Tahoe Donner Ski Area

You'll discover Tahoe Donner in the upper reaches of Truckee. It is five miles from Donner Lake and less than 20 miles from Lake Tahoe. You will find one quad chairlift, one double chairlift and one surface lift accessing 14 runs with over 120 skiable acres. Tahoe Donner Ski Area is committed to being "the best place for family fun and learning." Wide-open bowls, uncrowded slopes, great beginner terrain, excellent grooming, and a friendly, courteous staff await all. Sledding is open during weekends and holidays periods at the Snowplay Area located at the Trout Creek Recreation Center.


Tahoe Donner Ski Area is located 30 minutes from Reno and roughly three hours from the Bay Area off of the Donner Pass Road exit on Interstate 80 (I-80). If you’re coming from an area outside of Northern California, Tahoe Donner is accessible by any of four major airports.


  • Winter: December – April
  • Daily Lift Operations: 9am-4pm, subject to change due to weather and conditions


  • Base Elevation: 6,750’
  • Peak Elevation: 7,350’
  • Vertical rise: 600'


  • Average Annual Snowfall: 400 inches
  • Snowmaking: Has snow making. The amount of acres is unknown.

Trail Classification (total mountain acreage)

  • 40% Beginner
  • 60% Intermediate
  • 0% Advanced
  • 0% Expert

Skiable Acres: 120 acres

  • Trails: 16
  • Terrain Parks: 4

Lift System

  • Total Number of Lifts: 5
  • Normal Speed Quad: 1
  • Double Chairs: 2
  • Surface Lifts: 3


Tahoe Donner Ski Area sees more than 300 days of cloudless, sunny skies per year.Average daytime highs and night time lows in Fahrenheit.
  • Nov: 47 high, 24 low
  • Dec: 40 high, 20 low
  • Jan: 36 high, 16 low
  • Feb: 39 high, 18 low
  • Mar: 44 high, 21 low
  • Apr: 50 high, 26 low
  • May: 60 high, 32 low

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