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Tahoe Donner XC New Lodge!   Leave a comment

 

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The new Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Lodge

 

by Tim Hauserman

Tahoe-Truckee cross country skiers, as well as residents and visitors of Tahoe Donner have something to get excited about: The new Tahoe Donner Cross-Country Ski Area Lodge (also known as the Alder Creek Adventure Center, since during the summer months when it will be the home of mountain biking and equestrian use.) This $9+ million building is a state of the art facility and a giant step forward from both the previous lodge, and for cross-country skiing in the region.

While the total building footprint for the lodge is not much bigger then the previous building located on the same site, the usable space is over double the size (much of the old building included the barns for the equestrian operation). The feeling inside is open and bright, with lots of wood and rock accents, and solid banks of windows overlooking the trails. A design team put a lot of thought into how best to accommodate all levels of nordic skiers, from the first timers who need to rent equipment and eat a meal, to the season pass holders who want to go for a quick ski before heading off to work.

 

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The new Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Lodge

 

The primary features of the lodge are:

An expansive restaurant with a huge seating area, and a wide variety of food offerings.
A bar surrounding the fireplace with big screen TV’s and comfy chairs.
Locker room for season pass holders with adjacent shower and bathrooms.
A large rental shop with state of the art movable racks for skis, boots, and poles. The boot racks are even heated to dry out yesterday’s rental boots.
A separate club room for nordic teams or other groups to have a gathering spot.
Public waxing room with three stations, and tech waxing facility for the staff.
Employee room with lockers and laundry facilities.
Ski patrol room
An extensive clothing and gear shop
Expansive patio between lodge and the trails with fire pits and seating areas.

Truckee High School nordic coach Mary Ellen Benier told me she is pretty happy to be gathering with the kids where it is warm instead of in the barn where they did in the past.

 

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Tahoe Donner Cross Country

 

The lodge is quickly becoming a hit not only with cross country skiers, but with Tahoe Donner residents who have a new neighborhood bar and restaurant where they can sip a cocktail while watching the skiers.

 

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Tahoe Donner Trails   Leave a comment

By Tim Hauserman

I’ve been enjoying mountain biking in the Tahoe and Truckee areas for over twenty years, but realized when I made my first trip to the dirt trails near Tahoe Donner Cross-Country that there are always more trails to discover. We found sparkling views of Frog Lake Cliffs and waves of wildflowers. There were steady climbs on dirt roads, and flowing single track with a seemingly endless string of switchbacks. It was fun, accessible and whatever you wanted it to be.

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I connected with a Truckee friend to show me the ropes, but you can wander around and make your own pathway without much danger of getting lost, especially if you have skied a few times at Tahoe Donner. I’ve spent many winter days huffing and puffing my way up Sundance and across the northern face of Hawk’s Peak on my skis, but this was a first on a bike. The climb seems easier on wheels, but the views are equally sublime. We made our way to Hasting’s Crossing where tucked away in the trees we found the Mother Lode Trail, a single track designed for mountain biking. It was a series of flowing rolling turns winding it’s way down the steep slope. While some of the hairpin turns were near the edge of my ability to roll through on this first trip, the trail was smooth and a blast to ride. Next time I’m going to nail it! Before we knew it the trail dropped us onto Firewalker, where another single track, Hidden Gem, began on the other side.This one was narrower and a bit more rocky, but still delightfully rideable. It traversed through fields of mule ears and lupine at the peak of lushness. Take the time to stop to take a gander at the amazing mountain vistas.

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Then bada bing, bada boom, we were in Euer Valley, where a quick jaunt across the meadow led to a dirt road opening up a whole new set of riding opportunities. Take your pick based on your time and energy level, knowing that eventually you do need to climb back out of the valley and make your way back to the lodge.

Trailhead: Start out wherever you live in Tahoe Donner, or at the Cross-Country Lodge and find your level of fun and adventure. Look for maps at several intersections.

 

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