Destination . . .Plumas County
Plumas County offers more than a winter resort. The unique hotels, B&Bs, and lodges of this county, as well as the magical evenings under the stars, and brisk morning runs and walks, make Destination Plumas County stand out from the rest. There are events, activities, and relaxation for everyone to enjoy.
Chester just opened an ice skating rink at Chester Community Park. The rink offers 45-minute skating sessions for $5. 00 per person, including skate rental: Fridays, 4: 00 to 8: 00 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 4: 00p.m. Heat lamps and a firepit keep you toasty warm between turns on the ice while roasting marshmallows for ooey-gooey s’mores–a must for every outing. They also offer a way to keep warm in the evenings with cocktails and other beverages. January through March www.lakealmanorarea.com
Join a ranger-led snowshoe hike on the trails of Lassen Volcanic National Park. Explore the wild and wintry Red Fir Forest. The hikes are approximately two hours long and cover one to two miles of moderately difficult terrain. The exact route may vary depending on snow conditions and weather conditions. Meet at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center, at Lassen Park, located at the Southwest Entrance via Hwy 36 to get a free ticket (first come). Hikes begin at1: 30 p.m. Snowshoes (and how to put them on) are provided. To schedule a group hike, visit https://www.nps.gov/lavo/planyourvisit/ranger_led_programs.htm. January through March 530.595. 4480 for more information and conditions.
The Historic Longboard Racing Revival Series puts a vintage spin to skiing at Johnsville Historic Ski Bowl. The sport of downhill ski racing began in 1861 in Onion Valley, between Quincy and La Porte. The goal is to beat the 1st-speed skier record set in 1867 of 88mph set by Cornish Bobon 12-foot-long wooden skis. This event is a must-see and must-take part in. It takes place at noon every Sunday from January to March, and is dependent upon snow conditions. 530.832.4309. www.plumasskiclub.org.
Quincy, the annual Groundhog Day hosted by the Quincy Chamber of Commerce, begins at 1: 00p.m. with several mini-contests, complete with prizes, throughout the afternoon. This includes”TheBach,” a bachelor/bachelorette auction; a chili cook-off; beer and wine poured; homemade goodies to taste; and vendors galore to delight any shopper. World-famous groundhog, Chuck Wood, delivers his winter prediction at 4: 00 p.m. February 4, 2023,1: 00p.m. www.quincychamber.com
The Chilly Chili Cook-Off, hosted by The Almanor Foundation, is a must with 15 chilis to sample. See an ice carver turn 200lbs of ice into a fabulous sculpture; enjoy adult beverages; s’mores kits for $1 to roast over firepits; live music from the local singing dentist; a toque contest, and more. All proceeds to the local ice skating rink. February 18, 1: 00 to 4: 00 p.m. $10/adults; $5 for kids. For more information, visit https://almanorfoundation.networkforgood.com/events/49522-chilly-chili-cook-off
Snow, more snow activities and more are all available. Cross-country skiing is available in most of the county. This includes traversing Chester Meadow, which is located in the shadows of Lassen Peak, and along the west shore trail at Lake Almanor, with views of the lake, Dyer Mountain, and more. Coppervale offers family-friendly, affordable downhill skiing. We also offer sledding and snowmobiling. You can enjoy the joy of frolicking in snow. Many places are just steps away from your lodging.
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