Pros: Honest, modest skiing for less
Cons: 750 feet vertical, I80 access
Remember when you parked right next to the lifts, bought your ticket and hit the slopes? Donner Ski Ranch is still that way. Non-pretentious skiing on the cheap. True, DSR does not have detachables or extreme terrain, but thankfully they also do not have:
Ice skating rinks
Corporate bean counting atmosphere
DSR stays open "until the snow is gone", even if they have to load people in a truck, drive them to the summit to ski the remaining snow on the back side. The lodge at DSR features wooden steps, a real fireplace, full bar and chili cheese fries. (They've been around since 1937) The rental shop is heated with a wood stove. I've enjoyed dollar beers and dollar hot dogs at the midway unloading point of Chair 1, served from a golf cart. More importantly (and perhaps I should not reveal this information) I've skied some of the best powder day fresh tracks ever, run after run, right from the top of Chair 1, all day long, while the major resort across the street was completely tracked out in minutes. And, they paid 3X more!
There will be more skiers in jeans than snowpants at DSR. And they're having a great time. Do you have what it takes to join them? I'm planning on being in the back of the truck this summer!