With good snow and exciting lines, the Donner Lake Run has become a popular backcountry ski area for the likes of Tahoe backcountry users. Beginning at Donner Summit Skyline, the Donner Lake Run offers incredible, picturesque views of the Tahoe area. There’s just one problem…
In order to gain access to this area, backcountry recreationists must park in the neighborhoods of west Donner Lake– an area that currently offers no public parking. Unsurprisingly, the lack of free, public, legal parking has not deterred skiers and snowboarders from parking cars in these neighborhoods. Also unsurprisingly, this has ruffled the feathers of many west Donner residents and ultimately has resulted in a plethora of parking violations.
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In an attempt to quell animosity between residents and backcountry users, the Donner Lakewoods Homeowners Association (HOA) reached out to the Tahoe Backcountry Alliance (TBA) as well as the Truckee Donner Land Trust (TDLT) in hopes of alleviating this parking problem.
Through joint collaboration, the three organizations have proposed a solution to mitigate this issue. The HOA will donate a parcel of land to the TBA and TDLTA so that these two organizations may build a year-round trailhead parking lot. The construction, maintenance, and plowing of the lot will be paid for by the TBA. On TBA’s website, they write:
“Channeling users through one entry and exit point with public parking, the Lake Run Proposal aims to mitigate illegal parking issues, reduce unintended backcountry user crossings on private land, and create a safe, legal access point to public lands.”
Despite the joint effort to propose a solution, there has been pushback against this project by some members of the community. Tomorrow, the Truckee Donner Recreation and Parks District (TDRPD) will be holding a board meeting to further discuss this project. As such, the Tahoe Backcountry Alliance is asking supporters of this project to take action. In a Facebook post, the TBA stated:
“…we need you to take action TODAY as the TDRPD board meeting is tomorrow evening… Please formulate your thoughts and send your comments supporting this long-overdue community project to email@example.com and don’t wait! You can also call Jason Hansford who is the chairman of the board at 530-412-0426.”
Ultimately, a lack of parking places this well-loved public ski area in potential jeopardy. If you would like to ensure that this project is successful, make your voice heard and contact Truckee Donner Recreation and Parks District.