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State parks offer winter recreation hikes

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Dust off those skis and snowshoes and experience winter Sierra-style. California Department of Parks and Recreation Sierra District and the nonprofit Sierra State Parks Foundation are sponsoring several fun and educational winter activities that appeal to outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and abilities.

All tours go as scheduled, though the goal may be changed in extreme conditions. Be sure to wear adequate clothing for weather conditions. Pets are not allowed on the hikes. The state does not provide transportation. Although the activities are free to the public, in some cases day use parking fees may apply.

Introduction to

Cross Country Skiing

Donner Memorial State Park

Saturday, Feb. 24

Basic cross country techniques: gliding, stopping, turning, falling. Basic winter survival and a ski around Donner Memorial State Park.

Difficulty: Easy

Duration: 2 hours

Meet: 10 a.m. Donner Memorial State Park Emigrant Trail Museum parking area, Donner Pass road 2 miles west of Truckee.

Info: 582-7892. Will be canceled if raining or blizzard-like conditions. Call to register.

Winter Survival

Sugar Pine Point State Park

Saturday, Feb. 24

An introduction to cross country skiing with a 2-mile run. Explore the General Creek area in Sugar Pine Point State Park; with emphasis on winter survival techniques, including a talk and demonstration of survival equipment.

Difficulty: Easy – 6,000 ft. elevation, no gain.

Duration: 4 hours

Meet: 10 a.m. at the Campground Entrance Station, Sugar Pine Point State Park, 10 miles south of Tahoe City on Highway 89.

Tips: Snowshoes or cross country skis (available for rental in Tahoe City and Homewood).

Info: 525-7232.

Carson Pass Ski Tour

Sunday, March 4

The views are great and so is the skiing on this trek to Lake Winnemucca and points beyond. Snow-Park Permits required, for information call: (916) 324-1222

Difficulty: Intermediate

Duration: 5 hours

Meet: 10 a.m. at the parking lot area at Carson Pass on Highway 88, look for the State park Ranger Truck

Tips: Bring skis, lunch and clothing for variable weather

Info Call: 694-2248


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