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Donner Ski Ranch


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Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

Rustic Cottage Resort 



19 old tahoe-style cottages, all with private bathrooms and some with kitchens and fireplaces.  Complimentary continental breakfast is served daily.   

Extra person charges may apply 


$74 and up


Tahoe Vista Lodge & Cabins 


Offering lodge rooms and cabins, with private bath and full kitchen.  Located one mile west of the Rustic Cottages. 

Extra person charges may apply 

$89 and up 

Red Wolf Lakeside Lodge



Cozy condo suites, elegant rustic furnishings, full kitchens, fireplaces and private patios or balconies. Amenities include pool, hot tubs, and outdoor equipment usage. 

Extra person charges may apply 


$119 and up 










  • Additional lodging options available in Tahoe Vista, California.





Wild Goose


Captain Jon's located at 7220 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe Vista, CA 96148

  • Additional dining options available in Tahoe Vista, California. 



Six seasons of continuous upgrades and improvements.



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Donner Ski Ranch

Opening their first rope tow in 1937, Donner Ski Ranch is located on historic route US 40. Donner Ski Ranch boosts its affordable, relaxing and fun atmosphere accompanied by 6 lifts on the 500-acre mountain. Donner Ski Ranch is a less crowded unique ski experience, and great for those just starting out. It is one of California¿s last family owned and operated ski resorts.

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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:




Traffic circles

Shuttle buses


Ice skating rinks

Swimming pools

Boutique shops

Climbing walls

Fine Dining

Luxury hotels

"Preferred parking"


Corporate bean counting atmosphere

Heated sidewalks



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!








Pros: Laid Back, Friendly

Cons: Lack of long runs

I Love this place...since I learned about the backside.  If I wait behind one other person on the chairlift, its crowded.  Skiing on chair 2 and 3 is sweet and stashes throughout the trees are awesome.  I had season passes at a "major"resort last year and this year Donner is where I am skiing.


Pros: Cheap

Cons: Low snow cover, hurricaine force winds at the top, icy, Microscopic runs

Oh, jeez it's cheap, that's good. But there's usually no snow at the top, freaking super-wind, No park to speak of, would not ski again. Good for beginners I guess.5