Free Cross Country Ski Trip to Truckee

Outdoor Adventure and Art Experiences Brought to You by Yuba Sutter Arts & Culture

 Next up in Yuba Sutter Arts & Culture’s (YSAC) outdoor experiences for all, is a grant-funded trip to Truckee for a cross-country skiing adventure. What’s that you say? You don’t know how to ski or have never tried cross-country skiing? Not a problem. Lessons are included at no additional charge. In fact, the whole outing is free and is funded thanks to a generous grant from the California State Parks & Recreation Department. It is all made possible thanks to a $200,000 Outdoor Equity Program Grant YSAC received from the Department.  The funding is part of a California State Parks statewide initiative that has provided $57 million in grant funding to 125 communities, including Yuba-Sutter, to help advance its “Outdoor Access for All” initiative. The funding helps establish hubs for local activities and trips to natural areas for underserved communities. 

Here are the details. The cross-country ski trip is scheduled for Saturday, February 24, 2024. This outing includes ski equipment rental, a day pass, and an introductory cross-country skiing lesson. Advance registration at is required. There is a refundable $20 per person fee at the time of registration. Participants will receive a cash refund upon arrival for the outing. There are no refunds for no-shows. This new rule is necessary due to the number of no-shows last year which caused organizers to turn away others wishing to attend once we reached trip capacity. 

Participants will meet at the YSAC offices, 624 E Street in Marysville, at 6:30 am where you will check-in, sign release forms, and gather nature journaling supplies. At 7:00 am, the charter bus will invite all on board and head to the destination (2-hour bus ride). Once the destination is reached, Alder Creek Adventure Center, 15275 Alder Creek Road in Truckee, equipment will be issued, and skiers will be grouped for the 90-minute lesson. Upon lesson completion, skiers can try the trails or stay in the flat meadow to test their new skills. There is always the ski lodge where you can sit inside and do some nature journaling and sketching, reflect on the day, or just get warm and dry. Lunch will be provided at noon consisting of chicken Ceaser or veggie/hummus wraps, vegetarian chili, a cookie, and chips. The bus will leave at 2:00 pm and return to Marysville by 4:00 pm. There will be a highly recommended, virtual information session in advance of the Ski Trip on February 21 at 4:00 pm

Upcoming outdoor adventure and journaling excursions include a Sutter Buttes hike on March 3rd, a second Sutter Buttes hike on April 13th, and on April 27th, a Table Mountain Ecological Preserve wildflower intensive. These trips are free of charge and park admission fees, supplies, and meals or snacks are included. 

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