Optimistic feelings as we initiate the 2016-17 ski season @ WG. Heed the call of early cold snaps and freight train winds. Snowy winter ahead.
by Philip Terman
P. Fiddle Do NOT Misses: Gaelynn Lea Oct 27 * Pierce Edens Oct 29 The Stray Birds Nov 11 * Cruz Contreras Dec 7 (from the Black Lillies)
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!
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had my first ski dream the other night Eric Robish * if you wanna learn how to ski revel in marginal conditions Windy Bridgewater * Congratulations on the first snow Jeff Col.
SEND A mind stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions Oliver Holmes
Front Street Grocers NOW OPEN!!!
Tom Wood 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.
Rye Hill Poetry Reading Oct 10
Robbie has mowed the slopes already! Refuge Visitors Center
3 mile Salamander Over Pass 10/4
Hope you've enjoyed your summer in the Canaan. Now that it's over, your Fearless Canaan Weatherman is back, thinking snow as always. While I am no fan of long range weather forecasting, last winter's record strong El Nino created well foreseen mayhem with the global weather including locally, unprecedented, persistent December warmth and snow-less conditions until the new year (2016).That record El Nino equatorial Pacific Ocean warmth has been replaced this fall by what is forecast by the National Weather Service (NWS) Climate Prediction Center (CPC) to be a neutral El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO): (little deviation from climatological average Pacific sea surface temperatures (SSTs)). First of all, keep in mind that two ENSO states (El Nino and La Nina) are the only phenomena that the NWS credits with providing some scientific skill for making long lead broad, regional scale climate forecasts like for the upcoming winter. We don't have either of those events happening right now.Given the neutral phase forecast, I thought you might find it useful to know what impacts are seen on historical winter snowfall and temperature record in the Canaan Valley, WV high country. This is NOT a forecast but simply a historical analysis of what is more likely to happen in a general sense. The bottom-lie is forecast ENSO neutral states this winter weakly correlate with the highest average seasonal snowfall totals of the 3 ENSO categories and also weakly with below-average temperatures. The current very warm pattern will have to radically change however for this to happen. Let me again emphasis, statistical correlations are weak and there is considerable variation in the data by season so don't hang your hat on this slight tilting of the outcome probabilities towards cold and snowy. Some of the lowest seasonal snowfall amounts ever recorded have also occurred during neutral ENSO phases. There are many non-ENSO factors that also affect weather patterns and snowfall amounts in the local Canaan area that have not been fully explored. For example, other wild cards that can influence local weather patterns include; fall Siberian snow cover extent, the state of the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO), overall world sea surface temperature patterns, ice extent and thickness over the Arctic, water temperatures over the Great Lakes, etc. How these factors and others interact is complex and unknown, hence the inability to make skillful long range weather forecasts. I will stay in touch as we rapidly approach the upcoming 2016-17 snow season. Your Fearless Canaan Weatherman
WG staff @ Waldo wedding
Martin Radigan! White Grass @ nite
spring and fall at same time 9/26 Chip
Kobi and WG!
Mike Sayre / Trout Unlimited
3 Mile Salamander Crossing
How's things? Guess you must be starting to get ready for trail work and such. Hope y'all are well and having a good fall. Attachedan image from labor day weekend up in the Sods. Got a fall workshop coming up 10/6 - 10/9 -- if you know anyone who might be interested please send them my way. Martin Radigan
It's beautiful up here, but I sure miss Whitegrass!!! Üllr hear my prayer!!! Much love, Colin Collins
Falling Springs Free Tea in Thomas
With Zack Fields on our recent Wrangells packrafting trip - overlooking the Russell Glacier with Mounts Bona and Churchill in the background Richard Peterson - Cremer
Great day on the high tunnel! Super help! Appreciate all the interest, support, and labor! Dan Bucher / Cortland Acres
Bobbi Moore, longtime WG skier and friend has passed to another place... a celebration of her life Sept. 17 in Canaan Valley.
DENVER TO WINTER PARK SKI TRAIN RETURNS THIS WINTER * After a seven-year hiatus, Colorado’s ski train will operate from Denver Union Station to a new platform at Winter Park Ski Resort during ski season.
The ski train previously ran from 1940 to 2009. It was discontinued in 2009 when it became too costly for a private operator to run. Amtrak is partnering with Winter Park to bring the train back.
In March of 2015, Amtrak and Winter Park offered skiers a chance to try out a ski train for two days. Tickets sold out for both days. Amtrak said it would study that weekend train trip very closely to see if it made sense to make it a more regular ride in the future.
Last week, it announced the ski train’s return.
The Colorado Department of Transportation was also studying the 2015 train ride to see if it would reduce traffic on the mountain corridor. CDOT said last winter that a ski train could take 450 to 500 vehicles off the I-70 corridor during peak traffic times during ski season. The service will operate from Jan. 7 through March 26, 2017. The round-trips will run on Saturdays and Sundays, with an additional round-trip on Martin Luther King Day and Presidents Day. In addition, a new commuter rail line from Denver International Airport to Union Station enables visitors to travel from their flight to Winter Park. Seamless rail connectivity will be available from the airport, to the Winter Park Express and on to Winter Park Resort, without having to rent a car, secure a shuttle or navigate mountain roads.
Vern Patterson / Montana
Alaska with Tim, Marny, and Billy
Salamander crossing 3 Mile
buddy Trad featured in Nat Geo * USA's High : 117° Death Valley, CA * Low 26° Bodie State Park, CA....5 hour drive apart!!!
These guys didn't want to miss the Alaskan summer. They came up through the asphalt in a Denali Park lot! Doug Milam
Wild WV in Outside sent by Ed Phelps ... With 37 state parks and recreation areas, nine state forests, and two national recreation areas, West Virginia has the goods to back up its moniker as the Mountain State.
Hi Chip, Looks like you've been shrooming. Anyway, I am race director for the Holly River Hustle 5K run/walk at Holly River State Park. It would be great if you could post it or list it somehow on your much viewed website. It is a non-profit activity of the Holly River Foundation. If you would cut and paste as you'd like. Facebook site address for race is: /The Holly River Hustle timed 5K run/walk is on again for 2016. Last year's event saw over 80 registrants. It will be held at Holly River State Park, in Hacker Valley, Webster County, West Virginia on Sunday, September 4th at 10:00 a.m.
Lock your cars every august in WV so the back seats aren't filled with zucchini. * Persied Meteor Shower clear in high country WV Aug 11-13 * Brew Skies WG Yummy Food Booth * Greek Chicken Gyro in Pita 9 * Hummus & Veggie Gyro 7 * Cheese Quesadilla 3 * Baked Goods/Sweets * Watermelon Slices * Drinks: Seltzers/Water/Sodas 2
Hey chip I just want to thank you for the G3 skis they are great! I'm living the truth that the eastcoast skier can ski anything even the left overs in Colorado. I am looking at going into the profession of mountain guiding and potentially a full IFMGA certification when I graduate high school and I have to say that whitegrass is what made me who I am. I can't wait for this season and let's pray to Ullr for a good La Niña year! Ps I'm curious about instructing telemark so let me know if you ever need help around I'm free most weekends! Tanner Jacobs
WV Mushrooms Walt Sturgeon, Todd and Doug Elliott, Gary Lincoff....guilty by association...
Sue Haywood / Zach Adams Joe!
Coming Soon! Sporting a White Grass shirt (on backwards) at the Arctic Circle. The temperature was 82. Bruce and Andy Dalton
Chip and sis Janet Sugarbush, VT
Chip's Grey Lady house in Criders VA 1979 from Marilyn Miller WYEP
We found 16 rare and endangered Cheat Mtn Salamanders June 29 near Three Mile
KB, WG Cafe, & Charm Farm Ullr Rules In Iceland Hey Chip, June 24 in Iceland and plenty of snow! With the midnight sun there is no need for headlamps either! Ray Phaneuf and Cristina Loglio
Cory and Chip, I'm looking for volunteers to help erect a high tunnel at Cortland Acres. The site has been prepared, the ground posts are in place, so on Wednesday, June 29 I hope to get the metal frame set up. And I need help to get it done! 10 - 12 volunteers would be great. I have contacted the extension office to see of master gardeners would be available. I have contacted Kimmy to send this request to her network. Now I'm contacting you! Let me know if you can help. Wednesday, June 29, at 8:30. If we are done in time, maybe a canoe run on the Dry Fork! Thanks, Lester
We ran alongside OARS Friends of Martin's
Tom and Chip oarin' Grand May - June ... Hi ya'll. Hope each of you are safe & sound and re-acclimatizing to your respective domiciles. I ran across this video today, and it gave me visual deja vu I thought some of you may enjoy. Check it out, http://adventure-journal.com/2016/06/how-to-understand-the-grand-canyon/. Mike
Great Farm Boss Randall Reed
Smoke Hole Canyon Walter
Clay under Redman Gap by Marc & Yoko
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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Brent Easton * John Logar Raced AK * Old Town Crier * Easy Come Easy Go * B'Water Sled Run * Learn How To Drive * Frankferd Farms * Nat Geo Chaga filmed in Canaan * xc skiers have cobwebs on their bikes and canoes this springtime of the year * Best thing about winter is that you can always put on more clothes and in spring take them back off * I'm changing the world one nordic skier at a time Randy French * Love WV Craft Beer * I love this Spring skiing! Don't have to worry about crossing water and icing up. 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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