Almanac: Truckee, Calif.

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Population 12,500

Elevation 5,500feet in town

Price Of A Median Single-Family Home In Town $189,000

Tax On Said Median Priced Home In Town $1,864

Main Business Tourism is the town's largest employing industry, but the Tahoe Forest Hospital is the single largest year-round employer.

Public School Population 4,933

Local Ski AreasSquaw Valley: 2,850 vertical feet; 4,000 skiable acres; 425 annual inches of snow; adult season pass, $1,445; lift tickets, $49. Sugar Bowl: 1,500 vertical feet; 1,500 skiable acres; 500 annual inches; adult season pass, $1,125; lift tickets, $48. Alpine Meadows: 1,800 vertical feet; 2,000 skiable acres; 425 annual inches; adult season pass, $900; lift tickets, $50.

Best Local Event Every March more than 800 cross-country skiers travel 30 km from Tahoe City to Truckee in the Great Ski Race to raise money for the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue.

Locals' Favorite Restaurants Squeeze In (for great omelets); Earthly Delights (light lunches, great coffee and freshly baked sweet treats); Cottonwood (rustic ambience, gourmet California-style cuisine, spectacular views).

Locals' Favorite Hangouts Wild Cherries (for espresso drinks and coffee talk); Pizza Junction (for pitchers, pizza and pool); Past-time Club (for live music on the weekends-be sure to flash your tattoo).

Best Places To Stay The Truckee Hotel is an historic inn in the heart of town (not all rooms have private baths); (800) 659-6921 or (530) 587-4444. Best Western Truckee Tahoe Inn is affordable, clean and basic and has a pool and fitness center, and kids under 12 stay free; (530) 587-4525 or (800) 824-6385. Resort at Squaw Creek offers slopeside luxury and a full-service spa at Squaw Valley, which is 10 miles away; (800) 327-3353 or (530) 583-6300.

Information Truckee-Donner Chamber of Commerce, (530) 587-2757, www.truckee.com .