Whitegrass Events

Fall Weekend Trail Help - 9 am 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. Try to email us so as to plan better. Nice way to give back to the mountains.

November 29, 2015 Evergreen Wreath Making Workshop - Join us for an afternoon of fun learning how to make your own holiday wreath. Bring a hand pruner 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 david.saville12@gmail.com

December 5, 2015 34th 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 nonperishable goodie and we'll add that to the whole shebang! Sunday brunch rounds out the weekend.

Dec. 20 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 3, 2016 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 9 Winter Trails Day 2016 - Free lessons, area use, and clinics 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 10 Snowshoe Discovery Tour - 10 am Join Dave Saville Learn about the high elevation red spruce ecosystem and the Central Appalachian Spruce Restoration Initiative (CASRI). CASRI is a partnership of diverse interests with a common goal of restoring historic red spruce-northern hardwood ecosystems across the high elevation landscapes of Central Appalachia. It is comprised of private, state, federal, and non-governmental organizations which recognize the importance of this ecosystem for its ecological, aesthetic, recreational, economic, and cultural values. Red spruce forests once dominated the highest elevations of West Virginia, covering as much as one million acres. Extensive logging in the late 1800s and early 1900s reduced much of the mature forest in the Appalachians, including the red spruce-dominated stands. Today only about 29,600 acres of high elevation red spruce forests remain in the State.

Jan 16 - 17 NATO Telemark Workshop - 9 am Vermont's Dickie Hall and staff come to WG with down to earth cross country downhill instruction. This course will likely leave you with a new bright direction in your skiing. 

Jan. 18 MLK Day Snowshoe Discovery Tour - 10 am Join Lauren Merrill, AmeriCorp member who will share the interesting winter weather in Canaan Valley and how the mountains play a role in the meteorological patterns. 

Jan 22 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 23 Women's Wonderful Weekend - 9am to 3 pm 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.

Jan 24 Snowshoe Discovery Tour - 10 am Join Forester Amy Cimarolli with high elevation northern hardwoods and red spruce forest winter tree/shrub identification. Learn to identify woody species by twigs, buds, bark, form, fruits/nuts, plus feel, taste and smell.

Jan 24 Twenty Five Km Mountain State Marathon - 1 pm A rolling long course or settle for a shortened version. Kid's classes and well groomed for classic or skate. $20 entry fee. Sweet prizes along with website photos making you look like a champ.

Jan 30 Kids Clinic and bb biathlon 9:30 am - noon For Ages 6‐10 Both beginner and experienced kids will have fun playing games and learning new skills. 1 pm optional bb biathlon has 3 targets, 9 shots, and everyone wins!

Jan 31 5 Km Snowshoe Walk/Run - 11 am 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!

Feb 2 Our Ground Hog's Day Ski - 9 am 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 6 - 7 NATO Telemark Adventure Tour - 9 am Guided instructional tours into the Dolly Sods and surrounding area with NATO staff.

Feb 7 Parent Child Clinic - 10am to noon 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.

Feb 7 Snowshoe Discovery Tour – 10 am Local ornithologist Casey Rucker will take you to a variety of locations where birds find food and shelter when the snow flies.

Feb 7 bb biathlon - 1pm 3 targets, 9 shots, everyone wins, adults are encouraged to ski and shoot.

Feb 15 President's Day Snowshoe Discovery Tour - 10 am Join Becca Ferry, AmeriCorp member while seeking tracks and other signs of local winter wildlife.

Feb 20 bb biathlon - 1 pm 3 targets, 9 shots, everyone wins, adults encouraged to ski and shoot.

Feb 27 Women's Wonderful Weekend - 9am to 3 pm 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.

Feb 28 Snowshoe Discovery Tour - 10 am Join Master Naturalists Bruce and Andy Dalton as they talk about how Canaan animals survive the winter.

Feb 28 Skiathon Fund Raiser for Mtn Laurel Learning Coop...start 3 pm, 1hour, 2 lap distances (one for older kids and one for younguns). Pledge forms soon to be arriving....

March 5 - 6 Ski Patrol Nordic Ski Skills Clinic - 9 am Sharpen your cross-country skills on groomed and ungroomed surfaces. Learn and improve off-piste telemark skills. Option to explore on snowshoes. Open to all ski patrollers, nordic and alpine, beginners and experienced, candidates and old-timers. Glide and climb with other patrollers. PSIA instructors. Bring a compass. Contact Penny Dimler, penny01new@gmail.com.

Mar 6 Natural History 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.

March 6 bb biathlon championship - 1 pm 3 targets, 9 shots, everyone wins, adults are encouraged to ski and shoot.

Hash Hound Harriers ski hash schedule announced as they are determined.

Full Moon Skiing Trips are around each month's lunar glare Dec 25, Jan 24, Feb 22, and Mar 23. We usually head out around 7:30 pm. Good snow, surprising visibility, mysterious sense of control.

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