This week’s storms didn’t drop as much snow as many we’re hoping for, as China Peak was left with a light layer of snowfall and not enough to open anytime soon.
Still, snow recreationalists have options elsewhere as Lake Tahoe resorts received nearly 2 feet over the past seven days.
Squaw Valley, which opened the day before Thanksgiving, had five trails and three groomed runs open as of Wednesday night. Heavenly received a foot in the past 72 hours, adding machine-made snow to have six lifts open. Northstar had seven lifts open with more terrain expected to become available in the coming days because of continuing snowfall.
At Mammoth Mountain, storms dropped 13 to 22 inches of new snow since last week adding to the resort’s base depth of 18-22. The resort is running at 25% of its operations, with seven lifts open.
Free day Dec. 14 at Sequoia, Kings Canyon
To celebrate the 89th annual Trek to the Nation’s Christmas Tree, Sequoia and Kings Canyon are waiving entrance fees to all visitors to the national parks on Sunday, Dec. 14.
The annual ceremony at the General Grant Tree is scheduled for 2:30-3:30 p.m. featuring jubilation singers, the Sanger High choir, Fresno Tuba Christmas Ensemble and a non-denominational holiday message. A memorial wreath will be placed at the base of the tree, paying homage to the men and women of the Armed Forces.
Given limited parking at the grove, a free shuttle service will be available from the Kings Canyon Visitor Center parking area to the Grant Tree Trail. Allow an extra 30 minutes to use this in-park shuttle service.
Kings River Warden Patrol BBQ
When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday
Where: Cedar View Winery (1384 S. Frankwood Ave., Sanger)
The Kings River Conservancy fundraiser and barbecue benefits the Frank P. Jones Memorial Warden Patrol Fund with all money collected going toward increased fish and wildlife warden patrols on the lower Kings River. More than $30,000 has been raised.
There also is a raffle, with the grand prize an all-expenses paid guided trip for six donated by Cal Trout to the Shasta Springs Trout Camp outside Dunsmuir. Tickets are $25 apiece and limited to 100 sold.
Tickets are available from Kings River Conservancy board members or by calling (559) 787-9500