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Donner Ski Ranch


[Lift Tickets, Rentals, Lessons]

Donner Ski Ranch - Best Value for Skiing and SnowboardingIf 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!

Historically Speaking:

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.

  • 3½ miles from I-80 on Soda Springs Rd/Norden Exit
  • 52 Runs (up to 1.5 miles)
  • 25% advanced, 50% intermediate, 25% beginner
  • 6 Lifts: 1 triple, 5 double
  • Base: 7,031' elevation, Top: 7,781' elevation
  • 750 feet vertical drop
  • 505 acres
  • Snowmaking
  • Halfpipe, skier/boarder cross, terrain park
  • Trail Map
  • Latest Ski Report & Current Events
View of Donner Lake from Donner Ski Ranch
  • During Winter operation Donner Ski Ranch is open at 8:00am through 5:00pm daily with the chairlifts operating from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

2012/2013 Lift Tickets

All Day 9am-4pm / ½ Day 12:30-4pm

Lift Ticket Rates

Mon-Fri Weekends & Holidays
All Day ½ Day All Day ½ Day
Adult (13-61) $30 $22 $38 $30
Child (6-12) $8 $6 $10 $8
Senior (62-69) $20 $15 $25 $20
Super Senior (70+) $5 $5 $5 $5

Holiday pricing periods: November 23-24, 2006, December 25-29, 2006, January 1, 15, 2007, February 12, 19, 2007

Old School Thursdays and Wacky Wednesdays

Featuring $10 Adult (13+) and $6 Child (6-12) Lift Tickets

Old School Thursday dates: January 11th and, 18th; February 1st and 15th; March 1st, 15th and 29th
Wacky Wednesdays dates: January 24th and 31st; February 7th and 28th; March 7th, 21st and 28th

Castle Peak at Donner Ski Ranch

Ski & Snowboard Rentals

Donner Ski Shop opens daily at 8:00am. Our experienced staff will prepare you for a fun filled day of snowboarding or skiing. The retail shop offers all accessories needed including goggles, sunglasses, gloves, sunscreen and more. Tee-shirts, and souvenirs are also available. Our rental technicians will outfit you with a snowboard or skis and our experienced repair shop staff can tune or wax your equipment while you wait.


SKI COMBO (Skis, Boots & Poles)

All Day (9:00am - 4:00pm)
½ Day (12:30pm - 4:00pm)

SNOWBOARD COMBO (Snowboard & boots)

All Day (9:00am - 4:00pm)
½ Day (12:30pm - 4:00pm)
Must be 18 years old to rent equipment. Deposit required. Some restrictions may apply.
All rates/pricing are subject to change without notice.

Mountain Sports School Lessons

  • Mountain Sports School - Ski/Snowboard Value Package
    • Our excellent instructors will teach you how to ski or ride with the latest teaching techniques, making your experience as enjoyable as possible. Our “learn to” package includes equipment rental, an “all chair” lift ticket, and a 1½-hour group lesson. Lessons meet: at 9:00am, 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2:00pm.
    • Value Package Price Equipment, Group Lesson, & Lift Ticket
      • Group Lesson pricing is based on ages 7 and above.
    • Ski or Snowboard
      • Adults (13+) - $60.00
      • Child (7-12) - $46.00
    • Private Instruction
      • Individual instruction is the fastest and easiest way to learn snow sports.
      • Private lessons start at $70 (1 hour) with an additional $20 for each extra person (up to three add-ons).
        • Add-ons are not available for lessons for children under 7.
    • Have your own ski or snowboard equipment?
      • Take a 1 1/2 hour group lesson for only $26.00

Donner Ski Ranch Kids with Donner Lake in background

On-site lodging:

The Summit House
P.O. Box 118, Norden, CA 95724, Telephone: (530) 426-3622, ext. 0-4111

Photos and information courtesy Donner Ski Ranch

19320 Donner Pass Road
P.O. Box 66, Norden, California 95724
Conditions Phone & Office: (530) 426-3635, Fax (530) 426-9350
E-mail: Donner Ski Ranch

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