A White Christmas Indeed: Truckee, California

This past Christmas we packed up our boots, snow pants, hats, and gloves, and headed down to my brother’s home in Truckee, California.  Truckee is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, is just West of the Nevada state line, and North of Lake Tahoe.  It’s home to a smaller lake, with a name you might recognize: Donner Lake.  The infamous emigrants of the Donner Party traveled from Missouri in search of a better life, and were literally stopped in their tracks by the massive amounts of snow here.

We didn’t get quite as much snow as the Donner Party saw, and we obviously weren’t traveling by wagon, but in our short visit, I caught a glimpse of just how daunting the snow can be in the Tahoe area.  In fact, our original arrangement to stay with my brother’s in-laws, just a 10 minute drive away but up another 500 feet in elevation was aborted because the trek, even with a 4-wheel drive truck and a Colorado native at the wheel was just too risky.  Luckily there was room at the house my mom, and our good friend were renting, and they didn’t mind having even more up-close and personal time with us.

Bergen looks out at the snow

Bergen contemplates his next move.

Slaed had to pave the way out the door just about every time we left the house.  There was almost always another fresh layer of snow.

Paving the way in Truckee

Snow as high as Bergen!

Believe it or not, we did not hit the slopes that the region is so famous for.  I have no skills, and Slaed (much to his dismay) has bad knees, but we enjoyed the white-stuff nonetheless.

Sledding: A fun way to get Bergen from Point A to Point B.

Sledding: A fun way to get Bergen from Point A to Point B.

Snow hike

A snow hike through the neighborhood on our one sunny day.

Bergen gave downhill sledding a try with his Uncle Brad.  He was not amused.

Bergen gave downhill sledding a try with his Uncle Brad. He was not fan.

Mostly I just marveled at the beauty of it all!

Mostly I just marveled at the beauty of it all!

Have you traveled to Truckee, CA or the Lake Tahoe Area? Have a White Christmas? Tell us about your experience!

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23 thoughts on “A White Christmas Indeed: Truckee, California

  1. We go through Truckee whenever we go to Tahoe (which is never enough, in my estimation!) Fog, rain, but fortunately never snow. I prefer my snow in pictures. This is pretty awesome.

    • Wow, I’m surprised that you’ve never experienced Truckee during snow! I love visiting at all times of year though…stargazing on a summer night is absolutely amazing.

  2. Awe, I love the shot of the sled being pulled. You can see the snow coming down… so pretty.

    We haven’t been to those places in CA (yet) but we did get snow in VT (visiting family) for Christmas! It’s just not Christmas without snow!

  3. I have never experienced this. We live in hot and humid Townsville in the north of Australia. These photos are beautiful but I cannot imagine living with it, but I would like to try.

    • Thanks, Jan! You should definitely give it a try 🙂 I did hot & humid for a few years living on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina…now I just like to visit!

  4. Love the winter wonderland you had and such pretty pictures! So glad you had a white Christmas after all. We love the Tahoe area but it’s been awhile since we’ve visited. Best wishes and more travels to you in 2013. Happy New Year, Kate!

    • Nice! I love getting to visit my brother…we don’t get down there often enough. Thanks for stopping by, Jenna. I lived in Sacramento for a year when I was in Americorps, and always thought Sacramento was such a great city with so many great destinations surrounding it…the bay area, Tahoe, Yosemite, wine country, etc. You must love it!

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  6. Hi Kate,
    My name is Jane and I’m with Dwellable.
    I was looking for blogs about Truckee to share on our site and I came across your post…If you’re open to it, shoot me an email at jane(at)dwellable(dot)com.
    Hope to hear from you!
    Jane

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