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TD MEMBERS SHARE THEIR SECRET OF LIFE
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THE BEST JANUARY DEALS 20
SHORT-TERM RENTAL RULES JANUARY 2019
PROPERTY REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Make a resolution to play more this winter.
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INSIDE THE REPORT:
New STR Rules
Message from the General Manager
Trout Creek Renovation Starts
LET IT SNOW!
The General Planning Committee plans for the season and beyond
Local Public Agency Updates
EVENTS, DINING + UPDATES
Announcing the Giving Fundâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s New Impact Scholarship
Board Meeting Recaps
Amenity Updates, Programs + Events
45 Day Notice: Covenants Fine Dining Hours + Schedule Changes Specials
Battening Down the Hatches
KEEP MOVING AND DO STUFF
Tahoe Donner members share their passion for the neighborhood and their secret of life
Best of Tahoe Donner: Learn to Ski and Snowboard
Where in the World Is TD News?
FRESH DUNGENESS CRAB CAKES
Chef Lew shares a savory crowd-pleaser
TAHOE DONNER NEWS |
VOLUME 20 | NO. 01
JANUARY 2019 EDITORIAL AND PRODUCTION TEAM CHRISTINA SCHWARTZ LINDSAY HOGAN JOE LEWANDOWSKI JEN MALONE
DREW DEURLINGTON DEREK MOORE AMBER BARRETT
SENIOR MANAGEMENT ROBB ETNYRE GENERAL MANAGER RETNYRE@TAHOEDONNER.COM MICHAEL SALMON DIRECTOR OF FINANCE MSALMON@TAHOEDONNER.COM MIGUEL SLOANE DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS MSLOANE@TAHOEDONNER.COM ANNIE ROSENFELD DIRECTOR OF RISK + REAL PROPERTY AROSENFELD@TAHOEDONNER.COM FORREST HUISMAN DIRECTOR OF CAPITAL PROJECTS FHUISMAN@TAHOEDONNER.COM MIKE PETERS DIRECTOR OF FOOD + BEVERAGE MPETERS@TAHOEDONNER.COM CHRISTINA SCHWARTZ DIRECTOR OF MARKETING + MEMBER RELATIONS CSCHWARTZ@TAHOEDONNER.COM MIAH COTTRELL DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY MCOTTRELL@TAHOEDONNER.COM TOM KNILL DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES TKNILL@TAHOEDONNER.COM
BOARD OF DIRECTORS PRESIDENT | JENNIFER JENNINGS JJENNINGS@TAHOEDONNER.COM TREASURER | JEFF CONNORS JCONNORS@TAHOEDONNER.COM SECRETARY | DON KOENES DKOENES@TAHOEDONNER.COM DIRECTOR | DARIUS BROOKS DBROOKS@TAHOEDONNER.COM DIRECTOR | MICHAEL FAJANS MFAJANS@TAHOEDONNER.COM BOARD OF DIRECTORS BOARD@TAHOEDONNER.COM
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GENERAL MANAGER Happy New Year! I hope everyone had the opportunity to spend some holiday time in your personal mountain paradise this winter, enjoying the wide variety of programs, amenities, restaurants and family adventures. We started the year with an amazing fireworks show and glowstick parade at the Downhill Ski Resort on New Year’s Eve. The snowmaking system was busy early in the season, and cold temperatures helped ensure that the learning area was at peak condition for the holidays. Paired with our new triple Snowbird Chairlift, world-class groomers and one of the most extensive teaching programs in the High Sierra, we’ve been working hard to retain our reputation as “The Best Place to Begin.” Along those same lines, January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and we’re celebrating with specials at the Downhill Ski Resort and Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center (TDXC). Whether you want to try something new or improve your technique with some personalized attention, January is the month to do it. See The Buzz on page 10 for more details.
At TDXC the new PistenBully 100 groomer was busy in the early season just after Thanksgiving, laying down amazing tracks with limited snow coverage to get the most out of the start of the Nordic ski season. TDXC has more than 100 km of trails, the region’s largest XC retail store and a huge range of rental and demo gear – including stride and skate skis, snowshoes and fat bikes. Be sure to check out this month’s feature story on page 6 about members Patty Robbins and Geoff Nicholls, who discovered their love of XC skiing later in life. They’re an inspiration to us all! If fitness is on your mind at the start of the year, Trout Creek Recreation Center is your one-stop solution and home to weight training and cardio equipment, personal training, saunas, spas, pools and a huge variety of daily exercise classes. There are some big changes in store for the Rec Center in 2019, as this month we officially start the two-phased renovation and expansion project developed by the General Plan Committee (GPC). See project details on page 14, and please watch out for temporary operational changes being (Continued on p. 4)
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NEW FOR 2019: DAILY ACCESS FEE INCREASE The Daily Access Fee, which buys admission into all private amenities, increased on January 1, 2019. Private amenities which require a Daily Access Fee are Trout Creek Recreation Center, Tennis Center and Beach Club Marina.
2019 DAILY ACCESS FEE Member with paid Rec Fee Member without paid Rec Fee
Guest with member present
Guest without member*
Children 6 and under *Transferable guest card required
SKI + SNOWBOARD SAFETY WEEKEND
ALDER CREEK CAFE FRIDAYSATURDAY DINNERS
“HANDS-ON” WAX CLINIC
Mountain casual dinners featuring locally sourced ingredients prepared in delicious, distinctive ways.
Bring a pair of skis and learn how to make them fast with this hands-on glide wax clinic for all ages, presented by Roger Chaney from Toko Wax.
DATE: Jan. 19-21 TIME: 8AM-4PM WHERE: Downhill Ski Resort
DATE: Every Fri-Sat TIME: 5-8PM WHERE: Alder Creek Cafe
DATE: Saturday, Jan. 19 TIME: 3-5PM WHERE: TDXC Public Wax Room
Safety demos, scavenger hunt and poster coloring contest with great prizes. Lift ticket or season pass required.
EVENTS + MEETINGS JAN. 4
Friday Night Sledding at Snowplay
Kids Night Out
Trout Creek Rec Center Renovations Begin
General Plan Committee Meeting
Member Engagement Committee Meeting
Special Board Meeting
Finance Committee Meeting
Covenants Committee Meeting
Learn to Ski/Ride for $49
Snowball Launching Contest at Snowplay
Learn to Ski/Ride for $49
Architectural Standards Committee Meeting
Ski + Snowboarding Safety Weekend
Fastest Tube Event at Snowplay
Full Moon Snowshoe Tour
“Hands-On” Wax Clinic at TDXC
Kids Night Out
Learn to Ski/Ride for $49
Board of Directors Meeting
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implemented to accommodate members during the yearlong construction process.
tahoedonner.com/str. See page 30 for more information.
The Lodge Restaurant & Pub, Pizza on the Hill and Alder Creek Cafe all have expanded winter hours, new menus and seasonal drink specials for your enjoyment this winter. Be sure to check out the new Friday-Saturday dinners at Alder Creek Cafe. See details on page 13.
On page 22 you’ll find a 45-day notice related to changes in our Covenants Fine Schedules. Please be aware of the changes, which may be approved for final potential implementation in early 2019.
I’d like to welcome Michael Fajans, a longtime Tahoe Donner resident and member of the GPC, to the TD Board of Directors. He has volunteered to serve and was appointed in December to fill the director vacancy for the remainder of the term until this year’s election in June. The New Year also brings a new requirement to register your property with the association if you are conducting or planning to conduct short-term renting of your home during the year. Registration is free. You can find everything you need at
Finally, we are seeking your feedback – at every amenity and service area – to constantly improve our offerings at Tahoe Donner. Likemoji is our main platform to capture your anonymous feedback. Tell us what you like and what needs improvement by downloading the free Likemoji app or using kiosks available at Tahoe Donner amenities. We appreciate your feedback. See you on the trails!
ROBB ETNYRE | GENERAL MANAGER
TAHOE DONNER CONTACTS Area Code (530)
MEMBER SERVICES Northwoods Clubhouse Open Daily 8AM-5PM 587-9400 | email@example.com | Live chat on website
AMENITIES Beach Club Marina 587-9460 Bikeworks 582-9694 Cross Country Ski 587-9484 Downhill Ski Resort 587-9444 Equestrian Center 587-9470 Forestry 587-9432 Golf Course 587-9443 The Lodge 587-9455 Pizza on the Hill 582-9669 Recreation Hut 587-9413 Campground 587-9462 Tennis Center 587-9474 Trails 582-9672 Trout Creek 587-9437
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‘KEEP MOVING AND DO STUFF’ PATTY ROBBINS AND GEOFF NICHOLLS SHARE THE SECRET OF LIFE AND A PASSION FOR TAHOE DONNER By JOE LEWANDOWSKI
More than 30 years ago, Patty Robbins and Geoff Nicholls discovered that the only thing better than skiing is skiing with someone you love. They were married to other people while living and working in the Bay Area, and found themselves escaping to Tahoe as often as possible on winter weekends. “We both had spouses that didn‘t want to come up regularly, and we both had a child at the same age,” Geoff says. “So we‘d come up to put our kids in the ski race program and then ski together.” They were each staying in ski leases with other couples, coming up nearly every weekend, but rentals in Tahoe Vista felt far and made the trek home to the Bay that much less pleasant. Eventually Geoff bought a condo conveniently located on the Tahoe Donner Golf Course and their passion for the neighborhood has grown ever since.
“IF YOU’RE OUR AGE, YOU JUST HAVE TO GET OUT AND KEEP MOVING AND DO STUFF. THAT’S THE SECRET OF LIFE.”
– PATTY ROBBINS, AGE 64
TAHOE DONNER NEWS |
SETTLING IN In 1996, best friends and ski buddies Patty and Geoff were happily married, and a breakfast epiphany convinced them that it was time to upgrade from their small condo and buy a larger home in Tahoe Donner. They picked a lot and a spec design they liked, and came up virtually every weekend while the house was built. They still live there today. “The programming is really why we decided this is the best place to live,” Patty says, noting that in addition to ski racing they or their kids have tried horseback riding, sailing, rock climbing, golf, tennis, mountain biking and much more in Tahoe Donner. “It’s so family-oriented. And it’s a great community.”
A NEW FAVORITE Now, well into their 60s, Patty and Geoff continue to make the most of their Tahoe Donner paradise, enjoying their favorite activities and actively seeking out new ones. Their latest obsession: skiing at Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center (TDXC). They tried it with the kids in the 90s and it didn’t click, but recently decided it was time to give Nordic skiing another go. “We kind of did the whole cross country skiing thing backwards,” Geoff says. “When we first started mountain biking again [about five years ago], we realized our cardio sucked. But that summer we were riding a lot and our cardio got much better, so we said, ‘Let’s start back into Nordic skiing as a way to keep our cardio going.’”
2-FOR-1 LEARN TO XC SKI SPECIALS IN JANUARY
PHOTO BAR COURTESY OF PATTY ROBBINS
TDXC is celebrating Learn to Ski Month with 2-for-1 private lesson deals any midweek, non-holiday day in January. First-timers will love the private lesson package with a 1-hour lesson, day pass and rental gear, while those looking to improve can get personal attention and specific tips to take your XC skiing to the next level with hourly lessons with our most experienced instructors. Call (530) 587-9484 or visit TDXC to reserve.
They began with a lesson at TDXC, and realized that XC skiing was a fun and invigorating way to stay in shape. Patty joined the Sisters in Skating series, Geoff took the Seniors Learn to Ski series, and they were hooked. After starting with season-long rentals, Patty and Geoff each bought a full gear setup at a huge discount at TDXC demo sales. Now, rarely a day goes by without one or both of them attacking the TDXC trails, especially in the afternoon. “Coming late in the day, the conditions might not be as great, but the sky is absolutely breathtaking,” Patty says. “Being down in the Euer Valley when nobody else is there is just beautiful.”
THE SECRET OF LIFE More than 30 years after meeting on the ski slopes, Patty and Geoff still ski together almost daily. Their adventures continue throughout Tahoe Donner during all four seasons. Patty takes fitness classes at Trout Creek Rec Center most mornings, and she and Geoff often wind down their day with a cocktail at Trailside Bar. What happens in-between? Bike rides, paddle boarding, hikes, runs, horseback riding – why not all of the above? “If you’re our age, you just have to get out and keep moving and do stuff,” says Patty, who has circumnavigated the Tahoe Rim Trail four times. “That’s the secret of life. There’s so much here for that. Even if it’s just walking, get out on these trails. We love them – we’re on them all the time.” She’s eager to impart this wisdom on her new grandson, Lewis, who’s only four months old but has no shortage of future plans – if Patty has anything to do with it. “Nana’s house is gonna be it, man!” she says with a huge smile. “Strider bikes, skis – little Lewis is gonna do everything in Tahoe Donner!”
XC SKI PROGRAMS FOR EVERYONE “We offer four-week cross country ski programs for all ages, and they’re increasingly popular with older skiers like Patty and Geoff who are discovering or rediscovering their love of the sport,” says Sally Jones, manager of Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center (TDXC). Programs are offered every day except Saturday, and start at $114 for members. Each program is offered monthly, so you can try both classic stride technique and skate skiing to see which you prefer. Most importantly, you’ll improve your fitness and gain some new perspective on the TD trail system. “We provide expert instruction in a supportive and social environment where every student progresses at his or her pace to become a better skier and have more fun on the world-class TDXC trails,” Jones says.
ROCK YOUR SKATING
Designed to take “stuck beginners” to the next level
SISTERS IN SKATING
Women’s skate skiing for every ability
SHAKE IT UP, STEP IT UP, SKATE IT UP!
Breathe life into your skate technique
SENIORS LEARN TO SKI
Build confidence and broaden your winter activity list
Fitness-focused instruction and interval training for future racers
Visit tahoedonner.com/xc for program schedules, details and registration.
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BUZZ EVENTS. DINING. UPDATES. DOWNHILL SKI RESORT Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Resort is open 8AM-4:30PM daily, with lifts operating 9AM-4PM. Check conditions, book lessons and read FAQs at tahoedonner.com/downhill.
SNOWPLAY SKI AND SNOWBOARD SAFETY WEEKEND JAN. 19-21
Increase your safety awareness with games and activities around the mountain. Participants receive 25% off Smith helmets and goggles.
RENTAL SHOP EXPERIENCE
If you have a lesson scheduled and need rental equipment, we recommend arriving at least one hour early on weekdays and two hours early on weekends and holidays.
LEARN TO SKI/SNOWBOARD FOR $49 JAN. 11, 14-17 + 21-24 Group lesson packages are just $49 on select days as part of Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. Includes 1.75-hour lesson, full-day lift ticket and rental equipment for ages 7+. Jan. 11 includes a free additional lift ticket for the first 200 skiers taking a first-time lesson.
Members’ visiting family, friends or renters can reserve lessons online at the “Public” rate, then receive a “Guest” discount by presenting a valid Transferable Guest Card or accompanying a member at check-in on lesson day.
PROFILES NEEDED FOR MEMBER PRICING
All members, including those age 6 and under, must have a profile created to receive member discounts. We advise members to reserve lessons online weeks in advance for Peak Periods and days in advance for other times.
HOURS OF OPERATION
Fridays 1:30-4:30PM Saturdays-Sundays 9:30AM-4:30PM
Jan. 1-6: Open daily 9:30AM-4:30PM Jan. 4: Night Tubing/Sledding until 6:30PM Jan 12: Snowball Launching Contest Jan 19: Fastest Tube Event Jan 21: Open for MLK Jr. Day Jan 26: Winterpalooza!
RECREATION EDUCATE YOUR GUESTS
RESERVE LESSONS EARLY
Snowplay is your spot for sledding, tubing and family fun. Entry includes the use of provided sleds and tubes (no personal equipment is permitted). Entry is free with a paid Recreation Fee. For Snowplay rates and rules see tahoedonner.com/snowplay.
For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call (530) 587-9400 or visit Member Services at Northwoods Clubhouse from 8AM-5PM daily.
FREE TRIVIA NIGHT WEDNESDAYS | 6:30-8PM Gather your smartest friends and head to Pizza on the Hill for dinner, drinks and trivia.
FREE FAMILY MOVIE FRIDAYS | 6:30-8:30PM
Join us at Northwoods Clubhouse for a free family-friendly flick.
KIDS NIGHT OUT JAN. 4 + 19 | 5-9PM
Kids ages 4-9 are invited to dinner, games and more while parents enjoy a night on the town. Register online.
CROSS COUNTRY SKI CENTER Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center (TDXC) is open 8:30AM-5PM daily, with special 7AM Early Bird access for season passholders when conditions permit. To check the Grooming Report visit tahoedonner.com/xc.
TROUT CREEK REC CENTER
2-FOR-1 LEARN TO SKI SPECIALS
To celebrate Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, TDXC is offering 2-for-1 private lessons and private lesson packages any midweek, non-holiday day in January.
FULL MOON SNOWSHOE TOUR JAN. 19 | 5:30-7:30PM
Experience the full moon like never before with a guided snowshoe hike on Tahoe Donner’s cross country ski trails. See website for details.
“HANDS-ON” WAX CLINICS
The Rec Center is open 6AM-10PM daily. Access is free with a paid Recreation Fee, otherwise the Daily Access Fee is required.
2019 DAILY ACCESS FEE
Member Guest with member Guest without member* Children 6 and under
$8 $10 $15 Free
*Transferable Guest Card required
Bring a pair of skis and join Toko Wax guru Roger Chaney for a “hands-on” glide wax clinic to learn how to make your skis fast and your ski bases happy.
SKI IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMS
Improve your skiing by joining a fourweek clinic series. Available monthly. Mondays Rock Your Skating – “Stuck” Beginners Tuesdays Sisters in Skating – Intermediates Wednesdays Sisters in Skating – Beginners Thursdays Sisters in Skating – Advanced Fridays • Shake It Up, Step It Up, Skate It Up! — Advanced Beginner/Intermediate • Seniors Learn to Ski – Beginners • Seniors Learn to Ski – Improvers Sundays Team TDXC – Intermediate/Advanced
*All prices subject to change.
Dates: Jan. 19, Feb. 16, March 23 Time: 3-5PM Location: TDXC Public Wax Room
RECREATION POOL HOURS The heated Recreation Pool is open 10AM-7PM daily Jan. 1-6, then 10AM-7PM Saturdays and Sundays only through the spring.
RENOVATION STARTS JAN. 7
Expect poolside construction from 7AM-7PM daily for approximately six months. Thanks for your patience as we increase usable space to meet membership needs. See page 14 for more info.
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BUZZ: CLUBS TD 4 WHEELERS CLUB A big thanks to Rich Jensen for organizing our second annual Euer Valley Fire Prevention Cleanup with the Tahoe Donner Forestry Department. Rich, Bill Ratcliff, John Scherer, Ed Krampert, Jim Casper, Katelyne Schellenberg and Don Schellenberg built over 50 burn piles with the TD Forestry Crew. It was hard work but well worth it to help keep TD firesafe. Good job everyone! We held our annual Christmas Party at the amazing Alder Creek Adventure Center – what a wonderful event venue! It has become a tradition with the club that we share the joys of the holidays with those less fortunate. Party attendees supported the “Truckee Community Christmas Toy Drive” by bringing toys and gifts for children and teens that would otherwise have few if any gifts for Christmas. It was great seeing everyone in the Christmas spirit – Ho! Ho! Ho!
SENIOR ALPINE SKI CLUB Skiing has started and the TD Senior Alpine Ski Club is ready to go. We get groups together at local ski areas on most Mondays and Thursdays during January, February and March. We meet at the ski slope for that day and set up groups based on ski ability level. A member of the club will lead the group around the mountain to help those not familiar with the terrain. On Jan. 10-11 we have ski clinics at the Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Resort. Choose from a skills clinic (low or high intermediate, women-only intermediate, advanced) or a racing clinic. It’s a great way to get into the season and there’s always something to learn from our ski instructors. These are always fun days for all.
WOMEN'S 9-HOLERS GOLF CLUB Snow days are here, but some of our members are still golfing during their travels or at their “winter clubs” in warmer climates. Lady 9ers President Shellie Poplin reports from Adelaide that South Australia’s cool spring weather is lovely for golf. She got in a round at the Kooyonga Golf Club, scored using the Stableford format. Under this format, players earn points based on their number of bogies, pars, birdies and eagles, and in contrast to standard scoring, the winner is the player with the highest score. Stay tuned for more highlights and photos from our away games. We are also keeping in touch via local social events, such as our December cookie swap. Yum!
WANT TO JOIN THE FUN?
We will be going to Mammoth Mountain in the Eastern Sierras Jan. 22-25. It is a 3.5-hour drive and many will be carpooling. We have one- and two-bedroom condos reserved. While there we will get a tour of the mountain by a local member of the Mammoth staff, enjoy a wine and cheese gathering after skiing, and go out to dinner as a group. Come for all four days or just a couple. Please visit our website at tdski.com for club information and full details about upcoming events.
For those of you looking ahead to next spring, our membership signups will begin March 1, and our kickoff breakfast will be May 23 at The Lodge, with a round at Ponderosa Golf Course afterwards. If you have questions about our club or want to learn how the group fits your golf style, please contact Shellie Poplin at email@example.com.
Shellie Poplin with Louise Reid, overlooking the first hole at Kooyonga Golf Club in Adelaide, South Australia.
Plans for 2019 are underway and include Moab in the spring, Death Valley in the fall and monthly trail runs. Be sure to check out the club website for additional information at td4wheelers.org. Thanks to the Tahoe Donner team for helping us make our events so successful – you folks are THE BEST!
The TD Quilt Club has been working on adult bibs for long-term care patients and we have completed 33 to date. The picture shows several colors and sizes. This will be an ongoing project as the need arises. We have also made more placemats for Meals on Wheels. Our club will only meet once this month, on Jan. 16 at Northwoods Clubhouse in the Meadow Room from 1-3PM. The rest of the winter we will meet twice a month, on the first and third Wednesday. If you have questions, please contact Marilyn Dundas at firstname.lastname@example.org. We
welcome all quilters of all levels, and we learn from each other and have a great time.
DINING JANUARY HOURS Dinner served 5-9PM The Pub opens at 5PM
PUB HAPPY HOUR
Sun-Thu | 5-6PM Get drink specials and 25% off pub fare, soups, salads and appetizers in The Lodge Pub. Not valid Jan. 1 or 20.
NO CORKAGE TUESDAY JANUARY HOURS
Grab-and-Go 8:30AM-5PM daily
Lunch 11AM-3PM Mon-Fri 11AM-4PM Sat-Sun Dinner 5-8PM Fri-Sat Trailside Bar 11AM-5PM Sun-Thu 11AM-8PM Fri-Sat
FRIDAY + SATURDAY DINNERS
Bring your special bottle of wine and we’ll waive the corkage fee. Not valid Jan. 1.
Wed-Sun | 5-6PM Enjoy food and drink specials including $4 Coors Lights, $5 drafts and $6 house wines. Not valid Jan. 1 or 18-20.
FREE TRIVIA NIGHT
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE... MAINE LOBSTER
FREE MOVIE NIGHT
Enjoy Happy Hour pricing all night long throughout the entire restaurant.
Saturdays | 5-9PM Chef Lew Orlady offers a different special featuring Maine lobster every Saturday. Limited availability, see menu online.
15275 ALDER CREEK RD (530) 587-9484
12850 NORTHWOODS BLVD (530) 587-9455
Sunday, Feb. 3 | 3PM Join us in The Pub starting at 3PM for Happy Hour pricing through the end of the big game.
Fridays | 6:30-8:30PM Bring your PJs and order pizza for a new family-friendly film each week.
$13 PIZZA SUNDAYS
Let us do the cooking with up to six cheese or one-topping pizzas for $13 each for dine-in or take-out. Not valid Jan. 20.
Weekends | 1PM Join us starting at 1PM to watch scheduled NFL games on our giant 6x9 foot HD screen or three large TVs.
SNOW DISCUSSION WITH BRYAN ALLEGRETTO
DOWNHILL SKI BAR + GRILL
11603 SNOWPEAK WAY
Jan. 1 | 11:30AM-8:30PM We are open for lunch and dinner on New Year’s Day.
Wednesdays | 6:30-8PM Gather your smartest friends, order pizza and play for great prizes. All ages welcome.
SUPER BOWL PARTY
Grab-and-Go | 8AM-4:30PM Breakfast | 8-10:30AM Lunch | 11AM-3PM The Bar | 11AM-5PM
Weekly | 5-8PM Chef David Smith presents a casual cafe menu with healthy, locally sourced ingredients prepared in delicious and interesting ways.
Wed-Sun | 5-8:30PM Mon-Tues | Closed
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TROUT CREEK RENOVATION STARTS JANUARY 7, 2019 As you may know, construction on the two-phased renovation of Trout Creek Recreation Center will begin on January 7, 2019. A member-led General Plan Committee (GPC) Task Force has worked since 2016 gathering member feedback and diligently planning to meet the needs of the community. The end result: By removing interior walls and adding a modest expansion, this project will more than double available exercise space, and remedy the facility’s long-standing need to provide open space for stretching and other floor-based exercise. Additionally, an auxiliary classroom will be added to recoup floor space in the existing classroom, and to permit more flexible class scheduling. This will also meet all accessibility requirements. Visit tahoedonner.com/troutrenovation for project updates throughout construction. Thank you for your patience during this temporary construction inconvenience.
KIDS CLUB TEMPORARY CLOSURE Despite exhaustive attempts and discussions, we regret that we are unable to locate a safe location for Kids Club during the construction process. Kids Club will be closed starting January 5 and will reopen again once construction is completed in early 2020.
KIDS CLUB FAQS Q: Will my pre-purchased Kids Club punch card be refunded? A: Yes, all remaining time on punch cards can be refunded at the front desk. Q: When will Kids Club be offered again? A: We will reopen Kids Club upon the completion of the project in early 2020. Q: Are there alternatives to Kids Club offered? A: Yes. We will provide list of local child care providers and be collecting and distributing contact information of any parents who may be interested in forming a cooperative for watching each other’s children. For more information on these childcare alternatives, please email email@example.com.
WHY ARE WE DOING THIS? • • • •
To alleviate overcrowding Accessibility compliance Safety, comfort and member experience Increase usable space
HOW WILL CONSTRUCTION IMPACT MY WORKOUT?
Q: Who can I contact about the construction? A: Kyle Winther, Trout Creek manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tommy Kelly, assistant manager, at email@example.com.
HOW LONG WILL CONSTRUCTION LAST? In an attempt to complete this project as quickly as possible, construction crews will be working seven days per week from 7AM-7PM. • PHASE 1 – Pool Side: Starts January 2019 and lasts approximately six months • PHASE 2 – Gym Side: Starts mid-2019 and lasts approximately eight months
WHAT IS THE COST OF THIS PROJECT? $2.4 million estimated cost, which includes all hard and soft costs associated with this capital improvement.
BE ADVISED • Do not enter any portion of the facility noticed as an active, hard hat-required construction zone. • Do not park in any portion of the parking lot reserved for construction purposes.
PHASE 1: POOLSIDE EARLY 2019, EST. 6 MONTH CONSTRUCTION
PHASE 2: GYMSIDE
MID-2019, EST. 8 MONTH CONSTRUCTION ELEVATED
Cardio, Strength, Stretching 4322 SF
PHASE 1 – Pool Side: There will only be minor workout impacts, including temporary entrance at the west side of building. PHASE 2 – Gym Side: Equipment and classes will be relocated to meet the fitness needs of as many members as possible.
TROUT CREEK RECREATION
See more information about this project at tahoedonner.com/troutrenovation.
LOCAL PUBLIC AGENCY UPDATES
UPCOMING PROJECTS WILL IMPACT TRUCKEE AND TAHOE DONNER From road improvements to snow removal operations, these regional public agency projects are designed to enhance the community and increase our quality of life. Stay tuned for monthly updates, and learn more at townoftruckee.com and tdpud.org.
TRUCKEE GENERAL PLAN UPDATE
The Truckee General Plan Update provides an important opportunity for residents to share thoughts about how Truckee might best fulfill its community vision and how development should occur in the future. For more information, go to the Truckee General Plan Update page at townoftruckee.com and look under the Government tab.
NEW COMMUNITY PARK IN DOWNTOWN TRUCKEE
The half-acre lot between Church and Jibboom Streets in Downtown Truckee is set to become a new community park with a “sensory garden,” an amphitheater, a picnic area and other creative uses of the space. The park will be ADA-accessible and friendly for all ages, with an overall design that appeals to the local landscape by using natural materials such as boulders and logs, which also function as play structures. The project is scheduled to break ground in spring with a projected completion date of fall 2019.
FREE WEEKEND TART SERVICE TO SKI AREAS
Ditch the car and enjoy the ride to Squaw Valley or Northstar with free roundtrip bus service from 7AM-7PM every weekend through March 10 courtesy of Tahoe Truckee Area Regional Transit (TART). Details at tahoetruckeetransit.com.
POLICE SERVICES VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Help the community and assist police officers by volunteering in the Truckee Police Services Program. From patrol services to community outreach to emergency support, you’ll play an active role in keeping the community safe and informed. For more info, find “Volunteers” on the “Police” section of townoftruckee.com.
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ANNOUNCING THE 2019 TAHOE DONNER IMPACT SCHOLARSHIP $50,000 for One Outstanding Student By DICK GANDER, Giving Fund Committee Chair
“I want to change students’ lives,” were the words to the Tahoe Donner Giving Fund from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous. In 2017, the donor read an article in Tahoe Donner News about that year’s scholarship recipients. The story of a teenage mother graduating from Sierra High School inspired a donation of $22,000. This gift helped us to greatly expand our scholarships in 2018, both in the number of awards and their amounts, and provided additional support for our prior scholars. The 2018 scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $4,000, provide important book and tuition assistance for appreciative students. However, those amounts are not on a “lifechanging” scale. Conversations continued and the donor decided to donate $50,000 in 2018 to fund a full four- to fiveyear scholarship at $10,000 per year. This level of generosity is inspiring and truly lifechanging for the recipient. We’ve named this scholarship the 2019 Tahoe Donner Impact Scholarship; it was approved by the TD Board of Directors at its November meeting. Please know that the Giving Fund will continue supporting other high school graduates. Previous $1,000 to $4,000
WYATT HAUPT JR. / SIERRA SUN
scholarship awardees are attending UNR, Cal, Butte College Fire Academy, Sierra College and several CSU universities. We are very proud of their accomplishments.
approximately 60 individual scholarships available. Our new scholarship is one of the larger awards, particularly for students with demonstrated financial need.
The 2019 Tahoe Donner Impact Scholarship is designed to allow the recipient to obtain an education that would otherwise be unavailable. Selection criteria to be given preference include the following:
Barbara Ramsey, Giving Fund Committee member, provided her perspective after selecting last year’s recipients: “When you read the stories of the outstanding youth graduating from our local high schools, it is very easy to be moved. Tahoe Truckee schools are excellent, so we have many students that are qualified with substantial financial needs. Incredibly, through the generosity of our donors, career goals can be realized and lives forever changed.”
• Substantial financial need • First in family to attend post-secondary education in the family • Demonstrated motivation to complete college and potential for success • Academic performance commensurate with educational goals • Strong recommendations from school personnel, employers and/or other members of the community The 2019 Tahoe Donner Impact Scholarship is administered by the TD Giving Fund Committee through the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation (TTCF). Each spring, TTCF manages the process of soliciting, vetting and selecting graduating seniors from high schools within the greater Truckee/North Tahoe area for the
You, too, can change a student’s life. We would love to continue and grow the Tahoe Donner Impact Scholarship. If you would like to participate in providing additional four- to five-year scholarships, we encourage you to direct a minimum contribution of $10,000 to the Tahoe Donner Impact Scholarship Fund. Contributions of any size to the general Tahoe Donner Giving Fund are appreciated and will continue to fund our smaller scholarships and grants to area nonprofits. Direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read all stories about the Giving Fund's scholarship and grant recipients at tahoedonner.com/giving-fund/press.
The Tahoe Donner Giving Fund is chartered by the TD Board of Directors. All contributions are voluntary tax-deductible gifts from TD members and friends. The Giving Fund is administered through the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation. For more information on the Giving Fund or to make a contribution, visit our web page at tahoedonner.com/giving-fund. Contact email@example.com with questions or to volunteer for the committee. Thank you to our founding partner, Elements Mountain Company, for their continued support.
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LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW! Planning for This Season and Beyond
By THE GENERAL PLAN COMMITTEE
Nearly 50 years ago, Tahoe Donner’s snowflakeshaped ski lodge had just been repurposed from its original use as the Dart Corporation sales office. At that time there were more open lots than finished homes. Today, it’s just the opposite. Ninety percent (90%) of Tahoe Donner lots are now homes, 86% of them occupied part-time and 14% with full-time residents. It’s no wonder that Tahoe Donner teems with activity on weekends and holidays, and the winter sports season is no exception. The Tahoe Donner Vision of “providing attractive and well-maintained facilities” has never been as important to as many members as it is today. Looking ahead, amenity improvements for winter recreation are on the horizon for the next couple of years and the long term.
SNOWMAKING NEWS Tahoe Donner’s winter operations are entirely dependent on having snow. We aren’t alone; thousands of ski and snowplay
areas worldwide are adding or increasing snowmaking capacity as insurance to protect against being unable to provide their services. Financially, our winter amenities generate a significant part of the association’s Operating Fund, which helps support other amenities. Winter startup costs remain the same whether or not there’s enough snow to open for the critical Christmas period, so generating revenue to offset those costs is essential. Following the success of the snowmaking system at the Downhill Ski Resort as well as a series of low-snow winters, the Tahoe Donner Board of Directors approved, in the 2019 budget, feasibility studies for snowmaking at three locations: For downhill skiers, snowmaking on the Downhill Ski Resort’s Eagle Rock Chairlift runs would be an expansion of the system already in place for the runs served by the Snowbird Chairlift. This would ultimately provide reliable skiing across all of the resort’s most-used terrain. For Nordic skiers at Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center (TDXC), an upgraded water meter and water spigots would allow one or two fan guns to pump out snow into a relatively shaded area, which could then be spread and moved to areas of thin coverage on the trail system. For the young and young-at-heart at Snowplay, two fan guns would be shared with TDXC. They would tap into water from a fire hydrant near Snowplay via a temporary meter. One acre of snow would let families play and enjoy sledding, and could be produced in just a couple of days with the right temperatures.
SKI LODGE SOLUTIONS Renovate or rebuild? What’s the right size for the Downhill Ski Resort Lodge? The answer has been discussed for years, and there’s a dedicated group of member volunteers who are working hard to identify the best solution. The General Plan Committee’s (GPC) Downhill Ski Resort (DSR) Subcommittee began work on these projects, among others, in 2017 with the following objective: “Produce a plan for investment that the board and the Town of Truckee will approve that will bring the Downhill Ski Resort in compliance with the TD Vision without increasing the Annual Assessment for members. Bring the ski area to a service level that provides an attractive and well-maintained facility, leading customer service and optimized owner satisfaction.” Last summer, the DSR Subcommittee addressed the ski lodge question by breaking down the decision process into three components: replacement, renovation and sizing. The initial focus was on renovation and replacement strategies, but over time it became apparent that lodge sizing would be the key factor in decision-making.
The financial approach: Our finance director has developed a financial model that compares fixed and variable costs, shows how daily skier volumes affect amenity financial performance and examines the member/guest/public mix on peak skier volume days. This will be updated with metrics from the current ski season to assist in developing a final lodge sizing recommendation. The operational approach: Empirical data will be gathered this season, such as five years of skier volume and corresponding lift line wait times, and member surveys on peak days. Reviewing skier volume on peak usage days also provides guidance for where to set lodge sizing on the high end. Understanding lift and parking capacities also assists. As the recent ECOsign report showed, the current lodge capacity is more constrained than parking and on-hill capabilities. The DSR Subcommittee will continue to develop the operational approach, anticipating an updated financial model in April. Then the two approaches will be blended to propose recommendations on a final lodge size and for either renovation or replacement to the GPC and board sometime in the summer of 2019.
Replacement Team: Should we demolish the old lodge and build a new one? To determine what that involved, a Request for Information was sent to regional contracting experts, who told us that the project could be completed without undue interruption of operations by using modular construction techniques. Prefabricated precast sections could be constructed offsite and trucked onsite for installation of a new lodge. This approach would be a design/build project working with a contractor who provides architectural, structural engineering and modular partner relationships. If the decision is made to move forward with this option, the next formal step would be to generate a statement of work for competitive sourcing and would likely be a year or two in the future.
In November, the renovation team did a detailed walk-through and analysis of the building. They concluded that extensive and costly renovations would be needed to meet required codes, and the resulting building would have less usable space than the current building, requiring the addition of an annex building to meet current space demands. Additionally, the layout of the current building is awkward, resulting in operating difficulties and a less-thansatisfactory member experience. The renovation team presented these findings to the DSR Subcommittee and the GPC, which then notified the board. Lodge Sizing Team: What lodge size will meet member needs now and in the future? Whether the lodge is renovated or replaced, two approaches to lodge sizing are being addressed.
Renovation Team: Should we update the existing lodge? A renovation would have to comply with legal and code requirements including ADA, Title 24 and California building codes, and must meet operational needs for the current skier volume, including a kitchen update. A strategy to increase square footage, depending on the lodge sizing determination, could also be necessary.
To learn more about the planning underway with the DSR Subcommittee, you are invited to join one of their popular Discussion Groups in person or online. Get more details and discuss your ideas and concerns in an engaging conversation with other members and volunteers. To sign up, contact Jim Beckmeyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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LEARN TO SKI + SNOWBOARD By JOE LEWANDOWSKI
The New Year brings new opportunities for selfimprovement, exploration, romance and fun â&#x20AC;&#x201C; particularly since January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. With so many possibilities for learning and adventuring throughout Tahoe Donner, it can be tough to prioritize. Here are some of our favorites to help you start the New Year right.
BEST NEW HOBBY: LEARN TO SKI OR RIDE FOR $49 JAN. 11, 14-17, 21-24
BEST START TO DATE NIGHT: FULL MOON SNOWSHOE TOUR
January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, and Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Resort knows how to celebrate! Group lesson packages – which include a 1.75-hour lesson, a full-day lift ticket and rental gear – are just $49 for first-timers age 7+ Jan. 14-17 and 21-24. Enjoy the same $49 offer on Jan. 11 for National Learn to Ski Day, plus a free lift ticket for future use for the first 200 new skiers or snowboarders. See details at tahoedonner.com/downhill.
Take that special someone’s breath away with epic moonlit vistas only accessible by a snowshoe hike on Saturday, Jan. 19. Let us help with childcare (it’s Kids Night Out at Northwoods Clubhouse) so you can make a night of it – we suggest checking out the new weekend dinners at Alder Creek Cafe. Prefer your romantic adventuring by daylight? Rent snowshoes from TDXC whenever they’re open.
BEST BRING-A-BUDDY: 2-FOR-1 PRIVATE LESSONS AT TDXC Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center (TDXC), home to 100+ km of epic XC trails, is also celebrating Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month with 2-for-1 private lesson deals in January. Whether you want a complete package with lesson, day pass and rental gear, or you want to improve with private, personalized hourly instruction, a friend can join for free any midweek, non-holiday day in January. Call (530) 587-9484 to reserve.
BEST FITNESS DEAL IN TOWN: CLASSES AT TROUT CREEK RECREATION CENTER If a new fitness regimen is part of your plans for 2019, look no further than Trout Creek Recreation Center, open 6AM-10PM daily. In addition to weight training and cardio equipment, personal trainers and a heated lap pool, the rec center is home to the best fitness class deals in Tahoe, with $10 drop-ins, $90 10-packs and a 1-year unlimited class pass for $399 (member pricing). See class descriptions and schedules at tahoedonner.com/fitness.
JAN. 19 | 5:30-7:30PM
BEST NEW TRADITION: FRIDAY-SATURDAY DINNERS AT ALDER CREEK CAFE Thanks to the success of the recent Edi-Bōl series and pop-up beer pairing dinners, Alder Creek Cafe is now open for dinner every Friday and Saturday night from 5-8PM. The fresh Roasted Beet Salad, savory Caramelized Truffled Brussels Sprouts and aromatic Thai Red Curry Bowl have become fast favorites, but Chef David Smith is always cooking up new ways to amaze your taste buds. Grab a drink from Trailside Bar and settle in for the first of many unforgettable weekend meals.
BEST SNOWPLAY PARTY: WINTERPALOOZA JAN. 26 | 9:30AM-4:30PM
Bundle up for a day of family fun at Winterpalooza, the most exciting day of the year at Snowplay! Show off your speed with tube racing and relay races, build an unforgettable snowman and sled to your heart’s content. Bring your camera and your appetite – the TD Eats food truck will be serving warm and tasty goodies.
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45 DAY NOTICE: COVENANTS FINE SCHEDULE CHANGES Changes to the Covenants Fine Schedule will be considered for action by the Tahoe Donner Board of Directors. The board is expected to take action to adopt the proposed fee schedule changes, as they are presented here or with some modification, at its February 2019 meeting, currently scheduled for Saturday, February 23, 2019. The board welcomes any input you may wish to offer regarding this process. The purpose of the proposed changes to the Covenants Fine Schedule is to improve the deterrence of violations through higher fine amounts, and gain compliance for properties in violation. The effect of the proposed changes to the fine schedule is to: • Increase to the Private Property Fine Schedule for 1st, 2nd and 3rd violations • Separate and increase the Noxious Activity fine by creating a minimum-tomaximum range for the first offense
The proposed changes to the Covenants Fine Schedule are as follows:
PRIVATE PROPERTY RULES FINES Current Fines
Increase of $200
Increase of $400
Increase of $800
2nd Garbage Spill Violation
Increase of $400
Tree and/or $100-$5,000 $200-$5,000 Vegetation per tree involved Removal Violation* plus replacement
Increase of $100 for minimum fine
Noxious Activity Violation*
Increase of $200 for minimum fine and set for range with maximum
Business Activities Violation*
Increase of $200 for minimum fine and set for range with maximum
Fire Safety Violation
GENERAL COMMON AREA AND AMENITY RULES FINES* Current Fine Schedule
Proposed Fine Schedule
• Separate and increase the Business Activities fine and create a minimum-tomaximum range for the first offense
Camping on Common Areas
Increase of $100
• Increase to the Tree and/or Vegetation Removal minimum fine value
Increase of $150
After Hours Use
Increase of $100
After Hours Parking $50
Increase of $50
Hunting + Trapping $150
Increase of $150
Increase of $100
Increase of $100
Increase of $50
• Increase to the General Common Area and Amenity Rule fines • Increase to the Vegetation Removal minimum fine value • No change to the Fire Safety violation range
Tree and/or $100-$5,000 $200-$5,000 Vegetation per tree involved Removal Violation* plus replacement
Increase of $100 for minimum fine
Fire Safety Violation
*Fines double per subsequent violation all occurring within a one-year period from the first hearing.
COMMON TAHOE DONNER RULES VIOLATIONS
KEY DATES: January 1, 2019: 45-Day Member Notification and Comment Period begins January 26, 2019: Tahoe Donner Board of Directors meeting; hear additional member comment, discussion item only February 23, 2019: Board will consider taking action on proposed changes to the Covenants Fine Schedule with or without some modifications
BACKGROUND The Covenants Committee has reviewed the Covenants Fine Schedule these last several months as a result of comments by members, committee members and board of directors regarding the need to look at the efficacy of fine values levied on properties found to be in violation of a Covenants Rule. The committee has not made any changes to increase the fine schedule in more than eight years. The committee discussed and decided that proposing increases to the fine schedule would be more effective for: • Deterring violations by having more meaningful fine amounts; and • Gaining compliance for properties in violation, especially when the property becomes a repeat violation. The committee reviewed their proposed changes and increases to the Covenants Fine Schedule with the board of directors at the December 15, 2018 board meeting and requested the proposed changes and increases to go out for 45-day member notification and comment period, which the board approved.
Your comments are welcome via email: email@example.com telephone: (530) 582-9630 US Mail: Tahoe Donner Association 11509 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee, CA 96161
HOW TO MAKE A COVENANTS COMPLAINT 1
Call (530) 414-8166 (8AM-5PM and 8-11PM daily)
Submit at onestop.tahoedonner.com
NOISE that is “an unreasonable annoyance
or nuisance to neighbor(s)” is prohibited after 10PM.
WHAT INFORMATION TO PROVIDE When making a complaint, be prepared to provide: • Your name, address and email • Address of property being complained about • Nature of complaint with times occurring • Evidence: photos, video, etc. • How this behavior is affecting you • What actions have been taken (e.g., called police)
OUTDOOR LIGHTS OUT after
10PM to enjoy the mountain stars and minimize light pollution.
FIREWORKS AND FIREARMS
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
of any kind are prohibited.
Tahoe Donner staff will make every effort to contact the owner of the property being complained about, share details about the complaint and request voluntary compliance. Staff will: • Call the primary phone number on file and speak to the owner or leave a message • If no answer, call additional phone numbers on file to speak with or leave message for owner or designated contact • Email the owner via any email on file • Send follow-up email to the complainant confirming attempts to contact owner
TRASH must be locked up in your bear-proof container, never your neighbors’ container or dumped anywhere in Tahoe Donner.
PARKING VEHICLES off-pavement, on other person’s property/driveway or on access easements is prohibited. Note: Town of Truckee winter parking ordinance prohibits overnight parking on streets Nov. 1 to April 30. This is an abbreviated list of the Covenant Rules. For full list visit tahoedonner.com/covenants TAHOE DONNER NEWS |
BATTENING DOWN THE HATCHES WINTER STORM PREP TIPS By LINDSAY HOGAN
Whether you’re a homeowner or a guest of Tahoe Donner, the arrival of winter in the Sierra means preparing for snowstorms. Don’t skimp on protecting your property and family this season, and connect with your neighbors to keep an eye out for each other.
PREPARE TO HANDLE “THE HILL”
The steepness of Northwoods Blvd. requires a vehicle with 4WD/AWD, studs or chains, and sometimes a combination of all those traction devices. Never travel in a 2WD vehicle without chains during the winter.
DO NOT PARK ON THE ROAD DURING THE WINTER
Snowplows need access to the entire road, and your car can be ticketed or towed at your own expense. Please park only in designated areas that you have been given permission to park in (not your neighbor’s driveway).
BE AWARE OF WHAT’S ABOVE YOU
Snow loads sliding off roofs or trees can bury people and pets. Falling trees are also a risk.
PLAN FOR “JUST IN CASE”
What would keep you alive and safe if you got stuck in your car for hours or days? A warm blanket, food and water, a first-aid kit and winter boots, gloves and hat would all help.
CREATE A LONG-TERM POWER OUTAGE KIT
Last year some residents went several days without power. Do you know where your candles, backup power supply and emergency radios are? Do you have batteries, food, water and a non-electrical heat source?
The speed limit in Tahoe Donner is predominantly 25 MPH, but go even slower during the winter. Wildlife, accidents, dogs and children could require sudden stops, and we all know sudden stops and ice don’t mix.
KEEP THE HEAT ON
Temps drop unexpectedly and busted pipes are no fun for anyone! As a general rule, keep the heat above 55 degrees.
CLEAR YOUR ROOF OF SNOW
It will slide eventually and will impede your vision. Locals will also heckle you because it might blow back and obstruct their vision behind you too. Don’t forget to scrape your windows of ice and frost completely!
ICE MELT, SAND OR YAK TRACKS
Pick your poison of your favorite trick for not slipping in the driveway, but whatever it is, keep it near the door!
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From The Lodge to Your Kitchen By CHEF LEW ORLADY
The winter menu at The Lodge features local favorites and exciting new additions for every palate and occasion. Next time you’re entertaining and want a savory crowd-pleaser, try this streamlined version of our popular Dungeness Crab Cakes with herbs and red bell pepper. With fresh Dungeness crab in season until June, you’ve got plenty of opportunities to try this recipe and make it your own. Bon Appetit!
2 tbsp. butter 3 oz. shallots, chopped 2 tbsp. red bell pepper, minced 1 tbsp. Old Bay Seasoning ¼ cup parsley, chopped 2 tsp. fresh thyme 2 tsp. cracked fresh pepper ½ cup mayo 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard 1 egg 1 lb. fresh Dungeness crab meat 3 cups fresh white breadcrumbs
Sauté butter, shallots and red pepper in sauce pot until shallots are translucent. Turn off the heat and add Old Bay, parsley, herbs and pepper. Stir in mayo, mustard and egg. Add the fresh crab meat and 2 cups of breadcrumbs. Turn heat to low and gently heat the crab mix until just warm. Cool mix in refrigerator.
TO SERVE Form crab cakes then dredge in remaining 1 cup of breadcrumbs. Sauté in butter and oil until golden on each side. Serve with your favorite aioli.
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BRIEFS TD TEAM MEMBERS OF 2019 DAILY ACCESS FEE THE MONTH Effective Jan. 1, the Daily Access Fee for private amenities is $8 for members, $10 for guests accompanied by a member and $15 for unaccompanied guests with a Transferable Guest Card. Members with a paid Recreation Fee and children age 6 and under are free.
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ALLISON “ALBY” DEAN SUMMER TRAIL WORKER/LEAD GROOMER AT TDXC Alby’s commitment to providing the best possible XC skiing experience is very evident as she works hard in both summer and winter to repair and maintain the TDXC trails. We are grateful for her expertise, energy and dedication.
We are always looking to feature members in Tahoe Donner News. If you or someone you know has exciting news – an athletic accomplishment, a unique business, a life goal met – or you just want to share your enthusiasm about Tahoe Donner, please email email@example.com.
WINTER REMINDERS FROM ASO For more information about the Architectural Standards Office (ASO), including office hours, visit tahoedonner.com/aso.
TEMPORARY SNOW PROTECTION If you plan to use tempered glass, Plexiglas, plywood or other approved materials to protect entryways, windows and other areas of your home this winter, you must first submit submit your request over the counter at the Architectural Standards Office.
COURTEOUS SNOW REMOVAL
CAROLYN ATWOOD SUMMER TRAIL WORKER/SKI PATROL AT TDXC Summer or winter, no job is too big or too small for Carolyn. With her willing spirit, “can-do” attitude and excellent problemsolving skills, she is always ready to tackle a challenging project or advise members and guests on hiking, biking or skiing the trails.
Whether you use a snow blower, a shovel or a snow removal company, all snow cleared from your property must stay on your property, never moved to neighbor’s lot or public streets.
FREE CHRISTMAS TREE RECYCLING Place undecorated trees in the bin at the Northwoods Clubhouse parking lot through Jan. 19 or wait until spring to take advantage of the chipping program through the TD Forestry Department.
TD STAFF EXCELLENCE AWARDS Our employees make Tahoe Donner the greatest mountain residential community in the country, combining a passion for service and a love of adventure that is infectious and empowering. We’re thankful for all of our employees, particularly to those who stood out and helped set new standards in 2018.
MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Lindsay Hogan Marketing Communication Manager, Communications
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Cari MacPhail Ski School Supervisor/Day Camps Supervisor, Downhill Ski Resort/Day Camps
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR Cassie O’Neal Accounting Technician, Accounting
CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD Peter Suhr Service Manager, The Lodge Restaurant & Pub
POSITIVE ATTITUDE AWARD Debbie Stock Floor Shift Supervisor, Alder Creek Cafe
TEAM SPIRIT AWARD
'Chelle Sonder Member Services Office Manager, Member Services
TEAM OF THE YEAR AWARD Communications
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TDXC NAMED #3 XC AREA IN NORTH AMERICA Many thanks to the cross country enthusiasts who voted for TDXC in USA Today’s annual rankings, where we won third place for North American cross country ski area. See what the fuss is about by exploring TDXC’s 100+ km of trails on skis, snowshoes or fat bike.
FAJANS SELECTED FOR VACANT BOARD SEAT
At the Dec. 15 meeting, the Tahoe Donner Board of Directors appointed Michael Fajans to fill the vacant seat. Fajans has been a Tahoe Donner homeowner for 23 years and has worked with the General Plan Committee for 12 years. He will serve until June 2019, when his seat will go up for election with a three-year term.
EXPLORE MORE THIS WINTER
SHARE FEEDBACK WITH LIKEMOJI Feedback from members, guests and the public helps us continue what works and improve what doesn’t. Use the kiosks at each amenity or download the free Likemoji app to leave anonymous feedback anywhere, anytime.
HOMES ON THE RISE The Architectural Standards Committee reviewed the following plans in November 2018. UNIT/LOT ADDRESS
13476 Davos Drive
13098 Ski View Loop
DOWNHILL SKI RESORT
CROSS COUNTRY SKI CENTER
FIVE RESTAURANT OPTIONS
LEARN TO SKI The region’s best place to begin
ADVENTURE ON XC SKIS 100km of pristine grooming and endless fitness challenges
TUBE + SLED One fee includes everything you need for winter fun
PLAY UP AN APPETITE Follow up a fun day with drinks and fresh food options
PLAN YOUR ADVENTURE TODAY tahoedonner.com/exploremore
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NEW SHORT-TERM RENTAL (STR) RULES STR PROPERTY REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
To preserve and protect the quiet residential nature of the Tahoe Donner community and address issues related to short-term rentals including over-crowding of homes and parking, the board of directors has approved new Short-Term Rental (STR) rules for all Tahoe Donner homeowners who short-term rent their property. All STRs are now required to register their home with Tahoe Donner. Read below for more information. Short-term rentals ("STRs") are defined as residential properties in the Tahoe Donner development that are offered for rent or lease for less than 31 continuous nights.
STR RULES: KEY HIGHLIGHTS
KEY COVENANTS RULES FOR STR OWNERS + RENTERS
STR OWNER REQUIREMENTS
• Effective Jan. 1, 2019, all properties used as STRs must be registered at tahoedonner.com/str. Registration is FREE and takes only a few minutes.
• STR residences must follow occupancy rules of no more than two people per bedroom, plus four additional people total. Children under age 7 are exempt from the occupancy count.
REGISTER YOUR STR PROPERTY BY MARCH 1, 2019
• Existing STRs must be registered by March 1, 2019. • New STRs must be registered within 30 days of starting a new STR program. • Failure to register can result in fines. Enforcement will begin March 1, 2019.
• The number of parked vehicles shall not exceed spaces available in garages and on the driveway at any STR residence. Parking off-pavement or on neighbor driveways is prohibited. On-street parking is prohibited in Truckee November 1-April 30.
• Registration includes providing a real-time contact person to respond to nuisance complaints within 45 minutes.
• Loud music, barking dogs and late-night partying are prohibited from 10PM-7AM.
• Owners must provide complete Covenants Rules and other documentation to STR vacation renters, and should obtain a signed Renter Rule Acknowledgment Form.
• All unnecessary outdoor lighting must be turned off from 10PM-7AM. Motion sensors and timers are effective ways to ensure compliance and avoid annoying neighbors.
• Owners are responsible for all Covenants Rules violations that occur on their property, whether caused by STR vacation renters, guests or the owners themselves.
• Trash must be placed in the property’s bear-proof container. Dumping trash anywhere in Tahoe Donner or using a neighbor’s container is prohibited.
Register at tahoedonner.com/str. Be prepared to provide: • STR property address • Property owner contact info or alternative representative contact info • Number of bedrooms in home • Town of Truckee STR Registration Certificate Number
INFORM STR VACATION RENTERS ABOUT TAHOE DONNER RULES The following documents can be downloaded from tahoedonner.com/str and must be provided to all STR renters: • Covenants Rules • STR Rules + Guidelines • Evacuation Map • Renter Rule Acknowledgment Form
FOR COMPLETE STR RULE DETAILS AND TO REGISTER, VISIT TAHOEDONNER.COM/STR
BOARD MEETING RECAPS
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING October 27, 2018 APPROVED • • • • • • • • • • • • •
September 22, 2018 Regular Minutes 4-0 October 19, 2018 Special Minutes 4-0 Set Process for Filling Board Director Vacancy 3-1 Consent Calendar 4-0 Update Operating Fund Policy 4-0 Treasurer’s Report 4-0 Fund Balance Transfer – Operating to Capital Fund(s) 4-0 Additional Insurance Coverage and Change to Deductibles 4-0 Approval of 2019 Budget 3-1 Short-Term Rental Rules 4-0 Unaudited 2018 September Financials 4-0 Elrod Grant Easement 4-0 Award Contract for Trout Creek Recreation Center Remodel 4-0
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Executive Session Report Appointment of a Member to Fill Board Director Vacancy Committee/Task Force Reports AB 2912 Briefing Emergency Preparedness
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING November 17, 2018 APPROVED • • • • • •
Consent Calendar Items 4-0 Wood/Charcoal Fire Ban 4-0 Committee Appointment Process 4-0 Draft Committee/Task Force Guiding Principles 4-0 Liaison to Member Engagement Committee 4-0 Board Executive Session Meeting – December 14, 2018
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2019 Board Priorities Committee/Task Force Reports Short-Term Rental Rollout Process Association Wide Member Survey Preliminary Briefing on Unaudited 2018 October Financials Emergency Preparedness Trout Creek Expansion Project Report
UPCOMING BOARD MEETINGS Wednesday, Jan. 9 – Special Board Meeting Saturday, Jan. 26 – Regular Meeting Saturday, Feb. 23 – Regular Meeting Saturday, Mar. 23 – Regular Meeting See full minutes at tahoedonner.com/boardmeetingdocs. Provide feedback to help improve the overall association. Submit your comments and concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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KANDY, SRI LANKA The whole Deb family – Sidart, Niko (1 year old), Celine, Zoe (8) and Sacha (10) – are dwarfed by the giant statue of Buddha in front of the Bahirawakanda Temple in Sri Lanka.
THE WESTERN SAHARA DESERT Sally Meyers and caravan friends in the Western Sahara Desert of Morocco.
FORT MYERS, FLORIDA Laura and Charlie Neary and Gerry and Lynn Reardon enjoyed the warmth of Fort Myers while the spring rains poured in Tahoe.
HO CHI MINH CITY Jeff and Tracie Connors at the former president’s palace in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) in South Vietnam. SUBMIT YOUR PHOTOS Email your “Where in the World” photos to email@example.com. Please submit only JPG files of 300 dpi for printing. Photos must include a copy of TD News. Please list the names of everyone in the picture, where it was taken, and a short description. Note: please be patient; it could take several months to see your photo published.
PORTO, PORTUGAL Rob and Brenda Sherwood and Becky and Tom Larson exploring Porto, Portugal.
Wishing You a Fantastic 2019!
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