Author: Eileen

North American Porcupine

by Melissa Wynn                             One of my favorite creatures to watch in the woods is the second largest of all rodents, the North American Porcupine. They can be very dangerous when they feel threatened and must never be approached but are quite interesting to observe from afar. I have been intrigued by the pudgy prickly porcupine since I was a teen. A group of friends and I were on a winter hike and we spotted one gnawing the bark off of the aspen branch it was...

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Longboard Racing

    by Jan Cox photo courtesy of Plumas Ski Club Imagine racing straight downhill on 12 foot long skis at 88 miles per hour! That is what Cornish Bob, champion speed skier did back in 1867 when longboard racing began in the mountains near LaPorte. Longboard skis were used for both travel and racing fun in the early mining camps of Plumas and Sierra Counties after they were introduced in 1853. Over the years, these skis, constructed from straight grain Doug fir were refined by ski makers and in 1866 the Alturas Ski Club was formed in LaPorte...

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Ski Coppervale!

by Jan Cox [media-credit name=”Jan Cox” align=”alignleft” width=”300″][/media-credit]  Thirty one years ago, Norm Wilson began running Coppervale ski hill for Lassen College in Susanville. This north facing mountain just outside of Westwood on Highway 36, going toward Susanville, is a great place to ski close to home and is one of the least expensive in California. Coppervale has something for every skier and snowboarder on its groomed slopes. There is a walk-around area for beginners and a rope tow to a beginner’s hill. A poma lift takes skiers to the upper park for both intermediate and advanced skiing. For...

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                      In Plumas County, a virtual forest of opportunity exists for snow shoeing and cross country skiing. Skiers should always check current weather conditions before venturing off. If you venture out, make sure you have the proper gear, adequate clothing, food and water and make sure someone knows where you are headed. Lassen Volcanic National Park is located 35 miles from Chester on Highway 36/89. The park has over 150 miles of marked and unmarked trails for non-motorized winter sports. In Lassen County, ranger-led snowshoe hikes and ski tours...

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A Wild Ride… Butte Meadows Hillsliders

A Wild Ride With The BUTTE MEADOWS HILLSLIDERS By Eileen Majors Ever wonder what goes on in the wild back roads of Nor Cal when the snow piles up? I contacted Tim Adkins, President of the Butte Meadows Hillsliders, just one of the snowmobile clubs in the mountains of northern California, to find out. This adventurous group has a great time riding in the Jonesville Snow Park and they take a great deal of time to make sure others can do so as well. The Butte Meadows Hillsliders are the guys who groom the trails for Jonesville Snow Park...

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