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Skiing in Donner Ski Ranch, Nevada County, California USA

Vertical Drop:
750 ft/228.6 m
Top elevation:
7781 feet/2371 m
Base elevation:
7031 feet/2143 m
Skiable area:
435 ac/1.76 km²
Runs:
52
Donner Ski Ranch is a resort located on Donner Summit, in the Tahoe National Forest, Nevada County, California, USA. The area has been used for skiing since 1939.

There are ski lifts on both sides of Donner Summit and it is near Boreal. Inside there is a rustic lodge, which has been renovated by the current owners. Its vertical drop is 750 ft/228.6 m. Top elevation is 7781 ft/2371 m and base elevation is 7031 ft/2143 m. Skiable area covers 435 ac/1.76 km² on which there are 52 runs.

Runs are 25% for beginners, 50% for intermediate and 25% for advanced skiers and specifically from these runs, 16 are for beginners, 20 for intermediate and 16 for advanced skiers. It has a lift system of 8 lifts including, 5 doubles, 1 triple and 2 moving carpets.

Biggest run is 1.5 mi/2.4 km. Average snowfall is 396 in/1006 cm. If you don’t know how to ski, don’t worry, the resort offers ski lessons.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Reno
49.6 mi / 79.8 km, 1 hr 21 mins
Take interstate 80 west to Truckee. For the latest route from Truckee, take the last Truckee exit at Donner Pass Road.
BY CAR FROM Sacramento
91.6 mi / 147.4 km, 1 hr 34 mins
Take interstate 80 east, towards Donner Summit.
BY CAR FROM San Francisco
178 mi / 286.4 km, 2 hrs 51 mins
Take the Bay Bridge to Interstate 80, head east towards Sacramento/Reno. Take the Donner Summit exit.
BY CAR FROM San Jose
208 miles/334.74 km, 3 hours 18 minutes
To get to Interstate 80 eastbound, there are 2 options: 1) Take Highway 880 north about 40 miles to 80 east toward Sacramento. 2) Or take Highway 680 north. Connect to Highway 80 east (at Fairfield). Take Hwy 80 east towards Sacramento/Reno.
BY CAR FROM Tahoe City
22.1 miles/35.567 km, 34 minutes
Take Highway 89 north to Highway 80. Continue under the freeway to Donner Pass Road at the Gateway Shopping Center in Truckee. Turn left on Donner Pass Road.
BY CAR FROM Truckee
9.5 miles/15.289 km, 18 minutes
Take Donner Pass Road to Donner Lake. Head three miles up the summit. Note: Donner Pass Road (Highway 40) is frequently maintained and open as conditions permit. It's the fastest route from Truckee, and much quicker than Interstate 80.
BY AIR
Sacramento International Airport,
99.1 mi / 159.5 km
BY TRAIN

Amtrak services the entire USA. Check the website for fares, tickets and schedules and get off at the nearest station.

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