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 Information on the Tahoe area

Tahoe-Donner               is nestled in the picturesque Sierra-Nevada mountains at an average elevation of 6,400 ft. elevation.  It is a year-round and dynamic recreational area surrounded by noble granite peaks, forests, over 2,000 acres of association wilderness, 7 headwater streams, a ski hill, championship 18-hole golf course, tournament tennis facility, beach marina on Donner Lake, recreation centers, equestrian and cross-country ski center, sports center, hiking trails, and uniquely-designed mountain cabins

Winter in North Lake Tahoe/Truckee/Tahoe Donner brings over 400 inches of snow and the pleasure of 12 downhill ski areas (including Squaw Valley, Northstar, Alpine, Sugar Bowl, Mt. Rose) with over 16,200 combined vertical feet and over 16,000 skiable acres.  7 cross country ski areas with over 750 kilometers combined including: Tahoe-Donner (2nd largest in US with 4,800 acres, 4 huts) , Diamond Peak, Northstar, Royal Gorge, Spooner Lake, Squaw Valley, and Lakeview (a combined pass for all areas is available at a reasonable rate).

Spring, Summer and Fall provides great golf, horsebackriding, hiking, tennis, mountain biking, archery, boating, swimming, fishing, barbecues, concerts, camping and camp sessions.  Top

Lake Tahoe is located 200 miles northeast of San Francisco, CA and 58 miles southwest of Reno, NV in the Sierra Nevada mountains.  The 10,000 yr. old lake is 22 miles long and 12 miles wide covering an area of 191.6 square miles with 72 miles of shore line.  2/3 of the lake is in California, 1/3 in Nevada.  The estimated 39.75 trillion gallons of water has a visibility of 75 feet and is 99.9% pure.   The surface of the lake is at 6,226.95 ft. elevation and is surrounded by mountains of nearly 11,000 ft.  It is the 3rd deepest lake in North America and 10th deepest in the world (1,657 feet deep).  Hypothetically, if the lake were drained on to a flat area the size of California the water would cover with a depth of 14 inches.  It would take over 700 years to refill the lake naturally.  The water that evaporates from the lake every 24 hours would be enough to supply all of Los Angeles for a day.   National and state forests surround much of the area.  The sun shines approximately 274 days a year and in the summer the top 12 feet of water reaches 68 degrees. While in the winter the lake does not freeze as it maintains 39 degrees at 700 feet depth and below.  Top

Truckee dates back to 1844 when a Paiute Indian named "Tro-Kay", an Indian chief and father of Winnemucca, assisted  western migrating pioneers, who ended up calling him and the area "Truckee".   Nearby, Donner Lake at 5,972 ft. elevation, is a pristine mountain lake where the ill-fated Donner Party survived the winter by resorting to cannibalism in 1846.  In 1868, the Central Pacific Railroad was built through Truckee as part of the Transcontinental Railroad project; the railroad is still an important part of the town today.  Logging was a key industry supplying timber for buildings and for the Comstock silver mines.  The town had a wild reputation as a  western town with many saloons and red-light parlors.   In 1960, during the Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley, the town once again grew and became known as a year-round recreation area which has grown to 35 square miles and 9,000 residents.  There is a lot of charm as part of the old western town still exists, as well as the railroad.  Truckee is serviced by the train, a local airport and Interstate 80.  Top

Reno is a major city in Nevada serviced with an international airport (Reno Cannon International).  37 miles from Truckee, it is famous for its gambling casinos, entertainment shows and nightlife.


  • Real Estate: Looking for a home, contact Nancy and Bob at Boice Countryside Realtors

  • To check availability, rates and make a reservation, contact us at Our Email or 650-269-1987 (cell)

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Things to do:    Alpine skiing    Cross-Country skiing  & more skiing   Truckee Brewery  Restaurants  Truckee Hotel  


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