From the late 1800s through the first half of the 20th Century, winter cross-county ski races were very popular in the Sierra Nevada gold mining towns. Mountain Messenger newspaper articles described the action and identified both winners and losers.
Do you have any ancestors in the vicinity of Downieville around 1920? If so, they may very well have attended the ski races and perhaps participated. If you recognize anyone in this photo, please post a comment to that effect.
Submitted and posted by Richard Hanson