Category Archives: Truckee

Lift tickets as low as $15 at Boreal on Fridays

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On Fridays, come up to Boreal to take advantage of $15 lift tickets! Ski and ride from 9:00am – 9:00pm, enjoying the area’s closest ski resort. Available for only College students and active duty military.


Plan your Fridays at Boreal where your lift tickets are just $15! Bring a valid college student I.D. and ski/ride for just $15. Holiday restrictions include Nov. 29, 2013; Dec. 27, 2013; Jan. 3, 2014; Feb. 21, 2014.


Check with your Outdoor Recreation Office for discounted lift tickets. We also offer $15 lift tickets on Fridays for all active military with a valid I.D. Holiday restrictions include Nov. 29, 2013; Dec. 27, 2013; Jan. 3, 2014; Feb. 21, 2014.

—Boreal Resort

New York Times lists Truckee-Tahoe among top U.S. places to visit in 2014

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This weekend’s New York Times has listed Truckee-Tahoe as one of the top 52 places in the world to visit in 2014. It is a reminder of our region’s world-class amenities. An excerpt is here:

“Tahoe, Calif.
A ski area spruces up with new terrain, lodging and an entire base village. For decades Northstar-at-Tahoe, on the north end of Lake Tahoe, was a mostly overlooked ski hill. Since 2004, however, more than $1 billion has poured into the resort.

“Though weather in the region has been fickle so far this season, the improvements are impressive. And they aren’t limited to the base village that has risen at the renamed Northstar, centered around a huge ice rink ringed by couches and fire pits.

“The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe opened a few years ago, and Vail Resorts, since buying the ski resort in late 2010, has built an on-mountain day lodge, added more terrain and installed the new Promised Land Express lift on the resort’s Backside.

“Tahoe is resurgent, as resorts from Squaw Valley to Homewood undertake improvements with an eye toward bidding for the 2026 Winter Olympics. In the next few years expect to see everything from the Cal Neva Resort, once owned by Frank Sinatra, open after a big renovation, to a South Lake Tahoe with new waterfront hotels.”

The rest of the article is here.

(Photo: Jonathan Selkowitz and Northstar California)

Tour the HGTV Dream Home 2014 in Truckee starting January 9

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Schaffer’s Mill in Truckee is proud to be the host community for the incredible HGTV Dream Home 2014. You can tour this amazing 3,200-square foot home beginning Thursday, January 9th and continuing every Thursday-Sunday from 10:00am – 4:00pm through February 14th. Tickets to tour the home are $20 each and available online at All proceeds from tour ticket sales will benefit the Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation.

The HGTV Dream Home 2014 will be revealed to a national television audience on HGTV during a one-hour January 1st special scheduled for 8:00pm PST. HGTV will be giving the home away to one lucky winner through its HGTV Dream Home 2014 Giveaway. Enter to win the home twice online per day – once on and once on The winner will receive the luxuriously furnished HGTV Dream Home 2014, an all-new 2015 GMC® Yukon Denali and a $250,000 cash prize provided by Quicken Loans. For more information or to enter to win the HGTV Dream Home 2014, visit

The HGTV Dream Home 2014 was designed by Truckee-based Ward-Young Architects and was built by Tanamera Builders. Blending traditional and contemporary forms, the home is designed with two wings: a living wing and a bedroom wing with large expanses of glass and sliding door systems to create transparent and direct connection between indoors and outdoors.

Past locations for the HGTV Dream Home include Kiawah Island, South Carolina in 2013, Park City, Utah in 2012, Stowe, Vermont in 2011 and Sandia Park, New Mexico in 2010.

New photo galleries for our County

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Click on each one:

Cornish Christmas 2013

Christmas Card Movie

December 2013

Artisan Festival

Bridgeport Fall Festival

Nisenan Heritage Day

Wine Tasting

Popular blog posts of 2013

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Here are some of our most popular posts from our “All Aboard” blog on our website. Many of them have informative and entertaining videos to watch too:

•Nevada County on list of top hidden swimming holes around the world.

•Hallmark’s Christmas card, filmed in Nevada City, air times in December

•Horse-drawn carriage rides return to Nevada City

•Top ten places to take your grandparents in Grass Valley

•December 2013 snowfall

Nevada County Tourism promoted in S.F. this week

•Bill Cosby performs at Nevada County Fairgrounds on July 5

•Grass Valley Foothills Celebration for wine & food on March 2

•Nevada City named as a small-town escape in the San Francisco Chronicle

•Old Highway 40 bypass — “The one less traveled”

•Wine Tasting

•National Trails Day 2013

•Grass Valley plans to bring skating rink back to downtown Jan. 17-20

•Campaign launched to help restore historic Bridgeport covered bridge

•Nevada County exhibit at State Fair wins a Gold Medal

•North San Juan Cherry Festival is June 23

•ART OnSite debuts first public art project on September 7

•Snow falling at HGTV Dream Home

(photos and illustrations: Denise Wey, Smith Vineyards and photo archives)

Video: Tahoe Donner Torchlight Parade on December 31

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Tahoe Donner is located in Truckee, and Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area is committed to being one of the best places for family fun and learning in the Tahoe region.

It also has some wonderful events, including the Torchlight Parade on New Year’s Eve.

It is a fun event for intermediate skiers and riders ages 10 or older who can ski or ride unassisted. Come early to secure a spot in the parade.

A DJ and snacks will be provided in the bar area prior to the parade. Sign-ups are from 4:30 – 5:45 p.m. with a chair loading time at 6:15 p.m. This is a free event.

Date: Tuesday, December 31

Time: 4:30-5:45 Sign-up

—Tahoe Donner

Christmas Day Dining in our County

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Here are some restaurants in Truckee, Grass Valley and Nevada City that are serving lunch or dinner on Christmas Day. The menu items at the various restaurants include Prime Rib, lamb, duck, roast turkey, pork tenderloin and vegetarian items:

Bar of America
10040 Donner Pass Road
Truckee, CA 96160
Lunch, Dinner, 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

120 E. Main St.
Grass Valley, CA 95949
Lunch, Dinner buffet 12-6 p.m.

Trattoria Milano
124 Bank Street
Grass Valley, CA 95945
Dinner, 5-9 p.m.

Holbrooke Hotel
212 W. Main Street
Grass Valley, CA 95945
Dinner, 1-6 p.m.

National Hotel
211 Broad St.
Nevada City, CA 95959
Breakfast, 8 a.m.-noon
Dinner, 1-8 p.m.

Our guide to restaurants is HERE.

Truckee’s ice skating rink back for 11th season

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Back for a 11th great season!

Located just 1/2 mile south of downtown Truckee in the Truckee River Regional Park on Old Brockway Rd., the Truckee Ice Rink features public skating, skate rentals, a snack bar, group and private lessons for all age groups taught by experienced instructors, broomball leagues, and more! The outdoor setting under tall pines, complete with bonfire, overhead lights, and music to skate by, makes for a truly enjoyable outing.

Daily fees range from $4 to $6, and skates can be rented for $2.

SEASON: November 22through March 2

Ice skating and ice dancing lessons also are offered.

For more information, visit here.

A video of the curling court at the nearby Truckee winery is here.

—Tahoe Donner Parks & Recreation

Stunning time-lapsed photos of Tahoe

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Here’s an example of a film that will be shown at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival:

Tahoe Time 1.5 – Lake Tahoe California Timelapse Movie from Justin Majeczky on Vimeo.

New video: Holiday magic at Boreal on Donner Summit

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The holidays are a time for family, friends and a little winter magic. With all activities and facilities open at Boreal, escape to our winter wonderland and make memories that will last throughout the years. Plus, with chairlifts spinning from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., you can maximize the most out of your day. It’s basically magic!

—Boreal Mountain Resort