If you are searching for a simpler, more relaxed alpine skiing & snowboarding experience, a resort that offers everything the major resorts do, without the hassles and expense, Donner Ski Ranch is the resort for you and your family. One of the oldest ski resorts in the West, high atop Donner Summit, with an annual average snowfall of 33 feet, you will find a variety of terrain and an atmosphere that is relaxing and carefree. Explore over 45 wide open runs with challenges for even the most advanced skier. Enjoy the experience of short lift lines, with no-crowd skiing and snowboarding everyday. Donner Ski Ranch provides spectacular views of Donner Lake, Castle Peak and 360 degree views of the Summit area. We top the list of the most affordable ski resorts offering the lowest rates on lift tickets, rentals and lessons for every level. Come and join us at one of the most intimate resorts in the West!
Donner Ski Ranch was first utilized for skiing in 1937. The area’s first rope tow was located at the base of our current lodge and ran to a location approximately 75 yards west of the current midway unloading ramp on Chairlift #1. That rope tow was named Jerry Ellis. Jerry was the primary individual involved in making the ski area a reality. Even though travel to the Donner Summit area took two or three times longer than it does today, old time skiers reported the popularity of this rope tow by recalling the long lift lines.
Today’s resort is much improved from what it was in the early years but the old time attitude and family ski hill atmosphere still exists at Donner Ski Ranch.