Cross Country Snowmaking
WHY THIS PROJECT?
- Past seasons have seen little snow at low elevations, which affects TDXC and those who want to utilize this amenity.
- This investment also protects key association revenue, which can stabilize overall dues and costs. After completion, conservative estimates of $200,000+ ROI per low-snow season translate to less than five low-snow years to recoup the investment.
- Days of operation at TDXC (Average season length = 136 days)
- 2017-18 (low-snow year): Open 65 days
- 2014-15 (drought year): Open 31 days
- 2013-14 (drought year): Open 80 days
WHAT ARE THE IMPACTS?
- The acquisition of snowmaking capabilities will create more member enjoyment out of cross country winter trails all season long.
- All earthwork trenching for required infrastructure is complete. The pumphouse building is still under construction, and the area surrounding it is closed off.
WHAT IS THE STATUS?
- All snowmaking infrastructure is complete. Contractors are working on completing the pumphouse through summer 2023.
WHAT IS THE TOTAL COST?
- The board approved a budget for installation of the snowmaking system and purchase of snow guns not to exceed $1,303,601.
- Operating costs: The association is budgeting up to $65,000 annually to make snow on a 3-km loop for early-season skiing and to ensure access to great terrain all season long.
- Jan. 27, 2023 board meeting presentation
- May 27, 2022 board meeting presentation
- November 11, 2021 board meeting presentation
- August 27, 2021 board meeting presentation
- May 28, 2021 board-approved snowmaking presentation (including map)
- April 3, 2020 decision paper for approval
- February 2019 decision paper to create snowmaking project
PLEASE NOTE: The Cross Country Snowmaking 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.