Map & Directions

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Christie and Northwoods street-sign almost buried
  • The house is in the Tahoe Donner neighborhood of the Town of Truckee, north of Lake Tahoe. 
  • From Sacramento take I-80 E toward Reno; from Reno, take I-80 W 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, for Northwoods Blvd, and climb the steep hill.
  • At the first stop sign, at the intersection of the Northwoods and Northwoods loop, 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 (the sign might be buried, as in pic at right LOL), 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.
The house from the street

For your GPS: 12678 Skislope Way, Truckee CA 96161. 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 has the most immediate info. The CalTrans QuickMap app and website have camera feeds and roadside notifications.
  • Truckee Police and Fire Depts now use CodeRed to communicate with cell phones in the area. 
    Opt-in to CodeRED:
    • Online at or
    • Call 211 or (833) DIAL211 / (833) 342-5211 
    • Text ReadyNevadaCounty to 99411 and follow the prompt 
  • 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 (level R-2). 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 (level R-3), they err on the side of safety and close the highway. Be prepared for long delays and perhaps to be required to turn back and spend the night in Auburn or Sacramento.
  • Have in your vehicle winter clothing, food, and water. Fuel up before heading beyond Auburn. Windshield wiper fluid containing antifreeze can be purchased in Auburn (it is illegal to be sold at lower elevations). 
  • Read: CalTrans winter driving tips
  • NOAA weatherNOAA forecast, and Open Snow are good sources for forecasts and Wunderground and for forecasts and current conditions.

Transportation options
For scheduled flights, check Reno-Tahoe Airport (45 min away) and Sacramento (just under 2 hours away). We recommend you rent an AWD vehicle. You can purchase and then return unused tire chains at Les Schwab.

Some resources for finding other transport to and from Reno and in and around Truckee:
Truckee Chamber of Commerce and their Transportation page
Tahoe Area Rapid Transit bus (TART)
North Lake Tahoe Express
Tahoe Sierra transportation (All Star Transportation 530-448-2552; Eric Heydorff 530-807-7201)

Uber and Lyft operate in Truckee.

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