That first set-up was used extensively for lift skiing, but never successfully for XC skiing. I still have the boots though and used them, with more recently acquired touring skis which feature patterned bases for climbing. The boots hurt my feet real bad. My feet are blistered and I'm sore all over but my quads are not nearly as beat as they get from lift skiing.
I lost my reading glasses sometime near the beginning of my ski, so I could not read the trail map. I couldn't really see my camera either, so I didn't get as good pictures as I might have. My glasses were in lost and found when I checked, apres ski. :)
There were a lot of people out there, all kinds.Lots of children, mostly skiing quite well judging from the looks on their faces. Flying downhill
Working the switchbacks on the climb up Three Mile Trail
Going down was more difficult than going up.
Some people had to take off their skis and walk down the trail they had skied up.
The higher I got, the prettier the scenery got.
Beech Lick and Bald Knob Grove were particularly beautiful little trails through the high alpine forest. Around 4000 feet above sea level
This gully is probably a treacherous creek bed during most winters, but I found it full of snow, a gentle untracked powder line. I found several places like this.
On my second lap, a local led me to an untracked southern facing meadow full of sweet West Virginia corn. Canaan Ski Area in background.
The vertical drop of Whitegrass, 1196 feet, exceeds that of every lift served run in the state except for two runs at Snowshoe.
I know this trip report pails in comparison to most of the adventures posted here, but it will stand as the best day of my season, so I thought I would post a report. Whitegrass is so much fun. I know I didn't get the best of it, but I think I did OK for my first time.