Why do you think we won Non-Profit of the Year?
One of the reasons I work here is because the people--the regulars, the pass-holders and the guests that come--everyone is having a good time. Everyone is enthusiastic, and we do everything we can to groom as many trails as possible and to stay open as best we can. And people appreciate that.
Plus, we have all these volunteers willing to help. When you're out there skiing and you see a group of volunteers putting in 3 or 4 hours of shoveling work, people see that and say, Wow, they're really doing everything they can to keep this place open for us.
I think we've won Non-Profit of the Year twice now because we care so much about how the grooming comes out. The groomers all ski and they want it to be good because they're out there skiing themselves. And the people who ski at Tahoe XC say that the grooming is great!
I remember one October near Halloween, it snowed a lot and Kevin went out and groomed with the big machine. We were not open, he just groomed. And he sent an email saying come skiing if you'd like and the conditions were great for 2 or 3 days. Since it was October, the sun came out and melted it quickly, but people enjoyed those few days and the grooming was fantastic.
What also makes Tahoe XC so special is everybody that has a dog and brings their dog, loves it. I love my dog and Tahoe XC has such great dog trails. You go out skiing for more than an hour and you get a great workout and your dog is happy. Most of the time the dog poop gets cleaned up, too. With enough snow, we could potentially create a new dog trail off blue. I mean,
Dogonit Trail is only 4 or 5 years old--we're always looking.