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  • Royal Gorge Ski Resort, Soda Springs, CA
    Royal Gorge Ski Resort, Soda Springs, CA
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  • Soda Springs Road, CA
    Soda Springs Road, CA
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  • Sugar Bowl Ski Resort, Soda Springs, CA
    Sugar Bowl Ski Resort, Soda Springs, CA
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    Mountain Biking through Placer County

    by karenincalifornia Updated Jun 16, 2004

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    Soda Springs Road, CA

    The Serene Lakes area near Soda Springs is so under-promoted, it is tough to find information on nearby mountain bike trails. They do exist - you just have to know where to find them.

    At Ice Lakes Lodge on the south of Serence Lakes, Soda Springs Road turns into a semi-improved dirt road. Follow this road along side the creek that and through the forests. Eventually you will be rewarded to stunning views of Royal Gorge on the right. The road continues down to the American River.

    No techical mountain biking skills are necessary - the road is wide. In 6 miles it drops from 7,000 feet to 5,800 feet. This is a road for cars and trucks connecting The Cedars to Serene Lakes, but traffic is almost nonexistent. When we took this ride on a Saturday morning (2 hours), we did not come across a singe vehicle or another rider. At the 6 mile point on this road, you'll come to the trailhead of a trail that ultimately connects to the Pacific Coast Trail. You can lock your bike in the bushes and continue on foot.

    The scenery is beautiful, but the road back up to Serene Lakes is an unrelenting uphill ride. Be prepared for a workout!

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    Terrain at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort

    by karenincalifornia Updated Mar 15, 2004

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    Sugar Bowl Ski Resort, Soda Springs, CA

    Sugar Bowl is one of three ski resorts in the Soda Springs area. The other two are Donner Ski Ranch and Soda Springs.

    Sugar Bowl is by far the larger of the three and has the most diverse terrain. While it doesn't have the expansive tough expert terrain you can find at Squaw Valley, Sugar Bowl does offer a challenge.

    This is the view of the top of Lincoln Park. If you are looking for expert runs, from there, you can ski down Silver Belt, a steep narrow bowl with bumps and good snow, due to its elevation near 9,000 and north face. Or you can ski down the ridge from the top of the Disney chair and jump into the double black diamond chutes at the saddle.

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    Cross Country Ski Lesson

    by karenincalifornia Updated Jan 12, 2004

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    Royal Gorge Ski Resort, Soda Springs, CA

    Take a cross country ski lesson at Royal Gorge to learn the basics or brush up on the latest techniques or advance to skating. We were lucky to have a lesson from Radka, of the Czech Republic. She was very helpful, gave us some pointers that helped our skiing tremendously, and never laughed at our klutziness.

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    Downhill Skiing at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort

    by karenincalifornia Updated Jan 12, 2004

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    Sugar Bowl Ski Resort, Soda Springs, CA

    This moderately sized ski resort has runs for all abilities, from easy to extremely challenging. Don't be fooled by the lifts and runs named after Disney characters. Walt Disney used to have an ownership interest in this resort, which continues to have the right to use the names. The runs here are anything but Mickey Mouse.

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    Regular or goofy?

    by karenincalifornia Written Mar 15, 2004

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    Sugar Bowl Ski Resort, Soda Springs, CA

    Boarding is permitted at all three ski resorts in the Soda Springs area - Sugar Bowl, Donner Ski Ranch and Soda Springs.

    Sugar Bowl has a half pipe and a good sized terrain park.

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    Cross Country Skiing

    by karenincalifornia Updated Jan 11, 2004

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    Cross Country Skiier at Royal Gorge, CA

    Soda Springs' location guarantees that it will have some of best snow coverage in California. That translates into fabulous cross country skiing throughout the winter.

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