Page 1

NEWS

2017 budget report: see insert inside

DECEMBER 2016 CHERYLE CUSTER, MEMBER SUBMISSION

tahoedonner.com |

1


FOUR GENERATIONS GEORGE LONG

The Long-Kelly family legacy is going strong in Tahoe Donner, with patriarch George Long at the helm—or rather, behind the lens.

P18

DEPARTMENTS

TAKE NOTE

02

05

GM’s Message Highlights from the past year

Tree Recycling How to recycle your Christmas tree

03

16

Monthly Calendar Don’t miss our December events

Annual Assessment A copy of the letter sent last month

07

26

Let’s Get Together Your source for TD events and specials

Holiday Shuttles Free and convenient shuttles

2017 ANNUAL BUDGET REPORT

17

27

2017 budget and financial information is

Giving Fund Annual grant process is complete

New Baker Cass Rodriguez at Alder Creek Cafe

23

28

2016 Recap A summary of the year from the ASO

Community Christmas Helping those in need

HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS A preview of what's coming up for the holidays at Tahoe Donner.

P06

contained in a pull-out section after page 16.

P16

30

GENERAL PLAN UPDATE Meeting the need for increased space at Trout Creek Recreation Center

P28

Board Meeting Read a recap from the Oct. 7 meeting

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

tahoedonner.com |

1


VOL. 17, NO. 12

WELCOME

DECEMBER 2016 EDITORIAL AND PRODUCTION STAFF Brinn Talbot Gretchen Sproehnle Ashley Quadros Derek Moore

BOARD OF DIRECTORS President

Jeff Bonzon, jbonzon@tahoedonner.com

Vice President

Ron Wulff, rwulff@tahoedonner.com

Treasurer

Steve Miller, smiller@tahoedonner.com

GENERAL MANAGER’S MESSAGE

Secretary

Jeff Schwerdtfeger, jschwerdtfeger@ tahoedonner.com

Director

Darius Brooks, dbrooks@tahoedonner.com

Board of Directors

board@tahoedonner.com

Continuous improvement is one of our

Winter 2016/2017 opening both Trout

core values for Tahoe Donner as outlined in

Creek Recreation Center pools – heated –

our strategic plan. It’s not something you

during our peak holidays

normally associate with a common-interest Postmaster

A membership validated Association

development, but Tahoe Donner is no ordinary

Master Plan for future capital project

community! Here are just a few improvement

reinvestment in our association amenity

96161; 530-587-9400, Fax 530-587-9419

highlights for the association this past year:

offerings

Email

Send address changes to Tahoe Donner News, 11509 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee, CA

comdep@tahoedonner.com

Advertising Sales Creative Concepts Media + Marketing is

Architectural Standards Office software

Membership approval to update our

modernization and digitalization of paper

governing documents to meet the recent

files

changes in the California Davis-Stirling

Renovation of the Trout Creek Recreation

Act

the exclusive advertising representative;

Center poolside locker rooms, steam room

phone 530-582-4100.

and sauna

Trout Creek Recreation Center parking

Implementation of a multiyear system of

lot for membership to access Trout Creek

winter trail grooming during the summer

and Snowplay during peak winter periods.

Publishing Information

Tahoe Donner Association holds the exclusive service mark right to “Tahoe Donner.” Any

months to prevent encroaching vegeta-

unauthorized use of such will be regarded as an

tion from impacting our winter downhill

infringement of that service mark right and

overall snow to open and maintain our

this publication does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by Tahoe Donner products, services, or views contained therein.

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.

viewing of your favorite amenity areas remotely •

First time New Year’s Eve firework show at our Downhill Ski Area after our annual

Launched recorded and live board meet-

nighttime light parade! “Community association” is a generic term

Expanded fat bike winter trail system

that encompasses many names used around

access as a fairly new and growing recre-

the world to describe common-interest hous-

ation activity

ing. A few examples include:

Expanded snowshoe trail access with an

Common-interest community (CIC) is

affordable introductory snowshoe-spe-

used by the National Conference of Com-

cific season pass

missioners on Uniform State Laws.

Completion of a long range Land Management Plan Near future projects underway to benefit

| Tahoe Donner News | December 2016

Improved association webcams for HD

Expanded association open space with the

our community include:

2

functionality •

ing broadcasts •

Update an improved association website for membership information and overall

640 acres on our northeast boarder

the official monthly publication of Tahoe

Reserved “member only” parking in our

trail offerings strategic acquisition of Crabtree Canyon,

Tahoe Donner News (ISSN 1550-6061) is Donner Association, which is located at 11509

and Nordic trail systems, requiring less

is prohibited. The inclusion of advertising in

Association or its board of directors of the

Common-interest realty association (CIRA) is the term preferred by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. (Continued on p. 4)


DEC. 1-16

December FOR ADDITIONAL DECEMBER EVENTS SEE

LET’S GET TOGETHER ON PAGE 7 SNOW DAY SNUGGLER

If it’s snowing, stop by The Lodge for a FREE hot cocktail in The Pub every day! See page 15.

DEC. 3-16

“BRING A FRIEND” DAYS

Passholders, bring your friends cross country skiing for discounted rates on these days.

DEC. 25

Tahoe Donner Downhill Opened in January 1972

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

Don’t miss your chance to dine with Santa and ski with him too! See page 6.

In 1972 the Downhill Ski Area opened its slopes to skiers. Guests enjoyed the new base lodge which was named the Donner Christy Inn. Here's to nearly 45 years of making memories and family traditions!

ALL EVENTS ARE DEPENDENT ON CONDITIONS. PLEASE CHECK TAHOEDONNER.COM OR CALL 530-587-9400 FOR UPDATES.

DEC. 31

NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION AT THE LODGE

Enjoy a special dinner menu, followed by a midnight champagne toast. See page 15.

DEC. 31

LIGHT PARADE AND FIREWORKS

Dont miss our first ever New Year's Eve fireworks show after the light parade at Tahoe Donner Downhill, New Year's Eve. See page 6.

DEC. 31

NEW YEAR’S EVE KIDS NIGHT OUT

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with your family and friends while your kids party with us. Reservations required. See page 13.

tahoedonner.com |

3


(Continued from p. 2) •

Common-interest development (CID) is used by the California

Department of Real Estate.

in the Town of Truckee. It’s actually a large, recreation-focused com-

Condominium association refers to units like apartments, town-

munity that is more akin to a midsize corporation (a business). Collec-

houses or other private units that are part of a single structure or

tively, our regular annual assessment and operating revenue amount to

group of structures.

millions of dollars that need to be budgeted carefully and spent wisely.

Homeowners association (HOA) is often synonymous with “com-

And our neighbors who have volunteered and been elected to serve on

mon-interest community” and usually describes a community of

the association’s board are responsible for making critical decisions—on

single-family homes.

our behalf—about managing the community and our money.

Property owners association (POA) can refer to a residential com-

• • •

Our community association is more than just another neighborhood

Our employee team (about 900 employees annually) work to carry

munity or a group of offices or other non-residential property.

out the day to day operations, but also help develop overall long-

Strata title is a term used in Australia, New Zealand, and British

range plans with the board—like when the parking lot will need to be

Columbia that describes individually owning part of a property,

repaved and when the ski lifts will need to be replaced—concerning

such as an apartment, and sharing ownership in the property’s

the parts of the community that are shared property. The board must

common or public areas.

set aside funds so that these kinds of projects can be accomplished on

In France and some parts of Quebec, condominiums are called

schedule or even ahead of schedule in the event there’s an unexpected

copropriété divisée (divided co-property).

breakdown. The board, with assistance from volunteer committees

The traditional term in Spanish-speaking countries for a com-

and staff, develops long range plans for not just maintenance and

mon-interest community is propiedad horizontal.

replacement of our association capital assets, but also the reinvest-

Condominio is the term used in Italy.

ment in our amenities by constantly reviewing the functionality, ser-

Regardless of the name, most community associations in the U.S. are

vice level, and overall portfolio of offerings for the community to meet

incorporated and subject to state statutes that govern nonprofit corpo-

every changing community demographics and recreation trends.

rations. Remember, membership in an association is not voluntary; you become a member when you purchase a home in the community.

The board’s decisions can have a significant impact on the community’s appearance and, consequently, on our property values. Be sure to communicate with the board regularly, observe board meetings, stay in tune with association news in our monthly magazine, sign up for weekly email updates, and attend the annual meeting to elect board members, while also participating in conversations about significant community issues throughout the year. Finally, our 2017 budget process has been completed and can be found in this issue of Tahoe Donner News. In addition, I’m including a long term view (5, 10, 15 and 20 year compounded annual growth rate) of our operating fund, capital funds, and overall funds in the chart below. Best Wishes this Holiday Season! ROBB ETNYRE | GENERAL MANAGER

HOLIDAY PARTY = SKI FOR FREE! Book a party at The Lodge and every guest can ski for free at the Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area or Cross Country Ski Area! 3 private room or a complete buy out. Visit tahoedonner.com/event-groups to view our sample menus options are available upon request. At Santa’s request, all room charges and site fees will be waived for Christmas parties before December 17, 2016. Visit tahoedonner.com/event-groups to For more menu options on our holiday parties, please contact group sales at 530-582-9643 or email groupsales@tahoedonner.com

4

| Tahoe Donner News | December 2016


TAHOE UNIVERSITY 39˚20’32”N 120˚12’13”W

Dickson Corporate Logos Dickson Realty Logo

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 departments. Amenities Beach Club Marina 587-9460 marina@tahoedonner.com Bikeworks 582-9694 bikeworks@tahoedonner.com Corporate Blue Logo: Cross Country Ski Area 587-9484 Can xcski@tahoedonner.com be used on white or light photo Downhill Ski Area 587-9444 ski@tahoedonner.com background 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 Unacceptable Uses of Dickson Realty Logo Pizza On The Hill 582-9669 pizza@tahoedonner.com Recreation Info Hut 587-9413 troutcreek@tahoedonner.com Tahoe Donner Campground 587-9462 campground@ tahoedonner.com Tennis Center 587-9474 tennis@tahoedonner.com Trails 582-9672 trails@tahoedonner.com Trout Creek Rec. Center 587-9437 troutcreek@tahoedonner.com Tahoe Donner Association Committee Chairs Architectural Standards, Rod Whitten aso@tahoedonner.com Covenants, Al Noyes alandjosi@gmail.com Elections, Bette Rohrback truckeebette@yahoo.com Finance, Art King aiking156@att.net General Plan, Dwight Walker walker.dwight@outlook.com Giving Fund Chairman, Dick Gander tdgf@tahoedonner.com Tahoe Donner Association Chartered Club Presidents Bridge Club, Robin Reese rbtahoe@sbcglobal.net Friends of TD Trails, B.R. Levine tdtrails@gmail.com Rowing Club, Dot Mace dotmace@me.com Dickson Realty Tagline Senior Alpine Ski, Michael Eyton-Lloyd hmsmike1@aol.com Tennis, Michele Forsberg minkeysf@sbcglobal.net 9-Holers, Lynette Powell lynette.powell@sbcglobal.net Men’s Golf, Patrick Gemma patgemma1@att.net Women’s Golf, Bettye Carmichael ibboop@suddenlink.net Hiking Club, Robin Reese rbtahoe@sbcglobal.net Corporate Blue Logo: Quilt Club, Linda Brush sewlinda@aol.com Can jslai@comcast.net be used on white or light photo Junior Golf Club, Jean Lai background Corporate Blue Logo TD 4-Wheelers Club, Bill Ratcliff td4wheelers@gmail.com Equestrian Club, Susan Terrell terrellsf@earthlink.net

White Logo: Can be used on Corporate Blue background or dark photo backRealtor® ground

Dinny Evans

HIGH ALTITUDE HOMES

BRE #01126819

Direct

530.414.1420 Megan Evans Realtor®

BRE #01384362

Direct

Dinny

Megan

530.448.9434

Raised in the business and partnering in the business, the tradition continues.

Website

Unlike the weather, one thing you can rely on from High Altitude Homes is our service.

HighAltitudeHomes.com

If you can dream it up, you can team it up.

Dinny & Megan

White Logo: - Richie Norton Blue Can be used on Corporate background or dark photo background with White Logo

Evans-Dinny TD Summer Guide_2016.indd 1

tahoedonner.com |

5

4/1/16 2:59 PM


HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS AT TAHOE DONNER YOUR AT-A-GLANCE GUIDE

From breakfast with Santa to skiing on New Year’s Eve, Tahoe Donner has a host of holiday happenings in store for you. Grab your family and friends and join us for an event or two.

DEC. 24, CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER AT THE LODGE RESTAURANT & PUB Join us for Christmas Eve dinner from 4–8 p.m. Our regular menu will be offered, plus specials. Reservations are recommended. Note: we are closed Christmas Day.

DEC. 25, CHRISTMAS DAY BREAKFAST WITH SANTA AT TAHOE DONNER DOWNHILL SKI AREA Breakfast 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. Don’t miss your chance to meet Santa and ski with him too!

DEC. 25, CHRISTMAS DAY AT TAHOE DONNER CROSS COUNTRY SKI AREA We will be open from 12 p.m.–5 p.m. on Christmas Day. Trails will be open and ski

6

| Tahoe Donner News | December 2016

patrol will be on duty for season passholders only from 8:30 a.m.

DEC. 31, LIGHT PARADE AND FIREWORKS ON NEW YEAR’S EVE AT TAHOE DONNER NEW DOWNHILL SKI AREA !

That's right, we are hosting our first-ever fireworks show this New Year's Eve! Come early to secure a spot in the annual light parade, for ages 10 or older. Music 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 p.m. and fireworks to begin immediately after the light parade. FREE event!

DEC. 31, NEW YEAR’S EVE SUNSET SNOWSHOE TOUR AT TAHOE DONNER CROSS COUNTRY SKI AREA Join us for a guided snowshoe hike on our cross country trails from 4–6 p.m., followed by a steaming bowl of delicious chili and drinks at the Trailside Bar. A great way to ring in the New Year with the family. Meet at Alder Creek

Adventure Center at 4 p.m. (3:30 p.m. if you need to rent equipment). Dress in warm layers, including hats and gloves, and bring water and a headlamp. Cost: $25 for adults; $15 for kids under 18 (must be accompanied by an adult). Includes evening trail pass, guided tour, and a bowl of delicious chili. Snowshoe rental: Add $10 if you need to rent snowshoes. Space is limited. Please reserve your spot(s) at least 24 hours in advance at tahoedonner. com/shop.

DEC. 31, NEW YEAR’S EVE DINNER CELEBRATION AT THE LODGE RESTAURANT & PUB Ring in the new year in style. We’re offering a special New Year’s Eve menu with a champagne toast at midnight. Dinner seating is available from 5–10 p.m. and reservations are required (held with credit card). All of our events are conditions permitting. Please check our website or give us a call before heading out.


KYLE KELLY

TA

A C LU B

JOIN SH

TY

BLIC A

N ME

I

TY

DON

PU

BLIC AM

EN

I

Conditions permitting, we open for the season on Dec. 9! Check our website for the latest updates or give us a call.

t en n is

S

ME T TD

PU

ST

MEE

E

D

R

N T RY U O C S C ROS O TA H

RS MBE

NE DON

NER

I AR EA K S L L I OW N H OE TA H

ARE INTE

Seasonal Programs:

RE

R

N E opportunity to talk to I wanted to Etake this DON O TA H

R IA N EQ U EST

C ENT E R

PR

C

I VAT E

R

CA M P PU

O U R SE C F L O G E

PU

BLIC A

N ME

BLIC AM

EN

I

TY

main types of lessons are seasonal programs,

D GROUN

BLIC A

give you a little more information. Our three private lessons, and group lessons. I’ll also share a few helpful hints to make your lesson day more enjoyable.

TY

O TA H

EK

I

O TA H

N E DO

B I K E WO

We offer three main season long options. TD

NER

R KS S

NE DON

RE ER C

IR

ALD

I board lessonsP Uoffered Nat Tahoe Donner and ME

TY

you about the different types of ski and snow-

E DO

RDS

O TA H There are five different sessions offered olds.

R NNE

V ENT E L A I C SPE O TA H

E DO

N E DO

AQ UAT I BE

CS

HE AT T H E

BE

A

AT

NER

AT

O TA H

L I F EG UA

on Wednesdays and Thursdays. These kids E E H

T TH can be anywhere from new to the sport (have

never skied) up to kids who can ski the whole mountain. Our goal is for all of these children to be able to ski down the beginner trails independently by the end of the program. Obviously, the more advanced kids will progress much further than that. These lessons are between two and two and a half hours long. Rental equipment is provided for tahoedonner.com |

7

A

RE EP N TA Tykes is ourNmidweek program for 3 to 6 year NER LS & R


Tahoe Donner Downhill's new snowmaking system is the first in the U.S. to utilize the Silent Polecat technology.

the lessons if needed, and after the first week, it will be set up and ready for you each week. We do fun themes each week, and we do our

promptly.

best to ensure that all of the kids have a great

• Don’t forget to send your children to the

time and want to go skiing.

bathroom before their lesson. We’ll gladly

Sunday Speedsters and the Recreational

take care of bathroom breaks, but they can

Team (Rec Team) is our full day Sunday

take up a significant portion of your child’s

program. These programs run on the same

learning time.

schedule for five hours starting at 10:30 a.m.

• Please let us know of any allergies or med-

on Sundays. The only difference between the

ical conditions when you book your lesson.

two programs is that Speedsters are 5 to 6

Our instructors are trained to look for this

year olds, and Rec Team is ages 7 or older. These kids need to be able to at least ski Snowbird unassisted to join the team. This program’s main goal is to improve the children’s skiing and snowboarding skills throughout the season, while being sure they have a great time along the way. Our final program is the Tahoe Donner race team. These kids will ski with our race coach on Saturday and Sunday as well as all week during a couple of the main school holidays. The main focus is on improving their ski racing skills, and they will travel to four races in the Tahoe area as part of the Tahoe League race series. You can sign up for any of our seasonal programs online at tahoedonner.com, in Member Services at the Northwoods Clubhouse, or at the ski area once we open for the season. All of

info, but it doesn’t hurt to remind them at

Group Lessons: You can purchase group lesson packages online at tahoedonner.com, over the phone at 530-587-9444, or in person at the ski area. Lesson packages include a full day lift ticket, as well as rental equipment for the day. We split our group lessons into smaller groups by age. Snowflakes are our 3- to 6-year-old skiers. Snow Shredders are our 5- to 6-year-old snowboarders. Our regular group lessons are split into 7–12 and 13 and up age groups. We then split each age group up further based on their ability level. Different lesson groups will be different sizes, but it will always be an appropriate group based on age and ability. For the last several seasons, we’ve been offering a full day group lesson option for 4 to 12 year olds

the start of the lesson as well. • Young kids do best in their lessons if they can’t see mom and dad. Feel free to watch whenever you want, but the lesson will be a lot more successful if you’re sneaky about it. • If your child isn’t used to being away from mom or dad, they can be pretty apprehensive at the start of the class. We’re very used to it though, and our instructors are great at cheering kids up. The best strategy is almost always a quick “kiss and go.” Don’t worry. We’ll contact you if your child isn’t having a great time. • For skiers younger than age 3, or snowboarders younger than 5, one hour private lessons are a great place to start. • Instructors have access to water, hot choc-

these programs include a season pass for the

which includes a hot lunch as well.

olate, and snacks like animal crackers or

participant.

Helpful Hints:

Telling your instructor about a special treat

Private Lessons:

• Our holiday periods are very busy. Reserva-

These are by far our most successful lessons. Our best instructors teach these lessons, and the lesson will always be tailored specifically to you or your group. You can only purchase private lessons in person at the ski area or over the phone to our ski area ticket office. This is to ensure we match you to the best possible instructor for your particular needs. Be sure to make a reservation, as we often sell out very early. One hour private lessons are usually available each morning, but our more popular three and six hour private lessons often fill up weeks or months in advance. Holiday periods are especially full for private lessons. Don’t forget that you can request your favorite instructor once you’ve found one you like. Many of our regular guests at the ski area have been skiing with the same instructor for years.

8

| Tahoe Donner News | December 2016

tions are strongly recommended, especially for our private lessons. Private lessons are a great way to avoid the crowds. • If you need rental equipment, plan on arriving at least one hour before your lesson

apple slices for hungry kids and grownups. you’ve slipped into a child’s pocket can make a child’s day sometimes too. • Smile and have fun. We’re playing in the snow after all!

DAVE WALKER | SKI SCHOOL DIRECTOR

midweek, and two hours before your lesson on weekends and holidays. • All children in lessons should wear appropriate clothing including waterproof pants, a helmet, sunglasses or goggles, and a pair of gloves or mittens. These items are mandatory to start a lesson. All of these items are available in our ticket office should you forget something. • All of our lessons meet outside. Please try to arrive at the meeting area up to 15 minutes before your lesson time with all of your equipment. We do our best to start lessons

Woman Owned Business CARPET • UPHOLSTERY Call for your FREE Estimate

DRY IN 1 HOUR! • Environmentally Safe • Pet Friendly • Satisfaction Guaranteed

Truckee/Northshore 530.550.1252


FROM THE ENTIRE SNOWTECH FAMILY

800.452.3060 • SNOWTECH.NET CSLB #825998 • 17356 Northwoods Blvd. Truckee, CA 96161

tahoedonner.com |

9


PU

Interval Training E R and Technique Tune ALD Up Starting Dec. 13

DON

PR

I VAT E A M

PU

BLIC AM

EN

ON

I V AT E A M

I VA

EN

Season Passes Now On Sale

year at Tahoe Donner Cross Country. A season

OD S O W H T N O R –Pjust lines to buy tickets OO La swipe of the pass

pass is the best way to get out on the trails – no Y

and technique tune up tips is led by USSA

DON HOE

B I K E WO

TA

Coach Karl Voltz. Open to all intermediate

NER

R KS IR

S

• After School Kids Instructors – If you can

and advanced cross country skiers. Get in

A

R P N TA RE E R love kids, we would love Eto L S & to ski and talk you NN O D E O great shape this winter by joining this early TA H about training up to help us with our after-

B

ONN SESSION DATES: TUESDAYS, DEC. 13–JAN.E AT OE D TA H A.M. 31: 8–9:30 HE AT T H E

Check out our website for even more 2016–2017 adult programs.

Looking for a Part-Time Job? Tahoe Donner Cross Country is hiring for various positions to help us on weekends and holidays. Benefits include a free pass, access to Tahoe Donner amenities, and generous discounts on food and retail. As of going to print, we are still looking to fill the following positions: • Parking Lot – Helping us maximize our parking and welcoming customers on weekend and holiday mornings. • Snow Removal – On call for those big storms we are hoping for.

AT

AR D S L I F EG Uschool programs.

AT I CS U Q A COST: $180; TRAIL PASS REQUIRED

EN

and added benefits of having a season pass last

son! This 8–week series of interval training

THE

HE

• Wax Techs – Calling all you wax gurus out

there. Our waxing services have become popular enough for us to be looking to hire wax techs to keep up with the demand. 5–6 hours a day on busy weekends and holidays; 2 hours a day midweek. Email xc@tahoedonner.com for details.

Have You Ever Considered Teaching Cross Country Skiing? Tahoe Donner Cross Country has one of the leading ski schools in the nation. As our reputation continues to grow, more and more people are taking lessons. We are looking to train new instructors to join our team. If you are passionate about the sport, and enjoy working with adults and or children, plan on joining us Dec. 4 and/or Dec. 11 to see if teaching cross country skiing could be right for you. These are free clinics with no requirement to become an instructor, but if you find you like teaching, and are interested in part-time winter employment, Tahoe Donner Cross Country is a great place to work. We have part-time midweek, and weekend and holiday positions available. Intermediate and above skiing skills are required. These classes will focus on teaching classic technique to beginners as this is the majority of lessons our new instructors teach. Ongoing training is offered in our ski school

10

PR

Nearly 1800 people enjoyed the easy access

I

N shape for the seaIt’s not too lateP Uto get Ein BLIC AM

ER

PR

Y

NER

C ENT E R N A I R EQ U EST OE TA H

I

season workout group.

C LU B B EACAHR I NA M RENTAL EQUIPMENT FREE. BASIC

T RO UT R EC

ER FREE OF CHARGE IF NEEDED. E N TAVAILABLE C s i n Questions? Email xc@tahoedonner.com. t en

TY

ND

TI

DATES: SUNDAY, DEC. 4 FROM 9 A.M. –12 P.M. AND SUNDAY, DEC. 11 FROM 9 A.M.–12 P.M. WE RECOMMEND YOU ATTEND BOTH DAYS IF YOU CAN.

| Tahoe Donner News | December 2016

N PR and you are off enjoying M E trails. Discounted I V AT E Athe

IT

EK CRE

BE

I

and coaching our kids’ programs.

I

TY

trail status.

ROU CA M P G

EN

COST:

check our website to confirm operating and

A

for teaching more advanced skills, ski skating,

I

We are now open! Please give us a call or

P & INFORM

IT

BLIC AM

EN

EL

Y

EN

H

IT

RY

BLIC AM

NER

L AY

BLIC AM

TY

PU

AT

Y

T

NER

TY

PU

UB

SE

DO HOE

R NNE

C O U NT S S O R C TA

S

R

S N OW P

R EA A TA I K S ILL D OW N H DON HOE

N E DO

ES

TY

O TA H

N E DO

RV I C E S R E MEMB O TA H

restricted passes are also available for snowshoeing and fat biking this year—see below.

Benefits of Buying a Full Season pass: Season passholders can ski early on nonstorm days.* We have a regular 7 a.m. “early bird” crowd that takes advantage of the new locker room to change into their ski boots and enjoy the fresh grooming before work. You can even grab a muffin and coffee before you leave. Locker room and trails open at 7 a.m. The Lodge opens and coffee is ready at 8:30 a.m. *7 a.m. “early bird” access is only available on non-storm days to allow for grooming and snow removal. Check the weather and grooming report before you leave home in the morning. From Dec. 3–16, 2016, season passholders can “Bring a Friend” for just $19 for a day ticket (add $10 if they need rental equipment). Unlimited guests allowed. Passholder must be present. Season passholders receive 10 percent off food, non-alcoholic beverages and retail at the Cross Country Ski Area (discount not available on sale items). Season passholders receive free access to Tahoe Donner’s Snowplay area. Season passholders receive a free fat bike ticket when renting a bike from Tahoe Donner Cross Country. Combo season passholders may also ski and snowboard at our downhill area and receive 10 percent off food and non-alcoholic beverages at Pizza on the Hill and The Lodge restaurants (not valid during holiday periods). See our website for all pricing and information.

O TA H

R EC PR

O


after a storm). New this year, we are offering a dis-

pass required. Cost: $110 by Nov. 30, $120 after

folks who only want to snowshoe. Enjoy

Dec. 1.

snowshoeing on over 100 kilometers of ski

• Fridays, Jan 6–27: Ski Skating, 8:30–10 a.m.

trails, plus 11 kilometers of snowshoe-spe-

• Mondays, Jan 30–Feb 20: Classic skiing,

cific trails for a discounted price. Cost is

8:30–10 a.m.

$150 for members, $200 for public (all

• Mondays, March 6–27: Ski Skating, 8:30–10 a.m.

about snowshoeing on our trails. An additional ticket or pass is required to ski and/or fat bike.

Expanded Dog Trails Add just $50 to your season pass and

When conditions allow, fat bikers can enjoy

you can take your dog out on designated trails. We have expanded the number of trails and the hours for dogs this year. We now offer

8 kilometers of machine groomed ski trails

7 kilometers of dog friendly trails, all the way

(dog friendly trails) and 15 kilometers of single

up to Dogs in Space.

track (snowshoe) trails daily, and if the trail surface is firm enough, we will allow riding on The Home Range and Sunrise Bowl Trails on Tuesday and Sunday mornings. See the daily grooming report for fat bike trail status.

Well behaved dogs are allowed on the following days and times: • Opening day–Dec. 25: Dogs are welcome all day, any day.

$150 for members, $200 for public (all ages).

• Dec. 26–Feb. 28: Dogs are welcome all day, any day, except for weekends and holidays* when we only allow dogs before 9:45 a.m. and after 3 p.m.

Season passes are available for purchase

• March 1–end of season: All day, any day.

Also new this year is our fat bike season pass for folks who only want to ride. Cost is

online or at Member Services. Before buying this pass, please be aware that purchase of pass is no guarantee of daily access. Fat biking will only be permitted on designated trails when staff determines conditions are firm enough for riders to have fun without damaging the trails for skiers. Additional ticket or pass required to ski and/ or snowshoe. Day tickets for fat biking cost $15 for members, $19 for public. Ski/snowshoe season

• Season passholders are welcome to ski with their dog on “early bird’” days (nonsnow removal mornings). Check the daily grooming report for updates on “early bird” ski status. Restricted holiday access: Dec. 26 – Jan.

Coach Karl Voltz. Classic or skating. Trail pass required. Cost: $170 by Nov. 30, $180 after Dec. 1. • Tuesdays, Dec 13–Jan 31: 8–9:30 a.m.

WOMEN'S SKATING IMPROVEMENT Women-only ski skating improvement classes taught by PSIA Clinician Andrea Miller. Improve your skating skills while having fun on the trails. Trail pass required. Cost: $110 by Nov 30, $120 after Dec 1.

BEGINNER SKATERS: • Tuesdays, Jan. 3–24: 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m. • Tuesdays, Feb. 7–27: 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

INTERMEDIATE SKATERS: • Wednesdays, Jan. 4–25: 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m. • Wednesdays, Feb 8–March 1: 10–11:30 a.m.

GREAT SKI RACE PREP TRAINING GROUP Eight week series of ski improvement and training tips taught by PSIA Clinician / USSA Great Ski Race, or your 30th, there’s always

Ski Locker Rental Rental of our lockers are available to ski/ first served basis starting at just $139 for mem-

Country. See the website for more details

bers. Reserve yours now via Shop

about fat biking.

TD or call Member Services 530-

These single tracks wind through the woods

intermediate skiers and above, led by USSA

more details.

renting a bike from Tahoe Donner Cross

We have 15 kilometers of single track trails

Interval training and technique tune up for

Coach Glenn Jobe. Whether it’s your first

snowshoe season passholders on a first come,

for snowshoers to explore.

INTERVAL TRAINING AND TECHNIQUE TUNE UP

2; Jan. 14–16; Feb. 18–25. See the website for

passholders receive a free fat bike ticket when

Expanded Snowshoe Trails

and who are exploring the blue trails. Trail

counted snowshoe-only season pass for

ages). See the website for more details

Expanded Fat Biking Trails

above who are comfortable on our green trails

room for more efficiency. Find out how to work less and ski faster! Cost: $170 by Nov. 30, $180 after Dec. 1. Trail pass required.

INTERMEDIATE SKATERS AND ABOVE: • Thursdays, 11 a.m.– 12 p.m, Jan. 12–March 2

587-9400, ext. 0.

ADULT PROGRAMS NOW ON SALE

and meadows offering a peaceful alternative

IMPROVE YOUR CROSS COUNTRY SKIING

to the busier, wider ski trails. These trails

Improver classes taught by

are packed by snowmobile when conditions

PSIA Clinician Val Licon. Open

permit. (We can’t always groom these right

to all skiers intermediate and

tahoedonner.com |

11


U N T RY

EN

INTERMEDIATE SKATERS AND ABOVE: • Saturdays: Jan. 7–28: 8:30-10 a.m. • Saturdays: Feb. 4–25: 8:30-10 a.m. • Saturdays: March 4–25: a.m. NER O N8:30-10 R

AT

I CS

E E H

D HOE

RDS KIDS PROGRAMS L I F EG UANOW ON SALE AT

NNE

EV RAMS &

IT

I VAT E A M

EN

P

C R E E RK T U O R E G and T C Eare N Trated Northwoods Clubhouse.EFilms C U BPlease call MemberR Services at 530-587L PG. C H C B EA AR I N9400, M A ext. 0 to find out what’s playing. FREE!

Night Tubing, Dec. 16

ENT E R C s i n t en

PR

E E AT Sign your child Bup for E H or more of these T Hone

popular after school 8-session programs which run from 3:45–5 p.m. starting in January. These programs are expected to fill up again this year. Tuesdays: Junior Biathlon (second

I VAT E A M

EN

Y

tubing and sledding fun!

starting at 6:30 p.m. every Friday night at Y

the season on Dec. 9. Come on out for some

IT

E LS & R

Bring a pillow and blanket, kick your feet up and enjoy either a classic or new movie

IT

N PR Our first Friday Night Tubing begins Friday, Friday Movie Night is cancelled Dec. 2 ME I V AT E ANote:

Y

and Dec. 16.

TD Eats!

PR

I VAT E A M

EN

Trivia Night

Warm up with hot food and drink from our sledding and tubing, grab a hot meal made

ONN

E

E Dprizes. Trivia your smarts for a chance toOwin TA H

TI ON R EC R EA

Night is held on Thursdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. S

food trailer. After you work up an appetite

Enjoy a pizza from Pizza on the HillRand test

DS OFREE! O W H T open any time Snowplay is open. N O R P OO L Kids Night Out REGULAR HOURS: FRIDAY, 1:30–4:30 P.M., fresh daily from the new TD Eats food trailer,

PR

NT

I

$120 after Dec. 1. Trail pass required.

TA

OG

OG

EV RAMS &

Y

TY

TY

EN

PR

A

IT

C ENT E R N A I R skaters, intermediate and U ESTabove, who are Qgreen E K comfortable on our E E trails and who are R CR D N P G R O U exploring the blue trails. Cost: $110 by Nov. 30, N

E cross country Coach Karl Voltz. Open toOall TA H

BLIC AM

PR

ER

EN

I VAT E A M Kids ages 4 through 10 are invited to an SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, 9:30 A.M.–4:30 ONN OE D TA H P.M. evening of games, dinner, arts and crafts, our

B I K E WO

R KS

PR

S

Skating improver classes taught by EUSSA R

I

I

Dec. 16. Tube under the lights until 6:30 p.m.!

N ME

P & INFORM

E

IMPROVE YOUR SKATING DON

EL

IT

• Fridays, March 3–24, 10–11:30 a.m.

BLIC A

S

IR

N TA

E

PU

EN

HOLIDAY HOURS: RE EP TA L S & R DEC. N19–JAN. 2: 9:30 A.M.–4:30 P.M. CHRISTMAS DAY: 12–4:30 P.M. NEW YEAR’S EVE DAY: 9:30 A.M.–4:30 P.M. JAN. 14–16: 9:30 A.M.–4:30 P.M. FEB. 18–26: 9:30 A.M.–4:30 P.M. IR

EN

BLIC AM

A

BLIC AM

PU

A

TY

RE

E H AT T H3–24, •I Fridays,B EFeb. 10–11:30 a.m.

TY

PU

NER

ABRI KEEAWO R KS Conditions permitting, we are opening for

AT

I

NER

Y

N NER HOE DO D O N weeks TA Tahoe Donner members), includes O E four H A T

TY

their hand at cross country. Cost: $89 ($69 for

EN

N E DO

S

ON

H

downhill skiers/snowboarders wanting to try

BLIC AM

O TA H

TI

Designed for beginners new to skiing, or

SKI L of instruction, rentals and trail Hpasses. L I N N E R D OW DON BEGINNERS: E R TA H O E N N O R D S10–11:30 a.m. A OE D Y U R G T E • Fridays, Jan. 6–27, N F I SS COU L

ER

NT

ONN OE D TA H

portive environment at an unbeatable price!

PU

?

S E C R EAT I O N E C I V R R E R SE B M E R M S E D ONN H WOO OE D T R TA H O Y N A L P OO L S N OW P Friday Family Movie Night

I

E

I VAT E A M

TY

ND

N

EN

COST: FREE EVENT. (TRAIL PASS REQUIRED).

AN U EST R I Q E by PSIA instructor Herb Holden. A fun, supA learn to ski series for those over 60, taught E BLIC AM

I V AT E A M

IT

PR

C ENT E R

PU

EN

Y

SENIORS - LEARN TON ECROSS R N E DO COUNTRYTSKI AHO

I VAT E A M

IT

NT E R E C s i n n SUNDAY, JAN 8; 11 A.M.–3 P.M. t e AND PR

PR

Y

I

NT E R EC C E Y

LU B C H C A B E A R I NA M

TY

N

T

IT

NE

ROGER BURNS | SNOWPLAY MANAGER

Friday Night Movie and even a bedtime story. Parents can enjoy a night out while our trained staff looks after your little ones. Preregistration and payment is required at least 24 hours in advance. To reserve a spot, call Trout Creek at 530-587-9437, or Member Services at 530-587-9400, ext. 0. Subject to cancellation. Space is limited; there is a maximum of 25 children and a minimum of 5.

through eighth grade basic ski handling

WHERE: NORTHWOODS CLUBHOUSE

skills required)

DATES: SATURDAY, DEC. 17 (NOTE: KIDS NIGHT OUT FOR DEC. 2 HAS BEEN CANCELLED)

Wednesdays: TD Kids (all levels kindergarten through fifth grade) Thursdays: TD Kids (all levels kindergarten through fifth grade) Fridays: Junior Racers (intermediate skiers third through fifth grade) Sign up via Shop TD (tahoedonner.com/ shop) or call 530-587-9400, ext. 0.

TIME: 5–9 P.M. COST: $20 PER MEMBER CHILD; $25 FOR GUEST CHILD

We also have a special New Year’s Eve Kids Night Out. See next page for details.

ROGER BURNS | RECREATION SUPERVISOR

Looking for New Equipment? Try what’s new in the way of skis boots and poles this year. Industry reps will be on site with demo gear at Tahoe Donner Cross Country for you to try and reps will be happy to share their knowledge about what equipment is right for you. DATES AND TIME: WEDNESDAY, DEC. 28

12

| Tahoe Donner News | December 2016

Have you tried the steak and cheese special at TD Eats, our food trailer located at Snowplay? TD Eats offers hot food and drinks and operates out of the Trout Creek parking lot any time Snowplay is open.


S N OW P

NER

PU

NER

L AY EN

I

R EA Powell atAlynette.powell@sbcglobal.net. I K S L L night out while our trained staff looks W N H I Have a wonderful winter and we will see O D R afterOyour you in the spring. N N E little ones. Space is limited. OE D Y R T TA H TIME: U C O 5 N– 9 P.M. TD Men’s Golf Club C R O S SWHERE: NORTHWOODS CLUBWell, the 2016 golf season officially closed in HOUSE mid-October. The board of directors had E Rtheir COST: $20 PER MEMBER CHILD; $25 C7.EAtN Tthat s FOR GUEST CHILD i final meeting of the year n onnNov. tthee budget and saw that meeting we reviewed R E N ON Special New Year’s Eve Kids HNight OE D T E R the year with essentially a balanced we TA E Nended C N Out, Dec. 31 A I budget. This meant our income and expenses EST R Uchild's Q E YouEcan already book your K E R were just about equal. We will start the new C ER New adventure. Our New Year's D A L DYear's Eve N U O P G Ris for children ages 3 –9, and they'll season with a reasonable reserve. We have CEveAMparty decided to keep the membership fee the same DON HOE

BLIC AM

TY

a bedtime story. Parents can enjoy a TA

S

BER

PU

ST

S

UB L C A JOIN RE

BLIC AM

EN

B

I

Y

ARE INTE

I

PR

I VAT E A M

EN

TY

SH

EN

IT

MEM T TD MEE

BLIC AM

TY

PU

EN

and more. Please bring pajamas, blankets, and pillows for children to get cozy with during

year we debuted the new Winter Golf AcadON OE D ultimate indoor, TA H virtual golf experience, and

L

EV ENT

you can golf a game or two every Thursday– Sunday, 1–7 p.m.

?

CS UAT7 IP.M. AQUP); –1 A.M. $55 (END OF NIGHT

OE TA H COST: 7 P.M. – 10:30 P.M. $45 (EARLY PICK

emy at Tahoe Donner Golf N E RCourse. It's the

S P E C IA

We even have plans to start men’s and

BE

E

E H PICK AT T HUP).

Book now by calling 530-587-9437. Note: Kids Night Out for Dec. 2 has been cancelled.

ON

EM TD M EET

BER

CL JOIN A

JAMES MURTAGH | GOLF MANAGER A

S

UB

PR

IT

Y

H C LU B R I NA

I VAT E A M

EN

• Thanksgiving: 6 a.m.–6 p.m. • Christmas Eve: 6 a.m.–6 p.m. R • Christmas Day: 12–6Dp.m. NNE E O O H TA 6 a.m.–8 p.m. • New Year’s Eve:

Y

IT

hours)

EV RAMS &

E

PR

NT

S

EAT I O N R C E R • New Year’s Day: 6 a.m.–10 p.m. (normal OG

Kids Night Out, Dec. 17 On the first Friday and third Saturday of every month, kids ages 4 through 10 are invited to an evening of games, dinner, arts and crafts, our Friday Night Movie and even

IR

booked and will be sent to members after the first of the year. Time to think SNOW!

TD Women’s Golf Club Congratulations to Diane Kalliam, Bet-

O TA H

N E DO

HILL N W O D Bradley for joining 12 other Sacramento Area ER ONN PWGA clubs O E D and competing T RY in the annual TA H N U O C Tournament C R O S S of Champions Competition at Darkhorse Golf Club. Diane placed in low

9-Holers Women’s Golf Club The golf season at Tahoe Donner ended in October and it was a spectacular one.

OURS GOLF C

E

everything to make our golf experience so EN

PU

BLIC AM

EN

(yeah!). Chris Lodge joined the “skins” game

I

DON

HOE is a beautiful course and TOUGH! Great TAwork,

R IA N T S E U Q E

TDWGC champions!

E E K The Best of Broadway Save the Date: R CR

UND O R G P CA M Sunday–Tuesday, July 23–25, 2017. Please ALD

E

PU

BLIC AM

The 2017 TDWGC Invitational will be held PU

BLIC AM

EN

I

mark those dates on your calendar and notify your guests. No guests? No problem. There are quite a few gals at the Ridge and at Lincoln

at The Lodge Restaurant & Pub for their fine

Hills who would like to play. Each foursome

service during our events held there. Well

N D can have a maximum of two members. IfOyou HOE

BLIC AM

done all!

NER

R L I F EG UA

TA

need a guest, please email Robin (rbtahoe@

The new TD Women’s Golf board welcomes old members and new members for the 2017 season. If your membership is paid by Dec. ER ONN

EV ENT

D O E Download 31, you will save $5. an application TA H

S P E C IA

L

BLIC AM

gross (yeah!) and Leslie placed in low net

good. We also thank Jeff Jack and his staff PU

S

I

and along with Leslie, won skins! Darkhorse

TY

Y

Holiday Hours of Operation:

EN

RE

ONN OE D of the Tahoe Donner TA H golf employees for doing

EN

OOD S OL

ARE INTE

The Women’s 9-Holer Golf EClub R thanks all

IT

TE AM

ST

S

M

SH

C R E E RK T U O R T C ENT E R EC

tournaments for the 2017 season have all been

TY

NER info on that in January, so stay tuned and stop N E DO

P & INFORM

P

PU

TI

EL

E LS & R

tye Carmichael, Leslie Williams and Glenda

women’s night leagues. We’ll be sharing more

V I C ES inRtoday. E S R E MB H

RDS

N TA

DS

E R and she will get one for B E you now HE sbcglobal.net) AT T H E ONN OE D H A T so you can meet and play with her in advance

I CS UATlike AifQyou’d to. BE

AT T H E

HE

Great news! PWGA has announced a one-

online or pick one up at Member Services in

time reduction in individual dues for 2017. For

Northwoods Clubhouse.

2017 only, PWGA dues will be reduced! The

If you have questions about our club, please feel free to contact our club president Lynette

TDWGC board has decided to reduce the 2017 annual membership by $20. The additional

tahoedonner.com |

13

NER

C EN TY

season was over, it's now "virtually" back. Last

L I F EG UA

WHERE: TROUT CREEK REC CENTER KIDS BE HE NER CLUB AT T H E DON

RE

board outside the pro shop. The schedule of

AT

We are open! Just when you thought golfing

R TIME: 7 P.M. – 1 A.M. RESERVATIONS NNE E DO O H REQUIRED; MAX 30 CHILDREN. TA AT

Winter Golf Academy

WO R KS E K I B Services and pinned to the Men's Club bulletin HOE

TA copies will be at Member Club website. Hard S

the movie.

NER cations can be found online D O Nat the TD Men's

A

I

NOR

as it has been for the last 6 or 7 years. Appli-

TY

TY

BLIC A

N ME

I

I

B L I C A M a movie, cookies, games, crafts enjoyP Upizza,

O U R SE C F L O G PU

EN

AT

NER

AT

ON OE D TA H

BLIC AM

TY

PU

AHO

AM

DON

TY

OE TA H

EN

I


funds from this one-time event will be used

Lake. We reached a large snowy meadow with

to benefit our members by subsidizing our

an old wooden dam across one end but the

luncheons in 2017.

resulting small pond was not Hunter Lake, it

The Tahoe Donner Women’s Club plays 18-hole rounds on Tuesdays, May through October. In addition to the weekly golf games,

Tahoe Donner Quilt Club continues to meet on the first and third Wednesdays of the

was “just another 15 minutes ahead,” a voice over the radio announced. Thirty minutes later we had a thrill-

TDWGC organizes fun and competitive golf

ing snowy transverse ending in a narrow

events. Please join us as a guest to see how

90-degree, tree-lined corner. We were the

fun and friendly we are. For details, visit our

last Jeep in the line and the passage of nine

website: www.tdwomengolf.org. Interested in

vehicles in front of us had a Zamboni effect

joining our club? Email TDWGC membership

on the already slick, icy road. We made it

director Kathie Schwartz for an application at

safely down but it was certainly exciting.

jerryandapple@aol.com or visit https://sites.

Tahoe Donner Quilt Club

The road eventually exited the snow line

google.com/site/tdgolfwomen/home, or pick

and still no Hunter Lake. We stopped at

one up from the Member Services office at

another beautiful meadow for lunch—still

Northwoods Clubhouse. Applications received

no Hunter Lake. It turns out it was a mile

before Dec. 1 2016 are $70. Applications

or so off the trail. The joke of the day was

received after Dec. 2 onward are $80. For fur-

“it’s just 15 minutes ahead” no matter what

ther assistant, email tdwgclub@gmail.com.

anyone asked about. The group had a nice

month in the Northwoods Clubhouse Meadow

lunch sitting in the trees enjoying the scenery

Room at 1 p.m. All skill levels are welcome.

and playing fetch with our dogs.

Baby quilts were presented to the Truckee

TD 4 Wheelers Club Hunter Lake Jeep Trail: by Dean Eppley Just to the south of Boomtown, Nev. is the US Forest Service’s Hunter Lake Jeep Trail that Hill's Angles 4x4 Club out of Reno, Nev. adopted to keep open. They were kind enough to guide us on the run, taking us up the stark hillside from Interstate 80 to the beautiful treed ridge line just below a peak bristling with communication towers.

We remounted our trusty vehicles and con-

A few babies enjoying their new quilts from the Quilt Club.

Well Babies coordinator, Susan Smith. We

tinued east towards the dry side of the ridge.

have donated well over 100 quilts to this very

We had a very steep downhill section allowing

worthy cause. Please feel free to ask us ques-

us to test the Rubicons’ downhill decent con-

tions: Linda Brush at sewlilnda@aol.com or

trol feature and it worked great! The vegeta-

Marilyn Dundas at md11792@outlook.com.

tion dwindled and the trail showed increasing signs of erosion damage from the exposed, bare dirt road and stark surroundings. Soon enough we exited into an upscale residential development south of the Home Depot

Tahoe Donner Equestrian Club wishes your family

on South McCarran Boulevard in western Reno. It was surreal after the barren hillsides we had just traveled

DEAN EPPLEY

The 4 Wheelers head out to

through. Hunter Lake.

On the way up the fall colors were amazing with dazzling displays of yellow and orange against the green pines and manzanita. Once on top of the ridge the road turned snowy and slick. The trail meandered through the trees with slippery turns from the 4 inches of packed snow and ice on the ground. It was fun! The plan was to stop for lunch at Hunter

14

| Tahoe Donner News | December 2016

Thanks to the Hill's Angles 4x4 Club for guiding us! It was a great day and a fun adventure. If you would like to join the fun and explore the less traveled backroads of this majestic region with us, see TD4wheelers.com or send us an email at td4wheelers@gmail.com. Those interested are also more than welcome to come to our Christmas party. It will be at Northwoods Clubhouse on Dec. 3 at 5:30 p.m.

Happy Holiday Trails


DINING OPTIONS

Mondays: Jan. 30 – Feb. 20: Classic skiing – Mondays: Mar. 6 – 27: Ski Skating – 8:30–10 RESTAURANT & PUB

WildER Wednesdays Every Wednesday enjoy happy hour in the

a.m. 12850 Northwoods Blvd.

entire restaurant. 25 percent off shared plates, soups and salads, plus

530-587-9455 Cost: $120. Trail pass required tahoedonner.com/the-lodge

drink specials are valid all night long. Deal excludes Dec. 21 and Dec. 28 and returns Jan. 4.

The restaurant is Improvement open daily* for dinner Women’s Skating Tuesdays starting at 5 p.m. with a new dinner menu starting Dec. 16. From Dec. and Wednesdays 26–Jan. 1, The Pub willofbe open every day* at 4 p.m. with the Pub menu. This four-week series women only ski

See closure notice* below. skating improvement classes are taught by PSIA Clinician Andrea Miller. Join fellow Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 Reservations recommended. Dinner served skiers to learn and improve your skating skills 4–8 p.m. (regular menu, plus specials). while having fun on the trails. Beginners: New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31 See special menu on website. Reservations

• required Tuesdays Jan. 3–24: are and – are held with10–11:30 a credita.m. card. Seating from 5–10 p.m. • Tuesdays 7–Feb. 27: 10–11:30 Champagne toast–atFeb. midnight.

Happy Hour Enjoy happy hour every Sunday –Thursday in The Pub from 5–6:30 p.m. Not valid Dec 19 through Jan. 1; returns Jan. 2.

No Corkage Tuesdays Bring in your own bottle of wine on Tuesdays and we’ll waive the corkage fee! Not valid Dec. 20 or Dec. 27; returns Jan. 3.

Toys for Tots Drive Through Dec. 12, you may donate new, unwrapped toys in original packaging from 4–9 p.m. to benefit Toys for Tots.

a.m.

Snow Day Snugglers - FREE cocktail! Every snow day! Limit one Intermediates: per and valid in– The only Dec. 1–16. • adult Wednesdays Jan.Pub 4 – 25: 10–11:30

*CLOSURE NOTICE The Lodge will be closed the following dates to accommodate holiday parties: Dec. 1–3, Dec. 8, Dec. 9 (open with limited availability) and Dec.

a.m.

Three Course Meal Deal Our three-course meal deal ends Dec. 7.

• Wednesdays – Feb. 8 – Mar. 1: Until then, stop by every Sunday–Thursday and grab this deal for $30—it 10–11:30 a.m.

10. We are also closed Christmas Day, Dec. 25. Please check our website for additional holiday closures that may be added.

Cost: $120. Trail pass required.

PIZZA ON THE HILL Great Ski Race Preparation

11509 Northwoods Blvd

Training Group Thursdays 530-582-9669 An 8-week series of ski improvetahoedonner.com/pizza-on-the-hill ment and training tips taught by PSIA CliniDec. 1-16: Pizza on the Hill is open Thurs-

cian/USSA Coach Glenn Jobe.p.m. Whether it’sTuesday–Monday from 5–8:30 (closed your first Great Ski Race, or your 30th, there’s days and Wednesdays). always room for more efficiency in our skiing.

Dec. 17–Jan. daily fortolunch 11:30 Join Glenn Jobe2:toOpen find out how workat less a.m. and dinner at 5 p.m.

and ski faster! Entry to The Great Ski Race is not a requirement. Thursday Night Trivia Session dates: Enjoy a pizza from Pizza on the Hill while

Thursdays, Jan.brain 12–Mar. 2: on 11 a.m.–12 p.m. showing off your power Thursday nights Cost: $180. Trail pass required. from 6:30-8 p.m. You may even win free pizza! Not valid Dec. 22 or Dec. 29. Seniors – Learn to Cross Country Ski Fri-

Friday Night Movie Nights days Bring a favoritelearn pillowtoand to excluNorthThis four-week skiblanket series is

woods feetis up,taught and enjoy sively forClubhouse, those overkick ageyour 60 and by both classic and new movies. Movie nights begin PSIA instructor Herb Holden. Join fellow at 6:30 p.m. and the films aretorated and PG. Note: event seniors to learn how crossGcountry skiing is cancelled on Dec. 2 and Dec. 16. in a fun, supportive environment and at an

Happy Hour* Enjoy Happy Hour Thursdays–Mondays from 5–6 p.m. Drink specials include $3 Coors Light, $4 draft beers, $4 house wine and halfpriced wings. Not valid Dec. 16–Jan. 1.

$10 Pizza Sundays* Every Sunday night, enjoy $10 cheese or pepperoni pizzas. Offer valid on take-out or dine-in pizzas; limit six. Not valid Dec. 18, Dec.

ALDER CREEK CAFE AND TRAILSIDE BAR 15275 Alder Creek Rd. 530-587-9484 tahoedonner.com/aldercreekcafe

Cafe Hours: • Dec. 1–15: Alder Creek Adventure Center will be open from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. • Starting Dec. 16: open for lunch daily from 11 a.m.–4:30 p.m. with a new lunch menu

25 or Jan. 1.

Trailside Bar Hours:

Now Two Nights of 5 for $5!*

• Open Sunday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. with

Our 5 for $5 Monday Night appetizer special different appetizers for just $5 each (jalapeño

• Extended hours on Friday and Saturday from 8:30 a.m.–8 p.m.

poppers, onion rings with honey mustard, mini

New Winter Menu

corn dogs, chips with queso dip, and hand-

On Friday, Dec. 16, the new winter menu will begin. Try homemade soups, the pulled pork sandwich or the melted veggie panini, or if you're there in the morning, start your day right with our breakfast burrito.

is now available on Thursdays too. Enjoy five

rolled baked taquitos). Wash 'em down with $2 PBR. Not valid Dec. 19–29.

unbeatable price! Designed for beginners new to skiing, or downhill skiers/snowboarders

wanting to try*CLOSURE their hand atNOTICE XC. Pizza on the Hill is closed on December 2 Session dates:

for a holiday party,10 and will also Fridays, Jan. 6–27: –11:30 a.m.be closed on Christmas Fridays, Feb.Day. 3–24: 10–11:30 a.m. Fridays, Mar. 3–24: 10–11:30 a.m.

tahoedonner.com |

15

*Promotions cannot be combined with any other offer or coupon and are not valid during holiday periods.

even includes a glass of house wine.

8:30–10 THEa.m. LODGE


rs Last mont h, all Taho e Donn er home owne sasses al annu their shou ld have received below ment invoi ces in the mail. The lette r not did you If ce. invoi the acco mpan ied Mem receive your invoi ce, pleas e cont act or 417 587-9 530at g untin Acco ip bersh acco untin g@ta hoed onne r.com . in this The annu al budg et repo rt, inclu ded a deissue start ing on the next page , has smen t, asses al annu the of n tailed brea kdow et for as well as the boar d-ap proved budg review 2017. Pleas e take a few mom ents to on this docu ment and to stay infor med impo rtant infor matio n concernin g your home owne rs asso ciatio n. e at All infor matio n may be viewed onlin ials. nanc om/fi ner.c edon taho

n Tahoe Donner Associatio perty

2017 Annual Assessment Remains at

$1,900 per Pro OPERATING

$975

DEVELOPMENT

$300

NEW EQUIPMENT

2%

16%

$30

REPLACEMENT RESERVE

$595

31%

51%

November 15, 2016 Dear Tahoe Donner Association owners, mittee to develop worked with management and the finance com Over the last few months, the board of directors Finance Comby the board on October 7, 2016. This follows a oved appr was et budg The et. budg al annu 2017 the factors were meetings where many financial and economic mittee approval recommendation and several open establishment of the was er, process, which directly impacts each own discussed and analyzed. The end result of this 2017 assessyour erty, no increase over 2016. This mailing contains our 2017 annual assessment at $1,900 per prop rding payment. to the enclosed invoice for important details rega refer se Plea . 2017 1, ary Janu due ce, invoi t men portions. an Operating Fund portion and three Capital Fund As illustrated above, the assessment consists of us with our ameating cost of running our association, and provides The Operating Fund covers the annual net oper ent is $17.3 million, inistration. The Operating Fund revenue requirem adm on ciati asso and ices, serv r ome cust s, nitie ining 36%. For and annual assessment revenue funding the rema with budgeted operating revenues funding 64% . This de$975 to ) nt amount has been decreased by $99 (9% 2017 the Operating Fund portion of the assessme rd winter reco and , rd operating revenues in summer 2015 and 2016 crease in assessment is driven primarily by reco the expense eted operating revenue assumptions for 2017. On budg the asing incre nues reve ating oper 6 /201 2015 time law changes, ral health insurance requirements, federal over side the increased regulatory costs involving fede was fortunately h whic amount to a $67 per owner cost impact, and an increase in the California minimum wage s portion of the th. Bottom Line: A $99 decrease for the operation more than offset by the operating revenue grow latory cost presrecord operating revenues, partially offset by regu of ths mon ive ecut cons 19 by n drive nt ssme asse our members. of service satisfying increasing participation by sures, meanwhile maintaining a consistent level no increase over the current year. The 2017/2018 recreation fee of $270 reflects hase new assets our current assets (replacement reserve), purc tain main to on ciati asso the s allow Fund tal The Capi ce aging infrant), and provide capital to expand and/or repla to meet new needs (new machinery and equipme all value of our over fund these components ultimately impacts the structure (development). Failure to adequately in mind, the board er’s property. With this fiduciary responsibility association and the value of each individual own These increases rve by $49 and Development by $50 for 2017. Rese ent acem Repl the to ion ribut cont the increased ts. Bottom Line: The healthy and protect our association’s aging asse conservatively keep the association financially the assessment). $99 and amounts to $925 per property (49% of capital fund portion of the assessment increased asing value of your ties, we trust that you continue to see the incre rtuni oppo al ation recre s erou num our y enjo As you in the complexity nt. The diversity of the association is reflected ownership reflected in this year’s annual assessme issue of Tahoe 2016 r mbe budget report will be provided in the Dece of our annual budget. The comprehensive 2017 on at mati infor ium. You may view this report and other financial Donner News, our official communication med tahoedonner.com. Sincerely, Steve Miller Treasurer

16

| Tahoe Donner News | December 2016

Michael R. Salmon Director of Finance and Accounting


TAHOE DONNER DOWNHILL SKI AREA

Tahoe Donner 2017 Budget Report |

1


DISTRIBUTION OF 2017 ANNUAL ASSESSMENT OF $1,900 PER OWNER

INTRODUCTION 2017 Annual Assessment of $1900 reflects no change from 2016. • The $925 Capital Funds portion was increased $99 to fund future capital needs of our aging assets. • The $975 Operating Fund portion was decreased $99 due primarily to improved three-year operating revenue trends coming off record seasons. • The optional Recreation Fee remains unchanged at $270, with increased sales volumes and visitations offsetting increases in operating costs.

Tahoe Donner Association (the Association) prepares its annual revenue and expense budget in accordance with applicable laws, its own governing documents and budgetary policies and procedures. The

2017 ANNUAL ASSESSMENT:

2

| Tahoe Donner 2017 Budget Report

Association’s approved budget also reflects the fiduciary responsibility of the board and management in protecting all owners’ investment in the Association, both for the 2017 budget year and into the future. The process begins with general direction from the board of directors regarding influential factors, such as the level of service to be provided, new community projects, economic conditions and changes to business operations. Capital and equipment expenditure budgets are formulated to determine the funding needs for the Replacement Reserve Fund, the New Machinery and Equipment Fund and the Development Fund. The operating budget is traditionally developed with attention to historical trends in revenue generation, consideration of economic factors that may influence revenue or expenses, achievable cost reductions across all departments, service levels to be achieved and staffing levels required.

2017 ANNUAL ASSESSMENT IS $1,900 PER PROPERT Y OWNER, NO CHANGE FROM 2016. THE ASSESSMENT CONTRIBUTION BY FUND IS ILLUSTRATED BELOW:


2017 BUDGET - PUBLIC AMENITIES NET OPERATING RESULTS PER MEMBER

The Finance Committee participates in reviewing the budget prior to submittal to the board of directors and offers input for the board’s consideration. The General Manager and Director of Finance and Accounting then present the staff-recommended budget for board review. The board subsequently directs staff to incorporate revisions it feels are appropriate. The 2017 budget approved by the board is summarized in this report.

Stephen M. Miller Treasurer

Michael R. Salmon Director of Finance and Accounting

OPERATING FUND The Operating Fund accounts for the revenue and expense activities of our amenity and homeowner association service functions. This fund is for non-capital or major equipment expenses essential to our operation, including amenities. Capital related expenditures are held in other funds. Operating Fund budgets for all departments were prepared with an emphasis on managing operating costs efficiently, while continuing to provide consistent levels of service. Detailed analyses of each department were prepared and evaluated by senior management before the budget was reviewed by the Finance Committee and the Board. Methods for optimizing revenue while maintaining favorable property-owner access and rates were also examined. IN TOTAL, THE 2017 ASSESSMENT CONTRIBUTION TO OPERATIONS IS $6,311,000 OR $975 PER MEMBER-PROPERTY, A DECREASE OF $99 TO 2016. THE 2017 AMOUNT REPRESENTS A 4.6% TEN-YEAR COMPOUNDED ANNUAL GROWTH RATE.

The total revenue requirement for a balanced 2017 Operating Fund budget is $17,311,000. Operating revenues generated by users of $11,000,000 fund 64% of the requirement. The necessary funding level for operations from the annual assessment is $6,311,000 or 36% of the requirement. This assessment represents the shortfall of nonassessment revenue versus operating costs in the Operating Fund budget. Refer to page 6 for budget summary by activity.

OPERATING REVENUE Budget of $11.0m, excluding assessment, has

increased $1,800,000 or 20% more than the 2016 Budget and represents a decrease of $966,000 or 8% less than the 2016 Forecast. Operating revenues are subject to significant volatility due to weather. Accordingly, we have utilized multi-year averages in establishing volume expectations. The record winter 2015/2016 has increased winter amenity revenue budgets for 2017, while the majority of other amenities have seen consistent revenue and visitation growth. Our $1.3 million investment in snowmaking at the downhill ski area has also been factored. We have attempted to be financially conservative in our revenue projections; while still capturing visitation trends, capital, marketing, and price initiatives impacts.

OPERATING PAYROLL Budget of $11.6m represents 67% of total operating costs and reflects an increase of 7% over 2016 Budget and an increase of 3% over 2016 Forecast. A key element of any largescale common interest development is the employees who operate and manage our amenities, support departments and administration. Operating payroll costs include wages, salaries and the associated costs of payroll taxes, workers’ compensation, retirement savings plan, and health insurance benefits. The increase is driven primarily by the CA minimum wage increase effective 1/1/2017, a merit wage increase average of 3%, Federal Overtime Law impacts, and health care costs increase (affordable care act impacts and an insurance premium renewal increase). OPERATING EXPENSE Budget of $4.3m represents 25% of our total

operating costs and reflects an increase of 6% to 2016 Budget and a decrease of 1% to 2016 Forecast. For operating expenses, 82% of the total amount falls into the 9 categories, as follows. Utilities represent $995,000 or 23% of operating expenses. Repair & Maintenance materials costs represent $686,000 or 16% of operating expenses. Insurance represents $411,000 or 10% of operating expenses. Government taxes, licenses, permits, fees, audit and legal costs represent $460,000 or 11% of operating expenses. Employee related expenses represent $260,000 or 6% of operating expenses. Forestry contract services represent $230,000 or 5% of operating expenses. Credit card merchant fees represent $216,000 or 5% of operating expenses. Printing and postage costs represent $150,000 or 3% of operating expenses. Fuel costs represent $135,000 or 3% of operating expenses.

COST OF GOODS SOLD Budget of $1.4m represents 8% of our total operating costs. Cost of Goods Sold represents the wholesale cost of retail, food and beverage product. Tahoe Donner 2017 Budget Report |

3


ASSESSMENT AND RESERVE FUNDING DISCLOSURE SUMMARY (CA CIVIL CODE SECTION 5570) The current regular assessment per ownership interest is $1,900 per year. The updated 30-year funding and expenditure plan, utilizing a 3% annual inflation of repair and replacement costs, requires a contribution to the reserve fund of $595 per property for 2017 – an increase of $49 or 9% over 2016. This amounts to a 2017 contribution to the reserve fund of $3,852,000. There are no additional regular or special assessments anticipated for the reserve program or for other purposes, at this time. Based upon the most recent reserve study and other information available to the board of directors, the currently projected reserve account balances will be sufficient at the end of each year to meet the Association’s obligation for repair and/or replacement of major components during the next 30 years. This projection is principally based on the future funding plan, which requires a minimum 4% annual increase to the contribution until the fund achieves a percent funded level minimum of 25% and until the fund balance is equal to or exceeds 10% of Net Replacement Reserve Assets (as defined in Policy Resolution 2013-3).

$7.9 MILLION PUBLIC AMENITIES REVENUE MIX (72% OF TOTAL) $3.2M | 40% MEMBER $1.3M | 17% GUEST $3.4M | 43% PUBLIC

REPLACEMENT RESERVE FUND The Replacement Reserve Fund is used to account for the financial resources designated for the repair, restoration, replacement or maintenance of major common area components of the Association. Although building component replacements are included in the Replacement Reserve Fund plan, complete structure replacement is not. Funding for structure replacement is discussed below in the review of the Development Fund. In accordance with state law and sound business practices, it is the policy of the Association to fund a reserve program that will adequately provide for repair and replacement of existing community-owned assets. A 30-year reserve funding and expenditure plan is produced every three years, and updated annually, for the purpose of scheduling and analyzing the Association’s funding needs OVER 1,800 INDIVIDUAL ITEMS ARE TRACKED IN THIS PLAN, WITH A CURRENT REPLACEMENT VALUE OF APPROXIMATELY $48 MILLION. Each item is evaluated by average

useful life, present age, projected remaining useful life, and estimated replacement cost. A full review of the plan was performed in 2016. Updates are conducted each year and another full review of the plan will be performed in 2019.

4

| Tahoe Donner 2017 Budget Report

All major components are included in the reserve study and are included in its calculations. Components with an estimated remaining useful life of more than 30 years are not included in the reserve calculation. The Development Fund section of this report contains additional information. Based on the method of calculation in paragraph (4) of subdivision (b) of CA Civil Code Section 5570, the estimated amount required in the reserve fund at the end of the current fiscal year is $28,188,084*, based in whole or in part on the last reserve study and update prepared by management and Hughes Reserves & Asset Management, Inc. as of October 2016. The projected reserve fund cash balance at the end of the current fiscal year is $7,500,000, resulting in reserves being 26.6% funded at this date. If an alternate, but generally accepted, method of calculation is also used, the required reserve amount is $7,500,000; this alternate method being the threshold pooling method. This difference ($20.7 million) equates to an estimated $3,196 per member-property. * This amount is calculated based on a straight line method, wherein each component must stand alone, not utilizing the cash flow method of funding, also known as the pooling method.

Based on the method of calculation in paragraph (4) of subdivision (b) of Section 5570 of the Civil Code, the estimated amount required in the reserve fund at the end of each of the next five budget years is $28.2m 2017, $30.5m 2018, $31.3m 2019, $32.4m 2020, $32.9m 2021, and the projected reserve fund cash balance in each of those years, taking into account only assessments already approved and other known revenues, is $7.5m 2017, $7.7m 2018, $7.1m 2019, $6.8m 2020, $6.1m 2021, leaving the reserve at 17% funded in 2021. If the reserve funding plan approved by the Association is implemented, the projected reserve fund cash balance in each of those years will be $7.5m 2017, $7.7m 2018, $7.5m 2019, $8.0m 2020, $8.6m 2021, leaving the reserve at 26% funded. The Replacement Reserve Fund Analysis on page 5 summarizes the component values by area and the projected available funding for repairs and replacements. A more detailed listing of the individual plan components is available upon request. Note: The financial representations set forth in this summary are based on the best estimates of the preparer at that time. The estimates are subject to change. At the time this summary was prepared, the assumed long-term before-tax interest rate earned on reserve funds was 0.5 percent per year, and the assumed long-term inflation rate to be applied to major component repair and replacement costs was 3 percent per year.


REPLACEMENT RESERVE FUND ANALYSIS

REPLACEMENT RESERVE EXPENDITURES The reserve plan schedules funding for replacement, repair and/or enhancement of the Association’s existing capital investments. In the year 2017, budgeted reserve expenditures total $3.7 million, including carry-over approved projects. Components scheduled for 2017 may not necessarily be expended, based on individual review. The following outlines notable 2017 budget year expenditure budget items:

MAINTENANCE AND VEHICLES, $160,000: Includes two trucks, mailbox cluster and asphalt repairs, software, and loader snow chain replacements. CROSS COUNTRY SKI AREA, $123,000: Includes replacement of

rental equipment, snowmobile, summer trails grooming, uniforms, and building staining.

GOLF COURSE, $775,000: Includes golf carts replacement purchase,

EQUESTRIAN, $72,000: South arena footing, picnic tables, horse and

TROUT CREEK RECREATION CENTER, $509,000: Includes exercise equipment replacements, asphalt repairs, and significant pool and spa related projects (coping, tile, pump, and heater replacements).

and state lands lease.

maintenance mowers and other equipment replacements, course irrigation items, and pathway asphalt repairs.

DOWNHILL SKI AREA, $509,000: Includes replacement of uniforms,

rental equipment, building components, lift components, food service equipment, summer trails grooming, groomer components, and snowmobile.

MIS, $461,000: Includes replacement of timekeeping hardware and

architectural standards software, fiber optic and software leases, VoIP hardware, and miscellaneous network and other equipment.

TRAILS, $333,000: Trail remodels in nine locations throughout the Association and trails/boarder perimeter fencing.

equipment replacements.

MARINA, $68,000: Includes furniture and equipment replacements,

NEW MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT FUND The New Machinery and Equipment Fund (NMEF) is used to acquire new items identified as necessary to be more efficient in operations, or to provide new services to the membership. The 2017 assessment contribution to the fund totals $194,000, or $30 per property owner, consistent with the 2016 contribution. Fund expenditures are budgeted at $180,000 and include new amenities and maintenance equipment, software, and recreation equipment. The fund is projected to have a 2017 year-end balance of approximately $64,000 after budgeted contributions and expenditures.

NORTHWOODS CLUBHOUSE AND POOL, $280,000: Includes exterior

restrooms remodel, pool projects (coping, tile, and pump replacements), exterior areas master planning, and asphalt seal and stripe. Tahoe Donner 2017 Budget Report |

5


6

| Tahoe Donner 2017 Budget Report


Tahoe Donner 2017 Budget Report |

7


DEVELOPMENT FUND The Development Fund was established as authorized in governing documents to accumulate funds for large-scale projects identified as necessary due to the new capacity requirements, or changing needs of the Association. In order to facilitate the future use of Development Fund assessments toward the funding of large-scale projects, each year projects are identified as eligible for such future funding. Projects designated as eligible, though not approved, to receive funding from future assessment contributions include building replacements, amenity expansions and additions and recreational land and infrastructure improvements. The 2017 annual assessment contribution to the Development Fund totals $1,942,000, or $300 per member-property, an increase of 20% over 2016. Budgeted expenditures from this component for 2017 total $532,000 and include two warming huts, new trails, completing the association-wide master plan, mailbox clusters planning, downhill ski master planning, and trout creek recreation center remodel/expansion planning. The budgeted ending balance for development fund is $1,764,000.

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES REGARDING DELINQUENT ASSESSMENT ACCOUNTS The Annual Property Owner Assessment is due January 1, and becomes delinquent January 15 of the year of that Annual Assessment. Special Individual Assessments (Architectural Standards, Covenants and Forestry Assessments, Fines and Inspection Fees) are due thirty (30) days after invoicing and delinquent fifteen (15) days thereafter. Delinquent accounts are subject to the following schedule of procedures and charges. (The actions indicated below will not be taken until at least the date specified, but may occur at a later date due to scheduling considerations.) ANNUAL ASSESSMENT March 1: DELINQUENCY FEE (10 PERCENT OF ASSESSMENT BALANCE) is charged to the account; also, interest equal to the maximum allowed by law (currently 12 percent per annum) begins to accrue on the delinquent assessment balance. April 1: Notice of pending suspension of membership rights (eligibility for candidacy to serve as a director, to vote in any election, to access the amenities as a member) for failure to pay the assessment and of the member’s right to a prior hearing thereon, and notice of intent to record a lien against the member’s property to secure amounts owed, is sent to Owner(s) of Record via certified mail. May 1: Assessment Lien recorded against property; LIEN FEE OF $185 is charged to the account; approximate effective date of suspension of membership rights, which shall remain in effect until the account is brought current; if requested, hearing on pending suspension of membership rights must be completed at least five days prior to the suspension’s effective date; interest begins accruing on Delinquency Fee. June 15: Delinquent accounts become subject to all appropriate collections/legal recourses, including FORECLOSURE of the assessment lien, to recover amounts owed. All costs and fees related to such actions, including attorneys’ fees, become the property owner’s obligation. July 1: Interest begins accruing on Lien Fee. SPECIAL INDIVIDUAL ASSESSMENT(S) 60 days after invoicing: DELINQUENCY FEE (10 PERCENT OF ASSESSMENT BALANCE) is charged to the account; also, interest equal to the maximum allowed by law (currently 12 percent per annum) begins to accrue on the delinquent assessment balance.

8

| Tahoe Donner 2017 Budget Report


90 days after invoicing and/or notice of corrective action requirement: Notice of pending suspension of membership rights (eligibility for candidacy to serve as a director, to vote in any election, to access the amenities as a member) for failure to pay the assessment and/or failure to comply with any duly-issued corrective action requirements, and of the member’s right to a prior hearing thereon, and, if applicable, notice of intent to record a lien against the member’s property to secure amounts owed, is sent to Owner(s) of Record via certified mail. 120 days after invoicing: If applicable, Assessment Lien recorded against property; LIEN FEE OF $185 is charged to the account; approximate effective date of suspension of membership rights, which shall remain in effect until the account is brought current or compliance is achieved; if requested, hearing on pending suspension of membership rights must be completed at least five days prior to the suspension’s effective date; interest begins accruing on Delinquency Fee. 165 days after invoicing: Delinquent accounts become subject to all appropriate collections/legal recourses, including FORECLOSURE of the assessment lien, to recover amounts owed. All costs and fees related to such actions, including attorneys’ fees, become the property owner’s obligation. 180 days after invoicing: If applicable, interest begins accruing on Lien Fee. RECEIPT AND APPLICATION OF PAYMENTS Timeliness of payments in relation to the imposition of penalties, etc., in accordance with this schedule shall be determined by: Actual date of RECEIPT of hand-delivered payments, or official U.S. Postal Service postmark date appearing on the envelope in which a payment is received through the mail (private postage meter dates are ignored). It is the Association’s policy to apply payments received as follows: First, to the oldest unpaid Assessment. Second, to the Interest and Penalties (Delinquency Fee, Lien Fee, costs of collection, etc.) related to that oldest unpaid Assessment. Next, to the second-oldest Assessment, followed by the Interest and Penalties related to that second-oldest Assessment. This sequence continues until the most recent Assessment is paid, the Interest and Penalties related to that most recent Assessment are then paid.

judicial or nonjudicial foreclosure to enforce that lien if the amount of the delinquent assessments or dues, exclusive of any accelerated assessments, late charges, fees, attorney’s fees, interest, and costs of collection, is less than one thousand eight hundred dollars ($1,800). For delinquent assessments or dues in excess of one thousand eight hundred dollars ($1,800) or more than 12 months delinquent, an association may use judicial or nonjudicial foreclosure subject to the conditions set forth in Article 3 (commencing with Section 5700) of Chapter 8 of Part 5 of Division 4 of the Civil Code. When using judicial or nonjudicial foreclosure, the Association records a lien on the owner’s property. The owner’s property may be sold to satisfy the lien if the amounts secured by the lien are not paid. (Sections 5700 through 5720 of the Civil Code, inclusive) In a judicial or nonjudicial foreclosure, the Association may recover assessments, reasonable costs of collection, reasonable attorney’s fees, late charges, and interest. The Association may not use nonjudicial foreclosure to collect fines or penalties, except for costs to repair common areas damaged by a member or a member’s guests, if the governing documents provide for this. (Section 5725 of the Civil Code) The Association must comply with the requirements of Article 2 (commencing with Section 5650) of Chapter 8 of Part 5 of Division 4 of the Civil Code when collecting delinquent assessments.

If the Association fails to follow these requirements, it may not record a lien on the owner’s property until it NOTICE ASSESSMENTS AND FORECLOSURE has satisfied those requirements. Any additional costs This notice outlines some of the rights and that result from satisfying the requirements are the responsibilities of owners of property in common responsibility of the Association. (Section 5675 of the interest developments and the associations that Civil Code) manage them. Please refer to the sections of the Civil Code indicated for further information. A portion At least 30 days prior to recording a lien on an owner’s of the information in this notice applies only to liens separate interest, the Association must provide the recorded on or after January 1, 2003. You may wish to owner of record with certain documents by certified mail, including a description of its collection and lien consult a lawyer if you dispute an assessment. enforcement procedures and the method of calculating ASSESSMENTS AND FORECLOSURE the amount. It must also provide an itemized statement Assessments become delinquent 15 days after they of the charges owed by the owner. An owner has a right are due, unless the governing documents provide to review the Association’s records to verify the debt. for a longer time. The failure to pay Association (Section 5660 of the Civil Code) Civil Code Section 5310 requires the following notices:

assessments may result in the loss of an owner’s property through foreclosure. Foreclosure may occur either as a result of a court action, known as judicial foreclosure or without court action, often referred to as nonjudicial foreclosure. For liens recorded on and after January 1, 2006, an association may not use

If a lien is recorded against an owner’s property in error, the person who recorded the lien is required to record a lien release within 21 days, and to provide an owner certain documents in this regard. (Section 5685 of the Civil Code) Tahoe Donner 2017 Budget Report |

9


the Association as set forth in Article 2 (commencing with Section 5900) of Chapter 10 of Part 5 of Division 4 of the Civil Code. In addition, an association may The collection practices of the Association may be not initiate a foreclosure without participating in governed by state and federal laws regarding fair debt alternative dispute resolution with a neutral third collection. Penalties can be imposed for debt collecparty as set forth in Article 3 (commencing with tion practices that violate these laws. Section 5925) of Chapter 10 of Part 5 of Division 4 of the Civil Code, if so requested by the owner. Binding PAYMENTS arbitration shall not be available if the Association When an owner makes a payment, he or she may intends to initiate a judicial foreclosure. request a receipt, and the Association is required to provide it. On the receipt, the Association must An owner is not liable for charges, interest, and costs of indicate the date of payment and the person who collection, if it is established that the assessment was received it. The Association must inform owners of a paid properly on time. (Section 5685 of the Civil Code) mailing address for overnight payments. (Section 5655 MEETINGS AND PAYMENT PLANS of the Civil Code) An owner of a separate interest that is not a timeshare An owner may dispute an assessment debt by may request the Association to consider a payment plan submitting a written request for dispute resolution to to satisfy a delinquent assessment. The Association ASSESSMENTS AND FORECLOSURE, CONTINUED

10

| Tahoe Donner 2017 Budget Report


must inform owners of the standards for payment plans, if any exist. (Section 5665 of the Civil Code)

a notice of a delinquent assessment. These payment plans must conform with the payment plan standards of the Association, if they exist. (Section 5665 of the The board of directors must meet with an owner Civil Code) who makes a proper written request for a meeting to discuss a payment plan when the owner has received NOTICE OF RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS RELATING TO GOVERNING DOCUMENT ENFORCEMENT The provisions of Tahoe Donner Association’s Governing Documents (Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions, Bylaws, Articles of Incorporation, and Association Rules) may be enforced by the Association or by any owner, and the prevailing party in such an action is entitled to an award of reasonable attorney’s fees and costs. However, before most Governing Document enforcement actions may be taken to court, Civil Code Section 5935 requires the initiating party to serve a Request for Resolution (the “Request”) upon the other parties to the dispute. The objective of the Request must be to encourage the recipient opposing parties to agree to resolve the matter through arbitration, mediation, or some other form of alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”). The form and details of the ADR process, and whether its result will be binding or nonbinding on the parties, must be agreed upon by the parties. If you receive a Request, you have 30 days to either accept or reject the ADR proposal.

If you do not respond to the party issuing the Request within that time, you will be deemed to have rejected the proposal. If the Request is rejected, the other party may file a suit. You should be advised that failure by any member of the Association to comply with the pre-filing requirements of section 5935 of the Civil Code may result in the loss of your rights to sue the Association or another member of the Association regarding enforcement of the Governing Documents. In a Governing Document enforcement lawsuit, the court may also consider a party’s refusal to participate in ADR in determining an attorney’s fee award. With regard to internal dispute resolution, Tahoe Donner Association follows the process described in section 5915 of the Civil Code. For more information, please contact the Association offices.

NOTICE REGARDING INSURANCE MAINTAINED BY TAHOE DONNER℠ As required by California Civil Code section 5300(b)(9), the following is a summary of Tahoe Donner Association’s insurance coverages:

Aggregate – $3,000,000; Deductible – $100,000; Flood Deductible – $50,000.

PROPERTY INSURANCE POLICY: Granite State Insurance Co.; Limit –

INLAND MARINE: Granite State Insurance Co.; Limit – $6,782,043;

$56,901,562; Deductible – $5,000 per occurrence for buildings, contents, lifts, moveable equipment etc., and $1,000 per occurrence for golf carts and tee to greens.

GENERAL LIABILITY POLICY: Granite State Insurance Co.; Limit –

$1,000,000; General Aggregate – $1,000,000 per occurrence; Deductible – $10,000 per occurrence.

EXCESS LIABILITY (UMBRELLA) POLICY: National Union Fire Insurance Co. of PA; Limit – $25,000,000; General Aggregate – $50,000,000; Deductible – $10,000 per occurrence. Additional excess liability coverage over the current Umbrella; Torus National Insurance Co.; Limit - $15,000,000; Aggregate - $50,000,000; Navigators; Limit $9,000,000. CRIME POLICY: Granite State Insurance Co.; Limit – $500,000; Deductible – $5,000 per occurrence; Additional excess crime coverage; Travelers; Limit - $1,000,000; Deductible - $505,000 per occurrence.

Deductible – $5,000 per occurrence.

DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS LIABILITY INSURANCE: Navigators;

Limit – $5,000,000; Deductibles – Non-Indemnifiable Loss: None; Indemnifiable Loss: $50,000. Over $5,000,000, see umbrella policy.

BOILER & MACHINERY COVERAGE: Granite State Insurance Co.: Limit - $45,901,562; Deductibles - $5,000 minimum for compressors, motors, pumps, equipment generating electricity, and property damage: Spoilage Limit - $100,000; Deductible 10% of loss; $5,000 minimum. BUSINESS AUTOMOBILE: Granite State Insurance Co.; Limits -

$1,000,000; Deductibles - $3,000 for vehicles and $5,000 for large vehicles and equipment per occurrence; No deductible, if claim against us.

DIGITAL RISK: Hiscox 100% Lloyd’s; Limits - $1,000,000; Deductible $5,000 per occurrence

EARTHQUAKE AND FLOOD INSURANCE POLICY: Granite State Insurance Co; Limit – $3,000,000 per occurrence; Earthquake

THE CIVIL CODE REQUIRES THAT THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT APPEAR:

“This summary of the Association’s policies of insurance provides only certain information, as required by Section 5300 of the Civil Code, and should not be considered a substitute for the complete policy terms and conditions contained in the actual policies of insurance. Any Association member may, upon request and provision of reasonable notice, review the Association’s insurance policies and, upon request and payment of reasonable duplication charges, obtain copies of those policies. Although the Association maintains the policies of insurance specified in this summary, the Association’s policies of insurance may not cover your property, including personal property or real property improvements to or around your dwelling, or personal injuries or other losses that occur within or around your dwelling. Even if a loss is covered, you may nevertheless be responsible for paying all or a portion of any deductible that applies. Association members should consult with their individual insurance broker or agent for appropriate additional coverage.” In fact, since all of our common areas and facilities are owned solely by the Association as a corporate entity, and not by the Association’s individual members, the insurance carried by the Association insures only the Association, and only with regard to its actions and its property. It does not insure individual members, their property (individual homes and lots) or their actions.” Tahoe Donner 2017 Budget Report |

11


12

| Tahoe Donner 2017 Budget Report


TAHOE DONNER GIVING FUND

TA HOE DONNER GIV ING FUND: MA K ING A DIFFERENCE! BY JEANETTE FAGERSKOG, TAHOE DONNER GIVING FUND

The Tahoe Donner Giving Fund recently completed the annual grant process and we thought you might like to hear about our experiences in the process.

the Queen of Hearts foundation in reviewing

more about these great organizations. When

73 grant applicant proposals.

added to our prior grants this year to the Boys

The applicants were asked to tell us their

and Girls Club of North Tahoe, The Tahoe

current successes, vision and goals for the

Food Hub and two $2,000 scholarships, we were able to grant over $24,000 this year!

Committee members, Lois Ermak and

upcoming year, greatest challenges, and any

Jeanette Fagerskog, were the Giving Fund’s

specific projects they might be working on.

representatives this year. They joined Tahoe

This was done in a new electronic format so

There are so many wonderful organizations in

Truckee Community Foundation’s (TTCF)

you can imagine the amount of information

our area doing such great work. Nature, youth,

grant committee along with representatives of

we had to research. We met over a two-day

arts, health and human services groups are

the Community Foundation’s Nature Fund and

period as a “sorting circle” before making final

working to better this beautiful area we all

recommendations.

love. We wish we could have funded more!

We selected our recommendations to repre-

TAHOE DONNER GIVING FUND MISSION:

Thank you to all Tahoe Donner members

sent a variety of organizations that we think

who donated to the Giving Fund in 2016. With

our Tahoe Donner members would be proud to

your continued help we can fund even more of

support. These included:

these much-needed organizations in 2017. Please consider us in your annual charitable

ENVIRONMENTAL AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT:

contributions and help us reach our goal of

• Sierra Watershed Education Partnership $5,000

to make your contribution today or use the

• Headwaters Science Institute - $1,500

TO INSPIRE GENEROSITY AND POOL CHARITABLE GIVING AMONG OUR TAHOE DONNER NEIGHBORS IN ORDER TO SUPPORT DESERVING PROGRAMS AND YOUTH IN THE GREATER TRUCKEE AND NORTH TAHOE COMMUNITY.

It was an amazing and humbling experience.

ARTS AND CULTURE: • Arts for the Schools - $1,500 • North Tahoe Arts - $1,500

HUMAN SERVICES: • Community Recovery Resources - $1,500 • Sierra Senior Services - $1,500 • Biking for a Better World - $1,500 Future Tahoe Donner News articles will tell

$100,000. Visit tahoedonner.com/giving-fund form in the Association’s annual assessment letter that was sent to you. The Tahoe Donner Giving Fund is chartered by the Tahoe Donner board of directors. All contributions are voluntary tax deductible gifts from Tahoe Donner members and friends. The TDGF is administered through the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation. For more information on the TDGF, or to make a contribution, visit tahoedonner.com/giving-fund/. Contact tdgf@tahoedonner.com with questions or to volunteer for the committee.

tahoedonner.com |

17


18

| Tahoe Donner News | December 2016


FEATURE

FOUR

GENERATIONS

at a

GLANCE It all started with a boy who had an eye for photography, which ultimately turned into a picture-

ARTICLE: ASHLEY QUADROS PHOTOS: KYLE KELLY

even included taking photos of 10

told Long where to go for the pic-

ing impression on Long. In 1965,

presidents.

tures but failed to tell the Secret

he was hired by Sports Illustrated

Service that a photographer would

magazine to take pictures of Ken-

Of the presidents, Long enjoyed

perfect life of four generations

his time with President Ronald

accompany them. It almost cost

nedy climbing Mount Kennedy

enjoying Tahoe Donner.

Reagan the most. In 1981, he

Long his life. Luckily, however,

in Canada wearing Abercrombie

When George Long began his

was hired to take photographs

the only shots fired that day were

& Fitch clothing. Long realized,

photography career as a teenager,

of Reagan’s first Thanksgiving

photography shots. One particular

however, that Kennedy’s wool

he had no idea his ability to take

as president with First Lady

horseback photo was so adored

jacket would chafe his neck

pictures would someday lead to

Nancy Reagan. He was the only

by President Reagan and his wife,

since he didn’t have a scarf, so he

him and his family laying down

photographer permitted on

it hung over his desk in the Oval

roots in Tahoe Donner for gen-

Reagan Ranch in Gaviota, Calif.,

Office throughout his two terms.

erations to come. “I started at 14

but despite this security clear-

Senator Bobby Kennedy was

covering the republican conven-

ance, Long was almost shot by

another individual who left a last-

tion in Philadelphia,” recalled

the Secret Service.

Long. “From then on, I’ve always

Recalling the after-

been involved in photography and

noon, Long said after

loved it.”

taking pictures of

Long’s passion for photography

the couple preparing

was evident in his ability to make

their Thanksgiving

a picture come to life. He became

dinner, the Rea-

a professional photographer for

gans decided to go

over 60 years, retiring just 10

horseback riding.

years ago at age 83. From cover-

Always looking for

ing celebrities at the Academy

the perfect shot,

Awards to professional athletes

Long realized this

in the World Series, Olympics

would be a great

and beyond, Long has had an

photo opportunity.

extensive photography career that

President Reagan

Framed and hanging on the wall of Long’s home is his collection of Olympic pins that he was given for photographing several Olympic games.

tahoedonner.com |

19


A closer look at the thank you note from Senator Bobby Kennedy, dated April 1965.

offered Kennedy his silk scarf to

ing purposes after it opened.

that this one interaction would

results of that day was a large

wear on the climb. Following, the

Then owned by developer, Dart

change his life and their lives

format picture of Joan and me

two had dinner and Long was

Resorts, Tahoe Donner Associa-

forever.

that hung in the Reno Airport for

pleased to see they both had the

tion hired him intermittently and

same taste in drinks.

he continued to take pictures on

“Bobby Kennedy was just won-

a contract

derful,” said Long. “I found out

basis in

we both liked our martinis the

following

same way—half gin, half vodka,

years; for a

with a touch of vermouth.” The

time, he was

two enjoyed each other’s com-

even Tahoe

pany, and after the trip ended,

Donner’s

Kennedy forgot to return the

sole photog-

scarf to Long. He later mailed

rapher.

Long a thank you note—and returned the scarf. Working with celebrities,

On one of his trips to Tahoe Don-

After meeting Kit Kelly, Joanie Long told her dad she was going

After meeting Kit Kelly, Joanie Long told her dad she was going to marry him—and that’s exactly what she did.

several years promoting Tahoe Donner. Another result of that

to marry him,

day was Tommy, Kyle and Scott

and that’s

Kelly.” (Joan, with Tommy, is pic-

exactly what

tured in the photo in the table of

she did. Kit

contents of this issue, on page 1.)

Kelly remem-

The couple settled into their

bers the spe-

first Tahoe Donner home in 1980,

cial day the

and after the birth of their first

two met.

child, Tommy, Grandpa Long

“One of my

realized he wanted to be a part of

best mem-

his grandchild’s life, so he soon

ories was

moved to Tahoe Donner with

when I met

his wife. Long continued his

my wife—

photography career and as the

Tommy, Kyle

Kelly family grew from a party of

and Scott’s

three to five, he captured photos

mother. I was

of all three of his grandchildren

the assistant

along the way, including when

politicians and athletes was

ner, Long

commonplace for Long, but in

brought

the early 70s, he was contracted

his daugh-

for another type of photo shoot.

ter Joanie

A public relations firm from Los

along.

Angeles requested that Long

Thinking she would be perfect

tennis professional in 1977-1978,”

the children each won gold med-

take photographs of Tahoe

as a tennis model, he paired

said Kelly. “Joan and I were

als in a Coca Cola ski race held

Donner Association, a brand

her with one of Tahoe Donner's

placed on the tennis court as the

at Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski

new development in the Sierra

tennis instructors, Kit Kelly, for

models for the tennis segment

Area, which Long says was one

Nevada mountains, for market-

a photo shoot. Little did he know

of the photo shoot. One of the

of his favorite memories of living

20

| Tahoe Donner News | December 2016


LEFT: Pictured on the cover of the 1995 Summer Recreation Guide, now called the Summer Fun Guide, is a young Scott Kelly, in front ("That slide was hot!"), and visiting cousin from Seattle, George Long IV, in back. TOP: Modeling in grandpa's photo shoots was a common occurrence for the Kelly boys. As young boys, Tommy and Kyle Kelly pose with fishing equipment for a marina promotional photo.

in Tahoe Donner. And Kit Kelly

winter,” said Scott Kelly, the

to offer growing up… you name

the most enjoyable aspect of my

noted, with Long always taking

youngest child. “There were

it, we probably did it. One of my

time at Tahoe Donner was the

pictures, “probably not a coinci-

seasons when the snow was so big,

favorites was—and still is—going

interaction with members, their

dence, but the Kelly boys and their

my brothers and I were able to get

to Donner Lake for a lake day and

guests and the public at the vari-

cousins were the ‘poster children’

onto our roof from ground level,

barbecue. It's something that I

ous amenities. Many are lifelong

for Tahoe Donner for years.”

climb to the highest point, jump

look forward to doing more with

friends.” Like their father, the

off and land in the powder. We

my daughter.”

boys also joined the Tahoe Donner

During those years, the LongKelly family enjoyed the Tahoe

took turns, one person climb-

Donner lifestyle and all it had

ing and jumping, the other two

continued to work at Tahoe Don-

to offer. “I grew up going to the

waiting at the bottom with shovels

ner, holding positions at golf, ten-

beach when the facility looked

ready to dig each other out.”

nis, the marina, the ski hill, and

all worked at the ski hill either at

Through the years, Kit Kelly

team. In fact, all three currently work at Tahoe Donner. “Once we were old enough we

like it was built on stilts, and had

Kyle Kelly, the middle child,

then finally as amenities manager.

Snowflakes (one year and never

a game room and wooden docks,”

also loved growing up in Tahoe

He even had a hand in expanding

again),” joked Kyle Kelly, “or in

recalled Tommy Kelly, the oldest

Donner. “Our parents always had

the tennis center, the development

the rental shop for Miguel Sloane.

brother. “I also remember going

us in tennis lessons at the tennis

of Trout Creek Recreation Center,

In the summertime we all would

to the grand opening party of

center with Greg Cosgrove, swim

the driving range, the remodel

work at the beach for Miguel.

Trout Creek Recreation Center

lessons with Kerry Kautz, and in

at Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski

There was a fun group of people

when it was built. As a kid there

the different summer camps. If we

Area, the transition of Tahoe

that worked there that would

were always so many things to do:

weren’t doing that, we were at the

Donner Cross Country Ski Area

keep coming back every summer.

tennis camp, day camps, all kinds

beach,” said Kelly, who added that

and equestrian operations from a

In college I would have six-week

of rec events, going to the lake

he and his brothers also partic-

concession to operated amenities,

winter breaks so I would come

or pool—I could ride my bike to

ipated in events like bingo and

and helped with the first purchase

back and work in the rental shop

Trout Creek. My house was walk-

“airband,” which was a lip syncing

of Euer Valley and the Beach Club

in the winter. I am now work-

ing distance to the ski hill.”

contest offered at the time. “We

building remodel.

ing in the communications and

Winter was an especially fun

did it all,” he said.

time for the boys. “Some of my

Tommy Kelly agreed, adding,

best memories were during the

“We did just about all that TD had

“I worked with some excep-

marketing department, killing it

tional people over the course of 25

as marketing and communications

years,” said Kit Kelly. “However,

assistant.” Note: Kyle Kelly, using tahoedonner.com |

21


ABOVE: Rows of cherished family memories line the halls in George Long's home. ABOVE RIGHT: Closeup of the quilt depicting several years of happy Thanksgivings with the Long-Kelly family.

his “killer” skills, even took several

enjoy the Beach Club Marina

of the photos used for this very

and ski together at Downhill. As

article.

Long recalled, “Everyone skied.

Scott Kelly is also still working

My wife liked the bunny hill and

at Tahoe Donner and has worked

I liked the back run. You’d be out

with Tahoe Donner off and on for

there skiing and your grandkids

several years. He noted he was

would pass you.”

first hired at age 14 at the Downhill Ski Area as a boot fitter in the

Thanksgiving tradition holds a

rental shop and today he is acting

special place for all them. “The

mountain operations supervisor.

entire Long-Kelly family would

Of the three brothers, Tommy

spend Thanksgiving together at

Kelly has been with Tahoe Don-

Tahoe Donner every year,” said

ner the longest and you can cur-

Kit Kelly; their extended family

rently find him assisting home-

would visit for the holidays also.

owners, contractors and realtors

And at every Thanksgiving, Long

in the architectural standards

made sure a group family photo

office. “HR told me that Nov. 1,

was taken. The photos were used

2016 was my 18-year anniversary

as their Christmas cards, and are

since I was originally hired,” he

so loved by the family, a special

said. “I think I have worked here

quilt was made depicting several

in one capacity or another for 16

Thanksgiving family photos. It

of those 18 years.”

now hangs in Long’s home (see

During that time, the family enjoyed working and spending

22

| Tahoe Donner News | December 2016

But of all the family fun, their

photo above). Today the family still joins

time in Tahoe Donner. The Lodge

together for holidays, family

Restaurant & Pub, for example,

dinners at The Lodge, and Long’s

is a family favorite. Though

birthday every year. When they’re

interviewed separately, each

not working, the Long-Kelly

family member mentioned it as

family is out enjoying the Tahoe

one of their preferred restaurants;

Donner lifestyle… now with the

George Long still goes there every

fourth generation making its

Tuesday night for No Corkage

mark, as Tommy Kelly and his

Tuesdays, sitting at “his table”

wife welcomed their first child

every week. The families also

last year.


2016 BY THE NUMBERS: FROM THE ARCHITECTURAL STANDARDS OFFICE We hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving and wish you Happy Holidays into the New Year. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our members who volunteered on the Architectural Standards Committee and Covenants Committee this year. Once again the Architectural Standards Committee (ASC) have done a wonderful job and contributed many hours making 2016 a very successful year. The ASC worked tirelessly and drafted a number of rule and policy changes for the board of directors to review in 2016, including the Minimum Maintenance Standard approved by the board in June, the zero fee Maintenance Projects approved in September, along with Coverage Calculation policy revised in October. The committee also reviewed

show this ad and

almost 350 projects and 164 project revisions in 2016, of which 30 were new homes to be constructed in Tahoe Donner. I would also like to thank the Covenants Committee members for their dedication and generous participation each month that lead to favorable results for the Tahoe Donner community. As the year comes to a close, I also would like to commend my team Ali, Darren, Tommy and the ASO summer staff Mindy and Joanie, on all they have accomplished during the past year. Their teamwork and efforts have been greatly appreciated. With over 350 property transfers in 2016 we look forward to meeting new members in the coming year. I wish you a safe, happy holiday.

Fig. 1 (above): 2016 YTD New house project submittals compared to previous yearend totals. Fig. 2 (right): 2016 YTD Covenants violations.

Happy Holidays From Our Family to Yours! Now is the best time to shop our beautiful christmas and home decor collections. Check off your gift list or accent your mountain home for the holidays. Offer ends 12/31/2016 and is good at both our Truckee locations: Main Showroom 11403 Brockway Rd; Downtown in historic Loading Dock building 10115 Donner Pass Rd. www.MountainHomeCenter.com

one home decor, home accent/accessory or christmas decor item.

tahoedonner.com |

23


LISTENING TO YOU:

MEETING THE NEED FOR INCREASED SPACE AT TROUT CREEK RECREATION CENTER BY GENERAL PLAN COMMITTEE MEMBERS The private Trout Creek Recreation Center is the most used amenity year round in Tahoe Donner, with use by members and their guests averaging over 140,000 visits per year since 2009. Peak days during summer and winter holidays reach 600-1,200 visits per day. Since 2009, the Trout Creek Recreation Center (TCRC) staff has been reporting the need to address overcrowding in the fitness/ cardio/weight area during peak use times, and many members have complained about the lack of a dedicated stretching area. Your

24

| Tahoe Donner News | December 2016

General Plan Committee (GPC) is listening,

jected expenses of construction and permit-

and here’s what we’re doing about it.

ting for expanding the roof line and foun-

LOOKING BACK In 2009, the GPC appointed a TCRC review sub group to develop a preliminary proposal to address the need for increased space. At that time, the cost of constructing a 4,000 squarefoot new floor plan expansion was guesstimated at well over $2 million. This expansion project was placed on hold due to numerous factors, including the pro-

dation of the current building, the Town of Truckee requirement for adding substantially more parking slots, and the lack of sufficient development funds.

LOOKING FORWARD In 2016, a new task force was appointed to review our options, with extensive input from TCRC amenity managers and staff regarding member usage and complaints, and from the


director of operations and the director of capi-

would be re-oriented, allowing an improved

tal projects. A space reallocation proposal was

meet-and-greet experience and new lobby

developed that makes more efficient use of the

space closer to the entrance.

existing space, adds additional usable space

within the current building footprint and will

The complete task force report, dated Sept.

Massage service would be continued.

cost substantially less than the 2009 plan.

26, 2016, can be accessed on the Tahoe Donner

Some of the details:

website at tahoedonner.com under Mem-

This space reallocation would not

bers, Capital Projects, then click on “Active

require expansion of the foundation or roof

Projects” (http://www.tahoedonner.com/

line; it is all within the building’s current foot-

major-projects/active-projects/).

print and roof line, and it would not generate substantial new parking requirements. •

This new design will eliminate the

The task force, GPC, and staff have thoroughly reviewed the new TCRC space reallocation plan, and there was unanimous agree-

interior walls of the cardio/fitness room, the

ment that it would resolve most of the need

weight room, and the Kids’ Club, and convert

for additional usable space at significantly less

the current Kids’ Club into a dedicated area for

expense, meet the needs and expectations of

free weights and stretching.

TDA members, and should replace the previ-

The entire area from the entrance

desk to the south exterior wall (towards the existing Kids’ Club) would be a continuous open space, providing a 50 percent increase in space for the cardio area and a 25 percent increase for the current weight room. This would also allow staff placement of cardio and weight apparatus to maximize member use according to demand and to increase the number of ellipticals, treadmills and rowing machines. •

The Kids’ Club would be moved to

the current lobby and extended to provide additional space and storage over the current area, providing a more family-friendly and safer environment. •

Creation of a new fitness classroom

ous 4,000 square-foot expansion proposal.

NEXT STEP The board of directors reviewed this space reallocation plan at their Oct. 7 meeting and unanimously approved funding to obtain engineering and architectural analyses, which will be used to determine the feasibility and estimated cost of the project. Target date for completion of these analyses is February, 2017. Once we have this information for members to review, we will hold several two-way communication sessions to get member input future issues of Tahoe Donner News or online.

SERVE ON A TASK FORCE If you have suggestions for improving an amenity at Tahoe Donner, consider joining a

the growth of the spin program and free up

task force. Those who are passionate about

additional floor space for increased class sizes

specific amenities or services are a wonderful

in the current classroom.

resource to Tahoe Donner's board and man-

The current retail sales area would

be reduced and the entrance check-in desk

Residential • Commercial

on this proposed project. Look for updates in

to accommodate spin bikes would allow for

Serving Truckee/Lake Tahoe

agement. Email gpc@tahoedonner.com if you are interested; no prior experience necessary.

DID YOU KNOW?

QUALITY WORKMANSHIP CLEANLINESS & CUSTOMER SATISFACTION

WOULD YOU LIKE TO WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR? WE DON’T HAVE

Interior and Exterior Specializing in Staining Wood Restoration Superior Finish Painting Remodels and New Construction

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR ROOM TO PRINT THEM IN THE MAGAZINE, BUT WE DO HAVE A SECTION ON OUR WEBSITE TO DISPLAY YOUR LETTERS. SUBMIT YOUR LETTER TO COMDEP@TAHOEDONNER.COM, AND WE WILL POST THEM AT TAHOEDONNER.COM/LETTERS.

530.550.7938

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

tahoedonner.com |

25


Tahoe Donner Specialists

FREE HOLIDAY SHUTTLES TO DOWNTOWN TRUCKEE AVAILABLE DEC. 26–31 Getting from Tahoe Donner to and from downtown Truckee during the holidays this year just got easier with free shuttle service, thanks to the Town of Truckee and many community sponsorships. From Dec. 26–31, free and convenient shuttles will be traveling to and from Downtown Truckee and Tahoe Donner. Shuttles connect with neighborhood shuttles throughout Truckee as well as the regional TART system. •

Free neighborhood shuttles will be providing service to/from

Downtown Truckee between 12 p.m. and 2 a.m. daily. The Tahoe Donner shuttle will provide service throughout Tahoe Donner, picking up at all intersections along Northwoods Blvd.

Call Today! Bob Ellis (530) 414-4270 bob@bobellis1.com

Donna Gogain (530) 448-4781 donna@tahoedonna.com

BRE# 01345764

BRE# 00988295

Connections from the Tahoe Donner shuttle can be made in

Downtown Truckee with all area neighborhood shuttles which will service the following destinations: Donner Lake, Sierra Meadows, Brockway, Prosser, and Glenshire. •

Free nightly resort shuttles will also provide the opportunity

for Tahoe Donner residents to make connections into Squaw Valley and Northstar nightly between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. •

Connections from the Tahoe Donner shuttles with the

regional TART system can be made at the Truckee Train Depot. BRE# 01417710

For more information, visit www.tahoetruckeetransit.com.

BASSETT FLOORING is family owned and operated and has

10800 Pioneer Trail, Unit 3, Truckee

served the Truckee-Lake Tahoe area

53 0 5 82.742 8

since 1979. We carry high-quality hardwood flooring and carpet ideal for your mountain home. Visit us and explore our amazing selection at the Pioneer Commerce Center in Truckee.

26

| Tahoe Donner News | December 2016

bassettflooring.com


MEE T CASS RODRIG UE Z: NE W BA K ER AT A L DER CREEK CA FE BY DEREK MOORE

The Alder Creek Café has turned up the

tional Herald Tribune and has earned multiple

earned “Best Of” awards each year from 2005

heat with the addition of Cass Rodriguez a

Michelin stars as well as Wine Spectator’s

to 2008.

new baker. Longtime owner of Joe Coffee in

“Grand Award.”

downtown Truckee, Rodriguez brings with

Rodriguez moved to Lake Tahoe from Auck-

“Cass is the right person to complement and grow our simple concept of bringing healthy

her years of award-winning culinary experi-

land, New Zealand, where she was the pastry

and delicious options to the plate,” said Mike

ence and baking expertise.

chef at Pandora Bakery. She was then hired

Peters, Tahoe Donner’s food and beverage

Using fresh, seasonal ingredients, Rodri-

by owner-chef Douglas Dale of Wolfdale’s

director. “We couldn’t be more excited to have

guez is offering guests some of her specialties

Cuisine Unique in Tahoe City, Calif. where she

her on board. Be sure to stop by and say hello.”

such as cherry white chocolate scones, ultra-

created original recipes for pastries, cakes,

healthy morning glory muffins, gluten-free

pies, sorbets and tarts.

dark chocolate chunk muffins, seasonal pies

In 2000, Rodriguez opened her own

The Alder Creek Café is located in the new Alder Creek Adventure Center. Guests enjoy striking views, free wi-fi and a warm ambiance

and cheesecakes, as well as soups and other

business, Joe Coffee in historic downtown

in a grand facility. Until Dec. 16, Alder Creek

unique dishes.

Truckee. Known for great coffee, an expanded

Café is open daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and

menu and full bakery, Rodriguez grew her

starting Dec. 17, the cafe and bar will be open

available, and try different flavor profile com-

location from 80 square feet to 1,700 square

11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., offering a new menu for

binations to provide my customers with a vari-

feet, relocating twice in eight years. Joe Coffee

the winter season.

“I like to use organic ingredients when

ety of unique baked goods that are different than the same old thing,” said Rodriguez. “Our goal is to make the Alder Creek Café the new morning hot spot to grab fresh-baked goods or a morning quiche and cappuccino and get your day started.” A former student at the New York Restaurant School, Rodriguez apprenticed with the famous pastry chef Francois Payard at the Restaurant Daniel in New York City. Restaurant Daniel has been cited as one of the ten best restaurants in the world by the Interna-

tahoedonner.com |

27


This two-year-old boy was a recipient of donated items last year.

T R UC K E E C O MM UNIT Y C HRIST MAS HE L P S A R E A’ S MOST V UL N ERABL E N EIGHBOR S The Truckee Community Christmas non-profit organization has provided help in the form of a large box of food items, grocery store gift cards, toys and coats for over 25 years to individuals and families identified as the most in need during the holiday season. This remarkable program, which vets recipients and depends on the sheer generosity of locals, will benefit several hundred Truckee families, teenage moms and their babies and low-income or homebound seniors. Tahoe Donner is helping in this effort again this year. Through Dec. 14, we are collecting non-perishable food items, grocery store gift cards, and toys at Member Services, located inside Northwoods Clubhouse, daily from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Gifts for teenagers are especially needed. To help Truckee Community Christmas even further, additional donation drives are located around town. • Look for food collection barrels at Save Mart to donate non-perishable food items • Collection bins for toys can be found at banks, real estate offices, schools, homeowners’ association clubhouses like Tahoe Donner and other businesses around town • Warm, clean, gently used winter coats can be dropped off at Church of the Mountains in downtown Truckee and Tahoe Forest Church on Hirschdale Road • Donors can also provide necessities for seniors, whose wishes are often easy to fulfill and whose gratitude is always abundant. Gratitudes in downtown Truckee is coordinating senior gift donations. In addition to goods and services, help is needed to sort, pack and wrap donated items at the SELS school gym on Donner Pass Road on Dec. 15 and 16. The food drive needs assistance from volunteers too. For those who prefer to give a tax-deductible contribution, checks can be mailed to Truckee Community Christmas, P.O. Box 2955, Truckee, Calif. 96160 or log onto truckeecommunitychristmas.com to donate online or to find out more. For questions call 530-587-2757.

28

| Tahoe Donner News | December 2016


ARCHITECTURAL STANDARDS COMMITTEE 2017 MEETING DATES At right is the schedule of Architectural Standards Committee meetings for the first half of 2017, and the last date that a plan can be submitted with the Architectural Standards Office to be on the agenda for that meeting.

2017 Meeting Dates

As a reminder, if you want to make any changes to the outside of your house, or to any other structure on your property, including site

DEADLINE FOR MEETING DATE:

SUBMITTAL:

have the opportunity to comment. For that reason, all submittals

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21, 2016

must be made at least three weeks prior to scheduled meetings so

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15

MONDAY, JAN. 23

WEDNESDAY, MAR. 8

MONDAY, FEB. 13

WEDNESDAY, MAR. 22

MONDAY, FEB. 27

appointment.

WEDNESDAY, APR. 5

MONDAY, MAR. 13

WEDNESDAY, APR. 26

MONDAY, APR. 3

WEDNESDAY, MAY 10

MONDAY, APR. 17

WEDNESDAY, MAY 24

MONDAY, MAY 1

WEDNESDAY, JUN. 14

MONDAY, MAY 22

WEDNESDAY, JUN. 28

MONDAY, JUN. 5

improvements and adding a fence, you must have a permit. We notify owners of adjacent properties of proposed projects so that they may

that we have enough time to send appropriate notification to your neighbors. Please remember that you must make an appointment for a plan submittal. Please email aso@tahoedonner.com to schedule an

HOMES ON THE RISE The Architectural Standards Committee reviewed the following plans during October 2016. Unit/Lot 03/146 04/470 04/536 09/618

Street Address Square Feet  14241 Northwoods Blvd 1500  15765 Northwoods Blvd 2702  15311 Northwoods Blvd 2076  13447 Pathway Ave 2733 

Project House House House House

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

tahoedonner.com |

29


BOARD MEETING RECAP OCT. 7, 2016 I.

Approval of Minutes: Approved 5 – 0

Steve Miller, Board of Directors Treasurer, provided the board and

The board approved the September 3, 2016 regular meeting minutes and the September 28, 2016 special board meeting minutes. II.

Committee Rosters and Committee Goals:

No action

members with a quarterly report on the investments of the association, as directed by the investment policy of the association. Steve stated that Tahoe Donner’s investments of cash in excess of our day-to-day operating needs are in United States government issues, primarily treasury notes (intermediate maturities) and treasury bills (short term

The board reviewed each of the chartered Tahoe Donner committee

maturities). In addition, Tahoe Donner invests in bank certificates of

rosters, as well as progress that has been made towards each commit-

deposits (CDs) issued by banks that are covered by FDIC insurance

tee’s goals for 2016.

($250,000 or less). The consolidated cash and investments balance as of

III.

Consent Calendar: Approved 5 – 0

12/31/2015 (audited) was $14.2 million. The current cash and investments balance is $18.7 million. The projected year-end 2017 balance is

The board approved the following items:

$16 million.

V.

Norm Nicholls resignation from the Tahoe Donner Giving Fund Committee Tahoe Donner Giving Fund grant authorization

Salmon.

Consider space reallocation and improvements at Trout Creek

VI.

Review and Update of Tahoe Donner Association Board of Directors Administrative Resolution 2009-10, Authorization Levels (Approved 3 – 2)

IV.

30

Quarterly Treasurers Report on Investments: No action

| Tahoe Donner News | December 2016

Approved 5 – 0

The board approved the 2016 August Financials presented by Mike

Recreation Center

Director of Finance and Accounting Report:

2017 Budget Report: Approved 5 – 0

The board reviewed and approved the 2017 budget for the association. Michael Salmon, Director of Finance, presented to the board with statistics and summaries on budget oversight and governance, the 2017 annual assessment; composed of the Development Fund, the New Machinery and Equipment Fund, the Replacement Reserve Fund, and the Operating Fund. After reviewing each budget component, the board


approved the 2017 annual assessment amount of $1,900 (no increase from the 2016 annual assessment), allocated to each of the following funds as operating ($975), reserve ($959), development ($300) and new equipment ($30). The board also approved the proposed rates and fees for 2017 for both members, guests, and the public, with no change to the annual recreation fee of $270. VII.

California Proposition 64, Marijuana Legalization: No action

Annie Rosenfeld presented to the board the current status of California

VIII.

Management Compensation: No action

Jeff Bonzon, board of directors president, reviewed the supporting documents for this agenda item including base and total compensation from 2009-2016 for the general manager. He also suggested that the Finance Committee work with the human resources office to contract for a new compensation study from a third party recruitment firm for the top five management roles at Tahoe Donner to ensure we are competitive to similar markets, and for the retention of talented employees.

Proposition 64, and how state and local policies might impact Tahoe

IX.

Donner. The Town of Truckee Town Council, police department, and

Agenda Policy: No action

Community Development department have begun a public information process to discuss potential outcomes, new ordinances and enforcement should Proposition 64 become law. Through Tahoe Donner’s Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&R’s) the association is able to monitor noxious activities and business activities. However, in the meantime, management recommends continued following of the Town of Truckee planning process for the regulation and enforcement of marijuana use, and advance community engagement in this discussion to determine the actions needed in the future.

Board Governance, Authority, Meeting Procedures, and

The board discussed and clarified to members and to staff that Robert’s Rules of Order have not been officially adopted by the association, but are however appropriate to use as a general guideline and resource for conducting business during a meeting, such as a board meeting. The board also discussed the current composition of meeting minutes, agreeing that the current composition of the meeting minutes is appropriate for the association, with the addition of noting the time in the video recording in the minutes of when each topic was discussed for member reference.

SKI OR RIDE FOR FREE

Purchase a CA or NV Tahoe license plate and get two free Alpine or Nordic tickets to the Tahoe resort of your choice*. Now you can play in some deep powder without having to dig deep to make a difference. Your modest commitment will help fund hiking and biking paths, and water quality and restoration projects in the Lake Tahoe Basin. For more information or to purchase your license plate online, visit tahoeplates.com.

Elyse Saugstad & Cody Townsend Professional Freeride Skiers *restrictions apply

tahoedonner.com |

31


ZION NATIONAL PArRK 30 miles in

hiked ove Truckee's Boy Scout Troop 262 6 with great weather, Zion National Park in April 201 s include Luke and Mike except for picture day! Member ya and Dave Huggins. Salmon, Wulfe Retzlaff, and Son

NEW ZEALAND David and Joan McCarthy at the Fox Glacier on their trip to North and South Islands of New Zealand.

SLOVAKIA

Frank and Susa n Yee stopped off in Bratislava, Slovakia while enjoying a in Danube River cruise in Cent ral Europe May, 2016.

SONORA PieAMSarS tin atop Soph Paul Guerra and nora Pass in Ca la peak sout h of So a lit tle late spring ifornia, enjoying 16. skiing in May, 20

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.


H appy H olidays F rom

Our F amily To Yours New Listing!

Fantastic Views & Fabulous Townhome Awaits

16626SkiSlopeWay.com

Welcome home to a wonderful layout in this rare and delightful Tahoe Donner town home. Immaculately maintained and offering an easy living floor plan, you will enjoy the large great room and integrated dining area with vista and forest top views. Chef’s kitchen offers stainless appliances, granite and is designed to offer function and entertaining. The front deck offers a sunny, bright environment year ‘round for indoor-outdoor living. Enjoy the great room with the gas fireplace, soaring ceilings and ambiance. A spacious master suite upstairs and two comfortable bedrooms downstairs plus laundry, large entry, BIG garage and easy access makes this the perfect chalet for your family! Furnishings Negotiable. $542,500

Pending Sale!

Sold!

14019RamshornStreet.com

Enjoy this gorgeous chalet with a rare and unique en-suite bedroom design - all three of the bedrooms offer spacious suites with the master on the upper floor and two additional suites on the lower floor. Relax and enjoy - there is plenty of room in this open floor plan offering a great room design, generous loft perfect as a family room and a wonderful chef’s kitchen, remodeled and updated by the current owners. Listed for $709,000

13799 Hillside Drive

Here’s a terrific lot in a sunny, mid-Tahoe Donner location with a lovely setting and pretty views you’ve been awaiting. Adjacent to Alder Creek, this easy build .31/acre lot is perfect for a split level home and a cantilever driveway filled with sun. Offering a private setting, the future holds easy indoor-outdoor living from your soon to be rear deck with ridge and forest setting views. Sold for $132,000 COE: 11/11/16

Alison Elder represented us on the sale of our cabin, and with her vast network, was able to find a buyer and close our deal in 30 days at a great price. She and her team worked hard to keep the deal on track and close on time. She has many helpful resources at her fingertips that she has developed to assist with the process quickly and seamlessly. Alison and her team are a well oiled machine that runs very efficiently. I highly recommend using Alison Elder for your real estate transaction! – David & Anne Poirier, Sellers, 11546 Sitzmark Way

Alison Elder 530 582 8103

tahoe@alisonelder.com eldergrouptahoerealestate.com

Chase Realtor ® of the Year for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015 Cal BRE #01399851


Tahoe Donner News December 2016