April 21 Spring Green

Shoulder season gets wider from here in the shoes of a skier. Four seasons offer up choices that make living in a place like this desirable with its constant nuances.

Plum Tuckered Film Festival 4/25 * Art Spring May 22-24 * Canaan Mtnbike Fest June 18-21 * Shitake Mushroom Workshop * Gabe's WV Winter * Ski park double flip

Banff Film Fest * Uphill Skiers npr * Salamander crossing @ WG * the noise the silence by Joel * Snow Days by Todd * Amer. XC Racers Win * Mad River Glen, VT

will Shovel will Ski & Livin' the Dream by Joel * Ski Party by Todd * Canaan Spruce * Our Favorite Ski Movie * 87" Mt. Mansfield,VT 4/1 * Hippie Joint WG

Binding Does De Wurk w/ chip * How WG Got Its Name * People melted away before the snow * Refuge Snowshoeing * Sue Haywood * East West * Robbie & Adam = gidder dun

Patch Adams * Sweet place to stay in canaan? * XC Is Cool Wash Post * Outdoor Retailer * Maplets * Scarpa T4 & Voile Vector Skis * lots of our snow is now river bound

Experience Tucker * WG Skinny Skins P'burgh Post * WG Dec WV Mag * Local Mead Mr.Ben * WG Junk Archive Place * Jivaka Wellness Center

115 skiable with 65 days all 50 km open with 150" snow, started before T'Day and ended at Easter * Home Is Where The Heart Is by Jess * Highland Market

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

By Wendell Berry from The Country of Marriage 1973

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
 vacation with pay. Want more
 of everything ready-made. Be afraid
 to know your neighbors and to die.
 And you will have a window in your head.
 Not even your future will be a mystery
 any more. Your mind will be punched in a card
 and shut away in a little drawer.
 When they want you to buy something
 they will call you. When they want you
 to die for profit they will let you know.

So, friends, every day do something
 that won’t compute. Love the Lord.
 Love the world. Work for nothing.
 Take all that you have and be poor.
 Love someone who does not deserve it.
 Denounce the government and embrace
 the flag. Hope to live in that free
 republic for which it stands.
 Give your approval to all you cannot
 understand. Praise ignorance, for what man
 has not encountered he has not destroyed.

Ask the questions that have no answers.
 Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
 Say that your main crop is the forest
 that you did not plant,
 that you will not live to harvest.
 Say that the leaves are harvested
 when they have rotted into the mold.
 Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.

Put your faith in the two inches of humus
 that will build under the trees
 every thousand years.
 Listen to carrion – put your ear
 close, and hear the faint chattering
 of the songs that are to come.
 Expect the end of the world. Laugh.
 Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
 though you have considered all the facts.
 So long as women do not go cheap
 for power, please women more than men.
 Ask yourself: Will this satisfy
 a woman satisfied to bear a child?
 Will this disturb the sleep
 of a woman near to giving birth?

Go with your love to the fields.
 Lie down in the shade. Rest your head
 in her lap. Swear allegiance
 to what is nighest your thoughts.
 As soon as the generals and the politicos
 can predict the motions of your mind,
 lose it. Leave it as a sign
 to mark the false trail, the way
 you didn’t go. Be like the fox
 who makes more tracks than necessary,
 some in the wrong direction.
 Practice resurrection.

FAVE FIDDLE SHOWS: Apr 23 Dance Party Apr 24 Yarn Apr 25 Alash May 16 Sean Watkins May 23 Funk Ark May 24 the Spring Standards May 29 Barefoot Movement

bb biathlon results from 2/22 * Yosemite Chip * The more focus on a weather forecast the less you go outside and ski. Brent Easton * John Logar Raced AK * Old Town Crier * Easy Come Easy Go * B'Water Sled Run * Learn How To Drive * Frankferd Farms * 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 * I love this Spring skiing! Don't have to worry about crossing water and icing up. Walter * WG Junk Archive Place * Fritz & Athey * Local Wind Farms * WYEP is playing the Decemberists in February * many people to thank...Robbie, Sue, Adam, Mr. Dave, and Zach for freezing fingers while shutterbugging * If it's a good way to spend a day...a great way to spend a life Eddie * WG Race Results * 250 million people can drive here w/in day, we get 250. 1/10,000 of 1% * Patrick said he'd do a lot better if he just went fast as hell and went into a snow bank * As a talented person I find xc skiing very humbling * They oughta invent a snowboard that goes sideways....they did 3000 years ago, called xc skiing * skiing the blizzard was like a snow globe, well shaken Andy "James Bond" Stump * Canaan Ski Webcam * there's something wrong with these skis, I keep falling * cheapest psychotherapy I know. Barry * Its gotta rain to snow Allen * the skiing is HEAVEN, there is no "ALMOST" about it Mac Thorton * we'll never share our skiers, all mine * Kids drag their parents to snow worldwide * having put so much into bringing totally legit xc skiing to the southeast and brightening the lives of many along the way. Be well, and see you next season. Kurt * my best childhood memories were sledding * know its good when you're only wearing ski boots * Trip Advisor * NPR Best Songs * East Of Maui * Lifestyle of XC * Nordic Demo Team * Mountaineer Wind Farm * They got the lifts running backwards at WG * Want to move to Colorado then I ski WG...Chrissy * once you get to the top...there's more * Stephan, Nord,.inc.* This is my true Christmas Marstar * converting unsuspecting alpine skiers is my favorite past time * B'water Sled Run is makin' snow now! * Mon. $15 ski Canaan with non perishable food gift...WOW! * XC State Of Industry * Jivaka Wellness Center * Top 50 Albums 2014 * we either have tulips in the yard or three feet of snow this time of the year...or any day in winter * Morgantown Brewery * WG T shirts by East West Printing * Big Timber Brew * Wreath Workshop SUCCESS thanks Dave Saville * New WV Park Chief * Scenic Winter Webcams * Upcoming Winter * Navy leaving WV * Ullr has proclaimed the snow to commence Josh Clarke * Winter has left the building! 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

I wanted to make you aware of 2 upcoming photography workshops that I'm co-leading, in an effort to spread the word. If you know anyone who is an intermediate kind of photographer wanting to learn, see lots of beautiful places, meet other photographer types, have fun and explore, this is something that might interests them. Info at this link: Workshop A professional landscape photographer who leads workshops and sells prints. View on www.martinradigan.com Thanks for helping spread the word! Best, Martin

Send A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Andy "Fire" Stump

Carter skiing thumbs up by Chad and Heather

Patch Adams in Canaan planting trees for FWS

A recent report said that backcountry participation is up 25%, with 6.3 million skiers and riders. Why do you think that is?....cause WG is around! * Amen brother. Thanks for the mega vibe. You are big medicine. Jerry * Check WG whenever I need a lift. Pat Norton (we don't have any!)

Chip and his daughter Erin with some of the grand kids in green & white Vermont

I remember fencing with my dad when I was young.  I tried to pound in a staple and, as they often do, it went flying.  “Those are the same as nickels,” he said, and made me go find it. Dave Saville

Andy Stump

WEST STILL DRY; VERMONT CLAIMS TITLE AS SNOWIEST STATE It’s not just California, although that state has taken the brunt of the snow dearth this year. Colorado’s overall snowpack is also down. According to the Natural Resources Conservation Service, this is the third worst snowpack in 30 years for this time in April. “Drought’s grip on California grabs all the headlines. But from Texas to Arizona to Colorado, the entire West is under siege by changing weather patterns that have shrunk snowpacks, raised temperatures, spurred evaporation and reduced reservoirs to record lows,” a story in Monday’s New York Times reported. The snowpack in Colorado is down to 69% of normal. It fell from 87% of normal one month ago, the federal agency said. In addition to the dry conditions, spring temperatures are higher than normal, so the snowpack is disappearing earlier than usual. At the other end of the spectrum, Vermont is the undisputed snowfall champ this season, according to the Vermont Ski Areas Association.  Jay Peak topped the chart with 357 total inches as of April 13, far outpacing western resorts in accumulated snow. It plans to stay open until May. Killington Resort, supplemented its nearly 200 inches of natural snow with efficient snowmaking, resulting in snowpack of up to 30 feet - enough to plan to keep the mountain open until June. The US National Weather Service snow stake at the top of Mount Mansfield, home of Stowe Mountain Resort, read seven and a half feet as of April 9, a record amount for the season and far above the seasonal average.

Joe Henry

$55-$72 per month ski area electric Chip/Adam Team Captains

May 22-24 Art Spring Chip teaches wild mushroom workshop

What do you think we've been doin'? sent by Harley Cahen

Todd april 2013

John WG Patroller and Aira Soon to be Climber Parents by Gabe Augusta

Film Festival 4/25 in Thomas * Annual Smokehole Canoe 4/25-26

...reporting in from the Peer Gynt trail in Norway - a fabulous five day trip with favorable weather and lots of nice people. This mountain pass was crowded with dogs, kids and families enjoying the snow on Easter weekend. Regards! John and Lisa Guide

Gisela sends warm tropical greetings from India!

John Regan Maine w/ Matt

Joe Henry Ryan Gaugot Robbie's work commute

I wanted to make you aware of 2 upcoming photography workshops that I'm co-leading, in an effort to spread the word. If you know anyone who is an intermediate kind of photographer wanting to learn, see lots of beautiful places, meet other photographer types, have fun and explore, this is something that might interests them. Info at this link: Workshop A professional landscape photographer who leads workshops and sells prints. Thanks for helping spread the word! Martin * Salamander and 3 Mile Article in Refuge Update. Casey

7th Annual! Join Chip for the Nature Ride Poster by Rebecca Wudarski * hi friends, hope this email is finding you in full spring swing (sort of). Mark your calendars! Friday, May 22 Friday, September 4 Thanks,  Sheena Williams 304-940-3218

Natty Nord where Robbie's Rad meets Chippie Care Free by Mark Anderson

sent by George Finly / Crested Butte

International Potluck where every flavour on the planet was well represented...love my pickled herring from Sweden. Go Mtn Laurel Learning Coop

Loved today. Great xcing with you. Lesley Suppes * Thanks for another great season. Avery and I last skied two weekends ago and had a wonderful time. I so much appreciate the welcoming atmosphere for everyone, including the kiddos, at Whitegrass. Cheers, Joel * It's been great 2015 Season! The Crystal Lake Staff and the STEP AmeriCorps Service Members are deeply appreciative of all your support as we re-organized and set the ground work for the revitaliztion of the Crystal Lake Ski Center this season. We could not have accomplished as much as we did without the help of our Ambassadors who gave many hours of service, our Season Pass holders, and you who have joined us on the mountain for memorable skiing adventures. The stories that were shared, many from over 30 years ago, confirmed why Crystal Lake Ski Center needs to live on. Please know we are off to a great beginning to preserve the Ski Center. With your continued support we will ensure the Ski Center will be here for us and future generations! Additional note: If you are intersted in renting a cabin or coming up for biking, hiking or canoeing please contact the Crystal Lake Camp Director BJ Thompson at BJ@crystallakecamps.com.

Thought you'd appreciate these pictures from our adventure around National Nordic/The Pipeline on Saturday afternoon! We took the Canaan lift up and had an amazing day touring around the area, which we somehow hadn't yet explored until now! There are still definitely still a few weeks' worth of skiing left up there-- in fact, we saw 15 inches of snow at the National Nordic stake (which we think is the 4,300 ft. stake?). We also just wanted to say THANK YOU for the awesomeness of White Grass and getting us addicted to cross country skiing. We've been escaping the DC insanity at WG for two seasons now and it's become our home away from home. We'll be coming back until the last flake melts (and probably even after because we'll be in denial)! Cheers to the endless winter, Brea and Alex

Thanks for a great weekend, it was just what the Dr ordered. Super great skiing, I love the long days, die hard snow, corn powder, and all of your friends. Your collective hospitality is unmatched. Thanks again for all, see you in the autumn for glades clearing etc! Matt Steiman / Dickinson College Farm

Mt. Galena, CO Charlie Waters Matt 3/21

Endless Winter Chip - Glad to see winter is hanging on at Whitegrass. We followed the snow to the Adirondacks to close our season with a week of great skiing, on piste and off, in the High Peaks. Can't wait to return to Whitegrass next season. - Adam I.

Sue Haywood on to cycling...

Chaga Alaska sent by Andy N. Maggie

It meant so much to me to be able to eek out some tracks with you during these final weeks of the season. It is an especially beautiful time of year catching the final snow on top of blankets of moss! Looking forward to pruning the glades next fall! Johnny

Heather Hansman * Steve Lloyd @ WG 3/11 for Powder Mag and Ski WV article

Mad River Glen

WG at its Finest Gary Guzy

Jocelyn Gaugot

Olivia had a blast. Joe Sizemore

Bill Berlin Mar 19 @ WG Fun Raiser

Kevin Keane Had a blast meditating up on the hill. Andrew Dickson

Finally made it to White Grass this year and up to Bald Knob on Saturday - came down Powderline and 3 mile like the old woman I am - tired and slow - but happy! Thanks for keeping things just the same ! Food, drink, staff all great as usual. All the best, Sallie and Hugh McElrath

Celebrating Sally's birthday! Valerie Kramer * Girl's get-away weekend. Super Day! Kelly Kruper

Eileen Lammie Powell's meet the Judy girls. Chico

Paul Sullivan Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your Eggplant dish served last Saturday night. As a long time vegan, good creative and taste dishes like this are few and far between and very much appreciated. I detected perhaps some cardamom and lemon, perhaps you would share the rest of the ingredients. Rich in Cincinnati.

Tony gave Wren a few helpful tips while we were skiing by the lodge - mostly how to get up after falling down. Very important! She got the hang of it and we headed out 3 mile for a fun adventure. The tree skiing was divine on Saturday. There was still plenty of powder left for us out-of-towners. Chris

Sorry we didn't make it out to WG this year to see the gang and enjoy all that nice POW. Spring is definitely here and its time to shed some clothes and enjoy the last of the snow. We hope to see you at the Smokehole.The Goos. * My wife and my 8 month daughter and our dog had a blast both days! Dinner there Friday night, lunch, snacks, coffee and good beer on Sat and Sun days - we XC'd on Sat and then snowshoe on Sun! Missing it already and can't wait to get back! Best, Mike Bur

Daniel Davidoff We spent a couple of days at your place last week. Had a blast! What a wonderful place. I attached a picture of some tracks I found on cabin mountain trail. Do you know what they are? Thanks, Kevin

Jim Dunham with long time WGer Bob Livingston 4300' 24" 3/9/15

electric....Thanks Man, Still glowing from the Mad River Glen Mecca. Chip skiing 3/8 by Geo Bell

Laura Bray * Steve Powers

The smartest thing we did this winter was purchase a season pass and new XC skis at White Grass. Thank you Chip Chase and the entire White Grass team for another awesome weekend and, most of all, for sharing your very special place with all of us!!! Margaret and Herbert... No, no in reverse....we love our skiers more than you will ever know...

Jess Daddio * Great, steep, cross country skiing. Good food and wonderful staff. Friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Plenty of rentals available. Live music on weekends. Rebecca Rozin * Amazing to wake up in Winchester on a normal winter day with no snow in sight, drive just an hour and forty-five minutes and be in a winter wonderland. You can go from bored in town to skiing in Scandinavia in less time than it takes to watch a movie. If you don't love gliding through the snow covered trails at White Grass, immediately seek medical help - you may have a serious condition. Jess V. Winchester,VA

VERMONT CHARGES PRIVATE SKI CLUB WITH PERMIT VIOLATIONS : Vermont is charging an exclusive private ski resort with a series of permit violations, according to a report on Vermont Public Radio. The state attorney general’s office says the Hermitage Inn and Club failed to apply for Act 250 land use and water quality permits before starting construction projects. It also alleges the business failed to comply with the conditions of existing permits. In a lawsuit filed in Windham Superior Court, the state says the Hermitage altered a dam and disturbed a "significant" wetland without approval. The suit also claims the resort began building a wind turbine on the summit of Haystack Mountain without the required land use permit. The resort owns 1,400 acres of land in West Dover and Wilmington, including the Haystack Mountain ski area and golf course. The membership-only club features year-round recreation. According to the resort’s website, membership fees range from $25,000 to $75,000. The state is charging the Hermitage with 15 counts of violating land use and water quality regulations between 2011 and 2014. According to the lawsuit, in late 2012 a court ordered the Hermitage to stop any unauthorized work and get the necessary permits, but the state alleges the violations continued. Such violations are usually handled by state agencies, but the scope and the duration of the problems warranted the Attorney General’s involvement. The complaint says, ultimately, the Hermitage Inn took the necessary remediation steps and addressed concerns raised during 2012 construction. However, the state contends the company then undertook new unauthorized work, including converting a snow making pond into a recreational area, clearing land, constructing a parking lot and erecting a building.

Gabe Dewitt Buy replacement skis sooner

Jesse Von Fange Chris Hoy

I usually go to Trapp Family Lodge in Vermont. I was at WG 10 years ago and the improvements are astounding...grooming as good as Trapp and the fees are less. Overheard

HQ for all sorts of indie outdoor cultural action! I'd love to come visit you folks someday. I haven't explored SE USA nearly enough. Thanks for being there! -- Jeff Potter, S.E. Michigan

Matt Steiman * Sent by Chris Hong * Karen Oleksak Morning Ski

Bob Livingston Forest citizen awaiting better conditions

Dave in VT

XC SKIER/ Mandy Sullivan

Bex Randolph * Dave Saville

Bald Knob / Until we get back over to you all, I'm remembering some special moments at White Grass. We're having a "super sparkly snow day" here. Hope this coastal storm gave you all some fluff too! Betty...www.gatewoodgraphics.com

Nothing finer than a February weekend in Canaan! Our friends loved White Grass, and we took their son on his first epic ski - 9 miles and 1,000 vertical. He thought we should just come back the next day and explore some more! Enjoy the photos and the snow. Chris and Tom Hong

Sully / Chip's Run

Eileen Lammie, our local vet in Norway with WG skis! * Johnny and his Sunday Yoga in the Yurt by Chloe * Simon Putt chicadee nation

Chloe Rain We had a magical day on Sunday! Thanks for running such an awesome place. WG4EVR!! Sean Joyner

Jay's 60th by Nancy Mammarella Rick Watson * While some official sub-zero readings occurred in the immediate DC suburbs this cold Tuesday, February 24,2015 morning, Canaan Valley, WV, the highest valley floor in eastern North America, only 125 air miles due west of Washington Regan National Airport (DCA) hit an official -20 F air temperature (not wind chill) (preliminary data).  Some other regional offical NWS low ambient temperature readings are shown below: Glady, WV (2,840 ft.):  -21 F * Canaan Valley, WV (3,250 ft.):  -20 F Bayard, WV (2,375 ft.):  -17 F Bob Leffler

Thank you thank you thank you.  What you've created at WG over the years is truly magical.  I'm priviledged to be a part of it from time to time!  Thanks for the hospitality at the end of the day yesterday, the great tasty beer, sharing the rice cakes, the fun music discussion, and the tour of the grooming equipment!  Sam Lindblom C'ville, VA

NATO Todd Mr. James Bond was recently spotted telly skiing the freshies on D & E hill. He was previously known to only alpine, so apparently he has joined the ranks of the free heels, reportedly on Evo skis. Andy Stump ....skiing the blizzard was like a snow globe, well shaken Andy "James Bond" Stump

Bill Fisher...thanks for plowing the lots all night for the fun of it and parking cars all mornin' and puttin' gas in the truck

Skip Brown

Bob Livingston Rick Watson

the future for winter lovers is bright

Mike and Lester Birkie done! * It's not White Grass but there is plenty of white on the grass at Leesburg's "snow farm" where cows graze in the summer and folks are invited to sled in the winter. Your Leesburg area season-passers will know exactly where this is. Regards, John Piedmont

Brenda Nils Larsen

Kurt Canaan Hgts I hear it's snowing!!!! And snowing and snowing!! I'm so happy for WG...I would say that I hope you are all skiing your hearts out, but I have no doubt that that is already occurring. Anchorage is less-than-snowy..in fact, it was 48 degrees here today!! It appears that we have swapped climate zones. Andy

Bob Livingston

BB Biathlon Results Feb 22, 2015

Kids Hits Time Age
1. Jac Compton 8 5:16 10
1. Andre Thorton 8 5:16 13
2. Isabelle Judy 8 6:28 10
3. Martin Moyland 8 7:18
4. Aidan Riggle 9 8:26 9
5. Avah Behrens-Wik 6 9:12 7
6. Allison Judy 8 9:27 7
7. Mason Powell 7 9:36 8
8. Adelaide McCann 6 10:30 7
9. Ethan Riggle 7 11:13 7
10. Saxon Joyner 7 11:55 8
11. Delaney Stull 1 14:22 5
12. Arden Gaujot 5 16:13 6
13. Cyrus Pott 8 19:02 6
14. Estoria Chase 1 29:59 4

1. John Gould 9 5:05
2. Ian Brown 9 5:19
3. Skip Brown 8 5:54
4. Mac Thorton 9 6:19
5. Jon Schaffer 9 6:45
6. Patrick McCann 8 7:03
7. Jon Fiske 9 7:05
8. Sean Joyner 9 7:23
9. Colleen Compton 8 7:40
10. Kat Horska 7 8:54
11. Nazarona Labo 6 9:07
12. Bahskar Purkayastha 9 10:08
13. Omar Mukhtar 8 10:12
14. Nina 9 10:59
15. Nabs 9 12:09
16. Katy Schaffer 8 12:28
17. Emily Pott 9 19:41

I saw a website that you could look-up US snowfall totals for 2015. Canaan Valley comes in at 18....Craig Offutt

Rank Place Snow State
1 Copenhagen, Lewis County 256.2 NY
2 Mt Washington 235.2 NH
3 Redfield 7.9 Nnw 227.7 NY
4 Climax 219.6 CO
5 Attica 7 Sw 214.7 NY
6 Perrysburg 208.8 NY
7 Colden 1W 204.7 NY
8 Fulton 195.2 NY
9 Herman 186.4 MI
10 Highmarket 168.8 NY
11 Palermo 2 Sse 163.1 NY
12 Pulaski 1 N 156.4 NY
13 Marquette County Area 156.3 MI
13 Marquette Wso Ap 156.3 MI
15 Pinkham Notch 154.8 NH
16 Sault Ste Marie Sanderson Fld 154.3 MI
16 Sault Ste Marie Area 154.3 MI
18 Canaan Valley 2 144.5 WV
19 Story 0.8 W 143.9 WY
20 Blue Hill 143.4 MA
20 Milton Area 143.4 MA
22 Batavia 142.6 NY
23 Red Lodge 142.2 MT

Heading out to Colorado with Tema sans kiddos. Looking forward to playing in the big mountains. Won't be back until March. Here's a pic from this morning at a Top Secret Turn Farm in the VA suburbs of DC. Just me my dog and a hillside of snow. Had my fill of Cage-Free, Free-Range turns. Hasta pronto amigo, Andrew

You were right - no bad weather only bad clothes. We had the right gear and a great day - see son James and our fresh trax in Sawmill Bowl. Bill Berlin * So good, so happy, and so lucky to have ski days like today. Stro * Yesterday was the best day ever. The mountain was dipped in white, fluffy butter, and I flowed through, and rolled in the replenishing pleasure garden all day. Spending the day in the woods with my son and my friends was special and makes me grateful to someone, for something………...the list is long. Chris Hoy

City parks brace for Nordic invasion by followers of the Dolly Sods Lama Film at 11 Mike and Plum, Richmond,VA

We followed zigzag tracks up to Weiss knob left by two back-country skiers. we passed a couple that was camping, and an ascent skier on the glide back down. this is Evelyn at Weiss Knob, subzero temps frosted hair -thanks for great Valentine weekend! Stephanie

drew that peace sign on the rock outcrop at the end of that short trail off Stone Coal Flats Walter Haydel John Little We enjoy the beauty of frozen waterfalls in slanted winter light @ WG.

Mr. Jeff, Paul Hess, and Paul Sullivan

lenticular clouds Martin

My mom skiing in Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park. Samantha Lammie

Mary Ann started the WG cafe in '81, skied at the origianl Virginia WG in '79. She said skiing again was like riding a bike.

Harley Cahen... Jamie Mark Head

Skiathon success


sent by Albert Green 2/11/15 * " Thanks for the awesome vibe, as usual! Remember--wax dem skis! Brett

Thanks!! I"m going out on a limb and saying this was by far the best fundraiser in the history of the world. Top it off with a bb biathlon and the day doesn't get any better. It was possibly our favorite weekend of the winter - three days in a row at WG, including a day with Randy.Both of my girls are so excited about bb biathlons now. We can't wait until next year! Hugs to you and Laurie and the WG gang for hosting us.Vicki

We have spring skiing every week of the year in WV and that is the beautiful thing about 160 " snow and 100 skiable days/year so close to 32. Glad we are not in New England. There are zero white grasses up there...chip

Jenny Moore learning to fly...Thank everyone at WG for making the weekend great. Trails were the best, weather the best, staff the best and skiers the best. Took Jenny's boyfriend xc for first time. He had a blast. Kevin Moore (Poppa)

Well known Bread and Puppet Theatre prolific printmaker and puppeteer Peter Schumann, I met him by his house, strong character that still rides tall stilts in his 90's. There is also a Wind one at WG. He lives in Glover, VT up north and has a huge barn that houses his many old political puppet shows and one goes in for free with no one there and leaves a donation. Kinda like WG you use the honesty policy and everyone trusts you and so you take up the challenge. The festival they put on each year got so big that it stopped and was reputed to be so wild that if you ran down the fields nude on one would notice. No that is little different than wg, too cold for such antics yet I think a cool idea we should think about doing...the naked part that is. chip

The skinny on skins Pittsburgh Post...Chip occasionally zigzagged to the left or right to pick up small branches. Larry Walsh

Sue Haywood I think I have a new love in my life. Cross Country Skiing. For 35 years I have ridden the lifts to ski down hills (and not so well btw). This winter I am trying something new and I am loving it!! Makes me feel like I do when I practice Yoga which is my next best love. Suzanne

Thank you to everyone at Whitegrass for a fantastic week of skiing, eating, drinking, laughing! The Onion Tart was superb last night. And the wine went down easy of course. Love ya! See you soon. Clythie * Seen the OLD TOWN CRIER edition? Whitegrass featured. Ron Ulle * I thought you would enjoy seeing the finished product we were working on about Red Spruce and the TNC. Mike

3 mile little mouse mascot. Richard Owens. * Life is short. Spend it with those who remind you what it means to live. Jess Daddio

Jess Daddio/Blue Ridge Outdoors Mark Fulton


I just want to thank you again for all that you and Whitegrass do. Here's a photo of my home away from home last weekend up on the backside of Harmon, which saw weather that ran the gamut. Best regards, Jon D.

Chip always picks up * Sticks fall every second * Chip still picks up stix * by George Bell Snowshoe,WV

BB Biathlon Saturday February 7, 2015
Name age hits time
1. Iris Dubansky 8 9 6:33
2. Ava Stallmeyer 10 7 6:35
3. Max Stallmeyer 8 9 6:43
4. Mia Wheedleton 9 8 9:48
5. Isabelle Judy 10 8 9:52
6. Avah Behrens-Wik 7 3 10:11
7. Grace Coleman 10 2 10:30
8. Allison Judy 7 1 10:43
9. Sage Freed 11 3 10:58
10. Ellie Williams 7 1 11:57
11. Tess Dubansky 5 1 17:07
12. Matt Freed 12 6 19:06

BB Biathlon Sunday, February 8, 2015
Name age hits time
1. Iris Dubansky 8 8 5:58
2. Isabelle Judy 10 7 6:04
3. Colt Coffman 8 7 6:56
4. Emma Ujvagi 7 0 7:42
5. Allison Judy 7 2 8:04
6. Sage Freed 11 5 8:20
7. Zanna Logar 7 5 8:23
8. Mason Powell 8 3 8:35
9. Delany Stull 5 2 9:33
10. Avah Behrens-Wik 7 3 10:33
11. Matt Freed 12 6 10:46
12. Adelaide McCann 7 4 10:54
13. Nash Coffman 6 3 11:50
14. Raina Logar 5 1 12:30
15. Arden Gaujot 6 0 13:05
16. Nate Powell 5 2 13:51
17. Sebastian Crawford 5 1 14:14
18. Estoria 4 5 21:02
19. Andrew Wilkins 5 2 25:39

Trail fairies help, there is a branch falling every moment...otherwise report all needed attention to the Complaints Dept at WG (doesn'tmatterwhatyousay.org)

hope the blizzards are raging. Marc


Terry Peterson has skied here since '81 and still getting inspired...Photo: Andrew Hershey, Jacket: Cloud Veil, Pants: REI, Pack: 1994 Lowe Alpine 40 (with duct tape) Skis: Madshus Epoch 165, Boots: Fischer NNN BC, Hair by "Hat Head"; Hat: Sauce Wear (check them out, cool company) Blue skies, white fluffies and sunshine: Mother Nature! * Thanks in large part to thousands of annual skier visits to the trail system at White Grass, winter is the busiest season for visitors to Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Rick Steelhammer / Chas. Gazette

Working at the Trapp Family Lodge, Betty and I occasionally skied with the late Ned Gillette. He had a famously wry sense of humor. One evening as I was doing my sweep from the Slayton Pasture Cabin, wearing green wool pants, an olive green LL Bean parka and probably a green hat, I met Ned coming up the trail. His greeting was "My God! It's the Finnish Army!." The skin-tight one-piece spandex ski outfits that were de riguer among the Trapp instructors, he called "pimp suits." His best ski advice was one word: you should "ooze." I never step into my bindings without thinking of that word. Mark Gatewood

New Sled Run at Blackwater WV Northern Flying Squirrel

XC at Whitegrass breaks down the barriers. It doesn't matter what you do for a living, what you drive or what gear you have, in fact it doesn't even matter how good a skier you are, the folks at Whitegrass make you feel like family! Mark Smith, Bryson City, NC * It comes right from the heart of one nordic skier to another Mark. The finest group of humans that I know and again if you want a cool business put cross country skiing in front of your name. The ultimate filter. chip

Whitegrass RULES in more ways than one... the food, the trails, the atmosphere, the snow farm to skate ski, the staff (Zach! knew him since before he could drive a car). Such a cool, cool place. Glad you found it. You'll have to take a skate ski lesson from Sue Haywood the next time you go... you'll be hooked on skate skiing, for sure. Jill Weist * Best thing about winter is that you can always put on more clothes...

I was just thinking how you are learning to ski exactly how the rest of us learned...by following the Chases, skiing at night, sipping moonshine, too many tumbles to count, skiing in the yuck and skiing in the fluff. Great writing Jess and great skiing! Sue Haywood (Facebook)

Andy & Jess

Glad there is some snow worth skiing on there.Wish I could be in two places at once and get some positive vibes you guys have there. It's like medicine. Keep having fun! Jamie in Arabia

Vicki shoots posse 1/28...been skiing with this crew combined years around 125! chip

We’ll try to get out there soon and strike while the iron is cold. Desmond * WG always under promises and over delivers * Call you Moses cause you have freed my heels Calder

Vern Patterson...no wonder Mike never showed up to work...heading out to wv and 8 hours of White Grass should feed the soul for the rest of the season. Dan Coogan, Ft Collins, CO * I hope snow is falling on Chip Chase up at Whitegrass Touring Center. Thanks to the crew, and to the patrons there, for the warm welcome and hospitality Sat night. This place is a gem and should be experienced by all. Let it snow. John Merrill

Mar &Olivia Betty Gatewood Freeland Falls

 Some things I learned this weekend:
--getting away from it all with a group of best girl friends is a requirement and shall be done on a regular basis
--sharing a table with a complete stranger can lead to very interesting, thought-provoking conversation and a chance of having a poem written about you
--I can still dance until 2 a.m. (at least the first night)
--I am rather good at twerking
--do NOT spend the night twerking the night before you cross country ski
--cross country skiing, while more difficult than I thought would be, is way fun!
--I wish to become more earthy/crunchy
--I shall cross country ski again!
--it hurts when you fall when learning to cross country ski
--I cannot stay up dancing until 2 a.m. after cross country skiing all day
--walking is made more difficult the day after cross country skiing
--taking a snowshoe hike at White Grass with camera in hand is a beautiful way to spend a Sunday morning
--I have the BEST circle of girlfriends a person could ask for!!! Shana Nine (1/25/15)

cartoon sent by the notorious Dave Saville

Tucker County High School Goes X-Country Skiing by Charlie Waters * I shared this Post article with my friends saying that at my age (50+) I may actually be considered cool! We've been heading to White Grass since before our teens could get up on skis--they started in pulk sleds--and now we all own our our skis. We've never gone anywhere else. Why would we?! Hoping to make our annual visit later this month so Mother Nature better cooperate with some more snow in the Valley. The Sawyer Family

Thanks for the great pics! Glad to share the super vibe you all generate! * You all are the total reason this whole thing is happening! chip * I am : A reflection of you and the world's light. Kent Baake

Big shout out to Chip Chase and Laurie Little and the entire Crew at White Grass XC Ski Area. Always so happy to be there! I strongly recommend the kids ski gear program for the cost of one set of gear, your kiddo can upgrade year after year. Best food ever! The Polinski Famille Erika, Adam and Daniel ala Morgantown...home of WVU I beg your pardon...chip.

Altai Skiers of Asia * Mark Vieno local hero Cooper cut the course

Headed your way soon now that it's snowing again.  I've been doing a website of WV terrain trail maps, mostly for Mountain Biking for a while. They can be downloaded for phone apps and Garmin GPS units, or printed. Your paper map is probably still better but maybe some might enjoy having a Whitegrass map on their phone or GPS. It's all free and will stay that way. Feel free to link it on your site if you like. Whitegrass is at the bottom. It's alphabetic.wvtrails.siterubix.com Thanks! IB

Special Olympians Thanks again for another great WV/VA Special Olympics Cross Country Games. You guys are the best. Let's all do everything we can to do this next year. Gary & Terry Stone

February owes WG 100" at least for sure. Jamie Mulligan * Thought we'd come up and ski the last of the "thin snow" cover. Bill Whitzeman * Where can I find the White Grass app for my Google Glasses in case we're stuck in DC ? Mark Wenzler * WV MAG

i am in awe of being able to ski in my back yard like I do every day of the week and twice on sunday, and sometimes twice monday and the rest of the week! always evaluating and tweaking things to make it even better is half the fun too. It is pretty easy to be high on life when the snow is good! Todd (Facebook)

Joey's Bike Shop, Elkins WV P Sully Bert

Betty Gatewood just test drove our most favorite ski ever and got a case of the "I just gotta haves". One more pair of Rossi Evo Trails out there taking control of winter. Mark and her are skiing out from the GarageMahal this week, never been to the Nat'l Nordic...yet. White Grass on a good day picture, thanks!

Kids Ski Program buy once trade free for life!


32nd Annual Mountain State Marathon Results Jan 25
1st place- Ahna Valach Mingo, WV 18:44

Men’s 25K Skate
1st place- Sheldon Degenhardt Marriottsville, MD 1:27.23
2nd place- Don Nichter Carlise, PA 1:39.22

Men’s 25K Classic
1st place- Jan Merka Clarksville, MD 1:56.00
2nd place- Sean Kelly Pittsburgh, PA 1:58.42
3rd place- Mike Miller Phillipi, WV 2:08.38
4th place- Lester Lind Phillipi, WV 2:08. 52
5th place- Lewis Hart Wheeling, WV 4:12.23

Men’s 10K Skate
1st place- Adam Chase Davis, WV 39.30
2nd place- Chip Chase Davis, WV 44.36
3rd place- Mikey Valach Mingo, WV 55.15
4th place- Mark Anderson Thomas, WV 1:13.21

Men’s 10K Classic
1st place- Chuck Moeser Sterling, VA 44.55
2nd place- Dan Eckel Washington, D.C 57.56
3rd place- Willis Spaulding Charlottesville, VA 1:06.41

Women’s 10K Skate
1st place- Sue Haywood Davis, WV 40:09
2nd place- Charlie Waters Davis, WV 48.55

Women’s 10k Classic
1st place- Anne Jones Thomas, WV 1:22.45
2nd place- Karen Jacobson, Dry Fork, WV 1:23.02
3rd place- Clare Anderson Thomas, WV 1:27.23

We are sending extra racers again to the Marine Corp Marathon since they only get 30,000 entries. After all we have built this race for 3 decades in the most nordic area on the planet.

Adam Chase skier/groomer/climber snaps by Zach Adams

Vern Patterson

From Russia With Love A bit of White Grass was seen today in Sochi Russia at the Olympic cross country ski area.   Nothing beats a good day up to Bald Knob and a great bowl of soup at the cafe.  I am attaching two photos but will share others next weekend when I'm back there in Canaan with my uphill skiing friends. Kathleen Black * Eric Erbe

Joel, Marty, Sue

This man is a high paid actor Tammi Stauffer 1/14

Thanks for the great trails 1/12. Harrison County Special Olympics owned WG! Gary Abbate Gabe shoots Ski Hash

Not quite as good as the graphic in the men’s head, but similar idea. Have a great season! Dan Shewbridge

Shelly Parsons * Vicki Women's XC

Snow Yah! sent by Harley Cahen

Davis is in this wonderful article and makes you wanna go all the places there. by Jess Daddio

Ruthie East West ad queen... 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 on task to get a sign and overlook area south of Canaan Valley

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

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 Snowfall: CANAAN VALLEY, WV 140" * ERIE, PA. 88 * BUFFALO, NY 93 * TALKEETNA, AK 115 * MARQUETTE, MI 141 * MT. WASHINGTON, NH 260

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

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