This cozy unique home is located 5 miles north of Tahoe Donner in a quiet residential neighborhood directly across from private trails into the Tahoe National Forest, the Tahoe Donner Adventure Center, XC Ski area, and beyond.
This unique home can comfortably accomodate as many as 7 adults, but because it is a new listing, it is currently not stocked with enough linens and towels for that many people. Additionally, there is only parking for 1 car during the winter months and no more than 2 when there is no snow. If you have a group that would still fit within these limitations, feel free to reach out!
Internet/wifi: there is wifi on the property, but the Internet provider has been having trouble providing reliable service during the winter (snow moves the receiver, freezing temps mess with electronics, etc). Therefore I am forced to tenporarily remove this from the list of amenities. Cell phone reception has always been excellent (Verizon, Sprint, AT&T have all been personally tested), so setting up wifi hotspots should work.
The house and surrounding sundeck as well as a gravel parking space in front of the stairs/trail to the front door.
Guests will not have access to the garage or the apartment above the garage.
Access to all private Tahoe Donner amenities with a day use fee of $8/guest.
1. The roads and driveway are plowed regularly (once per day) according to the storms (meaning they only plow when there is snow). This service is included in the cost of the rental and is the reason winter rates are higher than summer.
2. If there is a winter storm during your stay, you might be snowed in (or out!!). When traveling to the Sierra Nevada during the winter, it is always highly recommended to be prepared with enough food to last for the duration of your trip, flashlights/headlamps, an emergency shovel for the car, a 4WD/AWD vehicle with chains and enough clearance for berms left by plows, as well as warm winter clothing that allows you to be out shoveling snow for potentially hours at a time in sub-20-degree weather (there have been quite a few 10 degree days already!)
3. If you would like to have daily shoveling service during your stay, this will need to be arranged. Price per shoveling ranges from $50-$100 depending on the amount of snow, but can go much higher and is charged on an hourly basis. There are also shovels at the house that can be used for free.
Interaction with guests
I am available by phone, text, email, or Airbnb messaging and will let guests know when I am offline for an extended period of time (usually because I am running trails without cell phone access :-D)
Other things to note
Preparedness and self-reliance are key!
Attempting to travel during a storm is NOT an excuse to leave a car on the road or blocking the access drive that is shared with neighbors.
Tahoe Donner is a quiet residential neighborhood, not a resort with regular plowing and emergency support services. Please keep these things in mind when planning your next trip to Truckee and be prepared! :-)
There is only parking for 1 car and any guest vehicle must be in the designated parking spot to avoid having their car towed at a cost likely not to be less than $500 (not to mention any impound fees that might accumulate).
Even during heavy snow storms, plows rarely reach the driveway more than once per day. This means that if you decide to leave with the plow and then get snowed out, you and your guests will likely need to find an alternative place to stay that night.
During the winter, you must drive a 4WD/AWD vehicle. If your vehicle gets stuck in snow, you must dig it out or arrange for a service to do so for you.
Do not disturb the neighbors for any reason.
Host is not available outside of normal business hours unless arrangements are made. If you plan to arrive late (and during a snow storm) please be advised that you might have trouble locating the property in the dark and your host will likely not be available to help you.
Please remove shoes at the door and leave the house as you found it (used linens and towels on the floor in the lower bathroom). The cleaning fee assumes no excessive messes!
Anything requiring additional cleaning will be deducted from your deposit.
Be sure to turn off...
* the water,
* gas stove (leave the pilot light on),
* all lights
before leaving and make sure the key is back where you found it.
Wash all dishes and please do not leave excessive garbage behind (e.g. do not fill the weekly can for a weekend stay). Reasonable amounts of garbage for the length of your stay may be placed in the bear can.
Thank you!! :-)
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Originally from California, I grew up in the Bay Area, frequently visiting family in Tahoe and Los Angeles. Currently living in San Francisco, I enjoy being outside for long endurance runs, cycling, hiking, kayaking, and gardening, as well as being inside for yoga, reading, or playing some musical instruments. When not in the city I enjoy spending time in the mountains, especially Truckee! :-)