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People gather at the ski hill to cheer on longboard racers during last year’s Winter Snow Fest. This year’s festival will be held the weekend of Feb. 14 – 17.
Winter is here whether there is snow or not. That means it’s time for Eastern Plumas County to gear up for the fourth annual Winter Snow Fest the weekend of Feb. 14 – 17.
The yearly event provides the chance for people from all over to come and enjoy winter in the mountains and all the festivities Eastern Plumas’ snow has to offer.
Snow Fest is a fundraiser for Plumas-Eureka State Park and the Johnsville Historic Ski Bowl. The Plumas-Eureka State Park Association, the Eastern Plumas Recreation District and the Graeagle-Plumas Alliance put it on.
According to Snow Fest liaison Jack Bridge, last year’s festival was a great success. It was the first year the groups hosted it at the ski hill and it was a perfect environment for the festival.
This year, the weekend will be packed with activities and excitement, starting with Valentine’s dinners at restaurants such as Nakoma, Longboards and Chalet View on Friday night.
Saturday will, for the second time, feature the United States Snowshoe Association’s California state championships at the ski bowl in Johnsville at 10 a.m. The competition to qualify for the national championships will be fierce, and spectators are welcome.
Bridge said last year’s event was a huge hit for the association. They are expecting twice as many participants who will be eager to tackle the rugged terrain and see the spectacular views atop the ski hill.
Also on Saturday there will be the 17th annual Lake Davis Rotary Snowmobile Poker Run. Registration starts at 9 a.m. The run challenges participants to a game of poker while on a snowmobile. There will be checkpoints along the way where each participant will be given a card. At the end of the run the individual with the best hand wins.
At the ski lodge, there will be tubing for all ages as well as a snowshoe clinic from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The inaugural Snowshoe Thompson Championship Cup relay race will take off at 11:30. The race is a four-person relay, where teams of four community members will cover 2.5 kilometers each for a chance to win a perpetual “growler” trophy.
The trophy has all of its refills donated for a year courtesy of The Brewing Lair in Graeagle.
There will also be a longboard ski demonstration and a kids’ snowshoe race from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with snowshoes and supervision donated by Sierra Nevada Journeys kids camp.
From 11 a.m. to noon there will be a cross-country ski and snowshoe tour at Plumas-Eureka State Park and cross-country skiers and showshoers of all levels are welcome to come enjoy the winter wonderland.
Sunday will feature the Plumas Ski Club Longboard Races at the Johnsville Historic Ski Bowl. The public and participants alike have an opportunity to take a step back in time with the traditional ski races. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. but racing starts at noon.
There will be food provided by Nakoma restaurant, and beverages courtesy Eureka Peak Brewing Co. and The Brewing Lair available for purchase on both days.
Tickets will be available at the gate. All of the proceeds for the festival will be split between the Johnsville Ski Hill Project and Plumas-Eureka State Park. For more information visit graeagleplumas.com/winterfest.
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