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Winter 2015 Activities in Plumas County

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Wintertime in Plumas County is serene and beautiful, as snow covers the landscape and things relax. This tranquil season offers a terrific way to view nature’s landscapes while getting great exercise and having some inexpensive winter fun. 
It's a great time to explore Plumas County. Miles of roads and trails offer excellent cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Frozen ponds and lakes and snowy hillsides invite opportunities for ice skating, ice fishing and sledding.

Winter driving in Plumas County

Snowplow on snowy roadPlumas County roads are generally well-maintained and passable during the winter. Chain requirements are far less frequent than other mountain destinations due to the lower elevations. If it's snowing we advise traveling via the Feather River Canyon on State Route 70. This lower elevation route offers a safe alternative to travel to and from Plumas County even when Interstate 80 or other routes are closed. You're less likely to ever need chains if you have four-wheel drive or snow tires. For all other vehicles, it's a good idea to carry chains, especially when traveling via I-80.

Check the weather forecast at (530) 221-5613 and call (800) 427-7623 for road conditions. You may also refer to the Caltrans website for current traffic and road conditions. Remember to drive more slowly during the winter and allow plenty of time.

Snowmobiling near Lake AlmanorSNOWMOBILING
December to April. Depending on snow, trails and snow-parks are open and available at Bucks Lake, La Porte, Lake Davis, the Lakes Basin Recreation Area, and the Lake Almanor Basin near Chester.

Hundreds of miles of groomed snowmobile routes are maintained throughout the winter season. Grooming efforts sponsored through California State Off Highway Vehicle funds. These trails are maintained for snowmobile use only.

videoBucks Lake has two staging areas open during the season – Big Creek and Bucks Lake Summit. La  Porte has a staging area with a warming hut and restrooms and four trailside warming huts. The Chester-Lake Almanor area boasts five staging areas – Chester-Lake Almanor Snowmobile Park, Swain Mountain, Morgan Summit, Jonesville and Fredonyer. The Lakes Basin Recreation Area south of Graeagle has the Gold Lake Staging Area five miles south of Highway 89 on Gold Lake Highway. Free snowmobile maps available at the Plumas National Forest, 530-283-2050, Lassen National Forest, 530-258-2141, and Tahoe National Forest, 530-994-3401.


Guided snowmobile tours are offered by Explore! Sierra Touring Company in Eastern Plumas, leaving from Chalet View Lodge.  ATV winter tours are offered by High Sierra ATV Tours near Frenchman Lake.

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Snowmobile tour video


High Sierra ATV Tours near Frenchman Lake offers rentals of their new state of the art Arctic Cat one and two-seater machines. Call 800-596-8840.

Snowshoers enjoy a refreshing hikeCROSS-COUNTRY SKIING AND SNOWSHOEING
December to April. Groomed trails in Johnsville, Bucks Lake, La Porte, Child's Meadow and Lassen Volcanic National Park, outside of Chester. Literally hundreds of miles of ungroomed trails also for backcountry skiing within the Plumas and Lassen National Forests. For guides and maps, contact the Plumas National Forest, 530-283-2050, Lassen National Forest, 530-258-2141, and Tahoe National Forest, 530-994-3401.

Cross-country ski and snowshoe rentals available: 
Howling Dogs Bike & Ski in Graeagle

Mountain Hardware in Blairsden, (skis only)
Sports Nut in Chester (skis only), 530-258-3327 
Bodfish Bicycles in Chester, 530-258-2338 
Guided Snowshoe Hikes led by rangers are held each Saturday starting December 29 & 30 to early April  in Lassen Park. 1:30 to 3:30 pm depending on ability. $1 suggested donation for snowshoes, or bring your own. Details are posted at the Lassen Volcanic National Park website or (530) 595-4444. 

Weather dependent, there are frozen ponds and creeks ideal for ice skating if you have your own skates. Check with local forest service offices for favorite spots and conditions.

Grandpa sleds at Plumas-Eureka State Park

Coppervale Ski Hill is easily accessed a short distance south of Hwy. 36 between Susanville and Westwood. A Poma lift and a rope tow are available to carry skiers and snowboarders up 800 vertical feet. A box ramp is on site rails of all shapes and sizes. Ski and snowboard classes are offered. A lodge is located at the base of the slope with a snack bar. Full day tickets are $20 weekdays, $25 weekends and holidays, $20 for half-day, and ages 6 and under are free with a paying adults. (530) 257-9965.

There are several lakes in the immediate vicinity for the less strenuous but just as exciting sport of ice fishing. Just check with the forest service or any fisherman. The Annual Ice Fishing Tournament at Lake Davis will be held on February 1 in 2014.

Winter is also waterfowl hunting and viewing season. The Indian Valley area northeast of Greenville is renowned for the number of waterfowl that winter there. The Key Brand Duck Club offers duck and goose hunting from October to January. Contact them at (530) 284-6944.


Longboard skiers race downhillHISTORIC LONGBOARD REVIVAL SERIES
Jan 19, Feb. 16 and March 16, 2014, Johnsville. (Dates subject to change depending on snowfall.)

A celebration commemorating the 1855 origin of downhill ski racing in the old mining settlement of Johnsville. Skiers on 11 to 13-foot longboard skis attempt to race down the oldest recorded ski racing slopes in the nation at Eureka Bowl located within Plumas-Eureka State Park.

Decked out in historic costumes, the racers use a single wooden pole between their legs to stop, creating a snowy rooster –tail. Homemade ski wax (also known as "dope") placed on the wooden longboard skis provides an authentic touch and is required for speed. The races are open to both participants and spectators, and include food, drink, music, and prizes. Racers pay a small fee for use of longboard skis, but races are free to spectators. 

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video of longboard races


Feb. TBA, Harold Schmidt Memorial Poker Run, La Porte.

Feb.1,  Snowdrifters Poker Run, Bucks Lake. 530-283-2262

Feb. 15, Lake Almanor Snowmobile Club Annual Poker Run, Chester.

Feb. TBA Winter Holiday Poker Run, Lake Davis. 530-836-4112

Dates subject to change.


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