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Auburn - Endurance Capital of the World

Auburn, CA

Website: www.auburnendurancecapital.com

In 2003, the Auburn City Council passed an official measure proclaiming Auburn as the Endurance Capital of the World. Auburn is home to some of the most challenging and historic endurance events on the planet. The vast network of roads and trails in the Auburn State Park and surrounding Sierra Nevada make Auburn a destination for endurance athletes of all levels and interests.


Auburn - Gold Country Fairgrounds

1273 High Street
Auburn, CA 95603

Website: www.goldcountryfair.com

The Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn provides an unending array of world class fairs, festivals and expos.

Auburn - Placer Nature Center

3700 Christian Valley Road
Auburn, CA 95602

Website: www.placernaturecenter.org

The Nature Center provides year-round information and educational courses on the natural environment around us.

Organized by community volunteers in 1991 on a beautiful woodland site near Auburn, Placer Nature Center presents environmental-based education programs for all ages.

Our Exhibit Halls, Discovery Laboratory, history gardens and nature trails annually attract 8,000 school children and community members for school field trips, summer nature camps and classes, geology and flower walks, art and astronomy classes, live theatre and much more.

Placer Nature Center offers environmental education programs designed to promote an understanding and awareness of the natural environment, cultivate scientific literacy and stimulate stewardship attitudes toward the earth. Environmental education focuses on environmental "literacy": learning about and caring for the total environment, understanding how humans interact with and are dependent on natural ecosystems and developing critical-thinking skills to resolve environmental issues.

The education we provide at Placer Nature Center focuses on using the environment to engage students in science learning through: awareness and sensitivity to the total environment and its problems; experience in and understanding of the environment; establishing a sense of connection to the immediate environment and the student so that they understand that the nature of our lives and our environment are inseparable.

Auburn - Recreation District

123 Recreation Drive
Auburn, CA 95603

Website: www.auburnrec.com

The mission of the Auburn Area Recreation and Park District is to provide an excellent system of parks, recreation facilities, programs and services that enrich the lives of our citizens.

From classes in kayaking to volleyball and facilities from picnic areas to pools, the Auburn Recreation District has everything for the active family.

Auburn - State Recreation Area



Website: www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=502

In the heart of the Gold Country, the Auburn State Recreation Area (Auburn SRA) covers 40-miles of the North and Middle Forks of the American river. Once teeming with thousands of gold miners, the area is now a natural area offering a wide variety of recreation opportunities to over 500,000 visitors a year.

Major recreational uses include hiking, swimming, boating, fishing, camping, mountain biking, gold panning, equestrian/horseback riding trails and off-highway motorcycle riding. Whitewater recreation is also very popular on both forks of the river, with Class II, III and IV runs. Over 30 private outfitters are licensed to offer whitewater trips in Auburn SRA.

Auburn SRA is made up of the lands set aside for the Auburn Dam. California State Parks administers the area under a contract with the US Bureau of Reclamation.

The park (which is 20 miles long on two forks of the American River) is situated south of Interstate 80, stretching from Auburn to Colfax. The main access is from Auburn, either on Highway 49 or the Auburn-Foresthill Road.

Auburn -Foothills Farmers Market

P.O. Box 3343
Auburn, CA 95602

Website: www.foothillfarmersmarket.com

Step inside the freshness of the Sierra foothills with countless farmers offering their bounty, it's the perfect way to start off the day.

To promote the economic viability of small-scale farms by operating vibrant marketplaces that foster community spirit, educate the public and give consumers access to fresh, high quality agricultural products direct from the producer.

Golf - Black Oak Golf Course

2455 Black Oak Road
Auburn, CA 95602

Website: www.golfblackoak.com

The 9-hole "Black Oak" course at the Black Oak Golf Course facility in Auburn, California features 3,157 yards of golf
from the longest tees for a par of 36. The course rating is 35.6 and it has a slope rating of 129. Black Oak golf course opened in 1986.

Golf - Dark Horse Golf Club

24150 Dark Horse Drive
Auburn, CA 95602

Website: www.darkhorsegolf.com

One of the finest courses built in Northern California in many years, Dark Horse lies in Auburn in the Sierra Nevada foothills, about 50 miles east of Sacramento. The course was laid out on what was once a 1,100-acre cattle ranch and features magnificent elevation changes. But there is much more than that for those who truly love golf. Holes were gently placed into the curving valleys on the site; the greens are subtly contoured; the bunkers are strategically placed and offer a variety of different shot making opportunities. Course Designer Keith Foster has crafted 18 unique holes that will leave you anxious to play DarkHorse again.

Golf - The Ridge Golf Course

2020 Golf Course Road
Auburn, CA 95602

Website: www.ridgegc.com

The Ridge – Discover Golfing Gold on Our Greens

In Auburn, in the heart of California's famous Gold Country, you'll find The Ridge Golf Club and Events Center with a golf course designed by the incomparable Robert Trent Jones Jr. In this rugged country once traveled by miners who joined the Gold Rush, we offer golfers a classic layout that is rich with challenges and just plain fun.

Hundreds of stately blue oaks spread their ancient boughs over our fairways giving them the look of a mature course. Yet this is a modern design created by one of golfing's master architects. Our 18 holes ramble across a stunning site, filled with knolls and hillsides, rock outcroppings, sparkling creeks and those beautiful trees.

Ski - Alpine Meadows

(530) 583-4232
2600 Alpine Meadows Road
Tahoe City, CA 96145

Website: www.skialpine.com

Alpine Meadows Ski Resort is located in the Tahoe National Forest on Lake Tahoe's North Shore and covers 2,400 acres of skiable terrain. The typical operational season opens in mid-November and closes in late May.

Ski - Boreal Mountain Resort

(530) 426-3666
19659 Boreal Ridge Road
Truckee, CA 96161

Website: www.skiboreal.com

Boreal Mountain Resort is the closest and best valued resort to the Sacramento and Bay Areas. A secret powder paradise in the Tahoe area, Boreal offers something for everyone.

Just learning? Boreal Mountain Resort is perfect for beginner snowboarders and skiers. There is a reason more than 400,000 adults and kids have learned to ski and snowboard at Boreal.

Boreal's instructors are trained and qualified, and love what they do. The beginner hill at Boreal is gentle and easy to get to, just steps from the lodge and rental shop.

Boreal Mountain Resort is conveniently located just off Interstate 80 at Donner Summit, 8 nine miles from Truckee, CA, 80 miles from Sacramento, and 45 miles from Reno.

Ski - Diamond Peak

(775) 832-1177
1210 Ski Way
Incline Village, CA 89451

Website: www.diamondpeak.com

Located on the Northeast shore of Lake Tahoe in Incline Village, Diamond Peak offers excellent skiing and snowboarding while taking in the stunning views of Lake Tahoe from nearly every turn.

Ski - Granlibakken

(877) 552-6301
725 Granlibakken Rd.
Tahoe City, CA 96145

Website: www.granlibakken.com

Granlibakken Resort features an intimate ski hill, perfect for beginning through intermediate skiers and snowboarders. It's a great place to avoid the crowds of larger resorts, while enjoying a day of skiing right out your back door. A rental shop, ski school, warming hut and snack bar are also on the premises. The ski hill, ski school and snack bar are open every Friday through Sunday, every day Christmas/New Years and mid-February holidays. The rental shop, snowplay area and warming hut are open daily all season.

Ski - Homewood Mountain Resort

(530) 525-2992
5145 Westlake Blvd.
Homewood, CA 96141

Website: www.skihomewood.com

Homewood Mountain Resort is located on the beautifully forested west shore of California's Lake Tahoe. Reflected in the water of one of the world's clearest lakes, rises the state's last unspoiled winter ski resort.

Homewood Mountain Resort is the only ski area whose lifts and runs begin within hundreds of feet of beautiful Lake Tahoe. No ski area can come close to the views you will find at this resort. Located literally across the street from the lake, Homewood is the closest resort to Lake Tahoe!

Ski - Mt. Rose

(800) SKI-ROSE
22222 Mt. Rose Hwy
Reno, NV 89511

Website: www.mtrose.com

Starting from the main lodge (elevation 8,260'), you're launched into nearly 1,800 vertical feet in just three and a half minutes. The reward? Panoramic views... spectacular Lake Tahoe to the west, the entire state of Nevada to the east. But the real payoff begins as you descend into 1,200 acres of some of the Sierra's best powder on 60 trails and endless glades.

Ski - Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort

(800) GO NORTH
50 Trimont Lane
Truckee, CA 96161

Website: www.northstarattahoe.com

Northstar-at-Tahoe™ Resort is an all-season, family-oriented destination resort six miles from the north shore of Lake Tahoe.

Northstar™ Resort's Mount Pluto and Lookout Mountain offer 79 trails covering 2,480 acres of downhill variety ranging from gentle bowls to long, steeper runs serviced by a modern network of lifts to get you up the mountain fast. A Full Destination Family Resort

Ski - Royal Gorge

(530) 426-3871
9411 Hillside Drive
Soda Springs, CA 95728

Website: www.royalgorge.com

Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort offers you an extensive network of trails over thousands of acres of snow-clad wilderness in the majestic Sierra Nevada mountains. You can sample us in a day by enjoying the friendly services of our day lodge, or better still, savor us for a week by staying in trailside lodges that you'll never want to leave.

Ski - Soda Springs

(530) 426-3901
I-80 @ Donner Summit
Truckee, CA 96160

Website: www.skisodasprings.com

Skiing and Snowboarding - Short drive, Small price
Soda Springs is just 1 mile off I-80 at the Norden / Soda Springs exit. The small resort atmosphere makes taking the family to the mountains a pleasure. You can ski and snowboard, snow tube, try out the mini snowmobiles for kids ages 6-12, or just sit on the deck and enjoy the view.

Ski - Spooner Lake

(775) 749-5349
P.O. Box 981
Carson City, NV 89702

Website: www.spoonerlake.com

Spooner Lake Cross Country Ski Area offers fun for people of all ages and ability levels. Whether you want easy to moderate trails, or day long treks into the back country, or even an overnight in a wilderness cabin, Spooner has something for you.
This is the closest major cross country area to South Lake Tahoe, 12 miles from the Stateline Casinos on the Nevada side of the lake.

Ski - Squaw Valley USA

(800) 545-4350
1960 Squaw Valley Road
Olympic Valley, CA 96146

Website: www.squaw.com

Squaw Valley USA is located at the end of a stunning alpine valley cradled by six high Sierra peaks. Site of the VIII Olympic Winter Games, Squaw Valley is one of the most talked about and sought after winter recreation destinations in the U.S. and a must visit destination for anyone that loves winter sports.

Ski - Sugar Bowl

(530) 426-9000
629 Sugar Bowl Road
Norden, CA 95724

Website: www.sugarbowl.com

Sugar Bowl has always been famous for its rich history, classic ambiance and superior customer service. While these attributes still ring true, now Sugar Bowl has the modern facilities that make it a complete and first class resort. If you haven't seen Sugar Bowl lately, you haven't seen it at all.

Ski - Tahoe Cross Country

(530) 583-5475
925 Country Club Drive
Tahoe City, CA 96145

Website: www.tahoexc.org

Tahoe Cross Country ski area offers 65km of groomed trails, 2 warming huts and the most beautiful views of Lake Tahoe.

Ski - Tahoe Donner

(530) 587-9400
11509 Northwoods Blvd.
Truckee, CA 96161

Website: www.tahoedonner.com

Located in Truckee, CA, Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area is committed to being “The place for family fun and learning.” Wide-open bowls, uncrowded slopes, great beginner terrain, excellent grooming, and a friendly, courteous staff await you. Our size allows us to deliver that personal touch that the larger ski areas can't always provide.

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