Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Year-Round Recreation Park at Heavenly Moves Forward

Ziplines and other features will be built at Heavenly Mountain Resort.

The Governing Board of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TARPA) unanimously approved Heavenly Mountain Resort’s proposed Epic Discovery Project. The project will allow year-round outdoor features for recreation at the ski area on U.S. Forest Service land.

The Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act of 2011 has given Heavenly conceptual approval to develop portions of the ski area to enhance recreational opportunities.

Two more approvals need to be obtained before construction can begin. The Lahonton Regional Water Quality Control Board and the U.S. Forest Service will have to approve the project.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Community Meeting for Bijou Bike Park’s Final Design

Riding Truckee's pump track.
On March 3, 2015, the South Lake Tahoe City Council approved entering a partnership with the volunteer Bijou Bike Park Association to Build and operate the Bijou Bike Park as a City facility.

The Bijou Bike Park has a nearly finished site design proposal that will be submitted for final City approval. A community meeting will be held April 2nd for public input before submitting the site proposal to the City of South Lake Tahoe.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Land Trust will buy popular climbing areas on Donner Summit

Donner Lake from the top of Black Wall.

The Truckee Donner Land Trust, in partnership with the Access Fund, has signed a letter of intent to purchase 10 acres on Donner Summit. The acreage includes the popular climbing areas of Black Wall, Peanut Gallery, and Road Cut.

Black Wall is a 350-foot granite wall off of Old Highway 40 on Donner Summit. There are numerous routes up Black Wall which are from 2 to 4 pitches in length. Peanut Gallery and Road Cut are smaller granite rock formations.

Donner Summit is a climbing destination for beginners to experts. The land purchase will ensure that these popular climbing areas stay open to the public forever.

Access Fund is a climbing advocacy organization that keeps U.S. climbing areas open and conserves the climbing environment.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

California Drought causes Sugar Bowl to Close

Sugar Bowl will close this Sunday.
The latest Lake Tahoe Ski Resort drought casualty is Sugar Bowl. The Donner Summit resort announced Wednesday that Sunday, March 22 will be their final day of the season.

The resort will close due to “deteriorating conditions and no snow in the forecast” Sugar Bowl's snow base is reported as 10 inches at the base and 50 inches at the summit (8,383 feet). Christmas Tree, Lincoln, and Nob Hill are the three lifts running currently.

Several other resorts have closed prematurely: Royal Gorge Cross Country, Tahoe Donner, Donner Ski Ranch, Homewood, and Soda Springs.

Good bets for spring skiing might be Northstar for their abundant man made snow and Mt. Rose for their north facing mountain.

Truckee Aquatic Center Seeks Pool Funding from the Public

Officials with the new Aquatic Center have launched an online fundraising campaign to help pay for a warm-water pool. The warm-water pool could be built in conjunction with the new competition pool that already has funding.

The warm-water pool (90 degrees) would have a beach entry, spray features, and 2 lap lanes. The warmer water makes it ideal for swim lessons, senior fitness, and for play. The estimated cost for the pool is $1 million dollars.