Hit the slopes before winter melts away

Downtown Truckee is the place to be this winter. Photo by Scott Thompson

Voted top-four Best Adventure Town by Sunset Magazine, Truckee, California is the ultimate winter vacation destination featuring several ski resorts within minutes from town and nearby Lake Tahoe. The mountains surrounding Truckee are covered in snow and now is a great time for a winter adventure! Take a day trip, or a weekend excursion, up to Truckee and enjoy some skiing, sledding, snowshoeing, or build a snowman. Just a short drive away on the well-maintained and plowed I-80, you can experience the snow-covered small town atmosphere where, although it looks like a town frozen in time, there are so many modern amenities, chic boutiques, and wonderful restaurants to explore.

If you enjoy winter sports, Truckee is a great place to visit!

Get outside and play in the snow. Photo by Doug Jones

With Boreal, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, and Northstar California available, the slopes are awaiting you. Whether you prefer the bunny slope or double black diamond, skis or snowboard, Truckee has great runs for you. If cross country skiing is your thing or if you just want to take the kids tubing or sledding, Truckee has it all. With the short drive time, you could go from your living room sofa to sailing down the slopes in less than two hours!

If you would prefer to just enjoy the wonderful winter atmosphere and take in some shopping, Truckee has a number of wonderful unique boutiques with so much to offer. The restaurants in Truckee are unparalleled and can satisfy whatever you are hungry for. For a great après ski cocktail or meal, try The Lodge Restaurant and Pub at Tahoe Donner. This award-winning restaurant offers classic bistro-style menus made with French and Pacific Rim influences while using only the finest ingredients available, including organic meats, locally grown produce, and no trans fats. Located in the heart of Tahoe Donner, diners are treated to comfortable seating, warm fire places and floor-to-ceiling windows that offer spectacular views of the high Sierra landscape.

At Squaw Valley, enjoy a winter fireworks celebration every Saturday night through March 31. Kids can enjoy the complementary hot cocoa bar at Plaza Bar and there is a full food and beverage menu for the whole family from 4-6:30 p.m. Alpine Meadows is offering a special $99 Learn to Ski or Snowboard Special from March 19-23. This offer is available Monday-Friday for patrons 13 years or older, and includes a beginner lift ticket, rental equipment, and one 2.25 hour lesson. Come up and take advantage of this great deal on a Thursday or Friday, and then spend the rest of the weekend showing off your new skills.

Photo by Ryan Salm

Also, on April 6-8, WinterWonderGrass Festival returns for its 4th year at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows with headlining artists The Devil Makes Three, Railroad Earth, The Infamous Stringdusters and Elephant Revival.  WinterWonderGrass has niched itself in the mountain lifestyle, producing a three day bluegrass and craft beer festival at the base of Squaw Valley, becoming the country’s premier winter festival.

Learn more about the WinterWondergrass festival HERE.

So what are you waiting for? Spend a day, a night, a week in your winter wonderland right in your backyard and start making memories that will last a lifetime.


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