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Updated Dec. 21, 2023

We are excited to announce that at the September 27 Town of Truckee Planning Commission meeting, we received project approval for the Downhill Ski Lodge. That decision was upheld by the Town Council on November 14 and after years of study, this approval gets the project one step closer to breaking ground in Spring 2024. Watch the Planning Commission Meeting here. On December 21 the board approved the project to go to bid and once the board receives competitive contractor bids for a 2024 build, the board will revisit the April 2022 decision in an open session to consider whether to proceed with, alter or abandon the project.

As a reminder, the Downhill Ski Lodge Replacement Project was approved on April 24, 2022, with a plan 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.


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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



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 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.