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5th Annual Cross Country Ski Trip!

  • 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.

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  • Kirsten

    Had a blast with the combined group. Everyone is a great cook. I didn't have enough time to try all the choices at the potluck. Thanks to Jim and Hollis for coordinating this trip. Enjoyed hiking with Margie and Susan at Whitegrass.

    January 13, 2014

  • Suzana

    All,

    Thanks for organizing such an AWESOME trip. This was my first get together with the group and I have to admit you are a bunch of cool, fun, and chilled bunch. I felt welcomed and comfortable and had tons of fun despite the rain. Can't wait for the next adventure!!!!!

    January 13, 2014

  • Craig

    Had a really good time with everyone. Hoping for lots of snow next time!!

    1 · January 13, 2014

  • Dan S.

    To everyone who organized and ran the trip (big shout out!), everyone who drove, everyone who brought delicious food to share, and everyone else, thanks for an awesome weekend!! With so much fun this weekend, I hardly noticed that there was no snow!

    2 · January 12, 2014

  • Paul

    Thank you so much to all those involved in organizing the trip and giving us the chance for another awesome weekend with the Group. Even a light drizzle couldn't dampen our spirits and I know I got a lot from the XC skiing lesson. Evening entertainment was great, spending time with existing and new friends . . . till next time . . .

    January 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey, in case people are wondering if the chemical plant spill in WV affect us, it does not. I looked it up. We will be in Tucker county which is not one of the ones affected. So we will have water, etc., no problem. See you all later today! - Puifai

    January 10, 2014

    • Jim N.

      The Spill is 180 miles to the south, just north of Charleston, WV, so we will not be affected.

      January 10, 2014

  • Kathleen

    Just a quick note to let everyone know that I spoke with Blackwater Falls State Park this morning, and they have assured me that they are not included any area covered by the water restriction.

    1 · January 10, 2014

    • Jim N.

      The spill occurred down in the Charleston, WV area, about 180 miles from Blackwater Falls.

      January 10, 2014

  • Kathryn

    If anybody needs a ride from Herndon/Reston area leaving about 6 on Friday, I have space.

    January 8, 2014

    • kelley

      Great, Kathryn. I'd love to join your carpool and will send you a text!

      January 10, 2014

    • Dan S.

      Hi Kathryn! Might there be room for one more in your carpool?

      January 10, 2014

  • kelley

    Are folks meeting at the Centreville Park & Ride to carpool for this or are we all just meeting at the cabins?

    January 10, 2014

    • Jim N.

      We are going directly there this time Kelley. If you need help, let me know as I have space for 1.

      January 10, 2014

  • Rosie

    I was looking foreward to this trip but have to cancel. I know I'm going to miss a good time!!! See you soon

    January 9, 2014

  • Amanda S

    I have an extra space in my car from NW DC (leaving around 6:15/30 on Friday if anyone needs a ride from downtown.

    January 8, 2014

    • Natalie

      Hi Amanda, I would be up for carpooling tomorrow evening. You can email me so we can coordinate.

      January 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    One more open space. My knee still isn't up to much activity, despite all my hoping.

    January 9, 2014

    • Jim N.

      You can just relax at the cabin and enjoy music at the Purple Fiddle Kim and not do any strenuous activity if you wish.

      January 9, 2014

  • Dan S.

    Hey all, I'm heading out Friday evening from the eastern shore. Does anyone along the rt. 50 corridor or around the beltway need a ride? I'll be passing by DC around 5:30

    January 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am a newbie to this trip and wanted to confirm that linens are supplied in the cabins, even in the winter. thanks.

    January 6, 2014

    • Kelly P

      Thanks, Jim. I'll prepay for two people.

      January 7, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Jim, any news on the prepayment for the rentals? Thanks a lot!

      January 9, 2014

  • Kelly P

    I'll be leaving DC/Alexandria on Friday around 7 p.m. Let me know if you need a ride. (Must confirm by text.)

    January 9, 2014

  • Mark H

    I'm afraid I'm going to have to cancel out on this trip as I'm getting to far behind on things, need time to catch up at home. I'll miss seeing you guys this weekend ! Please contact me if you want my slot, else others in cabin can use space as needed, no worries.

    January 8, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry to hear that! We will miss you!

      2 · January 8, 2014

  • Henry

    Well, as I wrote yesterday, sorry but have to cancel as I'm out of town for work. If someone can use my cabin spot, message me. Cheers.

    January 8, 2014

  • Kolie

    Sorry, but w can't make it anymore. Please contact me if you want our two slots.

    January 8, 2014

  • Rachel

    Hope it doesn't rain!

    January 7, 2014

    • Jim N.

      It won't stop us though

      1 · January 7, 2014

  • Ali

    I will not be able to attend due to a broken kneecap. Was hoping I'd make this but I need to be in a brace for 3 more weeks. Contact me if you'd like to buy my spot

    January 6, 2014

    • Kelly

      I hope u feel better Ali, I go to the Ortho today to see me damage! I feel your pain.

      January 7, 2014

    • Jim N.

      I am so sorry to hear about it Ali. Hope it heals up quickly.

      January 7, 2014

  • Dave

    "Fullish Moon Skiing This Weekend 7:30 PM nitely" posted on the White Grass site. Enjoy!

    1 · January 7, 2014

  • Jim N.

    There is a Breakfast Buffet on Sunday morning at the Lodge from 8 AM to noon for $8.50 per person plus gratuity if interested which I plan to attend. Due to the size of our group was asked by the Lodge to get a head count so they make enough food for us. So please respond here if interested in going to the Breakfast Buffet on Sunday morning, thanks.

    December 12, 2013

    • kelley

      I'm in as well

      January 7, 2014

    • Lynette

      I'm in also

      January 7, 2014

  • Kathryn

    Yes for breakfast

    January 6, 2014

  • Rosie

    Yes for breakfast

    January 6, 2014

  • Yoon n.

    Could someone let me know if a spot opens up?

    January 5, 2014

    • Ali

      E-mailed you

      January 6, 2014

    • Yoon n.

      Hey Ali. Thanks for the email but I ended up organizing a separate trip since I didn't think I could join this one. Good luck on your recovery.

      January 6, 2014

  • Suzana

    Hi All,

    I live in DC - Mt. Vernon Square and don't have a car. Can I get a lift? Thanks!

    December 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Greg. I have x-country skis and a little car that will get me to an urban meeting location, your home or another spot. Let me know off-line when you finalize plans : )

      December 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Greg, sorry for my late response, I was off the grid for a week. I am finally going with a friend that offered her car, so you guys can have the spot on your truck. In any case thanks a lot for the offer!

      December 21, 2013

  • Jim N.

    To everyone attending, I will send out an email in the next week with all the details and what you will have to pay in advance to reserve your cabin spot. Kathleen and I will see if we can swing a better deal, but be prepared for $85 for your share of a cabin for Friday and Saturday nights.

    October 22, 2013

    • Jim N.

      You need to be next in line on the Cross Country Ski Trip Meetup page Bill and then will have to buy someone else's spot the spot opens up. It is not a free for all as we like commitment in this group.

      December 20, 2013

    • Hollis

      To clarify.... The cabins were pre-paid for and we are not offering refunds. So if someone drops out, they are responsible for finding someone to fill their space. Adding your name to the waitlist lets people see who is interested so they can reach out to them and see if they would like to buy their cabin space.

      December 20, 2013

  • Manolo R.

    Can I join the group for XC skiing but I have a place to stay in Thomas. I also have a off road jeep and have space if that helps. I have my season pass for Whitegrass too.

    December 12, 2013

  • Nevien I.

    Hi all, I'm looking to get on the trip. If anyone can't make it and want to sell their spot, i can buy it. just send me a msg and we can arrange payment. Thanks.

    December 10, 2013

  • nina

    Hi there,
    I would love to join the group -- cross country skiing is on my bucket list. I met Chip last year at Whitegrass (was skiing at Timberline) we shared some moonshine. It was magical :) please let me know if a spot opens up. Thank you!

    December 9, 2013

  • Yoon n.

    I just found this group and am interested in joining this trip. Is it too late? I see the number is already beyond the limit mentioned in the trip description

    December 3, 2013

    • Jim N.

      Unless someone drops out the event has been full for about 6 weeks, but will have another event later in the winter.

      1 · December 4, 2013

    • Yoon n.

      Got it. Thanks, Jim.

      December 4, 2013

  • Suzana

    Hollis, received an email from you about signing up for the trip. I already signed up and paid for the trip. The link you emailed says "Notify Me". Bit perplexed what to do here. Can you please clarify? Also I guess I wanted the party cabin when I initially signed up but have been moved to a quiet cabin ...hmmm.

    November 25, 2013

    • Rachel

      Hi Suzana, I'm in a party cabin, but would be happy with a quiet cabin - if you want to switch

      November 26, 2013

    • Hollis

      I already moved Suzana around, but I might be able to move you into a quiet cabin Rachel.

      November 26, 2013

  • Kristen

    I have to bow out, too. But Aaron H. is going to take my spot on the trip and in the cabins.

    November 26, 2013

  • Peter B S.

    Disappointed to have to change my RSVP to no. Hope you all get plenty of snow!

    November 25, 2013

    • Kelly P

      Peter, can I buy your spot too?

      November 25, 2013

    • Peter B S.

      I've sold my spot to Kelly P

      November 25, 2013

  • Jim L

    I regretfully am going to have to bail out on this trip. Sorry to miss it but life has gotten extra busy lately. I'm sure it'll be a great trip and look forward to seeing everyone on another one soon.

    November 25, 2013

    • Kelly P

      Check's in the mail! Thanks.

      1 · November 25, 2013

  • uday

    Had to change my status to NO..Hope some one will pick this spot, will be out of country on those dates

    November 20, 2013

  • Rachel

    Crossing my fingers for a spot on this trip!...

    November 7, 2013

  • KingsleyC

    thinking to meet the group on Sat and stay at Purple Fiddle. may do some downhill ski somewhere the next day.

    November 6, 2013

  • Hollis

    REMINDER: Only 7 cabin spaces left. If you are interested in staying at the cabins, please pay your $77 by Sunday, Oct 27th 9pm. We must have pre-payments to secure the cabins this year. Info about the cabins and payment can be found here: http://www.meetup.com/dc-backpackers/events/147114882/?a=co1.1_grp&rv=co1.1
    Please sign up here first though. Priority will be given to those signed up on this page.
    Thanks!

    October 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    One clarifying question, as I am reviewing the description of the trip; it is stated above that we will need to sign up here and make reservations at the Purple Fiddle or elsewhere on our own.... but then you are planning on making group reservation for the cabins how is it finally working? and if there is group reservation, to whom and when would we need to pay?

    Thanks a lot!

    October 8, 2013

    • Jim N.

      Sign up now Iru. If you snooze you lose.

      October 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Jim, Signed up :) I hope to being able to go since I will be travelling for two months from Nov 18 and will come back to DC just a couple of days before, but if I can't make it I will try to find someone to fill the gap :)

      October 24, 2013

  • uday

    hi Jim, i have never skied except for ice skating. I would love to join this trip. whats your opinion.

    October 22, 2013

    • Neal

      Whitegrass does offer lessons which were included when I was there. I found the lesson useful.

      October 22, 2013

    • uday

      Thank you Neal for the information.

      1 · October 23, 2013

  • Katrina

    Fasting...won't be able to ski for squat. I'm ready for winter trips though! So long as I don't need snowshoes

    October 23, 2013

  • Dave

    I will see everyone on the trails. I saw this event after signing up on the DC UL event the same weekend. Saturday (and maybe Friday) evening I will probably be staying at the Canaan Valley State Park campground, 0 degree wind chills be damned! :-) Alternatively, I might ski up into Dolly Sods and camp there Saturday night.

    1 · October 22, 2013

  • Jim N.

    We are planning on renting cabins. It appears there is no internet special so we are looking at $85 a head, which is still a deal. So please state here if you are in for the cabin and we will put it all together but you will have to pay in advance this time like the organizers!

    September 14, 2013

    • Ali

      Me too

      October 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Joining the cabin would be great : )

      October 22, 2013

  • Kelly

    Cabin...

    October 8, 2013

  • Larke W.

    I am in for the cabin.

    September 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    In for the cabin too!

    September 15, 2013

  • Moira S.

    Cabin sounds good to me! Please count me in.

    September 14, 2013

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