Downhill Lodge Replacement
WHAT WILL THE SIZE OF THE NEW SKI LODGE BE?
The size of the new ski lodge has not yet been determined. Management and the board of directors are working together with Bull Stockwell Allen (BSA) to determine the appropriate size and cost. Below is a graphic that shows options with some estimated costs.
The Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Resort is widely known and awarded as “the Best Place to Begin,” much in part to extensive learning programs, a concentration of beginner-friendly terrain and long-standing commitments to safety that has Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area rated as one of the safest ski areas in the region according to Ski California.
Originally built in 1971 to be a real estate sales office for the Dart Corporation, the ski lodge is now littered with issues that have caused it to be studied for remodel or replacement. In December 2019 after extensive review, the board of directors voted to replace, not remodel, the facility due to the challenges associated with its unique snowflake design and extensive building requirements that would be needed to comply with current ADA and California Building code regulations making a remodel cost prohibitive.
Throughout the history of this replacement project, which spans many years, various member-led committees and task forces have helped lead the work done to date. Staff and the board have contracted with several third-party experts to help us understand issues related to ADA standards, best ski industry practices, community engagement and more. You can see their reports and findings in the documents linked below.
As the membership, committees, staff and board work together to provide necessary feedback on our future ski lodge, the management team looks forward to hearing everyone’s input.
UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES TO GET INVOLVED
SKI LODGE MONTHLY MEMBER MEETUP
- Participate in a Zoom meeting held the second Tuesday of each month at 4PM (please note the time has changed from 12PM to 4PM to better accommodate different schedules)
- Members can ask questions to the director of capital projects, director of finance and project task force chair to learn more about the project and provide feedback
- NEXT MEETING: November 9, 4-5PM
- RECAPS: July 13, August 10, September 14 Video, October 12 Video
DOWNHILL SKI LODGE TASK FORCE
NEXT MEETING: TBD