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Donner Ski Ranch, Norden

#36 of 45 in Winter Sports in California
Ski Area · Nature / Park
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. It 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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  • Donner is the best ski ranch! It’s affordable, safe, convenient and has the best staff! I highly recommend. I took a private ski lesson and was skiing down the mountain within a hour. My instructor...  more »
  • Great staff, instructors and the perfect place for beginner to intermediate. This place is family owned, not corporate owned which makes it a special place to spend the day. Reasonably priced, and.....  more »
  • Good place for me to have my first ever lesson! Friendly staff, nice lounge and bar. There was a deal too, gear for only $20 and then $40 lift tickets. Check their website for the whole map, it's sweet and seems like a great diversity of difficulties. I heard there were some nice jumps around the hill and saw some talented folks! The bunny slope was good to me, so I improved a lot!
  • Great Scenery and amazing views of the Tahoe donner valley. Granite faces to climb at every turn, trails for days, lakes and beautiful trees. A must see if your in the Tahoe area, to come and camp or just have lunch!

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