“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near La Porte in Plumas County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Lexington Ski Hill

Lexington Ski Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 7, 2013
1. Lexington Ski Hill Marker
Inscription. Snow skiing was introduced to Plumas County in 1858. Skis were called “snow shoes” at the time. Skis were first used to travel to and from the mining camps. Sport skiing soon followed, and by 1863 became a “mania”. The first organized downhill ski races in the Sierra Nevada were held at this location, and many of the mining towns had teams that competed nearly every week during the winter months. The first skis were made of wood, were 12 feet long, and had a single leather strap to hold the foot in place. A single pole was used. Racers often reached speeds of 80 miles per hour.

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Location. 39° 40.719′ N, 121° 0.587′ W. Marker is near La
Lexington Ski Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 7, 2013
2. Lexington Ski Hill Marker
Porte, California, in Plumas County. Marker can be reached from Lexington Hill Road. Click for map. Follow Lexington Hill Road until the pavement ends, then turn left on an unnamed dirt road. Continue about one half mile, making the first left-hand turn and proceed to the top of the hill. The marker is located on the tower. Marker is in this post office area: Strawberry Valley CA 95981, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. La Porte (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Alturas Snowshoe Club (approx. 1.2 miles away but has been reported missing); Lotta Crabtree (approx. 1.2 miles away); Emigrant Trail (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Union Hotel (approx. 1.4 miles away); Rabbit Creek House (approx. 1.4 miles away); John Conly & Co. Bankers (approx. 1.4 miles away); Cleve O’Rourke Memorial Stampmill (approx. 1.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in La Porte.
Also see . . .  "Dope Is King" "Long Live Longboards" - Plumas Ski Club. For the next twelve years races were held between various camps such as Onion Valley, Saw Pit, La Porte, Howland Flat, Port Wine and Gibsonville. In late 1866, the Alturas Snowshoe Club was formed at La Porte to reinvigorate and to bring about a modicum of respectability to the sport. In February, 1867, they held their first formal race
Lexington Hill image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 7, 2013
3. Lexington Hill
The first ski slope in the western United States.
and It wasn't until ten years later that a similar ski meet was held in Norway.
(Submitted on June 12, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
Categories. Sports
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 293 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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