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Royal Gorge-Big changes afoot!   Leave a comment

ImageSo in case you haven’t heard. The big news for folks on Donner Summit, and perhaps for the region as a whole, is that the Truckee Donner Land Trust and several other organizations are in escrow to purchase the 3000 acres where Royal Gorge Cross-Country Ski Area is located. It is not quite a done deal yet, because they have to come up with a fairly sizeable chunk of money to make this happen by mid-December, but if it does, it could have a number of big impacts on the area:

-The proposal to build over 1000 units on Donner Summit, as well as additional commercial development, and ski lifts is kaput. The land will not be developed.

-A major priority for the Truckee Donner Land Trust is to open up land that was previously posted with “No Trespassing” signs, and make it open to public access. TDLT plans on producing a trail use plan for the 3000 acres which will create an extensive new network of hiking and biking trails providing access to mountain lakes, spectacular rocky canyons and the Royal Gorge itself. Public input for this plan will be requested. The new network will not only be a major new recreational attraction for the Donner Summit area, but hopefully it will reduce the burden on the overused Pacific Crest Trail-Mt. Judah Loop trail network.

-Sugar Bowl Ski Area is in negotiations with the purchasers to operate the Royal Gorge Ski Area. With their expertise and existing equipment it is hoped they could get up and running, even with a tight time frame, this winter. Sugar Bowl is also committed to enhancing the ski area, including perhaps upgrading the facilities.

Want to help? You can contact the Truckee Donner Land Trust at or the Northern Sierra Partnership at for more information or to contribute to the fund to purchase the property.

My first blog…   Leave a comment

It finally happened. After a winter that seemed to go on forever, and a summer that could never seem to get traction, we blinked a few times and it is fall. The aspens have turned from green to gold in just the last week, and the smaller shrubs and maples are shining bright red. It’s a beautiful time for hiking and bike riding. Where to go?

-At Spooner Summit you can take your bike up North Canyon Road and catch the wave of yellow along the shores of Marlette Lake.

-On Tahoe’s west shore, ride or walk your way around Page Meadows with the aspens framing the view of Twin Peaks.

-Take an easy stroll along Donner Lake, or hike through Negro Canyon on the Donner Lake Rim Trail.

Fall is also the time that all Tahoeites talk about the impending winter. How big a year will it be? Is it La Nina? Or El Nino? Or El Greco? Are the squirrels active and does that mean anything? Actually, while we live in an age where everybody seems to know everything about what will happen next, isn’t it nice to know that we don’t know what sort of winter it will be.

Whatever sort of winter it will be, there are some important changes affecting the Truckee-Tahoe region and winter sports.

The first big piece of news is that Squaw Valley has merged with Alpine Meadows. Check out this story for more information on what that might mean to skiers and the community.

Meanwhile on Donner Summit, the landowners of Royal Gorge Cross-Country, formerly the largest Nordic ski area in the United States, are in bankruptcy. What does that mean for the ski area and for folks living on Donner Summit? Follow this link for more details:


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