 6.3% of all visits, compared to 5.7% last year. Another silver lining is the most surprising: early season pass sales seem strong, with resorts reporting stronger sales than last spring.

Please join us if you can this for our monthly trail work days. Todd p.s. As always, it doesn't take a 'trail day' to help with the trails. Any time when you are out hiking or biking on the trails and come across something that can be done to improve the overall trail experience, whether it be moving a branch, getting a puddle to drain, or even trimming back some overgrowth, please take the time if you can to make any little improvement and show some pride in our great trails, knowing you and thousands of people each year will enjoy the fruits of your labor! Thanks to Mike Goss @ Siriannis for donating lunch to the trail workers

51st Annual WV Wildflower Pilgrimage

Zach Deputy headlines Black Lillies unplugged special acoustic Fiddle show...wow

Howdy...just wanted to say thanks, found your video randomly. I grew up in WV. Smiling! anon * my idea of a ski vacation is to go to the WG cafe for lunch Beau Lambert

Red Spruce Restoration Caution: Wearing These Can Sabotage Your Health * When walking on the earth barefoot free electrons from the earth transfer into your body via the soles of your feet. These free electrons are some of the most potent antioxidants known to man. • Lack of grounding, due to widespread use of rubber or plastic-soled shoes, may have contributed to the rise of modern diseases by allowing chronic inflammation to proliferate unchecked. • Experiments have shown that free electrons from the earth cause beneficial changes in heart rate, decreases inflammation, reduces pain, promotes healthy sleep, and thins your blood, making it less viscous, which has beneficial impact on cardiovascular disease. • Ideal locations for earthing are on the beach, close to or in the water, and on dewy grass. sent by kimmie (or most of he time like me )

I will also enroll in an Adelle language camp this summer in Alaska so we can communicate that much better.. Happy Adelle's Birthday to you both.... I am sure all of Mexico will adapt quickly to the change from Cinco de Mayo to Señorita Adelle's birthday celebracion....Tim Sharp, Fairbanks,AK

chip shroom identification at his cabin above Criders,VA found on Facebook posted by old Mt Vernon Hi friend Robin Yale

SMALL PLATES Brookside Inn and Retreat Center, Aurora,WV info@brooksideinnwv.com Sunday, May 6, 2012 Dinner 6-9pm• Sautéed tilapia with a green tea citrus rub over quinoa pilaf; served with a side salad $12.95 * Mixed greens with cannellini beans in a roasted garlic vegetable broth; served with crostini $7.95 • Sweet potato chipolte gratin; served with a side salad $7.50 • Roasted red beets, sliced avocado and pink grapefruit with citrus vinaigrette $6.50 • Lime cilantro ramp butter and stone ground wheat crackers $3.50

...imagine your trails done like this. Great marketing and teaching before folks go exploring your playland. Like Google street view but of trails.Terrain360.com Bill Rice

Augusta launches statewide Dance Trail Project 6 months! Not bad for WV. Of course the 6 months in between had their, shall we say, ups and downs. I was expecting a heavenly powder day based on the NWS forecast of a foot or more in the high country. Seeing no more than 3" and lots of green grass I was prepared for a big disappointment. It was actually quite decent. The storm bulls eye shifted north leaving the foot or more, even 2 feet in places, less than 100 miles away in PA and MD. The high points of both MD and PA are lower than the floor of Canaan Valley. At the start of the day the temperature was just above freezing with a strong sharp wind. The snow was heavy but very skiable. The toughest part was skinning up with many pounds of heavy wet snow clinging stubbornly to the top skins of my wide "junk boards". Just one of those confoundedness of nature things that backcuntry skiers must deal with. It is not a game for sissies. After that first tough climb the skin track was set and it was much easier. The sun was brilliant and warm despite the chill wind, and although the fun meter was still pegged, each run got a little slower than the last. When the snow got as slow as the grass I called it quits, fully satisfied with a 6 month WV season. Denis Bogan

Joe Henry Davisson Bros. Chip and Owen Schmitt

Mike Hall shot some of the weekend floaters, 21 of us braved the clear waters and bright sunshine..nothing easier than an annual event to force you out there..."Another epic West-by-God VA overnight river expedition! Brook and I had a blast, the trough was a good choice. Thanks so much for organizing the event!" Steve Leathery

Ameri Corps are here helping Blackwater Falls...pics by Todd

The Heart of the Highlands Trail System has scheduled three volunteer trail work Saturdays. Help spread the word and consider coming out to help.First one is tomorrow, Saturday, April 28, meeting at 9:00 a.m. at Blackwater Bikes in Davis. Work will be on the Camp 70 end of the Splash Dam South Trail. Tools and instruction provided. Your boots, long pants, gloves, water and food will round out the supplies. RSVP if possible to help us plan, but walk-ins are welcome.We have started our Tucker County High School after school trail program and have begun repair work on their Outdoor Learning Trail this week. Tomorrow, several of the students (and the High School principal) will be joining us to work on the HoH trail. There is plenty of work to share - come work side by side with the students! Other trail work Saturdays are May 19 and May 26. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Blackwater Bikes.If you are available to help out mid-week, April 30, May 1-3, May 7-9, May 15-18, May 22-27 are all planned trail work days. Contact me for meeting time and place. Julie Dzaack Project Administrator Heart of the Highlands Trail System 304-866-4757

One day's exposure to mountains is better than cartloads of books. John Muir.

Spring Skiing, WG and Gaspe, Canada

The weather scenarios……. A. Well… I don't know Steve and Jill Kaufman ….. however, I read on the WG webpage that they were headed to Canaan for the 3rd week in April and wanted to order up a spring snow storm. Perhaps you should stay in close touch with them…. Apparently they are in touch with some really powerful folks……. ? B. Mother Nature woke up and said "I am thinking there was something I forgot to do this winter ….. oh yeah….. make snow"….. or C. Remember that week of 70 degrees in March…… well… if you enjoyed it – paybacks are hell; if you hated it – you are now compensated……. I can't get the weather out of my head today…………. jdp ( janet preston)

I skied today around 2PM. It was amazing. About a foot of snow and it really wasn't sticky at all. Only issue was trying to get into the parking lot. I was surprised no one else was there. I posted a picture from this afternoon Jeff Rutter (Got over 2 feet Laurel Summit 4/23)

You would be proud that I learned to skike at whitegrass Willy Love (notice roof level winter vs. summer)

Hi Chip, Nice photo in the paper today! Here's an update on the July Mushroom foray: It's going to be July 28-29 at Canaan valley resort. They were able to offer us a nice big conference room, lodging, and the pavilion in the back of the lodge for our cooking demonstration and tasting. Gary Lincoff will once again be our lead mycologist and Bill Roody and Donna Mitchell will be there to help with identification. The Washington D.C. Club and the new river Virginia club will also be joining us. Saturday we will concentrate on mushrooms and on Sunday Gary will give a morning talk on wild food foraging. We will then go out and see what we can find. Gary has a new book coming out this summer called "the joy of foraging" so we will have his book on hand for sale. Nancy Ward

Canaan Valley tract to become DNR Wildlife Area

I thought of you on this early spring morning where "White Grass" was the name of the game here in the ADK's! Golf course skiing was the treat of the day and not many takers. I sure did enjoy one more slide on snow before this season should be over. Thinking of home and friends that make it so. Diane Miller, Saranac Lake, NY

We are still chasing the snow and skiing the fence – this pic from Cypress Mtn BC on Sunday! Emily and Jerry

The test of an adventure is that when you're in the middle of it, you say to yourself, 'Oh, now I've got myself into an awful mess; I wish I were sitting quietly at home.' And the sign that something's wrong with you is when you sit quietly at home wishing you were out having lots of adventure. Thornton Wilder

Adam Chase

The oldest trees found in eastern North America, are a 1,653-year-old northern white cedar, found in Ontario, and a 1,622-year-old North Carolina bald cypress. Oldest table mountain pine in Pendleton

Although some sectors are impracticable for skiing activities, there are still places like Mount Albert, Mount Lyall or Mines Madeleine where we can do some beautiful spring skiing. The melt-freeze crust on the surface makes travel conditions more difficult in the morning. Solar radiation and warm weather change rapidly the surface to wet snow. During the thaw period it is important to watch out for loose wet snow avalanches that may occur naturally or be triggered by skier. It will therefore be careful in traveling as a wet snow avalanche could make you up trip and bring you on terrain obstacles such as rocks and small trees present at the surface in many places. Enjoy the day of today and tomorrow as rain and warm temperatures forecasted for Sunday and Monday is likely to change drastically the conditions. Vallée (CDS) @ 230m 47 cm 0 cm 0 cm 0 cm * Mont-Albert - Serpentine @ 560m 83 cm 13 avril/April 13 * Mines Madeleine @ 700 m 80 cm 31 mars/March 31 * Mont Hog's Back @ 800 m 100 cm 4 avril/April 4 Most Recent Avalanche Bulletin for Chic Chocs, Quebec, Canada * Photo of Chip near Mt. Albert by Adam Chase

We're headed your way the third week of April and would love to order up a spring snow storm....yeah right! Bend, OR has been home for about a year now and we managed to stay sane in a lean snow winter by hiding out on and around Mt Bachelor (470" and counting!). I'm sorry to say we haven't freed the heels nearly enough, but we carry the Whitegrass spirit with us no matter the style of snow sport. Hope we cross paths if you're in the Valley. Cheers, Steve & Jill Kaufmann

Please join us if you can this Saturday, April 14th for our monthly trail work day. It should be a beautiful day if the forecast holds up! Meet at 10am at Blackwater Bikes in Davis, and we will drive over to the park and get to it! Lunch will be provided afterwards for those that show up to get their hands dirty! See you out there! Todd ...p.s. As always, it doesn't take a 'trail day' to help with the trails. Any time when you are out hiking or biking on the trails and come across something that can be done to improve the overall trail experience, whether it be moving a branch, getting a puddle to drain, or even trimming back some overgrowth, please take the time if you can to make any little improvement and show some pride in our great trails, knowing you and thousands of people each year will enjoy the fruits of your labor!

Hey chipper, been skiing Switzerland for the last five days great snow here. Altitude around 12,000 feet. Drinking Swiss beer on the deck with toasts to white grass Ed Erwin, Floyd, Va

"We have free passes to Timberline, we have backpacks and outdoor gear, hydration packs. We have gift cards, tickets to civil war train rides, WV Mountain Theater. There's a range of prizes and they are basically made available to you when you show up to participate in a Garlic Mustard Challenge Event." The events will take place in the following locations and times: April 14 at 9:00 am: Seneca Rocks Discovery Center * April 20 at 10:00 am: Sugar Grove Naval Base * April 21 at 10:00 am- Greenbrier State Forest * May 5-6 at 10:00am- Big Bend Campground * May 12-13 at 10:00 am- Blue Bend Campground * May 17 at 10:00 am- Fernow Experimental Forest * May 19 at 10:00 am- Pocahontas 4-H Camp

Eric Friedman, marketing director at Mad River Glen, VT, took home the 2012 Bob Gillen Memorial Award. The award honors an individual who exemplifies the highest standards of professionalism in public relations and media communications.

Tucker County had the best physical environment that combined access to recreational facilities and healthy foods, as well as [fewer] fast-food restaurants and air pollution. Recent Statewide News.

Hi Chip..seriously doubt if you remember us but thought I would send you this pic of our sons, Whit & Monty, taken at the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse Yurt LAST year mid March...they have lived in Leadville for the past 10 years (when not in school down in Boulder or Ft Collins) and they said this has been the WORST year for snow since they moved out there and that its warm & breezey at 10,200'...FYI, they honed their love for skiing at Whitegrass, Canaan & Timberline growing up..lots of happy memories from those days and so I am a frequent visitor of your website & enjoy it greatly..we are all hoping for a better season next year, East AND West! Cheers, Linda Willson

Another stop on the trail in Randolph County is Harman, where square dancing was first documented by David Strouther in 1852. Local residents recall dances taking place there as long as they can remember, including when the Harman School prom was a square dance. The first Harman square dance will be at 7 p.m. April 14 at the VFW Hall. Refreshments will be provided by the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Jack Hedrick of nearby Dry Fork will be on fiddle and Alan Crossland of Canaan Valley will be on guitar. Other dances are scheduled for June 9 and Nov. 17....more

Todd Tip Top Coffee

Tibetan Healing Retreat w/ a focus on Maintaining Healthy Diet & Lifestyle  Who: Dr. Jampa Yonten will teach, and anyone with interest may attend. Where: Saranam in Montrose, WV. www.saranamwv.org  When: April 20-22 This is mainly a two day teaching, but there will be introductions and dinner on Friday night 6PM. Meditation on Sat and Sun is 7-8AM Teaching, discussion, and practice is 9:00AM-6PM Sat and 9:00AM-3:00PM Sun Donation: $150 is recommended for the weekend ($75 for one day), but there is also the option for trade in cooking, washing dishes, and cleaning.Free Public Talk: The Relationship Between Spiritual Health and Physical HealthWho: Dr. Jampa Yonten will talk to the Mountain Sangha, and all are welcome. Where: St. Thomas Social Hall on Brown St. Thomas, WVWhen: Wednesday April 25th 7:15-8:30PM (after yoga) Donation: this is a free talk, but donations are welcome.Consultations w/ Dr. Jampa Yonten Appointments are scheduled through me, and they will be held either at my office space on the farm, or one day (possibly Wednesday) at Nancy-Elizabeth and Madonna's "Honey Grace Farm" near Oakland, MD. Cost: there is a recommended donation of $50 and cost of herbal medicines are separate.Contact: Kyle Weaner 1334 South Haddix Rd. Montrose, WV 26283 kyle.weaner@gmail.com Home: 304 478 2123 Cell: 304 642 1772

Searching for snow on spring break, found 25" near Bachelor and Mt. Hood, wish I could of shared it with you all! Kate Preston

TMI

You can track our progress on the Grand Traverse website here - and if that doesn't work for some reason, try http://www.trackleaders.com/ - we are Team Whitegrass, but it might just be organized by last name. We don't expect to finish during the night as some racers do, so no need to pull an all nighter watching as we trudge toward Star Pass. This has been quite a process getting in shape (thanks Cali!), procuring all the proper gear (thanks Chip!) and getting in days on the snow during an anemic winter (thanks Johnny, Dan, Zack, Mark, Clare, Cawley, again Chip etc). Given the conditions on the course (somewhere between 3-5 miles of walking/bullet-proof to slush) and forecasted weather (15-60F) - we probably couldn't have found a better place to prepare for this than Whitegrass ;) Thanks all - much love! Lindsay & Richard

Chic Choc Mtns, Alps of the Appalachians

The end of Ski Season 2011-2012 - see how the locals & visitors enjoyed their weekend: Snowy Luau Festival * https://vimeo.com/38706667 * Lots of terrain park action * Hear little ones having a blast running up & down the hill * The "great" descent – by ski school instructors – on White Lightning * A brief view of Timberline's * Update: Spring will soon arrive… We are revamping http://www.VisitCanaan.com to accommodate spring videos. Tell your fiends!!! Ludovic Moore Photographer

Glen Plake in Keene NY this March/ Backcountry Mag ...a dedicated backcountry ski tenure complete with a great day-use hut, gladed runs, an overnight cabin and lots of cool locals out skiing. Off Piste Mag

I don't know what it means. Maybe they are being absorbed by the heavy cloud. Or maybe this is Canaan and the are hopping off the lift at National Nordic and skiing off into the sunset. Cheers, Harley

Canaan Valley locals in Crested Butte, Co Ryan G.

Whitegrass in a(n) (Austrian) box Justin Wimpey * David Lindley, one of my favs

Ever skated on skis? It's a blast. Yesterday was Saturday in SLC, home of hundreds of thousands of snow starved lift riding skiers. (there was all that powder little more than a week ago, but they are spoiled, like me.). Rather than contend with these hordes for chopped up sun baked crud, on lift served slopes, i went XC skiing at White Pine Touring in Park City. I decided to skate since it is great fun on sun baked trails. So fast, so fun, riding a knife edge between stability and crashing. The trails are on a golf course and I soon discovered that the ungroomed untracked fairways between the groomed tracks were much better. Frozen overnight and now with an inch of sun baked corn on top they were fast and perfect. I am not a good skater, technique OK but aerobic capacity terrible. I can go a few hundred yards before collapsing on my poles panting. I did it over and over with a big grin on my face. Oh, BTW the trail pass is free if you're over 70. Back in the lodge I learned that today was a skate clinic with top instructors and high end demo equipment, all for $15. So back I went for a repeat with instruction helping me to identify some limiting faults. I worked on them for a while after the lesson, then went back to the lodge to discover free lunch, burgers and dogs hot off the grill. It was locals day. I am a 6 week local. Denis Bogan

Ah, one of the specialties of Whitegrass. "To share happiness. And to have done something good. Before leaving this life is sweet."~ sent by Colleen Davies

Advantages of skiing when it is warm and mushy and the snow is melting away like most of this winter...you never ice up, anti fog a waste, neck gaitors or balalclavas not, gloveless, warm feet, hands and body, easier to climb and carves like a dream, what you see is what you ski and hidden projectiles not an issue, avalanches are less likely, less squinting of the eyes, warmer winds bite less, no goggles, its comfy, shorts, ball caps, great animal tracking, ski across creeks, wet spots, days are longer, sun is higher, no frozen anything....its brighter, a sign of soon it will be over and you will be boating, biking, climbing, it is also likely to be powder again...and maybe for you it is new and different and maybe more fun. Besides it happens all the time around here and you'll miss a bunch of the ski season if you write it off. It's ethereal. It's beautiful. It's skiing. chip

The Hess's skiing blossoms for us! * "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." — Groucho Marx

Tomorrow evening yoga will start, as usual, at 6 pm and will last until 7:15 pm. It will be followed this week with a meditation on the chakras. I will read/talk a short explanation on the chakra system and how it fits into our yoga practice. This will be followed by a short audio talk of the chakra system by Dr. Fernand Poulin of White Winds - and then he will guide us through a chakra meditation. We will end the circle around 8:15 pm. You may want to bring a cushion to sit on for the meditation for your comfort. Of course you are welcome to just attend the yoga class, or come just for the meditation. There is no additional charge for the meditation circle. However if you are able and would like to make a small donation toward purchasing additional audio talks, guided meditation, and yoga nidra talks it would be much appreciated. These recordings could then be made available to all on a library style lend out system in the future. Looking forward to see you, Love and Light Gisela

Laurie has a recipe in this new one! Cookbook Celebrates Ramps / http://www.rampfarm.com/

Best kids!

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced that this was fourth warmest meteorological winter on record across the contiguous United States and the warmest since 1999-2000. (Note: The meteorological winter is December, January and February combined) Only the winters of 1991-1992, 1998-1999, 1999-2000 were warmer. All of this is based on records dating back to 1890s. Deep Stuff TWC

EVERYONE has switched over to AT gear – the general consensus is it's lighter nowadays. There were some points where we were skiing avalanche bed surfaces where I kind of wished my heels were locked in too – but I managed. I think we encountered every snow structure – sugar, corn, isothermic mashed potatos, hard slab…oh, an POW. We leave for Colorado on Saturday – Team Whitegrass is ready for action! Got an email from the race organizers urging people to do their snow dances or else bring running shoes…I told them they need to learn how to snowfarm. Thanks for the binding and all the love this year! We'll be in touch in April for some river action. Richard

Nice to see you at mrg last weekend. Love your site and check it out often. FYI Stowe XC closed today and I boiled maple syrup once. Very strange. March 18th! The mtn here is still loaded with snow so they are in good shape. WG is on my list of places to visit, maybe next season. Hope you have a nice summer and maybe one more dump this year. All the best. John Tarrant

Crystal Lakes, PA & Craftsbury,VT &Trapp Family,VT & Jackson NH & Tug Hill, NY & Lapland Lake, NY

Kikkan Randall claimed a World Cup crystal globe by winning the overall sprint title, becoming the first American in 30 years to win a cross-country championship. In 2007, Randall was the first American woman to win a gold medal in a World Cup race and the first American, man or woman, to win any event in 24 years. …

Joe Henry / the other day, Canaan Valley/ Naturalist Nirvana

ghost of Tele Past Anne Farmer shares her knowledge Mtn Yoga/Thomas

Another years bites the dust or slowly turns to mud.We will be closing for skiing after this Sunday. We have some trails with 100% coverage. I just skied down the malloy trail and it has some icy patches but 100% of the trail is skiable.  We have had skiers everyday all week and they have found some good stretches of snow cover on the north side of the road up out of the valley. Current events talk about the 99% vs the 1%.  My take on skiing for this weekend is that 1% will really like the skiing with sun both days of the weekend. 65 degrees Saturday and 70 degrees Sunday. Half of the 99% will be ok with the skiing and the othjer half will wish they went biking.  Looks to be the last weekend of skiing in Osceola.  For those that do want to try skiing we are waiving the trail fee this weekend. Of the 40k of trails available we have approximately 30k with skiing. If you want to do the entire system be prepared to take off the skis and walk some sections. Needless to say do not bring your new skis and we are through renting skis for this season. I would like to thank all of the skiers that have skied with us this year.  On what can be described as a challenging year for snow at best, we ended up with more skiers than ever before.  Lots of plans for trail expansion this summer.  I have put together some maps that we have made for different bike rides we have run in the past. These are available at the cabin for rent across the road. In addition we are running a special rental rate on the cabin for anyone that arrives on a bicycle. Hope this helps.- Hugh Quinn - Osceola Tug Hill NY XC- www.uxcski.com 315-599-7377

Lack Of Skiers in WV Charleston Gazette 3/15/12

Urban P'burgh skiUTUBE Frontier finally got a new contractor to install fiber optics local Todd

never wasted or unskied

Mary McHugh Canaan Valley, WV

taking advantage of the third-biggest snowstorm in Pittsburgh's history, we took it to the streets (and hills) in search of rails, powder, jibs, and fun. This is the Urban skiing from Pittsburgh's February 2010 storm.

Andy

thanks chip, more sun than snow Thomas Hogan 3/7/12 (the last skier?)

3/11/12/Geo Bell / Paradise, Mad River Glen, Vt

Hey Chip, In spite of the lack of snow I did the Birkie this year (number 11!). We stayed at Spider Lake Lodge, where you are a sort of legend- people still talk about how you started in the 10th wave but finished in the 3rd! Why not join us for Birkie #40 next year-Team Whitegrass!!! Ray

Came for the snow, stayed for the chaga Gwendalyn / Teabazaar/C'ville,VA

Hi Chip - did you know there was a carpet ski slope in Lynchburg, VA - the only one in the whole US? I tried skiing there today You could telemark there, too! Andrey

Subject: Skate skiing: Ever skated on skis? It's a blast. Yesterday was Saturday in SLC, home of hundreds of thousands of snow starved lift riding skiers. (there was all that powder little more than a week ago, but they are spoiled, like me.). Rather than contend with these hordes for chopped up sun baked crud, on lift served slopes, i went XC skiing at White Pine Touring in Park City. I decided to skate since it is great fun on sun baked trails. So fast, so fun, riding a knife edge between stability and crashing. The trails are on a golf course and I soon discovered that the ungroomed untracked fairways between the groomed tracks were much better. Frozen overnight and now with an inch of sun baked corn on top they were fast and perfect. I am not a good skater, technique OK but aerobic capacity terrible. I can go a few hundred yards before collapsing on my poles panting. I did it over and over with a big grin on my face. Oh, BTW the trail pass is free if you're over 70. Back in the lodge I learned that today was a skate clinic with top instructors and high end demo equipment, all for $15. So back I went for a repeat with instruction helping me to identify some limiting faults. I worked on them for a while after the lesson, then went back to the lodge to discover free lunch, burgers and dogs hot off the grill. It was locals day. I am a 6 week local. Denis Bogan

The Grand Traverse will be a challenge, but we know it will go much smoother just feeling the good vibes from Whitegrass behind us.track our status online - - once we start at 11pm on Friday March 30. The season ain't over yet!! Also, attached a picture of the new Patagonia catalog featuring a shot of Chris Gopelrud climbing Madmen Only at Seneca Rocks - photo credit Nathan Smith.. Can't wait to get back on the stone! Richard Peterson-Cremer

New Tiptop Coffee in Thomas * Purple Fiddle was a sweet mountain party spot 3/5 we had a knee slapping good time. Just got offered homemade moonshine it's official WV is the best state to play this place is packed! Also, moonshine jug going around at our show last night...that was real.Twitter on Gangstagrass

85" TOTAL SO FAR THIS YEAR by John Robeson Meyer House in Davis, once a day measurement....4 x day Dave's with over 104" may be a 15-20% increase. What they measure and what you ski on are very different.
The National Weather Service posts their daily 24-hr totals around 9 am each morning. Check the column headers to see "new snowfall" and "snow depth" Go to THIS ... Bob Leffler, our dedicated Canaan Weatherman knows the local weather after 40 years of coming here better than the computers and guessers in downtown Pittsburgh do at times...He says the next 2 weeks look WARM and that if we end up with 85" total it will be one of the lowest ever recorded. Dave's weather observations from Canaan Heights are reputed to be some of the best in the country. Chip and Bob Leffler/The Fearless Canaan Weatherman

Looks like we'll need another Discovery Tour! We thought we found a bear paw print (and marked it with an apple to record the size). But expert Ron Ulle revealed that a running rabbit fooled us. I enjoyed watching the 25K Mountain State Marathon race on February 26th. Nothing seemed to slow these racers down. I also enjoyed seeing the Indy Pace Dog! Karen O

davey calls contra dances across USA

I wanted to say thanks so much for providing a great environment, and free refreshments for the showSunday.  I thought it went pretty well, and people seemed to enjoy the slides. I was so happy that people came out!  What a fun time, and a great group of people. Scott Pleban

Sun eve we were in AK..special thanks Jackie, Charlie, and Ben

MAGIC MOUNTAIN REACHES GOAL TO FORM SKIER OWNED CO-OP : Magic Mountain, VT announced today that it reached the threshold needed to form the skier-owned Magic Partnership LLC. It has sold 333 shares at a price of $3,000/share for a total capital raise of $999,000. Much of the money will go toward improving the snow-making capacity at the 50-year old ski area.

chip's natural history lite walks * Freeland Boardwalk bubbling sand spring has neutral pH water rushing out at 47 degrees

Todd Romero on his way to work commute snapshot in between the snowy times here this winter

Don't know how we missed you on the mountain Monday, as it appears from the website we were in all the same places. My buddy and I had a great day, and always good to introduce/reintroduce someone to WG. We stubbornly skied from and back to the lodge (with the occasional hike and ski portage) - up the liftline, then Barton's Bend, 3 Mile, Powderline, Wilderness, Snaggletooth, Stonecoal (but did a uturn partway down), Ashram Rocks (with a short hike over the rocks), Shenandoah, Beechlick, Bald Knob, hiked gasline, multiple Natty Nord loops, skied back down gasline, hike back to Baldie, Beechlick, Powderline, 3 mile (by then much melted) and hiked down to driftline and skied the last 200 feet to lodge, then a victory lap around the snowfarm. Fair to say, we squeezed the last turns out of this snow. Now just waiting for some more... hope to see you this weekend or the next. Bill Berlin

Maple tree tapping cold nights and warm days and the sweetest are the first runs. 30-40 gallons of sap to one gallon syrup, we boil lots down on the WG stove. Native Americans taught the mayflower folks how to do it...

Chip, could you please refrain from posting pictures of Kotarsky and his pseudo-tele turn on the website? Thanks, Matt Lambert, MD

Much love from the whole Wise clan up here in the green mountains of VT (a might bit greener than we'd like them to be...). Recent snow has been soothing the soul, with another 6-12" on tap through tomorrow. Thought you'd appreciate this Adirondack backcountry site (our favorite getaway this side of WV), and the fact that your pal Glen Plake will be carving in the East this weekend.... http://adkbcski.com/ Best from the little guys - Brooke (10), Hannah (9), Chase (5) - free heelers....Charlie Dorset, VT

I just got off the phone with Maggie, who told me that she and her dog found my knife!!! I couldn't be more happy with the news. Thank you so much for keeping the description in your lost and found. That knife was passed down to me from my grandfather, and has a lot of history. I would LOVE to come by and pick it up in person, both to thank you in person and to meet Maggie and her dog, but unfortunately, my schedule is as tight as a drum these days, and that will have to wait. Next time I'm in the Canaan Valley region, though, I'll make sure to come out your way. Thanks again. This has been another chapter in the history of that special knife.- Karl ( the WG camera flew outa my pocket at Timberline on one of many falls and returned by Trevor from Massanutten Tuesday and his friends were tappin' his shoulders on how much cooler it was to meet me and have some free beers)

We had a fun time at the Snowshoe Discovery Tour on Saturday. Mark offered lots of winter photo tips. Ron found chaga! See ya soon. Anne Smith & Ron Ulle ...the timberdoodle ( woodcock ) males were peeeeenting in the wetlands behind our house last evening before starting their courtship flights. 

I had a great time on the photo walk on Sunday.I hope everyone enjoyed it. We walked around and took pictures of snow and looked through polarizers and blurred water with a neutral density filter. It was really a beautiful morning. Here are some pics I took Saturday and Sunday. Yell if you want me to come back and do it again. Marc /Trail Pixie

Marc Shaffer

WV only rep...Anne just raced the Birkie

The consensus from several reps was that this year, hardgoods will do OK, but it's not a good year for softgoods. "The enthusiasm level is pretty blah," on rep said. Another noted, "the mid-Atlantic is a basket case." It illustrates that there is still pent-up demand and interest in skiing." recent ski area gossip

A couple of shots from Saturday on the way to Baldy, at the top, and a self-portrait at the shelter. Thanks for the Hi-Test! Cheers,Vito

I wanted to thank you for giving our Boy Scout troop such a good time and a good deal on our visit Saturday. In spite of the blizzard-like conditions, the boys and the leaders had fun. As always, lunch was superb. The entire gang is anxious to make it annual trip. In the process of rounding up and leaving Whitegrass (which was not unlike herding cats) we walked away with two of your scrapers. I am putting them in the mail today. Thanks again for taking such good care of us. Brad Tipler

Hello to All, Our family has spent many happy times at White Grass. Most recently, our family which gathered in Canaan Valley from Maryland, Indiana, Pennsylvania and D.C., all enjoyed the great snow and cold that came on our visit in early/mid February. The cafe never disappoints and I have enjoyed the 2 cookbooks for many years. On our last visit, I purchased a granola bar that was absolutely wonderful. I do not see the recipe in the cookbooks, therefore I was wondering if you would be willing to share it with me? Thanks for the consideration. Betty Smucker

Shelter antics. Katharine Feehan * How cute is the newest skier? Maggie

Anne and I were at Garnet Hill in the Adirondacks for some xc skiing a week ago. Found some snow up north. Jay DeJesus runs the ski shop there. When we told him where we live, he asked if we go to White Grass. He says he knows the Canaan area and the folks there primarily from his other season passion--mountain biking. He was a great help to us--told us about some neat off site places to ski. He said to say hi to you for him. Al Larsen

Canaan Valley Ski Area 2/27 pic by Maggie

Cross-country areas are having an even harder time. In Vermont, the Catamount Family Center has been open for only about 10 days, and even on those days it was running at 20% capacity. The ski center is down by about $25,000 on gross annual revenues of $250,000, and with each passing day that shortfall is growing, said Eric Bowker, who manages the area. Win Smith, owner of Sugarbush Resort, VT said that the perception in New York and Boston of snow conditions is critically important to the reality of the ski business in Vermont. Smith said his resort is down about 13% in skier visits from last year, despite having plenty of snow on the mountain...more.

Ski on keeping your weight over your whole foot by over flexing the ankles and knees and tucking the arms in and keeping hands down. Repeat over and over always falling less....Onward and Up and then...Down!

Can't waste snow....I know you make the best of whats available so thought you would appreciate my efforts. Hoping for a very snowy March for you guys at Whitegrass! Be well! Sincerely, Jeff Simcoe

Mount Porte Crayon, the Eastern Continental Divide, and the Roaring Plains : Mount Porte Crayon: The highest hump about 3.5 miles southeast of here is the summit of Mt. Porte Crayon. At 4,770 feet elevation, it is the highest point on the Eastern Continental Divide in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. The mountain is named for 19th century writer and illustrator David Hunter Strother (1816-88), also known by his pen-name as "Porte Crayon", who was the first to publish illustrations of his travels to this largely unknown, wild part of West Virginia in the mid and late 1800's.
The Eastern Continental Divide: The Eastern Continental Divide is the place that separates waters flowing into the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. Precipitation falling on the east side of the Eastern Continental Divide flows east into the Potomac River and then the Atlantic Ocean. Precipitation falling on this, the west side, flows into the Ohio and then Mississippi Rivers, and ultimately, into the Gulf of Mexico.
The gaping valleys of the Red Creek (to the left) and the Dry Fork (to the right) in front of you lie nearly 3,000 feet below the summit of Mt. Porte Crayon. Red Creek's headwaters are just a couple miles northeast of here in the high meadows of the Dolly Sods Wilderness. Red Creek and Dry Fork flow west into the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers and then into the Gulf of Mexico.
The Roaring Plains: The flat topped ridge to the left of Mt. Porte Crayon's summit hump is the Roaring Plains Wilderness, named for the fierce winds that frequent the evergreen cloaked summit. This rocky red spruce dominated high country contains the highest sphagnum bogs in West Virginia and 5.5 square miles above 4,500 feet. It is the highest flat-topped plateau of its size in eastern North America. It's abundant snowfall, averaging about 180 inches (15 feet) a winter, makes it home to the elusive snowshoe hare. Snow can fall as early as September and as late as June. ( Bob Leffler on task to get a sign and pull off south of Canaan Valley)

been skiing with chip when your bindings and ski boots have twigs and moss ground into 'um. Pic Mike Gorrie

I'm looking forward to the photo walk on Sunday morning at 10:00.  It looks like we may have some little bit of fresh snow.  That is certainly a welcome addition to the weekend. See you guys Sunday morning. Marc

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We can't wait to see you at the "Mother of All Telemark Festivals". It's a free heel shindig of knee dropping Mad River Glen skiing, wild competitions, skill clinics, demo gear, and fun. This year's Tele-Dance Party is brought to you by our local award winning craft brewery Lawson's Finest Liquids with music by the legendary (smokin') Guy Burlage Band. All this fun is included in the price of a tele-fest lift ticket.
Registration and Festival Lift Tickets: Top floor of the Base Lodge 8:00 am - 2:00 pm Saturday and Sunday.
Tele - Dance Party Saturday 4:00 pm, top floor of Base Lodge.
We are giving away a two-day festival lift ticket. The lucky winner will be randomly selected from our facebook fans on March 1, 2012. Like us today (we like you)! We will be representing WV once again...

Come and get out of the congested city, turn off those smart phones, media devices and computers and connect consciously with family, friends, your new squeeze and above all, nature, one of my most beloved places. Carolyn Guglielmo / Old Town Crier

atop Mt Hunger towards Sugarbush, MRG and Camels Hump. Best Regards, Jonathan Chesterfield,VA

Hey Chipper, great to see you this weekend and the skiing was far beyond my expectations. I'm doing my snow dances. Maybe we'll get back up there before the season's end. Nicole Hiegl

Dear Friends, Though the skiing was a bit thin during our week in Davis, your hospitality more than made up for it! Many thanks for a delightful day of skiing on the snowfarm and delicious dinner, the Pad Thai was amazing. Hope that the taste of SW Virginia will be enjoyable and serve as a thank you for another memorable stay in Canaan Valley. Betty and Martin Payne

We had a fabulous time at White Grass -- like we always do! And, we especially loved sitting down for a bite of delicious soup and conversation with you! And, then of course to top it off with Adele! We miss you all already, and the fresh clear air and snow where you can hear the earth breath! Deb, Rick and Essi (friends, DO NOT DOUBT the popularity of Adele, if you have time to watch a live song from her August 2011 Live at Albert Hall and see what a few thousand humans did together magically and who ever edited and did the sound is also to be commended, the most goose bumpy concert for me. Enough said....chip)

Found a window to catch some freshies up in the high Sierras. Dreamy pow turns. Folk out here sure hear a lot from me about Whitegrass. Hope to get some more out there still this year and looking forward to applying the new tele skills. Johnny

Skied into a lake just west of Glacier, weather turned nasty up high so no pretty pics, about 2400 ft of gain had some nice turns up high then sporty skiing down a steep narrow hiking trail. Willy Love, MT,USA

Thanks for sharing a fine snowstorm with us. We tried to do it justice touring, turning, sledding and fort building. Hope to be in your neck of the woods soon! Pembroke Posse

Last night I found a photo of my "WG church" from February 2007....Finding this photo was not just a coincidence...I believe the Lord of the Nords is sending us snow soon.. Keep on believing :-) Bob Milvet and the free-heeler family, Morgantown,WV

Snow or no the White Grass vibe never fails and the welcome mat is always out. Mark & Betty Gatewood Southern Shenandoah Valley Chapter PATC / Flying McLeods SNP South District Trail Crew

Wilderness Trail GW Day 2012...not bad!

Really enjoyed our visit and your wonderful establishment. Great and personal service from everyone. Jim Lyons, Buxton, NC

I will be back for ramp season Peace. Jeff

Thanks for Whitegrass and prayers for more snow, in Arabic, Romanian/Moldovan, and Spanish! Chris Wolz

Top of the WV world-entering breakfast bowl. Mark Anderson

It is better to be out skiing, thinking of God, than to be in church thinking of sport Barry Glotfelty

Your website is a gift of gladness...  and WINTER...  ain't over yet! Vermontsters Thanks Chip and all you good folks at Whitegrass Monday I tried the skinny gear for the first time, Chip, your ninja lesson is the best, I sucked but people should the first time they approach a real skill. I'll try again next time I'm up Here's some pictures from monday...late evening I skinned up -- maybe soon I can accomplish that on nordic gear. Thanks, you're the best--David

To all at WG...Just wanted to let you know that I visit your website everyday. Even though I don't cross country ski; just downhill' I thoroughly enjoy the pictures, Daves weather conditions, and the stories and comments. Keep up all the good work you do. Dave in Washington PA

Salutations from Rogers Pass BC. Couple of great days touring up here, the most insane terrain in North America. Looking forward to bringing the fam to WG. After 5 hours of up we skied the shadow line. Welcome to Nirvana Feliz curvas, Andrew Gault

Sunday was awesome! I would have stayed for Monday if I could have! Thanks for everything. Joe.

Thanks for the great food and camaraderie Saturday night. As always, the food, music and vibe were terrific. A huge thanks to Todd who pulled my buddy's truck from the ditch. I tried to tip him and he wouldn't take it. I really appreciate it. Look forward to going back. Kevin

Thanks to Rick Landenberger and all the folks that have been leading the Discovery Treks this winter

"Nothing hardens the muscles and makes the body so strong and elastic,
nothing gives better presence of mind and nimbleness;
nothing steels the will power and freshens the mind as cross country skiing.
This is something that develops not only the body but also the soul --
it has a far deeper meaning for people than many are aware of."
Fridtjof Nansen 1890 sent by Dave Crossley, VT

Robbie Powder

This album was created by the Tucker County Development Authority to celebrate the creative and talented individuals who are from this part of West Virginia or have chosen to make it their home. All TCDA profits (100%) will go towards supporting the arts and artists in Tucker County. For Sale at WG and in the area with Chip,Todd, and Kimmie dancin' on cover

Finally Ullr provides! It was great hanging at White Grass this weekend, best place to ski for the natural experience! There was not a drop of powder at T-line on Sunday and the Grass was loaded! Thanks for the hospitality. Let's hope the weather will cooperate and I will see you soon. Best, Ed pics by Paul Sullivan, both from beautiful Floyd, VA

We made it to White Grass twice this winter and had fresh lovely snow both times. Ullr has smiled on us! The powder was fantastic! Thought you might enjoy some photos from the weekend. Thanks for all you and your staff do to make White Grass the splendid place it is! Chris, Tom, John, and Jesse Hong

Good times, good snow, good winds, good livin' and good friends Marc

Watching the Grammys tonight and can't help think about how you must be rollin in the deep with Adele's performance! And of course you are rollin in the deep with snow. Jerry and I are following your updates online and are so happy that Mother Nature is cooperating.  We plan to come back before the season is over.  Jerry wants to ski that mountain – you have to take him.  Emily

What comes first snow or smiles? Answer: Smiles. Snow just makes them bigger.Glad to see the big smiles at W.G. Peacefully waiting for snow. David, Vermont, USA

WV Mac Daddy's Whitegrass Cache *** This is in a rock field that has some loose rocks so be careful even the big ones are questionable. There is a 1,000 ft plus altitude climb! There is a myriad of scenery fields, cliffs and wooded views. This is a big ammo container with a travel bug and a special geocoin that wants to go to only higher elevations so do not take it unless it is going higher than 4,352 ft and that will not be easy! This is a fun cache that is pretty much on trails. I took the Bald Knob trail from Canaan Valley ski area the location is N 39.00.656 W 079 26.387. Once you get to the wonderful view of Bald Knob continue over to the top of Whitegrass on the top trails. The rest of the walk is very nice with walks through ferns and thickets. Take at least 2 hours on this one kids in good shape can do this one. After you find the cache keep going on the cabin mountain trail to get to the tippy top of the mountain the gigantic field at the top is awesome. On my way back once again I ran into a big black friend she had two cubs and roared at me but after I scampered up the hill already very tired she left me alone. If someone can tell me what kind of tree is at N 39.00.581 W 079 26.245 I would love to know kind of tree this is, its right on the way up in the first flat walk after the parking lot, this is one of the largest trees I have seen east of the Mississippi. Enjoy the cache who will be FTF Ratman Cteam who knows lets have a meet and greet soon WV MacDaddy

Hoping winter is NOT over...maybe come up next weekend! Sid

bb biathlon international official results / Blizzard Below Zero Wind Chill Conditions Feb 4
sorry some of the kids froze, could not wait and got lost...Ken (Doctor Biathlon) was in Jackson,WY
bib # 39 Ethan Grave Age:5 dnf
#31 Andre Thornton Age 10 8:15 8 Hits 7:35 adj time Place 1
#54 Emma Meaninsh Age: 7 dnf
#10 Roland Moylan Age: 9 8:44 7 Hits 8:09 adj time Place 2

Brewstel Mac and Andre

USFS: JESUS STATUE CAN STAY AT MONTANA RESORT Montana's mountaintop Jesus can stay at Big Mountain ski resort - for now, according to published reports. The religious statue, which has been on federal land since 1955, was allowed to remain in place for at least 10 more years after the U.S. Forest Service reversed its eviction order last week. The initial decision came amid heated debate over the separation of church and state.
The agency had faced a firestorm of criticism from religious groups, the state's congressman and residents after it decided last year to boot the Jesus statue from its hillside perch in the trees above Whitefish. After the agency's about-face, opponents promised a lawsuit within the week. They argue the statue's free placement on federal land is unconstitutional. Forest Service supervisor Chip Weber said the revised decision took into account that the statue is eligible for placement on National Register of Historic Places, and that no substantive concerns related to environmental conditions were found in about 95,000 comments received by the agency. The latest decision renews a 10-year special-use permit for the Knights of Columbus Council, whose members placed the statue there.

VERMONT'S MAGIC MOUNTAIN REACHES FUNDING GOAL After a nearly two-year campaign soliciting loyal skiers to buy shares at $3,000 a pop, Magic Mountain is finally a cooperatively owned ski area, according to published reports. The southern Vermont ski area has hit its goal of 300 shareholders, giving management access to the $900,000 raised during the campaign, which will go toward snow making and other infrastructure projects. The sale of the 300th share triggered a change in ownership from the family that owns the resort to a partnership that includes shareholders and Magic president Jim Sullivan. Magic's inability to cover trails with man-made snow has kept the small ski area from thriving, especially during dry winters like this one.

 

Lack Of Lakes Ice looking at last year...

Dear White Grass Café Staff! Thank you for making this past Saturday evening very special for the Amstutz-Forehand Families. Special thanks to everyone especially JoJo for the kindness and Sheena for being such a wonderful server. We are still in awe of you Sheena for remembering Renee's seed allergies. WOW!!!! You all provide everyone with such a memorable experience and your kindness and attention to detail is especially appreciated. You make memories for all who are fortunate enough to share your good graces. We have been coming to White Grass for the past 7 years, and even though our children are 15, some of their happiest moments in life have been made during our annual trip to White Grass. Thank you ever so much!! Best wishes for the rest of the season! Richard Amstutz, Eagle Rock, Va.

only a poet with a neurotic compulsion for
control would try to embrace snow in the alphabet,
an impossible task since snow is no more
nameable or tameable in words than I can shovel
the snow in my back yard back into the sky
Wislawa Szymborska

Cindy Phillips

sent by La Fontaine Bakery Europe cold appropriate for the "crop" on the snowfarm Richard

sent by David Crossley, Duxbury, VT Dolly Sods Ground Hog's Day

Mt Sopris, CO sent by old timey WG staffer Russ Kennedy (NSS Nat'l Convention)

New Venue / Freeland Road The name Chinook is an American Indian word that is translated as "snow-eater."

White Grass a LOTTA FUN even without snow! Just a quick note to thank you for helping to make our (snowless) week in Canaan Valley so much fun. The hike up to and views from Bald Knob were spectacular. It's the first winter we could hang out up there for more than 5 minutes. Definitely worth the trip. Of course, the Adele video was an added bonus, and singing & dancing along—priceless. Enjoy the rest of the winter. Best, Plum and Mike "To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong." Joseph Chilton Pearce

As always, we had a great time hanging around White Grass Saturday and Sunday, despite the heavy dirt cover. Here are a few pics of the nature walk on Sunday. See you again in two weeks. Marc

Thanks for everything. Chuck Critchfield

Megan

Swan Mtns. Bill Love

Again, thanks for showing the outdoor club an awesome time! Those kids had a blast! And, as always, so did I! I hope to make it at least one more time before the season is over! I'll be doin' a fire-snow dance for you! Sending you snow angels, Carrie

Just back from an amazing trip to Utah and Juneau AK. Don't tell: but Alaska is where all the snow is. Here are some wintery pictures until winter makes its way down to WV. Daniel F. Kirkwood

Stumbled across this sweet painting of early nordic skiing. Evan Erbe

Head is still ringing from the ride back - rough but so more than worth it. Thanks for sharing such a -- add every superlative in the world here -- thing called White Grass. There is magic hiding in every corner of the place. Thanks again. David Crossley, Duxbury,VT (tele pic by Kate Preston, on far right...)

5 Km Snowshoe Race Jan 22 * WV Mtn Trail Runners Coverage

Hey Chip, Saw your snow search video in the Nat Nord. I can't wait to join you up there some day soon! Snow comes and goes but our memories with each other never melt. Eric Erbe

Greetings from Charlottesville, VA! Just wanted to send you some snow:) This photo was taken January 2010 at White Grass - one of my favorites. May the snowflakes be many in the coming weeks. Hope to see you guys soon, Susan

Set of Whitegrass skis makes their way to Chicago. 3 year old Eva makes her debut run on the Chicago powder powered with boards from Whitegrass! Hopefully we will get her to the real Grass next winter. Be ready for more orders from Chi Town, Kristin is spreading the word! Best Joe Hovious

Chppie doesn't come on here too often, but many of us are really liking the rossi evo trail for trail skiing at whitegrass. Of course the Chase boys can rip on anything anywhere. The madshus skis now have the old omnitrack pattern I consider the best kick and glide pattern. There are several models to chose from, I liked the Cadence when I gave it a spin. I also tried the Alpina Woodie which is a metal edged trail skis that fits in the track. My skate skis are atomic, but I've never tried any of there no-wax skis. Stro...from facebook

may be snow covered so we recommend driving a snow worthy vehicle. Hope to see you here this weekend. Crystal Lake Ski Center,PA

What a great weekend at Whitegrass. It is always my dreamworld come true. Thanks for making it happen over there. Snowfarm was incredible, you are the Master. Scott Pleban

Our family had a blast last weekend. The weather dialed up perfectly. Looks like it could happen again. Fingers crossed. Jay loves his "new" skis and is climbing hills well when he remembers to ski like he is peeing in the toilet. C ya soon, Matt

thanks for the best weekend this winter yet! Skip

White Grass even shows up towards the end as a little white building in the distance under a parade of billowing clouds. Enjoy :) Best wishes, and we'll see you 'round in 2012! Vicky and Eric

would like to set up a lesson for myself and three boys, ages 13/10/10 on Sat, 1/21. My 13 year old son and I took lessons last year from an older gent on your staff who was the best instructor I've ever had in any sport. I hope he's working Saturday! We have a few more in our group, too, but not sure their intentions yet. ...thanks! Mark

MLK weekend at WG

Dear Laurie and Crew, Thank you for a great meal and great service. Everyone was appreciative of the food, drinks, and service. Hope the rest of 2012 winter season goes well. Again, a thank you to each of your crew Sarah Fletcher/ Friends of Mtn Top Library

To the whole gang, thanks for all your expertise in the field of x country skiing & the joy of living. Ethan dug the bb biathlon...this card was a depiction of the valley from last December. Aimee & Ethan

But I have to tell you that Diane is the one who spotted the Lio about Step 1: Get Snow.and said I should send it to you! She thinks, optimistically, about Whitegrass all the time. We have kept our weekend clear in case something turns up--or comes down. Cheers, Harley

Thanks again for advice on camping spots and with gear. We had a memorable trip. I think all 16 of the boys would make the trek again, which is saying a lot considering the cold! Chris

Mike and Cassie Sheer

We had a blast! Beechlick was silky smooth and Falls Overlook was fast and FUN!!!!! Fabulous network of trails and friends, we smiled the whole way home. WE LOVE WHITE GRASS!!!!! Jeanne and JT Sutton

Purple suit purple pow alert John Bolecek follow chip

It is a great ski at all that was missing was a hug from you.. I hope all is well. Best! Erika

Vic

Just renewing friendships made the drive over worthwhile. The dinner at the WG Cafe put it over the top. And the unexpectedly good snow was just "ice"-ing on the cake. Al Larsen, Arlington VA

Rock on Chip!Your spirit lives on with us all year long.We can't wait to be back!Here's a one last little Hipstamatic batch for your archives....Have a great season! Peace, Rodrigo

Whitegrass should be top of the list...go there only if you want to be disappointed when you try somewhere else. FREE THE HEELS! feedback found online

Here's to getting more snow soon... you do a good job with whatever comes your way. Good thing you have the strongest following of any Cross Country ski area in North America ( the world maybe ) ... You'll be fine no matter what... cause you have it right. Dickie NATO

Randy Johnson, Smokies of NC on facebook

Dorothy's first time skiing on snow @ 22 months (she had been practicing on the kitchen floor) looking forward to coming back and seeing you again soon! Sully

LAWSUIT FILED TO BLOCK HOMEWOOD RESORT DEVELOPMENT : A federal lawsuit was filed recently to block a controversial plan that would turn the Homewood Mountain Resort at Lake Tahoe into a posh winter and summer mecca, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The Sierra Club and Friends of the West Shore sued the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and Placer County for approving what they called "an ill-conceived, inadequately studied, and environmentally-disruptive development." The $250 million project by San Francisco's JMA Ventures includes a four-story hotel, ski-in condominiums, two lodges, a swimming pool, underground parking and retail space. It was approved by the planning agency last month. If built, it would be the biggest hotel on the west shore since 1901. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Sacramento, says the development would, among other things, increase traffic on two-lane Highway 89, worsen air pollution and spew runoff into the lake, which is directly across the street from the resort. Read more at http://bit.ly/yn0hxl.In related news, Homewood announced a cutback in its schedule, which will close the slopes Mondays through Thursdays, "until snow conditions permit full operations or further notice," but will keep them open Fridays through Sundays.

New Mexico one of the few NA locations getting more than average snowfall this winter so far. Richard and Lindsay

The Friends of Blackwater's North Fork Watershed Project is hosting their 3rd annual holiday open house and raffle to benefit the Davis Food Pantry. The raffle drawing will be held Saturday January 14th at 6:30pm at the Hypno Coffee in Davis, following an open house from 12-6 at our office located next door.

It was good seeing you guys again over the holidays, and I'm glad I got to take my kids over to enjoy their first taste (literally) of White Grass! Our 9 month old loved the show, thanks for the hospitality. I thought you might enjoy the attached photos of Caroline Ballash clapping along to the music on Thursday 12/29! Oh, and our son Park loved it too and loves his new White Grass Frisbee! Wishing for snow, Adam Ballash

BB Biathlon Results Jan 7
1. David Brehl Age:9 Time: 8:23 Hits: 9 Adjusted Time 7:38
2. Christopher Brown Age: 7 Time: 9:38 Hits:7 Adj Time:9:03
3. Gregory Gilmore Age: 9 Time 10:22 Hits: 4 Adj Time: 10:02
4. Ethan Grahe-Cody Age: 5 Time: 28:20 Hits:4 Adj Time: 28:00

We made it to Whitegrass! Adam sorted me out with a pulk and some snow shoes. The wife and kids had a great time. Lovely place you have up there. Nice food in the cafe.I will recommend your place to people when I head back to NC and the UK next year. Might see you tomorrow to free the heel for and hour or two. My family and I made it to Whitegrass again today. Tony hooked me up with some backcountry skis and boots. I had never tried skis with fish scales but they worked great. Cracked a few of the trails and practiced some telemark turns on the hill. My wife a children enjoyed a coffee or two in your cafe. We had a great lunch too. Whitegrass is cracking. We really enjoyed it. Thanks! Jon Lindsey

Thanks for a great dinner! Angie Ron and Anne Ulle

Mandy Sullivan

Dolomites: Alpe di Suisi in north Italy, enjoying fresh snow, fantastic scenery, and dreaming of Whitegrass! See you soon! Ray Phaneuf & Cristina Loglio

Our first time out this season in a Leesburg, VA park late October 2011. The boys WG boots were small since they'd grown from last winter, so Sam (on left) voluntarily went sockless. Both were stoked to get new gear today and try it out on their second ski day this year, at Whitegrass. Peace, Paul Hess

sent by Betty Gatewood

Everything I know about skiing I learned on White Ecstasy Tony Barnes Tony B.

Lindsay/ Kid's Clinic Jan 7

Canaan Ski Area is 40

Last Year 125 skiable days November - April with 216" snow along with 266 loyal season passers. Credit to our pal Ullr, Canadian Great Lakes Northwestly Flow, and You!

Mark Bandy Hope On The Slopes

The passing of our fine pal Brian Bry is felt deeply in the hills of West Virginia's Nordic ski community and White Grass this morning. Many of us grew up skiing the hills of Trail Head learning from him the secrets of freeing the heels. He made the long trek south to ski with us and I can remember every stride and the white outs in the Dolly Sods where we found refuge behind a slab of sandstone that day. Brian, smooth sailing my brother and our love goes out to the family and friends that join me in saying good bye for the last time. Chipper Chase, Canaan Valley, WV

Todd

It's nice to be important but it's more important to be nice. Sent by Susie Mullens

Vic Moore Visit Canaan.com Robbie

Looks like some fun snow has arrived..know you are having a blast and making everyone's Whitegrass experience super fantastic. We are blasting Adele and i sent the CD of her concert to my step dad for his birthday.The kids are still talking about you and all the people there, the cafe and wanting to get back on skis. Thanks for everything! Caroline Atkinson You all made our week and you and your family are an inspiration and with this goin on in the world there is not only hope but a for sure we are bound for glory! Ski together and everything else is a cinch. Love! chipper

YAY!!!! Make snow, farm snow, pack snow, groom snow, snow ice creme, snow men (and women), snow cones, snow chains, snow gumbo, snow scampi,...Matt Haverty/Mt Top Realty

Dude! Great walk. Loved it. Martin

Thanks, Whitegrass for a wonderful, healing, re-centering time had by myself on Wednesday, Dec. 28. I am so grateful that I have discovered your little space on our planet! You have made a difference in my life...I will be back. John Cantrell... John, We get all our love and energy from folks like you and simply pass it on. Bless your heart! chip

Cabin Mountain and sky were all dressed up in Winter’s finest. Joe

Our local treasure no matter the weather is the local Purple Fiddle, AMAZ ING intimate shows, way to go John Bright!

It is an idiosyncratic species, the Mad River Glen skier, and among its distinguishing features, pride leavened with self-effacing humor is its most endearing. That, and the bumper stickers. The pride is deserved. This little bauble of a ski area is arguably the most challenging in North America. But like a New England blue blood's thrifty chic, she's a little frayed at the edges, her base area buildings showing the trials of time, and her main lift up the mountain is a nose-thumbing single chair. We do things our way, that chair says, and that's the way we like them. The fact that Mad River Glen is even alive is a tribute to a New England resolve as obdurate as the granite bedrock of Vermont's Green Mountains. Its iconic bumper sticker, worn like a badge of honor, challenges in bold red letters: SKI IT IF YOU CAN — a far cry from most modern resorts' back-bending efforts to alleviate any trace of discomfort or anxiety for their guests. Bucking every ski-industry trend, its handful of owners over six decades have kept this singular ski area true to a simple set of beliefs: Skiing is a sport, not a business; a mountain should remain as close to its natural state as possible; presnowcat trail cutters knew what they were doing; and all focus should be on the mountain, not the amenities.

Bill Love little crow tracks are bigger in Montana

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I am finally finished with my presentation about our climb of Denali last spring. Takes about 45 min to an hour. I am happy to present it at Whitegrass some weekend coming up. Scott Pleban

Marc and Kara

US woman skiers are already off to a great start! Kikkan Randall captured the title at the World Cup sprint races in Dusseldorf Germany the first week in December. Sarah Hendrickson became the first American woman to win a World Cup ski jumping event, this one in Lillehammer, Norway. Also, alpine skier Lindsey Vonn has already won two Downhill Championships in Alberta, Canada. And Bodi Miller has a WC silver medal already too.

ASPEN AND VAIL TOP LIST OF PRICEY SINGLE-DAY LIFT TICKETS : The Aspen Skiing Co. raised its lift ticket price on Friday, back to its highest in history, according to published reports. The walk-up, single-day ticket is $104; a buck lower than Vail, which is charging $105 for the last-minute purchase. Vail appears to be the winner of ski resorts in charging the most for one day of skiing. One day at Aspen or whole season at WG about same price!

We do hope that White Grass will send the special message to the upper atmospheres for Santa to drop just a foot of snow - that is all that we are wishing for! Looking forward to seeing the Whitegrassers, Elena and family

We rallied again for another epic trek into the Colo. backcountry. Ullr offered northface granular glisse. Moonlight Meadows won best wax track and best vista. Thanks, Dan, for another excellent Hut Trip. Geo Bello

SNOWMAKING IN CRAFTSBURY, VT EARLIER THIS WINTER

Climbing great Tom Cecil setting up new routes off his boat in Hopeville Canyon,WV

Chipper , Hope all is well. I saw this in a Dec 1966 copy of "West Virginia Conservation", a small monthly magazine (subscription $1/yr) that used to be published by the WV DNR. See you soon.Tom Nutter

"My ski bases are grooving" Dave Neff after hitting more CO granite in the thin backcountry this early December

Paul Sully

Freaky STyle WG If you've ever skied White Grass this video makes complete sense! The kind of place you might want to plan your entire winter around.

This was my first Jack Frost--and it was a blast! I thought you might like to see a few of the photos from the party: We'll be back in the area for New Year's. Bring on the snow! Andrew

Emma was so disappointed in October when she went out to ski and her boots no longer fit! But we just stopped by the other day, traded up to a bigger size, and then she went right outside and took off skiing with a BIG smile on her face! She skied off down to the hut and was puzzled when she couldn't find the "treasure box". I had to explain that Chip and the gang were still getting things ready. I think she'd like to volunteer to help with restocking some of the "treasure boxes" this winter! See you soon - Shannon

We are a community of warriors. See the schedule at www.mountainyoga.blogspot.com Thanks!- Anne R. Farmer, RYT

Here is a link to video featuring Adam doing some climbing and longboarding, it is part of a national video contest of state parks "Blackwater Falls State Park" by Nora Sheridan. Athey Lutz

Marc /Dolly Sods

MARYLAND’S ONLY SKI RESORT CONSIDERS OPTIONS The owners of Wisp Resort, MD, said they're considering selling the landmark property to resolve financial problems linked to a slide in home construction around nearby Deep Creek Lake, according to published reports. Karen Myers said selling Wisp – the only ski resort in the state - is the last option she and her partners in DC Development LLC would pursue to repay more than $23 million to BB&T Corp. of Winston-Salem, NC. They're also seeking new investors in their businesses. She said Wisp is in no danger of closing.The resort isn't directly involved in the financial dispute, which stems from slower-than-expected sales of home sites in DC Development's nearby Lodestone golf-course community. Wisp is run by another company, Recreational Industries Inc., also owned by Myers and partners Gary Daum and Steven Richards. Myers said there's little demand these days for subdivisions with just home sites. Wisp, on the other hand, is a profitable business with $16 million in annual sales, state-of-the-art snowmaking equipment and features that drew 195,000 skier visits last season, said General Manager Tim Prather. Since its founding in 1955, Wisp has made Maryland's westernmost county a year-round tourist destination. Vacation homes, some worth millions, ring the 3,600-acre lake. The ski resort is the county's sixth largest employer with a work force that swells from 225 in the summer to 650 in the winter.

Tool

Hopefully earthquakes and hurricanes are precursors to tremendous amounts of Snow! We'll surely be there for trail work in the Fall... Cheers, Annie and Kyle

70" for the year if it's gonna rain...

Joe Henry

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You're reply triggered a nice memory I have of my 1st Jack Frost (1995). I remember it being kinda ethereal-lots of stars as we stood around the bonfire, and strangers (at least I was) talking as if they'ed known each other for a long time. And the next day we all skied up to Baldy & back, and it was the first time you and I had a conversation (you told me your story of Whitegrass Knob, VA, to Canaan Valley). Mike Gorrie

Good times and new friends. martin

Chip & Crew,Thanks for a WONDERFUL time this past weekend! Had a BLAST. The music this year was off the hook! Rod CV Patrol Mill Creek Saw Shop * The Carpenter Ants at Jack Frost! Whew! I loved it! jdp

Jack Frost party. Wonderful as always, and with the addition of the band it just topped it all. Still a bit sore from hours of dancing. Haven't had that much fun in a long time. Let it snow now - I'm soooo ready! Much love always Gisela (Chris Good, Todd, and Gis were in the steeps all day Sunday nippin' n' tuckin')
What a noble use of energy and effort. Here's to your Thirtieth Jack Frost and a big honkin bowl of thank you for all the Whitegrass tours, treats, turns and grins. You keep the nord flame burning so brightly. I'll be there is spirit this weekend and look forward to skiing with you later on.  Ski hard, play fair, have fun, and get back in the woods where you belong. Love, Dickie NATO

Over 1000 hours and counting. Never been better on the trails. You'll love the improvements and THANKS TO ALL THE WORKERS!

Much of the property White Grass skis is within the The Highland View Farm owned by Randall Reed. He has been presented a Century Farm Award for continuously farming the same tract for at least 100 years.
Lindsey Reed, his father, bought the first tract in Canaan in 1908 and came from a family that has farmed in WV for four generations. "We have to preserve farms someway, somehow, and provide the means for farms to be productive" stated Ed Michael.

No trees anywhere, so in the back country you can just pick a direction and go. I was there (along with Olympic team members from Russia, Poland, and Slovakia) for the annual Merino Muster race. Strat Douglas/NZ

Friend Chris B. writes the text Morgan is on the road

Larry Camp

it seems a one- to two-week period of more substantial cold will settle into the Northeast during week two and three of December. Weather Channel

Carla and Randy Kesling

 

My mom loves Whitegrass. When I was making the wreaths she said it reminded her of when she as a teenager. Ken Cremer

Crocketts from Athens, OH slaving away in new glades

Ketih Strausbaugh

Mark and Betty Gatewood

Checking WG site every few days, counting the snow flakes. All I can say is: can't wait, can't wait, can't wait! Ready to make any necessary sacrifices to snow gods for this winter. Maybe a burning of ill-informed wooly bears? Love, Elisa and Jim

Engrossing history of Helvetia,WV Modern telephone service did not arrive until 1966. * Nov 23: Pickens, WV (1950) Maximum snowfall from a single storm (state) A total of 57.0 inches.

go from mowin' the lawn to mowin' the tele glades Rich Spence ski gardener * I think its fantastic that you and all us worker bees have turned Old Weiss Knob into the most varied XC terrain anywhere. Ken Cremer

Halloween weekend at Big Meadows Jeff Salem the boys at the Nut

Are you a resort skier concerned about the immense amounts of fuel and energy used for snowmaking, grooming, heating lodges, and running lifts to make your sport happen?

LET IT SNOW! NOVEMBER 22ND 5:02 PM We are looking forward to Mother Nature Developing some SNOW for our Trails this Thanksgiving Holiday! Our snow guns were fired up this morning! We look forward to a wonderful winter season of skiing, snowshoeing & hitting the Backcountry! Season Passes have an early discount until November 29th Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe,VT

QUEBEC WILL BE ONLY HELI-SKI DESTINATION IN EASTERN NA : In January, Massif du Sud in Quebec will become the only downhill area in Eastern North America offering helicopter skiing and snowboarding, according to published reports. The area's operators still are refining the program, but say there will be helicopter departures from at least three venues: the base of the mountain, a heli-pad in downtown Montreal and La Cache à Maxime, a nearby resort. Besides the new Héli-Safari, which will take skiers into the backcountry, Massif du Sud already offers a Catski Safari. Massif du Sud is about 3,000 feet above sea level, making it the highest elevation lift-serviced skiing in Quebec, although it is not the highest vertical drop.

"The story explores the fact that there still are many places in the world where mythical and long believed extinct creatures still exist. The characters and dialogue breathe fresh life into this exciting and excellently crafted tale." Thanks for your support, Mike Esola THE ICE GORILLA BOOK

Birkebeiner in Durham! We Meyer/Salazars thought you just might appreciate Izzy's Halloween costume this year. Note the skis on her back which she carried all night! See you in January. peace, Sarah and Teddy

Refuge Photo Contest

About White Grass Touring Center : Steep, rugged, wide, groomed, glades galore, twisty, curvy, mountain tops filled with wind, wilderness in all directions, trails of every description going everywhere. Exciting challenging ski terrain nearing its 50th year of providing the snowiest southern Appalachian nirvana. Laid back coffeehouse atmosphere coupled with a famous natural foods cafe makes it hard to even want to go outside and ski.

Storm only dropped 10-15" (versus the 24-37" predicted, sigh) but still gave us sufficient coverage. Saturday skinned up to Cardiff Pass and skied Cardiff Bowl and Hellgate Cliffs a couple of times, climbed over Cardiff Peak and then down Two Trees to Snowbird See you at Jack Frost! Richard

If you can't take the heat, lie down in the kitchen! Thanks for a fun day yesterday! See you Tuesday....Love, Linnie

Dear Whitegrass, First of all, let me say how much fun a friend and I had skiing there last Feb. It was 50 degrees in Harrisonburg, VA and snowing at Whitegrass! Amazing. I've convinced my family to come with me this year, and I am looking for some used XC skis for myself and my wife. I was wondering if you all had some leftover from the previous season, or if they have all been sold. We are looking for basic touring xc skis, nothing fancy. Let me know. I'd much rather support you all then some online retailer...Thanks! Jon Spicher

She's always at her sparkly energetic best at Whitegrass, and I think the rest of us are right there with her. No matter what, we'll be there a lot this winter. See you soon, Aaron, Jana, Emma and Violet

Good Fiddle show w/ Uncle Lucius

" I hate cross county skiing" overheard from a Texas Band but we good vibed them anyway, they don't know WG yet, give them credit

WG hat and Jack entering Denali

What Those WG Stickers Stand For : Here is a list of some of the many possible things that those WG stickers can represent. This is everything I've been able to think of this past week. Now you go think up some more.
General: welcome guests
warm greetings
wistful goodbyes
wide grins
wax 'n glide
woolen garments
well-used gear
windy gusts
winter gales
weird goings-on
winding glades
woody groves
Weiss Gnob
weird 'n gnarly

Types of people you meet at White Grass: wily guides
weather gods
whiskered gnomes
wizened geezers
wild gals
wise guys
wacky goofballs
wurldly groomers
WARPED GENIUS
wingding goers - at Jack Frost
Wavy Gravy (in spirit)
wobbly galoots
wolves 'n grizzlies (well, maybe not)

Trail maintenance weekends: wandering glade-iators
work groups
worn gloves
weathered gates
wet gaiters

White Grass Cafe: wholesome goodness
whole grains
wondrous gastronomy

Trip planning meeting overheard in White Grass Lodge: What gives?
Wanna go?
Who's going?
We're going!
Wow, great!
Wayta go!
Worries gone!
WE'RE gone! Jack Kangas

Thanks for a fabulous time on Sunday. Glading with Todd was a blast (and a great workout, I might add) - looking forward to checking out the short steep spine we opened up below barton's bend. I'll send pictures from Utah this weekend. Some Colorado College friends started Sweetgrass Productions a couple of years back and have been making some of the most incredible ski movies - all without helicopters or snowmobiles! They've spent the last two years in South America making "Solitaire" and it looks to be epic. Here's the trailer - http://vimeo.com/27216372 - it will be showing at the E Street Cinema in Washington, DC on Wednesday, November 30 at 8pm See you at Jack Frost! Richard

in the morning my crew did some amazing glading around bartons on the existing little shots and opened up a new one down to join the bottom that runs up lookers left of sauna hollow. afternoon was a new shot from tippy top of little wing to skiers left down to the switchback intersection, and then cleaned and widened jack frost to the likes of which i have never seen! Todd

Love the valley. Love the snow. Love to ski. Steve and Susan Dayton - JAX, FL

It's Johnny here, Richard's friend who messed up my ankle there last year and got rescued by your staff, but kept on skiing till the end of the season. As I recall from our conversation, your sister lives in Bennington, VT, where I'm from and learned to ski. It was awesome to see your pics of Prospect Mountain on your website. I talked to the proprietor there, Steve, last winter when I was visiting my hometown and raved to him about Whitegrass. He knew it well but hadn't been there or met you; maybe you two got to connect this time. It's a great place and where I learned to ski! Imagine how surprised I was to learn that you've got the higher elevation there at WG and more snowpack. Than Vermont. Who would have thought? And it was great to see your pictures of the mountain, including I'm pretty sure one of local skinny ski celebrity Birger Vigsnes, the man who taught me how to skinny ski. Small world! Looking forward to a rocking winter at Whitegrass. I might see you this weekend. We're headed out there to do some pruning. Johnny

Whitegrassers would appreciate the cartoon below entitled "Occupy first chair" -- be the 1%. I think WG is more egalitarian than most ski areas though...Richard

Go Todd!

Chipper!! Check this out,in particular the first paragraph: Hope he's right Sarah * People have been asking me about updating the winter forecast. Well, right now, I have nothing new to say about the forecast that I issued a few months ago. I think the snowstorm in October was tipping its hand to where the snow wants to be this year. We are already seeing the pattern for the winter taking shape and some more adjustments and blocking over the next 30 days will line us up for the barrage of winter storms on the Appalachians and Northeast. I think while the core of the cold weather will be across the northern Plains and Great Lakes, the snow will be centered from West Virginia to Maine. ACCU Weather

LL Bean XC Skis * Ski Museum

Fiddle Do Not Missers: Hackensaw Boys 11/19 Furnace Mtn 11/25 Hoots and Hellmouth 11/26, 2/4 Tenth Anniversary Celebration w/ Sim Redmond Band , and 2/18 Dangermuffin

Halloween Weekend

Random Hi from Florida. Mild winter ahead for us. Rollercoaster likely for you guys unlike the last couple of years if I'm reading the weather sign right. Thaws punctuated by big storms looks to be the rule for the central and southern apps this year. I haven't been in WVA since the big snows of March 1999 but I still get my Canaan Valley fix from your website all winter long. I just need a way to like it on Facebook so I can share the snow stoke with my internet friends that might not be on to the snow zen of the Whitegrass Ski Touring Center. I can't say that I hated paddling 20km on the St. Johns River with a light sweat this afternoon but I'm still wishing I was playing in the snow when I look at your site. Plant a paddle in the water, plant a pole in the snow. Don't matter. Just glide. Reid Hyle (in Florida)

Pics from Halloween Snow Fun. Craig

Haven't seen you guys in two years but I check the site every day like I check the sky for the morning sun. Chris Miller

RELIGIOUS STATUE AT MONTANA SKI RESORT FACES EVICTION : A statue of Jesus on US Forest Service land on a hillside over Big Mountain, MT faces potential eviction amid an argument over the separation of church and state, according to published reports. The Forest Service late last week withdrew an initial decision to boot the Jesus statue from its perch in the trees. But as the agency further analyses the situation before making a final decision, it warned that rules and court decisions are stacked against allowing a religious icon on the roughly 86-square-foot patch of land. The statue has been a curiosity to skiers at the famed resort for decades, mystifying skiers at its appearance in the middle of the woods. But the Freedom From Religion Foundation isn't amused, arguing that the Forest Service was breaching separation of church and state rules by leasing the small plot of land for the Jesus statue, and the organization is pushing the agency to stand by its original decision to remove the religious icon.

Bennington, Vt

Similar set up in Vermont, old downhill to cross country Prospect Mtn XC

This was the end-of-season/chili cookoff party at Seneca Rocks. There were so many climbers present that a number of parties were still up on the summit of the South Peak as the sun set. And it takes time to rappel off. You will see in the first half of this video lights from the climbers as they are trying to get down. The bright star-like object that rises within a second of the video starting is Jupiter. The Pleiades (also known as the Seven Sisters, or M45), enters the upper left corner of the field of view at about 0:13. There is no music with this sequence (that'll come in the final movie), and it's only 17 seconds long. Other details noted in the video description on the youtube page. Enjoy! Mk

You won't have to look any further than your own web site to find the inspiration for our new outside wall hanging. We're planning on dropping by one weekend in Nov.for one of the trail days Looking forward to snow! Ron & Anne

Chip Margy's Hut mid December Whitegrasser Jennifer Walker overseas helping others

I usually drive down from Pittsburgh for a few day trips of skiing in January and February, and it's always been great. Kudos on maintaining a great ski area and an authentic lodge. I'm glad you remain personally involved in every aspect of the ski area. Phil

George Mikedes and the new JFC artwork * Countdown to Jack Frost less than a month

 

Mycophiles have spent the season in a sort of extended delirium.(NY TIMES) Sent by Mark and Clare

Maya calendar's "Long Count" runs out on Dec. 21, 2012, and that a world-changing crisis will occur at that time. Other folks, including the modern-day Maya, say that's just a load of llama crap ... and that 12/22/2012 will merely mark the start of a new calendar cycle.

Say hi to the old man (winter) for me Jonathan Jessup

White Grass Nordic patrol NEEDS MORE MEMBERS .

I did not know that Mo'town had a distillery. This site has a lot of good information. They even do fabrication. I particularly like the formulas. Jeff C.

Ribbon Cut/Camp 70 bridge Cindy Phillips soon...

Thanks for the amazing fall exploration in the state park. Our eyes still hurt from all the bright scenery. Mark and Clare Anderson (first pic the promontory along canyon rim)

Made some WG cookies and pad thai noodles today! All I need now is some snow! Chris Phillips

PRIVATE VERMONT SKI AREA PLANS TO OPEN UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP : Private ski areas may be an endangered species, but someone apparently didn’t get the memo. The idea of making a private club out of Haystack Ski Resort, adjacent to the larger Mount Snow Resort in southern Vermont, was tried a few years back but the project went belly up. Now a local inn owner has bought Haystack and plans to revive that idea. The deal closed about a week and a half ago and within hours, work was being done at the ski area and the golf course was in operation, according to published reports. New owner Jim Barnes also owns the Hermitage Inn in West Dover.Barnes, whose Hermitage Inn real estate holding company purchased the golf course, ski area, and associated real estate, said he plans to move forward with the Haystack Club concept developed by the former owner, Bob Foisie, and his company, 1 Cornell Inc. Foisie broke ground on the project in fall 2006. His ambitious project included the construction of 118 four-unit townhouses, 170 condominiums, a 162-unit hotel, as well as an extensive remodeling of the former Haystack Upper Base Lodge, a new base lodge, restaurant, spa complex, a centrally located propane facility, and a mountain operations building. The club also planned the construction of a “chondola” combination chairlift and gondola, as well as snowmaking and trail improvements. The private resort was slated to be open only to guests, with almost no public access. The club would, however, sell as many as 250 lift tickets per day to local residents.Four months after breaking ground, however, Foisie abruptly halted work on the project and refunded club memberships, and began squabbling with local officials over property valuation and sewer obligations. During the period that the club was under construction, Haystack’s original base lodge was demolished, and the newer “upper” base lodge was gutted. After a court battle with the town, Foisie won a reduction in the assessment for the property. But now, in what should be an important economic development boost to the valley, Barnes is moving forward almost as if the project never stumbled. “Our intention is to open the ski area this year,” he said. Barnes’ Hermitage Inn will also be linked to the overall resort. Originally, Haystack Club memberships were set at $85,000. Barnes says memberships under his ownership will be substantially more affordable - $25,000 - with a $5,000 discount going to the first 100 buyers. Read the full story at http://bit.ly/pdUrZG.

MARYLAND’S ONLY SKI AREA FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION : The owner of Maryland’s Wisp ski resort said it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, according to published reports. D.C. Development LLC said Sunday that its filing Saturday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court gives it some breathing room to seek new investors during its reorganization.The filing stems from the partners' alleged default on nearly $30 million in loans they got from BB&T Corp. of Winston-Salem, N.C., to build a golf-course community near the ski hill. The partners said they're financially strapped because the home sites haven't sold as well as expected.Karen Myers of D.C. Development said a sale of Maryland's only ski resort remains the last option she and her partners would pursue. Wisp General Manager Tim Prather said he expects Wisp to open Nov. 25, weather permitting

PRIVATE MONTANA SKI RESORT SHUT DOWN FOR FORESEEABLE FUTURE : Spanish Peaks, a 5,700-acre private ski and golf community in Big Sky, MT, closed and laid off its staff last week, according to published reports. It cited a troubled real estate market and substantial operating losses as the primary reasons. A letter to club members said, “it is likely Spanish Peaks will remain closed for the foreseeable future.”The letter also said that the company might file for bankruptcy. After restructuring debt, seeking capital partners and making “hundreds of investor calls and visits,” the only option has been to shut down operations, according to the letter.On the club’s website, Spanish Peaks is described as a “private enclave in a very privileged neighborhood.” It includes cabins and home sites, some of which offer ski-in, ski-out access to Big Sky Resort, and a golf course. The Yellowstone Club, another private ski and golf community in Big Sky, went bankrupt in 2008. The next year, Moonlight Basin, a resort and real estate development in Big Sky, also went bankrupt.That kind of track record resulted in an article in the Denver Post entitled: “The death of private ski resorts?” Read it at http://bit.ly/qq1viF.

Local Rolling Thunder Organic Farm Story

Ah, the colors and the solitude. Best Regards, Jon (Chesterfield, VA) Romi 'n' the Sods...

Joe Henry Fog Bow/ WV High Country

like the leaves, we turn, turn, turn. And when there is snow, we’ll turn, turn, turn ~geo~

martin

For all of my fellow skiers/boarders/ and snowkiting friends, here s a somewhat techie winter forecast ...he gives three very detailed forecasts over the fall months. The first one... check it out! John Regan...Lake-effect snow can be significant this year," Pastelok warned. He explained that with bitter arctic air set to blast across the relatively warm waters of the Great Lakes, conditions will be right for above-normal lake-effect snow from mid-November through early January For areas north and west of the Appalachians, however, snowfall for the season is expected to be much higher. An early, heavy lake-effect snow season will put northwestern Pennsylvania and western New York into the zone of winter's worst snow and cold, according to the team. AccuWeather.com Winter 2011-2012 Forecast: Another Brutal One

Saundra Goss wins first frost pool 9/16 by Todd * First snow pool winner Catherine Fleischman 10/1 First ski 10/1

Two-day update on the WV Snowfall: The Saturday/Sunday WV high elevation snowfall while just missing being a WV state monthly September snowfall record by less than one day (occurred Oct. 1) will, according to my prelminary research, end up being without a close second, the largest two-day storm snowfall accumulations ever so early in the season. The earliest WV accumulation I could find in the historical records was 1.0 inch at Cheat Bridge (3,565 ft.) (between Snowshoe and Canaan Valley) on Sept. 30, 1993. Traces of snowfall in WV have occurred above 3,250 feet elevation as early as mid-September in the past. Here's a select summary of snowfall amounts for the two days (Sat. & Sun) and temperatures (Sun 7 am to Mon 7 am) reported by National Weather Service COOP observers. Note below the lowest elevation for snowfall was around the 2,500 feet elevation with steep increases above 3,000 feet. Station (elevation) (Sat & Sun) (inches) High Low Snowfall Total * Snowshoe, WV (4,765 ft.) 29 26 9.0 * Canaan Mtn., WV (3, 700) 33 31 8.3 * Canaan Valley, WV (3,250) 37 32 4.0* Terra Alta, WV (2,700) 38 34 T * Bayard, WV (2,418) 41 34 0.2. Bob Leffler

Congratulations to our ski brethren in Canaan Valley. Whitegrass gets first tracks in the east this year. Well deserved and fantastic. Dickie * We are definitely jealous of your early snowfall but it brings a smile to my face to see you on skis on snow!!! Central VT will have to settle for the first hard frost of the season and peak foliage this week. Cheers. Steve Robbins

For the fifth year in a row, West Virginia tops the list of states where an individual driver is most likely to run in to a deer. Using its claims data in conjunction with state licensed driver counts from the Federal Highway Administration, State Farm calculates the chances of a West Virginia motorist striking a deer over the next 12 months at 1 in 53, an improvement over a year ago when the odds were 1 in 42.

Trail Pixie/Marc

Aurora Barn Dance / Vermont Gone Astray

ROYAL GORGE XC RESORT IN RECEIVERSHIP, BUT OPEN * Royal Gorge ski resort at Donner Summit, CA is in receivership but will remain open, according to published reports. The 40-year-old venue, which calls itself North America's largest cross-country resort, has been crippled by debt and a stalled development plan. It was put under control of a court-appointed receiver last month. The move came after its lender, Armed Forces Bank, slapped Royal Gorge's ownership group with a default notice in late June for nonpayment of a $16.7 million loan. The owners, led by Bay Area developer Kirk Syme, bought the resort in 2005 and began planning a big housing project. It was instantly controversial with environmentalists and never materialized. Default notices often lead eventually to foreclosure, with the lender taking ownership. For now, the bank has obtained a court order that leaves ownership to the Syme group but operational control to a receiver, the Douglas Wilson Companies of San Diego. Robert Richley, president of the Wilson firm, said Friday the resort is operating "business as usual." He said the receivership includes the historic Rainbow Lodge restaurant and inn along Interstate 80. But it doesn't include Ice Lakes Lodge, another fixture of the 2,900-acre property, which has a separate ownership structure.

Randolph County RidersCarolyn Cavendish / Idleman's Run

Attaining Mythical Status : Posted on 01/09/2010 by: Emma : If you're a free-heeler out East and haven't skied White Grass, you're missing out on one of the most unique and delightful experiences left in the country. White Grass inhabits a niche and a vibe found nowhere else. The terrain offers something for absolutely everyone. The weather in Canaan Valley, WV lives up to the "Wild, Wonderful West Virginia" slogan. This is not an overly domesticated, spit polished, marketing driven experience. White Grass offers a full on experience for all the senses and more smiles per mile that can be found anywhere. (found on google, wow. thanks!)

photos of the Camp 70 Bridge and the AmeriCorps members working on the Splash Dam South Trail. Julie

Chip Chase has a passion for connecting people with the outdoors, and particularly with cross-country skiing. White Grass relies on natural snow and snowfences to collect drifts. This "snowfarming" permits XC skiing even when the downhill resorts aren't running. The people at White Grass are among the most happy, relaxed, welcoming, and supportive folks I've ever met at a resort. Want to try XC? You can rent great equipment, take a mini-lesson, then try it out yourself on miles of flat trails that are within sight of the lodge. You can even rent a pulk (sled) to tow your child along. You're an expert? Weiss Knob offers vertical elevation to work your cardiovascular system on the way up, and to work your quads doing telemark turns the whole way down. Worn out, or just aren't up for XC? Hang out in the lodge, try not to over-indulge in the delicious food at the cafe, and watch the staff set up ski packages for visitors. Share a table with a new friend or four. Words can't express how much better I feel after a day at White Grass. Chip's captured a generous share of Almost Heaven at White Grass. We've been going to White Grass for decades now. The lodge is always bustling with happy skiers and filled with yummy aromas from the Cafe. The trails are always well-maintained and the signage gets better and better every year. Chip keeps bringing in new stuff to keep it fresh, while maintaining the same down to earth joy that i've never seen at a downhill skiing place. This is a true gem. Visited January 2011...not sure who wrote this.

Ridge tops turning gold, puts skiing on the brain... I attached a nice photo of Ivan on the trail. Thanks for all you do. Peter Yelk

I learned that the way to win Burning Man is to practice release and acceptance. This year, I let the playa lead me … I took a left when I felt like taking a left. I took a right when I felt like taking a right. I picked a blinking light and aimed towards it. I said yes often, when I might otherwise have said no. I went with the flow as it took me. And the playa gave me exactly what I needed, when I needed it … no more, no less. I remembered to have faith in the universe. http://www.burningman.com/

We measure our success by the impact we have in the world. Through decent wages, charitable contributions, and a fun, positive, work experience we influence the world around us. We enrich the lives of our friends and families, we contribute to the betterment of our communities, and we ultimately leave the world better than we found it. Lindemann Chimney Service

Family in Vermont Erin Dave Lesher

I think I took this in the late 80's

In December, The Weather Channel and WSI forecast: Northeast - Colder than normal * Southeast - Colder than normal, except FL. Here's more good prognostication, See you soon, Casey

Martin

See some of what is happening here in VT--words can't explain---again Ben & I are high and dry and helping others--- Wendy Bridgewater * Tom Conlon has been sending Hatteras Road/Rt. 12 info

Barry Baumgardner anchorman of WG * OTR/ Caver's Old Timer's Reunion Labor Day

Brent is an avid skier and musician. In the late 70's he joined the Canaan Valley Ski Patrol and also sang and played guitar and 5 string banjo in the Late Harvest Band, a contemporary bluegrass band which toured through out the Mid-Atlantic states.

The Gendarme Shop * Seneca Rocks Climbing Guides

Naturally Open and Ready For Winter

to bring you back to those four days of fun at Floyd Fest. Looking forward to many snowy days of fun ahead in the winter of 2011-2012! Paul Sullivan StreamLine TimberWorks

As For the Mid-Atlantic, it looks like it will be another colder than average winter for you. The snow hole that was over the Southern Mid-Atlantic last year, D.C, Maryland and Virginia I do not expect to be here again. I expect slightly bellow average temperatures for I-95 and points east, which include the major cities of Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Richmond. This may actually be a good thing that we are not in the depth of the cold or else it may push storms farther off the coast. I also expect it to be wetter than average. So Cold & Moisture usually equals snow/Ice so expect a repeat of last year for most areas in the mid-Atlantic. That is how it looks now. Things may change! Casey

Geo/New River

Saturday September 17, 9:30 am, Red Spruce Ecosystem Restoration, Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. Join us for a day of volunteer work to help restore the red spruce ecosystem. We'll be planting red spruce seedlings as part of a landscape scale restoration effort on the National Wildlife Refuge. 9:30 am gathering and educational program followed by car pooling to the restoration work site at 10:00 am. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes or boots and bring work gloves and a water bottle. Lunch will be provided. For more information, visit www.restoreredspruce.org or call Dave Saville at 304 692-8118.

Annual Kickball Davis - 1 vs. Thomas - 4

Dear Family and Friends of Team Fresh Canvas, The 2011 Run For IT is almost here!!! Saturday, September 24, is the date for the annual run/walk in Davis to support the Garrett "Dutch" Easton Endowed Fund. Thanks to your generous support for the last 2 years, Team Fresh Canvas has raised over $12,000 and established the Dutch Easton Endowed Fund, the first fund established entirely with proceeds from the race. This fund supports the creative arts in Tucker County. We want you to join us again this year. Last year Team Fresh Canvas had almost 40 walkers and runners and we want to top that number this year. The race forms can be downloaded at www.tuckerfoundation.net. If possible, please send your registration forms in by September 15 so that a portion of the fee will go to our team. Please feel free to forward this email to anyone who you think would like to join us. Questions??? Email me. Looking forward to seeing you at the race...a good day will be had by all!!! Thanks! Glenda Easton Team Captain gleneast1@aol.com

evening rush hour on 219! Todd * Late Harvest Band reunion, "Here's to You, WV"

Larry Keel rockin' in Montana sent by Bill Love

Where I was last Sunday...and those are the mountains I had just climbed that day! Woo hoo! Your still-tired friend. Casey Rucker

All Ken had to do was leave here to go national! Casey wishing this was Whitegrass! We'll miss you all this season. We're off to Austria for the next 3 winters! Justin Wimpey

Have enjoyed all the various updates this summer on the WG web site. You might consider updating the driving directions from Norther VA considering that with the new section of Corridor H is now 45 miles long (Byrd Memorial Hiway) open that we can now make it here in less than 3 hrs (Oakton/Fairfax). We take H (US48) to the end, right on Knobley Road, left on Greenland Gap Road, up the mountain to Liberty Gas, 93 to Davis etc. Unless the weather is really bad, this is far better than through Harmon. The canyon south of Petersburg has black ice in winter. WVDOT plows Knobley and Greenland Gap as though they were main roads, which they now are. Since we owned our cabin we have not taken the Harmon route, even in dead of winter. 93 can be fun with ground blizzards, but its not bad except for the coal trucks. Ken Cremer

We were in your old territory over the weekend, still working on a section of the Great Eastern Trail.  Drove through Bergton and Criders, up German River Road to the trailhead.  We had four equestrian trail riders from Bergton (Backcountry Horseman of America), two horses, two dogs, mountain bikers (including Chris Scott) and a group of PATC trail workers, working our way over Beechlick Knob.  Some were clearing trail with chainsaws and hand tools.  I was In the measuring team, pushing a wheel and recording waypoints for an eventual guidebook. Didn't find the old schoolhouse, but one of the horse people thought it might have been the old Riggleman place? See you when the snow flies, Mark & Betty Gatewood Mount Sidney, Virginia ...Mark and Betty, We were looking over at you and we must be thinking on the same wavelength as we were checking out small trails and overlooks and doing some recon for some more trail improvements at the same time! Thanks for the help and the WG connections that we need to keep up and nurture. Love you guys and thanks to trail guru Chris as well. Good to hear of so many interests melding together! Cheers! chip

Pickers from Athens,OH * Will in Mingo,WV Joeys and Mandy Bike Shop

Pocahontas County, WV

ROYAL GORGE XC RESORT DEFAULTS ON $16.7 MILLION LOAN : A cross-country ski resort near Lake Tahoe, CA has defaulted on a $16.7 million loan, putting controversial development plans into limbo, according to published reports. Royal Gorge LLC was hit with the default notice in late June, according to Nevada County records. The resort owes the money to the Armed Forces Bank of Irvine.The resort bills itself as North America's largest cross-country ski area. It encompasses more than 2,900 acres and about 200 miles of trails and includes the historic Rainbow Lodge. Royal Gorge's managing partner Kirk Syme, a Bay Area developer, and two partners, cousins Todd and Mark Foster, paid a reported $35 million for the resort in 2005, at around the peak of the property bubble. They quickly charted a plan for 900 residential units on the property. The project was immediately unpopular among some environmentalists.Syme said in a prepared statement he's "confident we will resolve this matter with our lender." He said operations at Royal Gorge aren't affected by the default. He added that the resort's Ice Lakes Lodge is under separate ownership and isn't involved in the default.

REVISED NUMBERS SHOW LAST SEASON TO BE BEST IN HISTORY : Big Fourth of July ski crowds helped make the 2010-11 season the busiest in the U.S. industry’s history. U.S. ski areas set a new all-time record of 60.54 million skier/snowboarder visits during the 2010/11 season, according to new numbers from the final Kottke End of Season Survey. Earlier numbers had tagged last season as the country's second-best.As an illustration of the late-season surge in visits, it’s estimated that nearly 50,000 skier/snowboarder visits occurred over the July Fourth holiday alone, in which nearly a dozen ski areas were either still in operation or had reopened. This marks the second time that the ski industry has broken the 60 million visit threshold, representing a 0.6% increase from last season’s 59.8 million visits and a .1% increase from the industry’s previous record of 60.5 million visits set in 2007/08.

 

by Pete / No Frack WV

Wild Bean coffee shop in Lewisburg, WV Mill at Babcock State Park grinds grain the old-fashioned way

Historical Logging Assoc./ Bill Liebman Cass Scenic RR

Good seeing you at the concert and these are from the Blackwater Mushroom Foray. Charlie Willett

Clifftop Rocks

Augusta Workshops...Pencil In For Next Year

Saw your pic with Jorma - here is a cool one I took at Mt Jam this year - I am sure you saw a good set of Tuna. Saw Gillian Welch last week and tommrow going to see Zappa Plays Zappa and Return to Forever( Chick Corea-Stanly Clark-Al Dimeloa- Lenny White) Lots happening this summer - Ivonne and Diane Rader rafted the Upper Yough last Friday- will have to get you some pics. I have been boating the Upper more this summer but lots of bike rides with the dogs. Seems there is plenty to do this summer and I am sure I'll see more of you as we approach that magical time of fall - see ya soon Keith Strausbaugh

It is that time of year again to explore the Dolly Sods and pick some blueberries. The scenery is fantastic. We'll see it all - forests, meadows and lunch on the banks of the Red Creek. It is a strenuous hike, so be prepared for a challenge. Chef Janeen is in the test kitchen already, working on a wonderful menu! WHEN: Saturday, August 20, TIME: 9:00 WHERE: Meeting place to be determined somewhere in Canaan Valley. Space is limited on this trip, so register soon at:
For some great pictures from our 'En Plein Air' walk and our regular Saturday walk in July, go to: http://wildwonderfulwalks.com/newsletter/ See you on the trail and remember.... go outside and play today! Beth Hestick Wild & Wonderful, LLC wildwonderfulwalks.com 304-641-8144

Behold! Michael Gorrie atop Baldy

Chip's daughter Erin with Oliver, Janie, and Alex as Mainers Summer love from the Sutton's

Floyd

Tele Bruce

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." Pablo Picasso (sent by Nathan Healy)

Thanks for the photos – and for all your help and enthusiasm at the foray. We need more like you, though, of course, you are one of a kind. Hope we can do it again next year.Good seeing you! Like old times. Gary Lincoff

The hike was awesome .My thighs were sore the next day. Love and Light Gisela

Mark B. Sculptures

More and more local bear encounters indicating that UBD (Ursa Bear Disorder) is setting in from a fungus on the blueberries. Apparantly they are slowly becoming more aggresive and angry at people in the woods. Last week 12 mountain bikers were surrounded by a band of 30 mysteriously organized clan of bear that were closing in on them when...well, the rest of the story as the summer goes on and in general STAY OUT OF THE WOODS.

Another one from rocks on Rohrbaugh. You guys continue to do a fantastic job - WG is a true sanctuary - & the website has kept me going during many work hassle days. Best. Vito Seskunas

Your website was looking a little summery –so here is our after work jaunt last night (7/18/2011) Bill and Cathy Love, Glacier Nat'l Park, Montana

Well, flat feet, rain, and texting drivers notwithstanding, I'll see you in Burlington."Miles to go..."Roger Zimmerman '61...Ski buddy gives back to Univ. of Vermont

Out on Yough Lake to enjoy some kayakin' and watched this juvenile osprey try to fly out of it's nest and crash into the water below. I felt like it was in trouble so I paddled over to it and picked it up and put it on my boat. Mom and Dad were circlin' over head while I paddled him to shore. I enjoyed a PBR with him and then sent him on his way on dry land. Has to be one of my most memorable experiences in a kayak. Checked on him an hour later and he was in a tree close to the ground with the parents close by. Hope he learns to fly soon! John Regan

Thanks for joining us last week for two great outings in Otter Creek. Looking forward to the next exploration, maybe the Dunkernbarger connection you discussed. Old Growth: * Coal Run Mark and Clare Anderson

I am in Canan every so often to visit my friends who live there. Definitely cross counrty ski at White Grass in the winter. Forth of July weekend after a big storm I captured this image from on top of the mountain out side Thomas,WV by one of the windmills. Cheers, Jeff Suhanick

Winter In The Sods Thanks Dave Faunce

more old timey ski pics from John Lutz's

Mandy Sullivan Trail Mix

 

State Journal article on WG Total Snow Winner Athey Lutz...215"

Larry McNeil of the Union Pacific Railroad tests the Proctor Mountain chairlift at Sun Valley, one of the first two in the world, in December, 1936. Seventy five years ago this spring, the chairlift was invented as part of a major new ski resort in the Idaho backcountry planned by the Union Pacific Railroad and its board chairman W. Averell Harriman. The resort was named Sun Valley, and the new form of uphill transportation, which was almost passed over in the planning process, became the workhorse conveyance of ski resorts throughout the world. Ski Museum.org New Display

Eight voyagers, seven boats, one tunnel, ninety eight rapids, countless ledges, seven hundred and forty five verticle feet, thirteen miles, no swimmers....Geo Bell fanfare

RESORT SALE STALLS; BIRKEBEINER FUTURE UNCERTAIN : A deal to secure the future of the Telemark Resort, WI stalled once again, creating uncertainty for organizers of the American Birkebeiner ski race, according to published reports. The closing, scheduled for late last week, was postponed indefinitely and the parties are back to negotiating.Dick Short, a developer from Missouri, controls the property via the mortgage he holds on the lodge and roughly 1,000 acres that surrounds it. The current owners, the Telemark Interval Owners Association, closed the lodge in the fall and voted to surrender the property to Short via a friendly foreclosure.Meanwhile, Telemark Partners LLC has been negotiating to buy Telemark and renovate it into an Olympic-level training center. Mike Kocon, president of the TIOA Board of Directors, said the purchase agreement presented to his group wasn’t acceptable.Anticipating a record 9,000 skiers for the races in 2012, the Birkebeiner needs to secure permission to use the Telemark lodge and the sections of Birkebeiner trail that cross Telemark land. Without that in place, organizers would have to pursue an alternate course option.

Kenny Weiland earlier Canaan Wolf Creek Prints

Farmers love to plow snow into the fields because of its high nitrogen level, especially if there has been lightening...like last week near here, a rare event. Max Dubansky * WG Junk Page

4/3/11

top of the world glades snow profile...10" old and 14" new Sunday (4/3) mornin' * quick turns melt even quicker this time of the year * tele woods skiing fall line on day # 121

Just recently got hooked on the "heel-less" approach to skiing. Been skiing Timberline and Canaan Valley for a number of years in traditional downhill gear, but just started frequenting WG this past winter. The wife I and I are now hooked. So much so that we are gonna invest some money in some equipment so that we can continue to enjoy the bounties of Whitegrass and Dolly Sods in the coming years. My question for you is, what equipment should we look to purchase if we plan to do a significant amount of skiing "up top" in the Sods Wilderness. I know traditional cross-country skis are great for newbies like us, but will they be as effective in un-groomed wilderness? Thanks again for a great winter this past year! Cheers, Paul Watson

It’s amazing how much snow we have at Bolton right now. Our weather pattern has been very consistent for the last week and it’s more comparable to early February than late March! There is a great base of snow and with about 12? of new snow this week on top of the base the skiing is awesome. The normal spring time obstacles are non existent at this point– NO stream crossings and NO ribbons of snow on the trail. It’s just plain old boring great skiing! We want to encourage everyone for get up to this mountain for a couple more skis. Base: 23° Snowfall Average Base Depth: 20-45" * Summit: 19° Last 24 Hours: 1-2" * Last 7 Days: 8-11" * Primary Surface: Packed Powder/ Powder Season Total: 318"

Goldenseal WV Heritage * Eastern Cougar Extinct Mad River and NATO

Rush Blady

back yard exploring can be very inexpensive and life altering chip

Bob Weir signed WG map thanks to Tim Avanzato... Time at WG is special no matter what the weather and snow conditions are. Ted Conwell

... the next generation of skiers and they rip! Sarah Deacon

Chinese Painting from Margaret Todd Diehl

Curtis / Sinks Area,WV Dec 2010

Morgan and I are living here in Bangkok for this and the next school year (then the girl is done w/ schoolin')...will be home in the summers...wanted to let you know that the Whitegrass website is my life link to WV...so thank you very very much....and that the winds of seasonal change are a comin', hustled in by a fine mushrooming season. You and your family look happy. Good. Awesome! Lots of love and smiles, April

black and white skiing in canaan 1950's from John Lutz collection

Hi Chases! Saw online that you were finally getting on the rivers in WV… thought I would share some pictures from my recent canoe trips. I’ve been down the Murray River, Australia three times now… I’m loving every minute of my time on the water and hope you are too! Glad to see Whitegrass had a great season again. Kate Preston / Outside The Valley

For SAle It’s a new, energy efficient house with 1.5 acres, just a few miles from White Grass. call 304.704.8148 or email vicki.fenwick@gmail.com

This is the most beautiful valley/canyon in West Virginia!!! Sure, the New River Gorge is bigger, wider, and deeper, but the SBP definitely wins on scenic beauty and unspoiled wilderness. The cliffs are spectacular, and one has a spring at the base that comes out of apparently solid rock to fall about 30 feet to the river---very special! The tributaries are very scenic, as well---sometimes only one foot wide, dropping over smooth bedrock at about 1000 feet-per-mile in tiny little glens---fantastic!! Once, I floated under a rather large and astoundingly muscular brown eagle, only about 60 feet away; another time, a smaller bald eagle flew by me, also about 60 feet away. Allowing some time to hike would be a very good idea. In summation, this is the best river trip in West Virginia, and everyone should do it at least once, and I hope it stays this wild and unspoiled forever. I want to come back soon. Robert Farmer

Margo Young for sending lost cell phone Sepp helped build the original ski area that we use in 1959-60

He's been working on this project for over a year now. Ryan Harding and I should help him finish it by December. caleboconnor.com Love to all and to all a Good Night. Sean Conroy

I like it here skiing is a religion! Our first time in the arctic. Great snow! Norge. Jeff and Margaret Todd

I just wanted to send you a quick thank you note on the Smoke Hole trip. Kara and I had lots of fun and we were really appreciative of all the supervision for us river newbies. pics I took of folks going through landslide. I also took one nice photo of our campfire under the nighttime stars. What a beautiful night we had in that gentle little valley.I hope we see you again some time this summer. As usual, we will be hiking around the hills. Marc Shaffer

Last year's chef Chip has moved to the Research Center in the American Southwest to cook and study natural history...birding is really big there

My philosophy of life is basically to live life. Do what you do, love what you do, and don't listen to naysayers," says Dereck "Chip" Williams, 23, from Duluth, Minn. (on npr website)

Snowy Range, Wyoming, May 1, 2011. Is it Spring yet? Mark Thomas

Suttons Strike Again/ Smoke Hole Canyon WV

PENNSYLVANIA RESORTS INVESTING IN INFRASTRUCTURE THIS SUMMER Whitetail Resort, PA plans to invest $2.8 million in infrastructure this summer, a sign of the optimism that follows a successful 2010-2011 season. Capital projects include new fan guns and lighting on a popular intermediate trail, as well as acquiring all new adult rental skis and boots and 600 brand new adult snowboards. Other improvements include air conditioning in the Marketplace dining area, a loading carpet on the EZ Rider Quad Lift, the expansion of the ski and snowboard check, and the addition of a second outdoor patio with heated pavers. Whitetail has also expanded its services with the creation of a Special Events Department that will cover the rental of its facilities and catering for banquets, weddings, and other large gatherings.Roundtop Mountain Resort is also investing over the summer. The Skytrac Quad is replacing an old double chair; new footings have been poured. It also added the Canopy Crawl to its Mountain Adventures package activities. It is a log structure that extends over a pond and incorporates nets, swinging bridges and log crossings. Roundtop has also added a new component at its ropes course. The challenge structure has four high elements, a “Pamper pole” and a 402-foot zip line that goes over a pond.

VERMONT, NEW HAMPSHIRE REPORT STRONG SEASON RESULTS: In what was the third snowiest season on record, Vermont ski resorts saw a substantial rebound in snowfall and consumer confidence. The Vermont Ski Areas Association announced last week that the state's ski resorts recorded 4,365,906 visits for the 2010-11 season, marking the best year since 2004-05 and maintaining Vermont’s ranking as the third-largest ski state in the country, behind only Colorado and California. “Amid the lingering effects of the recession, the ski and ride industry once again proved its resilience as a cornerstone of Vermont’s economy, bringing rooms & meals tax revenues 5% ahead of last season’s expenditures and generating 6.5% more in sales tax revenues for the winter months,” said Parker Riehle, VSAA president. Neighboring New Hampshire also had a good winter with abundant snowfall and favorable weather. The state’s alpine and cross-country ski areas hosted more than 2.6 million skier, snowboarder and snowtubing visits, according to numbers released last week by Ski New Hampshire. Alpine ski areas recorded a total of 2,355,100 skier and snowboarder visits, up 5.6% from the winter of 2009-10, making it the third best on record for skier visits, just missing the state's all-time record of 2,366,706 in 2007/08. Cross-country areas also had a successful winter, hosting 167,161 visits, up 14.8% from the 2009-10 winter. Areas with snowtubing parks reported 118,448 snowtubing visits, up 12.4% from previous season.

Colorado was a great family vacation. Good hiking and camping. I'm here in Texas at this time on a fire assignment. It's only 103 degrees. I miss winter. Stay cool, Kevin ( a week's worth above 80 this summer with 83 the hottest here along with 46" rain so far in can rain valley, wet virginia)

Nate @ Rocky Mtn Nat'l Park and the Wasatch of Utah. Hope all Is Well. Richard Peterson-Cremer Legislative Director Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance

Our pal Scott made it up/downDenali www.climbalaska.org

14 days up, and 3 days down. About -20 F on the summit, plus 20-30 kt winds for a windchill of about -50 F. Here are some photos from the journey, and the top. Thanks to all of you for your well wishes before, during, and after the expedition. It was amazing! Slide show @ WG?  You got it.  I was planning to put one together anyway.  I have to tell you, those mountain snowshoe treks with heavy pack, after skiing all day, and then camping up on the mountain were the perfect training for this.  (Along with the self-arrest practice over at Timberline.)  It was an incredible experience...My only regret is that I missed the Highland Sky race.....!!I'll be in touch again soon.....as soon as I get the pictures downloaded and such.  I even had my Whitegrass headband at the summit, but I had removed it on the football field at 19,500, and replaced it with a thick balaclava.  My plan was to get a shot with the word 'Whitegrass' at the summit, but it was too gnarly up there to mess around.....we were on top less than 5 minutes, and there was a lot of traffic coming up behind us, so the guide (Nate) wanted to get us out of there quick. But it was out of this world!  About the coolest thing I have ever done!  Thanks so much for following along, I love you guys!  I'll be in touch very soon, Scott

TCT

We were in Canaan Valley for the weekend and hung a gift for you on the inner door in the XC ski center. A small thanks for good skiing conditions and nice atmosphere this season (and also the 2007 season). We are moving back to Norway in a couple of weeks, but we all hope to be back some time. We wish you good luck with the coming season. Best regards, Lars-Erik Borge

Scotty Butz

thanks for being an awesome ride leader again chippy! good times for sure and good trail work on the new "heart of the highlands" trail system. the awesome glenda hooked up everyone on the big ride with lunch, it was so cool and people were so stoked. sirrianis with pizza for the trailworkers, hellbender's helped sell glasses, hypno gathering, mtnstatebrewco, etc. seems to be all about the give here. team tucker! some photos i took * other cool ones from a rider in gaithersburg * a neat gps track of the adventure ride: Todd

Hi Chipper... great to hear from you. Just got back from teaching on Hood for a long weekend. Huge snow still there and some great skiing 2 days with one day of rain. We had a guy there from WV too!  Maurice (I think). Just learning but really keen. Nils Short New Concept ALTAI Skis Here's a few photo's from a pre, Mammut meeting trip to the Trentino region of Italy. Got on some very nice via feratta! Doug Reilly

My Mom just found these postcards sent to her by her father in 1956, and I thought you might be interested in seeing and sharing them.  He worked for the WVa Dept of Highways and was staying in Wordens Hotel in Davis (which is the subject of one of the cards)while working in the area.  I think that hotel burned, but am unsure.  The other card was captioned "Skiing at Cabin Mountain near Davis, W. Va."  Is this the old rope tow at WG?  I don't quite recognize the terrain. (rope tow is on the State Park near the present ski area) Bill Berlin

Harley Cahen

Omnitrak® Waxless Base The Omnitrak® waxless base is used on Madshus Cross Country Downhill skis. Engineered with five zones, the Omnitrak® base uses round, spaced scales in transition zones for a smoother, more efficient glide and sharp, tight scales underfoot for maximum grip. With its rounded transition shapes and positive edge setting, the Omnitrak® base provides optimal climbing versatility and a smooth turn on firmer snow. (our favorite @ WG)

s These rare amd unusual plants and animals can be found locally by those off the beaten track. Glade Spurge (Euphorbia Purpurea), an Endangered Species from the Eastern USA. Alder Leafed Buckthorn The stipules at the base of the petioles, which are a diagnostic feature of this plant. Jacob's Ladder, Polemonium reptans, Phlox family.The common name of Polemonium reptans refers to the pairs of opposite leaflets on the compound leaves, which supposedly resemble a series of steps on a ladder in a dream by the biblical Joseph * Largest Salamander is the Eastern Hellbender and I have heard they can be seen at night in the Dry Fork downstream of the Jenningston Bridge.

Thought you'd enjoy this comparison showing the HUGE late season snowpacks in the West....(Utah june '07, june '11 ) Richard Peterson-Cremer

I was up there bonkin' around the day after memorial day. Spent the night in the pine grove on Big Stonecoal. Been a favorite site for years. I'd like to ski there some day. Anyhoo - enjoy. I'll send more later. Bruce

 

Gini, Betsy, and Diana rode 328 miles thru WV in three weeks on the Allegheny Trail

Some times ground fog accomplishes what most painters would have great difficulty accomplishing. Joe Henry

Kurt and Sarah want to move closer to Canaan....

Well Chip, I think the season might finally be over...maybe. Linds and I headed up north to ski Tuck's with some friends two weeks ago and had quite a fun outing. Richard Peterson-Cremer (WG bandana makes it to the top)

Tom Allen, WV artist, passed away last August Skiing at Tuckerman's Ravine * Mt Wahington NH webcam

Hey Chipper, we are finally going to do it. We are on track for our departure for Bermuda Kent Island to Bermuda May 15-22 Bermuda to Kent Island June 10-17 Craig Holberger

one of my favorite Chapel Hill bands Southern Culture on the Skids and they aren't coming my way but they are coming yours! June 2 Mtn State Brewing Brian (WOW! SUPER GREAT!)

Cross country skiing and snowshoeing are the top forms of aerobic recreational activities. And aerobic activities have been found to promote mental health, boost energy, improve sleep, relieve tension and stress, and combat anxiety and depression. There is a real proven link between physical fitness and mental health and well-being. We should get moving on this! Roger Lohr

Just got back from a fantastic trip to the 10th Mountain and Uncle Buds Huts in Colorado. Here are a couple of pix, one from the top of Homestake Peak and the other a panorama from Uncle Bud's Hut. Remember .... go outside and play today! Beth Wild Wonderful Walks

My goal next year is to ski Whitegrass at least 5 weekends. The February NATO clinic was the highlight of my Winter and I have a placeholder on my calendar already for next year. Thanks for all you do up there in God's country. Steve Sanderford

Thanks for hooking my sister up with some skis. She really enjoyed meeting. She skied WG about 10 yrs ago but didn’t have the opportunity to meet you and it was a bright spot in her day. Being from Oregon, she was glad meet lots of like minded people. She’ll be back. Thanks and hopefully I’ll see you this weekend for some turns. Scott C. Williams

Hey Ski Daddy, Good see’n you and your posse, and what a posse it was. Thanks for the heads up about the tree in the river! Hope the rest of your float was awesome. Saw 2 eagles in hot pursuit of a duck just upstream of a Petersburg yesterday. Petty incredible. I’ve got a soft spot for the underdog so I hope the duck was able to dust them, even though I know the eagles we just doing what they’ve got to do. Be good and we’ll most likely see you when the days start getting shorter.pick of Elizabeth in ID this past winter. I’ll send you some Smokey Smokehole pics when I get my paws on’m. Kelly

Kevin Moore! Stories of folks finding these yummies all over the place these days! Margo Young for sending lost cell phone

Ken Mauck thanking us for letting him work for us yet it is the other way around * where'd it go?

We are looking for places where people can demo Altai Skis them and possibly buy them as well. Look at it and let me know if you are interested, your place would be great to have on our list. Nils

Howdy Whitegrassers! Chip, Todd and rest of the friendly WG peeps, I must apologize for sucking all your webcam bandwidth over the past few weeks. I'm addicted to watching Ullr's frosty grip clench down upon the valley, and must check that thing 30 times a day. So sorry to have missed Jack Frost, as we had so much fun in previous years, but we're heading West tonight to make up for lost time. Had to sort through my pics from last year to get the stoke started, and attached a few to share. Can't wait to start the season with you guys--it's amazing what a few special people with the right mindset, a valley seemingly transplanted out of Canada, and a bit of powder can do to a man. See you on the trails! Peace and powder, Eric

A great twist of fate – having wanted to learn how to telemark for many years as a novice cross country skier and learned from a telemarking maniac – my kids’ buddies Dad – Chuck Mann here in Baltimore- whom I knew was big into the sport told me about you guys when I asked (“you’ll love it - its owned by an old hippie”) – and each year for the last three my family extended family go to the Timberline area and rent a house around xmas and it appears you all are just around the corner-
So my long winded introduction to ask – is it possible to get a “gift certificate” from you all to give my mom and sis in law for a lesson and ticket for at least one of the days we are there? If not I’ll just come over when we get there and get tickets from you guys for all of us. Looking forward to the trip – especially now –Thanks David Blalock

My friends in Baltimore who haven"t yet made the trek keep asking what's so great...the scenery, the trails and the ambiance of the cafe/lodge. Peter, Myra and Paulina

Sounds like you had a rockin' season. After a Jan-Feb dry spell we are having a late la Niña and some lift-served areas will go through May and well into June. Backcountry easily past July 4th. I just got back from a trip to the Italian Alps... life dream but low snow-- better skiing here. My kids dug your place and I will bring them back sometime when things are more sane. Whenever that is! It's a ways ahead, but I just looked up one of my favorite Chapel Hill bands- Southern Culture on the Skids (www.scots.com) and they aren't coming my way but they are coming yours. June 2nd in Thomas at the Mtn State Brewing Co. Check 'em out if you you don;t already know 'em! As always, you & yours are most welcome here. I live right on Lake Washington so we could ski in the morning and boat/sail in the afternoon! Best to all, Brian

Thom Perkins (Jackson XC) touts that the most important factor to xc skiing is NOT snow…it is land!