Whitegrass Events

Fall Weekend Trail Help * Plan on every November sat/sun with bridge building, glade clearing, ditch digging, downfalls, brushing, and overall tuning of the trails. We will provide lunch and follow up snacks and goodies at day’s end. Starts at 9 am yet we leave radios and directions if later on. Please email us about your plans, nice way to give back to the mountains.

November 30, 2014 Evergreen Wreath Making Workshop - Join us for an afternoon of fun learning how to make your own holiday wreath. Bring a hand prunner and any decorations or adornments you'd like to add to your wreath. We'll have all the materials you'll need including a variety of firs to construct your very own piece of artwork. We'll get started at 1pm and be around all afternoon. If needed contact Dave Saville daves@labyrinth.net

December 6 2014 33rd Annual Jack Frost Celebration - Help open up the season in honor of one our favorite snowy characters. Bring a dish to share Saturday eve and we will provide the refreshments. We are making a community monetary donation matching all jack frost celebration and beer tips to our Tucker County Food Bank. Join in and bring a non perishable goodie and we'll add that to the whole shebang! Sunday brunch rounds out the weekend.

Dec. 21 Snowshoe Discovery Tour 1 pm - A natural history snowshoe walk with Chip Chase as he shares his knowledge about the climate, forest type, and geology of the area. Enjoy a short streamside jaunt that lasts about an hour and covers around a mile of easy rolling terrain.

Jan 1 2015 New Year's Day Carefree Snowshoe Tour - 10 am Your chance to appreciate the simple beauty of snowshoeing. Natural history and local lore are featured.

Jan 3 Kids Clinic 10:00 ‐2 pm For Ages 6‐10 Morning session from 9:30‐11:30. Both beginner and experienced kids will have fun playing games, learning new skills and eating a delicious lunch from the White Grass Café. BB Biathlon 3 PM

Jan 4 Parent's Kids Clinic Morning session from 10:00-­11:00 Ski lessons for our littlest skiers! Parents and children ages 3-5. What does every skiing parent want for their children? Good health, happiness, and of course a love of skiing. We'll engage your youngest skier in games and activities that will make them beg you to go skiing again. Plus parents will learn how to play skill-­based games with your little ones. BB Biathlon 1 PM

Jan 4 Snowshoe Discovery Tour:  10 am Natural History A natural history snowshoe walk with Chip Chase as he shares his knowledge about the climate, forest type, and geology of the area. Enjoy a short streamside jaunt that lasts about an hour and covers around a mile of easy rolling terrain.

Jan 10 Women's Winter Ski Day Refresh or pick up some new ski techniques. Instruction available for all types of skiers and experience levels from track and skate techniques to downhill control and telemark turns. Lunch included. 9 am -3 pm.

Jan 10 Winter Trails Day - Free lessons/clinics and rentals to all first time interested skiers or snowshoers. XC lessons every hour and a 10 am and 2 pm clinic on types of snowshoes, clothing, basic techniques, and outdoor winter snow travel followed by a natural history tour on snowshoes into our neighboring National Wildlife Refuge.

Jan 11Winter Tree Identification with Mimi : During this 10 am walk we’ll look at the trees growing at White Grass and Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Come learn how to identify trees after their leaves have fallen in addition to checking out the numerous conifers on the property. Mimi is an AmeriCorps member currently serving at Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

Jan 17 - 18 NATO Telemark Workshop Vermont's Dickie Hall and staff come to WG with down to earth telemark instruction. This course will likely leave you with a new bright direction in your skiing.

Jan 18 5 Km Snowshoe Walk/Run - 11 am (earlier start time) Well organized by Helvetia, WV distance runner Dan Lehmann this event features a rolling course full of prizes and fun. Snowshoe rentals available for $8. Race costs $5!

Jan 19 MLK Day Snowshoe Discovery Tour - 10 am with Chip Chase, owner of White Grass and lifelong outdoorsman sharing his knowledge of the area. Included is a history of the relationship with Fish and Wildlife Service and the formation of the Refuge here.

Jan 22 - 23 West Virginia Special Olympics Winter Games - Gathered are racers from three states, parents, coaches, volunteers, and helpers. This event will give back tenfold what is put in!

Jan 25 25K Mountain State Marathon - 1 pm This rolling course never gives you a needed break or settle for a shortened version. Kid's classes, and great prizes. $20 entry fee. Fully groomed for classic or skate, sweet prizes, website splatter and personal glory.

Jan 25 Snowshoe Discovery Tour - 10am Year-round Birds of Canaan Valley: Most local bird species only make their home in Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge during the spring, summer and fall. Only a few hardy species call our area their year-round home. Join local ornithologist Casey Rucker as we celebrate these birds, plus try to spot any winter visitors, on an easy walk on snowshoes or foot, weather depending. We may identify some animal tracks along the way.

Jab 31 - Feb 1 NATO Telemark Adventure Tour Guided instructional tours into the Dolly Sods and surrounding area with NATO staff.

Feb 1 Conservation, Management and Restoration of High Elevation Forests in the Central Appalachians. Stewardship Manager Mike Powell of The Nature Conservancy will explore the trails of white grass and share with you an update on current activities associated with protecting high elevation forests for future generations. This walk will cover high elevation forests such as spruce forests found in Canaan Valley and dry oak forests found in the Ridge and Valley areas to the east and how these forests provide benefits to wildlife and people.

Feb 2 Our Ground Hog's Day Ski -9am Our annual trek in search for clues to the rest of winter never seems to end. Full day backcountry journeys usually have no route in mind and end up lost.

Feb 7 Parent's Kids Clinic Ski lessons for our littlest skiers. Parents and children ages 3-5. Morning session from 10:00-­11:00. What does every skiing parent want for their children? Good health, happiness, and of course a love of skiing. We'll engage your youngest skier in games and activities that will make them beg you to go skiing again. Plus parents will learn how to play skill-­based games with your little ones. BB Biathlon 1 PM

Feb 7 Women's Winter Ski Day Refresh or pick up some new ski techniques. Instruction available for all types of skiers and experience levels from track and skate techniques to downhill control and telemark turns. Lunch included. 9 am -3 pm.

Feb 8 Snowshoe Discovery Tour – 10am join Mimi, an AmeriCorps currently serving at Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, and take a quick stroll through White Grass and Refuge property while learning about the formation of the Refuge, the local ecology, and some fun tree facts along the way.

Feb 8 Kids Clinic 9:30‐2 pm For Ages 6‐10 Morning session from 9:30‐11:30. Both beginner and experienced kids will have fun playing games, learning new skills and eating a delicious lunch from the White Grass Café. BB Biathlon 3 PM

Feb 16 President's Day Snowshoe Discovery Tour - 10 am with Chip Chase, owner of White Grass and lifelong outdoorsman sharing his knowledge of the area as well as the history of the relationship with the Fish and Wildlife Service and the formation of the Refuge here.

Feb 22 Snowshoe Discovery Tour: 10 am "Winter Bird Habitats: Ever wonder how birds survive the winter in frozen climates? Local ornithologist Casey Rucker will take you to a variety of locations where birds find food and shelter when the snow flies. We may identify some animal tracks along the way. The walk will be easy whether on snowshoes or foot, weather depending."

Full Moon Skiing Trips are around each month's lunar glare Dec 6, Jan 5, Feb 3, Mar 5. We usually head out around 7:30 pm. Good snow, suprising visibility, mysterious sense of control.

Discovery Tours of the past: GPS mapping skills, historic highlights of Canaan, winter photography, ecosystems beneath our feet, public lands, red spruce restoration, the northern flying squirrel, snow morphology, local railroad history, and animal tracking.

Will Announce Hash Harrier Events as they pop up

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