Map & Directions

>> See the above as an interactive map in Google Maps

  • The house is in the Tahoe Donner neighborhood of Truckee, north of Lake Tahoe.  From Sacramento take I-80 toward Reno, from Reno toward Sacramento. 
  • Take the Donner Pass Road exit (westernmost of the 4 Truckee exits). From eastbound I-80, turn left at the stop sign onto Donner Pass Road and cross over the highway bridge; from westbound, turn right onto Donner Pass Road.
  • Turn left at the first light and take Northwoods Blvd up a steep hill.
  • At the first stop sign, at the intersection of Northwoods and Northwoods, turn left (i.e., take the south side of the Northwoods loop...if you go straight and take the north side of the loop, you’ll see signs for the Lodge and recreation centers; watch for Christie eventually to show up on your right.)
  • In about 2.5 miles, turn left onto Christie, then turn left on Skislope. Ours is the third driveway on the right, #12678. If you come to Copenhagen or Teton Way, you’ve gone too far.

For your GPS: 12678 Skislope Way, Truckee CA 96161 
or, if it doesn’t find that, try “Ski Slope” as two words.

Online Map of Tahoe Donner
TahoeDonnerMap.pdf (also shows TD amenity locations)

Weather and road conditions

CalTrans highway conditions; or call 1-800-427-ROAD and say or enter highway number. CalTrans District 3 Twitter feed seems to have the most current info. The CalTrans QuickMap app has camera feeds and road condition notifications.

  • Truckee Police and Fire Depts use Nixle to communicate with cell phones in the area. Opt-in to Nixle by texting to 888777 the zipcode 96161.
  • Tire chains are required to be carried by all vehicles from Nov 1 to May 1. If the weather is bad, CalTrans may require chains be installed, but usually only on 2-wheel drive cars. The highways have wide shoulder “chain up areas” for that (and there will be long back-ups approaching them).
  • We have found that if conditions are so bad that chains would be required on 4-wheel drive vehicles, they err on the side of safety and close the highway. Be prepared for long delays and to perhaps be required to turn back and spend the night in Auburn or Sacramento.
  • Have in your vehicle winter clothing, food and water, and fuel up before heading beyond Auburn. Windshield wiper fluid containing antifreeze can be purchased in Auburn (it is illegal to be sold at lower altitudes). 
  • Read: CalTrans winter driving tips
  • NOAA weather for Truckee area; Wunderground and Open Snow have good graphics and discussion.

Transportation options

For scheduled flights, check Reno-Tahoe Airport (45 min away) and Sacramento (just under 2 hours away). We suggest you rent an AWD vehicle.

Some resources for finding other transport to and from Reno and in and around Truckee:
North Lake Tahoe Express
Tahoe Sierra transportation
Truckee Chamber of Commerce 
Uber and Lyft operate in Truckee.

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