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An in depth introduction to Historic Nevada County, California including Grass Valley, Nevada City, Penn Valley, Truckee and Sierra County.

RECREATION

SNOW DAYS

Hit the Slopes for Cool Fun

Royal Gorge

Snow Park

Permits

At Donner

Summit

Sno-Park you'll

find snow play,

plus access to

backcountry, along

with plowed parking

and restrooms.

Get inexpensive

permits online or

at vendors in

Truckee. They’re

good all over the

west! The SNO-

PARKS hot line is

(916) 324-1222.

GEORGE LAMSON

Downhill skiers will find their fill of exhilaration at Nevada County resorts. And from grueling, to

flat and mellow, there are miles of opportunities for snowshoers and cross country skiers.

Cross-Country/

Snowshoeing

One fine choice is Royal Gorge, the

largest cross-country ski area in the country!

Royal Gorge is comprised of an

extensive network of trails, giving access

to the inspiring challenge of 6,000 acres

of High Sierra wilderness. There are also

51.3 km of dedicated snowshoe trails for

some unparalleled snow hiking. Also visit

Tahoe Donner Cross Country, with 54

trails covering a beautiful 100 kilometers

for your aerobic workout pleasure in

addition to 11km of singletrack trail

especially designed for snowshoers of all

ages. Snowshoe and cross-country ski

trails at Donner Memorial State Park

begin at the parking lot by the museum.

Some trails are designated for crosscountry

skiing and others for snowshoeing.

Snowshoers may walk along the side

of ski trails. For a popular back country

cross country/snowshoeing experience,

the Castle Peak area provides panoramic

views. Sno-park permits are

required Nov 1 - May 30.

Alpine Skiing/

Snowboarding

For terrain parks and night skiing, pick

the secret powder paradise of Boreal,

which also caters to beginners. Bigelevation

lovers would do well to choose

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Sugar Bowl, which has three large mountains

and runs of every level. This historic

park rarely ices up and offers great panoramas

of Donner Lake. Another great

choice is Northstar Cross Country,

Telemark and Snowshoe Center, which

has 79 trails covering 2,480 acres of downhill

and a modern network of lifts. Why

not try the view from Mount Pluto? Soda

Springs is a favorite for families and

beginner-to-intermediate skiers and boarders.

Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area

has uncrowded slopes, wide-open bowls

and great beginner terrain. Donner Ski

Ranch is the granddaddy of them all,

since its first rope tow was built in 1937!

An average of 400 inches of snow, 6 chairlifts,

52 runs and 460 acres of terrain are a

few of the statistics you’ll need to help

you picture this budget-friendly mecca,

high atop Donner Summit.

Fat Tire Biking

Fat tire biking offers a unique option for

exploring Sierra snow. Fat tire bikes are

like a regular mountain bike, but with

chubby, knobby tires designed to travel

on snow and soft surfaces. Northstar,

Tahoe Donner and Royal Gorge allow

fat biking on designated trails and offer

bikes for rent (subject to conditions and

availability).

Tubing/Sledding/

Family Fun

For the snow-play days in your life, think

Nevada County for uncrowded venues,

reasonable prices and that sweet, sweet

High Sierra snow. For a blast for the

whole family, try Tube Town at Soda

Springs, Boreal’s Playland, the Donner

Ski Ranch Tubing Hill, Tubes-R-Us at

Kingvale Resort or Tahoe Donner

Snowplay. There’s fun right off Highway

80 at Nyack or Yuba Gap. Also Soda

Springs set aside their Planet Kids area

for ages 7 and under to keep the little

ones out of harm’s way.

There may be ski resorts more famous

than some of ours but with that much

notoriety, high prices and the crush of

the crowds follow. Our area features

every kind of snow fun you can imagine,

complete with a less hectic, more familyfriendly

atmosphere.

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