Soft powder snow, cold temperatures, fresh dustings, excellent trail grooming, delicious soup, friendly people, cool place to stay...sounds like White Grass.
12/15 2 pm: 23 light snow showers mellow breezes
its been snowin' for days
SNOW DEPTH IN WOODS: 2"- 8"
SURFACE: powder mixed last night w/ graupel and back to powder again, light with some body
CAUTION:light powder snow over frozen dry earth
CAFE: OPEN LUNCHES Daily 11am - 3pm
Sat Dec 16 Live Music Switch Affect (JB & Julianna)
NEW SNOW: 1/2"
Last Snowfall: 3" 12/14
SEASONAL SNOW: 22" Oct 9.5 Nov 2.5 Dec 11"
Km OPEN: 50 km with caution
Km GROOMED: 20 rolled * 3 set track
SKIABLE DAYS: 7 * W/ 50 KM: 3
EVENTS: Dec. 17 Snowshoe Discovery Tour - 1 pm A natural history snowshoe walk with Chip Chase, owner of White Grass, as he shares fun facts about the climate, forest type, and geology of the area. Enjoy a short streamside jaunt that lasts about an hour and covers around a mile of easy rolling terrain.
SNOWFARM: drifted heavily and catching a lot now in gusts....big snow crops this week!
The farm is unbelievable and we plan to Pisten Bulley groom for the weekend and the conditons are bound to be fantastic along the entire system
Nat'l Nordic (4200'- 4463') : 3"- 8"
I love the winter, with its imprisonment and its cold, for it compels the prisoner to try new fields and resources. HD Thoreau sent by Dave Stephan
Nordic Salsa Vimeo
SEASON PASSERS: Leah Devine & Jeremy Reneau Elkins WV and Nancy & Jim Reneau Grafton WV and Edie
SKIERS YESTERDAY: 6 Special Forces and about 35 others
Ski Patrollers: Thanks to Stro, Ben, Jeff, Penny, Paul, Jason, Gary, Brad, Chip, Joel, Stinky, Mike, John, locals Dr. Ed & Diane Rader, Dr. John Logar, Dr. Tom Johnson, and other visiting volunteers.
This Weekend : Weather and trail conditions being marginal yet pretty perfect. A dusting to an inch will really help, skiers and staff are happy this week. Canaan, Blackwater & T'line open!
Dr Tom evolution skis I love * Mtn.Yoga
bundle up kiss winter on the lips * Kids Ski Deal
your home ski area's up and runnin' * Backbone Farm
skiing staffers best kind * Billy Hotel Lounge
A Poem of Thanks By Wendell Berry 1985
I have been spared another day
Purple Fiddle Do NOT Misses: 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
I am sorry to advise you that I am suspending my Fearless Forecasts for the high country of Eastern Tucker County, WV including the Canaan Valley effectively immediately. My wife was diagnosed today with a serious medical condition. I hope to begin reissuing forecasts when she fully recovers. In the mean time, an option for outstanding forecasts for the Allegheny Mountains can be found via Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/Allegheny-Mountains-Weather-178417608963652/ In the mean time, you can also always access official NWS forecasts for the local area at: ttp://www.weather.gov/pbz/ Once on the map, place the curser on your area of interest and click. Up will come the official 7-day forecast for your location. It has been my honor serving the community with my complimentary winter weather forecasts for these last several years. Best wishes to you and yours over the holidays and beyond....Sincerely, Bob Leffler Your Canaan Weatherman
Summers are cool and humid with afternoon maximum temperatures averaging in the mid 70s °F. Summer morning minimum temperatures average in the low 50s °F. Due to its altitude and "frost hollow" topography, extreme minimum temperatures below freezing (20s °F) have been recorded in every month of the year. The average growing season of about 95 days is shorter than in Fairbanks, Alaska . Winters are typically cold and snowy with an average winter producing 134 inches of snowfall. The largest snowfall of 257 inches was recorded in 1995–96 winter. Even in the mildest of winters, over 5 feet of snow falls. Snow pack usually reaches a maximum depth of about 2 feet plus in late February. In exceptionally cold snowy winters, packs can exceed 4 feet in depth in the woods WIKIPEDIA (written by our fearless Bob Leffler above)
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OVERHEARD: Downhill skiing is thrilling yet short lived Mark * skiing on one inch our mission * legislate raising the freezing temp of water to 40 Eric Erbe * never cancel due to a weather forecast Kevin Moore * if there's snow on the ground skis are on your feet * there are many paths thru the forest Joe Cheff * Bramble On by zeppelin trail blazer Todd * go as far as can go and then go a bit further Bill Fischer * skiing is a dance and the mountains have the lead * Sking in the parking lot is called a Texas Base grind Lauren * WG uses moonshine as wax remover * better to have nicks on your skis than dust * Might want to check the lifts, they seemed slow Jeff Simcoe * if you wanna learn how to ski revel in marginal conditions Windy Bridgewater * WG... Ski It When You Can Roger Zbel * Guess the human sacrifice worked Spencer Lee * WG is developing its warm snow technology * don't track it up til I get there...Todd * Best thing about XC is that you don't hafta wear a helmet or goggles, as they always fog up * 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 * old people skiing in circles on flat ground Brian Hazlett * Nirvana is not only a band...it's a place called White Grass Mike Kenny * 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
Where natural beauty meets outdoor playground. It is going to be a fun weekend in Tucker with all four resorts open, starting Friday 12/15.
Thank you so very much, on behalf of our clients and my staff for the enormous amount of nonperishables you collected!!! And the financial contribution was unreal. Veronica Staron Blackwater Ministerial Association Food Pantry (thank you jack frost generous doners united)
thin snow no worries Bill & Hillary Berlin 5" @ 4000 feet 12/14 2 pm
natty nord 4350' 12/10 by Bob Livingston USA
Dec 10 - Snowshoe Discovery Tour Water Water Everywhere - 10 am Join Park Ranger Ted Hodson on a hike where we discuss how water in all of its forms moves through the valley. Find out why the wetlands are so important to the water cycle, and how we can guarantee its survival.
thanks Herb/JC Lumber for hard to get locust
few changes @ WG sled run
After 4.6 billion years, the sun has finally burned out...Winter is coming. Gabe Dewitt
they said the moss was already loose and they put it back where it was Melanie
Eddie Art Vern Patterson
Blackwater Falls sled run Mr. Dave up all night
waiting for snow Keith / Ivonne
November Weekend Trail Days: Thanksgiving weekend lead us to highest of the high as well as bridge and glade snipping where we netted over 85 hours bringing the yearly total close to 700 hours. Appreciate the slave labor from Chris Wellborn, Chip, Todd, Robbie, Ed, Dick, Bill Fischer, Joe Chef, Jim Meckley, Tim, Jesse Tom Johnson, and Mark Mid Nov. outings netted 240 hours of improvements as we thank PATC crew Bert, Edna, Ralph, Doug, Jack, Bill, and Peggy, along with Bert and Robert, Tim and Melba, Kevin, Max, JT, Eddie, Ben, Adam, Windy, Mark and Mark, Todd, Chip, Adam, Ed, Bruce, JT, Ben, Eddie, Chris, Morgan and Molly, and L.E. sweeping Little oregon, plum orchard, repairing bridges, and liftshack glades.On Sunday Tim, Ralph, Doug, Jack, Kevin, Chip, Windy, Mark and Chloe set up the snowfarm, clipped anitas, along with dark forest widening. Appreciate all the hard work and high exercise levels in mid November with 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, Sara and Brandon, Zach, Stro in the shop and Dave with wrenches. 168 hours... 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 November's opening weekend where we covered a lotta ground and over 94 man hours of trail improvement in one weekend
Grateful for you and all of these years of practicing yoga together! THANK YOU Sign up www.mountainyogawv.com Full of Gratitude, Anne
Thanks for your DAILY votes! Best xc Resort (we won!)
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
Jack Kangas 11/18
Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge thanks open house
Jacob Lutz Dance 12/15
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
“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.
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!
Austin Powder Company Eric Thompson
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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Staff Party...Glad to serve while hoping winter can be one of your four favorite seasons. * BLAST FROM THE PAST page....
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. Drinks and charm Billy Motel in Davis. Rock out at the Purple Fiddle, bed by midnite.
Alternative Activities: What to do when you're wondering why you're here and the natural snow stinks or is nonexistent...besides to an amazing free and welcome hike up parts of our unbelievable trail system and mountain glades, scenic overlooks and shelters with wood stoves, visit the bubbling sand spring on Freeland Road, then telemark ski, night ski, nordic ski on manmade snow, buy one run and combine with a Dolly Sods hike * sniff out snow way up high, ice skate, sled run, tube hill, try snowshoeing, horseback ride, waterfall hikes, mountain bike, fat tire bike, hike, animal tracking, cave, rock climb, backcountry drive, paddle, stargazing in some of the clearest skies, incredibly quiet and peaceful lack of noisy noise, visit nature centers and state park facilities, explore the tourist info office, trade and demo xc gear, climb olson tower, enjoy a cafe and shop a store, support artist galleries, please stop in for ideas from some experts and enjoy a ski video and great music... many great indoor things that make getaways a good time. Experience the amazing Purple Fiddle, Front Street Grocery, Ben's Loom Barn, WV Highlands Gallery, Highland Farm and Food, Lamplight , White Room and Creature Galleries in Thomas and the entire Front Street shops, Tip Top Coffee, Billy Hotel Lounge, Stumptown Ales, Wild Ginger & Spice or Blackwater Bikes, Mountain State Brewing Company. Tucker Community Foundation would love to meet you. There are many other fine local establishments and they need your business. Be thankful we're in the mountains and go exploring, everybody's friendly and if not report back to us!
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)
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