Wintertime in Plumas County is serene and beautiful, as snow covers the landscape and things relax. But the tranquil season also offers visitors the opportunity and excitement of winter recreation, be it on skis, snowmobile, sled, snowshoes, or simply on foot.
Snow is made for playing! Take your kids sledding down a snowy hillside or treat your dog to a romp through some freshly fallen snow. Or, if the weather's been cold, 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.
The town of Chester sometimes has an outdoor
ice-skating rink with skate rentals that is open
during winter, weather permitting. The rink is
located at the Truman Collins Multi-Use Complex
located on Meadowbook Loop, off Main Street and
adjacent to Chester Park. The 60 x 50
foot-rink offers skate rentals and will be open
daily, 4-8 pm, weather dependent, as long
as the ice stays frozen! Fees are $5 per person
or $10 per family. (Unfortunately, not open in
The Lassen National Forest is offering guided snowshoe and cross-country ski tours during the winter of 2016. Trip leaders will address a variety of topics during the one- to two-hour programs, such as basic winter survival skills, environmental education, and local history. Reservations are required. Call Stacy at (530) 258-2141 for information on dates and times.
If you're not into exercise, you can still experience winter's beauty on a horse-drawn sleigh ride. Sled dog racing and longboard ski races are popular spectator sports for visitors in winter.
The Bucks Lake Snowdrifters hold a snowmobile poker run every year on the first weekend in February, and each President's Day weekend there are snowmobile poker runs in Chester-Lake Almanor and in Portola at Lake Davis.