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Tahoe City Winter Sports Park opening dependent on snow

Margaret Moran
mmoran@sierrasun.com

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Officials are waiting for one key element in order to open the Tahoe City Winter Sports Park for its third season — snow.

On Tuesday, the park had about a inch of snow on the ground, with a minimum of five additional inches needed in order to open, said Kevin Murnane, general manager for the park and Tahoe XC.

A small storm on Christmas Eve brought a couple inches, Murnane said, and crews were working Christmas Day to try and open a few trails for this weekend.

"We're going to do our best," he said at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

Located at the Tahoe City Golf Course, the dog-friendly park offers cross-country skiing, skate skiing, snowshoeing, walking and sledding.

Once open, operations will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, Fridays and Sundays, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays through March 30, 2015, weather permitting.

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During the holidays, the park will be open daily until Jan. 4, 2015, and from Feb. 13 to Feb. 22, weather permitting.

Cost to use the park on days of operation is $10 per day, and includes a snow saucer rental, access to the sledding hill and a ski trail pass. Cross-country, snowshoe and pull-behind ski sled rentals cost extra.

Park season passes are available at $49 for adults, and $39 for seniors (those 60 and older) and juniors (13- to 17-year-olds) for an undetermined time, Murnane said. They can be purchased at Tahoe XC or at the winter sports park rental shop, once opened.

Those with a Tahoe XC season pass can use the park for free, Murnane said.

During operational days, food and beverages will be provided by Duncan Golf Management at the club house.

Park usage will be allowed on non-operational days (Monday-Thursday), except for the sled hill, due to liability reasons, Murnane said.

On those days, a $5 to $10 donation is requested to offset the cost of grooming, which will be done daily.

As in past seasons, a 2-kilometer trail along the edge of the property will be dedicated for walking and snowshoeing, with a 3-kilometer ski trail running parallel. Additional terrain will be added, snow permitting, Murnane said.

The park is a collaborative effort among the Tahoe City Public Utility District, Tahoe XC and Duncan Golf Management.

This season, TCPUD's contribution to the park is budgeted at $33,951, covering costs of utilities, snow removal, maintenance and some infrastructure investment, said Kurt Althof, grants and community information administrator for TCPUD.

Should the park have limited operations this season due to lack of snow, cost savings to the district would be "essentially insignificant," he said.

"There are ongoing costs to maintain the facility that would exist with or without a winter sports park operation," Althof said.

In 2012, the TCPUD, Placer County, North Lake Tahoe Resort Association and Tahoe Truckee Airport District pulled their resources to buy the Tahoe City Golf Course for $4.7 million.

Officials hope to enhance opportunities for open space, economic vitality, community character, conservation, safety and recreation.

Visit http://www.wintersportspark.com for more information about the Tahoe City Winter Sports Park.

Sun Managing Editor Kevin MacMillan contributed to this report.

Upcoming Tahoe City Winter Sports Park events

Every Monday at 6 p.m. (conditions permitting): Human Bowling League

Feb. 1: Super Bowl Sunday at the Park

Feb. 4: Full Moon Sports Park Relays

Feb. 24: Group Ski from Sports Park to Tahoe XC

Feb. 26: Cobblestone Relays

Source: Tahoe City Public Utility District

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