Winter in Plumas County
Winter in Plumas County is quiet and magical. The region offers everything from cozy cabins and backcountry skiing to Christmas tree cutting and quaint, mountain-town events. Read on for snow adventures and winter trip ideas for your getaway in the Lost Sierra!
Beat the crowds at Tahoe and other popular mountain resorts for rural and rugged Plumas County! If you enjoy snow sports like backcountry skiing, snowmobiling, sledding, and snowshoeing, our small mountain towns offer a gateway to Lost Sierra adventure.
The Chester Park Ice Rink is the perfect place to bring your little ones to try skating for the first time. The charming rink near the town Christmas tree is open Friday-Sunday from December 8th to March 24, 2024. Sponsored by the Lake Almanor Chamber, the cost is just $5 per person for a 45-minute session (including the skate rental!). For more details, visit the Lake Almanor Ice Rink page. Bundle up and enjoy this ice this winter!
Ski and Sled Hills
- Coppervale Ski Hill: Lassen Community College owns and operates a ski area just west of Susanville. Coppervale Ski Hill is about 19 miles east of Chester. Families can ski, snowboard, and sled!
- Eureka Ski Bowl: This historic ski bowl is in Plumas-Eureka State Park in Johnsville, 5 miles from Graeagle on County Road A-14. Rustic and with scenic views of surrounding peaks, this ski hill is great for sledding and all levels of backcountry skiing. It’s free, too!
- Lassen Volcanic National Park: The Park has several famous sledding hills, including one near the West Entrance Visitor Center and another at Manzanita Lake. Read the Park’s Winter Activity Guide to learn more.
- Stover Hill outside of Chester: Just two miles west of Chester near the highway 36/89 junction is Stover Hill. Turn on Chester Ski Road. Sledding is on the left, about 1.5 miles up the hill.
With our large mountain valleys and abundant wetlands and lakes, Plumas County offers some interesting birding opportunities all year and winter is no exception. You don’t even have to get up early to see waterfowl like Tundra Swans or raptors like Ferruginous Hawks. Sierra Valley is particularly interesting in winter (just bring your best jacket, ear-muffs, and gloves) as arctic migrants come down to hunt and wait out the winter of the true north.
Christmas Tree Cutting
Make a winter excursion to the woods a family tradition! Plumas National Forest and Lassen National Forest are wonderful places to harvest your very own Christmas Tree. Permits may be purchased November 1st to December 24th of each year. Permits are $10 and allow for up to two trees per family. To learn more, view maps, contact ranger stations, and purchase a permit online, read our Christmas Tree Permit Blog.
There are several special winter season events in our quaint mountain towns. From craft fairs and holiday shopping nights to tree lightings and “the longboards”, there are events for everyone who loves the winter season. Our top picks for Plumas Winter Events are:
- The Bucks Lake Snowmobile Poker Run
- The Longboards Revival Ski Race Series
- Lassen National Park Guided Snowshoe Hikes
- Groundhog Fever Festival
Places to Stay
Destination lodging for your winter vacation in the Lost Sierra
KEEP PLUMAS COUNTY CLEAN, GREEN & WILD
We love welcoming visitors to create lifelong memories on our beautiful lands and in our unique communities. Take the Plumas Pledge to help us care for the health of our natural places and the well-being of our communities while visiting Plumas County.
take the plumas pledge!
- Prioritize wildfire prevention
- Leave places as you found them
- Pack out all of your trash—bonus points if you pick up trash left by others!
- Stay on designated trails and camp in designated areas
- Check the weather before heading out
- Be mindful of your energy and resource usage
- Ditch plastic bottles and drink our mountain fresh tap water instead
- Choose locally made products and services from local businesses
- Slow down and enjoy the simple pleasures of life in Plumas