Hours of Operation
9:00 a.m. - Dark-Thirty 7 Days a week, all winter long. We do not close due to snow. Trails close at dark. Open December-March and Catering only in Summer
Rates: Area Use Fee: Adults $20 / Kids (under12) $5 XC Rentals: Weekday: $20 Weekend/Holiday: $20 / Backcountry: $30 Telemark :$38 / Skating: $25 / Snowshoes w/ Poles:$15 / Kids $5 Pulk (pull behind) Sled $5/day Season Pass: Adult: $140-person, $250 couple Children: $40 Ski School: Mini: $6...the basics in 15 minutes Group: $15...a full hour long Telemark: $25 / Skating: $25
Weekday GROUP RATES : Rental $10.00 - Lesson $8.00 - Area Use $12.00 - Reservations are required
Weekend/Holiday GROUP RATES : Rental $15.00 - Lesson $10.00 Area Use $15.00 - Reservations req'd / 10 days advance
Our Ski Sales Shop: We sell new as well as used about every type of ski, boot, binding, pole, and needed accessories such as skins and various base care products. Hats we have by the hundreds; gaiters, simple fleece with White Grass logos, gloves, mittens, eye care, and a bunch of other nordic stuff. We invite you to try most all of it in our rental fleet and remember we have a buy once trade for free kids ski package that gets kids started young and affordable.
We allow pooches on Timberline, Cross Cut, and Hawthorne which lead to Forest Road 80 and the Dolly Sods.
NO DOGS IN MAIN PARKING LOT! PLEASE USE THE CORNER "DUMPSTER" PARKING LOT AND STAY OFF THREE MILE, SPRINGER, etc.
White Grass Ski School
Our instruction is fun, exciting, and helpful. For skiers starting out, lessons are just what you need to get on the right foot and can save lots of later on suffering . Amazing variety in terrain awaits out the door. Skate, Tele, Backcountry, Mini Lessons, we want to help you master the mountain. Flex your ankles a lot and keep your head up and hands mellow relaxed at your side.
5 km of snowfence and driftlines are maintained adjacent to the Lodge with a vertical rise of almost 400 feet. Catching greater amounts of snowfall, these practice loops and teaching areas usually assure skiing possibilities December-March. We shovel snow if needed to patch our snowfarm. We move madmax fence sections to fill up the fields with snow when the wind blows. Our location combined with our techniques usually captures tons of fresh natural snow in a zero carbon footprint.
Go anywhere you want to go. Please walk to one side of our xc trails as your tracks may chop things up. We feature the MSR brand for most of our rentals. We have some snowshoe only trails that lead to some scenic areas. Rent, demo, or buy snowshoes here.
Guided High Country Tours
Because deeper snows and cooler conditions prevail in our highest northfacing mountains, we do offer special treks into these areas. Instruction as well as local lore fill an afternoon of adventure. Winter in Canaan Valley
XC exploration is fun nearby at Canaan Valley and Blackwater Falls State Park as well as Timberline Ski Area and the Monongahela National Forest. Many choices of routes nearby, creating one of the finest Nordic network of trails with well over 100 km of XC trails locally. Check out the amazing local topography through the maps below.
Mountain in Canaan Valley * Home to our Nation's 500th Nat'l Wildlife
45 trails over 50 km
1200 vertical: 3236 '- 4436'
Annual precipitation: 53", almost an inch per week
Average Snowfall: 160", over 13 feet
Mean Annual Temperature: 44 degrees F
Average January Temperature: 23 degrees F
Coldest Temperature: -24 degrees F
Warmest Temperature Ever: 95 degrees F
Average Skiable Days on the shady side at 4000' -- 95
Best Skiing: mid January - early March...it can be 50 or 20 below on any day in winter. Sorry, if it was colder none of us could afford to live here...this is not Utah. We get rain.
What to do when you're wondering why you're here and the snow stinks or is non existent...telemark ski, night ski, nordic ski on manmade snow, sniff out snow way up high, ice skate, sled run, tube, try snowshoeing, horseback ride, mountain bike, hike, cave, rock climb, backcountry drive, paddle, visit nature centers and state park facilities, explore the tourist info office, trade and demo xc gear, climb olson tower, enjoy a cafe and shop a store, enjoy artist galleries, please stop in for ideas from some experts and enjoy a ski video and great music... many great indoor things that make getaways a good time. Experience the amazing Purple Fiddle or Mountain State Brewing Company, or many of the other fine local establishments. Be thankful we're in the mountains.
WG loco topo map of no dead ends - By Mary Ann and Alex Honcharik
Maps : Black and White White Grass trail Topo(1/13/11) - White Grass Trails - Canaan Valley - XC Topo Map from Fish and Wildlife Service - White Grass Topo * Maps color-key - Sods North West - Sods North East - Roaring Plains - Dolly Sods North West - Dolly Sods North East - Dolly Sods South East - Dolly Sods South West - Roaring Plains-west - Roaring Plains-east * '08 White Grass topo * Sods North'08 * WG and the Sods Map'08
FREE TRADE CROSS COUNTRY SKIS FOR KIDS: $250.00. Buy once and get a no charge trade up until adult sizes and then another $100 or $150. Our soft, short and wide kid's skis have step in NNN Jr. boots and bindings. Like a free Christmas present every year.
RENTAL/DEMO GEAR FOR SALE: Short-wide ski packages start at $325.00 with our NNNBC boots and Leki aluminum poles.
BACKCOUNTRY GEAR: Demo and bargain for a pair of skis and boots that upgrade your present gear. Everything Must Go!
Safety and Emergency Procedures
Check posted trail conditions and weather forecast.
Dress warmly in layered clothing, protect your extremities and be aware of the onset of darkness or stormy weather.
Carry water and snacks, a compass, avoid skiing too far.
Stay on terrain well within your abilities as a skier.
IF INJURED: Stay calm. If possible don't leave injured skier alone. Keep them warm. Check their location on a map. Send for help. First aid will be dispatched. Call 304 866-4114 or 911
COUNTRY PHONE NUMBERS
...in West Virginia (304)
Canaan Valley State Park 866-4121
Timberline Ski Area 866-4801
Blackwater Falls State Park 259-5216
Elk River Touring 572-3771
Monongahela National Forest 636-1800
...in Maryland (301)
Herrington Manor/Swallow Falls 334-9180
Meadow Mountain/New Germany 895-5453
Savage River Lodge 689-3200
...in Pennsylvania (717):
Crystal Lake 584-2698 Hidden Valley 800-458-0175
Nemacolin Woods 800- 422-2736 * Blue Knob 800 458-3403
Discover why Cross Country Skiing is one of the most wonderful lifetime winter sports. Besides being healthy and challenging, it burns up very little of our world's resources. Our ski area's electric bill averages less than yours at home. Guess who's burnin' up all the energy in this sport...Cheers! Chip, Laurie, and the WG staff