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2005 Winter Fun Fest 4x4 Event So Cal- Frostbite In The High Sierra

Posted in Events on June 1, 2005
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If you kept up with the news this past January, you may remember national reports on a little weather system that moved through sunny Southern California. Yep, that's the one. Rain, rain, and more rain. It dumped more than a foot of rain in Los Angeles and wreaked havoc on the freeways and hillsides. Mudslides, floods, people swept away, true carnage. While our benevolent editor Rick Pw was pulling stranded two-wheeling motorists from deadly mudslides and helping little old ladies around flooded Kmart parking lots, we were checking out the weather reports in the northern latitudes. More specifically, the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Remembering back to Geography 101 from our blurry-eyed college days, one inch of rain equates to four inches of snow in the mountains. We did the math (yes, we can do remedial mathematics...the calculator helped), and it didn't take long to figure out that more than four feet of the cool white stuff had fallen in the higher elevations. That said, we left Pw to his typical posture of hero and world savior, packed up the rig, and headed for the Northern California burg of Grass Valley for some serious snow wheeling at the '05 Winter Fun Fest (WFF).

Winter Fun, which is sponsored by the California Association of 4WD Clubs, attracted more than 600 people and offered a dozen different trail rides, ranging from historic SUV runs to bumper-deep snow treks in the high country. By o'dark thirty Saturday morning, we were grubbing out on a huge breakfast from the WFF kitchen and lining up for the Frostbite Extreme. After a quick briefing from the Grass Valley Four Wheelers, they cut us loose for some killer snow play. For information on next January's Winter Fun Fest, check out or call 800.4X4.FUNN.

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