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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010 lC SPORTS and RE CREAT I O N C: FEATURING THE ACTION AROUND PLUMAS COUNTY Coppervale hangs on Brian Taylor Lassen Sports Editor The Coppervale ski area sits quietly between Su- sanville and Westwood on Highway 36. It is a small mountain that sets the stage for a perfect family weekend outing. The snowstorms earlier this month benefited Copper- vale with a beautiful snow pack and plenty of knee-deep powder. My family and I took our first Coppervale ski adven- ture of the year a few Satur- day's ago, and upon our ar- rival found a packed parking lot, filled mostly with cars that belonged to people we knew. After we wrapped our daughter in her final layer and secured all of her gloves, boots and her fuzzy little hat, we made our way up the short grade to the lodge pray- ing that the little munchkin wouldn't have to go potty for a good long while. Longtime ski area operator Norm Wilson greeted us at the top of the steps leading to the lodge. Wilson has been running the Lassen College owned mountain for more than 31 years and is some- what worried about the mountain's future. "You know what happens to programs that don't make any money?" Wilson asked. "They get axed." "It's not like we have to make a bunch of money," Wilson said. "We just have to break even. Enrollment has been down the last couple of years, and without students in our classes I am not sure how much longer they will want to keep this thing go- ing." I was amazed to find that by spending only $32, I was able to enroll in Lassen Col- lege's ski and snowboard class, receive eight days worth of skiing or snow- boarding, and tack on one more unit to my already eclectic accumulation of col- lege courses. My wife and I each signed up for the class, and after fill- ing out a small amount of pa- perwork, we took turns rid- ing up the Poma lift while the other played with the little one in the snow. For every student 18 or older that enrolls in the Lassen College class, the state reimburses the college with funding made available through full-time equivalen- cy funds. In Coppervale's case, each student is recognized as a full-time entity and the state pays the college accordingly. The more enrollment, the easier it is going to be for Wilson and the college to keep the hill alive. For students under 18, I The Poma lift at Coppervale pulls skiers and snowboarders to the top of the ski hill. The lift was built in 1977 and has been going strong ever since. Photo by Brian Taylor there are also affordable lift ticket options including a family punch pass for $120. The pass is good for eight punches from any family member and breaks down to a $18-a-day lift ticket. There are season passes available for students at $150, adults for $175 and $350 for a whole family. Any family member can use the passes on any of the four days a week the hill is open for business. Coppervale is open Tues- days and Thursdays, 1-4:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sun- days, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Copper- vale is also open on holidays, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Daily prices include lift tickets for $25 and half-day tickets for $20, which starts at 12:30 p.m. There are always lessons available for anyone who would like them, and a full- feature terrain park and halt- pipe offer the more daring crowd a chance to spread their wings. Beginners can start on a slight slope just to the west of the lodge, eventually move over to the more inter- mediate rope tow and finally onto the Poma lift. The lift was installed in 1977, and offers a one-of-a- kind experience as it hauls each snow lover to the top of the mountain, where incredible panoramas exist of the Goodrich Creek Valley below. "This is a good way to get the kids away from the TV," said Wilson. "It's a great family thing also; you can sit here at the lodge and watch your kids do laps. It's not like Tahoe where they can get lost two ridges over. It's just a really good place to be. It's a community atmos- phere and that's the way we like it." Call 257-9965 for current conditions. Tigers take Chester Shannon Morrow Spos Editor The Portola High School boys' basketball team post- ed a 52-49 win at home against Chester last Friday night, Feb. 12, giving the Volcanoes their first league loss of the season. Chester had defeated Por- tola by 10 points in their first league match-up two weeks earlier, but the Tigers evened the series with Friday's win. As the top two teams in the Feather River League, Chester now sits with a 5-1 record, while Portola moved to 4-2. Portola sustained its first league loss Wednesday, Feb. 10, when the Tigers fell 60-47 at Loyalton. Portola had de- feated Loyalton by 20 points in their prior meeting. "Loyalton came fired up and played hard," said 12-5 in the second quarter to lead 22-17 at halftime. "We made some adjust- ments at halftime, and came out and executed them per. fectly," said Miller. Portola outplayed Chester 20-13 through the third quarter and 15-14 in the fi- nal period. Mario Rodriguez scored 14 points for the Tigers, fol- lowed by Cliff Robinson with 12, Kyle Heskett with eight and Crick Miller with seven. Robinson led the Tigers with 11 rebounds, while Dil- lon Soares pulled down six. Robinson and Heskett each delivered four assists, and Soares registered three assists. Robinson and Miller grabbed three steals apiece. Chester's scoring was led by Cole Fanning with 16 points. Tyler Hernandez claimed 11 points, Chad Durkin compiled eight and "We didn't shoot the ball well, but our defense kept us in it." Portola coach, Brad Miller Portola coach Brad Miller. "They're always ready for Portola. For some reason, they think we're rivals. They shot the ball really well--they did not miss much." Portola bounced back two nights later against the Vol- canoes and spoiled their un- defeated league record. "We came together as a team for the first time," said Miller. "We were motivated to give them more resis- tance." Portola's offense wasn't at its best and the Tigers trailed much of the game, but they made up for it on the other end of the court. "We didn't shoot the ball well, but our defense kept us in it," said Miller. "Chester is a great basket- ball team. We played tremendous defense the en- tire game." Chester outscored Portola David Ryn finished with seven. Ryn led the Volcanoes with 13 rebounds. Topher Taylor was credited with seven assists. Earlier last week, Portola pulled off a dramatic 68-67 overtime win on the road against Whittell. Miller led with 17 points, including two critical 3- pointers late in the fourth quarter and overtime peri- ods. Heskett recorded 14 points, six assists, six re- bounds and three steals. Ro- driguez scored 12 points and Les Cart led with eight re- bounds. Portola will finish up its league schedule against Quincy tonight and Greenville Friday nLght. Chester must beat Greenville tonight and Loy- alton Friday night to secure the league championship. Cliff Robinson, a senior at Portola High School, scrambles in toward the hoop. Robinson recorded 12 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and four assists for the Tigers in their 52-49 win against Chester last Friday night, Feb. 12. Photo by Shannon Morrow The Floyd A. Boyd Co. 'THE JOHN DEERE 4 Wheel Service Front End Loader Rear Blade FEE! JOHN DEERE 53 HP 4 Wheel Drive Front End Loader Rear Blade First Service FREE! FREE 00IIWtY" to 00,st ....,,.... Great Servicl FREE! 33 HP Power Reverser Trans. 4 Wheel Drive Rear Blade Serving All of Siskiyou-Shasta-Lassen & Modoc Counties 2347 S. 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