Greener Every Day
New projects, good old fashion work, lush appalachian beauty, so much to be thankful for. Looking into a summer of healthy improvements and another adventure filled ski season!
WG Cater Brochure * Get Tuckered * Front Street Grocer * Pot Highland Farm & Food
Time with You by Gary Soto 2009
We’re thirteen, almost fourteen,
2016-17 SKIABLE DAYS: 69 (90 average) * W/ 50 KM: 35 * SEASONAL SNOW: 134" Oct 1 Nov 11 Dec 18 Jan 40 Feb 25 Mar 30 Apr 6 May 2
Purple Fiddle Do NOT Misses: Suitcase Junket May 24 * Steel Wheels May 25 * Love Canon May 27 * Gangstagrass June 2 * Bella's Bartock June 19 * Woodshedders July 1
twice the snowfall of Buffalo, 44 mean average temperature , 60" annual precipitation evenly distributed, 90 sunny days and frost free, and 160" average snowfall
trails that are trying to get nowhere quick Eric Erbe * Brad Rice Channel 12 on WG * Blackwater Bikes * Intellicast Davis 10 days * GoToWV * Absolute Telemark * Sue Haywood * Keeping Arts Alive Appalachia * Powder Mag WV * Charm Farm * Winter WV * Snowiest Mountains * Country Vintner * WG First Open * skiing is a dance and the mountains have the lead * Inspiring West Virginians * Renovate WV * Sking in the parking lot is called a Texas Base grind Lauren * Sue Haywood/Dirt Rag * Betty Gatewood/Artist * WG is developing its warm snow technology * Joel's orig WG Rockin' Video * don't track it up til I get there...Todd * Betty Gatewood/Artist * Mtn Laurel Learning * 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 snows Jeff C * Epic GeTaways * Nordic Dream. pdf * OVERHEARD: Best thing about XC is that you don't hafta wear a helmet or goggles, as they always fog up * better to have nicks on your skis than dust * WG uses moonshine to clean their xc skis * Didn't mind it skiin' slow, fast enuff for me * There's a stick falling on our trails every second * I know I'm of 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 * Better to have nicks on your skis than dust * Everybody falls according to Sue and I can prove it * We're only huggin' to stay warm * Guess the human sacrifice worked Spencer Lee * old people skiing in circles on flat ground Brian Hazlett * Only takes 3 or 4 hours to get whooped xc so pick the best part of the day * Might want to check the lifts, they seemed slow Jeff Simcoe * Nirvana is not only a band...it's a place called Whiite Grass Mike Kenny * WG... Ski It When You Can Roger Zbel * definitely have a distribution problem with your snow here * no green snow? * it just has to blow and WG catches mostly Maryland's snow Lang King * know skiing is great when I meet Chris Good in the parking lot Mark Anderson * Can't have the same winter every year * Driftland Ski & Sport
SEND A mind stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions Oliver Holmes
Chip - I want to buy a season pass for next year. Beat the rush. I attached a couple of pics from this past year. I tried to ski with my daughter, Lucy and her boyfriend Amaan – they live in Dubai (it’s hot there). Amaan had never seen snow (he is from Delhi). It was wild that day – a blowing you down blizzard – great day, but I was not taking them out for a first cross country ski experience. We gathered the family (3 are missing in this pic and I’m taking the picture) and just enjoyed being at Whitegrass. This next year will be AWESOME! Steve Sanderford
Mt. Washington, NH reported 22.8 inches of snow during the 24-hours ending midnight May 14, 2017. That is a new 24-hour May snowfall amount. The previous 24-hr. record was 22.2 inches in May 1967. The 38-hour storm total for this event was 33.3 inches, also a record for any May multi-day snowstorm. Bob Leffler
Eric Thompson on the road for Creature Craft
Tele is Dead? sent by Ed Phelps ...comments online @ Powder * Here's a twist: Try coming at it from kick'n'glide only beef it up a bit: there's your home sweet home for tele. Mellow hills and mileage. NNN-BC gear is the hardtail mtbike of skiing and it's right under everybody's nose. In a world of kick'n'glide roadies, BC delivers your singletrack back at you in winter with turny-glades mixed in. The majority of snow country is hardwoods -- where heavier gear isn't right, but THE TURN is right on. Of course, nobody has put a dime into marketing kick'n'glide in decades either. --More fun that's ready for a comeback.
Diane Rader Canaan Heights 5/7/17
WV Mag Todd Romero
Some folks asked in response to my photo yesterday Milky Way was surrounded by clouds. It is the galactic core of the Milk Way which is the diagonal pattern in the center of sky part of the frame. It was perfectly clear with no clouds in the sky both yesterday and this morning. That diagonal region is the edge of the galaxy disc. Joe Henry
David Drazen & Family Norway!
Your Fearless One now sees a hard freeze next Monday and Tuesday mornings likely with some snow also likely Saturday Night into Sunday. I also expect minimum morning temperatures to reach the low to mid 20's F both Monday and Tuesday with the lowest readings in higher valley bottoms. High temperatures Sunday will be stuck only in the 30's F and near freezing above 4,000 feet. Some snowfall is likely late Saturday night into Sunday as a potent storm system spinning overhead winds down but still interacts with the high ground to produce some rain changing to upslope snow. The warm May ground will hinder any accumulations. With that said, I still see the following potential snowfall: 3,000 - 3,500 ft.: trace (less than 0.1 inch) to 1 inch * 3,500 - 4,000 ft.: trace to 2 inches * >4,000 ft.: 1 to 3 inches * Mountain tops in the area should be nicely whitened by this event by both snow and rime ice. This is the start of what appears to be an prolonged period (one to 2 weeks) of unseasonably cool weather for the high ground. Multiple follow-up freezes are possible into mid-May if this pattern holds. I recommend delaying planting of sensitive flowers and crops until this risk passes. I will advise you if I see any significant changes to my Fearless Forecast.
In the mean time, stay tuned to your local National Weather Service forecasts for more timely updates.
Your Fearless Canaan Weatherman 5/4/17
last snow? Bill Fischer 4/7/17
27th Smoke Hole
ONE VERMONT SKI RESORT RETURNS TO ITS ROOTS : While two Vermont ski areas have been acquired in mega-mergers in the past weeks, another one is returning to its roots. A group of local investors led by Ralph DesLauriers and his son, Evan DesLauriers, closed Friday on the purchase of Bolton Valley Resort, according to published reports. Bolton Valley was founded by DesLauriers and his father Roland in 1966. DesLauriers owned and operated the resort from its founding until 1997. Since then, the resort has changed hands several times and until Friday, was owned by two real estate developers from Burlington, Larry Williams and Doug Nedde. The management group, including resort president George Potter, will stay on to oversee day-to-day operations. The management group has its work cut out for them. Over the years, Bolton Valley Resort has aged and what was once a year-round destination resort with winter and summer amenities has, over the years, reduced its amenities and narrowed its focus to the winter. The group has ambitious plans to update and renovate the property, restore summer amenities, and enhance customer service. The purchase includes approximately 700 acres of land, six lifts, a 64-room hotel, 10 lodge condominium units, four restaurant facilities, a small general store and deli, and a 20,000 square foot indoor Sports Center. In addition, the company has contractual access and use rights for cross-country & backcountry skiing and hiking on 1,144 acres of adjacent land in Mount Mansfield State Park.
Richard & LA blessing WG in BC!
JACKAL HUT Colo. more fun with friends, thanks Greg Berry!
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Rick and Whit at the Bird
Thank you for late-season skiing bliss. I left my heart in Canaan Valley... My little one insists on going back tomorrow. Will have to wait till next season. Katia Dianina
This was an amazing experience for all. I have attached some of our favorite pics from the trip as well as a formal thank you letter. * To Chip Chase, Brad Moore and White Grass: Thank you for hosting us in March 2017 for our wilderness medicine course. The educational opportunity you provided to Georgetown Medical Students by sharing your years of experience in ski rescue was priceless. The chance to learn from pre-hospital EMS and rescue experts is the highlight of the Wilderness Medicine course for our students; coupling that experience with cross country skiing made the lessons even more memorable. Your kindness in sharing your time and skills with us for the day is reflective of the amazing generosity and service you provide to the greater Canaan community every day of the year. Visiting and working with White Grass provided the students with a greater understanding of what it takes to take care of a whole person in line with Georgetown’s motto, “cura personals”, and we look forward to learning from you again. Sincerely, Matthew Wilson, MD * Georgetown University School of Medicine March 2017
Staff Party...Glad to serve while spreading the gospel that winter can be one of your four favorite seasons.
if there's snow on the ground skis are on your feet...
In spite of no snow for the Birkie, team Spider Lake Lodge persisted and found skiable "freshie" in Michigan the day of the non-Race! Thanks for keeping XC alive in the midAtlantic, and see you next season at Whitegrass! Ray Phaneuf & Cristina Loglio
Morgan Chase by Liz Stout 3/24/17
Sue Haywood shooting the boss before heading out to MtnBike season...love you girl!
I had the best weekend last weekend. My old high school buddy and I met up there on Friday and did a few hour tour, concluded by dumping snow. Saturday was a longer tour as more friends showed up, and I traded up my Evos for some Fishers and some of those rad red boots that you guys have. SO MUCH BETTER NOW. Sunday was an easy sunshine last-day-of winter- tour and we'll see you next year. Your staff, as you know, are amazing. Best, Jay Blincoe
Greetings from CO! Thanks for another great season. The lean years make us appreciate the good years that much more but WG always delivers because of the great team! Y'all make it look easy! Thanks everyone! Andy Mollohan
Spencer floats Doc's Side Of The Moon
If it was the end of winter, it was a grand finale. Thanks to you and everybody else at WG for maintaining infectious enthusiasm through a tough season. John Sills
no I don't hafta go A great day of friends, skiing and thunder snow! Anne Marie Lareau
Estrella dog paddle Doc's Drift
Team White Grass represented at the Norwegian Birkebeinerrennet. Lester & Mike
"old people skiing in circles on flat ground" Brian Hazlett's snowboard view of xc until he actually skied here...his big take was all the peace and quiet.
A Winter's Storm In March Means A Morning Skiing The Glades
STELLA BRINGS MEGADUMP OF SNOW TO NORTHEAST; NORTHWEST TURNS SOGGY * For most of the winter, ski resorts on the West Coast, in particular, have had near-daily updates on how many inches/feet of snow they received in the past 24/48 hours. While those on the East Coast have seen a cycle of snow, then rain, then freezing temps, then a heat wave – repeat. But the tables have turned, at least for the moment. Reports say that skiers and snowboarders heading to the slopes in the Northwest in the next few days will have to contend with extremely soggy conditions that will put to test even the best rain-wicking outerwear. Meanwhile, Stella – called a “blizzard” by NOAA and a “major nor’easter” by pretty much everyone else – is dumping on the Northeast. Some areas to the south are reportedly getting more sleet and freezing rain, but in Vermont, upstate New York and most of Maine and New Hampshire, light dry powder is answering the prayers of snow addicts who have suffered through another up-and-down winter. Winter Storm Stella is the biggest winter event Vermont has seen in years. Over the past decade, the Green Mountain State has only seen five storms that have accumulated more than 15 inches of snow, and among them, Stella ranks third.
Brain Gurr Sue Haywood graceful tele
Anytime you want to slow down just ski into a drift * Guess the human sacrifice worked Spencer Lee * Nirvana is not a band...it's a place called White Grass Mikey * The tiny things that run the world - E.O. Wilson * I don't want my cool friends know that I kick and glide * It was as awesome as it could be
Thanks Amy for the water and woods walk
Mr. Dave 3/11/17 Lange King
Frank Slider (last drift in Canaan?)
A big thanks, again, to you and Laurie for opening your door to Shelton and I last Thursday morning and so graciously lending us a chainsaw to clear FR80 to the top. We had a blast of a long weekend celebrating my friend's 50th. Unfortunately we were running late Sunday (with a 4 hour drive ahead of us) and made the hard call of passing up those great beers on tap. Until we see you again... much love to the whole Whitegrass family. Kindest Regards, Jonathan Dodd
Todd sez this is the entire ski season capsulized...thin cover orange
Mike/Lester to Norway for Birkie!
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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Bike Co * Blackwater Bikes * WG Race Results * Never cancel due to a weather forecast Kevin Moore * Rescue @ Spruce Knob * Green Wax * Best Places To Ski * Snowshoeing WVpdf. * When you see a wet spot with your skis...hit the gas! * Experience Tucker * Powder Mag WV.pdf * Want a cool business... put xc skiing in front of your name * Canaan.org Blog * Snurfer poaches Mad River * Chaga * There's a container under the bed for the ski money Laura * How WG Got It's Name pdf * Stumptown Ales * Chaga Hunters @ WG * XC Snowboarding * WV Craft Hard Cider * 48 Hrs Tucker * these skis go right up the mtn...not with me on um they won't. 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Mansfield,VT 5/11 * XC Is Cool * Outdoor Retailer * Maplets * Scarpa T4 & Voile Vector Skis * Eddie Spaghetti Art * Holly Hinkle Art 115 skiable 65 days all 50 km open & 150" snow, started before T'Day ended around Easter...Dec. dry/warm * Banff Film Fest * Uphill Skiers npr * Film Fest Vimeo & Snow Days by Todd * Patch Adams * Sweet place to stay in canaan? * People melted away before the snow * Norwegian flips * Amer. XC Racers Win * Mad River Glen, VT * Hippie Joint WG * Yosemite Chip * Experience Tucker * WG Skinny Skins P'burgh Post * WG Dec WV Mag * Local Mead Mr.Ben * WG Junk Archive Place * Jivaka Wellness Center * Seneca Rocks * Binding Does De Wurk w/ chip * Chaga Mushroom * Seneca Rocks * Wanderlust Festivals * 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 * 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. 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 * Refuge Snowshoeing * 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 Rebecca * 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
Rentals including on and off track, child, telemark, backcountry, skating, ski along pulk sled, NNN BC, 75 mm cable, & snowshoes. PSIA lessons, guided tours, NSP ski patrol, telemarking glades, backcountry, full spectrum retail shop, most all ski repairs and service. We have liberal youth trade kids gear programs, equipment upgrading with trades, and used gear for sale everyday of the winter. The cafe will keep you well nourished. We often roll interesting video and music as well as live concerts.
Facebook Remembering Old Canaan ...Chip Chase videotaping the mountainbike trials events - barefooted no matter the rocks underfoot or the weather. Roger Bird * ...where'd it go? WG Tomb Most important muscle in skiing is the one in your cheek that makes your lips shape into a smile. Dickie Hall
Some of the secrets to slowing down on xc skis is having the skills to create even shape, pressure, and a balanced 50/50 treatment to each ski, never favor or lean and be politically correct to yourself...you have two legs, feet, and two long skis....treat um equally and you will love skiing hills from then on...be flat center in the middle of that well shaped "V". Tilt your skis on edge to cross a sidehill i.e anywhere at WG. Place your weight firmly over each step like monster-giant stomping and again travel forward and be the boss. Basic athletic flexed ankle and knee position throughout your skiing and when you stride your body needs to up out and forward and your knees should lead the way. Concentrate weight and steering to the back ski in the tele turn and you MUST turn the back knee and ski up into the hill.
Aver. Snow ERIE, PA 88" * BUFFALO, NY 93" * TALKEETNA, AK 115" * CANAAN, WV 140" * MARQUETTE, MI 141" * MT. WASHINGTON, NH 260" * TUG HILL, NY 300"
The pure spirit of skiing and the good life is alive and well and living at 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