Snowplay is the Best Part of Winter

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 Lassen National Forest is offers guided snowshoe and cross-country ski tours during the winter. 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.

Lassen Volcanic National Park offers guided snowshoe walks on Sat. and Sunday starting the first weekend in Jan.

Sled dog racing and longboard ski races are popular spectator sports for visitors in winter.

A favorite for locals and visitors is to explore both the Lassen National Forest and Plumas National Forest on snowmobile.