26 - February 2018 Woodall’s Campground Management Some Sierra Nevada Resorts Stay Busy — Even Through Cold Winter Weather In the summertime, campgrounds throughoutCalifornia’sSierraNevadafill up with families looking to explore the wilderness. But in the wintertime, when the mountainsarecoveredwithsnow,onlya handful of campgrounds stay open — and those that do tend to accommodate the hardiest souls who don’t mind RV camping in the snow or, heaven forbid, pitching a tent. Onecampgroundthatseesallkindsof campersinwinterisCiscoGroveCamp- ground. Located at the 5,800-foot level in Emigrant Gap, roughly 90 minutes from downtown Sacramento, the camp- groundhostseveryonefromcrosscoun- tryskiersandsnowmobileenthusiaststo Boy Scouts “We have Boy Scouts who come here togettheirsnowwildernessbadge,”said Cecelia Krolik, an employee at Cisco Grove, which is growing in popularity as a daytime and overnight destination for people who live in the greater Sacramento area. “This is a great place for snow wilderness training.” Cisco Grove is also drumming up lots of business from families who simply want to come up for the day to enjoy a winterwonderland.The200-acrecamp- ground has two hills that are perfect for sledding and sliding down on snow discs. U.S. Forest Service fire roads and the Fordyce Trail are also easily accessible nearby and are perfect for cross-countryskiingandsnowmobiling. “There are lots of snowmobilers who come here,” Krolik said. “We also have areas behind the campground that are popular with snowshoeing groups.” And for those who don’t have an RV anddon’twanttoroughitinatent,Cisco Grovealsooperatesamotel.Infact,most of the Sierra Nevada campgrounds that stay open in winter offer rental cabins, but they usually book up quickly. At Mammoth Mountain RV Park in Mammoth Lakes, owners Jerry and Nancy Coleman keep busy during the holidays, but credit their location for allowing them to remain open during the winter months. Thecampgroundfeatures105RVsites in the winter, plus two rustic cabins with no plumbing. “They sell quickly,” said Nancy.“Allofourweekendsarebooked.” Locatednearaskiresort,Nancysaidthat a lot of the park’s guests are winter-sport enthusiasts. Other Sierra Nevada campgrounds that stay open in winter include: •CoachlandRVParkinTruckee:This 131-site park provides water, sewer and cable TV service as well as 30- and 50-amp electrical hookups and wireless Internet orWi-Fi service. • Eagle Ridge RV Park in Graeagle: This 44-site park is located at the 4,600- foot level near a remote winter recre- ation area in the northern Sierra. Water lines are deep underground, so they don’t freeze. The park also provides its guests with electricity, cable TV, sewer and campsite snow-removal services as well as information on nearby winter recreation activities. • Lake of the Springs RV Resort in Oregon House: This 556-site Equity LifeStylePropertiesparksitsona950-acre property in the western foothills of the Sierra. Rental accommodations include trailers,parkmodelRVs,cabinsandyurts. • Mammoth Mountain RV Park in Mammoth Lakes: This park features plowed RV sites with electrical hookups as well as a water filling station and dump station. Other amenities include restrooms with hot showers and an indoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi. The campground also has rental cabins. •PioneerRVParkinQuincy:This62- site park, about 10 miles from a popular snowmobile area, is open throughout the winter. • Snowflower RV in Emigrant Gap: This 208-site Equity LifeStyle Properties park is located off I-80 at Exit 160. Rental accommodations include cabins, yurts and chalets, which are three-level apart- ments that sleep up to 12 people. • Yosemite Lakes RV Resort near Groveland: In addition to offering RV sites throughout the winter months, this campground has 59 furnished cabins and yurts that sleep up to six and are available year-round. •Yosemite Ridge Resort near Grove- land: This campground is open all year andfeatures13RVsitesaswellas13park model cabins. WCM An RV site is surrounded by snow at Cisco Grove. Cisco Grove features their own tubing hills.