28 Sep

The Legend of the Lost Sierra Hoedown

First of all, ya’ll are gonna wanna pull out your hankerchief, click this here link and listen to Rob Armenti’s post hoedown ballad, “The Legend of the Lost Sierra Hoedown.”

The good ole’ days aren’t gone… They just live at the Johnsville Historic Ski Bowl.

Sept. 20-22, the AUTUMNAL EQUINOX, the HARVEST MOON and the LOST SIERRA HOEDOWN got all tangled up with all the good people in the triumphant land of campin’, hikin’ and bootstompin. We’ve been searching for the words all week… and we still can’t find the them. However, we will start with these two.

THANK YOU! Thank y’all so much!

For now we are going to let one big blanket thank you apply to the Lost Sierra Community. We are working on our short novel of gratitude, which is dedicated to the hundreds and hundreds of individuals who came together for this special event. We always aimed to form a miniature super community, and it sure did happen. From local legends to newcomers to the Johnsville Ski Bowl, thank you all so much for bringing your “A” game to the Lost Sierra Hoedown. And yes, we’re going to go ahead and give ourselves a pat on the back for selling over 300 tickets to a first time event, WAY off the beaten path, and raising over $6,000 toward re-opening the Johnsville Ski Bowl!

We hope we inspired ya’ll to fall in love with the Johnsville Historic Ski Bowl, and work toward re-opening and preserving this historic gem. If you came to the Lost Sierra Hoedown, welcome to the team. We are all in this together, and it ain’t over yet. Let’s keep up the momentum, and keep breathing that sweet, down-home rowdy life into the ski bowl. Stay in touch with SkiJohnsville.com and come out to the winter events, from the Historic Longboard Revival Series to the Winter Ball. Do you know someone who wants to support a family friendly, community oriented, low impact, ROOTS ski area? Send checks this way.

Donations to the Ski Johnsville Fund can be sent to E.P.R.D. at P.O. Box 391, Graeagle, CA 96103. 100% of your tax-deductable donation will go to the development and preservation of this historic community treasure. The Ski Johnsville Fund is managed by The Plumas Community Foundation (501(c)3 EIN: 94-3315367) and all donors will receive a thank-you letter from the Foundation with instructions in claiming their tax deduction. All donations will help and we greatly appreciate whatever contribution you can afford to make in these hard times. Please follow our progress at skijohnsville.com and show your support by “Liking” us on Facebook.

Do you have photo galleries, video or blog posts dedicated to the Lost Sierra Hoedown? Send us a link (info@lostsierrahoedown.com) or post on our Facebook page. We’d love to compile it all and prove to the world that the Lost Sierra Hoedown was indeed, “real life.” Don’t forget to checkout #LostSierraHoedown on Instagram, it’s pretty epic.

Also, here’s a few cool articles complete with photos we’d like to share with ya for now.

The Lost Sierra Hoedown: A Shared Passion for Music & Snow a review from UnofficialAlpine.com

“Real Life” A Hoedown Story Robbie Moen of Theodore Lovely shares his take on the Hoedown.

Service in Action… The Lost Sierra Hoedown Drew Fisher writes in the SNC Eagle’s Eye

THANKS Everyone! Maybe… Maybe we’ll see you next year. Stay in Touch!

19 Sep

Simple Livin’: Cash Is Good

Simple Livin’ Alert! There’s no ATM at the Ski Bowl for the Lost Sierra Hoedown. Although some vendors may offer some ability to accept credit cards, poor 3G service may make transactions challenging. Bringing cash for the event may be your best bet for simple livin’. An ATM machine is located at Plumas Bank in Graeagle.

18 Sep

A letter to all Hoedowners

Hello Everybody!

First of all, congratulations on purchasing a ticket to the first ever Lost Sierra Hoedown. The staff here at Lost Sierra would like to express tremendous gratitude for supporting our event and the Johnsville Historic Ski Bowl. We have been working hard to make sure this Hoedown is legendary and unforgettable. Here’s a couple last minute reminders to maximize your fun and minimize impact.

The Lost Sierra Hoedown is rain or shine. We are going to be dosey doein’ through the night even if we have to do it in our ski clothes. The weather is looking a little bit chilly, but what better way to stay warm than yoga, hiking, and dancing?! Please don’t sell yourself short on warm clothing and camping gear. Go nuts, go overboard, bring extra for your friends! Consider bringing wool socks, long johns, ear muffs, beanies, down jackets, rain jackets and gloves.

On-site Campers… If you’ve been diligent in your Hoedown research, you’ll note that you need to carry your camping gear about a 1/4 mile from the parking lot to the Ski Bowl. Don’t fret, we’ll have a pick up truck doing laps to help you with gear. We will be happy to transport neat and tidy duffel bags and coolers – last minute plastic bags from the grocery store, not so much. Please take time to prepare.

Speaking of preparing, take time with our website www.lostsierrahoedown.com There’s a lot of great info on there. This is not a music festival, it’s a Hoedown, a very unique event, plan accordingly. Help us minimize impact on the Plumas-Eureka state park, a historical treasure.

Also, a note on efficiency. We are all in this together. From on-site camping to parking spots, the better we can do with carpooling and filling up tents, the more room we will have for everyone. Gates open on Friday at noon, “Stake Your Claim” camping is first come first serve. So get there when you can to mark your territory. Read the website and stay in tune with Facebook to stay updated. Can’t wait to meet ya’ll, see you Friday! Email info@lostsierrahoedown.com with any questions, (after thoroughly reading the website.)


The Lost Sierra Hoedown Staff.

12 Sep

VIDEO: The Soul of Skiing in Johnsville, Ca

This is a short film about the ROOTS and SOUL of skiing at Johnsville Historic Ski Bowl, featuring Theodore Lovely’s “Heart Leads the Way”

This video features super 8mm film shot at Johnsville between 1965 and 1972 by Mike McKay and his son Bruce McKay. Don Penland has converted the 8mm film to digital images. Huge thanks to Don Penland for sharing this incredible footage. For the complete collection of film and more information, please visit his web page.

This video is dedicated to the late Bruce McKay, one of many Johnsville ski legends.

Video shot by Evan Haines
Edited by Drew Fisher.

07 Sep

Free Pint Cups in Your Hand at the Hoedown!

Klean Kanteen and Sierra Nevada College sponsor the Lost Sierra Hoedown to provide stainless steel pint cups!

Our pint cups will be emblazoned with the Lost Sierra Hoedown logo on one side and Sierra Nevada College Student Government Association on the other.

That’s right, when you show up to the Lost Sierra Hoedown, we are going to put a Klean Kanteen stainless steel pint cup in your hand for FREE. Here’s why.

1) This is our worst nightmare. Using steel will eliminate the need for single use plastic cups.

Let's not wade through trash at the Hoedown.

Let’s not wade through trash at the Hoedown.

2) These cups won’t break.

3) Giving away 500 cups is a sustainable solution to reducing waste. These cups will live beyond the Lost Sierra Hoedown. We hope that all the “hoedowners” will carry their steel with pride and refuse plastic cups in the future!

This Pint Cup Revolution is brought to you by Klean Kanteen, Sierra Nevada College and the Sierra Nevada College Student Government Association.

Here’s some pro tips for your pint cup

• Stainless Steel pint cups work great for cold beverages! Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, water or apple juice, you name it. But if you pour fiery hot liquid in there, a burning sensation is likely to be experienced in your hands. Stainless steel conducts heat.

• Bring your own “koozie”, “huggie”, “can-cooler”, ‘beer sleeve” or “holdie coldie”. Whatever you want to call it, bring something to hold your cup in, it will help you distinguish your pint cup from everyone else’s. If your “cozy” is thick enough, you can even enjoy HOT beverages too!

• If you do not have a fabric sleeve to decorate your cup and insulate your beverage, we will provide a marker so you can write your name on your cup. CHEERS!


06 Aug

Slice of Life at the Lost Sierra Hoedown

It’s Saturday morning, September 21, Autumnal Equinox. The last day of summer. There’s a chill in the air, but someone is firing up coffee on the camp stove. It smells good, so you unzip your tent and do the same.

The miniature community of on-site campers is starting to come to life. Last night, Miner and The Dead Winter Carpenters left you in awe. The high energy music was one hell of an intro to the Lost Sierra Hoedown.  You notice a few people gathering around a dude with some smooth vocals and a killer moustache. It’s Rob Armenti from Theodore Lovely, and he’s serenading the breakfast crowd.

Some friends say they are heading out to hike to Eureka Peak Loop, why not? So you fill up your water bottle and throw a couple snacks in your day pack.

The Ski Bowl

Traversing up the Johnsville Ski Bowl, you look down at the old lodge where Miner and the Dead Winter Carpenters took the stage last night.

A whole new set of scenery is revealed. Eureka Lake is a modest body of water that fits the reflection of Eureka Peak quite nicely. 

Eureka Lake is a 1.2 mile hike from the Hoedown Zone.

Eureka Lake is a 1.3 mile hike from the Hoedown Zone.

After a quarter mile or so, the trail splits for the loop. You take the right fork and head southwest. The views keep getting bigger and Eureka Lake is starting to look smaller.

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After about 45 minutes of leisurely hiking, you gain the ridge that leads to Eureka Peak. This mountain was nearly hollowed out a hundred years ago. It looks pristine, but dozens of miles of tunnels were excavated in search of gold. When those folks weren’t mining, they were skiing.

After some light scrambling, you arrive on Eureka Peak. It’s actually the “false” peak, but the views are way better than the proper highpoint. Mt. Lassen is way out on the northwest horizon, and the jagged Sierra Buttes are to the Southeast.

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When you get back to Eureka Lake, more friends are there passing around a mandolin. There’s plenty of time to hang out before the music starts at the Ski Bowl. You’re really looking forward to seeing Theodore Lovely, Rose’s Pawn Shop and The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit. You’re stoked you took the time to recharge for one more night of Hoedownin’ on the last day of summer.

06 Aug

Website Update 8/5/13

The Lost Sierra Hoedown website has gone from “somewhat informative” to “just a little rough around the edges”. We are proud.

We will continue to work hard on our website, but for now, enjoy the updates! Learn how to prepare for a hoedown, check out some sweet photos/video and get familiar with our on-site campin’ guide. Our ticket info page should also clear up some things. Feel free to explore, and let us know what else we can do to help you prepare for the Lost Sierra Hoedown! Yeeeha everybody, it’s really coming together.