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Winter Fun Festival

Winter Fun Festival 2023 by Chris Collard
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!


Kerry Dorn & David Law

Donna Owens

Winter Fun Festival 2023


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 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 Siberian Exprss Sunday 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.

GMRS radios are encouraged for all participants, but are not mandatory.


Twelve runs are available on Saturday and Sunday, with difficulty levels ranging from easy SUV runs all the way up to hard runs in unlimited snow depths. Choose your runs when you register.

The runs fill up quickly, so register early. Be sure to tell us what runs you would like to go on as alternates if your first choice is full.


Winter Fun Festival includes meals for the weekend, so pricing is per person.

  • $125 Members
  • $175 Pay for membership +$50
  • $150 Pay for for event only membership +$25
  • $50 children ages 8-14
  • $0 children 0-7

all prices are per person

  • $25 T-shirts ($28 for XL3 / XL4)
  • $30 Long-sleeve T-shirts ($33 for XL3 / XL4)
  • $25 Ladies V-neck T-shirts (no XL3 / XL4)
  • $18 Youth T-Shirts (S/M/L Only)
  • $40 Pullover Hoodies ($42 for XL3 / XL4)
  • $45 Zippered Hoodies ($48 for XL3 / XL4)

We highly recommend pre-ordering your event apparel; a limited quantity will be available at the event.

Meals include Friday night dinner, breakfast and dinner on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday.


Follow this link to get started with your registration:

Begin your registration by logging in to your account. You can sign up for a free account if you don't have one.

Choose either the adult registration or the adult registration + Cal4Wheel membership option to register one adult.

Choose your run option(s) and fill in your vehicle information. Click the 'Save Responses' button.

Scroll down and choose any add-ons you would like to add like additional adults, children and apparel.

Once you are finished, click the 'Proceed to Checkout' button and check out. You should receive an email confirmation in a few minutes. If you do not, be sure to contact us.


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. A list of hotels is available at this link

If you are planning to camp at the fairgrounds you will need to contact them directly. The campground person is Debb, 530-273-6217.

See the trains!

Again this year, on Friday only is free admission to the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Historical Model Railroad, which is located on the beautiful Nevada County Fairgrounds. When checking in, be sure to ask where it is located.

Winter Fun 2024

By 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.