Jim Porter: Our little town, Truckee, on the map big time (opinion)
February 27, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The worse kept secret in California, maybe in all the states, is that Truckee is one of the best places to live, work and play.
I have been reading accolade after accolade in prestigious publications like National Geographic, Outside Magazine and Sunset Magazine. Even that Pulitzer Prize winning column in the Sierra Sun.
I count at least 20 "Best Of" awards in the past 10 years, and that's not counting Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows named Best Ski Resort in North America in a recent USA Today's 10Best.com Readers' Choice Award.
Yes, I know, Squaw-Alpine is not Truckee, but we're all one big, happy family.
Do you like well-rounded towns? Sunset Magazine did in 2010, calling Truckee an "unritzified ski town — despite the swank Ritz at Northstar up the street. The historic main drag can please teenagers and grandparents alike."
We accept your award Sunset, and thank you for your Best Dream Town (2008) and Most Popular Places to Find Your Second Home (2006) awards.
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Have you heard of Outside Magazine? Of course, who hasn't? Outside heard of Truckee in 2006 by naming it Best Outside Town and Best Town to Live in for Skiing and Snowboarding.
Like snow? This year we do. Truckee was deemed the No. 1 Snowiest City in America. And won the 2016 Small Community Award (2015), as well as Safest Towns in California (2015), the Best Town in California to Raise a Family (niche.com 2015) and One of America's Six Snowiest Cities in back-to-back years by Weather.com; and One of America's Best Ski Towns in Travel and Leisure (2012).
Plus, MSNBC.com's 2010 award for One of America's Best Summer Lake Towns. Truckee has its own lake. And CreditDonkey — Safest Cities wrote: "Truckee oozes charm." (2016)
Last month, Truckee won the prestigious Curbed Cup Ski Town of the Year beating out Sun Valley by a large margin. In that contest, one Truckeeite wrote "with Lake Tahoe being the most amazing backyard to it, how could it not be No. 1?"
Thank you Northstar California, Sugar Bowl, Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Granlibakken, Homewood, Donner Ski Resort, Tahoe Donner Cross Country, Tahoe Cross Country and Royal Gorge Cross Country. Ours is not a bad region if you like to ski and board. And who doesn't?
Do you like to run and bike? Trailrunner Magazine thinks so, awarding Truckee in 2013 One of the Country's Eight Top Trail Towns. Again, Truckee probably gets credit for trails from Tahoe City to Donner Summit to Sierra Valley, so this is congrats to all. And more trails are a-coming.
And the last of our impressive list of accolades (I've probably missed a few) comes from National Geographic who wrote that Truckee is One of the World's 25 Best Ski Towns — "mountain community steeped in ski heritage, amenities and culture … This is where the locals live."
National Geographic asked local, Daron Rahlves — four-time Olympian — and 15-year member of the U.S. Ski Team (and my neighbor), for his recommendations, which are spot on: Pastime Club – "a happening dive bar," "cheap eats" gets you to Tacos Jalisco, or how about a jump in Lake Tahoe. I would add Rahlves' Run at Sugar Bowl to the list.
We should all take a bow, and compliment the Town itself whose focus has always been to keep Truckee authentic. Then get some "pow" at Homewood, bike around Tahoe, then water ski the mirror-like calm west shore. All in a day's fun.
(But don't tell anyone.)
Jim Porter is an attorney with Porter Simon licensed in California and Nevada, with offices in Truckee, Tahoe City and Reno, Nevada. Jim's practice areas include: real estate, development, construction, business, HOAs, contracts, personal injury, mediation and other transactional matters. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or http://www.portersimon.com.
Jim Porter writes a weekly Opinion column for the Sierra Sun.