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The work crew at Intorf is a mixed match of folks pulling together for the greater good of wintertime fun. Back from left: Anu Missler, Bob Burney, Gregory Hinds, Chris Murray, Craig Kusener, Phil Gallagher, Josh Nielsen and John Sheehan. Front from left: Glen Bardet, Curtis (unidentified last name), Mark Serumgard and Chris Coughlin. Not pictured, but instrumental in the process: Jim Webster, Don Fregulia, Pete Bartel, Max Breedlove and Abby Marshall. Photo by Chris Coughlin

Getting ready for a ‘really big snow’

Plumas Ski Club brings light to the lodge

Longboards races are on the 2020 calendar! The three Sunday races are scheduled Jan. 19, Feb. 16, and March 15 as snow conditions allow. Winter precipitation is delayed, but cold temperatures imply that when the snow arrives, it will hang around.

And now, thanks to the efforts of the community, club members and volunteers with talents of all sorts … the Lodge is lit!

After many years of hard work and community fundraising, the Intorf Lodge in Johnsville is now fully wired for electricity and powered by a full time, on-site electric generator.

“This milestone upgrade is a long time coming,” said Plumas Ski Club President Don Fregulia. “We have all looked forward to this day when this historic ski lodge is ready to host many future ski, music and social events.” First on the schedule are the legendary Longboard Races.

Ski Club board members and volunteers worked closely with Mark Serumgard of Gard Electric to implement the improvements to the site. “It was critical to choose lighting fixtures that would honor and match the period in which the Intorf Lodge was built,” said Chris Murray, PSC board member and Longboard racing legend. “I think we nailed it!”

Many Plumas County residents remember learning to ski at the Historic Johnsville Ski Bowl, which operated until 2002 as a small regional ski resort. “Our long-term goal is to reopen the hill here to skiers and (snow) boarders,” said Fregulia. “This is a major step towards that goal!”

The Plumas Ski Club has been working closely with the State Department of Parks and Recreation and that entity is supportive of the lodge upgrades. Both share the future vision of a functional ski hill for Johnsville.

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