Industry News 12/10/2015

B$Z: Tahoe Donner Makes Multi-Million Dollar Capital Investment

Continuing to improve and expand services and offerings is a priority at Tahoe Donner. For the 2015/2016 winter season, an investment of nearly $9 million has been made to enhance guest experiences. Providing more reasons to visit Tahoe Donner this year, visitors will enjoy the following upgrades this season:

Nearly $6 million invested at Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area

Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area improvements include a new facility, known as the Alder Creek Adventure Center, which offers streamlined rental services, larger wax rooms and locker rooms, expanded indoor and outdoor seating, a large Nordic retail store, a pub with televisions and a fire place. Additional improvements include new rental equipment, such as a new fleet of Fischer SCS skate skis, classic skis and Salomon pilot combo boots; and new grooming equipment that includes a Ginsu grooming implement, allowing for higher quality, low snow grooming.

In the summer, the Alder Creek Adventure Center will house Tahoe Donner’s Equestrian Center and Bikeworks operations, while allowing access to the extensive trail system of Tahoe Donner and the remote beauty of Euer Valley. The building is open year-round for shopping, dining and various events and entertainment. Within the building is a new restaurant, known as the Alder Creek Café. Items from the restaurant include fresh grab and go meals, house-made soups, salads, sandwiches and baked goods with beer and wine selections available as well, not to mention après tasting plates and happy hour.

Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area is open daily to the public, offering cross country skiing, lessons, rentals, snowshoeing, fat biking, shopping, dining and a variety of events throughout the season. When fully open, Tahoe Donner Cross Country offers over 100 kilometers of groomed trails. Opening day was Nov. 26.

Nearly $2 million invested at Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area

Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area investments include a new Silent Polecast snowmaking system—the first of this technology in the USA. Silent Polecats are different from traditional snowmaking systems in that they have significantly dampened sound levels and are more energy efficient. The new system includes seven silent polecats, a pump station building, 12 hydrants and electrical pedestals, and a cooling tower. Additional improvements include new rental equipment, such as Burton snowboards, Volkl demo skis, Scarpa Telemark boots and Scott Poles; new learning and ski school equipment with aids, such as banners, flags, cones, arches, obstacles, tunnels, benches and ski racks; and new grooming equipment.

Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area is open daily to the public starting this Friday, Dec. 11, and is committed to being “the best place to begin,” catering to beginner skiers and snowboarders, families and small children. Offerings include snowboarding, skiing, lessons, and rentals. Additionally, visitors will enjoy shopping, dining and a variety of events throughout the season. 

Tahoe Donner Snowplay Improvements

Tahoe Donner Snowplay investments include a new food truck, known as the Snowplay Café, which offers hot lunches and hot beverages every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. with daily service during the holiday season from Dec. 19 – Jan. 2; additional improvements include new safety equipment, such as fencing and safety netting. Snowplay is open to the pubic every Friday – Sunday with daily hours during the holidays from Dec. 21 – Jan. 3. Snowplay highlights include sledding, tubing, snowshoeing, rentals, snowman building, snowball launching contests and a variety of events throughout the season. Opening day was Nov. 27.

Tahoe Donner Golf Course Improvements for your Winter Game

Tahoe Donner Golf Course investments include the creation of the Winter Golf Academy, offering the ultimate virtual golf experience to guests, complete with TruGolf HD Simulator with launch monitor and 27 world class golf courses; a V1 winter video coaching system with lessons; and a new club lounge with comfortable couches, chairs and classic bar games.

The Winter Golf Academy is open every Thursday – Sunday from 1 – 7 p.m., located in the Tahoe Donner Golf Pro Shop. Opening day was Nov. 27. Reservations to golf or practice on the range are required, and can be made by calling Rob Weizer at 530-587-9441. To learn more about the Winter Golf Academy and all of its features, pricing and specials, visit or call 530-587-9441.