The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, Feb. 29 to March 6 |

The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, Feb. 29 to March 6

A skier surveys the snowy scene Sunday at Northstar. The resort between Truckee and Lake Tahoe ended up recorded 36 inches of snow over the weekend.
Courtesy Northstar California |

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TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Below is a recap of the top stories from Feb. 29 to March 6 at

1. Lake Tahoe woman, 62, dies in skiing accident at Squaw

Elizabeth S. Danel, 62, of Olympic Valley died in a skiing accident on Feb. 27 at Squaw Valley resort.

According to Squaw, Danel, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the incident, was skiing in the Headwall area when she fell and slid down the slope through a stand of trees, suffering multiple injuries. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Page views: 7,811

Originally published: Monday, Feb. 29

2. Lake Tahoe weather: 1-3 feet of snow, 100 mph winds for weekend storm

This web-only story served as a preview of the wave of storms that hit the Truckee-Tahoe region this weekend. Initial reports called for anywhere from 1-3 feet of snow between Friday and early Monday morning.

In the end, area ski resorts reported as much as 3 to 5 feet of snow up top, including a whopping 62-inch, 4-day total from Sugar Bowl.

Page views: 3,994

Originally published: Wednesday, March 2

3. Body of missing Sugar Bowl Resort ski instructor found Monday

The body of Sugar Bowl ski instructor Carson May — who had gone missing since Jan. 14, prompting a several-day search involving hundreds of local officials and volunteers — was found Feb. 29 at the resort, bringing closure to an unfortunate incident involving a beloved member of the ski area and community.

“The recovery was made roughly a quarter mile out of bounds in an avalanche-prone area near the original search site,” according to the resort.

Page views: 2,631

Originally published: Monday, Feb. 29

4. 2 canoers drown in Donner Lake; men likely weren’t wearing life jackets

This web-only coverage updated several times on Feb. 20-21 told the story of rescue crews’ efforts to locate the two man whose canoe capsized into Donner Lake. Authorities said both were not wearing life jackets.

Several posts from the Truckee Police Department via Nixle assisted in informing the community about the search, which ultimately ended Feb. 21 with both bodies recovered.

Page views: 2,589

Originally published: Saturday, Feb. 20

5. Opinion: The dirty secret of the Truckee River Legacy Trail

This My Turn guest column from Truckee resident Michael Golden bemoaned what he feels has become of the popular Truckee River Legacy Trail.

“Unfortunately, the Legacy Trail’s use has turned into something I for one would not have imagined. The trail has become a dog park, plain and simple,” he writes, later adding, “We the taxpayers need not spend up to $2.5 million per mile constructing trails for the sake of them being used as dog parks.”

Page views: 1,721

Originally published: Tuesday, March 1

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