Tahoe/Truckee Life Hacks


This month’s question occurred to me as I was chipping ice off my driveway. On this brisk morning, I was glad to be gripping a metal tool that had slept overnight in the warm house, meaning it wasn’t sucking all the heat from my hands. I selfishly wondered what other clever practices people used, that I could poach, to make life easier in our winter playground. It was a pleasantly intriguing surprise to find that many answers were more philosophical than physical.

The #DoTell question of March is:  What’s your go-to tip, trick, or life hack for living in the Tahoe/Truckee area? ~ TC

North Tahoe Event Center manager


Walk slow in the snow.


Climber; van dweller

If you live in a van, you don’t have to pay rent.


JAKE TORQUEMADA, Incline Village
Outdoor enthusiast

Don’t expect city stuff around here. Prepare to do things for yourself, and then be glad if you find someone you can pay to do something for you.

CARLY KANEY, Carnelian Bay
College dropout; ski bum; barista

Go naked whenever you can and skinny dip in the lake every month.


JAMES KNIGHT, South Lake Tahoe

Work to live, don’t live to work; otherwise, you’ll miss all the beauty around here.

And remember, we’re on mountain time.


  • Ted Coakley III

    Lived: OH-TX-OK-CA-NY-CA Visited (work and/or non-work): many states all over the U.S., MX, Canada, Central & South America, Asia & Europe. High on my wish list is Ireland, all over Africa, New Zealand, Russia, Norway, China, Iran, Bhutan, Ecuador, Iceland, Bali, Baja .... well, okay, any/everywhere would be great to visit. Worked: photo, film/video, manual labor, high finance, menial, profound. Someone recently asked me, "You like to talk to people that others don't like to talk to?" I answered that I do like doing that, as much as talking to anyone else, but it's not "a thing" for me that I'm especially into. A day or two later, it struck me why I was asked that - because a lot of people are not like that ... not like me in that way. I'm glad I'm not like others in that way. ¡All for fun and fun for all!

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