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.
Check the weather forecast at
(530) 221-5613 and call (800) 427-7623 for
road conditions. You may also refer to the
website for current traffic and road
conditions. Remember to drive more slowly
during the winter and allow plenty of
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
Bucks 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,
GUIDED SNOWMOBILE TOURS
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
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Company's tour video
ARCTIC CAT RENTALS
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.
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
Cross-country ski and snowshoe rentals
Dogs Bike & Ski in Graeagle
Mountain Hardware in Blairsden, (skis only)
Sports Nut in Chester (skis only),
Bodfish Bicycles in Chester, 530-258-2338
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
Details are posted at the
Volcanic National Park website or (530)
Winter Snowshoe Walks are offered to the
public by the
Almanor Ranger District, starting in
January, dates TBA. Call
(530) 258-2141 to pre-register for walks.
There are frozen ponds and creeks ideal
ice skating if you have your own skates.
Check with local forest service offices for
favorite spots and conditions.
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.
Annual Ice Fishing Tournament at Lake Davis
will be held on February 1 in 2014.
Winter is also waterfowl hunting and
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
Contact them at (530) 284-6944.
LONGBOARD REVIVAL SERIES
Jan 19, Feb. 16 and March 16, 2014, Johnsville.
(Dates subject to change depending on
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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SNOWMOBILE POKER RUNS for 2014
Feb. TBA, Harold Schmidt Memorial Poker
Run, La Porte.
Snowdrifters Poker Run, Bucks
Lake Almanor Snowmobile Club
Annual Poker Run, Chester.
Feb. TBA Winter Holiday Poker Run, Lake
Dates subject to change.