Mark Twain once called Lake Tahoe: “the fairest picture the whole world affords.” The unusual praise — which appeared in his 1871 semi-autobiographical travel book, “Roughing It” — is still true today. The sparkling sapphire waters and the forested Sierra Nevadas have long inspired a sense of awe, whether you’re a caustic humorist and writer, outdoorsman or season-pass-holding skier. Winter is an especially magical time to visit Lake Tahoe and explore its treasures.

One treasure — this majestic slopeside sanctuary in Truckee, listed for $6,990,000 by Team Tahoe Now — is worthy of study. Designed in the contemporary mountain style, “Monte Stella,” as it is called, welcomes you into its 6,299 square-foot embrace with a dare: cross the bridge and enter into your own private haven.

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As soon as you cross the threshold, a sense of openness, warmth and sophistication permeates the interiors. It’s obvious every detail, every finish and every design element has been carefully tended to and considered. Modernism meets rustic understatement, expressed in a rich language of woods and stones.

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Monte Stella is the kind of place where you can relax with family and friends, and where you feel the closeness of nature just beyond the home’s reach, as glimpsed through the transparency of windows. Views of stunning Pacific Crest extend from the interiors, which stretch up high to give the feeling of greater volume. It’s easy to see that this home is an entertainer’s paradise.

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Spaces such as the great room — which includes a comfortable living space, kitchen, dining area and fireplace — as well as the media room, ski cave and kids’ bunk room invite togetherness and evoke instant wintertime warmth. There is a wine room, naturally.

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Five bedrooms, six and a half baths and a sumptuous master suite provide plenty of opportunity for quieter moments.

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Perhaps most appealing, however, is Monte Stella’s location. Adventurous skiers can take the Timberline Trail leading directly to the slopes of Northstar, with its 3,170 skiable acres. The new homeowner will also enjoy a prime location within Mountainside — an exclusive enclave of 25 properties with privileged access to the Ritz Carlton and all its luxurious amenities.

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For more information on this modern interpretation of a mountain chalet, contact Team Tahoe Now at Truckee@ChristyCurtis.com or (530) 587-2856