We are two families who joined forces 20 years ago to buy a piece of paradise in Cold Springs. At the time, we had young children who, in the Summer, spent many happy hours and days swimming in Pinecrest Lake, kayaking in the Summer, hiking in the Emigrant Wilderness, and horseback riding. In the Winter, our days were spent learning how to snowboard at Dodge Ridge (we had to learn too, to keep up with them!), ice skating in Long Barn, snowshoeing, and sledding in the snow where ever we find a spot. Now our children love to use Cold Springs as a base for backpacking explorations and our grandchildren are some of the most frequent and enthusiastic visitors! We've had Alpine Retreat for ten years. This is a special home that provides the perfect place for large gatherings. The three king bedrooms are of equal size - so it's as well-equipped for three couples as it is for multiple families with children. The master suite is located on the main floor and has a large walk-in shower. Upstairs are the two additional bedrooms and full bath. We have two comfy queen airbeds, easily setup in the loft, great room, or out on the deck, for extra seeping space. The spacious kitchen and bar area have a view into both the dining room and the great room (with 24' high ceiling), perfect for family events involving cooking, dining, and entertainment. The loft upstairs provides additional gathering space, optional sleeping area, or just a peaceful place to read and enjoy the views through the double height great room windows. There are many games, puzzles, and an excellent DVD collection. In fair weather, the wrap-around deck is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the mountain air, an evening sunset, the stars, and even sleeping. A large picnic table provides outdoor dining space for eight. An umbrella and six patio chairs offer plenty of space to relax. We love this area for many reasons: First, Pinecrest Lake is a gem. The water is perfect for boating, kayaking, fishing, and swimming during the summer. We love to rent kayaks, paddle to the far side the lake and find a perfect spot for picnicking and swimming. We never tire of the four mile hike around the lake, with gorgeous views at every turn and the option of a side trip to Cleo's Bath in the Spring. More adventurous hikes are nearby in Emigrant Wilderness and Carson-Iceberg Wilderness areas. Sonora Pass, just a 35-mile drive, offers spectacular scenery and more hiking. And, of course, Dodge Ridge ski resort is close by for skiing, snow boarding, and snowshoeing. We invite you to share our mountain home and begin to make lifetime memories with your own families, or re-live the fond memories of your own youth in the Pinecrest area. Like what you see but your dates don't appear to be available? Check out this cabin's "twin" at www. Vrbo. Com/139424!