- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 17, 2002

It's natural snow. If you're ready for it, it's waiting for you, albeit in the farther reaches of Maryland and West Virginia. For a comprehensive guide and links to all the information you need on both cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, including lodging, see the Cross Country Ski Areas Association Web site at www.xcski.org. For information on group outings, contact the Ski Touring Section of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club at www.patc.net/chapters/ski or at 202/364-7055. Otherwise, check out these sources:
Rentals
Appalachian Outfitters: 2938 Chain Bridge Road, Oakton. XC skis, backcountry skis (package for both includes skis, boots, poles), snowshoes with poles. All types $18 Friday-Sunday; $5 each additional day, $30 a week. 703/281-4324.
Hudson Trail Outfitters: 401 N. Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg (301/948-2474); 9488 Arlington Blvd. (Route 50), Fairfax (703/591-2950). XC skis. $25 first day, $10 each additional day.
Potomac Outdoors: 7687 MacArthur Boulevard, Cabin John. XC skis. $10 first day, $6 each additional day. 301/320-1544.
Ski Chalet: 203 Muddy Branch Road, Gaithersburg (301/948-5200); 2704 Columbia Pike, Arlington (703/521-1700); 4060 Walney Road, Chantilly (703/631-7880). XC skis. $20 first day, $10 each additional day.
Hot spots
Elk River Touring Center: Slatyfork, W. Va. Area use fee $5 a day. Adult rental (skis, boots, poles) $15 a day, snowshoes $15-$25 a day. Children's equipment $8 a day. Lessons $20-$30. E-mail [email protected], see the Web site at www.ertc.com or call 304/572-3771.
Green Ridge State Forest: Flintstone, Md. See www.dnr.state.md.us/ publiclands/western/ greenridge.html or call 301/478-3124.
New Germany State Park: Grantsville, Md. See www.dnr.state.md.us/ publiclands/western/ newgermany.html or call 301/895-5453.
Snowshoe Mountain Resort: Snowshoe, W.Va. (near Elkins). Daily trail pass $10, XC or snowshoe rentals with trail pass $22. E-mail [email protected], see the Web site at www.snowshoemtn.com or call 877/441-4386 or 304/572-1000.
White Grass Touring Center: Davis, W.Va. Area use fee $10 adults, $3 children. Adult weekday rentals $10, weekend and holiday $15. Backcountry $18, telemark $20, snowshoes and poles $12. Lessons $6-$20. E-mail [email protected], see the Web site at www.whitegrass.com or call 304/866-4114.

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