17 Sep

Last Minute Letter About A Hoedown

Hello Everybody!

First of all, congratulations on purchasing a ticket to the second 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 on the Plumas-Eureka State Park. Remember, it’s a Hoedown not a music festival, so prepare for something a little different.

Make sure to fill up those cars folks. We are going to have A LOT of people enjoying this Hoedown and minimal parking. Once the Ski Bowl parking is full, you can park alongside the road as long as you’re not crossing the white line. The better we all do at carpooling the easier parking will be!

Please drive safely on your way to Johnsville. If you have to drive at night, go slow and keep a sharp eye out for wildlife. Also, make sure you plan to arrive when our gates are open! See website for Gate Schedule and Cody Express Gear Shuttle schedule. When you finally arrive at the town of Johnsville, please drive extra slow! The speed limit is 25mph, but if you’re cool you’ll go 18. When you arrive at the gate, have your ID’s ready to go, that’s how you’ll get your ticket.

Campers! Make sure to read our camping guide at LostSierraHoedown.com. On-site camping is first come first serve, and be ready for some close neighbors! As always, we are all in this together. On-site camping is free, but if you are looking for more space and quiet time, Plumas-Eureka State Park campground is OPEN.

The weather is looking awesome, especially compared to last year! Still, we are in the mountains, and prepare for the worst. We’ve been seeing hot days and cold nights.

It’s up to you to manage your own trash, Pack it in Pack it out! We can handle compost and recycling. Beer and food vendors are on site! 100% of beer sales go to supporting the ski hill so bring some cash to fill up your pint cups with cold frosty brews from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and the Brewing Lair.

We look forward to see you all very soon! In the meantime, study up on LostSierraHoedown.com so you are prepared for maximum success!


The Lost Sierra Hoedown Team

13 Sep

Pint Cups in your hand! Again!

Thanks to UnofficialAlpine.com and the Sierra Nevada College Student Government Association, every guest of the Lost Sierra Hoedown will receive a FREE Klean Kanteen stainless steel pint cup. Cheers to that!


In the Hoedown’s inaugural year, our effort to provide reusable cups was a huge success! We eliminated single use plastic cups from our event, and dramatically reduced our waste.

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A huge thanks goes out to UnofficialAlpine.com and the Sierra Nevada College Student Government Association for putting these cups in your hand, FOR FREE! We hope you cherish your new Hoedown souvenir and use in your life year round!

 For those of you that weren’t around last year, here’s some pro tips to make the most out of your new special cups!

• 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!

• Pint Rings and carabiners are available at our Merchandise tent. Purchase these accessories and you can clip your cup to stuff!

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.