Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe
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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Outstanding fun right outside our door!

Today Daisy and I walked right out the front door, turned left on 9th, then right on Elm, then left up Placer to the dead end at the top of the hill. I carried my cross country skiis with me. I hooked into my bindings and away we went! I noticed how much faster my skiis are than my snow shoes. Just last week Sandor and I trudged up this ridge very slowly in our snowshoes, of course it was only a few hours after we skate skiied from Tahoe City to Northstar in the Tahoe Rim Tour ski race, and not to mention the fresh powder that had dropped all night.... But anyways, back to the point of this posting. There is some fun to be had right here in our neighborhood, no driving required! The same trails behind our neighborhood that we ride on all summer are excellent for skiing too! Especially since they have done so much brush cutting and tree thinning for the fire dangers. The snow is just perfect up there!

Lot's of wild things to track up there

Last week we got a ride up here

Rubicon Peak in the background and Dasiy brought her friends Pia and Lucy another time.

We skiied up the ridge to a perfect untracked bowl (ok, not super steep, but challenging on the x-country planks) and swooped down into Sugar Pine Point Park where they occasionally groom the trails. Did you know that the cross country skiing portion of the 1960 Winter Olympics were held right here? How cool is that?

See! It's groomed!

And it's not bad looking out here either!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Paige Meadows Geocaching-Ski

Today we went geocaching via skiis up in Paige Meadows. If you have never checked out Paige Meadows, I would highly recommend putting it on your TO DO list, any time of the year - it is A-W-E-S-O-M-E!
If you have no idea what geocaching is, get yourself a GPS or use your i-phone and download the Geocaching app and check out

Paige Meadows is great for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snowhiking, and hiking and biking in the non-snowy months. I put some directions on how to find it below. The Tahoe Rim Trail also passes through the meadows.

Daisy loves a day out in the snow.

Directions to Paige Meadows, which is south of Tahoe City, by the way:

Headed North on Hwy 89 approximately 1/4 mile past the Fire Sign Cafe and sunnyside market

Turn left at Pine Ave    -    0.2 mi

Slight right at Tahoe Park Heights Dr  -  0.7 mi

Tahoe Park Heights Dr turns slightly right and becomes Big Pine Dr -  0.3 mi

Turn left at Silver Tip Dr

Park at the very end of Silver Tip Drive. There are signs for ski parking, and there is a large county maintenance building at the end of Silvertip.