For time immemorial, the Maidu people camped and fished
in summer along the Hamilton Branch of the Feather River.
About 100 years ago, Dyer Mountain became owned by Red River
Lumber Company. The mountain's forests of pines, fir and
cedar were logged several times during the past century.
the late 1960s, forester Gaylord Briggs noted Dyer Mountain's
potential as a winter sports area and placed this use
within the Lassen County general plan. A Federal grant
was later obtained to allow for a study of the mountain's
potential as a winter sports area.
and mountain surveys were conducted by snow engineering
field manager Ted Beeler in 1989, '90 and '91.
the late '90s, San Francisco area developer Briar Tazuk,
who as a young man worked on trail crews at Lassen National
Park, began looking for a location in the Sierra to do a
commercial project and learned of Dyer Mountain. He flew
to Washington State and met with Beeler who described Dyer's
exceptional potential as a mountain resort.
did his own studies and found a beautiful site with extraordinary
scenic, natural and recreational values. He determined that
the terrain was ideal for skiing, golf and other recreational
pursuits, and saw opportunities to carefully develop residential
In November, 2000, over 62 percent of Lassen County voters
approved an initiative to rezone Dyer Mountain from timber
product zone to mountain resort zone. By doing so, they
demonstrated emphatically that Lassen County residents strongly
support plans to develop a four-season mountain resort community
at Dyer Mountain.