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Each year, the California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs 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 Historical Tour and the snow runs such as the Blizzard Brigade, and Glacier Assault.


The 30th annual Winter Fun Festival, a major four-wheel drive event hosted by the California Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs, has been scheduled for Friday, January 13 through Sunday, January 15, 2012 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley.

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 lunch on Sunday. In our large facility at the fairgrounds, we will feature indoor entertainment and recreation for children and adults.

There are two historical SUV trips scheduled for Saturday and one additional SUV trip on Sunday. 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 through lunch 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.
 

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I was thinking of going. It looks like "camping" at the fairground is an added charge. Can anyone confirm this. If I stay at the fairgrounds, do I have to pay more for that, or is it included or at least discounted 'cause of the event?
 

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I was thinking of going. It looks like "camping" at the fairground is an added charge. Can anyone confirm this. If I stay at the fairgrounds, do I have to pay more for that, or is it included or at least discounted 'cause of the event?
Ive been looking into the same thing and from what i can tell it is a extra charge on top of the event fee's
 

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The camping was an extra fee the year I went and I dont recall the fee. We were with a group of about 40 so it was a blast none the less. the snow was really deep. We worked our way through the hills and had a blast on the trail even though the interstate was closed.:p
 

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holding off on registration til I see some snow!!
 

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How strict are they on the vehicle requirements? My rig is more than capable but it doesn't have doors, an E-brake, a full top or a heater. I remember reading in years past that these were requirements. Do they really enforce them?
 

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If you have a roll cage I think you would just need a e brake/ line lock to be ok.



SAFETY REQUIREMENTS

The following SAFETY rules will be enforced for each run, and there will be NO refunds issued to vehicles turned away for not meeting the safety requirements.

Certain events require additional equipment or have special restrictions. Be sure to check prior to attending the event.

Roll bar or factory installed hard top.
Emergency brake, parking brake, line-lock or other redundant braking system.
Tow strap or rope (recommend rated at 2 times the vehicle weight).
First aid kit.
Jack capable of lifting the vehicle & tools to change tire.
Spare tire within 3 inches diameter of other tires, or, for tires 37" or larger, run-flats or tools to repair/reinflate tire.
Fire extinguisher with gauge indicating good/full, appropriately stored.
Seat belts for all vehicle occupants.
Antennas must be rigid or restrained in a manner to prevent injuries.
Adequate attachment points front and rear, i.e. tow hooks, receiver, etc. Tow balls are not permitted.
Battery hold downs (no bungie cords).
 

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I am not directly involved, but from being a past participant i can assure you that they will make every effort to be wheelin in the snow. In the past they have even gone all the way to Meadow Lake Rd. to get in some good snow. The event will go on with or without snow at the lower elevations.

Also keep in mind that this is a fundraiser, Cal 4 Wheel does good things with your money.:smokin:
 

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This event is next weekend, and i can assure you that there is 0 (zip zilch, nada) snow up here. Any snow you may run into is a hold over from last winter, and will be sparse. However, There is absolutely nothing wrong with running these trails in dry and sunny conditions.

For anyone attending, i live 10 minutes from the fairgrounds, and work right across the street. If you need anything, let me know.
 

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Even thou we no snow. The event goes on and we will be using local 4x4 trails for all of our runs. Come out and enjoy the area with us. After you get back from the days four wheeling you will have great food, a great raffle and a casino night. If thats not enough your money helps a organization keep our trails open. :D

Hope to see you on the trail....
 

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:D The event is next weekend and we will trails from mild to hard :D
 

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:D The event is next weekend and we will trails from mild to hard :D
Wish I could make it! I had planned on it but it seems getting parts boxed and shipped is to challenging for for companies....

New year for sure.
 

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We're in a high fire danger today because of this wind and how dry it is. Please really put out your campfires in the morning before you go wheel if your out camping.
 
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