June Lake Winter Festival

Snow sculptures, chilly strolls, and the Triple Threat Winter Triathalon are favorites at this frosty hoedown.

IT'S "SNOW" JOKE... that the Sierra Nevada sees a flake or two or two majillion when wintertime plows into town. It's the ski-ready, board-a-licious, get-your-mittens white stuff that keeps the region's popular resorts a-hummin' over several cold-weather-y months, and it is the sweater-up conditions that draw those who want to find a fireplace, and the nearest hot toddy, for some old-school cabin-style enjoyment. But a few communities around California's epic mid-state mountain range push the teeth-chattery, snowman-sweet fun just a smidge further every year with special outside to-dos built around the celebration of snow and its parka-necessary pleasures. The...

"SWITZERLAND OF CALIFORNIA," pretty June Lake, has plenty of parka-wearable happenings each winter, but one of the biggest is one of the biggest bashes on the June Lake Loop: The June Lake Winter Festival. The 2017 outing isn't a January or February deal, though; the date is Saturday, March 4, which tells you that the area likes to even celebrate snow at the very end of the season (a commendable thing, indeed). So what's on the docket? The Triple Threat Winter Triathlon, the Snow Sculpture Contest, and a Snowmobile Poker Rally. And during the afternoon, best seek out the Family Fun Zone and Party, which is going down in the ski-ready region of June Mountain.

WINTER IS WONDERFUL... when the mountain-traditional pursuits are in full flower, and the June Lake Loop embraces this spirit each year. If you're longing to commune with some earmuffs and ice and full-body underwear and double-up socks, but can't really do so due to the balmier conditions of your immediate surroundings, look to our mountains and the way they love upon the snowflakiest season on the calendar.

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