Matador Network named Truckee one of their “America’s 20 Coolest Outdoor Towns.”
“So putting together this list, we narrowed it down with a few criteria:
“1. The place should be an actual town, not just a spot or destination. In other words, you can live/work there year round, and even in the “off-season” it’s still cool.
“2. The outdoor objectives that make the place so rad must be part of the immediate surroundings. If you can’t climb / ski / paddle / surf right in town, the access should be just beyond, not an hour away.
“3. The place should have a notable culture, tradition, or local economy around the activities (and natural resources) themselves. Of special mention are places such as Salida, where actual infrastructure has been developed (manmade whitewater features) that brings cool events and awareness to the town.
“For obvious reasons, we came back with a high concentration of places out West (and in Hawaii/Alaska). May not be fair, but if you visit you’ll understand.
“All this said, finding big lines can happen anywhere. Where I grew up in the southern Piedmont (forested, gentle rolling hills kind of terrain), a trickling neighborhood ditch became a gnarly class V kayak run if you caught it right after a thunderstorm.
“The ultimate limitation is never the place but your imagination. Let us know the what kinds of lines you’re finding right in your town.
“9. Truckee, CA
“Anything multi-sport springtime: Ski corn, downhill or cross-country mountain bike up Western States or Martis Peak and then wrap up the day with a fly-fishing session on the Little Truckee as the dry flies start popping. Maybe even a surf strike mission to SF if you can squeeze it in. Get a quick climb in up on Donner Summit at Snowshed or Blackwall…just to round it out.
“Beers: A cooler by the river or at the Chamoix if you can make it before the sun goes behind tram face
“Coffee: Coffee Bar on Jibboom or Wildflour in Squaw
“Eats: Tacos Jalisco, or next door at Treat Box for a burger
“Gear: The Backcountry, Tahoe Sports Hub, Start Haus does a great tune
“Music venue: Moody’s
“Special thanks: Tucker Patton.”
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(Source: Matador Network; Photo: Jeff Engerbretson/Squaw Valley)