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Snowman Building Contest Extended

Take advantage of this new snow! Due to the recent snow Mother Nature has delivered, we have extended the contest deadline to Monday, April 7!

Build your snowman and participate in the seventh annual Tahoe Donner Snowman Contest! A family favorite and one of our most popular contests, families and kids definitely don’t want to miss out on this fun contest! To participate, simply build your own snowman or snow creature, take a photo with you in it and email the photo with a short story about your snow-building adventure, including names of everyone in the picture, to Please submit only .jpeg files of 300 dpi or higher for printing.

Submissions are due by midnight, MONDAY, APRIL 7. The best creations will
win prizes and be featured on Facebook and in the Tahoe Donner News.

March 25, 2014

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2014 Summer Program Registration Now Open

Day Camp and Aquatic Member and Guest Registration for 2014 is now open!

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 began registration for Tahoe Donner Summer programs in March; the registration schedule – with dates and times – is below. Follow the links to get summer 2014 program info and links to the registration website.

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 river rafting, 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 2014 Day Camps, including dates and rates, see Day Camp program information or our registration information page.

Links to purchase Day Camps are NOW ACTIVE for Tahoe Donner members and member guests. Follow the links from our Day Camp program information page to find the appropriate program for your child.

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 2014 Aquatics programs, including dates and rates, and links to purchase, see Aquatic program information on our website.

Links to purchase Aquatics programs are NOW ACTIVE for Tahoe Donner members and member guests.

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.

Be on the lookout for the 2014 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.

February 10, 2014

The Fun Continues at the Equestrian Center

Don’t fret if you didn’t get a chance to visit the equestrian center this summer. There are still plenty of happenings at the equestrian center planned well into September!

After-School Group Lessons:

These are two-hour group sessions offered on select Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. Open levels for ages 8 and up. Students will groom, saddle, ride and unsaddle in each session. You can reserve group lessons online by visiting our ShopTD website.

Date: Starts Aug. 26 and will run through September 29, Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. Excludes Friday, Sept. 6, due to a special event.

Time: 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Cost: Members $70 per session; Non-members $75

Weekend Equestrian Camps:

For ages 8 to 14, these weekend equestrian camps are open level for English or Western, beginner through intermediate riders. Each two-day camp will offer a mix of arena work and trail riding. Students will learn the fundamentals of horsemanship, safety and riding skills. Please call 530-587-9470 for ride times and reservations. More details here or reserve online at shopTD.

Date: Sept. 14-15, Sept. 21-22 and Sept. 28-29

Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Where: Equestrian Center

Cost: $190 per person for members; $200 per person for public

The equestrian center is open Thursday through Monday through Labor Day and on weekends through September for pony rides and trail rides. One- and two-hour rides are available at set times. These are guided, scenic walking rides in Western saddles. Riders must be at least 7 years of age and 4 feet tall to go on a trail ride. For the younger children we offer pony rides here at the Equestrian Center on our pony trail. Private lessons are available for all ages on the weekends. Reservations are strongly recommended. Please call 530-587-9470 for ride times and reservations.

August 21, 2013

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National Trails Day This Saturday

National Trails Day this Saturday- Fun Family Event for all Ages

Join the trails department and the Friends of Tahoe Donner Trails Club for a hiking tour of the McGlashan Springs and Bucknam Tract properties. This tour, of some of the most beautiful and historical areas in Tahoe Donner, will begin at 10 a.m. this Sat. (June 1) at the Bermgarten cul-de-sac just off Skislope Way. A map is available here.

The main hike will follow the jogging-stroller friendly dirt road. There will be frequent stops to look at the area’s hidden and lesser known gems, and to discuss the plans for developing trails in those areas, including the Donner Lake Rim Trail.

At the end of the dirt road, the hike will split into two groups. All those wishing to remain on the main road will head back to Bermgarten with Annie Rosenfeld, director of facilities and risk management, and all those wishing to go further will continue on an extended tour with Benjamin Levine from the Friends of Tahoe Donner Trails club. The extended tour will include some off-trail hiking, but most of it will be on rough bootleg trails.

The first portion of the extended hike will cross over onto the Bucknam Tract on a course that approximates one possible route for the Donner Lake Rim Trail. From there the hike will continue to a spectacular Donner Lake overlook via another bootleg trail across Forest Service land. Finally the hike will conclude by going off-trail again to see the McGlashan Springs themselves.

Approximate distance for Annie’s hike is 1.5 miles, while Benjamin’s extended hike is about 3.5 miles. Dogs on leash are welcome on both hikes.

For more information please contact the Friends of Tahoe Donner Trails Club at

May 29, 2013

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Halloween Weekend

Join in the fun at the upcoming Halloween events at Northwoods Clubhouse. On Friday, October 26, from 5 – 8 p.m., younger kids will love searching for candy and prizes at the Not-so-Haunted House. Bring your little ones in costume and celebrate Halloween at Tahoe Donner.

Older kids and adults will be spooked at the zombie carnival on Saturday, October 27, from 6 – 9 p.m. Dress in your best zombie costume and keep your friends close if you dare to enter the creepy zombie carnival.

Both events are $2 for kids and free for adults.

October 23, 2012

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March Family Movie Nights

Fridays, 6:30 p.m. Northwoods Clubhouse

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Euer Valley Shuttle

Tahoe Donner is offering a shuttle service into the Euer Valley on August 4 and 5

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