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Almanac: Truckee, Calif.

  • Population
  • 12,500
  • Elevation
  • 5,500feet in town
  • Price Of A Median Single-Family Home In Town
  • $189,000
  • Tax On Said Median Priced Home In Town
  • $1,864
  • Main Business
  • Tourism is the town's largest employing industry, but the Tahoe Forest Hospital is the single largest year-round employer.
  • Public School Population
  • 4,933
  • Local Ski Areas
  • Squaw Valley: 2,850 vertical feet; 4,000 skiable acres; 425 annual inches of snow; adult season pass, $1,445; lift tickets, $49. Sugar Bowl: 1,500 vertical feet; 1,500 skiable acres; 500 annual inches; adult season pass, $1,125; lift tickets, $48. Alpine Meadows: 1,800 vertical feet; 2,000 skiable acres; 425 annual inches; adult season pass, $900; lift tickets, $50.
  • Best Local Event
  • Every March more than 800 cross-country skiers travel 30 km from Tahoe City to Truckee in the Great Ski Race to raise money for the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue.
  • Locals' Favorite Restaurants
  • Squeeze In (for great omelets); Earthly Delights (light lunches, great coffee and freshly baked sweet treats); Cottonwood (rustic ambience, gourmet California-style cuisine, spectacular views).
  • Locals' Favorite Hangouts
  • Wild Cherries (for espresso drinks and coffee talk); Pizza Junction (for pitchers, pizza and pool); Past-time Club (for live music on the weekends-be sure to flash your tattoo).
  • Best Places To Stay
  • The Truckee Hotel is an historic inn in the heart of town (not all rooms have private baths); (800) 659-6921 or (530) 587-4444. Best Western Truckee Tahoe Inn is affordable, clean and basic and has a pool and fitness center, and kids under 12 stay free; (530) 587-4525 or (800) 824-6385. Resort at Squaw Creek offers slopeside luxury and a full-service spa at Squaw Valley, which is 10 miles away; (800) 327-3353 or (530) 583-6300.
  • Information
  • Truckee-Donner Chamber of Commerce, (530) 587-2757, http://www.truckee.com "> www.truckee.com .

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