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"Snowshoe Thompson" was famed in our area as well as others. The Association is named in part, for him.
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Welcome to the Snowshoe Springs Association!
Snowshoe Springs is a private community located in Dorrington, California, 5,000 feet above sea level in California's legendary Sierra Nevada Mountains. Located in Calaveras County, Dorrington has been part of a rich history that includes the California Gold Rush and is near some of the world's most beautiful sites, such as Calaveras Big Trees State Park and the Stanislaus River. Snowshoe Springs is a quaint community with approximately 300 homes and a local lake, Snowshoe Lake, where fun family memories have been made for generations.
Here, you will find helpful information about our Board of Director's Meetings, Calendar of Events, Rules & Regulations that govern the SSA, various committee information, and useful local phone numbers and websites. This website includes membership information; current and past newsletters; information about local community resources and lot clearing for fire safety; and more.
The documents that govern the SSA and all the properties in the Snowshoe Springs Association, the CC&Rs, and Association By-Laws, have some differences from other homeowners associations in California. The CC&Rs (covenants, conditions, and restrictions) accompany all property deeds in Snowshoe Springs and are mandatory whether or not a property owner has joined the Association in a particular year. The CC&Rs are administered by the SSA's Board of Directors.
"If you have any questions about the SSA or your property, including questions about the local Highway 4 community and/or county resources, please contact our Association Manager, Michelle Kuffler. You can reach Michelle by using our online form on the “Contact Us” page, or directly at [email protected]
John A. “Snowshoe” Thompson, the “mailman of the Sierra.” Mr. John Thompson carried mail from Placerville, California through treacherous winter storms for 20 years, twice a month. He was disillusioned with gold prospecting, so he responded to an article in the Sacramento Union, asking for a mail carrier since “people living east of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and west of Salt Lake lose contact with the outside world as
winter snows cut off all communications.” While “Snowshoe Thompson” contemplated this challenge he carved 10’ long wooden skis and practiced with a long balance pole. When he felt competent he decided to respond to the ad and offer his services as a mail carrier, in spite of warnings about men before him who had tried and not made it. When he left Placerville on his first trip in January 1856, someone yelled, “Good luck, Snowshoe Thompson;” hence, the name stuck. Born Jon Torsteinson-Rue in Norway in 1827, Snowshoe was the 14th and youngest child born to his parents.
Despite his nickname, he didn’t use the snowshoes that were used by the indigenous people of the area, but rather would travel with the 10’ skis and pole, generally held with both hands at once. (He knew this form of cross-country skiing from his native Norway.) Thompson typically made the eastward trip in 3 days, and the return trip in 2. He carried no blanket and no gun; he claimed he was never lost even in blizzards. Although Snowshoe delivered mail for 20 years, he was never paid for his service. Snowshoe Thompson died of appendicitis which developed into pneumonia in May 1876 at the age of 49, leaving a wife and son.
A lush and gorgeous meadow. Great for taking photos and looking at the Corn Lillies, various grasses and lush trees!
Snowshoe Springs Lake is a private lake reserved for Snowshoe homeowners and their guests only. No dogs or bicycles allowed. It offers fishing (kids under 13), frogs not included, and waterfowl, and swimming!
*No dogs allowed around the lake is due to the fact that the watershed drains into a public lake where people swim. It is a health hazard to have dog feces around the lake for this purpose.*
Walking around the lake for fitness or relaxation is available to Snowshoe Springs Homeowners and their guests.
There are little trails throughout the common areas. The lake trail connects to the meadow and goes along the backside of the old office A-frame. The toboggan run is meant for sledding but can be used for walking as well.