23 Aug

Make a Sustainable Camping Plan for the Hoedown

What makes the Lost Sierra Hoedown sustainable?

It’s us! Every attendee, volunteer, artist and team member. It’s our community goal and challenge to produce less trash, use less resources, Leave No Trace and genuinely practice Simple Livin’.  The most important thing to do is build your Hoedown team early and create a sustainable camping plan to coordinate carpools, camp gear and meal plans.

Maximize fun and minimize impact – Simple Livin’

Carpooling is fun for everyone and the perks are endless. If you show up in the same car as your friends, choosing and finding your campsite is easy. It’s also helpful for sharing gear, so no one ends up hauling unnecessary  gear into the ski bowl.

Gear share. Some say that the walking path from the parking lot to the ski bowl is mighty steep. When you collaborate with your friends on gear, no one needs to haul in unnecessary extra equipment. Pack light but smart with your friends. There’s always room on the Cody Express gear shuttle for small well packaged loads.  Rent, borrow, and share gear instead of buying new to minimize your camping footprint.

Pack Your Trash. The Hoedown provides receptacles for recycling and compost, but it’s up to every individual to pack out their trash. The best way to avoid ending a triumphant hoedown by wrestling a large bag of smelly trash is to plan ahead. With help from Sierra Watch, we’ve taken the first step to eliminate single use cups. You will receive a free Hoedown cup at the gate that works great for frosty pints, coffee, soup and more. Bringing your own reusable utensils and plates cancels out even more trash. Remember, fresh mountain spring water is free and abundant so no need for bottled water at this Hoedown.

Food Options. Visit the Plumas Ski Club Cafe, Taqueria Maria’s food truck, or feed yourself. Either way, bring your own plate and utensils. If you do choose to bring and cook your own food, bring items that aren’t overly packaged. Buy bulk and local from a market like the Quincy Natural Foods Co-op. Professionals Hoedowners often bring homemade snacks in reusable containers but purchase most meals from vendors to save time for bootstompin’ and adventure instead of cooking and dishwashing. Plus, Plumas Ski Club will be grilling up delicious burgers and more to raise money to keep community skiing activities alive at Johnsville. 

During the Hoedown, practice Simple Livin’. Try to leave your vehicles parked for the weekend and practice human powered recreation i.e. biking, hiking, swimming and exploring. Learn more about Simple Livin’ here.



About the venue

The Lost Sierra Hoedown is the only event of its kind to take place inside a State Park in California. The venue is remote, surreal, stunning, and natural… and we like it that way. It is a massive privilege to have such an event inside the State Park, and it is only possible with the utmost respect for the site. By planning ahead and keeping sustainability in mind, we can leave the Johnsville Historic Ski Bowl and Plumas Eureka State Park in better shape than we found it for the fifth year in a row.

15 Aug

Protected: Sierra Watch Sponsors Lost Sierra Hoedown

 At the Hoedown it feels good to be immersed in the outdoors.

The landscape is painted with earthy golds and foliage green. The air is fresh and the pines offer cool shade. We are able to relax and recharge amidst the natural environment. As the Plumas Ski Club works hard to make thoughtful renovations to the Johnsville Ski Bowl, they maintain one purpose, to promote community skiing activities.

It’s not the first Hoedown for the Sierra Watch crew, gotta love that Keep Squaw True cornhole. Photo: Mark Steinlein

But what about natural spaces that aren’t managed with community and environment forward goals? Sierra Watch is a 501 (c)(3) public charity with a mission to protect the Sierra Nevada now and forever. It is an organization built to ensure that long lasting land-use decisions are made for the right reasons, with the best information, and with the timeless values of the Sierra at heart.

Right now Sierra Watch is the only thing that stands between North Lake Tahoe and development of a kind, and on a scale, the region has never seen.  Despite fierce local opposition, Placer County recently gave developers the green light for two projects that together threaten everything we love about the Tahoe Sierra—a massive expansion of high rise condo hotel development and in an indoor water park in Tahoe’s Squaw Valley and a sprawling plan, known as Martis Valley West, for 662 acres of luxury second homes on the ridge between Northstar and the Tahoe Basin. Sierra Watch is leading the effort to Keep Squaw True and has filed multiple legal challenges to stop both ill-conceived development schemes, and move the region towards more responsible plans consistent with the lasting conservation of one of our favorite Sierra places.

You can find out more, and get more involved by heading to www.sierrawatch.org.

Reusable cups provided by Sierra Watch for 17′

 For 2017, we are psyched to announce that Sierra Watch and Lost Sierra Hoedown are joining forces to inspire land stewardship throughout the Hoedown and beyond.  It’s an obvious relationship, after all Sierra Watch exists to protect places like Johnsville from the destructive impacts of land use decisions that threaten communities like the one that has grown up around the Plumas Ski Club and the Lost Sierra Hoedown.

Given the alignment of values it’s not surprising that at least one member of Sierra Watch’s staff has enjoyed every Lost Sierra Hoedown starting when Staff Attorney Isaac Silverman stumbled upon the last day of the rain soaked 2013 festival while mountain biking in the area. He’s only missed one since.  Executive Director Tom Mooers discovered it on his own through unofficial alpine and took his son in 2014. Field Representative Chase Schweitzer went to his first Hoedown last year to celebrate his sister’s birthday. 

Willy Tea rocking the resuable at Lost Sierra 16′. Photo: Andrew Quist.

 Thanks to Sierra Watch, everyone at the Hoedown this year will receive a Klean Kanteen reusable pint cup, which completely eliminates single use cups. This simple act prevents thousands of plastic cups from heading to the landfill and keeps litter off the ground.

Grab a frosty pint of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from our friends at the Plumas Ski Club, (100% beer sales go to Plumas Ski Club) and head on over to the Sierra Watch tent. Sierra Watch staff will be there with the latest updates on their campaign and information on how to get involved. Sierra Watch and Keep Squaw True merchandise will be available along with inspiring conversation and fierce cornhole tournaments. 

14 Apr

2017 Lineup Announced!

Lost Sierra Hoedown is proud to announce our one-of-a-kind artfully curated lineup for 2017! Get your soul ready for huge talent to grace Johnsville Historic Ski Bowl. We’ve put together playlists on Spotify and Youtube for you enjoyment, check em’ out!

01 Oct

Missing The Hoedown Spirit?

Are you missing the spirit of the Lost Sierra Hoedown? We are too! So this morning we’re posting this throwback video of Willy Tea Taylor from the 2014 event. It will bring you right back to the Johnsville Ski Bowl. We’re also throwing out the code “WILLY”, which will get you 10% off on this year’s leftover merchandise in the online store. There’s still a pretty good selection when it comes to various tee shirts, but not if you wait too long!


18 Sep

The 2016 Lost Sierra Hoedown Is Four Days Away

As the seasons change from summer to fall this Thursday, the fourth Lost Sierra Hoedown will get underway. Tickets will be available online through Wednesday at midnite. There will likely be some tickets available at the box office as well. If you’re friends haven’t bought their tickets yet, it’s time to give them that final nudge.

We’re also closing in on filling up our volunteer staff for this year. If you signed up to volunteer but haven’t received your schedule yet, let us know you’re still interested. If you haven’t yet signed up, there’s still some shifts to cover late nights, Sunday and Monday. We’re finalizing that schedule on Tuesday. See the Volunteer page for more info.

Have more questions?


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!