Tahoe Donner Cross Country and Downhill Ski Areas Open for the Winter Season; Snowplay Open Daily for Holidays

All three of Tahoe Donner’s winter venues are now open for the 2014-2015 season.

Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area will open for the season on Saturday, Dec. 20. Initial operations will include 30 kilometers of terrain with the following trails: Night Hawk, Rough Rider, North Fork, Pony Express, Lions Leap, Sundance, Firewalker, Hastings, Crazy Horse, and the road into and along the south side of Euer Valley (out and back). Ski school, rentals, and limited food and beverage operations will be available for beginner through advanced skiers.

Screen Shot 2014-12-19 at 6.46.10 PMA brand new state-of-the-art facility, designed to be highly energy efficient and ecofriendly, is scheduled to open in 2015. Until it is completed, a temporary village is in its place for guests, complete with the largest Nordic clothing and accessories retail selection in the area. Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area also offers a variety of events throughout the season, including Winter Trails Day—a chance for those new to cross country to ski for free, plus equipment demonstrations and an array of snowshoe tours. Note: with temporary operations, season passes for cross country will temporarily need to be purchased over the next few weeks at Member Services, located in the Northwoods Clubhouse. See tahoedonner.com/cross-country for details.

Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area will open Saturday, Dec 20. The season will start with Eagle Rock chairlift running and Mile Run open. The Magic Carpet will be available for lessons only and learning center terrain will also be available for lessons and the public, in addition to ski school for all levels and ages for skiing and snowboarding. Food and beverage service, a retail shop, and rental equipment will be available. Reservations for lessons are recommended and can be made by calling 530-587-9444 or booking online at http://shoptd.tahoedonner.com/. As conditions permit, additional terrain will be opened to the public. Additionally, with the start of the season, Tahoe Donner Downhill will open its bar today from 4-6 p.m. and all are invited in to celebrate the ski season. See http://www.tahoedonner.com/downhill-ski/ for details.

For more information about Tahoe Donner’s snowshoeing programs, visit http://www.tahoedonner.com/cross-country/snowshoeing/.

Screen Shot 2014-12-19 at 6.45.04 PMTahoe Donner Snowplay opened for the season on Dec. 13 for sledding and will continue to operate daily from Friday, Dec. 19 through Sunday, Jan. 4. After the holidays, Snowplay will return to its regular hours of operation: Fridays from 1:30-4:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tahoe Donner Snowplay is known for having wonderful value for sledding, plus a variety of family events, including Friday Night Tubing, the New Year’s Eve Sunset Snowshoe Tour and the first-ever Winterpalooza—a day packed full of tube racing, snowman building, relay races and more. Visit tahoedonner.com/snowplay to see all the events coming to Snowplay this season.

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