Outdoors

Trail Mix for March 10: China Peak, at 300-plus inches for year, awaits more snow

A young skier stays warm on top of dad’s shoulders while taking in the view on Dec. 27, 2015, at China Peak Mountain Resort near Huntington Lake. China Peak has received more than 300 inches of snow this season, and is expecting even more to fall ahead of the weekend.
A young skier stays warm on top of dad’s shoulders while taking in the view on Dec. 27, 2015, at China Peak Mountain Resort near Huntington Lake. China Peak has received more than 300 inches of snow this season, and is expecting even more to fall ahead of the weekend. sflores@fresnobee.com

China Peak Mountain Resort cleared 300 inches of snowfall for the season this week, and there’s a good chance more powder will fall by the weekend.

It’s the most snow the Huntington Lake resort has received in a long time, leaving snowboarders and skiers headed to the slopes with joy.

The resort is expecting to stay open at least through April 24 – almost four weeks longer than last year when it was forced to close April 4 after receiving less than 120 inches of snow for the season, more than a third of which fell in that final week.

Saturday and Sunday, Black Pass holders can get a head start, as Chair 1 begins operations at 8:30 a.m., 30 minutes before the resort opens to the general public.

Saturday is also Jack Pieroni Demo Day. Bring boots and an ID to try out the latest skis and snowboards.

Badger Pass Ski Area in Yosemite is reporting snow depths of 48-60 inches.

Fresno Urban Run The third annual event returns Sunday to downtown Fresno, with runners snaking through 900 steps at Chukchansi Park, going up and down a spiral, six-story parking garage, then through the Fulton Mall and around the courthouse before the final challenge: a 220-stair climb – 10 stories – to the top of the Grand Tower Building.

Overall, it’s about 3 miles.

Runners can sign up individually or as a team. Registration is online only and costs $40 for ages 14 and up.

Details: www.fresnourbanrun.com.

Spring Fling duathlon Start triathlon season early with a duathlon March 20 at Woodward Park. You’ll need both running shoes and cycling cleats to run for 2 miles, ride for 12 and then run for 2 more. Road and mountain bikes are placed in separate categories.

This year, organizers have added a 5K run/walk and a duathlon relay option for those who want to compete in teams of two or three.

The race begins at 8:30 a.m. with late registration and packet pickup starting at 7 a.m. at the compass near Friant and Fort Washington.

For more details or to register, go to www.sierracascades.com.

Volunteer trail crew – The High Sierra Volunteer Trail Crew is offering a free family-friendly weekend trip May 26-29 in exchange for helping to maintain Camp Nelson Trail near Springville in Sequoia National Forest.

Volunteers will stay at a nearby campground to be announced later, hike to designated work areas every morning and return to camp about 3:30 p.m., leaving ample time to explore.

All skill levels and abilities are welcome, as jobs will be assigned according to skills and circumstance. Food will be provided from dinner Thursday through Sunday lunch.

The event is hosted by the U.S. Forest Service, with help from sponsors REI and Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company.

For more information and to make reservations, go to http://trailcrew.org/event/1610-camp-nelson/.✔

Off-Roading – Sequoia National Forest is seeking public opinion on preliminary application of Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division grant monies in hopes of improving off-roading routes, facilities, signage and law enforcement.

The public-review comment period ends April 4.

To view and comment, visit the State Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program at www.ohv.parks.ca.gov and select the Grants tab.

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