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!
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