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New Cross Country Ski Center at Tahoe Donner

New Cross Country Ski Center at Tahoe Donner: Cross Country Ski Center has now been approved by Truckee Planning Commission

After years of research, collaboration, plan development, membership review and feedback, the plans for Tahoe Donner’s new Cross Country Ski Center have now been approved by the Truckee Planning Commission. We are encouraged by the recent approval, and appreciate the support of those who attended the hearing, wrote letters of support, and contributed to our growing and vibrant community. Unless we encounter further delays, building construction costs are not anticipated to exceed $4.5 million, which is paid for through the existing Development Fund, and does not require a special assessment.  Although the planning and approval process took additional time and we experienced delays to our anticipated construction start, we aim to provide access to trails and limited cross country ski operations in 2014-2015, even if within temporary structures as necessary.

With overwhelming community support and Planning Commission approval during the May hearing, we are excited for the opportunity to make long overdue improvements this summer at the new Cross Country Ski Center and parking lot, which are designed to improve operational and energy efficiencies, while implementing necessary protections to our natural resources.

Background on the plans for the new cross country ski center:

The sport of cross country continues to thrive and with limited space for retail, rental equipment, administrative offices and a small kitchen for food and beverage services, our current facility doesn’t meet the demand of our customers’ needs and now operates above capacity during peak periods. The plans for the new Cross Country Ski Center are designed to meet the changing and growing needs of our community.

Proposed Improvements:

  • Adherence to environmental rules and regulations with local, state and federal agencies
  • Improved level of service for both winter and summer operations
  • Improved usage for school teams, young children and educational programs
  • Improved environmentally conscious design and efficient design
  • Expanded rental office and new member locker room
  • Improved parking and access
  • An architectural vision that reflects and contributes to the neighborhood and mountain location
  • Improved food and beverage service

Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center will continue to serve Tahoe Donner members, the community, youth programs, regional visitors and the cross country ski industry as a whole.

The Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center will also continue to drive revenue to the town through sales tax, tourism, and product offerings.

No special assessment is required to complete this project:

The cost for the project will be paid for out of the capital funds portion of the association’s budget. Every year a percent of each member’s annual dues is set aside into the development fund; projects that are identified by the board are eligible for such future funding and paid for from this fund.

More details on the Cross Country Ski Center plans can be viewed on our capital projects page.

May 22, 2014

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