We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Donner Ski Ranch

19320 Donner Pass Road, Norden, CA 95724
+1 530-426-3635
Review Highlights
Kids First Magic Carpet Ride

My wife and two young children bought four tickets for the magic carpet, it was the kids first time... read more

Reviewed 28 April 2017
Truckee, California
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 26 February 2017
Singapore, Singapore
via mobile
Read all 26 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Opened in 1937, this popular ski area offers 400 dynamic acres with the longest run measuring 1.20 miles in length.
  • Excellent24%
  • Very good23%
  • Average19%
  • Poor23%
  • Terrible11%
Travellers talk about
“magic carpet” (6 reviews)
“bay area” (3 reviews)
“beginners” (10 reviews)
19320 Donner Pass Road, Norden, CA 95724
+1 530-426-3635
Write a Review
Reviews (26)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 25 reviews

Reviewed 28 April 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

Thank TruckeeFam
Reviewed 26 February 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

1  Thank Ctan1965
Reviewed 9 January 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

Thank kiafwhite
Reviewed 4 January 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

Thank Kaumanamom
Reviewed 22 August 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

Thank Jim W
Reviewed 18 January 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

1  Thank cml94618
Reviewed 4 January 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

4  Thank IWillAdvise
Reviewed 4 March 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 19 February 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.

1  Thank Henry V
Reviewed 28 March 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

2  Thank J Y
Nearby Restaurants
Sugar Bowl Lodge Resturant
10 reviews
1.39 km away
Belt Room Bar
6 reviews
.16 km away
Summit Restaurant & Bar
20 reviews
5.12 km away
Donner Lake Kitchen
47 reviews
6.92 km away
Nearby Attractions
Sugar Bowl Resort
54 reviews
1.39 km away
Royal Gorge USA Cross Country Ski Resort
24 reviews
5.05 km away
Woodward Tahoe
5 reviews
2.61 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Donner Ski Ranch staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines