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Old-Timey Ski Trip to Truckee

Martha Camarillo America’s Best Small Ski Towns

Photo: Martha Camarillo

After the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, the Lake Tahoe region became synonymous with the stirrup pants–and–cheese fondue après-ski high life. But the glamour—and the high prices—never quite made it to the little town of Truckee, a historic logging and railway hub just 15 miles away. A big set of railroad tracks cuts the main street off from the otherwise lovely Truckee River, and hanging wires mar the beauty of the 19th-century frontier-style façades, but there’s an undeniable rough-hewn charm to the place.

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Destinations: Truckee

Inspired by: America's Best Small Ski Towns — by Stacey Brugeman, Published Oct. 2008

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    Cedar House Sport Hotel

    The sleekly minimalist eco-lodge really is made of cedar, all of it sourced in an environmentally friendly way. The 42 rooms are built mostly out o

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    Truckee Hotel

    Check out the old-timey plank construction of the city’s most venerable establishment. The 100-year-old hotel doesn’t just evoke the Old West; it i

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    Moody's Bistro & Lounge

    On the ground floor of 100-year-old Truckee Hotel, Moody’s Bistro & Lounge emphasizes local and organic produce with such dainty dishes as the “big

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    Northstar Tahoe

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    Squaw Valley

    The mountain is famous for its experts-only runs, and has long cornered the market on celebrity-driven fabulosity.

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