The following FAQs are deemed reliable but not guaranteed by Tahoe XC; all answers are given to the best of our knowledge and updated as information is refined and as timely as possible.
Who operates Tahoe Cross Country (Tahoe XC) Ski Area?
Tahoe Cross-Country (Tahoe XC) is a 501(c)7 non-tax-exempt organization that operates the Nordic ski recreation area, generates income and accrues expenses. Tahoe XC has a staff, volunteers and Executive Director who are responsible for the upkeep of facilities, equipment, parking lot, snow and trail maintenance, and the Free Heel Cafe. The TCCSEA Board of Directors is an integral part of decision making, seasonal transitions and organization.
What is Tahoe Cross Country Ski Education Association (TCCSEA)?
In 1999, several residents, parents, business owners, coaches and athletes entered a Concession Agreement with the Tahoe City Public Utility District (TCPUD) to operate Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Area and founded the Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Education Association (TCCSEA) as a nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation. Our mission is to promote a healthy, outdoor-oriented lifestyle for children and adults through education, cross-country skiing, and other self-powered recreation.
TCCSEA, a nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation, has lease agreements with Tahoe City Public Utility District (TCPUD) to operate Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Area, a 501(c)7 corporation, which is non-tax exempt. All tax-deductible donations should be paid to Tahoe Cross Country Ski Education Association (TCCSEA).
What is the Schilling Lodge?
In 2015, Mr. John Mozart donated the historical Schilling residence, originally built in 1936 on the estate known as Paradise Flat in Rubicon Bay, to the nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Education Association (TCCSEA). The building was deconstructed, cataloged and is currently being stored. The intention is to reconstruct the Schilling residence as the new Tahoe XC Lodge. Read the full history of the Schilling residence and view photos.
What is the Tahoe Cross-Country Lodge Replacement and Expansion Project?
Tahoe City Public Utility District (TCPUD) is the owner of the current Tahoe XC Lodge, which is located on 925 Country Club Drive, Tahoe City, CA 96145, and is operated under a Concession Agreement with TCPUD by TCCSEA and Tahoe XC. The proposed Tahoe Cross-Country Lodge Replacement and Expansion Project Project involves replacing, expanding, and relocating the lodge to a site off Polaris Road adjacent to the North Tahoe Middle/High School.
Consistent with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements, the TCPUD is the lead agency under CEQA for the preparation of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Tahoe Cross-Country Lodge Replacement and Expansion Project.
The TCPUD released a Notice of Preparation (NOP) pursuant to Section 15082 of the CEQA Guidelines on June 22, 2018, which can be read on the TCPUD website. The NOP is intended to inform responsible, trustee, and other affected or interested agencies and the public that an EIR will be prepared to address potential impacts resulting from implementation of the Tahoe Cross-Country Lodge Replacement and Expansion Project.
What is the long-term vision for the Schilling Lodge?
The intention of the Tahoe Cross-Country Lodge Replacement and Expansion Project, is to have the Schilling Lodge serve as a year-round facility for recreation activities and services, and as the Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Area Lodge, which is home to TCCSEA youth programs. The planned use of the new lodge is for public enjoyment of winter Nordic skiing and summer hiking and biking activities. Moreover, it will continue to serve as an education resource and provide enhanced community space. Additional uses, as determined by the land-owner TCPUD, may also be proposed.
Why not renovate the current facility?
Renovation has been considered to alleviate current issues regarding comprehensive customer flow, ticket sales, ski rentals, wax station and the cafe and lounge. A recent interior remodel has alleviated some issues of customer flow and general aesthetics. A full renovation that would bring the current facility to satisfactory condition for a Nordic ski lodge would require tearing down and rebuilding from scratch, but land owner TCPUD has decided not to conduct studies at this time to confirm cost estimations because a new historic building has been donated and is being considered.
The donation of the Schilling residence has launched changes Tahoe XC has been needing for years. It is also the main reason TCPUD is not considering renovating the current facility. Upon Tahoe XC's acceptance of the Schilling residence as a donation, TCPUD has filed a resolution to provide land for the historical lodge, and Tahoe XC's nonprofit has filed a resolution to work with TCPUD and the building donor, Mr. Mozart, to reconstruct the Schilling residence as the new Tahoe XC lodge. Along with the donated building, Mr. Mozart has already donated nearly $1 million and we are bound to honor his donation and both board resolutions.
What issues does the current Tahoe XC lodge face?
Size of the current facility is a major issue. On busy weekends customers wait outdoors or in convoluted lines for the rental shop and ticket area—an issue augmented on holiday weekends. Season pass holders often skip the lodge altogether because it is too small and lacks adequate facilities, comfort and appeal. The hope is to create a relaxed, efficient and welcoming atmosphere that customers will want to spend time in.
Storage is also a main issue and limitations create undue wear and tear on equipment, tools and staff. Below is a list of items Tahoe XC currently stores in and around its facility year round:
- Approximately 600 sets of rental skis, boots, poles (daily and seasonal rentals)
- kid chariots for rent & mobile lockers for passholder chariot storage
- trail signs
- race equipment: fencing, stakes, flags, signage, timing equipment, pop-up tents
- warming huts, propane tanks, portable gas stoves, cups, spoons, hot drinks, 5 gal water jugs,
- picnic tables, chairs, trash cans (on trails and at lodge)
- customer wax station and workbench (currently outside and under eave)
- staff wax station and work bench
- 2-3 snowmobiles
- 2 grooming machines
- BBQ and accessories
- special event pop-up tents, tables, chairs, trash cans
- tools for emergency repair, building and equipment maintenance (currently there is no indoor workspace for repairs)
- manager's office, computer, filing system (currently about a 3x3 foot area)
- ticket sales, cash register, day passes, season passes, cookie passes...
- retail items, storage for back-stock
- staff area or break room (none currently exists)
- Free Heal Cafe: cafe supplies (cups, plates, dishes, utensils, back stock food)
- yurt dinner silverware and glassware
Why expand the footprint?
After initial assessment regarding the needs of Tahoe XC for future use, storage and comprehensive customer flow, the hired civil engineer and architect added an additional 3,100 square feet to the existing Schilling residence's 4,200 square feet to include a ski rental shop, ski storage area, indoor guest wax room and work bench, first aid room, 24 hour locker rooms, showers, improved restroom access, workout room for ski team members, and an entry way with a donor wall and historical display. The additional 3,100 square feet are deemed necessary to make what was once a summer home into a functioning Nordic ski lodge.
How is this project funded?
The Schilling Lodge reconstruction will be funded with a capital fundraising campaign targeting private and public donations, as well as by federal, state, and corporate grants.
What will happen to the current building?
The current Tahoe XC Lodge, also known as the Highlands Community Center, is owned by TCPUD. It is up to them to decide how that space will best serve the community. Any changes would go through the public process.
Who else uses the Highlands Community Center (current Tahoe XC Lodge)?
Tahoe XC is the main user of the Highlands Community Center in the winter and leases the building to a sub-concessionaire for bike rentals in the summer. The Boy Scouts of America hold meetings there. The Highlands Homeowners Association holds annual meetings there.
Where will the new lodge be located?
The proposed Tahoe Cross-Country Lodge Replacement and Expansion Project involves replacing and relocating the lodge to a site off Polaris Road adjacent to the North Tahoe Middle/High School.
In initial assessments, five possible sites were selected as possible locations for the new Schilling Lodge. After assessing each site using professional score cards, public input and land assessments, Tahoe XC proposed narrowing the five sites selected to two preferred sites: Site A (location of existing lodge on Country Club Drive) and Site D (located on Polaris Road adjacent to North Tahoe High School).
April 21, 2017 - TCPUD Board of Directors motioned to accept Tahoe XC’s proposal of Site A, Site D, and no project as the three considerations with which to move forward. See TCPUD meeting agenda and minutes.
March 16, 2018 - TCPUD Board of Directors passed a motion directing TCPUD staff to evaluate the proposed Tahoe Cross-Country Lodge Replacement and Expansion Project, four action alternatives and a no project alternative in the Environmental Impact Report (EIR). For more information about Site A, Site D and the no project alternative, visit the TCPUD website. See TCPUD meeting agenda and minutes.
Who is the lead agency for CEQA?
Consistent with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements, the TCPUD is the lead agency under CEQA for the preparation of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Project.
The TCPUD released a Notice of Preparation (NOP) pursuant to Section 15082 of the CEQA Guidelines on June 22, 2018. The NOP is intended to inform responsible, trustee, and other affected or interested agencies and the public that an EIR will be prepared to address potential impacts resulting from implementation of the Tahoe Cross-Country Lodge Replacement and Expansion Project.
Meanwhile, Tahoe XC and TCCSEA will initiate a capitol fundraising campaign. The permitting process for building construction plans, civil engineering plans and land use agencies within the Tahoe Basin will begin.
We are hopeful that you and the community will join TCPUD and Tahoe XC in making this unique project happen. We are excited to share this wonderful opportunity, and participation of all levels is welcome and necessary to complete our project. Financial contributions, fundraising efforts and hands-on campaigning will be extremely helpful. If you would like to be involved in any way, please get involved!
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