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Table of Contents 6 13 WINTER FUN GUIDE

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Downhill Ski Area The best place to begin




President’s Message From fall to winter


Monthly Calendar Something for everyone


General Manager’s Message Gearing up for a new season


Let’s Get Together TD events & happenings


Taking Care of Business Board meeting minutes


Bulletin Board Temporary snow protection


TD Troopers Congrats to all 2012 troopers


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

Snowplay Slide into winter fun

Cross Country Ski Center The skiing is out there

VOL. 13, NO. 11


NOVEMBER 2012 EDITORIAL AND PRODUCTION STAFF Amanda Birchenough Sasha Coben Jill Oberly


Tom Johns,

Vice President

Suzan Knisley,


Jay Lempinen,


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Ron Wulff,

Board of Directors

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE While the month of October was filled with great events and activities for our members and guests, the highlight was surely the Third Annual Tahoe Donner Fall Festival held at Northwoods Clubhouse on October 13. This community event has grown substantially over the years and included a variety of new vendors and improved activities. Kids absolutely loved this festival and all the attractions, games and crafts in the kid’s carnival zone. There were rides on the Log Jammer – our new 65 foot long inflatable slide – climbing on the Rockwall, trips through the maze, access to the moon bouncer and target practice at the archery station. Other activities included face painting, a recipe contest, pony rides, bobbing for apples, and exploring the pumpkin patch. While perhaps a bit biased, I truly believe this year’s festival was our best ever! All of the staff involved in the effort are to be commended for their creativity, innovation and organization. On the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend, November 24, I hope that you will attend an event that represents a recurring holiday tradition here at Tahoe Donner — our annual Light up the Night celebration at The Lodge. This event has two centerpieces: an early-season visit from Santa, and The Lodge’s grand tree lighting ceremony. The concept of this event is for the community to come together and celebrate the holiday spirit. Hundreds of members and their children enjoy this truly heart-warming affair, so plan to attend this year’s festivities. The Light up the Night event is just an example of the many ways in which The Lodge has become an integral component of our Tahoe Donner experience. The Lodge hosts members’ weddings and other special events, provides food and beverage service for the golf course, caters events for many different organized groups, and is known for consistently offering one of the best dining experiences in the Tahoe region. As a reminder, The Lodge is open on Thanksgiving Day from 2 – 7:30 p.m., and will be offering a special holiday menu. Skip the hours of preparing and cleaning up, and bring your family and friends to The Lodge for a memorable meal - reservations are recommended. It’s also not too early to make a reservation at The Lodge for New Year’s Eve. About this time each year, we begin wringing our hands hoping that Mother Nature will cooperate and deliver sufficient snow for our ski areas to open. Although we have had a wonderfully warm autumn, hopefully, by the time you receive this edition of Tahoe Donner News, we can expect to have snow; maybe even enough to open the Snowplay area over Thanksgiving. While I am not ready for as much snow as two years ago, I’d certainly like to have more than last year. Looking forward to this winter season, some changes have taken place at the Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area and Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center. First off, we have added new trails at the cross country ski center and purchased a new state of the art Pisten Bully 400 Nordic Groomer with an extended range fuel cell for setting the perfect tracks in the newly purchased Euer Valley. You may not be aware that our cross country ski center is truly a world-class operation, but we are. Rated as one of the top five centers in the United States, it is an attraction far beyond the boundaries of Tahoe Donner.

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Kids Night Out Kids 4 – 9 years old are invited to join in the fun with crafts, dinner and a movie, as well as milk and cookies. This month’s featured film is Cinderella. Registration must be made at least 24 hours in advance by calling (530) 582-9646. Cost is $15 per child.



Thanksgiving at The Lodge

Light Up the Night

Don’t want to hassle with cooking on Thanksgiving? No problem. Let us take care of Thanksgiving dinner for your whole family. Join us at The Lodge from 2 – 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 22. View the special holiday menu at Reservations recommended.

Join us at The Lodge on Saturday, November 24, as we kick off the holiday season with Light up the Night! This special evening will host a variety of classic holiday activities culminating with our sixth annual tree lighting ceremony. For more information, visit

Attention TD Members – It’s almost summer survey time Be on the lookout during the early part of November for your 2012 summer survey. Share your thoughts with us! If you don’t already receive Member News emails on Wednesdays, please sign up at Click on the subscribe button at the top right of the main page. We look forward to hearing your feedback.


As the temperature drops and the flakes begin to fly, grab a cup of hot cocoa and plan your winter adventures with our annual Winter Fun Guide starting on page 13. Events, special offers and more, this guide has everything you need to plan a day on the slopes or trails. We have been spending our summer months making sure winter 2012-2013 is full of fun. Plan to visit us and find out for yourself! |



the Tahoe Donner News to the membership by significantly defraying the cost of publication and mailing. As a thank you, I would ask that when you are considering local retail purchases, contracting, or professional services, that you first contact these small businesses to fulfill your needs. As winter approaches, we are transitioning from our summer operations and gearing up for our winter operations. While we look forward to seeing many of our members with their ski gear on this winter, we also recognize that many owners take advantage of the local access to winter sports by renting their home during the winter months. Approximately four in ten homes in suburban America are occupied by renters. If your unit is one of those homes—or about to become one—here are a few tips that will help you, your renters, and the association.

Please join me in welcoming our new director of marketing & member relations, Brinn Talbot. Brinn joins us from her previous role as president of Switchback PR + Marketing, Incorporated, operating both in Truckee, California and New York. Some may wonder why we have a director of marketing & member relations position at Tahoe Donner. Marketing is really an organizational function focused on building long-term relationships between our customers/members and our programs and services here at Tahoe Donner. Building these relationships is predicated upon good communication and offering products, programs, and services that our members value; while also effectively keeping our membership informed of important capital reinvestments in the infrastructure of the community. With 6,500 properties and 25,000 members, and the vast majority of the ownership interest located away in other primary residences, it is extremely important to the association that we continue to maintain communication channels and relationships with our members. In reading the monthly Tahoe Donner News, you will have certainly noticed the advertisements in the magazine; from your hometown Sears store, realtors, contractors, snow removal, driveway sealing, painters, and professional services, to furnishings, defensible space, cleaning companies, and more. These dedicated local small businesses are critical to the overall economy of our mountain community and they value advertising in our magazine in order to reach the homeowners within Tahoe Donner. In fact, these advertisers allow us to provide

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Educate Prospective Tenants Be sure to inform prospective renters about the special considerations of living in a community association before they sign a lease. The association will be happy to give you a copy of the rules to pass along. Use a Lease Addendum No doubt you’ll have your renters sign a lease. Please attach an addendum to your lease that covers the specifics of the community association and require renters to adhere to association rules. This is very important because it gives you and the association a means of enforcement. A good lease or lease addendum should support the community by: • Requiring the tenant to obey the bylaws, rules, and regulations of the association. (Attach copies!) • Requiring the tenant to pay fines for association rule violations. • Requiring the tenant to vacate if community association regulations are repeatedly violated. Keep the Association Informed Once the lease is signed, let the Member Services office know. The

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more information you provide to the association about your renters, the more successful they will be in our community. Please provide: • Renter’s name (and children or roommates) and phone number. • Renter’s email address or other pertinent details. Encourage Tenants to Participate in the Association Be an advocate for your tenants with the association. Make sure they have access to the passes they need, and get them signed up for our weekly emails and member news. Please give them our website address and the following phone number: (530) 587-9400. Even though tenants have no vote on association matters, they are an important part of our community. Make them feel welcome, provide information that will familiarize them with the association, and encourage them to participate in community activities whenever possible. Today’s renters may be tomorrow’s owners. The more we all do to promote a sense of belonging for renters, the more positive and successful the leasing experience will be for everyone. Happy Birthday Marines, and Happy Thanksgiving,


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Tahoe Donner Association Committee Chairs Architectural Standards, Jason Wooley Covenants, Al Noyes

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Kids 4- 9 years old are invited to join in the fun with crafts, dinner and a movie, as well as milk and cookies. This month’s featured film is Cinderella. Registration must be made at least 24 hours in advance by calling (530) 582-9646. Cost is $15 per child.










As we get deeper into fall, the recreation department will be hosting our usual indoor events that will keep your family warm and entertained. Don’t miss the very popular Kids Night Out on Friday, November 2. You can S BER also join in for our FREE Sunday M E M Wii nights D T ET LU Bon or Thursday Trivia Challenges at Pizza ME C A N the Hill. Join us at TheI Lodge on Saturday, JO S RE ARE INTE November 24 as we kick Hoff the holiday season with Light up the Night! This special evening will host a variety of classic holiday activities culminating in our sixth annual tree lighting ceremony. For up-to-date information about fall events at Tahoe Donner visit tahoedonner. com or call (530) 582-9646.

Make sure you check for upcoming events and clinics; we will be tweeting updates and snow conditions daily. On Facebook we’ll have photos posted once we open. We offer a wide variety of clinics; there will be beginning and intermediate skate and stride clinics, and clinics to improve your uphill or downhill technique. If you are interested in a special technique, let us know, and NER EA DON R E the we will add it to list. O A H KI TA S L Enjoy Thanksgiving, and remember snow NHIL I D OW we N permitting, will be open November 22 E PU BLIC AM maybe earlier for season pass holders. What a great way to celebrate Thanksgiving weekend. We are looking forward to the season and hope to see you on the trails soon!
















You can feel the weather changing, winter PR EN I VAT E A M NER ER is getting close, and we are hoping for lots of DON T E N O CE TA H T snow this season. There will be changes at the RIAN T S E U S I center too. EQ EN PU BLIC AM EK R Eout E R N C Now is the time to get and hike with D ON ER REA ALD OE D O UforNcross country KI A TA H those ski poles to get ready R S G L IL MP I they are out workskiing. C SayAhi to the staff as WNH N O I E D PU R E BLIC AM N EN PU BLIC AM ing on the trails and hanging trailEmaps and MARIAH MCCLOSKEYH O E D O N E R S N R ON TA RY trail signs. Inside the center unpacking O E D we are CO U RECREATION COORDINATOR NT TA H F ER L O Udown C ONN I S GO PU everything from storage, taking walls, OE D EN H ROS A C BLIC AM RKS T I O N turning the center backPinto a restaurant, retail Friday Family Movie Night E R S Dust off your old equipment and get your W UBLIC AME E EMB BIK shop and rental room. We are building the skis and boards tuned up for winter, itRwill Bring a pillow and blanket, up D Myour feet B Tkick T U E EP E N TA L ER ME C LS & R A O N Nbefore you know it. Starting Monday, locker rooms for our high school and middle beDhere and enjoy either a classic or new movie N E S I TEN O D R TA H November J OFriday A E school teams as well as our customers. 19 the rental shop will be offering starting at 6:30 p.m. every at NorthU SH R ARE INTE CPE N IFEG L This year you can purchase your discounted a mini tune-up for $25. This offer will be good woods Clubhouse. Friday Family Movie Night RIV R E E AT R BE NN H ER AT T H E NNE Toff E D Oday. Drop Othe N O D season pass until end of November. We are until our opening your gear or movies are rated G and PG. E H E A C O T S H N TA TIC T RatI A asking all season give usEaScall (530) 587-9476. If you’re lookNovember 2 | Cinderella Q U A pass holders to scan their U I A Q E N Ethe P cards each time they go for a ski. The scanner ing for gift ideas holidays, check out November 9 | Madagascar U B L I Cfor BE AM HE ER EK E N E A R N H T T C O D R D T E E is on the deck andAwe employee our season passes or Mountain Money. Both November 16 | Mary N OPoppins L D will have U TA H O anN EVE Ralso L 34th G A I there to help you. You can come inside, make great gifts. November 23 | Miracle on Street P C A M and enjoy SPE I Cscanned, N get your pass a homemade We have hired over 30 J-1 Visa’s for the November 30 | The Polar Express N E R E PU BLIC AM DON E E S O snack. Remember Tahoe Donner homeowners, upcoming season. If anyone is interested in TA H UR O C kids under 12 years old and super seniors over renting a room for 3 – 4 months, please contact Wii Night F R NNE I GOL PU E DO O EN 69 ski for free. Just fill out a season pass appliRobert McClendon at Join fellow competitors for a friendly game H M BLIC A TA ORK W E cation, and get a season pass sticker on your We are excited for the season ahead. Our of Wii on Sundays from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at NorthBIK member card. With those two steps completed 2012-2013 scheduled opening day is Friday,R E N TA L S & R E P woods Clubhouse. Try your luck at Wii tennis, R E ONN all you need to do is scan your member card December Come baseball, golf, bowling, Mario Kart and much O E D 7. R D Sout and visit us! TA H A U before you ski. We ask that all customers have more on the big screen. FREE! E G MCCLENDON | DOWNHILL SKI L I FROBERT R their season pass or trail pass visible when B E MANAGER HE E AREA AT T H E NN E DO O S H using the trails. TA IC AT



























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Light Up the Night Thanksgiving weekend is a family favorite at Tahoe Donner. Once you’ve had enough turkey fun on Thursday, get ready for Santa and holiday activities at the annual Tahoe Donner Light Up the Night event at The Lodge on Saturday, November 24. Give back to the community by bringing canned items for the Project MANA food drive. We’ll also have a raffle with Tahoe Donner prizes, and proceeds going to Project MANA. Join us from 5 – 8 p.m. for fun activities including reindeer games, Santa’s arts and crafts workshop, hot chocolate and s’mores, letters to Santa, storytelling by Mrs. Claus, caroling, photos with Santa and the lighting of the tree.

CLUB UPDATES Tahoe Donner Women’s 9-Holer Golf Club Another wonderful regular season of golf culminated with an awards banquet at The Lodge on August 30. Our tournament winners were as follows: 1st Flight | Janie Sturman 2nd Flight | Jan Driscoll 3rd Flight | Peggy Prescott 4th Flight | Maryellen Wilson Congratulations to Hilary Ward who won the Club Championship for the third year in a row. At our annual General Meeting, our new board for 2012-2013 was elected. President | Barbara McCabe Vice-President | Marianne Bowers Secretary | Julia Dill Treasurer | Alice Nicholls Member-at-Large | Lynette Powell DefSpacSol_third pg color ad_Def Space Sol 3rd pg 6/8/12 7:10 AM Page 1

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Our last tournament of the year was the Chapman on October 7 and the results were: Final Results: Net score 1st | 64 – Lance Van Lydegraf and Ed Leinenkugel 2nd | 65 – Bob Toliver and Scott Taylor 3rd | 68 – Tom Lovely and Charlie Lyon 4th | Tie – 70 – Jim Dill and Kevin Murphy; Paul McGoldrick & Mick Arata We are now accepting new and renewal applications for membership. Applications can be found on our website at or on our bulletin board on the lower level of The Lodge. Thanks for making 2012 a great season. We look forward to more exciting golf in 2013!

We would like to thank director of golf Ed Leinenkugel and his staff for their continued support and the fine job they do. We would also like to recognize superintendent Kevin Kuehne and his staff for their ongoing efforts to keep the course in playable condition after the very cold winter we endured. We encourage all ladies who are Tahoe Donner property owners and are interested in playing golf to join us. All you need is a little knowledge of golf. We are a fun and supportive group who carry on various activities throughout the year and continue playing golf on Thursday mornings at Tahoe Donner until the course closes in mid-October. If you are interested in becoming a member, please call president Barbara McCabe at (530) 550-7889.


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Men’s Golf Club The season has now officially ended at Tahoe Donner, but we were happy to have a marvelous September and early October. The course shaped up nicely due to the hard work of Kevin Kuehne and crew. Plus we’d like to thank Ed and James and the Pro Shop staff for all their support this year.

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at Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area and ski travel weeks organized by Far West Ski Association in the USA and Europe. We also have a cross country ski day to offer something new to the group. Off-season activities include kayak trips, tennis and golf tournaments, BBQ’s, fall ski conditioning classes at Trout Creek Recreation Center from October – December, a wine and cheese event at Granite Chief on November 13, and a Holiday Party at The Lodge on December 6. Sign up and join this fun group. This fun active club welcomes all Tahoe Donner Alpine skiers, 55 years and above, who ski at a proficiency level of intermediate, advanced, or expert. Membership information, membership forms and schedules of winter and off-season activities can be accessed on, click on “join us”. We’re accepting renewals and new applications now.

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DINING OPTIONS The Lodge Restaurant & Pub Open nightly at 5 p.m. For more information, or to make a reservation, please call (530) 587-9455.

Happy Hour at the Pub | Enjoy drink specials and 25 percent off tasty starters, small plates, soups and salads from 5 – 6:30 p.m. every night of the week through November 15 and Sunday – Thursday starting November 18. Not good with any other promotions or coupons. Happy hour not valid on November 22.

No Corkage Tuesdays | Bring your own bottle of vino to enjoy with your meal and we’ll waive the corkage fee on Tuesday nights. It’s the perfect time to enjoy that favorite bottle of wine you’ve been saving at home. Offer only valid during non-holiday periods.

WildER Wednesdays | Happy Hour specials all night long in the entire restaurant! Enjoy 25 percent off small plates, soups and salads, plus drink specials.

Three Course Meal Deal | One of the best deals in town! Enjoy a delicious three course meal and glass of wine for only $25, Sunday – Thursday. This special will be offered through November 15. Not valid during holiday periods and not valid with any other promotions or coupons.

Thanksgiving Dinner | Don’t want to hassle with cooking on Thanksgiving? No problem. Let us take care of Thanksgiving dinner for you. Join us from 2 – 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 22. View the special holiday menu at Reservations recommended.

Pizza on the Hill Open from 5 – 8:30 p.m., Thursday – Monday. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. For more information, please call (530) 582-9669.

Happy Hour | Enjoy specials from 5 – 6 p.m., Thursday – Monday. Stop by after work to catch up with friends, grab a quick drink and a bite to eat. Enjoy $3 Coors Light drafts and $4 glasses of house wine.

Thursday Night Trivia | Test your trivia skills from local history to current events. The topics change every week! You never know what questions are going to be featured. Join in the fun from 6:30 – 8 p.m. The winner receives a certificate for a free pizza!

Sunday Half Price Pizza Hour | A family favorite! Order a cheese, pepperoni, or veggie pizza for half price from 5 – 6 p.m. on Sundays. Offer valid for take-out only, limit 10. For more information, or to place your order, please call Pizza on the Hill at (530) 582-9669.

Slowvember Meal Deal | Make it a date! Purchase any pizza plus two trips to the salad bar for $18. Not valid on Friday nights.

Host a party, ski for free! Book a holiday party at The Lodge Restaurant and Pub and receive a complimentary ski voucher for every attendee to Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area or Cross Country Ski Center. Contact group sales at (530) 582-9643 or for details. Restrictions apply. |




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

THE PLACE FOR FAMILY FUN AND LEARNING Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area is committed to being “The Best Place to Begin.” We offer a variety of services for families including ski instruction for children as young as three years old, interchangeable lift tickets for parents with non-skiing children, retail outlets, and a kid-friendly menu in the cafeteria. Wide-open bowls, uncrowded slopes, great beginner terrain, excellent grooming, and a friendly, courteous staff await you. Our size allows us to deliver that personal touch that the larger ski areas can’t always provide.

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Welcome to winter fun! This guide contains all the information you will need for the season ahead. Remember children 6 and under and adults 70 and older always ski for free at Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area. Opening day is Friday, December 7, conditions permitting. See you on the slopes!

LIFT TICKETS & SEASON PASSES Lift Tickets Lift tickets are non-refundable. Prices subject to change. Adult Child/Senior (Ages 13-59) (Ages 7-12/60-69) All day $43 $21 Half day (starts at 12:15 p.m.) $35 $15 2 day Consecutive $82 $38 3 of 4 day Consecutive $123 $57 Parent Interchangeable* $43 N/A *Available for parents w/non-skiing children ages 6 and under Morning skiers can come to the ticket window by 12:30 p.m. We will clip your current ticket and give you a morning credit good toward your next full day ticket purchase.

Public Season Passes

Adult Unrestricted $289 Adult Midweek/Non Holiday $229 Adult Combo Pass (DH & XC) $389 Child/Senior Unrestricted $144 Child/Senior Midweek/Non Holiday $119 Senior Combo Pass (DH & XC) $304

Ski and Ride Super Pass - $344 The best deal on the mountain! The Ski and Ride Super pass includes an unrestricted season pass, two group lessons, one hour private lesson, and three days of rental equipment.

Member Season Passes

Adult Unrestricted $174 Adult Midweek/Non Holiday $119 Adult Combo Pass (DH & XC) $309 Child/Senior Unrestricted $124 Child/Senior Midweek, non-holiday $89 Senior Combo Pass (DH & XC) $226

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Member rates are available for daily lift tickets. Visit tahoedonner. com for more information. Adult passes are for ages 13-59 and child/senior passes are for ages 7-12 and 60-69. Buy your season pass early and save. Pass prices increase on December 1. All rates are subject to change. Please visit tahoedonner.dom/downhill-ski for additional pricing.

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

Equipment Rentals

Additional Day Rentals

All day 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Price for an additional day when you keep your equipment.

Adult Child/Senior (Ages 13-59) (Ages 7-12/60-69) Ski Equipment $39 $28 Snowboard Equipment $39 $28 Telemark $39 $28 Demo Skis $45 $45 Helmets $8 $8

Adult Child/Senior (Ages 13-59) (Ages 7-12/60-69) Ski Equipment $34 $23 Snowboard Equipment $34 $23 Telemark $34 $23 Demo Skis $45 $45 Helmets $8 $8



Private Lessons These are our most popular and productive lessons. The class will move at your pace or be individually tailored to your group. Half day private: (3 hours for up to 4 people) $229 Full day private: (6 hours for up to 4 people) $395 1 Hour Lesson: $89 for one person; $20 each additional person/hour

Adult Group Lessons Included is an all day lift ticket, group lesson and equipment rental. Morning: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.; Afternoon: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Adult (13 – 59): $89; Senior (60 – 69): $79; Lesson only: $45

Snowflakes - Ages 3 – 6 (Skiers only) Each session includes specialized instruction and a low student-toinstructor ratio. Children must be at least 3 years of age, potty trained and willing to ski. All day: (ages 4 – 6) 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., lunch included - $119 Half day: (ages 3 – 6) Morning 10 a.m.; Afternoon 1:30 p.m. - $79

Snow Shredders - Ages 5 – 6 (Snowboarder only) Snow Shredders is designed for the youngest snowboarders. Small class sizes and energetic instructors make for a great on hill experience. All day: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., lunch included - $119 Half day: Morning 10 a.m.; Afternoon 1:30 p.m. - $79

Child - Ages 7 – 12 (Ski or Snowboard)

Ski and Snowboard Race Teams: For skiers and riders who want to take their skills to the next level. The teams will participate in the Tahoe League race series beginning in January. Two week-long training camps are also included. Over 30 days of coaching and racing are scheduled for this season, conditions permitting. A complete schedule will be posted on the website. Fees include a season pass. Price: Members $1,029, Public $1,239 Rec Ski and Snowboard Teams: The Rec Teams meet every Sunday from January 6 – March 24, from 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. This program is designed for 7 – 13 year old skiers and snowboarders who want to improve their skills in a fun environment while developing new friendships. Fees include a season pass. Price: Members $479, Public $519 TD Tykes: A weekly ski school program designed for 3 – 6 year olds. The program begins the second week of January and continues through the end of March. Participants meet every week for two and a half hours of instruction that takes place both on the hill and in the Snowflakes room. There are four weekly sessions to choose from including Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9 – 11:30 a.m. and afternoons from 12:30 – 3 p.m. Price: Member $339, Public $389 TD Tykes for Kindergarten Kids: Designed for 5 – 6 year olds from the local area who want to improve their skiing skills. The program begins the second week of January and continues through the end of March. Kids enrolled in this program meet on the hill at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays ready to ski for a full two hour session. Price: Members $325, Public $375

These packages are designed for all levels skiers and snowboarders. Included is an all day lift ticket, group lesson and equipment rental. All day: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., lunch included - $119 Half day: Morning 10 a.m.; Afternoon 1:30 p.m. - $79

Sunday Speedsters: A weekly ski program designed for children 4 and up who can already ski at a level IV or above. Sessions will run on Sundays from 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. for 11 weeks. This program is geared to help bring your child to the next level in their skiing. Price: Members $460, Public $500

Half day lessons are two hours long. Children enrolled in Snowflakes or Snow Shredders must have an adult on-site/on-call at all times.

Reservations for lessons and special programs are highly recommended. Please book online at or call (530) 587-9444. |



DOWNHILL SKI AREA EVENTS Mark your calendars! Events at Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area are not to be missed. We offer family friendly events throughout the entire season.

DECEMBER 25 | Pancake Breakfast with Santa: Enjoy a pancake breakfast with Santa starting at 10 a.m., followed by a half day of skiing and riding fun. The lifts will open at 11:30 a.m. 31 | Torchlight Parade on New Year’s Eve: A fun event for intermediate skiers and riders ages 10 or older who can ski or ride unassisted in the dark on our Race Course run. Come early to secure a spot in the parade. A DJ and snacks will be provided in the bar area prior to the parade. Sign-ups are from 4:30 – 5:45 p.m. with a chair loading time at 6:15 p.m. FREE!

JAN UARY 7 – 11 | Learn to Ski or Snowboard Week: From January 7 – 11, we will offer Learn to Ski or Snowboard packages for $29. Packages include an all day lift ticket, rental equipment, and a two-hour group lesson for anyone ages 7 and up. 19 | Ski and Ride Sunrise Bowl: Are you interested in backcountry skiing? This could be the perfect opportunity to ski or ride Sunrise Bowl. Purchase a Sunrise Bowl ticket on January 19 from the ticket office to ski or ride Sunrise Bowl from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Cost: $25 and includes bus and snowmobile transportation to the top.

FEB R UARY 23 | Children’s Glow Stick Parade and Carnival: A kids’ version of the Torchlight Parade with glow sticks for children 10 or younger who can ski or ride unassisted in the dark on our Snowbird run. Come early to secure a spot in the parade and get glow sticks by playing our free carnival games. Music and snacks will be provided in the bar area prior to the parade. Sign-up and carnival start at 4:30 p.m.; parade starts at 6:30 p.m. FREE!

Tahoe Donner Race Series - January 12 and 26, February 9, March 9 and 16 A fun race event offered on five Saturdays throughout the season. Race format is a dual GS, so you can race side-by-side against your friends and family. Prizes are awarded at each race. The man, woman, and child with the best three results in the series will have their names posted on a plaque in the ski lodge. $5 for two race runs; $1 per additional run.


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2 | Winter Beach Party: Join us for some tropical fun, live music, food and games. A great time for the whole family that starts at 12 p.m. FREE! 23 | 200 ft. Banana Split Extravaganza: Help devour our incredible 200-foot banana split at 1:30 p.m. FREE! 24 | Tahoe Donner Family Challenge: The Family Challenge is a matched time GS race done as a family team. The goal is to complete two runs in exactly the same time. The time that counts is the difference between the two runs. The team component is a combined best difference from a child in the family with the best difference from an adult in the family. The winning team gets its name engraved on the trophy in the ski lodge. All children who complete their two runs will earn a medal. Other prizes will be awarded as well. FREE! 31 | “Mile Run” Easter Egg Hunt: The Easter Bunny left some eggs behind on our longest run. Meet at the top of Eagle Rock at 1:30 p.m. and help us find his eggs. You might get lucky and find a special golden egg. FREE!

APRIL 6 | Spring Evening Ski Party: The sun is still up and we are going to keep Eagle Rock open a little later. Enjoy a bbq, live music and a special bar at the top of the Rock. Skiing will be extended until 5:45 p.m. All attendees will be entered into a free drawing to win a 2013-14 season pass. 14 | Downhill Dummy and Rail Jam: Join us for our annual end of season bash! Enjoy food and beverage specials, bounce house, live music, plus the popular Boxing Match Rail Jam and traditional Downhill Dummy event where teams build unique dummies to send sliding down the hill off our massive jump. This year’s theme is “Places around the World.” Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Best Design, Best Air and Best Crash. Purchase a full-day lift ticket at the half-day rate.

Events are weather permitting and subject to cancellation. Please call (530) 587-9444, press “0” or visit for more event information.

TD DEALS & DISCOUNTS Tuesday is for Parents: Moms and dads, bring your under 13-yearold skiers to Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area for a day of skiing and receive a FREE adult all day lift ticket for yourself. A great deal for you and your child.

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

Purchase a $50 card and receive 50% off any individual dinner entrée at many local restaurants.

Throwback Thursdays: Receive an old school discount every Thursday during non-holiday periods. Children $15 and Adults $21.

Locals’ Discount: Residents of Truckee, North Lake Tahoe and Reno are eligible for a midweek locals’ discount Tuesdays - Thursdays. Valid local ID must be shown. Children $15 and Adults $21. School Dayz: Beginning Monday, January 7, 2013, Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area will offer a midweek student discount to all students, Tuesdays – Thursdays, throughout the rest of the 2012/2013 season. Bring your Student ID. Children $15 and Adults $21. Military Discount: Full-day lift ticket rate is $38. Valid ID must be presented.

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Exclusive Deals: Follow us on Twitter and add us as a friend on Facebook to get instant updates and access to special deals and discounts throughout the season. Group Policy: Discounted rates are available for groups of 20 or more that book in advance. Contact us with your details and we will create a package to meet your needs. Call (530) 587-9444, press “0” and ask for group sales or email us at Special Offers/Holiday Periods: Special offers are not valid with any other discounts, coupons, or during holiday periods. For more information, call (530) 587-9444 or visit tahoedonner/downhill-ski. Holiday periods are: December 22 – January 6, January 19 – 21, February 16 – 24, and March 31 – April 7.


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STAY SAFE ON THE HILL Are you safe on the slopes? Do you know your responsibility code? “The number one factor to having an enjoyable day on the slopes is staying safe,” says Robert McClendon, downhill ski area manager. Following are some key aspects of the responsibility code: • Always stay in control and be able to stop and avoid other people or objects. • People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them. • Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others. • Always prevent runaway equipment. • Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas. • Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely. The Responsibility Code is an initiative of the National Ski Areas Association. The downhill ski area staff is always willing to assist with questions or issues of safety. So don’t hesitate to ask. For more information and an educational video on ski safety, visit

Helmet Policy Tahoe Donner requires all students under age 14 to wear an approved ski helmet when taking a lesson. We also recommend helmets for all our patrons. We have helmets available for daily rental as well as purchase in our retail locations.

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Slide into fun at the Tahoe Donner Snowplay Area! Hours:

Admission Fees:

Friday, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

All Tahoe Donner members (with paid rec fee) Free Tahoe Donner adult members (with no rec fee) $5 Tahoe Donner child members (with no rec fee) $3 Tahoe Donner Guest – Adult (over 12 years old) $12 Tahoe Donner Guest – Child (4 – 12 years old) $7 Public – Adult (over 12 years old) $16 Public – Child (4 – 12 years old) $9 Ages 3 and under, adults 70 and over Free Please note that admission includes sled and tube rental. Personal sleds and tubes are not allowed.

Additional Days of Operation: Standard hours of operation apply unless otherwise noted December 17 – January 6: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Christmas Day: 12 – 4:30 p.m. New Year’s Day: 12 – 4:30 p.m. January 21: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. February 18 – 22: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. April 1 – 5: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Night Tubing on Fridays Tube under the lights! Snowplay will remain open until 6:30 p.m. for night sledding on the following Friday nights: December 21, January 11, February 8, March 8, and April 5.

SNOWPLAY EVENTS DECEMBER 28 | Snowball Launching Contest: Try your luck at hitting our snow targets. 31 | New Year’s Eve Sunset Snowshoe

JAN UARY 5 | Fastest Tube Event: Heats run every half hour from 1 – 2:30 p.m. 26 | Full Moon Snowshoe: A wintery outing under the light of a full moon.

FEB R UARY 2 | Groundhog Day Scavenger Hunt: Search for the Ground Hog at 1 p.m. 14 | Valentine’s Day Snowshoe: A wintery outing with romantic sunset views. 23 | Snowman Building Contest: Create a snow masterpiece before judging at 2 p.m. 25 | Full Moon Snowshoe

MARCH 17 | St. Patrick’s Day Concert: Live music starting at 12 p.m., games, prizes, and tubing from 12 – 3 p.m. 27 | Full Moon Snowshoe: A wintery outing under the light of a full moon.

APRIL Other Activities Snowshoe rentals will be available for kids and adults for use on Snowplay property during operating hours. Cost: $7.50 for two hours. Enjoy s’mores and warm-up by the fire pits after a day of fun.

6 | Snowball Throwing Contest: Heats will run every half hour from 1 – 2:30 p.m. 14 | Last Day to Play BBQ: Join us for a BBQ, music and the last day of tubing fun.

Tahoe Donner Snowplay Area: (530) 587-9437 | | 12790 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee, CA 96161 |



Statistics Number of Trails: 50+ Kilometers of Trails: 100+ Acres of Terrain: 4,800 Trail Rating: 14 beginner, 23 intermediate, 7 advanced, 2 expert, 4 snowshoe only Warming Huts: 5 Track Systems: 3 Daily Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Season Pass Early Ski: 7 a.m., Monday - Friday

THE SKIING IS OUT THERE Ski through pines and aspens, climb peaks and gentle rolling hills, or glide along the flats of Euer Valley. Tahoe Donner Cross County is a premier cross country ski and snowshoe facility with over 100 kilometers of trails groomed daily for diagonal striding, skating and snowshoeing. With a wide variety of terrain, there is something to meet every skier’s need, from beginner to expert. We also host many events and clinics throughout the season for skiers of every level. To accompany a great day on the trails we offer warm lunches and fresh baked goods at the cross country ski center and snacks at the cook house in Euer Valley. From night skiing to great food and unparalleled trails, come check out what Tahoe Donner Cross Country has to offer.

Tahoe Donner Cross Country: (530) 587-9484 | | 15275 Alder Creek Rd., Truckee, CA 96161


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SPEND A DAY AT TDXC Start at the Day Lodge. This is the place to rent equipment, wax your skis and purchase your trail pass. The Day Lodge is home to Alder Creek Café – our fantastic café known for fresh baked goods and homemade soups. You will want to stop here to fuel up for your adventure. From the Day Lodge, enjoy a 3.5 kilometer ski to the cook house in beautiful Euer Valley. A warming hut during the week, on weekends and holidays the cook house becomes the perfect place to meet and rest. In January and February, the 2.5 kilometer night skiing loop is a Tahoe Donner favorite on Wednesday nights. You should consider joining us for skiing under the stars!

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TICKETS, PASSES TAKE A & RENTALS LESSON Day Passes Kids 12 & under and adults 70 & older ski for free! A trail pass or season pass is required for everyone using the trail system. Adult Senior All day (8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m) (13-59) (60-69) Public $26 $20 TD Member $18 $15

Season Passes The best deal of all – a full season of skiing at one of the best cross country ski areas in the country. Visit to purchase your season pass. Adult Senior Until November 30 (13-59) (60-69) Public $289 $259 TD Member $214 $194

Specials Good Neighbor Policy Present a valid season ski pass from any Tahoe area ski resort and ski at the half-day rate during midweek/non-holidays. Frequent Flyer Pack A pack of five passes good anytime except holiday periods; the $95 pack saves you $30.

Our Professional Ski Instructors of America accredited ski school will show you techniques and give you tips to develop new skills, build confidence and improve your skiing. We offer group, private and children’s lessons. Throughout the season we also offer a variety of specialized clinics. Group Ski or Skate Lesson: $25, 90-minute group lesson. Midweek: 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for striding; 12 p.m. for skating Weekends and Holidays: 10 a.m., noon, and 1:30 p.m. for both striding and skating Private Lesson : one person/one hour $40 available daily, additional person $20 each. Learn-to-Ski or Skate Package The discounted Learn-to-Ski package is perfect for people new to the sport, but who want to have fun right away. Includes a 90-minute group lesson, all-day rental, and trail pass. 10 a.m. or 12 p.m. lesson $49 1:30 p.m. lesson $42

Tiny Tracks Ski School Our children’s package includes ski instruction, snow play, supervision on the Tiny Want new terrain to explore? We are Tracks Trail, rental equipment, a snack and looking to expand the total kilometers of a hot drink for ages 5 – 9. Available weekends trail at TDXC. Stay tuned for updates on and holidays only. trail additions in future issues of Tahoe Cost: One or two sessions - $30/60 Donner News, Weekly News Emails and Morning lessons are from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Bassett TD Guide Ad 5.278x2.403_Layout 1 4/14/11 11:32 PM Page 1 Afternoon lessons are from noon – 2 p.m.

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CROSS COUNTY CENTER EVENTS DECEMBER 9 | Project MANA Can Drive: Help us collect food for the holidays. Bring cans and dry food in exchange for a free trail pass for the day. 27 | Free Demo Day: Test equipment from Salomon, Fischer, Rossignol, Atomic and Madshus from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. A trail pass is required.

JAN UARY 6 | Sierra Nordic Duathlon: New race event! Includes stride section for the first 5 km leg and skate section for the second leg. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Race starts at 10 a.m. Pre-registration: Adults $25, Juniors $18. Day of Registration: Adults $30, Juniors $23. 12 | Winter Trails Day: TDXC will be teaming up with REI for a day of short demos, clinics, music and fun. Trail passes will be $5 with all proceeds benefiting local ski teams. 21 | Skogsloppet: A high school fundraiser 15 km freestyle. Registration 8:30 a.m. Race starts at 10 a.m. Pre-registration: Adults $25, Juniors $18; Day of Registration: Adults $30, Juniors $23. 25 | Full Moon Tour and Dinner Event: Seating is limited; please call (530) 587-9484 to make your reservation. Cost: Season pass holder $15; Non pass holder $20.

FEB R UARY 10 | Paco’s Valentine’s Race Event: 15 km freestyle race. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Race starts at 10 a.m. Pre-registration: Adults $25, Juniors $18; Day of Registration: Adults $30, Juniors $23. 22 | Full Moon Tour and Dinner Event: Seating is limited; please call (530) 587-9484 to make your reservation. Cost: Season pass holder $15; Non pass holder $20 24 | Free Demo Day: Test equipment from Salomon, Fischer, Rossignol, Atomic and Madshus from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. A trail pass is required.

MARCH 31 | Tour d’ Euer: End of season celebration with 7 km, 15 km, or 25 km tours to choose from. Start time is between 8:30 – 11 a.m. Lunch will be served on the deck from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. with live music. Cost: Adult $25, Season pass holder $20, Junior $15.

APRIL 4 – 11 | Super Tour: Tahoe Donner will host five of six national Nordic ski events. Details TBA.

Night Races - January 9 and 23, February 6 and 20 Join us under the lights! From 5 - 7 p.m. Wednesday nights in January and February we light a 2.5 km trail. Feeling competitive? Test your racing edge in our 5 km night races. |



New to our winter operations this season are two grooming machines that will provide a significant improvement to both the cross country ski center and downhill ski area. The cross country ski center will receive a brand new Pisten Bully Nordic 400 with a full factory-built track setting tiller system and a custom-built 45 gallon fuel tank. This is the absolute latest and greatest Nordic track-setting machine that was used at the 2012 FIS Nordic World Championships. The extra fuel tank will allow us to groom more trails in less time on a daily basis. The downhill machine is a Pisten Bully 400 Park model that will not only set amazing corduroy, but will help our operators construct a state-of-the-art terrain park. We are looking forward to a great season and can’t wait to get these machines out on the snow!

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE (continued from pg. 2) With well over 100 kilometers of expertly aligned and groomed trails in numerous track systems offering a variety of breath-taking vistas and environs, and a staff intent on making your experience remarkable, you’ll find a lot to appreciate. As for the downhill ski area, improvements to this operation include: the construction of new, easier and safer load and unload ramps on the Snowbird chair, new exterior/interior paint, carpet in the upstairs cafeteria and bar area, and the addition of an all-day ski lesson program. This amenity also has a new state-of-the-art Pisten Bully 400 Park Groomer to set the perfect corduroy path as well as building terrain park features. The best place to begin is our ski area’s claim to fame, and these improvements will certainly serve us well. (My youngest granddaughter will be taking ski lessons this year.) The board has approved some significant improvements at our Snowplay operation for this season as well. If you weren’t aware, our golf driving range has done double-duty in the winter for many years by providing a supervised, groomed sledding area. Many families want to enjoy recreating in the snow but, due to the ages of their children or other considerations, are not inclined to visit one of our ski areas. This venue has always been popular but, due to some of its limitations, improvements have been sought over the years. This year sledding/ tubing berms were created and contoured to enhance the Snowplay experience and to allow us to operate during periods of low moisture.

The berms are toward the back area of the driving range and will have minimal visual impact from the driving range tee boxes. As you may be aware, there are a number of capital projects planned for future implementation at Tahoe Donner. Even though these projects are identified in the board approved 2030 General Plan, they are still individually reviewed by the general plan committee, finance committee, staff, and ultimately approved, modified, or rejected by the board of directors. As projects move through the approval process, you can follow the status of each of them by logging onto the members section of This site is being upgraded to better display the ongoing, future, and past major capital projects of the association and will contain current information and details about the status of each project. If the information here doesn’t answer your questions, please feel free to contact director of capital projects Forrest Huisman at Further financial information about major projects can be found in the financials section of I encourage you to get out and experience the wealth of events and activities that your resort community has to offer this winter season. Happy Thanksgiving to all; let’s take a moment to appreciate what really matters—our families and friends.


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TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS SPECIAL EMERGENCY MEETING & REGULAR BOARD MEETING SUMMARY Emergency Meeting: September 18, 2012 • Beach Club Marina Project: Approved 5-0 The reason for the September 18, 2012 special emergency meeting was to address concerns that have arisen over the proposed Beach Club Marina project. The board discussed the merits of delaying the Beach Club Marina project and voted to place the project on temporary hold. The board will use various media vehicles to educate the membership and community at large about the project.

Regular Meeting: September 22, 2012 • Consent Calendar: Approved 5-0 ·· Workers Compensation Renewal ·· Dental Insurance Renewal ·· 2013 Rates & Fees Schedule (Excluding Golf & Recreation Pass Fees) ·· Downhill Ski Area Rental Equipment/Reserved Replacement 2012 ·· Downhill Ski Area Outdoor Furniture


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• Way Finding Signage: Approved 4-1 (Director Wulff No) The board approved the addition of aluminum snow capping to the Northwoods Boulevard monument sign in order to enhance the contrast between the two panels. • Euer Valley Rules: Approved 4-1 (Director Wulff No) The board approved revisions to the Euer Valley rules. • Euer Valley Resolution (No Action) The board discussed the development of a resolution for the preservation of the Euer Valley. This item will be placed on a future board meeting agenda for consideration.

• Homeowner Architectural Standards Inspection Initiative: Approved 3-2 (Directors Wulff and Lempinen No) The board approved a new property inspection program.

• Director of Finance & Accounting Report: Approved 5-0 The board approved the 2012 Preliminary August Financials. • October 27 Regular Board Meeting: Approved 5-0 The board approved changing the date of this meeting to October 20, 2012 to accommodate the 2013 Annual Budget schedule. • Director of Capital Projects Report: Approved 4-0-1 (Director Miller Abstained) The board was provided with a report on the association’s capital improvement projects. The board approved the construction of a sun deck at The Lodge.

• Beach Club Marina Wedding and Event Planning: No Action Discussion took take place regarding future events at this amenity. • Performance Bond: Direction Given Discussion took place regarding implementing a performance bond to assure the satisfactory completion of ASC approved construction projects. The board provided direction to staff and agreed to place this item on a future board meeting agenda for further consideration. • Golf Course Task Force: No Action The board discussed the development of this adhoc committee. • Tahoe Donner Brochure and Flyers: No Action The board discussed the development of a rule to address door to door solicitation and advertising on personal and association property. This item will be placed on a future board meeting agenda for further consideration.

• Tahoe Donner Board President’s Plaque: Consensus The board approved moving forward with the creation of a plaque displaying the names of past Tahoe Donner Board Presidents. • Development Fund/Building Fund Policy: No Action The board discussed possible revision to this policy. The board indicated that further discussion will take place regarding this policy at the September 24 Special Budget Meeting. • Tahoe Donner Reservation Policy: No Action The board discussed the association’s current event reservation policy at The Lodge.

These summaries are intended for general information purposes only. The minutes are available at, upon request in the General Manager’s office or by calling (530) 587-9431. A copy of the minutes and current agenda are posted outside the Member Services Office in Northwoods Clubhouse.

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Fall is always full of fun in Tahoe Donner. Take a look back at October’s special events, the changing colors and our first snowfall of the season.


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The temperature is definitely cooler in the mornings. It is possible that we will have some heavy rain and snow in the near future. With that in mind, it is time for me to remind everyone of the rule regarding temporary snow protection. The rules state that lightweight plastic sheeting is not allowed, as it will not withstand the beating from snow and wind. What you can use is an approved material such as tempered glass or plexiglass (appropriately framed) to protect your entryways, windows, and other areas. Plywood, properly stained or painted to match your home, is also allowed. Please remember that association rules state that all temporary or permanent alterations to your property must be submitted and approved by the Architectural Standards Committee. If you want to install temporary protection for snow, submit your request to the Architectural Standards Office and it will most likely be approved within one week. Temporary protection absolutely must be removed as soon as it is no longer required. All too often we see plywood and/ or plexiglass up well after snow has ceased to fall. Our goal is not to infringe upon your rights but to ensure that the aesthetic standards of our association are upheld. If you have any questions about the association’s rules pertaining to temporary snow protection or on any other subject, please call our office at (530) 587-9407.


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HOMES ON THE RISE The Architectural Standards Committee reviewed the following plans in August 2012. These were mistakenly recorded as July 2012 in last month’s issue. Unit/Lot Street Address Square Ft. Project 11/454 13541 Cristallina Way 1,251 Garage 08/062 11516 Bennett Flat Rd 200 Fence

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CONGRATS TO ALL 2012 TD TROOPERS Tahoe Donner launched its first Tahoe Donner Trooper program this summer. You can see from the map, we even had participants from as far away as New York and North Carolina. Becoming a Tahoe Donner Trooper was just another fun activity for their 2012 summer vacation! Kids and families loved the Tahoe Donner Trooper program! The goal of the new adventure guide was to introduce kids and families to the wide array of activities offered throughout Tahoe Donner. Each booklet included a variety of challenges from stopping in and saying hello at Bikeworks, to attending the summer BBQ event in Euer Valley, just to name a few. After completing challenges, kids collected stamps in their booklets. Everyone who completed five challenges received a Tahoe Donner Trooper hat and was entered to win the grand prize. The winner was announced at the 2013 Fall Festival on Saturday, October 13.


Jacob Mally from San Carlos, CA Jacob completed all his challenges on September 3. His adventure started at Northwoods Pool where he and his sister enjoyed hanging out to escape the hot summer weather. Jacob’s favorite activity that he did during his summer vacation was biking. Congratulations Jacob!

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