why ski here

Donner Ski Ranch isn't fancy. If you're looking for glitz and glamour, we're not for you. So, what do we offer? Fun, value, and an all-around good vibe. Sure, we have awesome terrain, great snow, and short lift lines, but what makes Donner Ski Ranch special is the people. We love skiing and we love this place. The reason people come back time and time again is simple -- it feels good here. We revel in teaching people to ski, watching kids grin ear to ear as they make their first turns, fresh powder stashes and face shots, untracked snow, bluebird days, and apre ski at the Summit's greatest dive bar, right here in our main lodge. 

We offer more than 500 acres of varied terrain, 6 chairlifts, and 2 moving carpets, so there's something for everyone at Donner Ski Ranch. And, with daily ticket, season pass, and package pricing up to 75% less than other resorts, and close, free parking, Donner Ski Ranch is the #1 destination for family fun. 

the mountain 

Among the oldest and most iconic ski areas in the Western U.S., Donner Ski Ranch is a family-friendly resort that features a wide variety of terrain, inviting skiers and riders of all abilities to enjoy the fully-featured mountain oasis.

Donner Ski Ranch is much larger than people realize. The view from the front is just the beginning. The mountain boasts more than 1,000 ft of vertical and an expansive back side, making it the second largest ski resort on Donner Summit. And, with one of the highest base elevations in the Sierras, Donner Ski Ranch gets some of the best powder. Combine this with our aggressive high-mountain and backside terrain, and Donner Ski Ranch is the perfect destination for advanced skiers and riders who want to escape the crowds and enjoy untouched lines.

For beginner and intermediate skiers, Donner Ski Ranch offers easy access to novice runs, group and private ski/snowboard lessons, equipment rentals, retail shop, and a tubing park that’s great for kids of all ages. 

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main Lodge

Donner Ski Ranch has been a family favorite for nearly 80 years, and for some, that love affair started with our humble main lodge. Rustic, simple and entirely void of pretense, our lodge features an on-site fully-equipped rental equipment shop, ticket office, cafe, bar, and huge wrap around deck, so no matter where you sit, you can relax and watch your family and friends as they charge the front side bunny slopes. 

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all-new lytton lake lodge

The new Lytton Lake Lodge, nestled on the backside of the mountain in a serene wilderness, offers dining and drink options for those who want to get away from it all.