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It’s Spring…get out there!   Leave a comment

Truckee River bike trail in Tahoe City

Truckee River bike trail in Tahoe City


Even though the recent snow storms have given a late season boost to the ski season, the lower elevations of the Sierra are still either devoid of snow, or down to a pittance. So is there a good side to the mild winter we had?


This year, we’ve been given the opportunity to get out there and do our favorite outdoor activities earlier then ever. In fact, some great mountain biking and hiking trails will soon be ready for us to enjoy. Here are a few suggestions for places to go:


Bliss to Emerald Bay

Bliss to Emerald Bay


Truckee Trails-All those wide open spaces north of Truckee are beginning to open up for mountain biking, hiking and running. The Emigrant Trail should be snow free soon, as well as the dirt roads between Prosser, Boca and Stampede Reservoirs. The Donner Rim trail is another sunny place to trek with views of the Sierra Crest and Donner Lake.  If you haven’t tried one yet, this might be a good time to try a Fat Bike. These bruisers with super big tires, can roll right over any remaining packed down snow and mud.

photo Donner Rim

Donner Lake Rim Trail


Emerald Bay-The trail to the Vikingsholm and along the south facing side of the bay is ready for hiking. Keep your eyes peeled for eagles and ospreys, and enjoy the quiet trails without the throngs of folks you will find there mid-summer.


Get on the lake-If you are treated to a warm day with no wind, grab your paddleboard or kayak and head to Donner Lake or Lake Tahoe. It’s beautiful, and probably free of boat wakes. But stay on your board and out of the water, because while the air temperature might be cozy, the water will be cold.

Donner Lake

Donner Lake


Hit the TRT-The Tahoe Rim Trail section which heads north out of Tahoe City (from Fairway Drive) is south facing at a low elevation, the perfect combination for an early snowmelt. Climb for about a mile to a spectacular view of Lake Tahoe and the Truckee River canyon, and feel the joy of boots on dirt.


Walk the river-The Truckee River Bike trail from Tahoe City to Squaw Valley is mostly free of snow. Take a relaxing stroll along the river.


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Tahoe Donner: How it all began.   Leave a comment


The community of Tahoe Donner is located on over 7000 acres of land, with 6500 homes and 25,000 members. It has a downhill and cross-country ski area, golf course, several restaurants, fitness center, swimming pool, tennis courts, sledding hill, and thousands of acres of open space for hiking and mountain biking, including a connection to the Donner Lake Rim Trail. How did this immense development, one of the largest in the country, come to be just a few miles outside of little old Truckee, California? It all started with Jack Kirby.

 In his 2006 book, “Jack Kirby: Autobiography of a California entrepreneur,” Kirby talks about selling newspapers as a kid before becoming a pilot for the Navy during World War II. After the war he became a football star for USC before going on to play in the National Football League. After his career in the NFL, Kirby purchased 4000 acres of land north of Truckee in 1968.

 Although the land which would become Tahoe Donner had recently been the victim of a major forest fire, Kirby was impressed by it’s potential for development.  He thought it was rare to find this large a parcel of land in the middle of the beauty of the Sierra that had gentle enough contours to create a development. Kirby also purchased a five acre parcel on the shore of Donner Lake, which could be used to provide access to the lake for Tahoe Donner homeowners. He hired a ski development expert to determine if a ski area could be built on the burned out slopes of the current ski hill, and by 1971 people began buying Tahoe Donner lots for $8000. Kirby said, “I figured if I could develop a resort that was completely different-that offered something to homebuyers, second homeowners and retired people-it would be saleable.”

Looking towards Tahoe Donner ski hill

Looking towards Tahoe Donner ski hill

 After developing Tahoe Donner, Kirby went on to develop the Alta Sierra community near Grass Valley, before turning his entrepreneurial mind to the manufacture of golf clubs. In 2006, he told the Sierra Sun about Tahoe Donner that he was “very proud of what we’ve done here. I think it’s turned out to be a great community development.” 



Off Season Spring Deals   Leave a comment

It’s the off season at Tahoe /Truckee, and that means dining deals all around the lake. Pick up the currant issue of ‘The Weekly’ (free all around town) for coupon deals to some of the areas finest restaurants.

Happy Hour at the Lone Eagle Grill.  The Hyatt, Incline Village

Happy Hour at the Lone Eagle Grill. The Hyatt, Incline Village

Here are some of the advertised specials and coupons:

CB’s Pizza and Grill – Carnelian Bay
$1 off Medium Pizza, $2 off Large Pizza plus a daily 3-7pm Happy hour.

Lone Eagle Grill- Hyatt, Incline Village
Tahoe Tuesdays – $5 appetizers and 50% off all wines by the glass – 5:30-8pm

Old Range Steakhouse – Tahoe Vista
3 course dinner specials – $26

La Fondue – Incline Village
Spring Special: $55 fondue experience for two.

The Soule Domain – Crystal Bay
Spring special – 2 for 1 entrees, excluding Saturdays.

Las Panchitas – Kings Beach
Early Bird Drink Specials 4-6pm
Dinner Special- 25% off Mexican Combo Dinners- 4-10pm

FredRicks- Incline Village
1/2 price sushi Thursday nights at the Bar

Lakeside – Tahoe City
Check out their daily calendar for Specials all through April.

Dragonfly – Truckee
1/2 price on all food and sushi bar during the month of May. Dinner only.

Also pick up the local newspapers for more coupons or call the local restaurants for unadvertised specials. There are usually quite a few this time of year.

And don’t forget to peruse the rest of the magazine for special deals on next year’s ski passes and what is going on in the area during the off season.

The current issue of The Weekly through April 24th.

The current issue of The Weekly through April 24th.


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