2017-2018 Nevada County Gold Magazine 2017-2018_Nevada County Gold Magazine - Page 91

Cascade Canal Trail, Nevada City ALPINE SKIING/SNOWBOARDING: For terrain parks and night skiing, pick the secret powder paradise of Boreal, which also caters to beginners. Big-elevation lovers would do well to choose 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 statis- tics you’ll need to help you picture this budget-friendly mecca, high atop Donner Summit. By Mark Winkler 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. 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 you access to the inspiring challenge of 6,000 acres of High Sierra wilderness. Also visit Tahoe Donner Cross Country, with 54 trails covering a beautiful 100 kilometers for your aerobic workout pleasure and the Northstar Nordic Center, with great accommodations and more than 35 kilometers of groomed trails for your group’s kicking-and- gliding enjoyment. Boreal Ski Resort MAKE A POWDER PLAY SNO-PARK PERMITS TUBING/SLEDDING/FAMILY FUN: 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. Best Run of the Day For the snow-play days in your life, think Nevada County for uncrowded venues, reasonable prices and that sweet, sweet High Sierra snow. We offer top-notch destination resorts, as well as more rustic access, all within our county or very nearby and easy to get to off Interstate 80, which is the first highway to be plowed during and after any storm. 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 family- friendly atmosphere. N E VA D A C O U N T Y G O L D . c o m 91