Jan 10, 2014 · 9:00 PM
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This is one of those fun adventure trips we sprinkle in to shake things up a bit! We will rendezvous on the mountain for some fabulous cross country skiing at Whitegrass in Canaan Valley, WV next to....you guessed it, Dolly Sods! If you are tough enough to ski up the mountain and back you can even visit there as well! We will go to Whitegrass for a day of learning and enjoying cross country skiing in the best locale in the East at group rates ($12 day fee, $12 rental, $10 group lesson)! If you prefer a little downhill skiing on Friday night you can do that at Cannan Valley Resort (see link below). For Apres Ski entertainment we will enjoy a great evening of music and fun at the Purple Fiddle. Finally, if we have enough energy left, maybe a nice hike to another one of my hidden gems on Sunday morning!
We will meet at the Purple Fiddle in Thomas, WV on Saturday night for some great mountain music and hostel like comfort ($20+/night, see details below for costs) or reserve one of their guest rooms, link here: The Purple Fiddle. Beds and rooms fill up fast and it has been recommended that those wishing to stay here, book as soon as possible. If you wish, you may also stay at Blackwater Falls or Canaan Valley State Park Lodges or Cabins. We plan on reserving some cabins this year and will have a sign up posted here. You will need to pay $85 in advance this year for 2 nights in the cabin. There is also winter camping at Canaan Valley State Park with hot showers as well, but expect the wind chill to be 0 F or below! You will need to sign up here and make reservations at the Purple Fiddle or elsewhere on your own.
I am currently limiting this to a lucky 40 people to see how it goes. We need a minimum of 8 people to get the group cabin rate and must book a reservation for our group ahead of time. If it generates a lot of interest, maybe we can make it larger....maybe! This trip is similar to Bridge Day, which was wildly popular and now a Washington Backpackers Annual Event! So let's saddle up for another grand adventure in winter this time, with lots of fresh air and exercise, great music, food and party with some of the best friends you will ever meet!
UPDATE: To reserve your space in the deluxe cabins, please visit the Cabin Payments page and pay the $77 needed to secure the cabins. This must be paid by Sunday, October 27, 2013 by 9PM. You must sign up on this page BEFORE you pay for your cabin space. If you would like to see what the cabins are like, visit the park's page.