With substantial snowfall in the upper elevations, Lassen College's Coppervale Ski Area is in full operation, with a variety of classes being held on Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Only 18 miles from Susanville on Highway 36, Coppervale has enough groomed snow for some terrific downhill fun and features 8 spectacular trails, a terrain park, a half-pipe and over 700 feet of vertical drop.
Whether your forte is downhill, cross country or snowboarding, Coppervale has something just right for you and the family; trails for various skill levels, a face, forest runs, a bowl and a newly created terrain park. The slopes are groomed to accommodate less advanced skiers and snowboarders.
Established in the late 1930's as a club, by citizens of Westwood and Susanville, the original lift was a rope tow run off the rear wheels of a car chained on the top of the mountain. The first person up in the morning hiked up with gas and started the engine.
Lassen College took over the Ski Area in the 1960's and started the first official ski classes. The rope tow engine was moved to the bottom of the hill and refitted with a new engine and other modifications.
In 1977 the Poma lift was installed to provide service to the summit, where skiers have access to almost 740 feet of vertical drop.
Classes on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays are held from 9:30 to 4:30. On Tuesdays and Thursdays the lift will be in operation from 1:00 to 4:30pm. Sign up for classes at the Ski Area. For more information about Lassen's Coppervale Ski Area call the Snow- Phone at 530-251-8841.