Applications for boat storage, located off Skislope Way, are available at Member Services and are being accepted now through April 30. The 42 available spaces will be assigned in May on a lottery. Applications must be completed in full and submitted with proof of vessel registration, payment and a certificate of insurance that lists Tahoe Donner Association as a certificate holder. Boats are stored from May 1 to Sept. 30; this year’s fee is $275. Download the boat storage application. For questions, contact Member Services at 530-587-9400, ext. 0.
With recent Planning Commission approvals and Use-Permit Amendment for our snowmaking activities at TDA Downhill Ski Area, we are now full-speed-ahead with snowmaking installation planning at Learning Center and Snowbird Chairlift, for anticipated snowmaking operations to commence in late 2015
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.
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.
Burn permits are required for members of the association for debris burning. Burning season usually starts around the end of October. Once we receive several inches of measurable precipitation and it is deemed safe to burn piles, CAL FIRE will lift the burn ban in the Truckee area. Tahoe Donner does not regulate the burning of debris; however, burning in the association is only permitted once the burn ban has been lifted through Dec. 31 of a given year.
To burn dead limbs, pine needles and other vegetative debris collected from your improved property, you must obtain a residential burn permit from either the Truckee Fire Protection District (TFPD) located at 11473 Donner Pass Road or CAL FIRE located at 10277 Truckee Tahoe Airport Road. Undeveloped properties must obtain a project burn permit from TFPD as well as an air pollution permit. Once you obtain your burning permit and intend to burn on a given day, you must call 530-582-1027 to confirm it is a permissible burn day. Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District manages the burn day status with the predicted weather conditions. If it is a burn day, you must then call TFPD to report you are burning at your given location.
The following are burning permit terms for vegetative material:
• Maximum pile size is four feet in diameter.
• The area within ten feet of the outer edge of the pile must be maintained free and clear of all flammable material and vegetation.
• An adult must be in attendance with a shovel until the fire is out.
• A water supply must be located at the burn site.
• It is a good idea to cover your piles before fall rain to keep the material dry for efficient burning with little pollution.
If you have any questions about burning on your property, please call TFPD at 530-582-7850 or the forestry department of Tahoe Donner at 530-587-9432.