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Tahoe Donner named California’s most senior-friendly cross-country resort

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A skier enjoys a groomed cross-country trail during a previous winter at Tahoe Donner in Truckee.

TRUCKEE, Calif. — North America's most senior-friendly ski resorts for the 2015-16 season have been named by SeniorsSkiing.com, an online magazine catering to older snow sports enthusiasts.

Sixteen resorts in the East, Midwest, West/Northwest, and Canada regions were recognized for having proactive efforts to meet the needs of senior skiers.

Among 98 other resorts who offer free skiing to seniors in the United States and Canada, Tahoe Donner in Truckee was the only resort in California to be given this accolade.

"Results are based on input from a survey of US and Canadian resorts, reader input, and industry sources," explained Jon Weisberg, co-publisher of SeniorsSkiing.com. "They take into account free or discounted lift tickets and a variety of other features which readers of SeniorsSkiing.com have identified as important."

Some of those important features can be found at Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area and Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area, including free lift tickets and season passes for age 70 and older, discounted rates for ages 60-69, group or individual senior ski/snowboard lesson packages, and transportation service from Carson City, Reno, Sacramento, San Francisco and San Jose.

Tahoe Donner is one of America's largest homeowner's associations, with nearly 6,500 properties and 25,000 members enjoying more than 7,000 acres of terrain.

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Aside from the downhill and cross-country areas, Tahoe Donner Snowplay offers affordable sledding and tubing options, plus snowball launching contests and more wacky events throughout the season.

This article was submitted by the Tahoe Donner Association. Visit tahoedonner.com to learn more.

Tahoe Donner Cross Country open for season

With recent new snow, Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area opened for the 2015-16 season on Nov. 26, on Thanksgiving Day, marking the “earliest opening in recent years,” according to the resort.

“We are thrilled opening day is here, and sooner than expected,” said Sally Jones, ski area manager. “Now folks can get in early morning skiing starting at 8:30 a.m. on freshly groomed trails before enjoying their turkey dinner.”

Initial operations include 20 kilometers of terrain, with plans to open more terrain as conditions permit. Beginner terrain open includes Northfork, Pony Express, Lion’s Leap, Meadow Loop and Night Hawk. Intermediate trails open include Sundance, Boothill, Big Dipper and Rough Rider Loop.

Euer Valley trails from north to south will also be open, excluding Coyote Hut bridge, according to the resort.