Winter Fun Festival

Each year, Cal4Wheel sponsors the Winter Fun Fest. This event is held in Grass Valley, California at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. With a variety of runs offered, there's something for everyone, including the SUV run and the snow runs such as the Blizzard Brigade, and Glacier Assault. Register early to save your spot!


Dennis Atkinson

Pat Bashore

Runs, food, entertainment & more!

Winter Fun will offer three different historical and narrated sport utility vehicle (SUV) trips and ten separate 4X4 runs in the high Sierra for experienced drivers. The Frostbite Extreme trip on Saturday is always a favorite for those seeking an experience in deep snow.

We fully expect that we will have 600 participants joining us this year, so we highly recommend that people register as early as possible. In addition to the various trips in the snow, we will provide great meals beginning with Friday night dinner through breakfast on Sunday (lunches are on your own). In our large facility at the fairgrounds, we will feature indoor entertainment and recreation for children and adults.

Additionally, the event features a Friday night moderately difficult run that begins after dinner and seven other snow runs on Saturday that range from the Blizzard Brigade in moderately deep snow to the Frostbite Express. In addition to the SUV run on Sunday, Winter Fun offers the Snowcat and Iceberg trips, moderately difficult in unlimited snow depths.

SUV owners will not require any special equipment and stock vehicles should have no difficulty in the snow using four-wheel drive, low range. Our experienced trail guides have selected routes that are historically significant, interesting, scenic and very safe for all makes and models of SUVs and other four-wheel drive rigs.

The Saturday Historical Tour will take guests to a number of significant locations in Grass Valley, through the historic town of Rough and Ready to the famous Bridgeport Covered Bridge, and tour the historic mining towns of Goodyear’s Bar and Alleghany. Another Saturday SUV trip affords participants the opportunity to learn about the Empire Mine, tour many of the old hydraulic mining sites, dine at the historic Washington Hotel and the tour ends at the Malakoff Diggins State Historical Park.

Sunday’s SUV trip permits participants to explore the middle fork of the Yuba River, visit the historic town of Alleghany and ends at the Graniteville Road.

Citizens Band (CB) radios are encouraged for all participants, but are not mandatory.

The cost includes meals beginning with the Friday night dinner, breakfast and dinner on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday.

Camping facilities with RV hookups and hot showers are available at the fairgrounds 530-273-6217. Motels and restaurants are available throughout Grass Valley and Nevada City.

Ham Radio Class

Need to get your ham radio license? Come a day early to the Winter Fun Festival and get that taken care of.

The class will be January 12 from 9AM to 5PM in Grass Valley. The cost is $100 per person, and includes:

  • Ham cram technician license class.
  • Technician license FCC exam afterwards.
  • Pizza lunch and soda included.
  • Handheld radio programmed with NorCal repeaters and race radio frequencies.
  • Upgraded whip antenna.
  • Reference booklet for radio memory preset frequencies and repeaters.

Winter Fun 2016

Video courtesy of Chris Collard
Winter Fun 2016 by Kirk Jones

Winter Fun Facebook Group

Thanks to all of the participants for supporting Winter Fun! Check out the Winter Fun Facebook group for the latest.

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