The groomer is here! The whole JHSB family gives heart-felt thanks to Dan Smith of Stover Mountain for the donation of the groomer, and Ben Folchi of Folchi Logging and Construction http://www.folchiconstruction.com/ for his generous donation-in-kind in hauling the beast all the way from Chester. It will reside for the time being at the Nakoma Golf Resort maintenance yard where mechanic Ed Funk will give the Piston Bully some TLC before we bring it up to the hill.
Johnsville Historic Ski Bowl is proud to host the inaugural Lost Sierra Hoedown, September 20-22. Tickets and information available at lostsierrahoedown.com
Eastern Plumas Recreation District (E.P.R.D.) and the Plumas Ski Club are proud to announce the twentieth annual Johnny Redstreake SnowBall, to be held March 2nd at Nakoma Golf Resort in Clio, CA (Eastern Plumas County). Ticket price: $35.
Over the past twenty years, the SnowBall has acquired the distinct honor of being the best party in the Northern Sierra and a sure cure for cabin fever. This year promises to carry on that proud tradition as we come into the home-stretch in the redevelopment effort at Johnsville Historic Ski Bowl. Look for delectable mountain cuisine brought to you by the region’s best chefs and restaurants: Sean Conry of Longboards, Nakoma Golf resort, The Lodge at Whitehawk and Kurt Haselton of Sardine Lake Lodge. The notorious “Johnsville kegs” will be provided by local libationists The Brewing Lair (formerly Under Cover Ale Works) and Eureka Peak Brewing Company (in-house brewer at Chalet View Lodge). Celebrants can support the cause while snatching up some great bargains in live and silent auctions, raffles on a host of necessities for mountain-living and outdoor lifestyles.
All proceeds go to support the re-opening of Johnsville Historic Ski Bowl. Through the hard work of our fundraising team and your generosity, we have accomplished $373,775 worth of capital investments and are only $271,700 away from completion of our Phase 1 redevelopment (encompassing chairlift engineering and installation as well as overall facility and infrastructure improvements). With your help, we can easily achieve this goal.
Once reopened, Johnsville will be an economic, recreational and cultural treasure for Eastern Plumas County. Enhanced winter recreation will keep the lights on in many of our business and vacation homes throughout the year, giving our local economy the boost it so badly needs. The park will provide a positive and healthy recreational resource to our local youths, strengthening our community by encouraging young families to build their lives here. The Longboard events hosted by the Plumas Ski Club celebrate our colorful past and preserve the rugged character and reverence of history that is uniquely Plumas County.
Donations to the Ski Johnsville Fund can be sent to E.P.R.D. at P.O. Box 391, Graeagle, CA 96103. Checks can be made to “Eastern Plumas Recreation Disctrict”, memo “ski johnsville”. All donations will help and we greatly appreciate whatever contribution you can afford to make in these hard times. Please follow our progress at skijohnsville.com and show your support by “Liking” us on Facebook.
Will-call tickets currently available online:
The top snowshoe racers in California will traverse over the scenic terrain of the Johnsville Historic Ski Bowl in Plumas-Eureka State Park when the United States Snowshoe Association (USSSA) holds its 2013 state championship races here February 16.
Peter Fain, a western regional director of the USSSA, chose Johnsville for its diverse terrain, rural setting, and as an added attraction for the upcoming Winter Snowfest.
Snowshoe racing begins at 10:00 a.m.
The racecourse is five kilometers in length; 10k racers will run it twice. The race will start and finish near the lodge in the ski bowl, climb one ridge, loop around Eureka Lake and back down the opposite ridge. Fain set the course earlier this month with Plumas residents Dale Lambert and Dan Gallagher.
The USSSA is devoted to promoting outdoor winter safety in conjunction with recreational snowshoeing. The USSSA also serves as the lead governing body for the sport of Snowshoe Racing in the USA.
The snowshoe championships are just one of the many activities and events planned for Winter Snowfest. The Portola Rotary is revving up for their 17th Annual Snowmobile Poker Run at Lake Davis on the 16th, and the Plumas Ski Club will be pulling out the dope for the Historic Longboard Series on the 17th. A snow carnival for kids of all ages, a cross-country ski tour, and a night of fine food and comedy are also planned.
Winter Snowfest is hosted by Graeagle Plumas Alliance and proceeds will go to Johnsville Historic Ski Bowl and Plumas Eureka State Park Association. The Graeagle Plumas Alliance is a non-profit merchants’ marketing group that provides affordable marketing solutions and plans events that encourage tourism and growth for Eastern Plumas County.
For information about the snowshoe races, contact Peter Fain at email@example.com
Or visit the the Racing Gnome Snow Run website at:
For information on Winter Snowfest, contact Chris David at
Johnsville lovers and longboard enthusiasts be advised! The twentieth annual Johnny Redstreake SnowBall has been scheduled for March 2nd, 2013!
The Eastern Plumas Recreation District (EPRD) cordially invites you to participate in the success of the 20th annual Johnny Redstreake SnowBall, once again honoring storied Johnsville native and undefeated Longboard champion Johnny Redstreake (1911-81) on March 2nd at the Nakoma Golf Resort near Graeagle, California.
SnowBall 2012 is a joint fundraising effort of Eastern Plumas Recreation District (EPRD) supporting the revival of the new and improved Johnsville Historic Ski Bowl home to the historic Longboard events and Winterfest 2013. Nakoma Golf Resort has once again donated the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed clubhouse for the event, and the Ski Johnsville team promises that SnowBall #20 will be a night to remember!
Stay tuned for more details!
The public is enthusiastically invited to the Annual Gold Mountain Pig Roast and Bluegrass BBQ at Nakoma Golf Resort just up the hill from Graeagle, California to benefit the the Johnsville Historic Ski Bowl Project. Please join us…
Saturday, August 11, 2012
- 5:00 p.m. no host bar and live music with the Lost Sierra Ramblers: Leslie Mink, Barney Harchis, Ken Cawley and Lance Barker deliver a deliciously eclectic mix of music from Bluegrass to Swing on Fiddle, Dobro, Mandolin, Bass and Guitar!
- 6:00 p.m. BBQ, bonfire, giant marshmellow roasting, raffles and more. Bring the whole family!
The Gold Mountain Social Committee is excited to announce this fundraiser and partnership with the Johnsville Ski Bowl Committee. Completion of the planned work at the Ski Bowl will provide additional youth and adult recreational opportunities in Plumas County while preserving the history and culture the Ski Bowl brings to our community.
We look forward to seeing you there!
As the days grow longer and the winter snows melt, the activity at the Historic Johnsville Ski Bowl is picking up speed. Last Thursday, the newly hired lift engineer, Michael Stephenson along with Miro Pokorny, President of Mountain Pride Construction, Alfred Strolz, on-site electrician for Squaw Valley and Ed Thompson, chairlift electrician were on hand with members of the ski hill committee to begin preliminary layout for the new chairlift. Michael Stephenson is a Tramway Engineer who has overseen the design and construction of over 100 new installations or major modifications of detachable and fixed grip chairlifts and other custom tramways in the U.S., Canada and Japan. Miro Pokorny is an accomplished lift contractor whose portfolio includes chairlift installations at Sugarbowl, Northstar, and Kirkwood, as well as “Flightline” at San Diego Wild Animal Park –the longest zipline in the continental United States.
The day began early with a meeting of the engineers over coffee at the Chalet View Lodge, followed by an inspection of the lift equipment in storage in Graeagle. Following the inspection, the group arrived at the ski bowl to begin the process of evaluating power options and potential lift locations. “I can’t express how incredibly lucky we are to have this level of talent and experience involved in moving this project forward.” said Dan Gallagher, Eastern Plumas Recreation District board member.
One of the main goals for the day was completing a profile survey from the top of the ski hill to the bottom. The profile is the first step in selecting the tower locations, the top unloading terminal and the bottom loading terminal locations. As straight forward as that sounds, the engineers explained that there are many important considerations to take into account in the effort to maximize the Ski Johnsville experience. One example is how to give the Bowl’s future visitors easier access and return from the “Back Trails” area. Another example is the possible location of a future terrain park. The group relayed that they had a fun and productive day on the mountain, while moving the plans for re-opening the Historic Johnsville Bowl forward. Mr. Stevenson and Mr. Pokorny both expressed a sense of awe at the spectacular view of the Mohawk Valley and surrounding mountain ranges from the top of the ski hill. “The hill is steeper than I first realized,” said Stephenson.
As soon as the Ski Bowl’s business and operations plan is finalized and officially approved, the EPRD Ski Johnsville Committee is planning on organizing the first work-day on the hill. “Several projects are on the agenda and community assistance is always welcome,” said Tom Connelly, local engineer and longtime Johnsville advocate. One of the first projects in the works is the removal of scrap metal to a recycler in Reno and another is the refurbishing and/or rebuilding of the historic warming hut. The EPRD Board is hoping an individual or local group might enjoy taking on this challenge. The old warming hut dates back to the first days of the ski hill’s operation.
The Ski Johnsville Project committee had their wrap-up meeting last Wednesday night to tie-up the loose ends from the 2012 Johnny Redstreake SnowBall Event held on Saturday, February 25th at Nakoma Golf Resort, and to give each other a well deserved pat on the back. The rough count on money earned from ticket sales, silent and live auction, raffle ticket sales, and the bar tab brought the total tally to just over $20,000 before expenses. “Fortunately, expenses were kept quite low due to the generous donations of businesses and individuals throughout California and Nevada,” said Debra Deming, marketing specialist and committee member. “You’ll have to check our website for the very long list of supporters who were so instrumental in making this event the incredible success that it was.”
321 tickets were sold for the event and with the volunteers and staff on-hand, committee members estimate close to 350 people were in attendance. The event drew people from far and wide. There were Plumas County lovers from Reno to the Sacramento area and even a gentleman from Oklahoma whose uncle taught him to ski at Johnsville when he was a child.
The 2012 SnowBall was a joint fundraising effort between Eastern Plumas Recreation District (EPRD) and the Plumas Ski Club.
EPRD has secured a 10-year operating agreement with Plumas Eureka State Park and is anticipating installing the recently purchased Main Line chairlift from Squaw Valley and two surface lifts for tubing and beginner skiing by the end of this year if all goes as planned. “The next step is to get the project professionally engineered in preparation for the equipment installation,” says Dan Gallagher, EPRD board member. “The support we received from this event provided the seed capital that we needed to move us forward to the next phase of planning and execution.”
The Ski Johnsville Committee members are already discussing the next event to be held this summer up at Johnsville. “We’re keeping the details secret for the moment, but I can tell you it’s going to be one fun outdoor event,” says Mona Bishop, event specialist and committee member. “Stay tuned!”
As we look forward to the upcoming SnowBall and the Longboard Races, let’s take moment to look back at the history of our community and club ski hills in Northeastern California, including Johnsville.
Over the past fifty years, many small to very small downhill ski slopes have dotted our region, they include, Cedar Pass near Alturas, Stover Mountain in Chester, Coppervale neat Westwood and the Plumas Eureka Ski Bowl above Johnsville. Still others, like ones on Yuba Pass, that required skiers to walk in, half a mile or so, are long gone. Exploring each provides a glimpse of skiing in a different era, when rope tows and surface poma lifts, small old style ski lodges were much more common.
While each has it’s own character, charm and history, they are all family friendly and definitely well worth a visit as soon as the snow flies.
The Plumas Eureka Ski Bowl has it’s own bits of unique history that may not be well known. For example, did you know that the original site for the ski bowl was located on Mount Washington? The location on Mount Washington was re-evaluated due to avalanches. How about more recent history? Rob Russell of the Plumas Ski Club was featured on California Gold a few years back, giving demonstrations of longboard racing in Johnsville and it’s origins.
Finally, how many people know that the initial access vehicle for the Plumas Eureka Ski Bowl was a decommissioned military half track? One can only imagine the adventure of being towed from the town of Johnsville to the old ski hill warming hut to begin a day of skiing. The history of that old half track, now retired and rusting west of Quincy near Gopher Hill, could be a story in and of itself.
We owe a debt of gratitude to those dedicated community members who first envisioned a ski bowl near Johnsville over fifty years ago and had the fortitude to make the vision a reality. Our goal is to build upon their foundation and continue the dream of a community ski hill with a few more modern conveniences.
Let’s get together on the 25 February 2012 and celebrate the beginning of a new era for the Johnsville Historic Ski Bowl and the Ski Johnsville Project. In preparation for the big event, Ben Sylvia of Nakoma Golf Resort is coordinating a wonderful group of local chefs donating their time and talents to the cause.
The music will be by Cool Black Kettle, from South Lake Tahoe and is best described as grass roots Americana groove music. Check out their web site, www.coolblackkettle.com, for additional information, but definitely plan to join us for an awesome evening.