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Donner Ski Ranch, Norden

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#34 of 45 in Winter Sports in California
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Donner Ski Ranch is a budget-oriented, family owned ski area located on Donner Summit in the Tahoe National Forest of Nevada County, California. It is owned by Janet and Marshall Tuttle, who purchased it after it went into bankruptcy. The area it is on has been used for skiing since 1937. It has ski lifts on both sides of Donner Summit, and is located close to Boreal. 25% of its terrain is beginner, 50% intermediate, and 25% advanced, but of the 52 runs 16 are of beginning difficulty, 20 are intermediate, and 16 are advanced.

The rustic lodge, built-in 1947, is mostly made of wood, and has open pipes. Norm Sayler began working for Donner Ski Ranch in 1958, helping to build the ski area’s first chairlift in 1955. Sayler took over the management of the resort in 1958, and ran it for the next 46 years, while slowly acquiring most of the ownership. The rustic lodge was renovated after its acquisition by its current owners. At the time of the acquisition, all of the ski lifts were painted as well.
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  • We brought our 2 kids (6 and 4 years old) to learn to ski 6 times this season. DSR has a wonderful, small, local feel and the staff and instructors were wonderful with the kids as they were just... 
    We brought our 2 kids (6 and 4 years old) to learn to ski 6 times this season. DSR has a wonderful, small, local feel and the staff and instructors were wonderful with the kids as they were just...  more »
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  • We have been here for the first time with family, I was surprised how friendly everyone were. There were barely any people so lines for the lift or tickets or anything else was very short or not at all. When we went to grab lunch the food was just like other ski resorts overpriced but the size of the proportion was much bigger. We ordered one Chilli fry and feed three people. It was a bit old and could use a renovation but I think the business is not going too well because of the ski resorts around them so the upgrade is slow but overall I was very pleased. I wish the lift it was a bit cheaper because the mountain is not big but we have beginners so it's perfect for my kids. Every single staff was helpful and friendly I can't complain much except just that it was a bit old looking everything else is amazing and we're definitely coming back. Thank you Donna Resort and you made her experience wonderful. Looking forward to coming back
  • Used to go there when I was a teenager. Was I cool place to go skiing. No hype or crowds. Just skiing. Great if you're teaching young ones.

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