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“Very Good Beginner Skiing - Although Ski Rental Takes Too Long”

Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area
Reviewed March 18, 2017

The two kids just learned how to ski. We wanted to go family skiing but didn't want to pay big bucks for ski lift tickets since we only go on the beginner trails anyway. The price for Tahoe Donner was just right - almost half the price compared to some of the big resorts in the area. It is a very beginner-friendly ski area, although there are a few intermediate/advanced runs and some terrain bumps. For beginners, the Mile Run was great but there's a bit of flat cross-country skiing before you get to the downhill (meaning, be prepared for kid whining that it's too slow, too much shuffling of skis and not much skiing, etc.). One odd thing though, and I don't know if it's because there was a dog event recently (the I-Did-A-Run), but there was dog poop on the Mile Run and Vista trails. Otherwise, it was very fun for this family of beginners.(And take heed - there are a lot of beginners and kids here. If you are anti-newbies then either go elsewhere or stick to the advanced trails).

I did want to rag on the Ski Rental though - it takes a long time. We arrived slightly after 9 am on a Saturday in March (3/18/17). The whole process took us a little over an hour. It's a small ski rental shop. The lady at the boot/helmet section was really helpful and patient (wish I caught her name). Otherwise, the whole process could be streamlined better. Like, you pay for your rental at the end... when you're holding your skis, poles, helmet and have one boot on, the other boot in your hand and then you have to dig for your wallet. Why can't we pay at the beginning, when we're not burdened down by stuff? It's a small mom & pop operation, be prepared to wait in line, or just get there early - rental shop opens at 8 and the lifts don't open till 9.

Ski rental aside, I highly recommend Tahoe Donner for beginners!

Thank thejoyciecat
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Reviewed March 4, 2017 via mobile

Fun place for beginners. Smooth check in for rentals and lessons. Small resort, but it had a nice long green run to practice on. Skip the play area if your kids are over 6. Tubing and sledding hills are very slow. Big menu in the lodge, but it was very small and had little seating.

Getting there was the biggest challenge. Roads to the resort got very slick(hilly) with little snow so plan ahead. Also, lots were not plowed during the day so it was not easy getting out.

Thank James C
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Reviewed January 23, 2017 via mobile

Great for beginners, not crowded, tubbing was fun too. Pizza on the hill was great for vegetarians. Also a great little market called Z's market and deli.

1  Thank Alfonso d
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Reviewed January 18, 2017

After being off the slope for a decade and my wife for 30 years we decided to take baby steps to get back into the sport. This resort fit the bill perfectly. The rates are a fraction of the big hills in the area and everyone we met and dealt with were super friendly and went out of their way to make us feel welcome.
The hills are perfect for beginners or rusty skiers getting back on the slopes. We all took instruction and it was well worth it. As a bonus if I return next year I'll get to ski for free as a 70 year old!

Thank Ray C
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Reviewed December 23, 2016

A great ski and snowboarding resort for beginners and advanced people. It has great staff who help you when you need help. If you get hurt the staff will bring you to safety. It also has many trainers who will train you privately.

1  Thank Potato E
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