Trail Mix 12/19: China Peak hopes to open more runs with snow in forecast

The Fresno BeeDecember 18, 2013 

With snow in the forecast this week, China Peak expects to step up operations.

Currently, the Huntington Lake resort is operating two lifts — Chairs 2 and 6 — serving Kaiser Run, Sundown Ridge and Middle Tollhouse, owner Tim Cohee said.

With the new snow, hopes are that Chair 1 will be opened.

At the very least, cool temperatures should allow for snowmaking.

Chair 4, meanwhile, is expected to open on a daily basis beginning Saturday.

Lift tickets are $50 for adults, $40 for juniors and seniors, and $19 for children.

Some ski and board school prices are reduced at this time.

Details: www.skichinapeak.com.

Badger Pass starts cross country season

After delaying its opening last week, Badger Pass at Yosemite National Park will launch cross-country skiing and snowshoe operations Friday at its Nordic Center.

More snow is still needed for the downhill skiing and tubing areas, spokesperson Lisa Cesaro said. But there are guided and unguided hikes available on an estimated 100 miles of skiing and snowshoeing trails.

Updates: www.yosemitepark.com/DailySnowReport.aspx

Events: Resolution Run

When: 8 a.m. New Year's Day

Where: Woodward Park

Kick off the new year and a fresh start on those resolutions with a 4- or 2-mile run. The event is organized by Valley Race Productions and benefits the Battle Buddy Foundation, which pairs post-traumatic stress disorder military veterans with trained service dogs.

Cost is $25 for the 2-mile and $35 for the 4-mile, through Dec. 28. Children 12 and younger are $15.

Registration includes a T-shirt, chip timing, finisher awards for the top three male and females, and entry for a raffle. No dogs or strollers allowed.

Details: www.valleyracepro.com

Bank of the Sierra Resolution Run

When: 9 a.m. New Year's Day

Where: 128 E. Main Street, Visalia

For south Valley runners, this second annual 5K Resolution Run will take place down Visalia's Main Street.

Proceeds benefit the Visalia Rescue Mission.

The cost is $30 for adults. There is a free 1-mile run for youths ages 6 to 12. Race day starts at 7:30 a.m. with packet pick-up. The kids race is at 9 a.m. and the 5K run/walk at 9:30 a.m.

Registration includes a die-cast finisher's medal, a commemorative running shirt and other surprises.

Details: www.valleyresolutionrun.com.

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