Truckee California

Truckee Skiing

Heavenly Mountain Resort

With nearby mountains receiving up to five hundred inches of snowfall, the Truckee area is home to numerous outstanding ski resorts. Within a half hours drive, more than a half dozen ski areas are accessible to residents and visitors.

The ski areas include: Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Northstar At Tahoe, Sugar Bowl, Donner Ski Ranch, Tahoe Donner, and Boreal. The ski areas are typically open from late November through early April, depending on the conditions.

Lots of Snow

At an elevation of 5,800 feet, Truckee is high in the central Sierra Nevada Mountains. Winter storms come in from the Pacific Ocean and often dump large amounts of snow on the Sierra Nevada. Mountains peaks near Truckee that reach over 9,000 feet receive up to five hundred inches of annual snowfall. As a result of its plentiful snow and easy access on Interstate 80, the Truckee area is home to numerous outstanding ski resorts.

Heavenly in late March

Within a half hours drive, more than a half dozen ski areas are accessible to residents and visitors. Trucking skiing areas include: Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Northstar–at–Tahoe, Sugar Bowl, Donner Ski Ranch, Tahoe Donner, and Boreal. Boreal and Sugar Bowl are by Donner Pass. They are located one hundred eighty miles northeast of San Francisco, making them the closest ski areas to the Bay Area.

World Famous Squaw Valley

Squaw Valley is the area's most famous ski resort, having hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics. It is the second largest ski area in the Lake Tahoe area and has tons of activities for visitors of all ages. The resort has over one hundred seventy runs with a variety of terrain from beginners to experts. Thirty–three lifts serve skiers and snowboarders opening up 2,700 vertical feet and four thousand acres of skiable terrain. Lift tickets cost about $90 for adults at Squaw Valley. For non–skiers and boarders, Squaw Valley offers climbing walls, snow tubing, and a variety of shops and restaurants.

Stay and Play

Truckee is a great place to stay if you plan to ski at different areas such as Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, and Northstar–at– Tahoe. Truckee has more facilities and is less expensive than locations near the resorts or in Sunnyside–Tahoe City on Lake Tahoe. For visitors or residents wishing to get to Heavenly, which is in South Lake Tahoe, the drive takes only about an hour and fifteen minutes depending on the conditions. Truckee skiing is a great way to go!