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NOVEMBER 2013


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features

Departments

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President’s Message Budget and annual assessment

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Monthly Calendar A glance at November events

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General Manager’s Message Gearing up for winter operations, renting your home

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Taking Care of Business Board meeting recap

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Property Protection from Snow Architectural Standards Office

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

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Let’s Get Together Getting ready for winter

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Winter Guide All you need to know for the upcoming winter season

TAKE NOTE

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Become a Ski Patroller It’s not too late!

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Fall Festival Recap A photo essay


VOL. 14, No. 11

Welcome

November 2013 EDITORIAL AND PRODUCTION STAFF Alyson Stetz Brinn Talbot Gretchen Sproehnle Jenny Kendrick Megan McClelland

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

Director

Courtney Murrell, 2courtneymurrell@gmail.com

Board of Directors

board@tahoedonner.com

Postmaster Send address changes to Tahoe Donner News,

President’s Message

11509 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee, CA 96161 530-587-9400, Fax 530-587-9419

Email

comdep@tahoedonner.com

Advertising Sales Tahoe Guide is the exclusive advertising representative for the Tahoe Donner News. Call 530-448-3065 or 530-587-1393.

Publishing Information Tahoe Donner Association holds the exclusive service mark right to “Tahoe Donner.” Any unauthorized use of such will be regarded as an infringement of that service mark right and is prohibited. The inclusion of advertising in this publication does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by Tahoe Donner Association or its board of directors of the products, services, or views contained therein. Tahoe Donner News (ISSN 1550-6061) is the official monthly publication of Tahoe Donner Association, which is located at 11509 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee, CA 96161. Each membership parcel receives one subscription to a domestic address. Additional subscriptions are available at the cost of $25 each. Cost to produce and distribute this publication is offset by advertising revenues. Periodicals Postage Paid at Truckee, CA, and additional mailing offices. Member letters to Tahoe Donner are published in the Members section of tahoedonner.com, where publishing guidelines are available.

Tahoe Donner Association is currently in the process of developing the 2014 budget and annual assessment. Unfortunately, forces totally outside of the association’s control will significantly impact our operating costs and, in all probability, impact the annual assessment as well. Two major actions taken by California have caused this impact. First, the California Insurance Bureau recommended a significant (30-40 percent) base rate increase due to workers’ compensation insurance costs and a tax increase as well. This is the first increase in a number of years. As a result of this, our insurance premium soared from $36,000 to $52,700. This 47 percent increase over last year results in an increased cost of $29 per Tahoe Donner property. Secondly, the California legislature increased the minimum wage from $9 to $10 effective July 1, 2013. A large number of our outstanding staff are in entry level positions, thus this increase will impact the 2014 homeowner assessment by approximately $8 per property. Fortunately, since Tahoe Donner had a great winter season and a record-breaking summer, we will be able to offset some of these costs, but not all. The annual assessment invoice will be mailed to property owners by November 15, and the annual budget report will be published in the December issue of Tahoe Donner News. The board’s guidance to staff in developing the 2014 budget was to maintain current service and activity levels. Season passes are on sale now for the Cross Country Ski Center and the Downhill Ski Area, with discount rates available until December 1. Also, it’s not too early to sign up for winter activities. See the enclosed Winter Fun Guide in this issue starting on page 14. If weather allows, we intend to open Snowplay Thanksgiving week. The annual Fall Festival on October 12 was the largest ever, with more games, activities and vendors. This year we had a special visit by Tom Turkey (not me, the feathered one). Light up the Night on Saturday, November 30 at The Lodge Restaurant & Pub is our next big event, so make your reservations now for an outstanding time and great dinner. Fall is waning and ski season is near – pray for snow.

TOM JOHNS | Board President


November FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1

Kids Night Out Crafts, dinner and a movie. What more could kids ask for? How about cookies and milk? Details on page 8.

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For ADDITIONAL NOVEMBER EVENTS and information SEE let’s get together on pAGE 6. Saturday, NOVEMBER 30 Volunteer Trail Cleanup Day Join us to get the trails at the Cross Country Ski Center ready for the upcoming season. Details on page 7.

THROUGH NOVEMBER 30

Season Passes on Sale Tahoe Donner Downhill, Cross Country, and

Light up the Night Our traditional kickoff of the holiday season at the Lodge Restaurant & Pub. Details on page 8.

combo passes on sale at early season rates through Nov. 30. Details on page 15.

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FROM THE GENERAL MANager’s Desk

Winter Operations Survey – Customer Focused Changes for this winter At the end of last winter season, we solicited feedback from our membership via the winter operations survey. Over 850 of you responded in an overwhelmingly positive way. Winter operations management staff has reviewed the results and we are pleased to announce that, in response to your comments, we are planning a few changes to winter operations including: a new trail at the Cross Country Ski Center, cafeteria improvements and healthier menu items at the Downhill Ski Area, improved coffee service at both ski areas, junior ticket and trail pass prices, and more special events at all winter amenities. These are just a few ways that the Tahoe Donner staff team is responding to your input to improve our services.

RENTING YOUR HOME As winter approaches, we are transitioning from our summer operations and gearing up for our winter operations. While we look forward to seeing many of our members with their ski gear on this winter, we also recognize that many owners take advantage of local access to winter sports by renting their home during the winter months. Approximately four in ten homes in suburban America are occupied by renters. If your unit is one of those homes — or about to become one — here are a few tips that will help you, your renters, and the association: The association’s Member Services staff can give you important information about association requirements for owners and renters as well as tips about the rental process that will be very helpful, especially if you’re leasing for the first time. Member Services staff can also review with you the requirements for amenity access for yourself and your renter.

dum to your lease that covers the specifics of the community association and require renters to adhere to the association rules. This is very important because it gives you and the association a means of enforcement. A good lease or lease addendum should support the community by: • Requiring the tenant to obey the bylaws, rules, and regulations of the association. • Requiring the tenant to pay fines for association rule violations. • Requiring the tenant to vacate if community association regulations are repeatedly violated. Keep the Association Informed Once the lease is signed, let Member Services know. The more information you provide about your renters, the more successful they will be in our community. Please provide the following information to the association: • Renter’s name (and children or roommates) and phone number. • Renter’s email address or other pertinent details.

Educate Prospective Tenants Be sure to inform prospective renters about the special considerations of living in a community association before they sign a lease. The association will be happy to give you a copy of the rules to pass along to your renter.

Encourage Tenants to Participate in the Association Be an advocate for your tenants with the association. Make sure they have access to the passes they need, and get them signed up for our weekly and member news emails. Please provide them with the association’s website address tahoedonner.com and Member Services phone number (530-587-9400). Even though tenants have no vote on association matters, they are an important part of our community. Make them feel welcome, provide information that will familiarize them with the association, and encourage them to participate in community activities whenever possible. Today’s renters may be tomorrow’s owners. The more we all do to promote a sense of belonging for renters, the more positive and successful the leasing experience will be for everyone. Happy birthday to the United States Marines, and happy Thanksgiving!

Use a Lease Addendum No doubt you’ll have your renters sign a lease. Please attach an adden-

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Summer

operations survey

coming soon! Watch for announcements of our summer operations survey. Your feedback will help us to make informed decisions about future operations.

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

587-9400

info@tahoedonner.com

General Manager

587-9431

gm@tahoedonner.com

Contact Member Services to be transferred to other administrative departments.

Amenities Alder Creek Campground 587-9462

campground@tahoedonner.com

Beach Club Marina

marina@tahoedonner.com

587-9460

Bikeworks 582-9694 bikeworks@tahoedonner.com Cross Country Ski Center 587-9484

xcski@tahoedonner.com

Downhill Ski Area

587-9444

ski@tahoedonner.com

Equestrian Center

587-9470

equestrian@tahoedonner.com

Forestry 587-9432 forestry@tahoedonner.com Golf Course

587-9443

golf@tahoedonner.com

The Lodge

587-9455

lodge@tahoedonner.com

Pizza On The Hill

582-9669

pizza@tahoedonner.com

Recreation Info Hut

587-9413

troutcreek@tahoedonner.com

Tennis Center

587-9474

tennis@tahoedonner.com

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Trails 587-9432 trails@tahoedonner.com Trout Creek Rec. Center

587-9437

troutcreek@tahoedonner.com

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

jdbonzon@yahoo.com

General Plan Committee Co-Chair, Michael Fajans

mhfajans@gmail.com

General Plan Committee Co-Chair, John Stubbs

stujod@sfsu.edu

Tahoe Donner Association Chartered Club Presidents Bridge Club, Diane Rowe

d2rowe@earthlink.net

Friends of TD Trails, B.R. Levine

tdtrails@gmail.com

Rowing Club, Dot Mace

dotmace@me.com

Senior Alpine Ski, Jim Pyle

jim.p@sbcglobal.net

Tahoe Donner Green, Sue Sorensen

tahoedonnergreenclub@gmail.com

Tennis, John McGregor

jmpj1964@gmail.com.

9-Holers, Barb McCabe

barbmccabe@sbcglobal.net

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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November Events Masters Preseason Training Training sessions are offered on Tuesdays at the Cross Country Ski Center through Tuesday, Nov. 26. It’s not too late! Join us to get fit and feeling strong before the season begins. DATE: Tuesdays, through Nov. 26 TIME: 9:30 – 11 a.m. WHERE: Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center COST: $30 per class

Volunteer Trail Cleanup Day Sunday, Nov. 3, join staff to help get the trails ready for the snow. We will be tossing loose rocks and cutting brush, so bring work gloves, hand cutters if you have them, and water. Please email xcski@tahoedonner.com to let us know you are interested. We will notify you if plans change due to weather. DATE: Sunday, Nov. 3 TIME: 10 a.m. – noon WHERE: Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center

DATE: Saturday, Nov. 30 – Sunday, Dec. 1. WHERE: Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center

Welcome to Winter Passholders Wine Tasting Another reason to get your season pass early! Passholders are invited to join us for the annual Welcome to Winter Passholders Wine Tasting event Saturday, Nov. 30, from 6-8 p.m. This is a great way to catch up with your skiing friends and plan your ski adventures for the season.

permitting. Includes tour, dinner and wine tasting. WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 14 TIME: 5-8 p.m. WHERE: Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center COST: $45 or $35 for season passholders

Season passholder “Bring a Friend Days” We will be offering a great deal for guests of season passholders between Dec 13-20. Unlimited guests allowed. Passholder must be present. Conditions permitting. See tahoedonner.com for more details. WHEN: Dec. 13 - 20 TIME: 5 - 8 p.m. WHERE: Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center

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Friday Family Movie Night

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FREE! Bring a pillow and blanket, kick your feet up and enjoy either a classic or new movie starting at 6:30 p.m. every Friday at Northwoods Clubhouse. Friday Family Movie Night movies are rated G and PG. Check with Member Services for this month’s lineup.

Trivia Night FREE! Enjoy a pizza from Pizza on the Hill while showing off your brain power. You may even win a free pizza. Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m. at Pizza on the Hill.

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Tahoe Donner Junior Golf Club members can give most adults a run for their money.

(continued from p. 9) If you are a senior (age 55 and up) Tahoe Donner Alpine skier, and you enjoy year-round sports activities — and a great social environment — the Tahoe Donner Senior Alpine Ski Club may be for you. Check out our website at tdski.com for more information and an application form.

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The Tahoe Donner Junior Golf Club ended the summer season with its annual Junior Golf Club Championship Tournament on August 8. There were 38 competitors, ages 6-16, who competed in either the 18- or 9-hole golf tournament in addition to our Tahoe Mountain miniature golf contest. The winner of our 18-hole championship flight was Riley Sullivan from Granite Bay, who shot an 86 from the silver tees. Other winners of our flights were Isaac Mozen, Zachary Anttila and Caitlin Russell. Congratulations to all of them for their great rounds that day. In addition, JK Hunt was awarded a ceremonial flag signed by his fellow competitors who witnessed his hole-in-one on hole seven during one of our Thursday play days in July. Have a great winter. See you all next June.

Tahoe Donner Men’s Golf The Men’s Golf Club held its annual invitational tournament over the weekend of Sept. 13-15, 2013. There were 96 players that participated in this gala event, making it the largest turnout in recent memory. If you missed this year’s invitational, we hope you will join us next year for a fun weekend! The winners were:

Nicklaus Flight Results Gross: First: 136 - Allan Nousiainen and Marc Smith Net: First: 124 - Robert Olsen and Gerry Schwarzel Second: 129 - Curtis Rapton and Dirk Ricketts Third: 132 - Jim Wiegandt and Scot Cochran

Weiskopf Flight Results Gross: First: 156 - Ralph Shindler and Jeff Cotton Net: First: 134 - Bret Brodowy and Randy Colombo Second: 135 - Curtis Jones and Dave McGhee Third: 137 - Bruce Watkins and Brian McGeever


Jacobsen Flight Results Gross: First: 147 - Jack Sigovich and Vinny DePinto Net: First: 123 - Hayden O’Shea and David Gainza Second: 133 - Larry Kushner and Sam Harrosh (*won scorecard playoff) Third: 133 - Jim Dill and Mark Baldwin

Fazio Flight Results Gross: First: 160 - Ron Elvidge and Wade Holiday Net: First: 132 - Jeff Locke and Geane Lohse (*won scorecard playoff) Second: 132 - Bob Allen and Charlie Schafer Third: 135 - Ray Doving and Bill Eastman

Horse Race! First: Mike Edwards and Dick Radler Second: Mark Tompkins and Randy Stephenson Third: Bruce Watkins and Brian McGeever Fourth: Patrick Mealoy and Shawn Matchim

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round two (61 from 72): David Parsons and Shel Zatkin

Snowtech Gorilla Hole Four Round one: Larry Bell (5’ 8”) Round two: David Gainza (5’ 6”)

Rapton Honda Baby Gorilla Hole Twelve Round one: Curtis Rapton (4’ 2”) Round two: Mike Williams (3’ 8”)

Congratulations to our chipping contest winner, Steve Havis, and the putting contest victor, Vinny DePinto. The Men’s club would like to thank Director of Golf Ed Leinenkugel, James Murtagh, and the rest of the staff for their invaluable help in organizing this event, as well as Kevin Kuehne and staff for their tireless efforts in getting the course in top-notch shape.

TDMGC Invitational Committee Pat Gemma Bob Heath

Meet our team of professionals. Six loan officers and over 25 years of local lending experience.

Downtown Truckee:

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Art King Bob Moore Dave Parsons Mark Tompkins

Real Estate Broker California Dept. of Real Estate License #01135568 NMLS #277036

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Dining Options

Serving Truckee/Lake Tahoe Residential • Commercial

The Lodge Restaurant & Pub Dinner Open nightly at 5 p.m. for dinner with artisan-crafted cuisine and spirits. For more information, call 530-587-9455 or visit tahoedonner.com/the-lodge.

Happy Hour*

QUALITY WORKMANSHIP CLEANLINESS & CUSTOMER SATISFACTION Interior and Exterior Specializing in Staining Wood Restoration Superior Finish Painting Remodels and New Construction

530.550.7938

PO Box 11107, Truckee, CA 96162 BONDED & INSURED • CA LIC #764916

Drink specials and 25 percent off shared plates, soups and salads from 5 – 6:30 p.m. daily through Nov. 21. After Nov. 21 happy hour will be offered Sunday-Thursday. Happy hour discounts valid in The Pub only. Not valid Wednesday, Nov. 27, and Thursday, Nov. 28.

One of the best deals in town is back! Enjoy a delicious three-course meal and glass of house wine for only $25, Sunday through Thursday through Dec. 18. Not valid Nov. 27 and Nov. 28.

WildER Wednesdays*

Don’t want to wrestle in the kitchen with the turkey on Thanksgiving Day and deal with the hassle of preparing an entire Thanksgiving dinner? No problem. Let us take care of Thanksgiving dinner for you. Join us from 2-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28, for our special Thanksgiving holiday meal. View the special Thanksgiving menu online at tahoedonner.com. Reservations recommended. Not valid with any other promotion or coupon.

Happy Hour specials all night long in the entire restaurant! Enjoy 25 percent off shared plates, soups and salads and drink specials. Not valid Nov. 27.

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. Offer valid during nonholiday periods.

Pizza on the Hill Open from 5-8:30 p.m. Thursday-Monday. Open Wednesday, Nov. 27, and closed Thursday, Nov. 28, for Thanksgiving. For more information, please call 530-582-9669.

Happy Hour* 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 and nachos at Pizza on the Hill’s Happy Hour from 5 - 6 p.m., Sunday-Thursday.

Thursday Night Trivia Trivia buffs, test your trivia knowledge

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Three-Course Meal Deal*

Thanksgiving Dinner, Thursday, Nov. 28

*Offers listed are only valid during non-holiday periods and are not valid with any other promotions or coupons. from local history to current events, and win prizes. Trivia Night is held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Prizes include gift certificates for free pizza. Event will be cancelled at 7:15 p.m. if there is insufficient attendance by that time. There will not be a trivia night on Nov. 28.

Sunday Half-Price Pizza* Half-price pizza now available all night every Sunday. Order a cheese or pepperoni pizza for half price. Also, this offer is now valid for dine-in or to-go orders! Limit 6 pizzas per group. *Offers listed above are only valid during non-holiday periods and are not valid with any other promotions or coupons.


Bulletin Board

BECOME A SKI PATROLLER Tahoe Donner is seeking new members for its volunteer ski patrol. As the leading authority of on-mountain safety, the National Ski Patrol (NSP) is dedicated to serving the public and outdoor recreation industry by providing education and accreditation to emergency care and safety service providers. The organization is made up of more than 26,000 members serving over 600 patrols, including Alpine, Nordic, and auxiliary patrollers. Members work on behalf of local ski and snowboard areas to improve the overall experience for outdoor recreationalists. Why should you join the TD volunteer Ski Patrol? 1. As you serve you will have the satisfaction of making a difference. 2. You will learn new skills that will enhance the safety of your family, friends, and outdoor community. 3. Your skiing will improve significantly. 4. You and your family will be able to ski free at Tahoe Donner. What must I do to join the Tahoe Donner Ski Patrol? 1. Be able to demonstrate that you can ski in a stable manner on the Tahoe Donner mountain.

2. Be willing to learn how to transport injured skiers in a toboggan. 3. Take the National Ski Patrol Outdoor Emergency Care First Aid Course. 4. Be willing to serve 10 days per season as a patroller. 5. Contact Bill Hatfield, the Patrol Director, to learn further details and how to get started on training. Ski Patrol Perks include: 1. Complimentary season ski pass for yourself, your spouse and dependents plus a complimentary voucher and a $5 rental voucher for each day you volunteer. 2. Cafeteria lunch voucher, for $15, valid on the day you volunteer. 3. Unlimited coffee and hot chocolate from the cafeteria. 4. Access to Trout Creek for yourself, your spouse and dependents (access to Trout Creek is based on fulfillment of the minimum day requirement from the previous season). 5. Ski lessons for $5 for your immediate family (space-available basis). 6. End-of-season awards dinner, sponsored by the Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area. 7. Retail shop discount of 25 percent off; pro-form products as available. 8. Uniform subsidy of $100 for NSP vest, jacket, pants or backpack, upon completion of season-long ten-day NSP obligation. For more information, please contact Ski Patrol Director Bill Hatfield at bhatfield@tahoedonner.com. Licensed, Bonded & Insured

Truckee Donner Home Management

We provide a variety of home maintenance and management services, with an emphasis on superior customer service for second home and rental property owners.

530.587.3218 587.7525

Weekly Home Inspections Home Opening/Closing Handyman Services Preventative Maintenance Concierge Services Full Service Cleaning Maintenance/Defensible Space Landscape Maintenance/ Vehicle Checks

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feature

Opening day is Friday, December 13 conditions permitting.

See you on the slopes!

Image courtesy of KENNY BLUM/TAHOE DONNER

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Statistics Lifts: 1 quad chair, 1 double chair, 3 conveyor lifts Terrain Rating: 40 percent novice, 60 percent intermediate Total Runs: 14 Skiable Acres: 120 Lift Operating Hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tickets and Reservation Hours: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Rental Shop Hours: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

winter family FUN Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area is the best learn-to-ski area in Tahoe, but also offers so much more. An awesome ski school, a season chock-full of exciting events, amazing views, a cozy ski lodge, and super-fun terrain parks for all ability levels are only part of our allure. The quality of our programs is terrific, instruction is great, and the kids have fun! Check us out this season and see why we truly are a winter family adventure. On the following pages, you’ll find all the information you will need for a season of fun at Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area. Prices, programs, and events are all here, so you will want to keep this copy handy all season. We’re ready for a fun winter ahead!

530-587-9444 | tahoedonner.com/downhill-ski | 11603 Snowpeak Way, Truckee, CA 96161 | Groups, 20 or more: 530-582-9643

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Lift Tickets & Season Passes Children 6 and under and adults 75 and older always ski free. Member SEASON PASSES

Member Lift Tickets ADULT (18-59)

JUNIOR CHILD/SENIOR (13-17) (7-12/60-74)

All day

$23

$20

$13

Half day (starts at 12:15 p.m.)

$19

$15

$11

2-day Consecutive

$42

$36

$22

3- of 4- day Consecutive

$63

$54

$33

Parent Interchangeable*

$23

N/A

N/A

ADULT (AGES 18-59) Unrestricted Midweek - Non Holiday Combo Pass (DH & XC)

$179 $129 $309

JUNIOR (AGES 13-17) Unrestricted Midweek - Non Holiday Combo Pass (DH & XC)

$159 $109 $229

CHILD/SENIOR (ages 7-12/60-74) Unrestricted Midweek, non-holiday CHILD COMBO (DH & XC)

$129 $99 $169

*Available for parents w/non-skiing children ages 6 and under Senior Combo Pass (DH & XC, ages 60-74)

PUBLIC Lift Tickets ADULT (18-59)

JUNIOR CHILD/SENIOR (13-17) (7-12/60-74)

All day

$45

$40

$21

Half day (starts at 12:15 p.m.)

$39

$34

$16

2-day Consecutive

$86

$76

$38

3- of 4- day Consecutive $129

$114

$57

Parent Interchangeable*

N/A

N/A

$45

*Available for parents w/non-skiing children ages 6 and under

Morning skiers can come to the ticket window by 12:30 p.m. We will clip your current ticket and give you a morning credit good toward your next full-day ticket purchase.

2013-2014 HOLIDAYS Christmas Holiday: December 21, 2013 – January 5, 2014 Martin Luther King Holiday: January 18 – 20, 2014 President’s Holiday: February 15 – 23, 2014 Spring Break: March 22 – April 6, 2014

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$229

Super Senior Pass (ages 75+) CHILD (ages 6 & under)

FREE free

PUBLIC SEASON PASSES ADULT (AGES 18-59) Unrestricted Midweek - Non Holiday Combo Pass (DH & XC)

$299 $239 $389

JUNIOR (AGES 13-17) Unrestricted Midweek - Non Holiday Combo Pass (DH & XC)

$194 $159 $304

CHILD/SENIOR (ages 7-12/60-74) Unrestricted Midweek, non-holiday CHILD COMBO (DH & XC)

$154 $119 $199

Senior Combo Pass (DH & XC, ages 60-74)

$304

Super Senior Pass (ages 75+) Super Senior COMBO Pass (ages 75+) CHILD (ages 6 & under)

FREE $69 free

Buy your season pass by Nov. 30 and save! Pass prices increase on December 1. All rates are subject to change. Please visit tahoedonner.com/downhill-ski for additional pricing.


RENTALS We have the latest rental equipment from Elan, Burton, Scott, Nordica, and Marker, so the last thing you’ll have to worry about is your gear. Our retail areas are stocked with a variety of ski and snowboard goods to meet your needs.

EQUIPMENT RENTALS

ADULT (13-59)

CHILD/SENIOR (12 & under/ 60+)

Ski Equipment

$40

$30

Snowboard Equipment

$40

$30

Telemark

$40

$40

Demo Skis

$49

$49

$8

$8

All day 8 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.

Helmets

LESSONS & SKI SCHOOL Private Lessons (reservations recommended) These are our most popular and productive lessons. The class will move at your pace or be individually tailored to your group. Half-day private: (3 hours for up to 4 people) $234 Full-day private: (6 hours for up to 4 people) $405 1-hour lesson: $94 per person; $20 each additional person per hour

Adult Ski and Snowboard Group Lesson Packages Includes all day lift ticket, group lesson and equipment rental. HALF DAY: 10 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. (lessons are 1.75 hours; for all levels) Adult (13 and up): $89; Lesson only: $45

CHILD Ski and Snowboard Group Lesson Packages

ADDITIONAL DAY RENTALS Price for an additional day when you keep your equipment overnight.

ADULT (13-59)

CHILD/SENIOR (12 & under/ 60+)

Ski Equipment

$35

$25

Snowboard Equipment

$35

$25

Telemark

$35

$35

Demo Skis

$49

$49

$8

$8

Helmets

SPECIAL PROGRAMS Ski and Snowboard Race Teams

Designed for all level skiers and snowboarders ages 7 - 12. Included is an all day lift ticket, group lesson and equipment rental. All day: 10 a.m. – 3:15 p.m., lunch included - $119 Half day: Morning 10 a.m.; afternoon 1:30 p.m. - $79

For skiers and riders who want to take their skills to the next level. The teams will participate in the Tahoe League race series beginning in January. Two week-long training camps are also included. Over 30 days of coaching and racing are scheduled for this season, conditions permitting. A complete schedule will be posted on the website. Fees include a season pass. Price: Members $1,029; Public $1,249

Snowflakes - Ages 3 – 6 (Skiers only)

Rec Ski and Snowboard Teams

Each session includes specialized instruction and a low student-toinstructor ratio, and access to our new on-mountain yurt for breaks. Children must be at least 3 years of age, potty trained and willing to ski. All day: (ages 4 – 6) 10 a.m. – 3:15 p.m., lunch included - $119 Half day: (ages 3 – 6) Morning 10 a.m.; afternoon 1:30 p.m. - $79

Snow Shredders - Ages 5 – 6 (Snowboarders only) Snow Shredders, designed for the youngest snowboarders, has small class sizes and energetic instructors. It’s a great on-hill experience! All day: 10 a.m. – 3:15 p.m., lunch included - $119 Half day: Morning 10 a.m.; afternoon 1:30 p.m. - $79 Half day lessons are 1.75 hours long. Children enrolled in Snowflakes or Snow Shredders must have an adult onsite or on-call at all times.

The Rec Teams meet every Sunday from January 5 – March 23, from 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. This program is designed for 7- to 13-year-old skiers and snowboarders who want to improve their skills in a fun environment while developing new friendships. Fees include a season pass. Price: Members $479; Public $524

TD Tykes (Ski or Snowboard) A weekly ski and snowboard program designed for 3- to 6-yearolds. The program begins the second week of January and continues through the end of March. Participants meet every week for two and a half hours of instruction that takes place on the hill, with breaks in our new yurt. There are four weekly sessions to choose from including Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9 – 11:30 a.m. and afternoons from 12:30 – 3 p.m. (Continued on p. 18) Price: Member $339; Public $394 tahoedonner.com |

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TD Tykes for Kindergarten Kids Designed for 5- to 6-year-olds from the local area who want to improve their skiing skills. The program begins the second week of January and continues through the end of March. Kids enrolled in this program meet on the hill at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays ready to ski for a full twohour session. Price: Members $339; Public $389

Sunday Speedsters (Ski or Snowboard) A weekly program designed for children ages 4 and up who can already ski or ride at a level IV or above. Sessions will run on Sundays from 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. for 11 weeks. This program is geared to help bring your child to the next level in their skiing. Price: Members $479; Public $529

Reservations for lessons and special programs are highly recommended. Please book online at tahoedonner.com/shop or call 530-587-9444.

DOWNHILL EVENTS Mark your calendars! These events are not to be missed. We offer family-friendly events throughout the entire season.

December 13 | Opening Day: Join Tahoe Donner for opening day and celebrate the start to a great ski season. Conditions permitting. 15 | Customer Appreciation Day: Everyone skis for $5! This is a

deal that can’t be beat.

25 | Christmas Day Pancake Breakfast with Santa: Break-

fast starts at 10 a.m., followed by a half day of skiing and riding with Santa. The ski lifts will open at 11:30 a.m. 31 | Torchlight Parade on New Year’s Eve: Fun event for

intermediate skiers and riders ages 10 or older who can ski or ride unassisted. Come early to secure a spot in the parade. A DJ and snacks will be provided in the bar area prior to the parade. Sign-ups are from 4:30 5:45 p.m. with a chair loading time at 6:15 p.m. This is a free event.

Jan uary 6-10 and 13-16 | Learn-to-Ski or Snowboard Month: We’re

celebrating Learn-to-Ski or Snowboard Month Jan. 6 – 10 and Jan. 13-16 with learn-to-ski or -snowboard packages for $39. These packages are only for first timers, which include an all-day lift ticket, rental equipment, and a 1.75 hour group lesson for anyone ages 7 and up. 18-20 | Ski and Snowboarding Safety Weekend: Participate

in many different activities around the mountain involving safety education. From exciting scavenger hunts, the national coloring contest, snow science and safety, there will be activities for everyone. For those who participate in the safety weekend events, we are offering 25 percent off on Smith helmets and goggles.

Feb r uary

Holiday Party = Ski for Free! Book a party at The Lodge Restaurant & Pub and every guest can ski for free at the Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area or Cross Country Ski Center! We offer several options for parties of 20 or more people in a private room or a complete buy out. Visit tahoedonner.com/event-groups to view our menus including passed appetizers and buffet choices. Plated options are available upon request. The Lodge Restaurant & Pub has panoramic views of the surrounding Sierra scenery and now offers a new enclosed porch!

15-23 | Winter Olympics: It’s an Olympic year and we’re ready to

celebrate with our own version of winter Olympics! Stay tuned for fun Olympic-themed competitions and activities during this much-anticipated global event. 22 | Children’s Glow Stick Parade and Carnival: A kids’

version of the torchlight parade with glow sticks for children ages 10 or younger who can ski or ride unassisted in the dark on our Snowbird run. Come early to secure a spot in the parade and get glow sticks by playing our free carnival games. Music and snacks will be provided in the bar area prior to the parade. Sign-up and carnival start at 4:30 p.m.; parade starts at 6:30 p.m. FREE!

At Santa’s request, all room charges and site fees will be waived for Christmas parties before December 20. For more menu options on our holiday parties, please contact group sales at 530-582-9643 or email groupsales@tahoedonner.com

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M a r ch 1 | Winter Beach Party: Join us for some tropical fun, live music,

food and games. A great time for the whole family. The fun starts at 12 p.m. FREE!


Tahoe Donner Race Series - January 11 and 25, February 8, March 8 and 15 A fun, public race event offered on five Saturdays throughout the season. The race is formatted so that anyone who can ski or ride down a blue slope can race and have fun. Prizes are awarded at each race, and whoever has the best three results in the series will have their names posted on a plaque in the ski lodge. Race categories are: male 18 and over; male 17 and under; female 18 and over; female 17 and under. $5 for two race runs; $1 per additional run. 22 | 200-Foot Banana Split Extravaganza: Help devour our

incredible 200-foot banana split, starting at 1:30 p.m. FREE! 23 | Tahoe Donner Family Challenge: The Family Challenge is a matched time GS race with family teams. The goal is to complete two runs in exactly the same time. The time that counts is the difference between the two runs. The team component is a combined best difference from a child in the family with the best difference from an adult in the family. The winning team gets its name engraved on the trophy in the ski lodge. All children who complete their two runs will earn a medal. Other prizes will be awarded as well. FREE!

A p r il 5 | Spring Evening Ski Party: The sun is still up and we are going

to keep Eagle Rock open a little later. Enjoy a BBQ, live music and a special bar at the top of the Rock. Skiing will be extended until 5:45 p.m. All attendees will be entered into a free drawing to win a 2014-15 season pass. 13 | Downhill Dummy and Rail Jam: Join us for our annual end-of-season bash! Enjoy food and beverage specials, bounce house, live music, plus the popular Boxing Match Rail Jam and traditional Downhill Dummy event where teams build unique dummies to send sliding down the hill off our massive jump. This year’s theme is “Places around the World.” Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: best design, best air and best crash. You can also get full-day lift tickets at the half-day rate.

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TD DEALS & DISCOUNTS Tuesday is Parents DAY:* Moms and

dads, bring your 13-year-old or younger skiers to Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area for a day of skiing and receive a FREE adult all day lift ticket for yourself. A great deal for you and your child.

North Lake Tahoe and Reno are eligible for midweek local discounts on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Valid local ID must be shown. Children $13 and Adults $23.

or follow us on Twitter and receive Wacky Wednesday deals. Print the coupon and bring it to the ticket office for redemption.

School Dayz:* Beginning Monday, January 7, 2014, Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area will offer a midweek student discount to all students, Tuesdays through Thursdays, throughout the rest of the 2013/2014 season. Bring your Student ID. Children $13 and Adults $23.

Throwback Thursdays:* Receive an old-

Military Discount: Full-day lift ticket rate

school discount every Thursday during nonholiday periods. Children $13 and Adults $23.

is $40. Valid ID must be presented.

Wacky Wednesday!* Like us on Facebook

Exclusive Deals: Follow us on Twitter and Local Discounts:* Residents of Truckee,

updates and access to special deals and discounts throughout the season. Group Policy: Discounted rates are available for groups of 20 or more that book in advance. Contact us with your details and we will create a package to meet your needs. Call 530-582-9643, or email us at groupsales@ tahoedonner.com.

Holiday Periods: Special offers are not valid with any other discounts, coupons, or during holiday periods: December 21, 2013 – January 5, 2014, January 18 – 20, February 15 – 23, and March 22 – April 6, 2014. *Offers valid during non-holiday periods only.

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STAY SAFE ON THE HILL Are you safe on the slopes? Do you know your responsibility code? “The number one factor to having an enjoyable day on the slopes is staying safe,” says Robert McClendon, downhill ski area manager. Following are some key aspects of the responsibility code: • Always stay in control. • Stop in a safe place for you and others. • People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.

• Whenever starting downhill or merging onto a trail, look uphill and yield to others. • Use devices to 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. The Responsibility Code is an initiative of the National Ski Areas Association. The downhill ski area staff is always willing to assist with questions or issues of safety, so don’t hesitate to ask! For more information and educational games and activities on ski safety, visit lidsonkids.org.

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Helmet Policy Tahoe Donner requires all students under age 13 to wear an approved ski helmet when taking a lesson. We also recommend helmets for all our patrons. We have helmets available for daily rental as well as for purchase at our retail location.


feature Conditions permitting, Snowplay wil open for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Friday, November 29 - Sunday, December 1. The opening day for the season will be Friday, December 13, conditions permitting.

Admission includes sledding and tubing equipment. Sorry, personal equipment is not allowed at our Snowplay Area.

snowplay EVENTS DECEMBER 27 | Snowball Launching Contest: Try your luck at hitting our

snow targets.

Hours:

Fri., 1:30–4:30 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Additional Days of Operation: December 23 – January 5: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Christmas Day: 12 – 4:30 p.m. New Year’s Day: 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

31 | New Year’s Eve Sunset Snowshoe: Ring in the New Year!

January 20: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

January

March 31 – April 5: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

4 | Fastest Tube RACING Event: Heats run every half hour from

February 17 – 21: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

1 – 2:30 p.m.

Ad m i s s ion F e e s :

18 | Full Moon Snowshoe: A wintery outing under the light of a

Child: ages 4-12; Junior: ages 13-17; Adult: ages 18-59; Senior: ages 60-74; Super Senior: 75+; Toddler: under 3

February

All members (with paid rec fee) Free TAHOE DONNER adult member (no rec fee) $5 TAHOE DONNER junior member (no rec fee) $4 TAHOE DONNER child/senior member (no rec fee) $3 TAHOE DONNER Guest – adult $12 Tahoe Donner Guest – junior $10 Tahoe Donner Guest – child/senior $7

full moon.

2 | Groundhog Day Scavenger Hunt: Search for the groundhog. 14 | Valentine’s Day Snowshoe: A wintery outing with romantic

sunset views.

15 | Full Moon Snowshoe: See description above. 22 | Snowman Building Contest: Create a snow masterpiece

before judging at 2 p.m.

March 15 | Full Moon Snowshoe: A wintery outing under the light of a full moon. Sign up at tahoedonner.com/shop 16 | St. Patrick’s Day Concert: Live DJ starting at 12 p.m., games,

prizes, and tubing from 12 – 3 p.m.

April 5 | Snowball Throwing Contest: Try your luck at hitting our

snow targets.

13 | Last Day to Play BBQ: Join us for a BBQ, music and the last

day of tubing fun.

Public – adult Public – junior Public – child Public – senior Ages 3 and under (adults 75 and older) Spectators may enter for free.

$17 $15 $10 $9 Free

Night Tubing on Fridays Tube under the lights! Snowplay will remain open until 6:30 p.m. for night sledding on the following Friday nights: Dec. 20, 2013; and Jan. 10, Feb. 7, March 7, and April 4, 2014.

Snowshoe rentals will be available for kids and adults for use on Snowplay property during operating hours. 530-587-9437 | tahoedonner.com/snowplay | 12750 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee, CA 96161 | Groups, 20 or more: 530-582-9643

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We will open for the 2013-2014 ski season as soon as conditions allow. Check our website or watch your email inbox for updates.

See you on the trails!


Statistics Number of Trails: 52 Kilometers: 100+ Acres of Terrain: 4,800 Trail Rating: 18 beginner, 20 intermediate, 10 advanced, 1 expert, 4 snowshoe only Warming Huts: 5 Track Systems: 3 Daily Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Season Pass Early Ski: 7 a.m., Monday – Friday

Stay Up-To-Date!

Did you know there is a dedicated Tahoe Donner Cross Country e-mail list? We often send out updates on special clinics, events, and other cross country news. Don’t miss a thing! Go to tahoedonner. com and click on “Subscribe” in the upper right corner. Be sure to choose the cross country skiing list.

the local’s favorite Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center is a world-class facility blessed with some of the finest terrain to be found not only in the Truckee Tahoe region but also nationwide. The choice is yours: ski through pines, climb peaks or cruise along gentle rolling hills through aspens or the flats of Euer Valley. Enjoy our five warming huts or join a lesson with our excellent ski school staff. Read on for all the information needed for a winter of fun and fitness at Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center. With great value, impressive terrain and home-cooked food, Tahoe Donner has indisputably become the local’s favorite. Come join us this winter!

530-587-9484 | tahoedonner.com/cross-country | 15275 Alder Creek Rd., Truckee, CA 96161 | Groups, 10 or more: 530-582-9643

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TICKETS, PASSES & RENTALS DAY PASSES Kids 6 and under ski for free! A trail pass or season pass is required for everyone using the trail system. Day passes are valid all day, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. CHILD (7-12)

ADULT (18-59)

SENIOR/JUNIOR (60-74/13-17)

SUPER SENIOR (75+)

TD MEMBER

$5

$18

$15

FREE

PUBLIC

$11

$27

$21

$11

season PASSES The best deal of all – a full season of skiing at one of the best cross country ski areas in the country. Visit tahoedonner.com/shop to purchase your season pass. But hurry — prices go up Dec. 1! CHILD (7-12)

ADULT (18-59)

SENIOR/JUNIOR (60-74/13-17)

SUPER SENIOR (75+)

TD MEMBER

$44

$214

$194

FREE

TD Member combo

$169

$309

$229

FREE

PUBLIC

$69

$289

$259

$69

PUBLIC COMBO

$199

$389

$304

$69

Until November 30

rental shop Stride, Skate, Snowshoe All day: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Half day: 1 - 5 p.m.

ADULT (13+)

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Our Professional Ski Instructors of America accredited ski school will show you techniques and give you tips to develop new skills, build confidence and improve your skiing. We offer group, private and children’s lessons. Throughout the season we also offer a variety of specialized clinics. GROUP LEARN TO STRIDE OR SKATE LESSON $30, 60-75 minute group lesson (trail pass not included) STRIDING: Mon. - Fri., 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. SKATING: Mon., Tues., and Fri., 12 p.m. Weekends and Holidays: 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. for both striding and skating Private Lesson One person per hour, $55 available daily, additional person $20 each. Reservations recommended. Learn-to-Ski or Skate Package The discounted Learn-to-Ski package is perfect for people new to the sport, but who want to have fun right away. Includes a 60-75 minute group lesson, all-day rental, and trail pass. 10:30 a.m. or 12 p.m. lesson

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Demo Equipment All major ski brands; Salomon Lab “Pilot” skating boots All day: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Half day: 1 - 5 p.m.

Bring Fido Along! Last season, we designated a few trails as dog trails during certain hours of operation and we received great feedback! This year, you can bring your four-legged friend on those same trails: Cup of Tea, Piece of Cake, and Dogonit. For more information, including dog season pass forms and additional details on hours, cost, and rules, see tahoedonner. com/cross-country/dog-trails.

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Frequent Flyer Pack A pack of five passes good anytime except holiday periods; the $100 pack saves you $35. see tahoedonner.com/ cross-country for all pricing information.

our signature trail? If you ask us, we’d say it’s the journey in and out of Euer Valley: Last Round up, Cowboy Camp, and Coyote Crossing. Start this eightmile (13-kilometer) loop from the day lodge and start down into the beautiful Euer Valley. The trail passes the Cookhouse (a warming hut midweek and a café on weekends and holidays) and then follows the headwaters

and open meadows of Prosser Creek out to the Coyote warming hut. The loop heads back and gently climbs back up the 200 feet out of the valley and returns to the day lodge. A shorter four-and-a-half mile (7-kilometer) option out to the Cookhouse and back is a great alternative for beginner skiers and snowshoers.


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EVENTS December 12-14 | Cross Country Ski Festival: The Professional Ski Instruc-

tors of America and The Far West Nordic Ski Education Association are joining forces to bring the region’s best cross country ski clinicians and coaches to Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center. 13-20 | Passholder “Bring a Friend” Days: We will be offering a great deal for guests of season passholders—unlimited guests allowed! Passholder must be present; conditions permitting. See website for details. 14 | Full Moon Ski and Snowshoe Tour and Dinner: Moonlight ski and snowshoe tour, dinner and wine tasting from 5-8 p.m. 22 & 29 | Snowshoe Tour: Join Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski

Center’s experienced snowshoe guides to learn more about snowshoeing, explore the trails at Tahoe Donner and learn about local fauna and flora. From 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., $30 for tour only or $59 for rental with trail and tour package. 27 | Equipment Demo Day: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Reps will have their lat-

est and greatest equipment to demo including equipment by Fischer, Swix, Salomon, Madshus, Rossignol and others. Free with trail pass.

Jan uary 6-10 | National Learn to Ski Week: Discounted Learn to Ski

Packages will be offered in celebration of National Learn to Ski & Board

month to encourage new people to try out the wonderful sport of cross country skiing. 11 | Winter Trails Day: From 11 a.m.-3 p.m. there will be a national celebration of winter fun hosted by Tahoe Donner and REI . Winter Trails Day offers those new to snowsports the chance to try cross country skiing and snowshoeing for free with registration through REI (rei.com/sacramento). Donations accepted to help support the local cross country school ski teams. 13-16 | National Learn-to-Ski Week: Discounted Learn-to-Ski Packages will be offered in celebration of National Learn-to-Ski & Board month to encourage new people to try out the wonderful sport of cross country skiing. 14-16 | Euer Valley Moonlight Skiing: During this week, a specific night with the best conditions will be selected for an adventure encouraging folks to ski to the Euer Valley by moonlight. Enjoy soup and salad after as well as drink specials. Check website for details.

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20 | Skoogsloppet Race: Organized by our local school cross

23 | TAHOE DONNER CHALLENGE: A tour or a race – you choose

country ski teams as a fundraiser and starting at 10 a.m., choose a 15- or 7.5-kilometer course. A 2-kilometer course option for 12-year-olds and under will be available. Everyone is welcome and all participants enter the drawing for some great prizes donated by friends of the school teams.

between a 40km or shorter course. This is great preparation for The Great Ski Race. Delicious lunch for participants included in your entry. Check the website for details. Sponsored by Paco’s Bike and Ski.

Feb r uary

M a r ch 9 | Fun Run on Skis: Racing starts at 10 a.m. Ideal for the recreational

See BAOC.org for details.

skier/snowshoer to try their hand at a fun race on a non-technical course. 2-, 5- or 10-kilometer ski or snowshoe options and a BBQ to follow.

8-22 | Winter Olympics: It’s an Olympic year and we’re ready to

16 | Family Fun Day: From 10 a.m. – noon, this is a fun family ski day

3 | Ski Orienteering: Organized by The Bay Area Orienteering Club.

celebrate with our own version of winter Olympics! Stay tuned for fun Olympic-themed competitions and activities during this much-anticipated global event. 11-13 | Euer Valley Moonlight Skiing: 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. 14 | Full Moon Ski & Snowshoe Tour & Dinner: From 5-8 p.m.,

watch the moon rise from the trails. Moonlight ski and snowshoe tour, dinner and wine tasting. 15 | FUN OLYMPIC NIGHT RELAY: A short and fun relay course suitable for all ages and levels – make a team of three and join in the fun. Dinner and drink specials for racers.

including three-legged races, obstacle course, sprints, relays and more. 22 | Tour D’Euer: Event start times are between 8 a.m.-10 a.m. With a new twist to this favorite end-of-season tradition, this year participants can join the challenge to win a season pass for next year, dinner at The Lodge Restaurant & Pub more. Join the BBQ after the race and soak up the sun! 23 | Taste of Truckee at Tahoe Donner: Our on-snow gourmet

food tasting event from 12:30-2:30 p.m. is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts and connoisseurs of good food, featuring local restaurants. Beginners can rent skis or snowshoes at the Cross Country Ski Center and get a few free pointers from our experienced instructors before heading out to eat. A percentage of proceeds will be donated to local non-profits. Check the website for details.

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Thank you to everyone who joined us for Fall Festival! Mother Nature cooperated by providing us with perfect fall weather, and attendance this year was the highest yet, with more vendors and stations than ever before. We had top-notch entertainment and lots of activities for kids, including incredible face painting, rides, arts and crafts and yummy treats. Did you catch the Zumba performances? Get lost in the maze? Munch on a caramel apple? We hope you had as much fun as we did. As always, we review our events afterward and come up with plans to make each one better for next year. Take a look at the photos on this page for a recap of the fun‌ and thanks for coming out to celebrate fall with us!

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Taking Care of Business Regular Board Meeting Recap

SEPTEMBER 28, 2013

• Consent Calendar: Approved 4-0 (Director Gander absent)

• Credit Card Purchasing Program The board approved changing to a new credit card program. • Snowmobile Purchase The board approved the acceleration of Reserve Replacement Funds for this purchase.

• 2014 Rates and Fees The board approved rates and fees for the Downhill, Cross Country and Snowplay operations.

• Property Casualty Insurance Renewal The board approved this year’s policy.

• Tahoe Donner Signage: No action The board discussed adding additional descriptive text to the Tahoe Donner monument sign coming up Northwoods and entering Tahoe Donner.

• TSSA-1 Funds/Trout Creek Trail: Approved 4-0 (Director Gander absent) The board voted to recommend the Truckee Town Council approve the use of TSSA-1 Funds by the Town of Truckee for the full construction of the Trout Creek Trail, a class 1 recreational trail connecting Bridge St. in downtown Truckee to Tahoe Donner.

• Equestrian Temporary Operations in 2014: No action The board discussed options for the operation of Bikeworks, equestrian, and trail head parking during the 2014 summer season. A community workshop was scheduled for October 4 at 5:30 p.m. in The Lodge banquet room to obtain member input on this item.

• Director of Finance & Accounting Report: Approved 4-0 (Director Gander absent) The board approved the preliminary August financials.

• Equestrian Campus: No action The board discussed long-term plans for the Equestrian campus. A community workshop was scheduled for October 20 at 5:30 p.m. in The Lodge banquet room to obtain member input on this item.

• Beach Club Marina Improvement Project: Approved 4-0 (Director Gander absent) The board announced that during Executive Session they decided to withdraw the appeal of the Planning Commission’s decision on this project. The project plan will be revised and a new plan presented to the Town of Truckee in six months.

• Workers Compensation Renewal: Approved 3-0 (Director Gander absent) The board approved the association’s workers’ compensation insurance policy. (Director Miller recused himself.)

• 2014 Budget Workshop: No action The board reviewed the 2014 operating and capital budgets.

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 outside the Member Services Office in Northwoods Clubhouse.

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Bulletin Board

Each fall, we review temporary snow protection. The rules state that lightweight plastic sheeting is not allowed as it will not withstand the beating from snow and wind. However, you can use an approved material such as tempered glass or Plexiglas (appropriately framed) to protect your entryways, windows and other areas. Plywood, properly stained or painted to match your home is also allowed. Please remember that association rules state that all temporary or permanent alterations to your property must be submitted and approved by the Architectural Standards Committee prior to installation. If you need to install temporary protection for snow, submit your request to the Architectural Standards Office and it can be approved within one week. Also, please remember that any temporary protection must be removed as soon as it is no longer required (usually by the beginning of May). All too often we see plywood and/or plastic up well after the snow has ceased to fall. Our goal is not to infringe upon your rights but to ensure that the aesthetic standards of our association are upheld. The issue of blowing or pushing snow onto adjoining properties always pops up around this time of year. 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. We often 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 homeowners are under the impression that their property starts at the edge of the asphalt street. Typically, property lines start between 15 to 20 feet from the edge of the asphalt. That means that the town has the right to push and/or blow snow up to 35 feet from the edge of the street. And, 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. A recurring issue is that enclosures do not get closed properly or the 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. Please make sure that you, your guests, or your renters close garbage can enclosures securely. If you have any questions regarding this or any of our rules, please call us at 530-587-9407, e-mail 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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AUSTRIA

Herb and Nancy Eder overlooking Salzburg (Herb’s birthplace), May 2013. Hohensalzburg Castle in the background was built in 900 A.D.

MEXICO

The Murrell and Pullen Families vacationed together at Club Med, Cancún, Mexico on May 10, 2013. They continued to seek sun, sand, and waves by travelling south to Tulum and Mayan ruins. Pictured from left to right: Mark Murrell, Megan Murrell, Gavin Murrell, Harry Pullen, Courtney Murrell, Nick Pullen and Izzie Pullen.

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