A hoedown north of Truckee this weekend will support a cause near to many Lake Tahoe residents’ hearts — resurrecting a defunct ski area.
The Lost Sierra Hoedown takes place Sept. 20-22 in Johnsville, about 50 miles northwest of Truckee. The event features a dozen bands playing tunes to support the resurrection of the Johnsville Historic Ski Bowl. The area surrounding the site of the hoedown has a long history of skiing, according to organizers.
“By 1863, Gold Mountain, now known as Eureka Peak, above the then thriving mining town of Johnsville had a down-the-hill ski run of 2600 feet,” according to the hoedown’s website. “An early day ‘longboard’ ski racer was reported to have reached a speed of 90 mph. According to oral history, the mining ore buckets going up Gold Mountain were used by skiers as possibly the first ski-lift in the world.”
Efforts to reopen the Johnsville Ski Bowl as a community-driven, environmentally conscious, nonprofit ski hill have been underway for several years. The hoedown is being produced by volunteers and students from Sierra Nevada College. All proceeds will benefit the Ski Johnsville Fund.
Dead Winter Carpenters, Miner, Rose’s Pawn Shop and Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit are among the bands playing the hoedown, which also offers on-site camping.
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