News > Archive for November 2012


Snowshoe at Cross Country

The Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center is slated to open on Thursday, November 22, from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., for snowshoeing only. Conditions permitting, scheduled hours will be 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Friday – Sunday, for the rest of the holiday week. Current trail conditions offer thin coverage in the lower elevations to good coverage in higher elevations.  

The Alder Creek Café will be open and serving hot chili, sandwiches, muffins, and coffee, plus additional items. This weekend is a great time to stop by for a quick visit, meet the new cross country ski center manager, Sally Jones, and learn about the exciting upcoming events this winter!

The retail shop is stocked with new gear for the season, and we will be offering 20 percent off for Tahoe Donner Members and 10 percent off purchases for the general public this weekend.

Snowshoe rentals will be available at the base lodge. Full-day rates are $23 for adults and $14 for children. Two-hour rentals from 1 – 3 p.m. are $19 for adults and $11 for children. Trail access will be free with snowshoe rentals.  Trail passes are $5 for guests with their own snowshoes.

Based on the weather forecast, we encourage folk s to bring hiking boots or water resistant hiking shoes to use with snowshoes, and dress in layers. Snowshoeing is a great workout, so it’s smart to bring a backpack to store your gear as your temperature changes. We also suggest bringing plenty of water with you on the trail.

 Check out the current conditions at the cross country ski center

Check out the cross country ski center web cam

November 21, 2012


Light Up the Night



Thanksgiving weekend marks the return of the annual Tahoe Donner Light up the Night event! A family favorite, this special gathering gets everyone in the mood for the upcoming holiday season. Please join us at the Lodge Restaurant & Pub, from 5 – 8 p.m., on Saturday, November 24.

Enjoy caroling, games, crafts, hot chocolate, s’mores, live entertainment and a visit from Santa! Guests are encouraged to bring their own cameras for photos with Santa from 6:30 – 8 p.m.

The holidays are also a time to think about giving back to those less fortunate. We will be selling raffle tickets to benefit Project MANA, a hunger relief agency serving more than 26,000 individuals in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee communities each year. The raffle will be announced at 7:30 p.m. Please bring your canned food items to donate. Project MANA will have three food collection bins on-site.

One special child in attendance will be selected to flip the switch and light the 2012 Tahoe Donner Christmas tree behind the Lodge Restaurant & Pub. Be sure to get your tree lighting ticket when you arrive and listen to hear if your number is called at 5:55 p.m.

Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area will sell winter gear at prices up to 60 percent off. Check out jackets, fleece, t-shirts and kids helmets from Smith, Columbia and Tipsy.

2012 Light up the Night Schedule

5 p.m. Event Begins

Holiday games, caroling, crafts, s’mores, hot chocolate, tree lighting tickets will be distributed, Project MANA tickets will be sold

5:55 p.m. Tree lighting winner announced

6 p.m. Tree lighting

6:30 p.m. Santa’s arrival

6:45 p.m. The Dan McGinty Band

7:30 p.m. Project MANA Raffle winners announced

8 p.m. Event ends

November 12, 2012