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A celebration commemorating the 1855 origin of downhill ski racing in the old mining settlement of Johnsville. Skiers on 11 to 13-foot longboard skis attempt to race down the oldest recorded ski racing slopes in the nation at Eureka Bowl located within Plumas-Eureka State Park.
Decked out in historic costumes, the racers use a single wooden pole between their legs to stop, creating a snowy rooster --tail. Homemade ski wax (also known as "dope") placed on the wooden longboard skis provides an authentic touch and is required for speed. The races are open to both participants and spectators, and include food, drink, music, and prizes. Racers pay a small fee for use of longboard skis, but races are free to spectators. Contact the Plumas County Visitors Bureau, 800-326-2247.