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is nestled in the picturesque Sierra-Nevada mountains at an average elevation of 6,400 ft.
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.
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
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.
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.
To check availability,
rates and make a reservation, contact us at
or 650-269-1987 (cell)
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Summit & Lake Tahoe Area
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