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May 11, 2015

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Tahoe Donner Guinness World Record Update



Guinness World Record Attempt – May 20

UPDATE: Our world record attempt was met by 69 participants who helped plant 360 trees in Tahoe Donner. We, along with approximately 40 groups across the United Stated and Canada, successfully planted over 200,000 trees in one hour! Confirmation from Guinness World Records is expected in the coming weeks. See photos here.

Tahoe Donner Forestry partnered with the Sugar Pine Foundation to plant trees as a part of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative attempt to set a world record on May 20. Together with 40 groups across North America we planted an estimated 200,000 trees in one hour! Our group  planted western white pines at Tahoe Donner in the old Donner Ridge Fire scar.

Guinness World Record Attempt: Most trees planted in one hour, simultaneously, in different locations by a group of 25 to 100 people.

More information: Write Martin Rubio at martin@sugarpinefoundation.org. If you have any questions call Ben Gwerder with Tahoe Donner Forestry at 530-587-9432.

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About the organizers:

SFI Inc. is an independent, nonprofit organization that is solely responsible for maintaining, overseeing and improving the internationally recognized Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) program. Across Canada and the United States, 250 million acres (100 million hectares) are certified to the SFI forest management standard, the largest single forest standard in the world.

The Sugar Pine Foundation, founded in 2005 is a grassroots effort to save sugar pines and western white pines, which were being devastated by the ‘blister rust fungus’.  This highly destructive fungus originated in Asia, and was accidentally introduced to Canada in the early 1900s.  This fungus has devastated forests in western Canada, Washington and Oregon as it has spread steadily southward.  It is now attacking California’s white pines: sugar pines, western white pines, whitebark pines, and foxtail pine forests have been infected and it threatens to infect limber and the famous bristlecone pine.

The Tahoe Donner Forestry Department is dedicated to maintaining the health of the forest within the Association’s 7,000 acres while minimizing the threat of forest fires. Forester Bill Houdyschell and his team are nationally regarded as leaders in their field and manage a variety of programs. The Forestry Department manages 477 acres of reforestation/fuel breaks, 618 acres of fuel reduction zones, 1,344 acres of common area and maintains approximately two thirds for fuel reduction.

May 4, 2015

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Snowmaking at Tahoe Donner



December 2015 Update:

Video of snowmaking

We are very excited to announce the addition of a snowmaking system at Tahoe Donner Downhill. We are the first resort in the United States to use the superior technology known as silent polecats. Snowmaking has been installed at the Learning Center and Snowbird Chairlift, for operation beginning with the 2015-2016 ski season.

In addition to snowmaking, recently we installed a new 700 square-foot yurt, which will allow us to provide a slopeside warm area for lessons with a large sundeck. We also recently built a new trail, meandering through the trees, called “Leary’s Laugh,” in honor of a longtime Tahoe Donner employee and friend who passed away recently. See our events schedule for fun races, family events and holiday happenings.  Check out our deals tab or follow us on facebook and twitter.

November 2015 Update:

Our snowmaking project is well underway. Read the latest progress update here.

October 2015 Update:

We are now full-speed-ahead with our snowmaking system installation taking place at the Learning Center and Snowbird Chairlift, for anticipated snowmaking operations to commence in late 2015. Read the latest update from the November 2015 issue of Tahoe Donner News.

March 27, 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.

Member input is encouraged. Please email the General Plan Committee at generalplan@tahoedonner.com.

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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
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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 dherlihy@tahoedonner.com.

October 5, 2014

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October 7, 2016 Board Meeting

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