Ta­hoe Don­ner's New Ski Cen­tre

Ta­hoe Don­ner In­vests Nearly $9 Mil­lion in New Ski Cen­tre and Ameni­ties at Cross-coun­try Ski Area

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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

(above) The new Alder Creek Ad­ven­ture Cen­ter fea­tures many of im­prove­ments with more spa­cious fa­cil­i­ties, lots of in­door and out­door seat­ing and a pub with tele­vi­sions, a fire­place, and much more. (be­low l-r) Large Nordic re­tail store; the Alder Creek Ca

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