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 sits on 200 acres of pristine Sierra landscape. Golfers enjoy 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

We apologize for the substandard quality of the videos. For future meetings the recordings will have a higher production level.

July 30, 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 may be required to build and purchase approximately 6,500 cluster box units to address the overall replacement issue to accommodate new service requests. As such, several years ago Tahoe Donner discussed regular replacement of select units every year in the Replacement Reserve Fund to address identified cluster box issues as well as the larger project as described above. The General Plan Committee (GPC) is currently discussing the large project for consideration and implementation in the very near future.

This long-term project is currently in the early planning stages for consideration by the GPC and board of directors. In the meantime, a short-term resolution is underway, including 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. Many have been replaced, with a few pending replacements to be performed at the discretion of the USPS. Tahoe Donner and USPS will identify any further units that need box replacement as opposed to pedestal replacement and prioritize accordingly. With the help of USPS, Tahoe Donner has identified a pedestal replacement provider and has 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. In July, these pedestals were received and installed.
  • 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 a 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 post office 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 the name of the person reporting, daytime phone number, cluster location, unit number, issue, and if possible, attach a 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 the name of the person reporting, daytime phone number, cluster location, unit number, issue, and if possible, attach a 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? For several years, Tahoe Donner has worked with the USPS to perform regular replacement of select units every year, using the Replacement Reserve Fund to address identified cluster box issues as well as the larger project as described on the previous page. The GPC is currently discussing the large project for consideration and implementation in the very near future.

June 17, 2016

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