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“Small hill but ideal for children”

Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area
Reviewed January 25, 2018

I take my grand children here to teach them how to ski. It setting and services are perfect for kids. They have a nice magic carpet lift for the younger kids to learn on - before they are ready for the chair lift. There is ski instruction too for the kids

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Reviewed July 14, 2017 via mobile

Very small but with all the usual services. For beginners or low intermediate. Mostly used by Tahoe Donner residents. Great if you don't want to deal with all the big hassles of the big resorts.

1  Thank 1Truckee
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Reviewed April 6, 2017

We had a great time at Tahoe Donner. The mountain is isolated from Tahoe's weather, making it a good option when it is snowy/rainy at Homewood/Squaw Valley. It is probably not the place for advanced skiers, but is great for rookies such as myself. Lots of snow and good lessons. Don't know about equipment rental: we rented in Dave's Skies & Board @ Tahoe City, at a very reasonable price.

Thank Juank D
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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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