America's Best Ski Towns
Courtesy of Moody's Bistro
There are 12 downhill and eight cross-country resorts within about 10 miles of Truckee in North Tahoe, which averages 275 days of annual sunshine and 400 inches of snowfall (that includes Squaw Valley ski resort, which hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics and debuted the world’s first ski-through Starbucks). As if that weren’t appeal enough, you can alternate skiing with activities like guided astronomy snowshoe hikes, paddleboarding (in wetsuits) on Lake Tahoe, and winter lake cruises. Be sure to pay your respects to the old-time Truckee Hotel, a local institution with hearty dishes served at on-site Moody’s Bistro. Finer dining restaurant Cottonwood looks over downtown Truckee from one of the nation’s oldest ski lodges.