Truckee's Tahoe Donner Announces Big Changes This Winter

By: Pat Hambright Email
By: Pat Hambright Email

TRUCKEE, CALIF. - According to press release this week, Tahoe Donner is proud to announce a variety of new improvements for the 2012-13 winter season, which will enhance the member and guest experience including additional ski/snowboard lesson options for children, terrain upgrades and equipment purchases.

Pisten Bully Groomers
New to our winter operations this season are two grooming machines that will provide a significant improvement to both the cross country ski center and downhill ski area. The cross country ski center has purchased a brand new Pisten Bully Nordic 400 with a full factory-built track setting tiller system and a custom-built additional 45 gallon fuel tank. This is the absolute latest and greatest nordic track-setting machine that was used at the 2012 FIS Nordic World Championships. The extra fuel tank will allow Tahoe Donner to groom more trails in less time on a daily basis. The downhill machine is a Pisten Bully 400 Park model that will not only set amazing corduroy, but will help operators construct a state-of-the-art terrain park.

Full-Day Kids Ski Lessons
This is the first season that Tahoe Donner will regularly offer full-day ski lessons for kids. Full-day lessons were previously offered through the season-long or ski/skate week programs. This year there will be all-day options for the following age groups:
Snowflakes Ski School: 4 - 6, 7 - 12
Snowboard Snow Shredders: 5 - 6, 7 - 12
Three-year-olds can still take the half-day lessons that have been offered in the past, but will have to wait another year to participate in the all-day lessons.

10K+ of Cross Country Trails
Over the summer months, some great new terrain was identified for the cross country trail system. Miller Time is a short loop located at the west end of Euer Valley. This blue trail meanders through trees and meadows and is a great addition for anyone skiing Coyote Crossing. Cheetah is another short loop, which extends to the east of Lion's Leap with views into Carpenter Valley. A short stretch of trail has been added to Showdown, which eliminates the steepest climb to make the trail a bit more skier friendly. Finally there are two new, unnamed trails – one is another snowshoe trail into Euer Valley off of Sundance, and the second is a long loop that summits Red Mountain and navigates the saddle on the west side. This last trail will be groomed only during specific weeks during the season, so stay tuned for more information as to when you can explore the new terrain.

Alder Creek Nordic Center
The beginning planning phase of this facility space began in 2011 and is moving along accordingly. Management and the general plan committee reviewed the preliminary space needs and program requirements, and have engaged membership in discussion at the board of director lead monthly board meetings. In late 2012 and upon board approval, the architect and general contractor shall commence with additional Town Hall meetings to further develop schematic design and construction cost updates for project completion slated for a date in late 2014.

Snowplay and Driving Range improvements
With increased Snowplay visitation and subsequent necessary accessible upgrades, a remodeled ticket kiosk, staircase, ramp, and driving range berming have been completed to improve summer events and winter activities.

Parking Lot Expansion
A new parking lot has been added at the downhill ski area. Tahoe Donner now offers an additional 65 parking stalls available for guest use, which is a 33% increase in parking capacity. The total capacity is now 260 vehicles on-site, an additional shuttle stop, and on-street overflow parking available during peak season. This enables Tahoe Donner to offer guests additional convenience and service throughout the ski season.

Cell Tower at the top of Eagle Rock Ski Lift
Upon successfully fulfilling the necessary contractual agreements required by the Tahoe Donner Board of Directors, American Tower (the general contractor awarded to install the cell tower and acquire interested service providers) is now working with local agencies for necessary construction permits and approvals. Aiming to start construction in 2013, the tower will be modeled as a pine tree and will be strategically located west of Eagle Rock, to include a larger area of improved coverage beyond Skislope Way.

Wayfinding Signage
Twelve main signs in Tahoe Donner as well as several smaller directional signs have been designed and constructed by renowned sign makers, Weidner Architectural Signage, whose clients include Adobe, Levi Strauss & Co., and California Academy of Sciences. Tahoe Donner management feels the new signs will enhance and better reflect the vibrant feel of the community. The main monument at the base of Tahoe Donner is made of Cor-Ten® metal - the latest trend in architecture because of its unique look and naturally oxidizing finish - which transforms into a rich color and texture over time, while maintaining its durability for years to come. All new signs incorporate the profile view of two popular ridgelines; along the top of the sign is a view of the Sierra Crest as seen from the Tahoe Donner Beach Club Marina, and Castle Peak as viewed along the Pacific Crest Trail. “The challenge presented was to develop and implement a sign program that unifies one of the largest homeowner associations in the country and have the signage be a reflection of the culture and beliefs of the residents.” said Designer/Senior Account Executive for Weidner Architectural Signage, Arie Kover. “The branding and way-finding signage was designed and fabricated with materials to endure harsh Sierra seasons.”

Dining and Pro Shop improvements at The Lodge
Upon direction from the board of directors and recent approvals from Truckee Planning Commission, our general contractor and architect are working to start constructing the covered pub deck, new sun deck, pro shop and snack bar expansion, kitchen improvements, and permanent grotto bar through the winter months and into the spring of 2013 as the operation’s schedule allows.


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