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First race in historic Longboards series approaches

The 2020 Historic Longboard Revival Race Series at the ski hill in Plumas Eureka State Park near Johnsville is nearly here, with the first of three much anticipated races taking place Sunday, Jan. 19, weather permitting.

Registration for the event runs from 10 to 11:15 a.m., with the drawing of numbers at 11:45 a.m. Racing will begin at noon.

The historic longboard revival ski races are held under the auspices of the Plumas Ski Club, known as the Plumas descendants of “the right honorable 1861 Onion Valley ‘Snowshoe’ club.”

The much-loved and recently publicized event features 1860’s style, 9 to 16-foot wooden skis, participants dressed in historic attire with leather boots required, and authentic “dope” wax only.

For those that may not have the gear, use of club longboards is available on a first come, first served basis, with a limited quantity available.

Entry fees for the event include a required Plumas Ski Club membership at $20, a $15 race fee for card-carrying ski club members using private longboard skis and a $15 fee to use club longboards.

For attendees and bystanders, hot food and cold beer, with beer sold by Sierra Nevada and the Brewing Lair, will be sold on site.

For those wondering about whether their furry friends are allowed to join in on the fun, Don Fregulia Jr. of the Plumas Ski Club happily invites all well-behaved dogs, as long as they are on leash.

For more information about the Longboard revival race series, visit plumasskiclub.org. Future races are slated to take place Feb. 16 and March 15.

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