Plan Your Summer of Fun



When it comes to recreation, it’s pretty hard to beat Tahoe Donner. With an outdoor activity to suit just about everyone, Tahoe Donner’s many amenities, events and programs offer up fun for the entire family.

Want to cool down in the water? Head to the Beach Club Marina or one of our pools. Rather be on terra firma? Check out our new fat bikes or hit the trails on foot. Time to learn something new? Sign up for an archery lesson through our Recreation department. Prefer to swing a golf club or a tennis racket? Check. And if you haven’t met our horses yet, it’s high time you ‘git along over to our Equestrian Center to say howdy and take a ride.

And after you’ve worked up an appetite, The Lodge Restaurant & Pub, Pizza on the Hill, and our new Alder Creek Café offer a variety of menu offerings. Grab a quick bite or take your time savoring your meal overlooking the golf course.

Our Summer Fun Guide calendar has everything you need to plan your summer of fun, and it’s available for you to download for handy reference all summer long: SummerFunGuide_2016_calendar

Whatever your choice of recreation, get out there and enjoy your Tahoe Donner summer!

July 11, 2016

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Upgrades at Tahoe Donner Equestrian Center



Equestrian enthusiasts have even more reasons to be excited about horseback riding and boarding at Tahoe Donner Equestrian Center this summer. The center, which is open to the public, is located at the Alder Creek Adventure Center that opened in November 2015. An investment of $6 million was made in building the new state-of-the-art-facility that also houses Tahoe Donner Bikeworks in the summer and Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area in the winter. Over this past spring and into early summer, highly anticipated improvements will enhance equestrian operations further, including:

  • 60’ diameter round pen and footing in the round pen – great for easy unloading and loading of horses
  • Varying sized boarding paddocks in the shade that are more private
  • Seven tack sheds – tack sheds are in place next to the boarder paddocks
  • Seven water utility pedestals with power located throughout the new campus – water is now available every 30 yards
  • Horse trailer turnaround area, which goes around the round pen
  • New pad for the caretaker trailer to park. Bonus: the caretaker trailer now runs off of power instead of a generator
  • New holding pen area for trail ride horses
  • New loading area and staging area for trail rides
  • New area for hay
  • New pony station in the shade
  • New pony trail in the shade that is less dusty and longer than the old pony trail
  • New perimeter fencing
  • New signage throughout operation

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One of our new tack sheds for boarders.


The 60’ diameter round pen.


One of seven water utility pedestals.

The equestrian operation has never looked better. Guests are encouraged to visit and experience all of the upgrades firsthand. Tahoe Donner Equestrian Center offers trail rides and pony rides by reservation every Wednesday – Sunday between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. with the last ride leaving at 3 p.m., in addition to offering private lessons and private family dinner rides in scenic Euer Valley. Throughout the season, equestrian events are also offered, including:

  • Cowgirls and Cocktails, which features an early evening trail ride followed by beer, wine and appetizers, scheduled for July 29, Aug. 19, Sept. 2 and Sept. 23
  • Saturday Night BBQs, which are a family favorite filled with an evening of games, crafts, contests, dress up, pony rides and delicious food, scheduled for July 16 and Aug. 6
  • Pancakes and Ponies, a family event that includes a pancake breakfast and a pony ride for children, scheduled for Aug. 13, Aug. 17, Sept. 3 and Sept. 17

The Alder Creek Café, housed inside the new Alder Creek Adventure Center, serves fresh salads, paninis, wraps, and more with organic and locally sourced ingredients when possible. It is open daily throughout summer. The adjacent Trailside bar offers happy hour, small plates and specials, plus live music on Saturdays.

July 1, 2016

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2016 Director Election Results



Five candidates ran for two available seats in this year’s election, with Mr. Darius Brooks and Mr. Jeff Schwerdtfeger each being elected to a three-year term.

CandidateVotes
Kenneth Knutsen578
Darius Brooks985
Jeff Schwerdtfeger714
Courtney Murrell622
James Stang673
Total Votes3,572

To follow is a “Quorum Summary” for the 2016 Director Election:

Quorum Summary

Type of Ballot Ballots Cast Votes Cast
Ballots with Candidates Votes 1,596 3,572
Quorum Purposes Only 374 N/A
Totals 1,970 3,572
Members Eligible to Vote 6,348
Required Quorum 25% 1,587

Other Information

Total Ballots Counted1,970
Disqualified Ballots41
Total Ballots Received2,011

June 26, 2016

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Mailbox Cluster Units in Tahoe Donner

Rural mail delivery within the older subdivisions was made available decades ago in the Truckee region. At that time, the United States Postal Service (USPS) purchased and installed remote mailbox cluster locations in Tahoe Donner at the approval of the association. During those years, the mailboxes were considered federal property and the USPS was responsible for the maintenance and replacement of the boxes. In Tahoe Donner’s situation, the USPS determined that they can no longer get replacement parts on the old cluster boxes and that future replacement of the units is the subdivision’s responsibility. This comes out of the growing homeowner association dynamic in the nation where new developments are now required to construct mailbox clusters for all units in the subdivision where rural carrier service is established. The USPS will not allow adding additional cluster boxes to address demand due to union agreements with the carriers which requires mail to be in sequential order. Thus we cannot simply add a couple boxes on the end of each location. Tahoe Donner will have to build and purchase approximately 6,500 cluster box units to address the overall issue including new service requests. As such, several years ago Tahoe Donner prioritized regular replacement of select units every year in the Reserve Replacement Fund to address identified cluster box issues as well as the larger project as described above. The General Plan Committee is currently discussing the large project for prioritization and implementation in the very near future.

While this long-term project is prioritized and planned, Tahoe Donner has established a short-term resolution through improved maintenance and communication with members who currently have mail service at the cluster box units. Members can now report cluster box maintenance issues to clusterbox@tahoedonner.com. Tahoe Donner will coordinate access to the respective cluster box unit with the USPS and then perform appropriate maintenance including repair and/or replacement of the entire unit. The USPS will facilitate access into the unit, removal of the mail, and then replacement of the mail.

Mailbox Cluster Unit FAQs

  • What is going on with the existing units which are currently out of order? The USPS has identified 15-20 possible units that match the existing cluster boxes which are being made available to Tahoe Donner to replace boxes in the short term in lieu of the above issue. They are tentatively scheduled to arrive in Truckee by the beginning of July. Tahoe Donner and USPS will identify any further units that need box replacement as opposed to pedestal replacement and prioritize accordingly. Tahoe Donner has identified with the help of USPS pedestal replacement provider and ordered enough to address the issues at the Northwoods and Northwoods location where the boxes are still in working order, but the pedestals need to be replaced to bring them back into operation. They are tentatively scheduled to arrive at Tahoe Donner by the end of June. Upon delivery, Tahoe Donner will follow new procedures established to install new pedestals on the old units within a week of delivery.
  • How do I get a mailbox in the cluster box units located in Tahoe Donner? To apply for mail delivery for a Tahoe Donner address, the member must request delivery at the United States Postal Service Truckee Downtown office located on Jibboom Street. The USPS will determine if there is an open location for the Tahoe Donner address. If the USPS determines there is space, the USPS will issue key and begin delivery at the respective box location.
  • Why can’t I get a mailbox unit? The USPS may determine that there is not an open location for the Tahoe Donner address, thus they will deny the request for mail delivery. The member can then request a P.O. Box for mail delivery, and/or revisit periodically to see if an appropriate space opens.
  • Who is responsible for the maintenance and replacement of the units? Tahoe Donner is now responsible for the maintenance and replacement of the cluster box units. For maintenance-related reports, email clusterbox@tahoedonner.com.  Please identify: name of person reporting, day time phone number, cluster location, unit number, issue, and if possible, attach photo of the unit. This will help to address the reported issue.
  • Who do I contact to report a maintenance issue? For maintenance-related reports, email clusterbox@tahoedonner.com. Please identify: name of person reporting, day time phone number, cluster location, unit number, issue, and if possible, attach photo of the unit. This will help to address the reported issue.
  • What is the long-term plan for the cluster box units in Tahoe Donner? Several years ago Tahoe Donner prioritized regular replacement of select units every year in the Reserve Replacement Fund to address identified cluster box issues as well as the larger project as described above. The General Plan Committee is currently discussing the large project for prioritization and implementation in the very near future.

June 17, 2016

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