Coppervale Ski Hill
Lassen Community College owns and operates a ski area located just west of Susanville. Coppervale Ski Hill is about 19 miles east of Chester. The area has trails of various skill levels, a face and a bowl and a newly created terrain park. Some popular activities include downhill and cross-country skiing, as well as snowboarding.
Formerly known as Plumas Eureka Ski Bowl, this historic ski area owned by the Plumas Ski Club is located in Plumas-Eureka State Park above Johnsville. Currently, the ski area is not operating, but the installation of a new chairlift is underway.
Local historians believe ore buckets were used by pioneer miners on Eureka Peak in the 1870's, which would make this the first ski lift in. America. With easy access and a large parking lot, it's a favorite area for sledders and cross-country skiers in the interim.
The area, if reopened, features beginner to advanced runs for Alpine and telemark skiers and snowboarders.
The annual Historic Longboard Revival Series (video) races continue to be staged here on the third Sundays of January, February and March, depending on snow. These colorful races highlight pioneer longboard skiing and the birthplace of ski racing and ski clubs in America dating back to the 1850's. Spectators and new racers are welcome.
The Eureka Bowl features a maximum vertical of 675 feet, rising from 5,500 feet base elevation to 6,175 feet. Eureka Peak has long been a destination for telemark ski descents. A rustic lodge up the hill from the parking lot features a cafe, a warm fire and rest rooms during operation and longboard events.
From Highway 89 in Graeagle, take Johnsville Road (County Road A-14) about five miles, continue through the village of Johnsville a half mile until the road ends at the ski area parking lot.
For more information visit the Plumas County Ski Club's website.