Longboard races are on for March 18
Original post: The Plumas Ski Club’s 20th annual historic longboard races are scheduled for this Sunday, March 18, at the ski hill above Johnsville.
Race organizers hope that this week’s storms will bring enough snow to cover the course.
Promoters also recognize the uncertainty of the upcoming rain and snow elevations, and that the races may or may not be possible.
Regardless of conditions, the ski club will host an event Sunday, March 18, celebrating longboard racing, ski club history and the renewed possibility of a revitalized ski area.
Of course, the races will be held if at all possible, but if conditions don’t permit racing, it’s still going to be a fun gathering, and attendance is encouraged either way.
Longboard organizers met last week to review race plans and to organize an alternative party event in case rain at the ski bowl eliminates the potential to race.
The January and February races were cancelled due to this winter’s drought and minimal snowpack at the historic Eureka Bowl, location of the old Plumas-Eureka Ski Bowl.
As of last Friday, March 9, there was 18 inches of snow on the race course.
“It’s borderline, at best, if we don’t get more snow, but we will do our best to make the races happen, if possible,” said race coordinators Rob Russell and Jim Webster.
Weather reports have predicted a period of high snow levels near 7,500 feet midweek, followed by 3,000-foot levels Friday and Saturday.
“Trying to plan for the race is very tough when conditions are this variable,” said Russell.
The final decision on the races isn’t expected until Friday or even early Saturday, depending on what happens with the snow conditions on the course.
Longboard racers and spectators can best determine the race status by visiting plumasskiclub.org Friday and Saturday. Information will also be posted on Facebook and broadcast on local radio, as possible.
Ski club president Ron Logan encourages supporters to come up to the hill even if the races can’t happen.
“If we make the call to cancel the races, we are still going to have an informal celebration from around noon – 3 p.m. on Sunday,” said Logan.
The “plan B” event will include free hot dogs, live music by the Lost Sierra Orchestra, a presentation on the history of longboard racing and the Plumas Ski Club, and a presentation of the future goals of the chairlift project given by Eastern Plumas Recreation District.
Watch the ski club website for more information as the week progresses.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the club sponsored Historic Longboard Revival Series. The races not only perpetuate the unique history and frivolity of ski racing on 10- 16-foot handmade wooden skis, but also serve to commemorate the world class ski history of Plumas and Sierra counties.
This winter also marks the 60th anniversary of the Plumas Ski Club, which developed the Plumas-Eureka Ski Bowl in Johnsville, dating back to 1952. Many volunteers have worked together over the years to keep a family oriented ski area in operation.
Supporters of a revitalized ski area near Eureka Peak note that the first organized ski racing in the entire Western Hemisphere began in Plumas County at Onion Valley, and pioneer skiers and racers reportedly skied Eureka Peak and Eureka Bowl in the 1870s.
Plumas-Eureka State Park, Johnsville and the “Lost Sierra” region are home to many firsts in skiing history.