Truckee honored as ski ‘dream’ town
While it might be self-congratulatory to call ourselves “unassuming and funky,” we can definitely call ourselves “dreamy.”Here we are in Truckee, Calif., which was listed in the January 2000 edition of Skiing Magazine’s Ski Town Guide as one of 10 “dream towns.”Truckee was included in an impressive list of ski and mountain towns featuring resort/vacation meccas Vail, Colo.; Jackson, Wyo. and Park City, Utah. The 10 picks were not ranked in order.”I always like to see we’re up there with the ‘biggies,'” said Rachelle Pellissier, CEO/President of Truckee-Donner Chamber of Commerce. “It’s not surprising to me, it’s gratifying the rest of the nation is starting to see it too.”Pellissier has seen Truckee ranked with the “biggies” in large national magazines twice since she arrived at the Chamber three years ago. Last year, Truckee was ranked third in the “10 Best Ski Towns” article in Mountain Sports & Living January/February 1999 edition, just behind Kalispell, Mont. and Aspen, Colo.”It’s nice that an outside, huge source says, this is one of the best places in America to live,” Pellissier said. “I have to agree with them.”Although Skiing Magazine’s “Dream Towns,” edited by Michael Miracle, did not mention the criteria used to pick the best ski towns, Susan Reifer’s introduction says a good ski town has: “Skiing, sunshine, easy access to a major airport, great skiing, better quality of living for the same amount of rent, nice people, more great skiing, good public library, peace and quiet, and is not too deeply landlocked.”In the article, Truckee was mentioned as a town that is “booming” and a place suddenly everyone loves. The write-up by Chaco Mohler commends Truckee for its convenience to Reno and Sacramento compared to the other Lake Tahoe communities, and the fact that it has four major ski resorts nearby (Squaw, Alpine Meadows, Northstar and Sugar Bowl).The article says Truckee is unique because, while Truckee’s growth spurt has been fueled by second-home buyers, the town is still “a real community.””Around 50 percent of the homes are occupied by permanent residents – a family-oriented, athletic populace, many of whom commute to real jobs in Reno, 33 freeway miles away,” Mohler writes. “Despite the upscaling, Truckee remains unassuming and funky, a place where the freight train rolls right through the center of town. You can still live the pure sports-bum life here, but if you want to settle down and buy a piece (and you don’t have a trust fund), it would be wise to do it quickly.”The 10 “dream towns” featured in the article were:– Steamboat, Colo.– Whitefish, Mont.– Vail, Colo.– Taos, N.M.– Stateline, Nev.– Truckee, Calif.– Park City, Utah– Stowe, Vt.– North Conway, N.H.– Jackson, Wyo.While Pellisier said she is proud and thrilled that Truckee was included as a “dream town,” she was surprised Truckee wasn’t recognized for its tight-knit community.”That would be a great thing for these magazines to look at,” she said. “I think of Truckee as a big family. When someone’s down, we all stick together. We fight over issues, but the next day, we’re together helping a neighbor. That stands out to me more than anything else does. If we were ranked using that as criteria, Truckee would be No. 1.”
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