Tahoe Donner Voted Best Golf Course & Cross Country Ski Center

Tahoe Donner is proud to announce it was chosen as Best Golf Course and Best Nordic/Cross Country Ski Center in 2016. The Best of North Tahoe & Truckee contest is hosted annually by the Sierra Sun and North Lake Tahoe Bonanza newspapers to select and honor top businesses and people that live and operate locally.

Each July, residents and visitors nominate and vote online for their favorites across multiple categories including food and drink, recreation, retail, travel and tourism, arts and culture, professional and other services, and local life. This year there were 112 subcategory winners with a record 54,000 votes recorded.

“We feel it’s one of the most important things a community newspaper can do — highlighting and celebrating the people, businesses, places and things that make Truckee/Tahoe such a great place to live, work and play,” said Kevin MacMillan, managing editor of the Sierra Sun and North Lake Tahoe Bonanza.

The Tahoe Donner Golf Course is one of the premier public golf courses in the Sierra Nevada and is rated “excellent” by reviewers on TripAdvisor. Located just minutes off Interstate 80 in Truckee, this 18-hole, 7,002-yard par-72 championship golf course is located on 200 acres of pristine Sierra landscape with towering pines featuring stunning views and meandering creeks, granite rock formations, elevation changes and greens so consistently pure they have been recognized as the “Best Greens in the Tahoe Region.”

“We are honored to be selected by our local community and visitors as their preferred place to play golf and go cross-country skiing,” said Robb Etnyre, Tahoe Donner Association’s general manager. “Our dedicated and professional staff work hard to ensure the best experience for our members and the public.

Voted one of North America’s best cross country ski centers by USA Today’s 10Best.com Readers’ Choice contest earlier this year, Tahoe Donner offers a family-friendly, world-class cross country ski area with over 100 kilometers of trails suitable for all levels of skiers and snowshoers. The recent acquisition of Crabtree Canyon, an alpine valley located northwest of Truckee, will provide 640 additional acres and new trails for skiers this winter. Tahoe Donner’s groomed trail system meanders through beautiful meadows and forests; follows bubbling creeks; and climbs for some stunning views of the Sierra Crest. Tahoe Donner also offers a limited number of trails for fat biking, as well as three kilometers of dog-friendly trails. This winter will be the second season of operation for the new Alder Creek Adventure Center. The state-of-the-art, energy efficient facility offers guests streamlined rental services, larger wax and locker rooms, expanded indoor and outdoor seating and a large Nordic retail store, as well as a pub with televisions and a fireplace. Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area is open daily to the public and offers private and group lessons, rentals and signature events throughout the season.

Learn more about Tahoe Donner Golf Course tahoedonner.com/golf and Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center: tahoedonner.com/cross-country.

August 29, 2016

Slow Down and Enjoy Tahoe Donner

By Tim Cross, member and ad hoc neighbor group coordinator for speed reduction in Tahoe Donner

In case you weren’t aware, Tahoe Donner is suffering from an epidemic of speeding drivers. Both local and out of town residents are in too much of a hurry and we need to focus on slowing down on our roadways. We all have busy lives and places we need to get to but it is most important to arrive safely and drive slower for the safety of our neighbors.

According to Director of Risk Management, Annie Rosenfeld, “Many part-time and full-time owners have reported increased speeding incidents in Tahoe Donner. These members are taking a stand and hope through increased communication, fellow members and their guests will slow down and consider the 25 and 35 mph speed zones in Tahoe Donner. Most vehicles these days are automatics and as such, unless there is active downshifting from drive to a lower gear, vehicles quickly accelerate and easily exceed the speed limits.  Additionally, much of Tahoe Donner is hilly, thus creating an active braking situation unless a driver consciously downshifts to aid in reducing speed as it accelerates downhill.”

As a once part-time resident, now full-time, let me put forth scenarios many of us have experienced. It’s Friday night and it is the end of a long work week. The drive up to Truckee has been long and horrendous. If only we could get there quicker. Or, it’s Monday morning and there is a feeling of a need to speed to make it on time.

Sound familiar? No doubt we’ve all been in these situations. Residents and visitors alike need to consider the possible consequences of our driving behavior. In particular, are we conscious of the vehicle speed along with distractions such as the cell phone and GPS unit in the vehicle.

Someone’s beloved dog naively walks out into the street and is struck down and killed. A cat is desperate to make it home across the street and is also killed. A deer innocently steps out onto the road and is mowed down and later has to be put down. Worst case scenarios you say. My friend’s dog was killed a little over a year ago in front of his home. I saw a dead cat lying on the side of the road just a week ago and today I heard word of a beautiful four-point buck with velvet antlers that was struck down. All were killed by people speeding on Northwoods Boulevard and streets like Alder Creek Road, Stockholm, etc.

These are some of the more obvious consequences of driving too fast. Less obvious impacts include noise and possibly ruining your neighbor’s experience who are here to enjoy the serenity of the mountains.

So it is with hope that I ask that all of you slow down. Please be considerate and thoughtful of all of your neighbors wherever you may live. We all want to enjoy everything that Tahoe Donner has to offer and we can accomplish this if we change our mindset about speeding. Please Slow It Down and Relax.

What else can we as a community do to protect the nature of the community, as well as our loved ones? You can communicate to your neighbors that you consider this a serious issue. You can also engage the local law enforcement representatives to ensure appropriate traffic enforcement through frequent conversations and provide direct feedback to them. According to Rosenfeld, “The Truckee Police are very cognizant of the residential street excessive speeds. Last year as requested by Tahoe Donner and various members, the police increased their presence within the community during the busy peak summer season. The same request was made earlier this summer, by Tahoe Donner members in the community and the Truckee Town Council. Three out of the five members of the Truckee Town Council live in Tahoe Donner, thus they often experience this issue as well.” Rosenfeld encourages members to communicate concerns directly to both the police department and town council — your local representatives who have the authority to enforce on the public streets of Tahoe Donner.

This summer is prime with recreating in this fantastic community and region, and we are shortly turning the corner for school to be in session, which means children walking to and from school bus stops. Now is the time to adjust our driving behavior to further resident safety and enjoying this wonderful place. Join me and many other members in the endeavor to slow down.

August 1, 2016

July 23 Board of Directors Meeting

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July 30, 2016

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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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