Despite the impending snowstorm, which brought around five feet of snow around the basin, people braved the weather to join California State Parks and Sierra State Parks Foundation’s Free Ski Day. The event on February 2 showcased the freshly groomed Nordic Ski trails on the historic 1960’s Winter Olympic trails located at Ed Z’berg Sugar Pine Point State Park. The ski trails are an excellent example of a successful private-public partnership (CSP and SSPF) benefitting the public.
There was a diverse crowd of attendees including visitors from Brazil, the Bay Area, the Sierra foothills, locals, and even non-skiers. A State Park Ranger, Jennifer McCallan, and Executive Director of SSPF, Heidi Doyle, were on-site providing hot chocolate to guests. David Antonucci, a local author, gave an Olympic History Ski Tour.
The blue (beginner) trail and the north side of the red (intermediate) trail will be groomed for the remainder of the snow season every Monday and Friday as conditions allow. The cost of parking is $5 per vehicle during the snow season.
The Sierra State Parks Foundation provides the grooming at the park through donations that help pay for the equipment lease and volunteers to perform the grooming. Donations can be made at the park kiosk. State Parks helps provide the trail signs and equipment storage.