Donner Summit, CA – With the current string of past ski seasons in California, it comes as no surprise that Tahoe Donner will cover its slopes with snowmaking for the first time this winter. Additionally, after six years of planning, Tahoe Donner will also launch a new cross country ski facility this season.
Ground was broken in August for construction of the new snowmaking system for the beginner slopes, as novices are the ski area’s target market. The resort will utilize seven PoleCat snowmaking guns featuring dampened sound levels and reduced energy consumption. A pump station building and 12 hydrants and electrical pedestals are being installed, along with a cooling tower, which lowers the water temperature quickly and allows for shorter operating times.
The new Alder Creek Adventure Center will bring several new upgrades to Tahoe Donner’s cross-country skiing. With energy efficiency and environmental consciousness in mind, the building will deliver a new multi-purpose room with large windows for grand views of Hawks Peak, providing improved utilization by school teams, youth groups and additional educational programs. An enhanced rental facility will create a more comfortable and more efficient experience for renters and includes state-of-the-art racking systems and boot dryers. The season pass/member locker room and changing areas have been updated with optional season ski locker rentals, and a larger public wax room and expanded ski tuning services will be available. Improved parking lot capacity has been designed to protect adjacent wetlands , and an expanded dining area, bar and new kitchen will broaden menu items. A grand terrace with fire pits and outdoor seating is designed to create a memorable start and finish to a day of Nordic activities.
Tahoe Donner will announce a grand opening date for the new Alder Creek Adventure Center in the near future.