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Truckee Olympic Hopefuls The road to Sochi

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Let’s Get Together January events

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Trout Creek Recreation Center The wellness hub of Tahoe Donner

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Safety First Our commitment to safety

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Departments

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President’s Message The year ahead

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Monthly Calendar January events

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General Manager’s Message A letter to new homeowners

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Architectural Standards Office Homes on the rise

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Taking Care of Business Nov. 23 Board Meeting Recap

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Where in the World is TD News? TD News travels the world

Skiing for Schools Benefits students and teachers

Snowman Contest A Tahoe Donner tradition

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Management Changes The Lodge Restaurant & Pub

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Honoring the Standouts Employee awards

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VOL. 15, No. 1

Welcome

JANUARY 2014 EDITORIAL AND PRODUCTION STAFF Alyson Stetz Brinn Talbot Gretchen Sproehnle Joanie Engel

BOARD OF DIRECTORS President

Tom Johns, btjtd@aol.com

Vice President

Jim Stang, jcstang@sbcglobal.net

Treasurer

Steve Miller, stephen.m.miller@wellsfargoadvisors.com

Secretary

Dick Gander, rwgander@yahoo.com

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Courtney Murrell, 2courtneymurrell@gmail.com

Board of Directors

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I hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday season and were able to spend plenty of time enjoying Tahoe Donner. As I write this letter in the middle of December it is beginning to snow with two to three feet scheduled for tonight. By the time you get this, all of Tahoe Donner’s ski and snowplay operations will be open, so please come and join us for a great time in the snow. As Robb Etnyre and I have mentioned recently, 2013 has turned out to be a record year for Tahoe Donner not only in terms of homeowner usage of amenities, but in progress being made in continued improvements in our association. In January, the General Plan committee, the board of directors, and management will go over a long list of suggestions that have been made and set the priorities for the General Plan for the next few years. In addition to our new cross country ski center—which should be operational for the 2014 ski season—the General Plan Com-

mittee is looking at additional trail construction, as well as expansion of Trout Creek and improvements to the downhill ski area. Plans for events to increase member participation are already being scheduled for the summer including Waterpalooza, the summer concert, hikes, picnics and much more. Please give us your suggestions on how you would like to see Tahoe Donner continue to move forward and improve on our already first-class mountain lifestyle. Enjoy the ski season and remember, we have two big weekends coming up with the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and Presidents’ week. Coming up in March, join us for the 100-foot banana split event and the I-Did-A-Run race. Remember, when it comes to learning to ski for all age groups (starting at age 3), Tahoe Donner is the “Best Place to Begin”. I hope to see you soon.

TOM JOHNS | Board President


JANUARY 6-10 and 13-16

National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Week

January For ADDITIONAL JANUARY EVENTS and information SEE let’s get together on pAGE 10.

Offering discounted ski (Downhill and Cross Country) or snowboarding packages including equipment, tickets and lessons. See page 11.

SATurday, JANUARY 11

Winter Trails Day Co-hosted with REI, this is a great opportunity for those new to snowsports. See page 22.

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JANUARY 5-10 (CROSS COUNTRY) AND 26-31 (DOWNHILL) Welcome Winter Party Happy hour from 5-6:30 p.m. with live music and drink specials. See page 16.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 9

Mountain Bounty Farm CSA

Skiing for Schools

Organic fresh produce delivered to Tahoe

Discounted lift tickets to Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center and Downhill Ski Area.

Donner starting January 9 for 19 weeks.

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FROM THE GENERAL MANager’s Desk

This past year we welcomed nearly 350 new property owners who brought with them over 1,000 new members to our mountain community. With an almost 5 percent turnover in ownership and membership, I thought it might be useful to cover some of the fundamentals of the community. Following is the letter that is sent to new property owners which not only welcomes them to our community, but also covers the history, amenities, communication initiatives, assessment details, and more. Dear new homeowner, Welcome to Tahoe Donner! As a new member here, you’re about to enjoy the complete Tahoe lifestyle as it was originally envisioned when this community was founded in 1971. Tahoe Donner offers the widest range of amenities at the best price in the region. As you get to know this recreational community, there are a few things you should know about the association: • Tahoe Donner is considered one of the largest common interest communities in the United States; comprised of 6,471 assessed units, with approximately 25,000 members, covering over 7,000 acres. • Information about the wide variety of amenities, activities, events and all association business affairs can be found at tahoedonner.com or at Member Services, your Tahoe Donner concierge. Additional sources of information about fun things to do at Tahoe Donner are abundant. Make sure you give us your email address so you can receive Weekly News and Member News. You’ll receive Tahoe Donner News magazine at your primary address every month unless you tell us that you’d prefer to read it online. Television monitors at every amenity also promote upcoming activities and special offers. • The annual assessment for 2014 of $1600 is composed of both an operating and capital component, and is adjusted annually to meet board of director approved requirements to operate and maintain the wide variety of amenities available to the community. • The operating component of the assessment only funds approximately 36% of the annual operating cost in our user-based amenity system. Users of each amenity, program or activity offered by the association are expected to pay for their use. Some amenities are only open to members and guests, while many are also open to the general public. The combination of these elements is extremely important in keeping the annual operating assessment low by asking individuals to pay for their use of the amenities and selling our excess capacity to the general public to subsidize our year-round fun. Various daily, multiple daily and annual access products to our private and public amenities are

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available to provide our large and diverse membership a variety of purchase options. • The capital component of the assessment serves several functions. These include requirements to replace aging facilities and equipment components, to purchasing new machinery and equipment, to maintaining modern recreational and support service offerings for the entire community. The annual and future projected cost of this is distributed evenly across the entire assessed population. • The primary optional annual product Tahoe Donner offers to the membership only is the Recreation Pass, which is valid from May 1 through the following April 30. For 2014, this annual unlimited access product to our private amenities costs $245 and is considered an alternative to paying daily entrance fees at our private amenities. The Rec Pass is valid for unlimited annual access to all the private amenities for all membership cards for each property. • Each property is authorized four ownership/family membership photo identification cards and can purchase up to four additional cards based on valid ownership/family status. Additionally, each property is authorized two guest cards. • At the web site, you can check out the 2030 General Plan, which outlines how Tahoe Donner will continue to update and replace aging infrastructure – so you can enjoy modern facilities that meet the needs of all users. We regularly solicit input from members about major projects and look forward to your thoughts. We are here to help make your experience at Tahoe Donner extraordinary. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call, email us or stop by our Member Services office. I wish you the best as you and yours begin new traditions at Tahoe Donner. Sincerely, Robb Etnyre, General Manager


In closing, I encourage you and your families to participate in some of the safety activities taking place this month. The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) spearheaded this national effort years ago; what started as a week of outreach has evolved into an entire month of activities, contests, and education surrounding winter sports safety, and I believe it is resulting in expanded safety awareness for children and adults. For the lineup of safety events taking place here at Tahoe Donner, see page 24.

Robb Etnyre | General ManageR

Tahoe Donner CONTACTS Member Communications (area code 530) Member Services

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Pizza On The Hill

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Happy New Year 2014

Tahoe Donner Association Committee Chairs Architectural Standards, Jason Wooley aso@tahoedonner.com Covenants, Al Noyes

alandjosi@gmail.com

Elections, Nan Carnal

ncarnal@sfsu.edu

Finance, Jeff Bonzon

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General Plan Committee Co-Chair, Michael Fajans mhfajans@gmail.com

As of the morning of 12/5/13, it is zero degrees outside and we are waiting for more snow!

General Plan Committee Co-Chair, John Stubbs stujod@sfsu.edu

Tahoe Donner Association Chartered Club Presidents Bridge Club, Diane Rowe

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Friends of TD Trails, B.R. Levine

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Rowing Club, Dot Mace

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Senior Alpine Ski, Jim Pyle

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Tahoe Donner Green, Sue Sorensen

tahoedonnergreenclub@gmail.com

Tennis, John McGregor

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9-Holers, Barb McCabe

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Men’s Golf, Bob Moore

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Women’s Golf, Diane Kalliam

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Hiking Club, Robin Reese

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Quilt Club, Linda Brush

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Junior Golf Club, Jean Lai

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We are winding up the year with positive sales figures and optimism for 2014!

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Olympic Hopefuls:

The Road to Sochi By Megan McClelland This month, in the second of our three-part series on the Winter Olympics, we introduce you to two of our home-grown athletes as they relate to what it takes to be international competitor. Though Olympic teams won’t be announced until mid-January, these two Olympic hopefuls are at the top of their game and are gunning for a spot on their respective teams. Read on to see what it takes and wish them luck! Next month, the last of our Olympic series will focus on Truckee’s junior competitors as they reveal their own Olympic dreams for the future.

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he 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia are rapidly approaching, and Nordic athletes from all over the nation have begun to compete for the best race points they can achieve domestically. Two locally-raised Truckee athletes have had the Sochi Olympics in their sights for some time now. Matt Gelso, currently skiing for the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation’s Gold Olympic Development Team, and Russell Kennedy, who has dual citizenship in the U.S. and Canada and now competes for Canada’s Alberta World Cup Academy, are both Truckee High School graduates. In the past few years, each has seen significant success, both nationally and internationally. The two have started the highly anticipated Olympic season facing fierce competition, but not from each other, since Kennedy is competing for a place on the Canadian Olympic Team. However, he is up against similar and equally competitive qualification criteria as Gelso. Both achieved World Cup start rights last season and hope to do so again this year. Only a select few athletes will be granted World Cup start positions based on their point standings and achievements. Those who obtain World Cup start positions will be in contention for a place on the U.S. Olympic team, but the selection process continues to narrow. Only athletes ranked within the top 50 competitors in the Distance World Cup standings or the top 50 in the Sprint World Cup standings as of Jan. 12, 2014 will be named to the team. If team positions still remain open after initial criteria have been fulfilled, the United States Ski Association (USSA) cross country head coach will be asked to use discretion to determine team nominations. USSA may enter up to four athletes per event as determined by the International Ski Federation (FIS) with a maximum of up to 12 male or 12 female athletes, and 20 athletes total.

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The road to Sochi “With all my international has become a popular term for many winter travel, I still think Tahoe athletes hoping to qualify for this year’s Donner Cross Country Olympic events. The road for both Gelso Ski Center is absolutely and Kennedy began on our very own one of the best places Tahoe Donner Cross Country trail system. to ski in the world.” Both skied at Tahoe Donner as part of the local parks and recreation program, now known as TD Nordic Kids. The two continued to race and train through middle school and high school at Tahoe Donner and, now when back in town training, both make frequent and much-appreciated appearances at the center. Each praised the Tahoe Donner trail system in recent interviews. “With all my international travel, I still think Tahoe Donner Cross Country is absolutely one of the best places to ski in the world,” Gelso said. Kennedy expressed similar sentiments. “The trails are some of my favorites I have skied to date.” In the following interviews, the two reveal their favorite trails at Tahoe Donner and the reasons they feel they are special. The road to Sochi is no easy path to follow, especially for endurance athletes such as Nordic skiers. Training as a high level Nordic skier is a rigorous full time job. Gelso estimates that, by the end of the season in May 2014, he will have trained between 650 and 700 hours in the past 12 months with the highest volume week of his career coming in at an impressive 34 hours. Kennedy hopes to have trained 750 hours by the end of his season, with a volume week high of 32 hours. There is no doubt that athletes of this level have made—and continue to make—an enormous time commitment to their sport. In particular, Nordic skiers need even more time to build their endurance and reach their peak. Noting that many of the top competitors in his sport are in their late twenties or early thirties, Gelso admits it is difficult at times. “The time commitment it requires to be competitive is the hardest part,” Gelso said, explaining that it could take a Nordic racer 6-8 years of full time training to reach their full potential. Kennedy, who works and trains in Canmore, Alberta, says that one of the hardest aspects for him has been balancing his athletic and professional careers, something that not many professional athletes even have the time to do. As Gelso continues down his trail, pursuing his Olympic dreams, he reflects on his biggest career achievement and continually makes short- and long-term goals for his future accomplishments. His 2010, 10-kilometer win in the individual start classic discipline NCAA Championship race in Steamboat Springs, CO propelled him into life as a professional skier. As he looks ahead, Gelso now sets his sights on World Cup or Olympic results. A local hero and role model to many junior racers, Gelso continues to give back to the sport, and has only good things to say about the many local coaches who offered him advice as a junior, including Sally Jones, our very own Cross Country Ski Center manager, who was one of Gelso’s first coaches as a young junior. Kennedy qualified and raced in three World Cups last year, and believes that every accomplishment is important. With his achievements, he enjoys the feedback and reassurance that all of his hard work


is paying off and never loses sight of what made him fall in love with the sport—an important part of any athlete’s mindset. Kennedy also credits his junior coaches as an integral part of his success and lists several local individuals as mentors. When asked what athletes he admired while growing up, he mentions, among others, Matt Gelso. Tahoe Donner wishes the best of luck to both Matt Gelso and Russell Kennedy on their respective athletic careers and their roads to Sochi!

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Where are you living/training primarily now?

I live and train in Sun Valley, Idaho as part of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation’s Elite Gold Team (an Olympic Development Team). I still spend time in Tahoe in the summer training, and get to ski at Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center in the winter around Christmas when I am in town. What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment to date? What would be your ultimate achievement?

Winning the individual NCAA Championship in the 10km classic in 2010 in Steamboat Springs, CO. Ultimately some solid World Cup or Olympic results are on the radar. When did your “Road to Sochi” begin? When and how did you first become interested in the sport?

Matt Gelso, 25, Truckee local and product of the Far West Nordic racing program, learned to ski at Tahoe Donner.

MATT GELSO

I became interested in nordic skiing in 4th or 5th grade as a result of my mom doing it with one of her friends. I liked the idea of being out in the winter and having the freedom to go wherever and whenever and not having to wait in lift lines and deal with huge crowds and parking lots. I was also pretty good at it from the beginning, which helped. The middle school ski team (then the Sierra Mountain Middle School) also helped a lot—the team was really fun and it was a “cool” thing to do.

praising his tahoe donner roots What does your weekly training schedule look like How much time did you spend skiing and racing at Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center as a child/ junior racer?

I skied here as part of the local parks and recreation program that the resort hosts for local elementary school kids. The program met each Wednesday throughout the winter and it’s still going on. I then raced and trained through middle school and high school at Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center. I still ski there now whenever I am in town. With all my international travel I still think Tahoe Donner is absolutely one of the best places to ski in the world. No matter where I ski, I am always comparing it to Tahoe Donner.

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Right now is the very beginning of race season so the focus is on hard intensity workouts and recovering from races, not so much on long distance stuff, which is more in the summer and fall. Probably an average of 18 hours each week, including two races. What is the hardest part about being a professional athlete in this sport?

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(continued from p. 7) the many years of training required to build the endurance base needed to get to the international level. Many of the world’s top athletes in Nordic skiing are in their late twenties and early thirties. The endurance needed for this sport can’t be built in a year, it cannot even be built in 4 years. You need more like 6-8 years—or more—to reach your full potential. What is the most rewarding part about being a professional athlete in this sport?

There are too many things to name but here is a sampling: The travel and all the different places I get to race and train are great. The variability of courses and snow conditions keeps things dynamic and different. The actual competition is really enjoyable—testing yourself against others, the competitive drive. If you could ski any trail at Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center right now (granted optimal snow conditions), what would it be?

Classic skiing on High Noon in Euer Valley. Glenn Jobe, a former owner of Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center, designed this trail just by driving the groomer through the woods following the terrain as he saw fit. It is not the most scenic trail at Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center, or the most extreme, but there is something intangible about it that is fantastic.

russell kennedy, who has dual citizenship in the U.S. and Canada, is currently hoping for a spot on the Canadian Olympic Team. He grew up skiing at Tahoe Donner Cross Country and is pictured above with his mother, Danae Anderson.

RUSSELL KENNEDY home-grown in tahoe donner

If you could offer one piece of advice to the junior skiers coming through local Truckee/Tahoe programs right now, what would it be?

Stay balanced. Don’t get too wrapped up in any one thing all the time. This is not to say don’t focus on your ski racing, but just make sure it is not the only thing you ever focus on. Be sure to give your mind a break from any one thing all the time; this will make you able to focus that much better on something when you really want to or need to. Do you have any significant local mentors, coaches or athletes WHOM you admired while growing up that our readers might recognize?

The current Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center manager Sally Jones was the Auburn Ski Club Nordic director when I was growing up. She was probably one of the first coaches I worked with. I also spent a lot of time with Ben Grasseschi, an Auburn Ski Club coach and Truckee local. He started as a coach and now is a great friend. Larry Leatherman, a Tahoe Donner local and Truckee High School history teacher was one of my high school coaches; he’s really a great guy to be around. With Far West (Far West Nordic Ski Education Association), I worked with Bill Sterling and Jeff Schloss, who each live next to the Nordic trails at Tahoe Donner, and Glenn Jobe. I really can’t say enough great things about these guys. All three of them have provided advice, equipment and a lot of great times; it wouldn’t be the same without any of them. I still get a lot of training advice from Jeff and bounce ideas off him, and we also go climbing and kayaking when I am in town. He competed in an Ironman competition this year. He’s a stud even at age.... well, I can’t remember exactly, but pretty old! Hopefully I can be doing things like that at his age.

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How much time did you spend skiing and racing at Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center as a child/ junior racer?

Living in Tahoe Donner definitely made it easy to get in as many days as I could at Tahoe Donner Cross Country. It’s hard to say exactly how many days I got in but in High School I would ski six days a week. Some of these days were spent at Auburn Ski Club but the majority were at Tahoe Donner. I do remember when I was in middle school, I would ski to the top of Drifter and be back before school. I have definitely spent a lot of time on those trails though and would have to say they are some of my favorite that I have skied to date. Where are you living and training primarily now?

I have been living in Canmore, Alberta, for the past three years now. I train and work out of the Canmore Nordic Centre. What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment to date?

I view every accomplishment as a huge one because every one leads to the next. However, I would have to say qualifying and racing in three World Cups last year was a pretty amazing feeling. It really brought to light what I am trying to achieve and stimulated my desire to continue pursuing my dream. When did your road to Sochi begin? When did you first become interested in the sport?

I guess that I first became really interested in sixth grade when I started racing. But from a young age I had the interest. I remember


Don’t be scared to follow your dream. I have had an amazing three years so far and am excited to try to continue pursuing skiing at my highest level possible. doing the Great Ski Race (annual 30-kilometer race between Tahoe City and Truckee) for the first time, although I can’t remember how old I was, and really enjoying the sport. As a kid, though, I was a bit more of a downhill racer. Nordic skiing came into the picture a little more slowly but eventually it took over. How many hours do you predict to have trained this year by the end of your season?

It’s kind of hard to say. I should have around 750. However, I already have been sick and have had some injuries that will probably set that number back a little. I have already done over 400 though so I should still be relatively on track. What is your current weekly training schedule?

Monday is usually intervals and strength. Tuesday is a rest day. Wednesday is an easier day, with a morning work out. Thursday is intervals and strength in the afternoon. Friday is just a morning workout. Saturday is usually intensity although it can be over distance and Sunday is over distance. This changes according to the time of year. For example, Saturday and Sunday are race days; Monday is a rest day.

was when I was reminded that I knew how to ski and if I just did what I knew how to do, I would do well. One of my most memorable pieces of advice came from Ben Grasseschi. He said, “Just go ski fast!” Then I went out, skied fast, and got my first Junior Nationals podium result. Do you have any significant local mentors, coaches or athletes that you admired while growing up that our readership might recognize?

Ben Grasseschi, Jeff Schloss, Matt Gelso and Marcus Nash are the ones that really stand out right now. Anything else you would like to add?

Don’t be scared to follow your dream. I have had an amazing three years so far and am excited to try to continue pursuing skiing at my highest level possible.

What has been your highest “volume week” to date?

It was 32 hours this year. Was feeling pretty sleepy after that one. What is the hardest part about being a professional athlete in this sport?

Probably balancing being an athlete and working a job. It can be pretty hard to be motivated to work after a hard training session. What is the most rewarding part about being a professional athlete in this sport?

Let it Flow. Let it Glow.

I love it when I can out-sprint someone close to the line. It feels amazing to get such instant reassurance that what you are doing is working. That being said, the feeling of skiing effortlessly over snow fast is what really made me fall in love with the sport. If you could ski any trail at Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center right now (granted optimal snow conditions), what would it be?

I would probably head up to Hawk’s Peak and take a burn all the way down to the bottom making sure to hit up White Lightning. If you could offer one piece of advice to the junior skiers coming through local Truckee/Tahoe programs right now, what would it be?

I would say not to overthink it. Train hard, recover well and you will ski fast. I have had a lot of advice over the years, but the most helpful

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Participate in many different activities around the mountain involving safety education. Join us for exciting scavenger hunts, the national coloring contest, snow science and safety, and much more. There will be activities for everyone. Stop by the ticket office to pick up a new Smith helmet and goggles with a 25 percent off safety week discount. Safety First!

power. You may even win a free pizza! Dates: Thursdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m., cost: Free

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Dates: Saturday, Jan. 18-Monday, Jan. 20

Extended rental shop hours for Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend The rental shop will have extended hours until 5:30 p.m. to accommodate our holiday weekend guests. Dates: Friday, Jan. 17 and Saturday, Jan. 18 Hours: 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Do you know Your Responsibility Code? • Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects. • People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them. • You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above. • Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others. • Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment. • Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas. • Stay safe on the hill and have fun!

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Junior Biathlon Weekend Clinics

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Advanced Classic (Striding) with Glenn Jobe Local legend and Olympian Glenn Jobe will share his secrets for efficient classic technique. Preregistration required; maximum eight participants. Date: Sunday, Jan. 12, Time: 9 - 10:15 a.m. Cost: $45; preregistration and trail pass required)

Dart Fish Video Analysis—The Best Tool for Refining Technique After reviewing footage from last year’s SuperTour with one of our top coaches, we will capture your V1 uphill technique in this sports analysis software. See where you can improve efficiency. Suitable for intermediate and advanced skiers. Preregistration required at least 48 hours in advance; a minimum of three participants required. Software sponsored by Silver Sage Sports Performance. Date: Saturday, Jan. 25 Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Cost: $125 (trail pass required)

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National Learn to Ski Weeks

Time: 9 - 10:15 a.m.

This is the perfect opportunity if you still haven’t explored this wonderful sport. Discounted Learn to Ski Packages will be offered in celebration of national Learn to Ski and Snowboard Week.

Cost: $30 (trail pass required)

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Improve your climbing skills for faster, easier climbing.

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Winter Trails Day and Demo Day

Time: 9 - 10:15 a.m., Cost: $30

This is a national celebration of winter fun hosted by Tahoe Donner and REI.

During this week, a specific night with the best conditions will be selected for an adventure encouraging folks to ski the Euer Valley by moonlight. Enjoy soup and salad after as well as drink specials. Check the website for details. Cost: Adults $10, children (18 and

Once you have the basic coordination of skating mastered, you are ready to learn the different gears for different terrain. Explore and refine V2 and V2 alternate for maximum efficiency.

Euer Valley Moonlight Skiing

This introduction to the winter Olympic sport of biathlon will teach the combination of skiing and rifle marksmanship for participants ages 13 and above. (Junior clinics for ages 7-12 are offered on the same days from 11:30 a.m. 1 p.m.) Preregistration required. Dates: Sunday, Jan. 5 and Jan 12

Improving the V1 Techniques for Climbing

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Skating Gears for Different Terrain

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Winter Trails Day offers those new to snowsports the chance to try cross country skiing and snowshoeing for free with registration at rei.com/sacramento.com. Donations accepted to help support the local school cross country school ski teams. Preregistration required.

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Skogsloppet Race This race is organized by our local school cross country ski teams as a fundraiser. Starting at 10 a.m., choose a 15-kilometer adult course, a 10-kilometer, 5-kilometer course for kids. A 2-kilometer option for 12-yearolds and under will be available. Everyone is welcome and all participants will be entered in the drawing for some great prizes donated by friends of the school teams. Preregister via the link from our cross country events page to Active.com. Date: Jan. 20 Cost: $25 for adults, $18 for 18 and under, $5 for youth race ticket. Add $5 if registering on the day.

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If you haven’t visited Trout Creek in a while and keep telling yourself how much you want to take advantage of this great Tahoe Donner amenity, then 2014 is the year to come back! Make it a resolution in 2014 and join our Century Club Challenge as it enters its second year after an extraordinary launch in 2013. On your first visit, check out the Century Club Wall of Fame and see the names of more than 75 dedicated members who were inducted into the 2013 Century Club by committing themselves to an active lifestyle and visiting Trout Creek 100 times before Sept. 30. Of course, we would like to congratulate our top challengers in 2013 who have most definitely set the bar high…

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The challenge is on again for 2014 starting January 1! If you were a part of the 2013 Century Club you will automatically be entered into the 2014 challenge. If you would like to take part in 2014 Challenge and receive monthly emails regarding our Century Club programs, please send your name, email address, phone number and T-shirt size to troutcreek@tahoedonner.com. Trout Creek will honor your commitment by celebrating your success at our Century Club Celebration in October 2014, and of course, on our Century Club wall of fame.

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COST: Members $8; Guests $12

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Be sure to watch for program offerings throughout 2014 to keep you motivated and educated about health, wellness, and fitness. For more information, see the article on page 18, log on to tahoedonner.com/fitness, or call us at 530-587-9437. Here’s to a new year of health and fitness!

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CA Broker License # 01256997 Nancy@ISellTruckee.com

530.426.5005: CELL 530.582.5005: OFFICE

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Welcome the new year in ZUMBA® style! A ZUMBA® Master Class is a 75-minute Latindance fitness party taken to the next level of fun, enthusiasm and choreography. Dance the rhythms of merengue, cumbia, salsa, reggaeton, samba, hip-hop, soca, pop and more. With two instructors, the dynamic is electric! No experience necessary; all levels welcome. Class maximum is 25.

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Nancy’s Recent Sales 13885 Skiview Loop

3 Bedrooms + 2 Baths + Garage

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14272 Wolfgang Rd.

3 Bedrooms + 2 Baths + Garage

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The Sharp Team’s 2013 Sold Properties in Tahoe Donner

Dining Options

Property Address

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11673 Skislope Way

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$82,000

The Lodge Restaurant & Pub

11391 Sitzmark Way

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$129,500

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11502 Lucerne Lane

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$134,900

12830 Solvang Way

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$135,000

13792 Skislope way

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14221 Copenhagen Drive

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13664 Northwoods Blvd

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$349,000

14802 Wolfgang Road

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$350,000

Happy Hour*

13897 Herringbone Way

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$351,000

14527 Northwoods Blvd

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$360,000

11436 Rhineland Avenue

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$465,000

14136 Ramshorn Street

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$485,000

Starting Sunday, Jan. 5, enjoy drink specials and 25 percent off shared plates, soups and salads from 5 – 6:30 p.m. Happy hour discounts valid Sunday - Thursday in The Pub only.

13412 Davos Drive

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$632,875

10889 Skislope Way

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$665,000

12728 Stockholm Way

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$832,500

11806 Oslo Drive

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$948,500

10881 Mougle Lane

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$1,052,250

13155 Hillside Drive

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$1,100,000

11668 Tundra Drive

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$1,140,000

Open nightly at 5 p.m. for dinner with artisan-crafted cuisine and spirits. For the holidays the Pub will be open every day at 4 p.m. with the pub menu through Jan. 4. For more information, call 530-587-9455 or visit tahoedonner.com/the-lodge.

WildER Wednesdays* WildER Wednesdays start up again on Jan. 8 with happy hour specials all night long in the entire restaurant! Take 25 percent off shared plates, soups and salads, plus enjoy drink specials.

No Corkage Tuesdays* Bring in a special bottle of wine from home to savor in the dining room and we’ll waive the corkage fee on Tuesdays. Every other day of the week, bring in a bottle of wine from home and we’ll waive the corkage fee when you purchase a bottle from our extensive wine list. Not valid Jan. 31.

Welcome Winter Party Join us Friday, Jan. 24, for happy hour from 5-6:30 p.m. in the entire restaurant featuring $5 Fireball (cinnamon whisky) shots. Live music starts at 6 p.m.

Saturday Night Live – Maine Lobster Starting Saturday, Jan. 4, enjoy a different live Maine lobster special every Saturday night. Limited availability. *Offers listed are valid during non-holiday periods and are not valid with any other promotions or coupons. Offers subject to change.

The Sharp Team’s Current Pending Sales in TD 12587 Bernese Lane

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Pizza on the Hill

15129 Swiss Lane

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11852 Skislope Way

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Open seven days a week through Jan. 6. Open Thursday through Monday after Jan. 6. Dinner is served from 5 - 8:30 p.m. For more information, please call 530-582-9669.

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The Sharp Team sold 19 properties in Tahoe Donner in 2013 using our cutting edge marketing tools and techniques. We would love the opportunity to offer them to you!

(530) 587-8574 www.TheSharpTeam.com BRE#01908304

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A great way to quench your thirst! Get $2 Coors Light drafts, $3 other draft beer, $3 house cabernet or chardonnay by the glass and half-price wings at our happy hour from 5 - 6 p.m., Thursday-Sunday.

Thursday Night Trivia Trivia buffs, test your trivia knowledge from local history to current events and win prizes. Trivia Night is held from 6:30-8 p.m. Prizes include gift certificates for free pizza. Please note: event will be cancelled at 7:15 p.m. if there is insufficient attendance by that time.

Friday Family Night Movies Every Friday night at Northwoods Clubhouse enjoy a pizza before the free movie. See page 11 for details.

Sunday Half-Price Pizza* Half-price pizza all night every Sunday. Order a cheese or pepperoni pizza for half price. This offer is now valid for dine-in or to-go orders! Limit six pizzas per group.

Weekend Football Playoff Action Starting Jan. 5, the bar will open at 1 p.m. for drinks and appetizers for scheduled playoff games. Watch the games on our 6-by-9-foot high-definition TV or our three large high-definition flat screen TVs. Enjoy $5 bloody marys, $6 calzones, $8 pitchers of Coors Light, plus half-off wings. *Offers listed are only valid during nonholiday periods and are not valid with any other promotions or coupons. All offers subject to change.


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2013-2014 Skiing for Schools to benefit students and teachers Tahoe Donner is proud to support our local schools by participating in the Skiing for Schools program. On selected days, participating resorts, including Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area and Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center are offering special discounted lift tickets and the opportunity to support education. The proceeds from the lift tickets purchased go directly to the Excellence in Education Foundation, which provides enhanced educational opportunities for our local students. Purchase downhill ski tickets in advance at Porters Sports locations (Truckee) or Tahoe Dave’s (Truckee, Kings Beach, Tahoe City). Purchase cross country passes in advance at Paco’s in Truckee and Alpenglow in Tahoe City. A limited supply of tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis and will not be available at the resorts the day(s) of the event. Check and cash are preferred form of payment. Tickets are not refundable. All Skiing for Schools proceeds are donated to Excellence in Education through lift ticket purchases and the generous support of participating ski resorts.

Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows

$40 lift tickets valid any one day at either resort from April 6 to the end of the season. Purchase tickets in advance at Porters Sports in Truckee or Tahoe Dave’s. For more information, visit exined.org or call 530-550-7984.

Tahoe Donner Cross Country

$15 trail passes valid any one day January 5-10. Purchase trail passes the week prior at Paco’s in Truckee or Alpenglow in Tahoe City. Homewood

$40 lift tickets valid any one day January 12 -17. Purchase tickets the week prior at Porters in Truckee or Tahoe Dave’s. Tahoe Donner DOWNHILL Ski Area

$30 lift tickets valid any one day January 26-31. Purchase tickets the week prior at Porters Sports or Tahoe Dave’s. Northstar

$60 lift tickets valid any one day February 2-7. Purchase tickets the week prior at Porters Sports or Tahoe Dave’s. Royal Gorge

$15 trail passes valid any one day March 1-7. Purchase trail passes the week prior at Paco’s in Truckee or Alpenglow in Tahoe City. Tahoe Cross Country

$15 trail passes valid January 26 - 31. Purchases trail passes the week prior at Paco’s in Truckee or Alpenglow in Tahoe City. Sugar Bowl

$40 lift tickets valid any one day March 22 - 28. Purchase tickets in advance at Porters Sports or Tahoe Dave’s.

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Trout Creek Recreation Center: The Wellness Hub of Tahoe Donner By JILL OBERLY In a feature story in Travel + Leisure magazine on America’s Best Ski Towns last December, Truckee was named as one of the select few on the list. When it comes to world-class recreation destinations, Truckee consistently ranks at the top. With 15 downhill and eight cross country resorts nearby and an average of 275 days of sunshine and 400 inches of snowfall, we quite agree. Renowned events like the Ironman competition, the U.S. Alpine and Freestyle Ski Championships and more, attract elite athletes to Truckee, many of whom choose to compete, train and live here. And as we all know, Truckee has no shortage of recreational opportunities, both indoor and out. With kilometers of trails and a host of facilities, Tahoe Donner is indeed a healthy place to live, work and play. And Trout Creek Recreation Center is the recreational hub of the Tahoe Donner community. “Tahoe and Truckee residents have such amazing opportunities to live actively with such an array of recreational opportunities,” Lisa Hussar, recreation manager at Trout Creek Recreation Center said. “Trout Creek is the place that folks prepare for the activities they so enjoy, and keeps them in great shape even during the off season.” Lisa and her Trout Creek Recreation Center staff are always looking for ways to add new programs and make the Trout Creek Recreation Center experience better for Tahoe Donner members and guests. “Our members keep us on our toes, making sure that our facilities meet their needs and keep them motivated and engaged,” Hussar said. Whether your New Year goal is to try a new fitness class or to take your training to the next level, Trout Creek is your home for health and fitness for both body and mind. Focus on Fitness in the New Year

For those looking to make health and fitness a priority for 2014, consider joining the Trout Creek Century Club Challenge, back for its second year. In its inaugural year, the Century Club honored over 75 members with a Century Club Wall of Fame. These individuals successfully visited Trout Creek Recreation Center 100 times from Jan. 1 – Sept. 30, 2013. “We have so many members that are like family to us here at Trout Creek because we see them so often. We really wanted to create an

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opportunity to acknowledge their dedication and hard work and let them know that someone notices,” Hussar said. “I think this core group already existed and the Century Club used their momentum to inspire others which resulted in a huge success for our first year.” For a complete list of Century Club Hall of Famers, see page 15. Throughout the upcoming year, as part of the Century Club Challenge, Trout Creek will be offering various opportunities to keep you motivated and educated about health, wellness, and fitness. Those individuals who participated in the 2013 Century Club Challenge will automatically be entered into this year’s challenge. And of course, Hussar welcomes new recruits!

To sign up for the 2014 Century club challenge, send your name, email address, phone number and T-shirt size to troutcreek@tahoedonner.com.

Diet and NutritioN WORKSHOP

Exercise is only one part of an overall wellness program. We all know that diet and food play a large role in health as well. New this year, Trout Creek Recreation Center will introduce a 10-week workshop focused on intuitive eating. Led by local registered Dietician Betsy Taylor, this workshop will be held from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, March 12 – May 14. Betsy will guide participants through the intuitive eating philosophy of rebuilding a healthy body image and making peace with food. The underlying premise of intuitive eating is teaching individuals how to better respond to inner body cues. This may sound simple, but with the clutter and often conflicting information of eating habits that exist today, resetting your inner wisdom is rather complex. Through the 10 Principles of Intuitive Eating, individuals will learn how to create a healthy relationship with food and thus gain a greater sense of body wisdom. Participants will also learn: • How to reject the diet mentality forever


• How our three eating personalities define our eating difficulties • How to find satisfaction in your eating • How to honor hunger and feel fullness • How to achieve a new relationship with food and, ultimately, your body The cost for the 10-week workshop is $175 for members and $200 for guests. A minimum of six participants will be required to conduct the workshop.

Visit Trout Creek Recreation Center to make 2014 your healthiest yet! For more information about the health and wellness programs at Trout Creek Recreation Center, visit tahoedonner.com/fitness or call 530-587-9437. “We always welcome your feedback, as that is what helps us to adapt to those changing needs,” Hussar said. “We have one goal here at Trout Creek, and that is to be a fitness facility that meets the needs of our community.”

Pamper Yourself

Studies show that regular massage is an effective treatment for reducing stress and muscle tension, but did you know that massage has many other health and wellness benefits as well? In recent years, massage therapy has gained traction as a complementary component to an overall health and wellness program. It is increasingly being offered, along with standard treatments, for a wide range of medical conditions. Beyond soothing aches and pains, additional benefits of massage include: • Improved sleep patterns • Strengthened immune functions • Increased flexibility • Improved circulation and blood flow • Improved posture • Enhanced recovery from injuries Start 2014 off relaxed and stress-free with a massage at Trout Creek! Several different types of massage are offered at Trout Creek Recreation Center including relaxation massage, deep tissue massage, sports massage and Shiatsu, a traditional Japanese treatment based on the techniques of acupressure. No matter what type of massage you select, the Trout Creek Recreation Center massage therapists will work with you to customize each session to your individual goals and needs. Their aim is to help you achieve optimal health through stress relief, balance, and relaxation.

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COMMUNITY

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 comdep@tahoedonner.com. Please submit only .jpeg files of 300 dpi or higher for printing.

Submissions are due by 5 p.m. on SUNDAY, March 9. The best creations will win prizes and be featured on Facebook and in the Tahoe Donner News.

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Tahoe Donner and REI to Host 19th Annual Winter Trails Day

JUSTIN SWETT/tahoe donner

January 11 On Saturday, Jan. 11, Winter Trails Day will take place across the country in a national celebration of winter fun. Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center will host this event offering children and adults who are new to snow sports the chance to try snowshoeing and cross country skiing for free, and to discover the great fitness and social benefits of these easy-to-learn winter activities. For seasoned snow sports enthusiasts, there will be demos, as well as organizations and vendors sharing information and products. Free trail passes will be given to participants who register in advance. Other activities include interpretive snowshoe hikes facilitated by the Tahoe Rim Trail Association, mini snowshoe and cross country ski lessons for adults and children, winter sports education, the latest product demos, food, drink, and entertainment. Assisting REI and Tahoe Donner with lessons in striding and skate skiing will be Truckee’s own high school Nordic team. A $5 suggested donation is requested to participate in the event. Proceeds will benefit the Truckee High School Nordic Ski Team; last year’s extremely successful Winter Trails

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be providing a shuttle service once the Cross Country Ski Center lot is filled. Car pooling is recommended. Don’t miss this fun winter celebration at Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center. Advance registration is required for this popular event, with places limited to 500. Visit the REI website to reserve your spot at rei.com/ event/53278/session/78927.


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Lodge Manager Mike Peters Promoted; new manager appointed

(ABOVE) CHRISTEN HOLLAND, the new General Manager at the Lodge Restaurant & Pub. (LEFT) MIKE PETERS, Tahoe Donner Food and

Tahoe Donner has a new food and beverage director. You may know him as the former manager of The Lodge Restaurant & Pub, Michael J. Peters, and he brings more than 29 years of restaurant experience to us right here at Tahoe Donner. Originally from the Northern Virginia-Washington D.C. area, Peters’ introduction into the business was with the Bennigan’s Restaurant Corporation at their No. 2 location in the country. In 1990, after a number of years at different restaurants throughout Washington D.C and Virginia, he took a job with The Chart House Restaurant Co. at their No. 2 restaurant in Alexandria, Virginia. He also spent his winters as a salesman with the largest ski shop on the east coast, The Ski Chalet. After developing a love for winter sports and spending a lot of money on ski trips, he decided to “stay on vacation” and relocate to the Tahoe area. He moved to the area in 1998 and took a job with TS Enterprises at their Tahoe City restaurant Jake’s on the Lake. He gained valuable experience as their marketing and promotions director, and later as a bar manager and banquets and events manager. In 2005 he joined the Plumpjack Restaurant Group as the bar manager of the Balboa Cafe in Squaw Valley. He quickly moved into the assistant general manager position until it closed its doors in 2007. He then transferred to the bar manager position and later interim

Beverage Director.

food and beverage director of the Plumpjack Cafe in Squaw Valley. Peters has lived in Truckee with his family since 2004 and has been with Tahoe Donner since 2008. He has overseen operations at The Lodge, Pizza on the Hill, and the golf course, and he helped open the Marco Polo Grill located at the Trout Creek Rec Center (open in the summer only). He has also regularly consulted on the Cross Country Center, Downhill Ski Area and Tahoe Donner Marina food and beverage operations. Additionally, he has been involved with many association events such as the Electoral Barbecue, Euer Valley Barbecue, Concert on the Green, Fall Festival and Light Up The Night. Over the past five years, Peters has been instrumental in evolving and molding The Lodge into the restaurant it is today, serving fantastic food at great prices and upholding an excellent level of service. The restaurant has continued to flourish during Peters’ tenure and just this past spring a renovation resulting in a new porch expanded the size of the restaurant, providing increased seating and helping to accomplish a record summer. In his new role, Peters is looking forward to bringing the same great level of service and offerings that the Lodge is known for to all of

Tahoe Donner’s amenities in the future.

New General Manager at The Lodge Restaurant & Pub Christen Holland will assume the position of restaurant general manager of The Lodge Restaurant & Pub. She comes to Tahoe Donner with a great deal of local experience and 13 years in the restaurant and hospitality industry. Holland has managed some wellestablished local restaurants such as Moody’s, Bar of America, Mikuni’s Sushi, Balboa Café in Squaw Valley and High Sierra Grill. She also has eight years of catering and large event experience through her work with Merrily Wed where she was involved in the design and coordination of events ranging from $35,000 to $175,000. During her managing tenure she was responsible for accounting, human resources, event coordination, creating and incorporating training programs, menu development and overseeing all restaurant operations. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Sierra Nevada College and has lived in Truckee since 2007 and in the Tahoe area since 1999.

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SAFETY FIRST

Tahoe Donner’s Commitment to Safety ALYSON STETZ/TAHOE DONNER

YOUR RESPONSIBILITY CODE: Skiing and snowboarding can be enjoyed in many ways. You may see people using alpine skis, snowboards, telemark skis, cross country skis, and other specialized equipment, such as that used by the disabled. Regardless of how you decide to enjoy the slopes, always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Observe the code listed below, and share with other skiers and riders the responsibility for a great skiing experience.

(ABOVE) Members of Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area’s professional ski

• Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects. • People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them. • You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above. • Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others. • Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment. • Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas. • Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.

patrol participated in a lift evacuation training session on Eagle Rock lift last month.

Safety first It’s a mantra our parents drilled into our memory, but the motto we learned as children continues to serve us well as adults. A typical refrain when referring to common-sense measures like buckling safety belts in vehicles or slowing down while walking or driving on ice, safety takes on a whole new meaning when referring to snow sports. Here at Tahoe Donner, safety continues to be one of our most important guiding principles. Many efforts to boost ski slope safety have been implemented over the years, and constant education and outreach continues to be part of our approach at all winter amenities. As members and active participants of the California Ski Industry Association (CSIA) and National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), Tahoe Donner participates in safety campaigns and helps spread safety messages endorsed by the industry as a whole. “We communicate safety

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Know the code. It’s your responsibility. Note: This is a partial list. Be safety conscious.

through many outlets, including printed materials, signage, employee training, in ski school lessons, and via special outreach programs,” explained Annie Rosenfeld, Tahoe Donner’s director of facilities and risk management. A key component of safety at all ski resorts is the Responsibility Code, a list of guidelines which exist to improve safety and reduce injuries. The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) established “Your Responsibility Code” in 1966 as a code of ethics for all skiers on the mountain. Today, the code reflects not only skier safety, but snowboarder and lift safety as well. “Though Tahoe Donner is committed to safety outreach and education for all guests and employees, ultimately, safe skiing and snowboarding on the mountain is each person’s responsibility. Following the Responsibility Code helps all skiers and snowboarders have a safer and more enjoyable mountain experience,” said Rosenfeld, adding


kenny blum photography (ABOVE LEFT) In October, members of the Tahoe Donner National Nordic Patrol attended a training session on Care Flight procedures. The helicopter landed at the Tahoe Donner driving range. (ABOVE RIGHT) Chairlift safety is part of Tahoe

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that implementing this code includes constant educational outreach to guests. Because Tahoe Donner introduces so many newcomers to the sport, it’s particularly important to instruct beginners on not only the basics of the sport, but also the fundamentals of slopeside safety. By including safety messaging in each class, giving a progressive introduction to skiing elements, and leading by example, Tahoe Donner’s Ski School plays an integral role in the association’s overall commitment to safety. Bill Hatfield, who is starting his third season as Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area’s ski patrol director, has been in the industry for more than a decade. “Safety training is essential, but more important is the general public knowledge of what is needed to be safe,” he explained. “We have more focus on the Responsibility Code, more signage, more interaction with the public than ever before,” he said. Hatfield adds that in addition to ensuring hill safety, the Tahoe Donner Downhill ski patrol staff’s role includes meeting and greeting the public, and chatting with guests and inviting them to ski with them, which allows for the opportunity to educate and answer questions. There is a similar safety focus at Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center. “Safety is what we do,” said Guy Power, lead patrol. Like Hatfield, Power says interacting with the public is an important component of safety education, and it is also one of his favorite parts of his job. At both areas, Tahoe Donner’s professional ski patrol receives the assistance of voluntary organizations. The National Ski Patrol at the Downhill Area and the National Nordic Ski Patrol at the Cross Country Ski Center are a vital component of each area’s operation, expanding outreach efforts and helping with incident response. January is Safety Month

National Safety month occurs every year in January. Ski areas across the country participate in Safety Month to educate skiers and snowboarders about being safe, and to use common sense on the slopes. Every year, Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area participates by offering a host of safety activities, contests and specials. This year’s main activi-

Donner Downhill Ski Area’s lesson curriculum.

ties will take place from Saturday, Jan. 18 to Monday, Jan. 20 (see next page for details or log on to tahoedonner.com/downhill-ski). Tahoe Donner’s efforts are supported by additional national safety campaigns. One of these initiatives, Lids on Kids, focuses on helmet use (Continued on p. 26)

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(continued from p. 25) and has grown over the years since implementation. While it is recognized that a skier’s behavior has as much or more to do with the safety of the sport as does any piece of equipment, it has been cited that helmets can decrease the risk of injury by 20 to 50 percent (lidsonkids.org). Ten years ago, helmets were extremely rare; today, NSAA estimates show that 60 percent of skiers and snowboarders wear them. While Lids on Kids is not solely responsible for this trend, its outreach efforts have certainly helped. See lidsonkids.org for more information. Another recently launched national safety initiative, Kids on Lifts, focuses on using and riding chairlifts in a responsible manner, using the tagline “No Horsing Around.” To promote and teach chairlift safety at Tahoe Donner Downhill, a practice chairlift is part of our beginner lessons. Instructors teach the basics of loading, riding, and unloading, and encourage children to be aware, calm, and safe while riding chairlifts. The chair is available for the general public as well. A frequent mantra you will hear is “Hold on, sit back, and be still!” We also recommend all chairlift riders 51

kenny blum photography

inches or less to ride with an adult. Signage will also be posted this year with step-by-step photos and information on chairlift usage. For more information on lift safety, see kidsonlifts. org. Smart Style, another national safety campaign developed by NSAA and Burton Snowboards, is a cooperative effort to educate the public on proper terrain park usage. “Look before you leap” and “Respect gets respect” are just two of the main messages in this campaign, in addition to continued awareness of the Responsibility Code. There are inherent risks to any winter sport, but knowing the basic safety codes, being aware of your surroundings and making responsible decisions, as well as promoting safe practices among family members and friends are ways to reduce that risk, stay safe and have fun all winter long. Additional safety information can be found at the following websites: • Tahoe Donner’s safety information: tahoedonner.com/downhill-ski/ safety • National Ski Patrol: nsp.org (take their slope safety quiz and see how you rate!) • Lids on Kids: lidsonkids.org • Smart Style: nsaa.org/safetyprograms/smart-style • Kids on Lifts: kidsonlifts.org • National Ski Areas Association: nsaa.org • National Safety Month: nsaa.org/ safety-programs/national-safetymonth

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National Safety Week at Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area Saturday, January 18

• Safety poster contest: kids can color posters in the downhill ski lodge and turn in to the ticket office; posters will be displayed throughout the lodge. Winner and runners up will be selected and announced on Facebook. All day. • Safety with our Ski Patrol: meet at the top of Eagle Rock lift, 10:30 a.m. • Snow Science Lesson: meet on the deck, 12:30 p.m. • 25 percent off helmets and goggles in the ticket office Sunday, January 19

• Scavenger Hunt: meet on the deck, 10:30 a.m. • Safety with our Ski Patrol: meet at the top of Eagle Rock lift, 12:30 p.m. • 25 percent off helmets and goggles in the ticket office Monday, January 20th:

• Safety with our Ski Patrol: meet at the top of Eagle Rock lift, 10:30 a.m. • Scavenger Hunt: meet on the deck, 12:30 p.m. • Sun Safety • 25 percent off helmets and goggles in the ticket office


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CSA Program at Tahoe Donner

Cell Tower Update

Tahoe Donner Association continues to work with American Tower Corporation (NYSE: AMT) to build a new cell tower near the top of the Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area Eagle Rock lift to better provide cell coverage for the entire community. American Tower has finalized a pine tree tower design and received Town of Truckee Planning approval to continue with building permits. However, while American Tower has had interest from a number of cell companies, at this point they have not secured an anchor tenant for the new tower, which is critical for them to move forward with construction of the tower this summer. As a result, the construction of this tower may be delayed until the summer of 2014. For further information visit tahoedonner.com/ major-projects.

In hopes of providing an added service to our members, Tahoe Donner is interested in hearing if you would like to participate in a Winter CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture) Program. By participating in a CSA Program, you have a direct relationship with nearby Mountain Bounty Farm, which will deliver fresh organic produce on a weekly basis straight from the farm. A weekly delivered box is $522.60 for the entire 19-week program from January 9 to May 14. If the program gets enough interest, shares will be delivered to the Trout Creek Recreation Center between noon and 10 p.m. on Thursdays. See mountainbountyfarm.com for more details. Interested? Contact Dana with Member Services at 530-582-9656 or via email at dherlihy@tahoedonner.com.

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January is here with winter arriving just before the turn of the new year. The issue of blowing and pushing snow onto adjoining properties always pops up around this time. I’m sure that everyone is aware that your snow should stay on your property. Unfortunately, not everyone takes the steps to ensure that this happens. Too often we get calls from property owners complaining that their neighbor, or their neighbor’s snow removal service, is blowing or pushing snow onto their lot and sometimes against their house. Please, when you clear your driveway, or have it done, make sure that you or your contractor blow or push your snow only onto your own property. Also, please keep in mind that the Town of Truckee has the right to place snow from the streets in the front 20 feet of our lots. Some folks are under the impression that their property starts at the edge of the asphalt street. Typically, property lines start between

15-20 feet from the edge of the asphalt. That means the town has the right to push or blow snow up to 35 feet from the edge of the street. While garbage is a much more significant problem in the summer, we still need to dispose of it properly in the winter months. Many properties now have metal enclosures. One of the issues which keeps surfacing is that enclosures are not being closed securely or that latches are no longer secure. Please keep in mind that homeowners are responsible for all of their guests or renters, including uninvited bears that make a trash mess or destroy a garbage can enclosure. Make sure you, your

guests, or your renters close your garbage can enclosure securely. If you have any questions regarding this or any of our rules, please call us at 530-5879407, email us at aso@tahoedonner.com, fax us at 530-587-9427, or come in to see us at the Northwoods Clubhouse.

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• Committee Rosters for 2014: Approved 4-0 (Director Miller absent) The board approved committee appointments for 2014. • Downhill and Cross Country Ski Age Ranges: Approved 3-1 (Director Murrell no, Director Miller absent) The board reconsidered their decision to raise the free-ski-trail-use policy for Tahoe Donner members from age 70 to age 75. The board approved free use of the Downhill and Cross Country Ski Areas for Tahoe Donner members ages 70 and above. The age range for the public will remain at 75+ for this season and all

existing prices for public seniors will remain unchanged. (Access still requires pass/ticket issuance with appropriate liability waivers.) • Board Meeting Calendar: Approved 4-0 (Director Miller absent) The board approved canceling the December 28, 2013 board meeting. • Director of Finance & Accounting Report: Approved 4-0 (Director Miller absent) The board approved the unaudited preliminary October, 2013 Financials. These summaries are intended for general information purposes only. The minutes are available at tahoedonner.com, upon request in the general manager’s office, or by calling 530-587-9431. A copy of the minutes and current agenda are posted in the Member Services Office.


Ireland

Jim and Marilee Bellotti at Ireland’s Cliffs of Moher in June 2013. The cliffs are 650 feet above the Atlantic Ocean and were a highlight during a tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Norway

Twins Ben (right) and Evan (left) An derson-Flint in Oslo, Norway at Fr og ner Pa rken sta nd ing in front of the monolith.

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Mackenzie, Keegan and Logan Green sitting in the “Entrust” wooden hands sculpture in Derwentwater, Lake District, England in July 2013.

JAPAN

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Nancy Christen-Berg in Athens, Greece on August 5, 2013 at the Panathenaic Stadium. This stadium hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 and was reconstructed from the remains of the ancient Greek stadium.

at Bona ire Island in the Lisa, Connor and Ken Cevolani in July 2013 water diver during our Caribbean. Connor was certified as an open two-week trip.

Email your “Where in the World” photos to: comdep@tahoedonner.com. Please submit only .jpeg files of 300 dpi or higher for printing. Photos must include a copy of TD News. Please list the names of everyone in the picture, where and when it was taken, and a short description of your captured experience. Note: please be patient; it could take up to six months to see your photo published due to a large number of submissions.

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