Wednesday, January 10, 2018

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Come and Play in the Powder Today!

Wolf Creek Snow Report 1/10/2018

Wolf Creek has received 7" of new powder overnight!

Wolf Creek has an all-natural snow depth of 24 inches at the midway.  Our year-to-date snowfall total is 63 inches.

*******Snow Report for Wednesday, January 10, 2018*******

Summit Base Depth: 24"

Midway Base Depth: 24"

New Snow (24 Hours): 7"

New Snow (48 Hours): 7"

New Snow (72 Hours): 10"

New Snow (7 Days): 10"

Latest Storm Total: 7"

Year-to-Date:  63"

Wolf Creek is 98% OPEN!

Lift tickets are $70 for Adults, $41 for Seniors and $36 for Children.
All lifts are operating from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, including the new Lynx Lift!
Stop by Noel Sports at Wolf Creek Ski Area and check out the awesome sale!  30%-50% off Ski and    Snowboard Equipment from:  Salomon, Burton, Union, Smith, Scarpa, Garmont, APEX, Atomic, and G3.
The Nordic Meadow Loop was groomed today, January 10th.
Please visit for the most up-to-date information.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

              Brr... Baby, It's Cold Outside!               

Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! This year, everyone at Team Pagosa was treated to a moonlight horse-drawn wagon ride to Astraddle A Saddle's rustic cabin for a delicious candlelight dinner! 

                     Prime Rib with scrumptious sauteed vegetables.                     
                          Our first course was a tasty Chex Mix salad!                          
                             Deborah and Dave Kerns                                
 Astraddle A Saddle's darling dining area.
              Sue Ellen serving us hot chocolate.               
             Laurie and Arlo Anderson                

                            Deborah and Dave before dinner.                            
      Todd and Debbie Loewen          
             Roo and Nicole             
                            Greg and Gwen Saffer                                 
                         Roxane Jewell and Lana Grey                             
                               Lana and Dave Grey                              
                            Laura and some of the Team!                             
                                Laura and Clay                                   
                          Jim and Denise Mudroch                                
                                     Todd, Nicole and Debbie                                            
                                 The Loewens                                   
Melissa Navalta
Melissa, Jim and Todd discussing Christmas plans!

Wishing you Happiness, Joy and Peace in 2018!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Christmas Tree Pick-ups - FREE

Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Only

We will pick up your Christmas trees after the holidays and either mulch them or sink them in the lakes to create fish habitat.  Just give us a call at(970) 731 5635 ext. 214, providing us with your name, address and phone number, put the tree at the end of your driveway by the road and we will swing by and collect it free of charge. This service is provided from January 8 through February 1st. Please remove all tinsel, lights, ornaments, wires and hardware. (If some of these go through the grinder they can cause damage to the grinder OR the person operating the grinder.) Please give us a few days notice for collection.

Propane Tanks in PLPOA

In 1987 the Board of Directors, mistakenly, believed that the Property Owners Association could not enforce the screening of propane tank requirement because of a 10 foot requirement stated in the fire code regarding the use of combustible material.  Consequently, staff members of Pagosa Lakes POA were instructed to disregard the requirement in the PLPOA Master Declaration of Restrictions which state:
“Every tank for the storage of fuel installed outside any building in the Subdivision shall be either buried below the surface of the ground or screened to the satisfaction of the Committee by fencing or shrubbery.”
The Association is required by law to obey the Declaration of Restrictions thus, homeowners are responsible for adhering to the Declarations and all applicable laws regarding propane tanks. The International Fire Code was adopted by the Pagosa Fire Protection District. The Code mandates and the Colorado State Forest Service suggests locating propane tanks a minimum of 10’ from any combustible materials, including shrubbery and ground cover.  NFPA Guidelines require a 3’ minimum clearance on all sides of the tank for service access. If a solid non-combustible wall is constructed around a tank, vents at the low point of the wall must be provided, to allow for the escape of any fuel vapor that may have vented from the tank. If a screen constructed from combustible material is used, it is recommended that a 10’ distance be maintained away from the tank. Covering the top of the tank is prohibited!
Homeowners are allowed to adhere to the screening rule by implementing one of the many suggested methods approved by the PLPOA:
1. Burial of the tank - The Propane tank must be owned by the property owner and the containment pit must meet state standards and be approved by the Environmental Control Committee (ECC).
2. Placing the tank behind a building, residence or topographical feature is acceptable as long as the tank is not visible from the street of the address of the residence.
3. Painting your propane tank- The Propane tank must be owned by the property owner, the color must be of earth tone color and approved by the Environmental Control Committee (ECC).
4. A constructed screen can also be used. However, please follow the guidelines stated above and an application will need to be submitted and approved by the Environmental Control Committee (ECC).
5. Shrubbery may be used, however, it must screen the tank completely year-round. As stated above, The Fire Code requires a 10’ minimum distance from all combustible materials.

We are sending this notice to you now, so that you can give this some thought and have a plan for implementation by the spring. We respectfully request that the propane tank on your property be screened or a plan is communicated to us and necessary applications are submitted to our office by May 24th, 2018. Please be sure the tank and all improvements are located within your own property boundaries before making any improvements. If the tank or any improvements are placed within a utility easement, be aware that if a utility company ever needs access to that easement you will be responsible for any repairs, rebuilding or replacement of these improvements if they are in the way of the utility company doing their work. If, by May 24th, we have not heard from you or the tank is not screened, we will be initiating the process for an issue of non-compliance.

If you have any questions regarding this letter or the requirements, please contact our office for clarification.  (970)731-5635 ext. 203

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

How to Ski Crowd-Free in Colorado

Some of the world's premier ski resorts are in Colorado. But the ones you've likely already heard of — Breckenridge, Vail, Aspen and Telluride — are usually both crowded and expensive. Check out these lesser-known locals' secrets to ski pristine runs without waiting at the lift lines.

Howelsen Hill

Aside from the backcountry, Howelsen Hill has some of the cheapest skiing in the state, at $25 for an adult lift ticket. The area is run by the city of Steamboat Springs, but don't be fooled by its nature as a public park. Howelsen claims to have sent more skiers to international competitions than any other area in North America and has been the training grounds for at least 90 Olympians.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Caring for Your Loved One Across the Miles

Written By Marie Villeza

More and more Americans are having to take care of their loved ones from a distance. And when a loved one is dealing with dementia, decreased mobility, or other disabilities, delivering quality long-distance care can be challenging.

Here are some tips and resources to help.

Use Technology

There are several ways you can use today’s advanced technology to provide better long distance care:

Skype or Facetime. Many phone and computer apps are specifically designed for video chatting. Video chats provide a valuable opportunity to stay in touch with your loved one so they don’t feel disconnected. It also provides a chance to monitor their physical appearance and check for signs of distress or illness.

Medication Apps. You can monitor your loved one’s medication compliance via a simple phone app.

Medical Monitoring Devices. Diabetes monitors, heart monitors, and blood pressure monitors are a few devices that you can link to your computer to download real-time health updates.

Telemedicine. If your loved one is immobile, or having difficulties getting out for proper physician visits, several services provide remote care. Compare what each resource has to offer, and select the one that best fits your needs.

Hire a Professional In-home Caregiver

If there is no one nearby to help your parent, you may be need to hire a professional to assist. Various levels of care can be provided based on your loved one’s needs. They can include meals, grooming, laundry, medication management and more.

The best way to hire a professional is to contact a home care agency in your loved one’s area. Ask for a packet of information that shares details about their specific services, their fees and, most importantly, references.

Once you’ve reviewed material from a few sources, The Family Caregiver Alliance recommends asking these critical questions in a face to face meeting.

     How long have they been in business?
     Is the agency licensed by the state?
     Are the workers licensed and insured?
     How does the agency train, supervise and monitor their workers?

When You Need a Senior Living Facility

If your loved one starts to display signs of aggression, their needs are expanding past your capacity, or they’re no longer safely able to care for themselves, it’s time to consider a senior living facility.

As tough as this decision may seem, it’s important to remember that senior living facilities provide a lot of wonderful benefits for residents:

The importance of socialization. Seniors living alone often say they enjoy the independence, but in reality many are lonely, and loneliness can lead to complications. According to Dr. John Rowe and Dr. Robert Kahn, authors of the book Successful Aging, “The more participation in social relationships, the better overall health for seniors.” Facilities offer a wide range of recreational opportunities to increase interaction.

A safe environment. Senior living facilities are specifically designed to minimize hazards that pose risks to the elderly.

Care based on individuals’ needs. One patient with dementia may require a whole different set of needs than a patient with limited mobility, and these facilities are equipped for those differences.

Rapid emergency response. There is tremendous peace of mind in knowing that if your loved one needs timely emergency care, they’ll get it. Trained, on-site personnel can be the difference between life and death.

If you’re thinking about a move to a senior facility, you’ll need to consider a budget. The good news is that most of your loved one’s former expenses will be included in one fee. Residents can pay via private pay, a senior line of credit, long-term care insurance, veteran’s benefits, as well as other options.

As your loved one’s long-distance caregiver, remember there is no right or wrong way. Consider the evolution of care as a journey and take it step by step. One of the most important choices you can make, however, is to prioritize your own self-care. You can only help your loved one if your well yourself. 

Friday, November 10, 2017

              Happy Thanksgiving From Team Pagosa!                      
                   What are YOU thankful for? Health? Home? Family? Friends?

Many look forward to Thanksgiving because it is a long weekend often spent with family and friends. Wouldn't Thanksgiving be more meaningful if each of us actually gave thanks for everything? Thanks for the good times and the bad... Thanks for the joys in life, as well as the pain... Thanks for the difficult times, trying times and frustrating times, too.
Cindi McMenamin has written a beautiful Thanksgiving Prayer worthy of sharing:
Thank you, God, for this food we are about to eat. And thank You for Your many blessings on us this past year...the ones we've seen, as well as the ones we haven't seen.
Thank you, God for the times You have said "no." They have helped us depend on You so much more.
Thank you, God, for unanswered prayer. It reminds us that You know what's best for us, even when our opinion differs.
Thank You for the things you have withheld. You have protected us from what we may never realize.
Thank You, God, for the doors You have closed. They have prevented us from going where You would rather not have us go.
Thank you, Lord, for the physical pain You've allowed in our lives. It has helped us more closely relate to Your sufferings on our behalf.
Thank you, Lord, for the alone times in our lives. Those times have forced us to lean in closer to You.
Thank you, God, for the uncertainties we've experienced. They have deepened our trust in You.
Thank You, Lord, for the times You came through for us when we didn't even know we needed a rescue.
Thank You, Lord, for the losses we have experienced. They have been a reminder that You are our greatest gain.
Thank You, God, for the tears we have shed. They have kept our hearts soft and moldable. 
Thank You, God, for the times we haven't been able to control our circumstances. They have reminded us that You are sovereign and on the throne.
Thank You, God, for Your ability to take what we consider 'tragedy' and turn it into a treasure.
Thank You, God, for those You have called home to be with You. Their absence from this earth  reminds us to keep our eyes fixed on heaven. 
Thank You, God, that we have an inheritance in the heavenly places... something that this world can never steal from us and we could never selfishly squander.
Thank You, God, for the greatest gift You could ever give us: forgiveness through Your perfect Son's death on the cross on our behalf.
Thank you, God, for the righteousness You credited toward us, through the death and resurrection of Jesus. It's a righteousness we could never attain to on our own.
And thank You not only for our eternal salvation, but for the salvation You afford us every day of our lives as You save us  from ourselves, our foolishness, our own limited insights, and our frailties in light of Your power and strength.
Thank You, God, for all that You have allowed and not allowed in our lives this past year. For we commit our lives anew to You this day and ask that You would continue to remind us, throughout this next year, that You are God, You are on the throne, and You are eternally good.
Thank You, finally, that we can pray in the name of Jesus, who made our access to You—and a  personal relationship with You—possible.  Amen.

We hope this Thanksgiving Prayer can bring joy and gladness to you and your family this holiday! <3