TDPUD Pipeline Construction for 2015

Construction to take place in Tahoe Donner Summer 2015

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In 1927, the Truckee Donner Public Utility District (TDPUD) was formed to provide electrical service to the Truckee area. In 1935, TDPUD began providing water service with the purchase of the McGlashen water system. TDPUD’s water system has expanded over the years with the construction of new subdivisions throughout Truckee.

The water system in Tahoe Donner was installed in the early 1970s when the subdivision was originally constructed. Unfortunately, the construction practices employed by the companies performing the water pipeline installation were not proper. As a result, the pipelines experienced accelerated deterioration, with numerous leaks as the result. Leaks not only waste water, they also waste the electricity needed to pump water up to Tahoe Donner.

A properly installed water pipeline should last between 50 and 75 years. However, the Tahoe Donner water system began leaking almost immediately and has gotten worse over time. Beginning in 1985, the District has been actively installing replacement pipelines. About 68 miles of water pipeline exists throughout the Tahoe Donner subdivision. To date, about 35 miles of pipeline have needed to be replaced.

TDPUD plans to replace about 4,900 feet of pipeline at three separate locations along Northwoods Boulevard during the summer of 2015. The locations the work will take place this year are shown on the above map. This work has been coordinated with a Town of Truckee project to resurface Northwoods Boulevard. In addition to the pipeline replacement work, the TDPUD will also be performing some minor excavations along Northwoods Boulevard associated with the district’s internal communication network.

The pipeline project will be performed by a private contractor selected by the district through a public bidding process. The work will start in May and should be completed in September of this year. The district will work diligently to minimize any inconvenience and disruption this construction may cause. It is important to note that TDPUD’s water production is down over 30 percent since 2006 and fixing leaks is a major contributor to this success.

Any questions regarding this project should be directed to the TDPUD’s Water System Engineer, Neil Kaufman at 530-582-3950 or, or to TDPUD’s Public Information Officer, Steven Poncelet at 530-582-3951 or

March 22, 2015

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Summer Registration NOW OPEN

Day Camps, Aquatics, Bikeworks and Equestrian Registration Open to Members and Guests! 

Check your summer calendars and sign up early! Summer will be here before we know it! That also means now is the time to start thinking about summer camp, swim lessons and other summer activities for you and your family. We have opened registration for Tahoe Donner summer programs; the registration schedule – with dates and times – is below. Follow the links to get summer 2015 program info and links to our ShopTD site to sign up.

Day Camps

Our diverse camp programs for ages 3 to 12 are packed full of learning and exploration. We believe in challenging your kids through new and diverse outdoor experiences. Our programs focus on outdoor education and environmental awareness. Day campers will participate in various activities such as rock climbing, beach outings, hiking and exploring the Tahoe National Forest. Our staff aims to give each child a great mountain experience while providing a fun and safe learning environment. For information on 2015 Day Camps, including dates and rates, see Day Camp program information or our registration information page.

Follow the links from our Day Camp program information page to find the appropriate program for your child. Sign up now.

Aquatics Programs

We offer a variety of programs from youth and adult swim lessons to lifeguard training and certification. Come join us for some fun in the sun! For information on 2015 Aquatics programs, including dates and rates, see the Aquatics program information on our website. Sign up now.

Bikeworks Programs

We’re continuing our very popular kids mountain bike camps. They are open to kids ages 10 to 14 who can ride a bike for 1.5 hours at a time. Please contact us at 530-582-9694 for options for older or younger kids. We will focus on providing a fun, safe environment where kids can improve their general mountain biking skills while exploring the trails of Tahoe Donner. Our guides have years of experience teaching kids to become better riders.

Summer 2015 Bikeworks Kids Camps:

  • Two-day camps run from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays and Sundays. They will be offered every weekend from May 23-24 through September 5-6. Cost for the camp is $80 per child.
  • NEW! Week-long camps run from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. They are available June 15 – 19, July 13 – 17, and August 10 – 14. Cost for the camp is $200 per child.
  • Rentals are available for a separate cost if needed.

Contact us for reservations or sign up online via ShopTD.

Equestrian Programs

Our equestrian day camps are for ages 8 to 14. These are half-day, week-long riding camps for groups of four students with a two-to-one student/teacher ratio. Each student has his or her own horse for the week. Students will learn the fundamentals of horsemanship, safety and riding skills. Grooming, tacking, arena work, trail riding, bathing and a horse show on Friday are all part of the curriculum. All camps are open levels for beginner through intermediate riders. For program details, please see the Equestrian programs information on our website. Sign up now.


In order to register for the Day Camps and Aquatics programs, children must be members. Please make sure your information is current at the Member Services office. All you need to do is make a quick call to the Member Services office at 530-587-9400 to make sure your child is listed as a current member. We suggest you check the status of your children before the registration date so any issues can be resolved in advance.
For additional information, please see our registration information page for Aquatics and Day Camps.


To register as a guest, you must obtain either a transferable guest card ID number or a member card ID number. For additional information, please see our registration information page for Aquatics and Day Camps.

Be on the lookout for the 2015 Summer Fun Guide, coming this spring. Questions? Call the Trout Creek Recreation Center at 530-587-9437. If you would like assistance with the registration process or your online profile, contact Member Services at 530-587-9400, ext. 0.

March 8, 2015

Snowmaking at Tahoe Donner

Important Update:

Board Approves Budget to Proceed with Snowmaking Project

On Friday, March 27, the board of directors approved a budget for 2015 of $750,000 to proceed with the snowmaking project, with additional funds allocated in 2016. The recommendation, based on the information staff has at this time, is to move forward with project infrastructure, including a cooling tower for 2015, and eventually install 7 Silent Polecat (or equivalent) guns. A cooling tower lowers the temperature of the water before it reaches the snow guns, making for a more efficient system and ultimately translating to fewer operating hours to enough snow to open Snowbird lift and the learning areas. See more about the snowmaking project, including data, reports, links, videos, and more.

Finance Committee Endorses Snowmaking

The Finance Committee met to discuss snowmaking at Tahoe Donner Downhill on March 12. After a thorough discussion that included a cost-benefit analysis, the Finance Committee voted unanimously, 6-0, to affirmatively endorse and recommend that the board of directors approve the snowmaking project at their March 27 meeting, so that we can have this capability in place as insurance for the 2015-16 ski season. Read the meeting overview.

Snowmaking Project Analyzed

As you are aware, Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area services have been severely limited by a lack of natural snowfall for the last few years. For most ski areas in the North Tahoe/Truckee area, the answer to this is to make artificial snow. As a result of recent winter weather trends, Tahoe Donner Association has evaluated the feasibility of this solution for the beginner area of the Downhill Ski Area. Known as “the best place to begin,” we give four times as many lessons per visit than the average ski area in the U.S. and Tahoe Donner’s beginner terrain is considered the best location for this improvement project.

Over the past few seasons, the General Plan Committee and Downhill Ski Area subgroup have analyzed the financial and service impacts of poor snow conditions on our members, guests and the public. After a detailed investigation of the availability of power and water, the cost of installation and operation, and the sound level of the equipment, the subgroup presented a report to the boards of directors for both Tahoe Donner Association and Tahoe Donner Ski Bowl Condominium Association. With continued support, the TDA board has recently asked staff to move forward with the concept of installing snowmaking on the Snowbird Run area.

The detailed investigation uncovered several important facts, including:

  • In the past, snowmaking machines have been louder and less efficient than today’s models. Modern machines are much quieter and more efficient while producing a constant frequency fan noise – similar to a normal conversation, and less than a grooming machine.
  • Utility and operational costs of snowmaking are minor compared to revenues generated when the ski area is operating.
  • Studies show sufficient water supply and ample reserves for these snowmaking activities. For more information on water availability, contact the Truckee Donner Public Utility District.
  • The benefit of providing continuity in the ski area operation is important to the service expectations of our membership and financial well-being of the association.

Sound Demonstration and Town Hall Meeting

To illustrate the sound levels heard from snowmaking equipment, Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area held a snowmaking sound demonstration on Feb. 14-15. Tahoe Donner staff also presented the entire snowmaking report at a Town Hall Meeting on February 20. Information presented at this meeting is listed below.

Member input is encouraged. Please email the General Plan Committee at

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February 9, 2015

Tahoe Donner Recognizes Outstanding Employees

Tahoe Donner has a wonderful team and has awarded the following outstanding team members for 2014:

Brian Yohn: Reserves Project Manager – Most Valuable Player (MVP)brian-(3)

Sheryl Walker: Architectural Standards Office Manager – Manager of the YearSheryl3

Jeff Jack: Banquet/Event Manager, The Lodge Restaurant & Pub – Best Customer Service

Matt Belote: Senior Support Analyst, Information Technology Dept. – Team Member of the Year

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December 17, 2014

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Mountain Bounty Organic Produce Program

Would you like to receive a weekly delivery of fresh, seasonal produce, locally grown and straight from the farm?

The CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program is steadily picking up momentum with more participants joining the program each week! The CSA winter program currently runs for 24 weeks for veggies (deliveries through May 14, 2015) and 17 weeks for fruit (deliveries through March 25, 2015). Box varieties are delivered to the Trout Creek Recreation Center and will be available for pickup anytime between 2-10 p.m. on Thursdays, starting Nov. 20 (one week before Thanksgiving).

By participating in a CSA Program you have a direct relationship with the local Mountain Bounty Farm which delivers fresh produce on a weekly basis straight from the farm. See Mountain Bounty Farm for more details.

Interested? It’s not too late to join. Sign up here or contact Dana with Member Services at 530-582-9656 or via email at

October 5, 2014

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Summer Concert on the Green

Join us July 3 for two electrifying tribute bands. Tickets on sale now but will sell out!

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Sierra 4X4 Trails & Ales

Join us for the inaugural Sierra 4x4 Trails and Ales event!

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Tahoe Donner Guinness World Record Update

We successfully planted over 200,000 trees across the U.S. and Canada!

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2015 Board of Directors Election

Uncontested candidate declared elected

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