The Place By Paul Zimmer from Crossing to Sunlight Revisited 2007
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2017-18 SKIABLE DAYS: 3 * W/50 KM: 1 TOTAL SNOW: 11 Oct 11 Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May
Purple Fiddle Do NOT Misses: Art Spring Benefit Nov 18 * D&E College Appalachian Ensemble Dec 1 * Suitcase Junket Dec 7 * Miss Tess Dec 16 * The Black Lillies Dec 17 * Yarn Dec 28 * Dangermuffin Dec 29 * Company Stores Dec 31* David Wax Museum Feb 3 * Sol Driven Train Feb 9
Weekend Trail Helpers: We meet at 9 am every sat/sun in Nov. breaking into crews with different missions. Usually return to the lodge for a hot cafe lunch, regroup, and head out for the afternoon. We usually have staff at the lodge and radios/phones and can find us anytime you show up. We have lots of tools yet if you have some of your favorites, mark them with your name and bring them along. Tele glades are always needing love! Thanks in advance and see you on the trails giving back to the mountain.
Appreciate all the hard work and high exercise levels to Harry and Laura, Walter, Dick, Jeanne and Jim, Kobi and Tim, Kevin, Jess, Robbie, Todd, Eddie, Ed, Chip, Redman, Kevin and Michele, Max and Kim, Gina, Bill and Hillary, Paul Hess (w/ Sam, Avery, and Charlie), Bert and Robert, Kevin, Randy, Lang and Chrissy, Sarah and Nathan, Zach, Stro in the shop and Dave with wrenches. 168 hours and 370 so far this fall... we covered the Ashram, Upper Springer, Heartland, NATO Breakfat Bowl, Gandalfs, and lots in between.
THANK YOU Ed, Kevin, Dick, Bruce, George, Cindy, Krissy, Bert, little Robert, Frank, Keith, Phoebe, Adam, Robbie, Todd, Chip, Harry, Mike, and Ron this past weekend where we covered a lotta ground and over 94 man hours of trail improvement in one weekend
The cold, dry air mass I mentioned several days ago is still on schedule to sweep over the WV high ground Saturday evening with strong winds. Conditions continue to look like "slim pickens" for snowfall from this event. Unusually dry, stable air behind the cold front will limit the upslope/Lake-flake machine to an inch or less late Saturday night into Sunday. Winds could gust to 50 to 60 MPH late Saturday afternoon as the front sweeps through and temperatures begin falling. I am watching next Thanksgiving week for any potential snow events as there will be episodes of below freezing air. I will update you if I see anything significant on the horizon. Your Fearless Canaan Weatherman 11/16 8 am
I want to thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule as the Washington Post's chief weather editor to add Davis, WV to the paper's daily regional weather/temperature map per my recommendation. Your paper is read world-wide! The addition of Davis, a true Allegheny Plateau high country town (3,100 ft. elevation), adds a new dimension to your paper's weather page, giving reader's knowledge of the typically vastly different weather that's occurring in the mountains only 125 miles due west of the city (as the crow flies), where the vast majority of the paper's readers travel for local mountain recreation year-round. Also, I couldn't believe how you made the change happen in only 2 days from my request! Thanks again!!! Robert Leffler
Canaan gets twice the snowfall of Buffalo, 44 mean average temperature, 60" annual precipitation evenly distributed, 90 sunny days / frost free, and 160" average snowfall
Get Tuckered * Gary's XC movie * WV Highlands Newsletter * Boulder Park * Run For It! (Team Boulder) * Scotty's Laurel Fork River * Gauley Fest *Aurora Barn Dance * Astronomy Weekend * Burning Man * OTR cavers * Maine non profit XC * 5 Backcountry-Only. * Mtn State Fat Bike Race * WV Mushroom Foray * Clifftop Stringband Fest * Pickin' In Parsons * Augusta Heritage * Front Street Grocer * Cross-country-ski-areas-celebrate * Brad Rice Channel 12 on WG * Blackwater Bikes * Intellicast Davis 10 days * GoToWV * Absolute Telemark * Sue Haywood * Keeping Arts Alive Appalachia * Powder Mag WV * Charm Farm * Winter WV * Snowiest Mountains * Country Vintner * WG First Open * Epic GeTaways * Nordic Dream. pdf *Inspiring West Virginians * Renovate WV * Driftland Ski & Sport * Joel's orig WG Video * Sue Haywood/Dirt Rag * Betty Gatewood/Artist * Mtn Laurel Learning Coop
OVERHEARD: I've come to have sex with skis...I'll be mounting them all day long Mike/WG ski technician * if there's snow on the ground skis are on your feet * skiing is a dance and the mountains have the lead * if you wanna learn how to ski revel in marginal conditions Windy Bridgewater * WG is developing its warm snow technology * don't track it up til I get there...Todd * Sking in the parking lot is called a Texas Base grind Lauren * Best thing about XC is that you don't hafta wear a helmet or goggles, as they always fog up * better to have nicks on your skis than dust * WG uses moonshine as wax remover * Glad to serve while hoping winter can be one of your four favorite seasons. * There's a stick falling on our trails every second * I know I'm not the center of the universe but today seemed to be meant for me Anne Sills * The best way thru the forest is on the snow * We're only huggin' to stay warm * Guess the human sacrifice worked Spencer Lee * old people skiing in circles on flat ground Brian Hazlett * Might want to check the lifts, they seemed slow Jeff Simcoe * Nirvana is not only a band...it's a place called Whiite Grass Mike Kenny * WG... Ski It When You Can Roger Zbel * definitely have a distribution problem with your snow here * no green snow? * it just has to blow and WG catches most of Maryland's Lang King * know skiing is great when I meet Chris Good in the parking lot Mark Anderson * trails trying to get nowhere quick Eric Erbe
SEND A mind stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions Oliver Holmes
Please vote DAILY Best xc Resort
On Friday, November 17, from 6 pm to 8 pm, Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge will hold an open house at the refuge visitor center...it was GREAT!
Come ski with us this winter! White Grass Cafe is hiring a DINNER CHEF for the winter ski season 2017-2018. Wholesome entrees for hungry skiers. 30 hours a week + extra hours on holidays. Send resume to: email@example.com
Barry Stata Holly Hinkle
Nov 26 15th Annual Evergreen Wreath Making Workshop - Join us for an afternoon of fun learning how to make your own holiday wreath. Bring a hand pruner, some cool greens, 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. Thank Dave Saville every time you see him...
YES! The cold outbreak with lake-effect snow from the Midwest to the central Appalachians may last a couple of days or perhaps right through the Thanksgiving weekend.
Randall Reed / Super Farm Owner Garrett College
Matador Best Family Ski Trip 2018 (WG featured under SOUTH) * November is often an excellent time to climb at Seneca Rocks. Most of the crowds are gone, even when the weather is perfect for climbing. Seneca and Nelson Rocks' unique geology allows us to climb in the sun all day long, making the climbing enjoyable even in cooler weather. Join us in November for crowd-free climbing in the North Fork Valley of West Virginia! Seneca Mtn Guides
Snovember Idaho Susie Choby
Sending my love to the WG family. Snowy Sept. has arrived. Happy first day of Autumn everyone! - Susie Choby
Coastal storm brings first widespread Appalachian snows from Georgia to Pennsylvania from Bob Leffler
Beautiful Snow! Your daily report picture this morning made my day, THANKS (and to Mother Nature too ) Can't wait to make it up from NC soon this season - David McCue
if there's snow on the ground skis are on your feet...
Staff Party...Glad to serve while hoping winter can be one of your four favorite seasons.
Bill Gerhold Art Vermont
“We’re not anticipating the kind of record warmth we’ve seen the last two winters.” Climate change at work? Weather Service calls for third straight mild winter. * Wash Post Winter Prediction
Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum... 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees include... Dickie Hall * Waitsfield’s Dickie Hall, the founder and director of North American Telemark Organization from 1975- 2015, introduced Telemark skiing in every ski state with his Telemark Festival Series. He also conducted a yearly schedule of workshops, camps, expeditions and guide and instructor training. “Over the years I’ve probably taught over 40,000 skiers and trained 1,000 instructors and guides worldwide.” Hall started his career on the Killington Ski Patrol in the early 1970s and became Chief Examiner and Certification Chairman for PSIA-E Nordic. In the late ’70s Hall started the annual NATO Telemark Festival at Mad River Glen and ran it for decades. “This was the world’s largest public event for telemark skiing, attracting over a thousand skiers for the weekend,” he recalls. During his career, Hall also produced five movies on telemark and backcountry skiing, consulted and trained staff for the nation’s leading outdoor schools and was an adjunct professor of ski mountaineering for the University of Alaska Wilderness studies program.
Linnie in Scotland! Deb Klein / fringed gentian
Phew, thank goodness, these guys aren't always believable! Todd * Hello! Your Fearless Canaan Weatherman is just advising you that he is out of "SLEEP" mode and keeping his eyes on the horizon for the threat of any winter weather. My abnormal deafening silence to date is the result of the continuing bizarrely mild weather pattern this October, which began a month ago in mid-September. Furthermore, other than today and Tuesday being more October fall-like followed quickly by yet another return to unseasonably mild conditions, I see no winter weather threat in sight out another 10 days for the WV high country. Right now, this October looks like it may end up being one of the warmest, if not the warmest, October in the 73-year Canaan Valley official climate record. As far as winter weather outlooks go, you probably know by now that I am not a proponent of long-range winter weather forecasts outside of years having an active El Nino or La Nina. Since neither of those large scale tropical Pacific Ocean phenomena are ongoing, that leaves me with the almanac and the Banded Woolly Bear strip patterns as alternative forecast tools. I am not a fan of either or those options. Being honest with you, I am very happy to verify a forecast 7 days in advance for a day with winter weather. In any case, you will hear from me a week or so ahead of when I see a threat of the first flakes on the horizon. Your Fearless Canaan Weatherman
Jason, As chief weather editor for the Washington Post, I want to commend you on the outstanding article you published on this year's WV fall colors report HERE. Your inclusion of satellite imagery, photography, and ground observations in the story was nothing less than splendid! I can't tell you how refreshing it is to see a major media source provide the DC area audience with correct information on the high WV Allegheny Mountains spectacular fall foliage. The trees above 3,000 feet there are always bare by mid-October with the typical late Sept.-early Oct. peak being similar to that found in northern New England. Also the mix of northern tree species including quaking aspen, sugar maple, and red maple, mixed with evergreen conifers (Canadian Hemlock, Red Spruce, and Balsam Fir) also makes the WV high country color and contrast similar to spectacular northern New England. Another advantage for DC residents is that this part of WV (2,000 square miles lie at or above 3,000 feet) and it's world class fall colors are only 3 hours (by car) away! Again, congratulations on a job well done! Bob Leffler
GOOGLE 10/10 "It is better to go skiing and think of God, than go to church and think of sport." Fridtjof Nansen Among many other things he would often ski 50 miles a day with his dog! Sent by Tom in French Creek...All the best!
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Martin We had fun this weekend and the kids enjoyed the boulder park, especially the typically risk averse older one. The mountains, the people, and the welcoming vibe are what continue to bring us back to the Valley. We are looking forward to snow! - Dave
ASPEN SNOWMASS WILL OFFER RENTAL SKI MOUNTAINEERING EQUIPMENT * For the first time this winter, Aspen Snowmass, CO, will rent gear for those who want to ski uphill, according to published reports.Effective this winter through the 2019/20 season, Dynafit will provide exclusive equipment rental and demo gear for uphill skiing at the resort’s Four Mountain Sports stores.This is a big deal for those who would like to try ski mountaineering. Uphill ski gear is extremely light and also skis downhill surprisingly well. But it’s incredibly expensive. A basic ski touring setup starts at more than $1,000.The new rental will give those interested in trying the sport an opportunity without shelling out for gear of their own.Dynafit was instrumental in developing ski mountaineering equipment. It developed popular “tech” bindings that helped form the sport.Dynafit hardgoods – including skis, boots, skins, and poles – will be available for rent at Four Mountain Sports’ Aspen, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, Snowmass Mall, and Snowmass Base Village locations.
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Fall color this year has the potential to be the best I've experienced in 44 years exploring this area.
Joe * Hellbenders Snot Otters
Dave Saville WG Tomb JUNK JUNK JUNK
BORED & Don't Wanna Ski Coffee and baked goods at Tip Top after a dawn bird walk with breakfast at Flying Pigs, State Park and Gallery stops on your way to Canaan's great outdoors, skiing or skating, hot lunch spots including White Grass, Siriannis, Canaan Park and Timberline. Finish up with afternoon jaunts to a bubbling sand spring or scenic overlook. Dinner open with many choices and then a night cap high quality beer at Stumptown Ales or Mtn State/Blackwater breweries. Rock out at the Purple Fiddle, bed by midnite.
The Eastern Continental Divide, Mt. Porte Crayon, and the Roaring Plains: The highest hump about 4 miles south of here is the summit of Mt. Porte Crayon. At 4,770 feet elevation, it is the highest elevation on the Eastern Continental Divide in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. It's name honors one of the first white explorers who documented his visits to the area in the mid-and-late 1800's. The flat topped ridge to the left of the summit hump is the Roaring Plains, named for the fierce winds that frequent the high plateau. This wilderness area contains 5.5 square miles above 4,500 feet. The Valley of Red Creek below is nearly 3,000 feet below the top of Mt. Porte Crayon. Red creek's waters flow into the Ohio and then Mississippi Rivers. Precipitation falling on the east side of the Eastern Continental Divide flows into the Potomac River and the Atlantic Ocean. sent by Bob Leffler (see overlook area south of Canaan Valley)
Rentals including on and off track, child, telemark, backcountry, skating, ski along pulk sled, NNN BC, 75 mm cable, & snowshoes. PSIA lessons, guided tours, NSP ski patrol, telemarking glades, backcountry, full spectrum retail shop, most all ski repairs and service. We have liberal youth trade kids gear programs, equipment upgrading with trades, and used gear for sale everyday of the winter. The cafe will keep you well nourished. We often roll interesting video and music as well as live concerts.
Facebook Remembering Old Canaan ...Chip Chase videotaping the mountainbike trials events - barefooted no matter the rocks underfoot or the weather. Roger Bird * ...where'd it go? WG Tomb Most important muscle in skiing is the one in your cheek that makes your lips shape into a smile. Dickie Hall * Blast From The Past
Some of the secrets to slowing down on xc skis is having the skills to create even shape, pressure, and a balanced 50/50 treatment to each ski, never favor or lean and be politically correct to yourself...you have two legs, feet, and two long skis....treat um equally and you will love skiing hills from then on...be flat center in the middle of that well shaped "V". Tilt your skis on edge to cross a sidehill i.e anywhere at WG. Place your weight firmly over each step like monster-giant stomping and again travel forward and be the boss. Basic athletic flexed ankle and knee position throughout your skiing and when you stride your body needs to up out and forward and your knees should lead the way. Concentrate weight and steering to the back ski in the tele turn and you MUST turn the back knee and ski up into the hill.
Aver. Snow ERIE, PA 88" * BUFFALO, NY 93" * TALKEETNA, AK 115" * CANAAN, WV 140" * MARQUETTE, MI 141" * MT. WASHINGTON, NH 260" * TUG HILL, NY 300"
The pure spirit of skiing and the good life is alive and well and living at White Grass. I know of no other place where skiers gather and get closer to that wonderful spiritual aspect of skiing and fellowship. That special place in all nords that makes us want to go outside put on our skis and have fun. White Grass is quite simply my favorite ski area in North America. Ski Hard, Play Fair, Have Fun, Dickie Hall (NATO)
All my life, right and wrong tangled, playing with the moon, ridiculing the wind, listening to the birds…Many years wasted seeing the mountain covered with snow. This winter I realize snow makes the mountain - Dogen Zenji
skiing is not a matter of life and death, it’s more important than that
Nothing finer than standing on this great planet! chip