How to Celebrate the 2018 Winter Olympics in Truckee


The 2018 Winter Olympics start on February 9th. You will not want to miss out on all of the action (from quite a few local athletes). Here is how to do the Olympics right in Truckee. 


Where to Party

  • Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center: Feb 09 - Feb 25. Times vary.  Watch and cheer on the Winter Olympic events taking place in PyeongChang, South Korea. Stay tuned for the race viewing schedule on the big screen. Enjoy tasty eats from Alder Creek Cafe and a hot toddy, wine or cold beer at Trailside Bar. 
  • TC’s Pub at Northstar California is the official viewing spot in the village. Stop by for drink specials from High West Distillery and daily raffles from 3-5pm starting on the 9th and continuing until the 24th. Every seat in the house will have a view of the games! 
  • The Plaza Bar in the Olympic House at Squaw Valley will have live coverage of different events. The first viewing is the Women’s GS on the 11th from 2:15-6:45pm. More viewings can be found on Squaw's website


Best Bars with Screens 

  • The Blue Coyote Bar and Grill has a full bar with 13 beers on tap and a menu full of pizza, burgers, and wings. The best part: satellite coverage of sports on 24 flat screen HDTVs.
  • Bar of America has classic American food, great happy hour, and multiple TVs. 
  • Moody’s Bistro, Bar, and Beats serves delectable regional mountain cuisine and has a couple of flat screens over the bar for your Olympic viewing convenience. 
  • Fifty Fifty Brewing will serve you up some delicious, freshly brewed beer with your Olympics fix. 


If you Stay Home

We like the idea of cheering on your favorite athletes via couch with your close friends and a chili bar. To plan the perfect Olympic party from home, here are some tips:

  • Click here for the official schedule of events. 
  • You can find all of the games cast to NBC, and the network’s affiliates (NBCSN, USA, and the Olympic Channel). You can even view the games live by going to NBC’s website or their NBC Sports app.
  • Pick a fun party theme to get everyone in the spirit. We really like these ideas from Elite Daily
  • Have games of your own to keep entertainment up through the slow parts of the competitions. These suggestions from Play Party Plan are fun and appropriate for all ages


Who to Watch

There are 22 athletes from California and 8 from the Reno/Tahoe area. From Truckee hails 26-year-old Mark Engel, alpine skiing racer who is making his first Olympic appearance. Brita Sigourney, who trains at Alpine Meadows, will compete in Freestyle Skiing (halfpipe). From Tahoe City, also competing in the Olympics for the first time (also in alpine skiing), comes 25-year-old Bryce Bennett. South Lake is sending two athletes, Maddie Bowman and Jamie Anderson who will compete in Freestyle skiing (halfpipe) and Snowboarding Slopestyle, respectively.  David Wise, Tim Jitloff, and Stacey Cook hail from Reno. Wise will compete in Freestyle Skiing (halfpipe), while Jitloff and Cook will compete in Alpine Skiing.