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CURRENT STATUS

Updated May 22, 2024

After years of planning, the Tahoe Donner Ski Lodge Replacement project has commenced. The first step in the ski lodge project is to demolish the existing building, detailed below. As we move through this 18-month construction project, regular updates will be provided on this website and through association communication. The ski resort will operate during construction for the 2024/25 ski season. Our goal is to facilitate this construction project with the least amount of disturbance as possible and provide timely updates about construction impacts.

DEMOLITION + IMPACTS
Demolition began on May 6. Demolition is anticipated to take approximately one month to complete. Construction fencing and environmental controls have been installed for the safety of all, and the environment. While the contractor parking and stored materials will be in the lower parking lots, there will be a lot of activity and big equipment at the job site. No one will be allowed within the construction or staging areas. Safety is our biggest priority.

BACKGROUND
On March 21, 2024 in a special, open board meeting, the board unanimously approved proceeding with the Downhill Ski Lodge Replacement Project, which concluded planning process that began 17 years ago. Details about the approval can be found in the approval Resolution 2024-2.

Thank you to everyone who has responded to surveys, participated in focus groups, attended forums and open houses, wrote the board, and offered comments at the many board meetings leading to this decision to proceed. Also, thank you to the Tahoe Donner professional staff for their expertise and dedication in planning this project, which is now turning to the construction phase. Demolition is slated to begin in early May.

As a reminder, the Downhill Ski Lodge Replacement Project was designed to address many inadequacies in the current undersized lodge. Staff is excited to provide enhancements in the future that include:

  • Additional bathrooms that are up to code
  • Important ADA access that also meets today’s code requirements
  • Sufficient indoor and outdoor dining space
  • A raised ski lodge level to avoid climbing a hill to get to a chairlift
  • And much more

In addition to these improvements, the design of the new building will manage the current volumes of the operation and significantly enhance the ski school learning experience, which is in line with our tagline of “the best place to begin.”

See more about the project Check the timeline and key documents page for more details.


BENEFITS OF THE NEW LODGE

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Easy, direct access to lifts from deck
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Enhanced cafeteria + bar area to meet membership needs and reduce crowding
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Additional bathrooms
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Dedicated space for ski school in the lodge
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ADA-compliant, skier-friendly stairs
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Improved safety for staff, members and guests

 


BACKGROUND

The ski lodge was originally built as real estate sales office in 1971. Shifting from real estate transactions to ticket, rental, food and beverage transactions, this once-great building is now creating a consistently poor experience for members and guests on most weekends and holidays. In December 2019, after years of researching information, asking questions, working with experts and looking at current needs without growing operations, the board of directors voted to replace the dilapidated facility due to design challenges and extensive California and ADA building requirements. Tahoe Donner is excited to soon provide a new building that will provide:

  • Easy lift access from the sun deck
  • Reduced crowding and enhanced space in the restaurant and bar areas
  • Improved bathroom areas
  • A dedicated and safe indoor ski school space
  • Streamlined ticket and rental areas
  • Inclusive infrastructure so that skiers of all abilities can utilize the lodge and ski area

THANK YOU TO MEMBERS

Thank you to all members who have participated in this project over the last five years in the many opportunities for member feedback and input.

  • Regular board meetings
  • Special board meetings
  • Dedicated monthly member meetups
  • Open house tours
  • Membership meeting

PLEASE NOTE: The Downhill Lodge Replacement project is in development by Tahoe Donner Association. The information provided is preliminary and subject to change. Drawings and renderings herein are for conveying Tahoe Donner Association’s vision of future projects. No warranties, expressed or implied, are made.