Hard controlling the weather, much easier your attitude....starting out to be the most fun filled winters on record and getting ready is half the fun!
12/3 1 pm: 30 cldy w/ hoar frost
Friday was breezy clouds occasional flurry
SNOW DEPTH: bare
CAUTION: Jack Frost's comin' to town
CAFE: Open Daily/this weekend with soups, sandwiches, desserts, drinks, etc.
Dinner info will be published soon and start mid December
NEW SNOW: dusting
Last Snowfall: 8" 11/20
4000' stake: 0" * 4300' stake: 0"
SEASON SNOW SO FAR: 11.5" Oct .5 Nov 11
Km OPEN: short strip from first snows
Km GROOMED: 0
SKIABLE DAYS: 8 * WITH 50 KM: 3
EVENTS: December 3, 2016 35th 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. Dogs....please leave at home for this one.
Snowfarm: melted out
Snow Depth : 0"- 2"
Nat'l Nordic: 0"
SEASON PASSERS: Ann Miles & Chris Elfring Tacoma Park/Canaan and Carl Wunderle, Kent OH * 50 passers so far
SKIERS YESTERDAY: 0 (we estimate staff, season passers, guests, sneak ins, and exaggerate like mad)
Ski Patrollers: Thanks to Stro, Brian, Ben, Jeff, Penny, Paul, Jason, Gary, Brad, Chip, Joel, Stinky, Mike, John, locals Dr. Ed & Diane Rader, Dr. John Logar, Dr. Tom Johnson, Dr. Matt Strummin' Lambert, and other visiting volunteers.
"for Papa, who taught me to the love cold" by Kelly Stickle
I was raised to love the cold.
Thought you might enjoy a poem my newly married daughter Kelly just wrote. It was inspired by the many winter trips up to Canaan Valley, White grass and Timberline we have taken as a family over the years. We have had a cabin at Old Timberline since 2006, and White Grass has always been one of our favorite places. Looking forward to seeing you soon this Winter! - Chris Reed
P. Fiddle Do NOT Misses: Stephanie Nilles Dec 4 * Cruz Contreras Dec 7 (from the Black Lillies) * David Wax Museum Dec 17 * Yarn Dec 28 * Dangermuffin Dec 31 * Suitcase Junket Jan 18 * Dangermuffin Jan 28 * Driftwood Feb 11 * Blue Yonder Mar 3 * Johnny Staats & Robert Shafer Apr 5
GENERAL: More wintry conditions return to the WV high country Thursday through Sunday. However, the extremely persistent, strong overall southwest flow aloft of the last several months returns quickly by Monday, allowing warmer, above freezing air and a more active storm track to the west of Canaan to once again warm things up and provide another rain out early next week. There are some hints this very established, long-lived mild pattern is going to break in the next week or so. I will wait to give the numerical weather models a chance to get into their moderate skill window of a week out to comment more on that. SPECIFICS: As advertised last Monday, your Fearless One sees chilly conditions developing Thursday through Sunday on the heels of the departing storm that moved west of the Canaan raining the area out. Occasional light upslope snow flurries and snow showers are likely during the period with west breezes. Total snowfall accumulations through the 4 day period ending Sunday night should be light, in the 1-to-3 inch range with a few higher summits possibly catching 4 inches total, if lucky. Afternoon temperatures should be near freezing all 4 days. Morning lows will be mainly in the 20's F with some teens possible in protected cold-air drainage prone valley bottoms if clear, light wind conditions develop. Next Fearless update (barring any significant changes) will be Monday morning. Your Fearless Canaan Weatherman (12/1 9am)
skiing is a dance and the mountains have the lead
A tough dozen helpers braved frozen ground and snow cover for the final weekend around Thanksgiving. Nip, ditch, and mulch. Over a dozen trail nippers set up shelters, swept the sides of downhill runs, and cleared the way for smooth winter skiing mid November...got real wet and cold * 65 folks crushed large parts of the trail list this past weekend (nov 12-13)....glades, high trails, bridges, you name it....WOW, THANKS! We lightly covered 80% of the trails the first November weekend thanks to 20 helpers.
Sking in the parking lot is called a Texas Base grind Lauren * Sue Haywood/Dirt Rag * Betty Gatewood/Artist
SEND A mind stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions Oliver Holmes
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Mike, Ashley & Twins delivering organic produce from Sickler Farms
I found a wonderfully positive descriptive winter forecast for our part of the world. I appreciate the “what could go Wrong” list, but hope it doesn’t happen. Enjoy! David Young Project Director Friends of Blackwater
Multiple events in Thomas Friday. Art Crawl starting at 6:30pm - visit ArtSpring for additional info : TipTop hosting Art Opening for Ruth Blackwell Rogers at 6:30pm. Serving Burger Night from 6-9, cocktail bar open until 10pm. Front Street Grocers: Welcoming of the newly established Bathroom Galleries featuring 'Scraps' a small installation by Nellie Rose and "Here There Be Monsters" a series of drawings by seth. 6:30-8 Creature solo-gallery for seth open for art craw * Live music at The Purple Fiddle, Strangled Darlings at 8:30pm ... Christams Carol Performance Also on Saturday December 3, the Thomas Education Center will host a performance of Charles Dickens classic tale 'The Christmas Carol'. The performance, beginning at 7:00 pm, will run for approximately 40-45 minutes. The play will be performed by the Voices from the Earth Community Theater Ensemble.
Had a great 5 hour tour 11/21 - Springer to Powderline to Shenandoah to Baldy to Nat Nordic. Bill Berlin
From The Cube Andy Mollohan
2015-16 Skiable Days 75 * with 50 km open 36 * snowfall 127" * very little skiing in dec, early jan., or march....better luck this year!
We asked a panel of cross-country ski experts to nominate their 20 favorite resorts, and for the past four weeks, our readers have been voting for their favorites.
1.American Birkebeiner Trail - Hayward, Wis.
2.White Grass Ski Touring Center - Davis, W.V.
3.Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center - Northville, N.Y.
4.Trapp Family Lodge - Stowe, Vt.
5.Devil's Thumb Ranch - Tabernash, Colo.
6.Maine Huts & Trails - Kingfield, Maine
7.Sun Mountain Lodge - Winthrop, Wash.
8.Jackson Ski Touring Center - Jackson, N.H.
9.SilverStar Mountain Resort - Vernon, British Columbia
10.Vista Verde Guest Ranch - Steamboat Springs, Colo.
A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Reese Brown (Snowsports Industries America (SIA)), Wendy Clinch (TheSkiDiva), Lyndell Keating (Powderhounds), Nate Musson (The Not Snowboarding Podcast) and Jonathan Wiesel (Nordic Group International) were chosen based on their skiing expertise. Other nominees for Best Cross-Country Ski Resort included Bretton Woods Nordic Center, Craftsbury Outdoor Center, The Lodge at Jackson Fork Ranch, Lone Mountain Ranch, Mount Bachelor Nordic Center, Royal Gorge Cross Country Resort, Soldier Hollow, Sundance Mountain Resort, Sun Valley Nordic & Snowshoe Center and Whiteface Lake Placid. Congratulations to all our worthy cross-country winners. WG 2nd place in Best XC Centers Contest
snow guns @ Blackwater by Mr. Dave
Good time on the trails as always . Here is the link to our Thomas website with photos. If you know of people wanting work have them e-mail me. Cheers, Kevin www.172sprucest.com.
World’s best navigators mostly come from Nordic countries
Wreath Workshop Nov 27 1-4 pm
Hero of the week Kevin Moore volunteer clearing the Canaan view of Porte Crayon and Roaring Plains along Rt. 32 south of the Valley
by Todd...having too much fun on weekends, look what you're missing!
Is Your Local Chairlift a Death Trap? Outside Mag 10/16
GENERAL: Your previously advertised weather pattern change from warm-and-dry to more seasonable conditions (temperature and precipitation) will commence Wednesday evening but at a moderate level. The change will feature some light snow and flurries and continue into the foreseeable future (about 10 days out). No major precipitation events are on the horizon so exercise great caution with the extremely dry conditions. SPECIFICS: A sharp cold front will usher in cooler air late Wednesday afternoon, changing light rain showers to light snow flurries. The flurries will end around midnight followed by seasonably cool air with highs near 50 and lows in the 20's F into Friday. Another fast moving cold front will sweep across the high ground Friday afternoon with more light rain showers changing to snow flurries, ending quickly by early Saturday morning. Snow accumulations with both frontal passages, if any, will be one-half inch or less. Temperatures over the weekend will be in the 20's around daybreak warming to 40 F Saturday and up to 50 F by Sunday. I see seasonable temperatures continuing next week with mornings lows in the 20's and afternoon readings upper 40's to low 50's F. .Your Fearless Canaan Weatherman (11/8 9:30 am)First Snow 10/22
COALITION OF NONPROFITS PLANS TO PURCHASE MAINE’S SADDLEBACK MOUNTAIN : A coalition of nonprofits has reached verbal agreements with the owners of Saddleback Mountain, ME, to purchase the Rangeley ski resort and the land around it, according to published reports. The Saddleback Mountain Foundation, a newly formed group of Rangeley businesses and Saddleback season-pass holders, told the Portland Press Herald that it has a verbal agreement with Irene and Bill Berry to purchase Saddleback’s core ski area for $6 million. The foundation would pay the Berrys $2.2 million in cash at closing and then an additional $3.8 million over time in a loan financed through the seller. The Berrys also would receive royalties on future land sales, according to the foundation. The Trust for Public Land, along with the New England Forestry Foundation, said it has reached an agreement with the Berrys to purchase another 3,249 acres around the ski area to preserve as conservation land. That sale price has yet to be determined, said Wolfe Tone, the Maine state director for the Trust for Public Land. Saddleback, Maine’s third-largest ski resort, sat idle last winter after the Berrys were unable to come up with financing to purchase a chairlift that they said was needed to keep the resort open. Saddleback drew between 80,000 and 100,000 skiers in its last few seasons of operation, according to the Berrys, and with 350 employees had been the third-largest employer in Franklin County during the winter. Peter Stein, chairman of the Saddleback Mountain Foundation, said his group plans to raise $4 million, with $1.8 million to be invested in operating costs at Saddleback. He said the group has yet to raise any money, but received $5 million in pledges this summer when exploring community interest for buying the resort. Stein said there is no deadline to raise the money and it’s uncertain whether the resort would open this winter. He is confident, however, that the group will be able to raise the $4 million soon, now that it has a verbal agreement with the Berrys.
weekender trail crew
CHINA ANNOUNCES MANDATORY WINTER SPORTS EDUCATION :
In anticipation of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Zhangjiakou, China, Beijing has announced that it intends to introduce compulsory winter sports education in primary and middle schools requiring at least one hour a week of such instruction, including training more teachers. According to “China Daily,” the Chinese capital plans to more than triple the city’s indoor and outdoor skating rinks. Sun Xuecai, head of the Beijing Sports Bureau, was quoted as saying that 20 existing ski facilities will be improved and 30 new ones will be built. Zhangjiakou is in northeastern China, near the border with Mongolia.
Salamander Overpass 3 Mile
from last april...looking forward to this season, skiing the Valley and Whitegrass. David McCue
Paul Golder natty nord Eddie Dean
Va Tech Meteorology are setting up weather station on Bald Knob
sent by Ed Phelps Ski South
However, La Nina winters tend to favor above average snowfall around the Great Lakes and in the northern Rockies and below average snowfall in the mid-Atlantic. U.S. Winter Outlook predicts warmer, drier South and cooler, wetter North
Could I ask for a little assistance please? There are several unfilled jobs at Tucker County Schools…. Which we could really use some help in filling…… would you be willing to put a note on the white grass web? “Want to live and work near White Grass?? Tucker County Schools needs a math teacher, a music teacher/virtual class coordinator, and/or a long term substitute. Please see more information at www.tuckercountyschools.com (employment) or http://wvde.state.wv.us/jobs/index.html (search for positions in Tucker County).” Thank-you - jdp
LAUREL MOUNTAIN BACK AFTER 11-YEAR ABSENCE : After an 11-year hiatus, Laurel Mountain Ski Resort in Ligonier Township, PA, is reopening, according to published reports. And the snow forecast for the upcoming winter looks promising. “We were definitely excited when we heard Accuweather's long-range forecast for above-normal snowfall in this area for the skiing season,” said Katie Buchan, communications manager at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. The resort atop Laurel Mountain closed at the end of the 2004-05 ski season. Seven Springs signed a 10-year lease with the state in 2008 to operate the Laurel Mountain slopes. On Friday, workers were making progress on the ski lodge after the resort was infused with $6.5 million from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Buchan said the upgrades include a modern ski lift, significant improvements to the trails, snow-making equipment and nearly double the snow-making capacity from a new pond with a 27 million-gallon capacity. Buchan noted that the resort is marketing a special pass that allows visitors to ski all three resort-operated slopes: Laurel Valley, Seven Springs and Hidden Valley Resort in Somerset County, which was purchased in 2013.
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)
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The note said " I will be back soon" Robbie * that dirt was pretty sudden Eric skiing friday near his house * 27 worker bees sat & 20 sunday = 225 hours this weekend alone and boy the cafe lunches were yummy * Eat, drink, ski, and be merry! Kevin Moore * After reading this, I've decided to cut trap door in my roof. Dave Lesher * Flickr whitegrass * May the winter be with you * Today we stretch fence, tomorrow sweep trails, the next day cross country ski! Six more months of wintery type weather to look forward to * Casey sent great cold freezing windy horrible winter weather news in that Cold Northeast, Interior Mid-Atlantic to Yield Snowy Winter Season * Our daughter's favorite season is winter, due in great part to you. Highland Market * Ol' Whitegrasser art Sean Conroy * WG Rentals Rossignol Evo Trail, Fischer, Alpina skis nnnbc boots by Alpina, Rossi, Madshus, and Fischer, Leki tapered aluminum poles with WG logo * Metal edged skis by Rossi, Madshus, Alpina, Fischer * Tele skis by Voile, Ski Logic and Boots by Scott/Garmont and Scarpa
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.
Most important muscle in skiing is the one in your cheek that makes your lips shape into a smile. Dickie Hall
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.
Average Snow ERIE, PA 88" * BUFFALO, NY 93" * TALKEETNA, AK 115" * CANAAN VALLEY, 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 Whitegrass. 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. Whitegrass 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