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Not much snow. Now what?   Leave a comment

Winters in the Sierra are unpredictable. While we almost always get plenty of snow, we don’t necessarily get it early enough for your Christmas plans. In case the white stuff doesn’t step up to the plate and make a quick appearance, here are a few alternatives to get through the holidays and have some fun:


Snowshoeing at Mt Rose

Using the snow we have

Even when there isn’t enough snow for some great powder skiing or a 20 kilometer jaunt out to Point Moriah,  at Royal Gorge there is still some around for playing.

Get High: Head up to Tahoe Meadows, at the summit of the Mt. Rose Highway. At nearly 9000 feet there is plenty of snow to make Snow Women or build forts.  I was out snowshoeing along the Tahoe Rim trail last week and it was beautiful.  You don’t even need snowshoes, good hiking boots will work, but watch the slippery trails.  The views are outstanding!

Take a hike up into Coldstream Canyon out of Donner Lake.  You can hike or snowshoe.  Cross country skiing is a bit tricky since there are rocks and dirt to scoot around.

The Tahoe City Winter Sports Park is located on the summer grounds of the Tahoe City Golf Course. There must be something about snow sitting on grass that allows for good skiing without much snow, because this might be the best place to skate ski until the next big storm arrives.

Sledding is limited, but there’s the park at Boreal and Granlibakken.  Or find a shaded hillside and there’s probably enough snow to have fun on.


Other outdoor ideas

I’ve been seeing people out fishing at Donner Lake and kayaking and canoeing at Tahoe and Donner.  Be careful since you don’t want to take a swim.

There’s ice skating at Northstar and Squaw and the Villages are fun to stroll – good shopping and eats.

Take a bike ride.  You still need to dress warm and mid afternoon is the warmest time of day.

Walking out by Boca, Prosser or Stampede Reservoirs.  These lakes are east of Truckee and don’t get as much snow as some areas and there’s lots of sunshine.

Shop Local

Tahoe and Truckee have a host of small businesses that support local artisans. Four stores which consistently display unique and interesting gifts are Bespoke and Riverside Studios on Commercial Row in Truckee, The Trunk Show in The Cobblestone in Tahoe City and Jai-Yen in the center of Kings Beach.  Truckee’s old downtown is a great place to check out the local shops and great restaurants.

Get good eatin’s

Try the new Picnic, a take-out place for delicious sandwiches, salads and paninis in Tahoe City near the Safeway.   Marty’s Café  in Downtown Truckee has large servings of amazing food.  For more healthy appetites try Wild Cherries and Whole Treats which are located in Truckee on Donner Pass Road as you are driving towards Donner Lake.

Go to the lake

Head to the shores of Donner Lake or Lake Tahoe. The lakes are easier to get to when the shoreline is not buried in snow. Take a book, a warm jacket and a comfy fold-up chair and enjoy the water lapping along the shore.

Finally, once you’ve enjoyed all that the region has to offer, set yourself down in front of a warm fire, and sip a mug of mulled cider or hot cocoa. Ahh. Now you’re talking. snowman

Happy Holidays to All! And Here’s to a Wonderful New Year!   Leave a comment


Merry Christmas!





Wishing all of you and yours a happy and safe holiday!

The ski areas are open, and although all their runs may not be (due to uncooperative Mother Nature) the resorts have all been snowing up a storm via snow making equipment. By all accounts, the skiing has been pretty good. (I have spies at the ski areas who keep me informed! I also hear that The Great Basin Carolers will be wandering Squaw Valley with their holiday tunes on Christmas Eve and the day after Christmas. Grab a hot drink at one of the many eating and drinking establishments and go have a listen…)

Not into cruising down the mountain? The ice rinks at Squaw Valley, Truckee and Northstar are all open as well. Or maybe a Christmas snowshoe or cross country ski trek is in order. What better way to work off all of those calories you just KNOW you will be consuming?

Congratulate yourself on getting outside, breathing some fresh air and getting some exercise.

Go ahead. Have another piece of pie!




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This just might be it…the world’s greatest Nordic skier house!   Leave a comment

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8474 Hillside, Serene Lakes


If you searched the world over, you would be hard pressed to find a better house for the cross-country skier. Before we even get to the house, which is incredible, let’s consider the location. About 100 yards from 8474 Hillside Drive is Royal Gorge, the nation’s largest cross-country ski resort. Royal Gorge is receiving high marks from skiers after a new owner and new management team from Sugar Bowl took over last year. From the lodge you can head out to Point Moriah and witness the 4000 foot drop into the Royal Gorge itself, or you could head towards The Wall and check out the sublime view of Devil’s Peak. Actually you can ski there for a week, and never get tired of all the good skiing. And to make it even better, you are going to have plenty of time to enjoy all that skiing, because this area is blessed with bounteous quantities of the white stuff.

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Great room

Now that your interest is piqued, it gets even better: The house is awesome.  We can start where only any skier would start. In the waxing room. That’s right. This place has it’s own waxing room. It’s a skiers dream.

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Ski tuning room

Then we see the rest of the home. With interior stairs, partially covered decks, enclosed hot tub and gently sloping driveway this place is designed to make life easier when the snow flies. The spectacular great room is cheery and loaded with light. The soaring ceiling and numerous windows offer lovely forest views. Then there’s an oversized garage for toys, boat, snowmobiles etc, dumbwaiter, hydronic heat, fun reading/sleeping nooks and an observatory for star gazing! Whew.

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Rear deck

All in all you get a hefty 2500 square feet of living space, with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths in this custom built home that was built in 2002. Even if you are not a Nordic fanatic this home is a great place to be (yeah, yeah, Sugar Bowl is just down the road a piece), but of course if your winter world revolves around skating up steep hills and gliding across mountain meadows…then this place is your big piece of heaven. Perhaps the world’s greatest piece of Nordic heaven.   No matter what you love about the mountains this property is definitely worth a look!   $799,000


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