Lack of snow puts winter events into limbo

Delaine Fragnoli
Managing Editor


With snowpack at one of the lowest levels ever recorded for this time of year, organizers of snow-dependent events in Plumas County are having to cancel or reschedule.

Statewide, snow levels are at 19 percent of normal, far below the 212 percent recorded at this time last year, according to figures released last week by the California Department of Water Resources.

The Northern Section, which includes the Trinity, Feather and Truckee rivers, is a dribble higher, at 21 percent of normal. At 13 percent, the Central Section, which includes the Yuba, Lake Tahoe Basin, Merced and Walker watersheds, is parched. The Southern Section, with the San Joaquin, Mono Lake basin and Kern River, is the wettest at 26 percent.

The first local casualty of the dry winter will likely be the first ski race in the Historic Longboard Revival Series. Plumas Ski Club organizers say would-be racers or other interested parties should check their website,, for the latest information.

The first race is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 15, followed by two more races Feb. 19 and March 18. The last date is the world championship.

Cross-country ski lessons, a joint effort of the St. Bernard Lodge and the Chico XC Club scheduled in celebration of last weekend’s Winter Trails Day, were cancelled.

The lodge, located near Lassen Volcanic National Park, has beginner cross-country ski lessons slated for Jan. 15 and a ski outing Jan. 21. Check lodge for possible cancellations. Lodge personnel are hopeful there will be snow in time for the ski lesson scheduled Feb. 18.

Lassen Volcanic National Park, however, plans to continue its ranger-led snowshoe walks, slated for Saturday and Sunday afternoons throughout the winter season.

Feather River College has skiing and snowboarding classes due to begin the last half of the month. Outdoor recreation instructor Rick Stock said, “We’re going to assume, for a bit longer, that there will be enough snow to teach all the classes.”


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