Destination . . .Plumas County
Plumas County is more than just another winter resort. With the historical and unique hotels, B&Bs and lodges, the enchanted evenings of sparkling stars, brisk morning walks and runs, the quirky towns of this county always have something to offer their guests that makes Destination Plumas County out of the ordinary. From events to activities to relaxation, there is something for everyone to enjoy and make a lasting memory.
Chester has 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. In the evenings, they offer another way to stay warm—with cocktails and other beverages. January through March. www.lakealmanorarea.com
Join a ranger-led off-trail snowshoe hike and explore the wild and wintry Red Fir Forest at Lassen Volcanic National Park. Ranger-led snowshoe hikes cover one to two miles of moderately strenuous terrain and last approximately two hours. The exact route can vary with snow 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 takes a vintage spin on 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 must-see (and participate-in) event is dependent on snow and weather conditions and happens at noon on every third Sunday in January through March. 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. Monies to benefit the town 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, snow and more snow activities are aplenty. Not to be missed, we offer cross-country skiing through most of the county to include across beautiful Chester Meadow in the shadow of Lassen Peak, or along the west shore trail at Lake Almanor with open vistas of the lake and Dyer Mountain. We have family-friendly budget downhill skiing at Coppervale; sledding and with the“just right” snow conditions, we have dog sled races and action-packed snowmobiling. Just like frolicking in the snow?Many places you can just step out the front door of where you are lodging and make snowmen, snow angels, or have a fast-and-furious snowball fight.
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