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Tahoe Donner cross-country center upgrade could break ground next month

Margaret Moran
A rendering of the new Tahoe Donner cross-country ski center that was approved Tuesday night by the town planning commission. It will be roughly 23 percent larger, at 10,220 square feet, than the existing structure to better accommodate users.
Courtesy Dale Cox Architects |

TRUCKEE, Calif. — After several delays, Tahoe Donner is moving forward with building an expanded hub for winter recreation in the Sierra Nevada.

In a 4-1 vote Tuesday, the Truckee Planning Commission approved the association’s 10,220-square-foot cross-country center, with the stipulation that operations cease at 8 p.m. every day,

“… We are excited for the opportunity to make long overdue improvements this summer at the new cross-country ski center and parking lot, which are designed to improve operational and energy efficiencies, while implementing necessary protections to our natural resources,” said Forrest Huisman, director of capital projects at Tahoe Donner.

Commissioners OK’d the 8 p.m. condition — with the option to review it after one year — to address public concern about noise associated with special events that may be held at the center.

Another concern included impacts to neighboring wetlands, which Tahoe Donner addressed by shifting the proposed parking lot slightly and scaling back the snow storage area to allow for greater stormwater treatment and infiltration.

“All those (environmental) issues, in my opinion, have been addressed to a level of satisfaction where I feel like the project has gone from something struggling to comply with our standards to something that is more of a model in terms of what we are looking for,” said commission Vice Chair Seth Kielas.

The center will be built at roughly the same site as the current 8,271-square-foot location at 15275 Alder Creek Road.

It will have similar offerings — a food and beverage station, kitchen, dining area, retail shop, rental area, restrooms and offices — with the additions of a public locker room and a multi-use room.

Aside from the 102-spot parking lot, the joint snow storage area can accommodate 47 to 50 additional spaces when not used.

Barring further delays, construction is aimed for the end of June, with a partial opening in late 2014 and final completion in early 2015.

Construction costs are not expected to exceed $4.5 million, with funding coming from a special development fund that all Tahoe Donner homeowners and undeveloped parcel owners pay into annually. There will be no special assessment.

Once completed, it will remain a public facility that offers cross-country skiing in the winter, and Bikeworks (Tahoe Donner’s rental bike shop) and equestrian operations in the summer.

To learn more, visit tahoedonner.com or townoftruckee.com.

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