Tahoe Donner's New Ski Centre
Tahoe Donner Invests Nearly $9 Million in New Ski Centre and Amenities at Cross-country Ski Area
by Jack Cracker
In early December, Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area in California announced some exciting improvements and expanded services for the 2015/2016 winter season, with an investment of nearly $9 million to enhance guest experiences.
Improvements include a new facility known as the Alder Creek Adventure Center, which offers streamlined rental services, larger wax rooms and locker rooms, expanded indoor and outdoor seating, a large Nordic retail store and a pub with televisions and a fireplace. Additional improvements include new rental equipment, such as a new fleet of Fischer SCS skate skis, Classic skis and Salomon Pilot combo boots, and new grooming equipment, which includes a Ginsu grooming implement that allows for higher-quality, low-snow grooming.
Tahoe Donner is open daily to the public, offering cross-country skiing, lessons, rentals, snowshoeing, fatbiking, shopping, dining and a variety of events throughout the season. When fully open, the ski area offers more than 100 kilometres of groomed trails.
Its event calendar is fairly full this season and includes “National Learn to Ski Month,” where Tahoe Donner Cross Country celebrates by offering twofor-one private lessons and private-lesson packages any midweek day from Jan. 4-15. It then hosts the Sierra Skogsloppet on Jan. 18, with distances up to 15 kilometres.
This is followed by the biggest event on its calendar this year: Tahoe Donner's first-ever Winter Festival on Jan. 24. Discounted trail passes will sell for $10 each, instead of the regular $30. Discounted $15 rentals will be also available, along with free lessons, tours and free ski-equipment demonstrations. There will also be live music and barbequed food.
“We're excited about our new center, and know many folks have never tried cross-country skiing and snowshoeing and want to change that,” said Sally Jones, Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area manager. “Our Winter Festival is a chance for people to give snowsports a try at discounted rates while receiving helpful tips and free lessons to ensure a good, positive introduction to the sport.”
Next up is the Tahoe Donner Challenge on Feb. 21. Starting at 10:00 a.m., participants can choose the adventurous 40km course or the less strenuous, shorter 20km course.
In the summer, the Alder Creek Adventure Center will house Tahoe Donner's Equestrian Center and Bikeworks operation, allowing access to the venue's extensive trail system and the remote beauty of Euer Valley. The building is open year-round for shopping, dining, various events and entertainment.
“It's our goal to host Winter Festival every year, as we continue to reach out to new and returning skiers,” added Jones. “Winter Festival is more than just a day to learn to ski – it's the complete festival experience with vendors, hearty food and live music, and we hope everyone comes out to enjoy it with us.”
To learn more about the Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area, visit www.tahoedonner.com. – JC