What’s New In Tahoe
From Truckee’s new upscale amenities to Northstar’s 40th birthday, check out the latest developments in snow country.
Photo by Jeff Dow
As sunlight gleams over the powder dusting the Sierra Nevadas, the view from historic Truckee is breathtaking. Transformed from a rustic hamlet into a bonafide ski destination, Truckee is no longer just a quick stop for fuel or a slice of historic Tahoe. The town is thriving thanks to new gourmet eats, charming boutiques, and outdoor stops.
But that’s not to say that the new developments have completely done away with Truckee’s small town feel. Bucolic accents such as rail yard–inspired lamp posts, wider paved sidewalks, newly planted mature trees, planter boxes, and benches have appeared downtown, creating welcoming gathering spots to chat outside the newest restaurants and shops. Truckee.com.
Swing into Moody’s Bistro, Bar, and Beats (10007 Bridge St.) to check out the facelift. New chef David Lutz’s revamped menu includes thin crust Neapolitan pizzas, juicy burgers, and an extensive wine list. Oenophiles can also cozy up in the fab new wine bar and shop, Uncorked (10118 Donner Pass Rd.), for swigs of wine from around the world.
Before heading off for a day on the mountain, pick up a quick bite made with fresh ingredients at Burger Me (10418 Donner Pass Rd.) or start your morning with steaming coffee from the modern Trokay Café (10115 Donner Pass Rd.). As the icing on the cake, or the mountain, Cake Tahoe (9932 Donner Pass Rd.) has a new walk-in location offering sweet indulgences like cupcakes, and carries vegan and gluten-free options.
Brands like Columbia and Northface come to mind for mountainwear, but new clothing boutique Nox (10115 Donner Pass Rd., Ste. B) offers fashionable choices from brands such as Free People and DL1961. Take a piece of Tahoe home from Bluestone Jewelry’s (495 N. Lake Blvd., Ste. 170) selection of precious stones, which mirror the lake’s clear blue waters. Or choose from industrial pieces with rough gems and minerals at Lorien Powers Studio Jewelry (10007 Bridge St., Ste. C). Shop for yourself and find the perfect gift at Bespoke (10130 Donner Pass Rd.), “a new shop with an old soul.”
Outside is the place to be in Truckee, especially with the newest addition to Camp Woodward training facilities. The 33,000-square foot Woodward Tahoe facility, which now calls the base of Boreal Mountain Resort home, offers skate, BMX, cheer, dryland skiing, snowboarding, and digital media training. 19659 Boreal Ridge Rd.
Truckee isn’t the only place making changes in Tahoe this winter. Check out what’s new at your favorite Tahoe resorts.
Northstar celebrates its 40th birthday on December 22 with a bash hosted by Shaun White. The bash will include a snowboard clinic at the Burton Snowboard Academy and an evening celebration at Big Springs Day Lodge at mid-mountain.
For kiddies learning to snowboard, the new Burton Riglet Park will open this winter, complete with high-quality Burton equipment. Advanced skiers and riders will have the opportunity to hop on a snow cat (three new cats will be added to Northstar’s fleet) for a guided backcountry tour on Sawtooth Ridge through the Adventure Guiding and Learning Center.
For those seeking a challenge, EpicMix Racing will provide skiers with the chance to beat Olympic Gold Medalist, Lindsey Vonn’s time at all seven Vail Resorts, including Northstar and Heavenly. More information can be found on the EpicMix website. 100 Northstar Dr., Truckee, northstarattahoe.com.
Heavenly’s very own Sho Kashima, a member of the U.S. Ski Team, will be showcased among other accomplished freestyle skiers at the U.S. Freestyle Championships in March, as they prep for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. “Having the U.S. championships at my home mountain is one of the coolest things I can imagine,” said Kashima. “I can’t wait to show the nation the world’s best mogul run!”
Guys can now hunker down in the ultimate man cave, Gunbarrel Grill, nestled inside Lakeview Lodge. Refuel with burgers and beer, while gazing at the flat-screen TV’s that dot the walls. 3860 Saddle Rd., S. Lake Tahoe, skiheavenly.com.
America’s largest cross-country operation, Royal Gorge Cross Country Resort, will be controlled by Sugar Bowl Resort this winter. Already connected by a trail, the two resorts unite for alpine adventure. Sugar Bowl plans to invest in upgrades and renovations to Summit Station in Royal Gorge. The popular ski destination is known for easy access, consistent snow conditions, and an expansive trail system, and Sugar Bowl looks forward to maintaining Royal Gorge’s reputation. 629 Sugar Bowl Rd., Norden, sugarbowl.com.
Hop on Big Blue Express, the new six-passenger chairlift at Squaw. Updates also include new dining and shopping options in the village like the modernized Olympic Plaza Bar, ski demo offerings from Parallel Sports, and Ledge Board Shop filled with the latest snowboards and street wear. 1960 Squaw Valley Rd., Squaw Valley, squaw.com.