Storms drop first big snow
Nearly 15 inches of fresh powder fell at China Peak, a foot at Lodgepole in Sequoia National Park and in parts of Yosemite, and 6 inches in Shaver Lake.
The storm had many jumping for joy and optimistic for the upcoming season. China Peak uploaded a video to YouTube of 17-year-old Marissa Hushaw carving the first tracks on the mountain near Huntingon Lake. The resort, which normally opens the first or second week of December, hopes Mother Nature’s cooperation will provide for an early opening.
Yosemite’s Badger Pass Ski Area is scheduled to open Dec. 12.
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Study: Half a million use Clovis trails annually
At Monday’s Clovis city council meeting, officials announced that more than 583,000 use the Old Town Trail at Willow and Nees avenues every year and another 427,000 use the Dry Creek Trail segment near Clovis and Nees avenues.
The survey was conducted on Wednesday, Aug. 6, and Saturday, Aug. 9, from 7-10 a.m. and 5-8 p.m. and was led by Fresno State anthropology professor Hank Delcore, who then extrapolated the data to come up with the annual numbers. The annual estimates are conservative, though Delcore said annual usage could be as high as 769,000 at Willow/Nees and 593,000 at Dry Creek.
The survey also took random samples of 110 trail users who rated the Clovis trail system a 4.5 on a scale of 1-5. That’s good news for city planners, who estimate at least 400,000 people will use the proposed overpass on the Enterprise Trail at Highway 168 and Temperance Avenue and the Harlan Ranch Trail each year.
To view the complete survey detail, click here.
Lou Fest X, Cyclocross start this weekend
Cyclocross riders will fire up their lights and take to Woodward Park for the 10th annual Lou Fest X Night Race on Saturday night.
Registration for Lou Fest is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the first race starting at 5:30. Cost is $60 for pros, $50 for non-pros and $30 for juniors. Kids ride free. Details at www.lounightrace.com.
The first race in the Cyclocross Homegrown series follows Sunday morning at Woodward Park. Day-of registration begins at 9:15 a.m. with the first race at 10 a.m. Men and women race for $20 and can join a second race that day for $10. Juniors are $15. Details: www.ccorc.org.
Get out for Veterans Day
This Tuesday (Nov. 11) the National Park Service is waiving entrance fees at all of its parks in celebration of Veterans Day.
It’s the final fee-free day of 2014 for the NPS and the forecast couldn't look better with clear skies and cool temperatures in the 60s and 70s expected at nearby Yosemite and Sequoia & Kings Canyon.
Pheasant hunting season opens Saturday
The general pheasant season opens Saturday and extends through Dec. 21.
Type A wildlife areas in the San Joaquin Valley (Los Banos Wildlife Area, Mendota Wildlife Area, North Grasslands Wildlife Area, Volta Wildlife Area and San Luis National Wildlife Refuge) will be open for pheasant hunting on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays only during the season. Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge will be open for pheasant hunting on the first Monday of the season (Nov. 10).
•China Peak Job Fair
When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
Where: China Peak Ski Resort
The Huntington Lake ski resort is holding it’s annual on-site job fair all day Saturday. For more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (559) 233-2500.
•Fresno Ski Swap and Sale
When: Nov. 14-16 (Friday-Sunday)
Hours: 6-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
Where: 5901 N. Fresno St., the former site of the World of Baseball and Cost Plus stores.
The Fresno Ski Club hopes to help those who need to supplement their gear or sell some for cash through the club’s annual ski and swap sale next weekend. There is a $5 entry fee for each adult or family, with all proceeds benefiting the Fresno County Chapter of Special Olympics and Central California Adaptive Sports Center. Admission also enters each attendee into a raffle to win season passes to China Peak and Badger Pass along with other prizes. Registration for consignment sales are 3 to 9 p.m. Friday and 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday.