Archive for May 2012

What a difference a year makes.   Leave a comment

Last year, during the first week of May, our back yards were still buried in several feet of snow, ski areas were still rolling along with more snow then they knew what to do with, and it would be months before our favorite hiking and biking trails would emerge from the snow. Even the hardiest of snow lovers were thinking that getting out of town to someplace warm was a good idea. The favorite phrase used by Tahoeites last May?  Enough Already.

This year, it’s a whole different place. The Emigrant Trail, a mountain bikers favorite north of Truckee, is totally rideable without a lick of snow. The only thing white you will see on your hike from Bliss State Park to Vikingsholm this week, is the snow high up on the slopes of Mt. Tallac, and when you look into your backyard this May what you see are flowers and grass (and of course all that tree debris that you haven’t gotten around to raking yet…what’s the hurry, last year you didn’t have to do it until July).

This year, when the surveyors ventured out for their April 30th snow survey the challenging part was finding snow to survey. What they did find led them to declare that the central Sierra snow pack was only 35% of normal, while last year it was in the 150% range, and then it continued to snow more throughout May. It looks like we are in for an early summer, but don’t get too excited and plant your gardens yet, because as all of us long time mountain people know…it always snows on Memorial Day.

You say you want to go hiking, but first you need a house? How about this one?

Image51705 Jeffery Pine, Donner Summit.  This beautiful mountain home offers exceptional craftsmanship & comfort along with backcounty access just steps from your door.  Ideal mountain design has open great room, concrete floors with in-floor heat, rock hearth & gas fireplace, kitchen with granite counters & stainless appliances.  At 3300 square feet this home has room for everyone with cozy loft and rec room upstairs and 3 spacious bedrooms downstairs. The huge covered deck is south facing & perfect for entertaining.  And when you are done enjoying the outdoors or entertaining, there is a hot tub on the lower patio.   With the Yuba River flowing nearby and Sierra Lakes and trails ready to explore this stunning custom home is waiting for the next family to enjoy.  $579,000.

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