Jamison trail gets first pass for grooming

“We groomed midday on Jan. 2 from the Jamison Trailhead only,” said Ken McMaster about the approximately 12-kilometer trail system at the Plumas-Eureka State Park.

“The Museum Trailhead area is lacking snow and too many open spots without snow. The first several hundred yards on the Jamison side are spotty with snow, but after that, the skiing is pretty good.” McMaster said, “Did not set any track but concentrated on smoothing out the trail, getting rid of ruts as we could. Have not groomed much so far this season due to mechanical issues with machines, but we are back up and running … only need more snow.”

Snowshoeing is a good option, as well as striding. “Would not advise skate skiing as yet,” said McMaster. “We will groom again only after more snow. … There are approximately 4 kilometers of groomed skiing available. Enjoy what there is!”

McMaster gave a special thanks to all who have supported their volunteer grooming program in the past (no state funds are used for this program) and to all the volunteers who donate their time to the trails. McMaster added that if you haven’t this year, please consider donating to keep those efforts ongoing.

Again, this year, the ski hill’s entire funding comes through donations to PESPA — Plumas Eureka State Park Association, P.O. Box 1148, Graeagle, CA 96103. There is also a donation slot on the Museum door at the Museum Trailhead.

There are no trail fees, but trail users can donate to the program. Suggested donations are $5/day per person, $25/person for the season and $35/family for the season.

Trails Report

JAMISON TRAIL: Groomed, no set track, patches of open ground in the first couple hundred yards. Good skiing after that.

HARPER’S WAY: Not groomed.

CAMP LISA: Not groomed.

UPPER CAMPGROUND: Groomed, good snow coverage, no set track.

CAMPGROUND: Groomed, good snow coverage, no set track.

LOWER CAMPGROUND: Not groomed.

BEAR SCAT FLAT: Not groomed.

PLUMAS-EUREKA: Not groomed.

Avalanche Advisory

The Central Sierra Nevada Mountain Avalanche Advisory is issued daily by the Sierra Avalanche Center (SAC), covering the Northern Sierra Nevada mountain range from Ebbett’s Pass (State Highway 4, Alpine County) to Yuba Pass (State Highway 49, Sierra County). It applies to backcountry areas outside of developed ski areas only. For daily avalanche advisory information, go to the SAC website at sierraavalanchecenter.org or phone 587-3558.