Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area is Now Open

We are excited to announce that Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area is now open for the season 2015/2016 as of Nov. 26, Thanksgiving Day. Before or after enjoying your Thanksgiving feast, grab the entire family and head out to the new Alder Creek Adventure Center for skiing and snowshoeing!

Initial operations will include 20 kilometers of terrain with plans to open more terrain as conditions permit. Beginner terrain open includes the Home Range trails: Northfork, Pony Express, Lion’s Leap, Meadow Loop and Night Hawk. Intermediate trails to open include Home Range trails: Sundance, Boothill, Big Dipper and Rough Rider Loop. Euer Valley trails from north to south will also be open, excluding Coyote Hut bridge.

Additionally, new to cross country this year are fat bike rentals. A fat bike is a bicycle with over-sized tires designed for riding on snow and on soft surfaces. Starting Nov. 26, riders may explore 1 kilometer of terrain–we will open more terrain as conditions permit. Riders will need to purchase a trail or season pass and are required to stay on the designated trials to minimize impact on skiers. Fat bike rentals are $16 an hour. Bikes will only be permitted on the trails when conditions allow.

Beyond the trails, be sure to check out our brand new Alder Creek Adventure Center, a state-of-the-art facility offering streamlined services with an eco-friendly design. Ski enthusiasts will be treated to luxury with new rental racking systems, expanded wax rooms, ski tuning services and upgraded locker rooms. Visitors will also enjoy spacious seating, large windows overlooking Hawks Peak, a grand fireplace and the Alder Creek Cafe, complete with a bar and televisions. The new retail shop even has one of the largest selections of Nordic attire and accessories available in the Truckee/Lake Tahoe region.

Don’t forget–while we opened on Nov. 26, the entire community is encouraged to return to the Alder Creek Adventure Center on Nov. 27 to take part in the official grand opening celebration where complimentary food and drinks will be served and family entertainment will be enjoyed by all from 5 – 7 p.m.

November 25, 2015

Grand Opening Celebration

After several years of planning, the Alder Creek Adventure Center will open its doors to the public for the first time on Nov. 27 with a grand opening party. And guess what? You’re invited! Bring your family, tell your friends, and join us for a fun-filled evening to explore the new building and all of its purpose-built features. This event is FREE and includes live music, appetizers, family entertainment and activities, and a no-host bar from 5 – 7 p.m.

“We are beyond excited to debut the building,” said Sally Manager, Tahoe Donner’s Cross Country Ski Area manager. “So much planning went into this project and it’s wonderful to see it come to fruition. Skiers will be treated to luxury this winter season with much more space, new rental racking systems, expanded wax rooms and ski tuning services, upgraded locker rooms and more.”

In addition to improved rental services, there were opportunities to further protect the surrounding environment. “Energy efficiency and an environmentally conscious design were essential to us from the beginning of the design process,” explained Forrest Huisman, Tahoe Donner’s director of capital projects. “Extensive research and resources went into the building design to ensure we improved our environment and surroundings, while creating an architectural vision that contributes to our mountain community.”

With comfortable dining offerings with new and improved cuisine, efficient meeting spaces, large windows overlooking Hawks Peak and grand fire pits and outdoor seating, the Alder Creek Adventure Center will be a popular place to visit for cross country skiing and snowshoeing alike this winter season. If you haven’t already, don’t forget to buy your season pass by Nov. 30 to score the most savings and deals. Passholders get incredible perks this season, including free and discounted ski passes for friends, free access to Snowplay and more.

In the summer, the building will house Tahoe Donner’s Equestrian Center and Bikeworks operations, while allowing access to the extensive trail system of Tahoe Donner and the remote beauty of Euer Valley.

Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area is located at the new Alder Creek Adventure Center, 15275 Alder Creek Road, Truckee, CA 96161. Call 530-587-9484 for more information.

November 18, 2015

Top 7 Things to Do This November

Please join us for at least one of seven wonderful events and happenings at Tahoe Donner this November.

1. Visit the brand new Winter Golf Academy, Nov. 27

Opening to the public on Friday, Nov. 27, enjoy the ultimate “virtual” golf experience. Check out our new teaching and coaching learning center combined with a pub/golf club atmosphere at Tahoe Donner Golf Course.

2. Thanksgiving Dinner at The Lodge Restaurant & Pub, Nov. 26

Why spend all day cooking on Thanksgiving? Instead, grab the whole fam and we’ll do the cooking for you! Enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet as you spend quality time with your loved ones. Click here to see the menu.

WHEN: 2 – 7:30 p.m.
COST: $39.95 for adults/$16.95 for kids under 12; reservations highly recommended.

3. Grand Opening Party for Alder Creek Adventure Center, Nov. 27

This winter will be extra special for cross country skiers as we debut the brand new Alder Creek Adventure Center on Friday, Nov. 27, the day after Thanksgiving. Everyone is invited to see the new building and enjoy live music, appetizers, and a no-host bar from 5 – 7 p.m. There will be a raffle for Tahoe Donner prizes, plus fun activities for the entire family.

4. Soft Opening of Snowplay, Nov. 27 – 29 (conditions permitting)

If conditions are favorable, Snowplay will open for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Friday, November 27 – Sunday, November 29 for sledding and tubing fun. New this year is a brand new food truck, serving hot beverages, chili and grilled items.

5. Light up the Night, Nov. 28

A Tahoe Donner favorite returns to kick off the holiday season. As always, Light Up the Night will take place at The Lodge Restaurant & Pub from 5 – 8 pm. This family-friendly event is perfect for the whole family and participating in events is free. Don’t forget—your kiddos will even get to meet Santa too! We’re even having an ugly sweater contest so dress to impress! See all the featured activities and a detailed itinerary.

6. Try Our Three-Course Meal Deal

Our popular three-course meal deal that includes a glass of house wine for $30 is back for a limited time. Try this deal at The Lodge Restaurant & Pub, valid Sunday – Thursday through Dec. 2, excluding Nov. 25 – 26.

7. Must Try: Introducing the Carbonara Pizza

Available for a limited time at Pizza on the Hill, try this delicious pizza made with rich, creamy garlic sauce topped with mozzarella cheese, sautéed mushrooms, marinated chicken and crispy bacon.

November 6, 2015

Book Your Holiday Party with Us

Explore holiday party options and menus for both The Lodge Restaurant & Pub and Pizza on the Hill.

The Lodge Restaurant & Pub Holiday Parties

Holiday Party = Ski for Free!

Book a party at The Lodge Restaurant & Pub and every guest can ski for free at the Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area or Cross Country Ski Area! We offer several options for parties of 20 or more people in a private room or a complete buy out of the Lodge Restaurant & Pub is available for parties of 70 or more. See the menu selections. Plated and customized options are available upon request.

The Lodge Restaurant & Pub has panoramic views of the surrounding Sierra scenery. Book your date for the month of November* and receive 20% off menu price! All room charges and site fees will be waived for parties before December 18, 2015. *Not valid November 26 to 28, 2015.

Pizza on the Hill Holiday Parties

Holiday Party = 50% off Sledding or Skiing!

By booking a party of 20 or more at Pizza on the Hill, your guests will enjoy 50% off sledding at Snowplay or skiing. Choose from pasta, pizza or taco buffets. Details.

Site fees waived for the months of November and December, non-holiday. All prices subject to 20% service charge plus tax.

How do I get started?

For more details, please contact group sales at 530-582-9643 or email groupsales@tahoedonner.com.

September 11, 2015

Sustainability at The Lodge Restaurant & Pub

The Lodge Restaurant & Pub is proud to offer guests greener and healthier dining options. When possible, The Lodge uses the finest products available, including organic meats, locally grown produce and no trans fats in preparing your meals. Beyond the plate, The Lodge has an extensive sustainable wine list. Sustainable wines are harvested using renewable resources to protect our soil, air, water and animal life while producing high quality grapes.

“With growing health trends, many people want to know where their food comes from and how it’s prepared, and the same principles apply to wine,” said Christen Holland, Lodge general manager. “Fresh, organic ingredients are a priority to us and our guests, which is why we support wineries that commit to organic and sustainability practices.”

The Lodge is pleased to offer over 30 sustainable varieties to choose from that pair wonderfully with all of our dishes, including summer favorites: pan-roasted chicken in bourbon bbq sauce, braised Angus short ribs with a port wine demi, or even our watermelon and arugula salad topped with lime and balsamic gastric.

Watermelon and Arugula Salad

Watermelon and Arugula Salad

A few sustainable wine selections we encourage you try on your next lunch or dinner visit include Elizabeth Rose Pinot Noir, Praxis Pinot Noir, Keenan White Blend, Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvée and Rex Hill Pinot Noir. When viewing our wine menus at the restaurant or online, sustainable and eco-friendly wines are adorned with a green leaf next to their names for quick and convenient viewing. We hope you enjoy our sustainable wines as much as we do.

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