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It’s probably strange for pretty much everybody to think about how different this year’s Easter celebration is from previous years. Last year my two sons and I closed down Northstar on Easter, skiing quite literally up to the last minute, and talking excitedly on the way home about moving on to a great season of mountain biking. 

This year, the Tahoe ski resorts all closed in mid-March and the Lost and Found gravel grinder bike race in Portola, which I was training for diligently at this time last year, has been cancelled.

We’re celebrating Easter 2020 in a much different way, but we are celebrating nonetheless. This time of year, which is indelibly attached to a sense of hope and renewal, is living up to its reputation in the Lost Sierra, as the mammoth snowfall that March brought is quickly melting away into a beautiful spring. 

To say that we find ourselves in an ideal spot for when the world has gotten weird is an understatement. “Thankful” doesn’t adequately describe the feeling, it’s more like “amazed by our luck, in awe of the vast beauty around us, and self-conscious about the people who are suffering from this illness and the painful consequences it has brought with it.”

While large Easter gatherings are out of the picture this year, the Nakoma family has found a way for us to celebrate together. Brooke Miller, our Food and Beverage director, is sweating away in the kitchen as I write this, preparing free three-course, world-class Easter-meals-to-go for all Nakoma employees, whether they’re currently working or not (I’m pretty sure her virtual Easter party is up to over 80 attendees).

Personally, what I’ve found over the last few weeks is that a lot of us are digging a lot deeper into the great things in our immediate environment: spending more time with family, getting out into nature more -snowshoeing in the Lakes Basin, going for a hike on some the lesser-used trails in or neighborhood. 

For me, finding myself suddenly relieved of the sense of burden in training for the Lost and Found bike race, I’ve started going on gravel rides that are less “workout” and more “adventure” — unplanned, no particular pace or route, just getting out there and riding. Rather than hustling kids, skis and jackets into a car to get a family on the slopes, time with family has meant exploring some of the many nooks of Plumas County that we’ve been neglecting, like the North Fork of the Feather River Canyon, where we spent an afternoon catching California newts, spotting bald eagles (well, one bald eagle), and gawking at lush waterfalls.

We hope our friends outside the Lost Sierra are managing to find the things that are rewarding for them and making the best of the time with family. We sincerely wish you all a Happy Easter and hope that the somber nature of the times doesn’t keep you from enjoying the holiday and being hopeful about the days to come. 

Dan Gallagher is Vice President of Development at Nakoma Resort. Along with being a husband and father, Dan loves everything outdoors. Thanks to field studies in pursuit of his degree in biology and forestry from U.C. Berkeley and several years of wildland firefighting on the Plumas National Forest, Dan knows the Lost Sierra like the back of his hand. 

A getaway to Nakoma Resort in the Lost Sierra is more than a day of golf. You’ll stay in the mountain-modern hotel and have exclusive access to Altitude, Nakoma’s stunning recreation center. And, of course, there is our magnificent Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building where food and drink awaits.

MIDWEEK GETAWAY – $299/night

– Sunday to Thursday (2-night minimum)
– Unlimited Golf for two people
– Resort fee included

WEEKEND GETAWAY – $349/night

– Friday & Saturday (2-night minimum)
– Unlimited Golf for two people
– Resort fee included

Does not include resort fee and taxes. Based on availability.

PLEASE NOTE: Be sure to select “SHOW RATES” below to properly select the Stay & play package.

Please be our guest as we welcome Brian Abramson to Nakoma Resort for a discussion about Method Homes, Brian’s pioneering vision in the contemporary modular home movement and Ascend at Nakoma. 

Method’s prefab and custom modular homes are built north of Seattle, Washington using sustainable materials, systems and practices, and then transported to building sites throughout the West, including Nakoma Resort. Method is working closely with Nakoma on Ascend, the resort’s collection of luxe modular homes. Brian will highlight the exciting benefits of planning and building a modern modular home compared to traditional site-built houses. 

Who: Brian Abramson, co-founder of Method Homes

What: A discussion about contemporary modular homes

When: Saturday, March 3, 6:30-9PM

Where: Altitude at Nakoma Resort

Nakoma will host light appetizers at the Altitude Bar+Bistro, with the Method Homes presentation in the Altitude Theater.

About Method Homes: Since its inception, Method has launched eight lines of home designs with five architect partners and has built numerous custom projects with additional architecture firms. Method continues to build a vast portfolio of projects throughout the U.S. and Canada, including structures that meet LEED Platinum and other stringent environmental certifications. Method has been recognized as a leader and innovator in the prefab building industry. Learn more.


Oct. 28 was a perfect fall afternoon for a pool party. Warm sun, clear skies and more than 300 guests celebrated the grandeur of Altitude, Nakoma’s new 12,500-square-foot, one-of-a-kind recreation center located in the heart of the resort.

Beer and wine flowed, along with a nearly endless stream of finger foods from Altitude’s bistro. While the kids challenged themselves on the climbing wall, adults toured Altitude taking in the fitness room, yoga loft, theater and Apex game room. The spacious pool deck was the perfect place to sample an array of culinary offerings and enjoy the late afternoon sun.

Altitude’s scale and aesthetic had the crowd buzzing, not to mention the extensive recreation options offered for all ages. The positive energy ran well into the evening, when many of our guests moved the celebration to Nakoma’s Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Clubhouse for dinner. 

Altitude offers year-round recreation for overnight guests at the Lodge at Nakoma and Nakoma community members, so plan a getaway to Nakoma and experience firsthand this wonderful new amenity.