Once home to ribald loggers, raucous miners, and even hardy ice farmers, Truckee’s Wild West history casts a colorful spell on its future. This gateway to Truckee-Tahoe resorts is the site of the ill-fated Donner Party, a wagon train which nearly starved as its members holed up near Donner Lake in the winter of 1846. The construction of the transcontinental railway in 1868 gave life to the town, which is still seen in its historical downtown shopping area. From Brickelltown and farther on down the street, Truckee’s downtown is well worth a day of perusing galleries, quaint shops, gourmet restaurants, and down-home coffee shops.
After its beginnings, for many decades Truckee was a sleepy ski town. But tthere’s no doubt that it is growing up into a premier ski destination, as the past 10 years have changed the face of the community with new neighborhoods springing up to offer luxury homes and accommodations. The town’s hospital, Tahoe Forest Hospital, is known for its excellent care, while an exciting addition to the community is the new Sierra College campus in the heart of town.
While change is occurring every building season, the constant of this community is its tight-knit local residents who give a warmth to a town which is often cited as recording the nation’s coldest temperatures.
Nearby Ski Areas: On Donner Summit are Sugar Bowl, Donner Ski Ranch, Boreal, Soda Springs, Royal Gorge Cross Country; in town are Tahoe Donner Downhill and Cross County ski areas, and nearby are Northstar-at-Tahoe, Squaw Valley USA, and Alpine Meadows.
Population: estimated 14,930 in 2003.
“Truckee is surrounded by amazing ski resorts and still holds onto its small-town charm. Location, location, location. Enough said.”
— Nate Holland, professional snowboarder, Olympian snowboard cross racer
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