National Geographic Names Truckee one of "World's 25 Best Ski Towns"
  • Tahoe.com Staff, 9:08am, 2/9/2012


    In the far North West corner of the Lake Tahoe region sits the little town of Truckee. During the Winter months this town is base camp to some of the worlds best winter athletes—and for a good reason. Read why the National Geographic named Truckee one of the World’s 25 Best Ski Towns:

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    In the Sierra Nevada north of Lake Tahoe, between Reno and South Lake Tahoe, the old logging and railway town of Truckee has bloomed into a ski mecca, with no less than eight different ski areas within 15 miles. The first recorded ski lift in the U.S. was a Truckee steam-powered tobaggan lift in 1910, and the burg still maintains much of its Old West character, with wooden walkways in its historic downtown and a still active, clapboard train station (Amtrak service twice daily). Its population of 16,180 is growing fast, but the relaxed town has managed to eschew the glitz of the larger Tahoe resort scene. This is where the locals live.

    With many of its ski areas receiving some of the highest average snowfall totals in the country—more than one ski area ran lifts on the Fourth of July this past year—it’s easy to understand why the locals choose to live here. Famed for its extreme terrain and appearances in countless ski movies, Squaw Valley is Truckee’s alpha mountain, with six distinct peaks, a superpipe, and plenty of bleached hair and mirrored goggles.

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