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Snowshoe tour will raise funds for statue

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For a special treat, the Hope Valley Outdoor Center and the Greater Genoa Business Association are teaming up to sponsor the Snowshoe Thompson Family Tour on Sunday, April 16, in memory of the legendary Snowshoe Thompson, the mountain man who carried mail across the Sierra every winter for 20 years.

This year, the tour fees will be collected and donated by the Hope Valley Outdoor Center as a fund-raiser for placing a statue of Snowshoe Thompson, created by sculptor Don Budy, in downtown Genoa. The cost is $30 per person and includes equipment rental; $20 without rental equipment.

The tour can be done on cross country skis or snowshoes. The event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and participants should meet at the Hope Valley Outdoor Center. The center’s expert Norwegian skier, Nina Vingo, will lead this guided tour. A reception will follow at 2 p.m.

Frank Tortorich, a renowned Sierra historian and historic Emigrant Trail guide, will start out the day with an introduction and interesting stories about Snowshoe Thompson’s life and adventures.

For reservations and information, call Hope Valley Outdoor Center, (530) 694-2266.