Nevada County: where skiing and drinking mix

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Nevada County-Pilot Peak

Pilot Peak winery

It won’t surprise anyone to learn that skiing and drinking can be combined on holidays. After all what skiing resort wouldn’t boast of its gluhwein?

But in Nevada County in California, you can combine the two in almost a twin-centre holiday. The reason is that, not far away from the slopes, there are the vineyards of the Sierra Vintners wine region which are known for their blue ribbon wines.

Nevada County is the home of the Donner Summit with some of the deepest snow in the continental U.S. and a range of winter options at each resort. The Boreal Mountain Resort is celebrating its 50th year of operations with significant renovations including the addition of a surface life and expanded learning terrain, three major events to mark the golden anniversary, and the opening of Neff Land, a pirate-themed terrain park with 30 features.  Night skiing is also available at Boreal Mountain, with lifts operating until 9 p.m. daily. The Take 3, Ride Free encourages improving ski techniques and abilities – the season pass lift ticket is free with the completion of three lessons. Woodward Tahoe, located steps from the slopes, is Tahoe’s only action sport training facility with indoor trampolines, foam pits, skate parks, ramps and more.

Planet Town at Soda Springs Resort has a wide viewing area that allows parents the perfect spot to film their children’s first turns on skis or snowboards.  Toddlers may start at 2 years old to age 8.  Soda Springs rents small sized snowmobiles for kids ages 6 to 12 (under 100 pounds). The adventures take place on a circular track – no worries of heading off down the slope – and helmets are provided.     Donner Ski Ranch, another family friendly ski and snowboarding slope has a tubing hill that requires no experience or special equipment other than energy and gumption.

Cross country skiers have unlimited access at Royal Gorge, North America’s largest cross country resort on 200km (134 miles)of groomed trails across 7,500 acres of pristine terrain that crosses Nevada and Placer Counties. Incidentally, it opened last weekend.

Nevada County is also the home to the Sierra Vintners wine region, known for their blue ribbon wines, hospitable vintners and tasting room experts. Many offer tasting and events at their vineyards like Pilot Peak, Sierra Knolls and Double Oak; while others are showcased in one of the many tasting rooms located in Historic Downtown Grass Valley or Nevada City. Some twenty different wineries – and a few breweries – are all within reach of the ski slopes.

For more about Nevada County, click here.

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