Donner Ski Ranch

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Donner Ski Ranch
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Donner Ski Ranch is located in California
Donner Ski Ranch
Donner Ski Ranch
Location in California
Donner Ski Ranch is located in the United States
Donner Ski Ranch
Donner Ski Ranch
Donner Ski Ranch (the United States)
LocationDonner Summit
Tahoe National Forest
Nearest major cityNorden, California
Coordinates39°19′N 120°23′W / 39.32°N 120.38°W / 39.32; -120.38Coordinates: 39°19′N 120°23′W / 39.32°N 120.38°W / 39.32; -120.38
Vertical750 ft (230 m)
Top elevation7,781 ft (2,372 m)
Base elevation7,031 ft (2,143 m)
Skiable area435 acres (176 ha)
Runs52 total
Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg 25% beginner
Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg 50% intermediate
Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg 25% advanced
Lift system8: 5 doubles, 1 triple, 2 moving carpets
Snowfall412 in (1,050 cm)
Night skiingNone

Donner Ski Ranch is a budget-oriented, family owned ski area located on Donner Summit in the Tahoe National Forest of Nevada County, California.[1][2] It is owned by Janet and Marshall Tuttle, who purchased it after it went into bankruptcy.[3] The area it is on has been used for skiing since 1937.[4] 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.[5]


  1. ^ Keith Romig (2010). "The Latest DSP News". Donner Ski Patrol. Archived from the original on May 13, 2010. Retrieved January 18, 2010.
  2. ^ "Donner Ski Ranch". Ski Tahoe. Retrieved January 18, 2010.
  3. ^ Maggie O'Neill (March 15, 2008). "Resort Report: Donner Ski Ranch". Reno Gazette-Journal. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
  4. ^ McLaughlin, Mark (2012) Skiing at Lake Tahoe Arcadia Publishing ISBN 9780738589060 pg 46-48
  5. ^ Hugo Martin (September 16, 2007). "Old school skiing Donner Ski Ranch in Truckee offers a retro slope experience". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 9 January 2015.

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