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18-20 ft of snow and awesome warm sun

We took the beginners 1.5 hour ski lessons at 1230pm. They had teenagers coaching us. I was lucky... read more

Reviewed February 25, 2017
Singapore, Singapore
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Nice little ski resort

Came here on December 30, after waiting an hour in line at boreal, and then getting turned away... read more

Reviewed January 17, 2016
El Cerrito, California
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27 Apr 2017
“Kids First Magic Carpet Ride”
25 Feb 2017
“18-20 ft of snow and awesome warm sun”
Opened in 1937, this popular ski area offers 400 dynamic acres with the longest run measuring 1.20 miles in length.
19320 Donner Pass Road, Norden, CA 95724
+1 530-426-3635
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Reviewed April 27, 2017

My wife and two young children bought four tickets for the magic carpet, it was the kids first time on ski's. After a couple runs, the operator says, "They closed it." and begins to walk off. My wife asks what we were supposed to do?...More

Date of experience: April 2017
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Reviewed February 25, 2017 via mobile

We took the beginners 1.5 hour ski lessons at 1230pm. They had teenagers coaching us. I was lucky to have Jordan a 16 year old who taught us how to do all the basics and more. It's cost $99 for equipment and lesson. The breakdown...More

Date of experience: February 2017
2  Thank Ctan1965
Reviewed January 9, 2017

We had a wonderful experience here, 2 adults and 3 children, ages 8,12 and 13. The best part for me, was the ability to be on the magic carpet slope with my 8 year old ( a first time skier). I rented equipment for her,...More

Date of experience: January 2017
2  Thank kiafwhite
Reviewed January 4, 2017 via mobile

What a deal! $100/pp to get a 1.5 hr lesson, all ski equipment and access to 2 lifts - which is all we needed to build confidence in our new skiing skills. An early start from the East Bay got us there at 8 as...More

Date of experience: December 2016
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Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

Stopped here after hiking for 6 days and I was looking forward to a cheeseburger and a beer. The bartender was surly and very unfriendly. Food was OK but when I asked for the check he tried to charge me for 4 beers. When I...More

Date of experience: August 2016
1  Thank Jim W
Reviewed January 17, 2016 via mobile

Came here on December 30, after waiting an hour in line at boreal, and then getting turned away!!! While boreal was mobbed, Donner ski ranch was not too crowded. It's not a large place but has a reasonable variety of nice trails. The lift lines...More

Date of experience: December 2015
1  Thank cml94618
Reviewed January 3, 2015

First time visiting Donner Ski Ranch with family and had a wonderful time. Reached there at around 11:30am and we were lucky that the lines were not long at all. We were able to schedule a 12:30pm lesson for my children as well with plenty...More

Date of experience: January 2015
4  Thank IWillAdvise
Reviewed March 3, 2014

Donner Ski Ranch is where I learned to ski 33 years ago. It has obviously changed there, but the Ranch has always had a great local feeling and the terrain is great as long as the snow is there. It is south facing so it...More

2  Thank Seth K
Reviewed February 19, 2014

The Donner Ski ranch is close to Bay Area, the ticket is cheap and it is really good for beginners. It is not very far from I80. I did not need to use chain this time. We had fun and we will come back.

Date of experience: February 2014
1  Thank Henry V
Reviewed March 27, 2013

I started to learn to ski this season in Dec 2012, had a group lessons at Bear Valley, Heavenly, and Dodge Ridge each before I took a private lesson at Donner Ski Ranch, and also have skied at Sierra-at-Tahoe and Squaw Valley. My private lesson...More

Date of experience: March 2013
3  Thank J Y
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