Fun in the SNOW at Tahoe Donner

A mere two hours and forty five minutes from the East Bay, Tahoe Donner is an easy day trip. Nestled on the mountainside outside of downtown Truckee, Tahoe Donner is easily accessible and a breeze to find. Convenient parking is at the base of the mountain and a courtesy shuttle picks up every few minutes.

Quieter and more laid-back from the more crowded Sierra Resorts, Tahoe Donner is able to offer a more personalized experience which takes you away from the city’s hustle and bustle. We visited Tahoe Donner on a sunny Monday after a full day of snow fall the day before. To say the conditions were perfect would be an understatement. The only ones gearing up in the equipment area, it was a quick and effortless process. Kids were out on the slopes in no time. No lines for the magic carpet area or chair lifts and the staff was efficient and friendly and ready to assist the kids.

While the children took a private lesson, we were able to sit outside on the Sun Deck area with a perfect vantage point to watch their efforts on the slopes. We eventually meandered into the bar area where we grabbed a quick lunch and soda and continued to watch all the action out the floor-to-ceiling windows.

Tahoe Donner is an affordable, family-friendly resort. In addition to their Downhill Ski Area, they also offer Cross Country Ski Trails and a Snowplay area for tubing and sledding. Also check out their spectacular Alder Creek Adventure Center while enjoying their vast trail system.

Helpful Hints…

Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area specializes in teaching first timers and novices and is committed to being the best place for family fun and learning in the Tahoe region. Listed below are some tips to make your experience as enjoyable as possible.

• Purchase a ski or snowboard package (includes lift ticket, lesson and rental equipment) at Tahoe Donner’s ticket and lesson location. Reservations are highly recommended.

• Allow a least 1 hour before your lesson to be fitted with your rental equipment on most days. Allow up to 2 hours on weekends and holidays, so you can make your lesson on time.

• Meet at the Learning Center 10 minutes before your lesson starts.

• Be sure to have the appropriate clothing for skiing and riding. Key essentials are glove, eyewear, jacket, and snow pants. Kids taking lessons are required to have eyewear, water proof pants, gloves, and helmet to participate. This will make their first experience great!

• Ask questions! Tahoe Donner’s staff is there to help and will do everything possible to make your day on the slopes a memorable one.

To Reserve Lessons Online
Reservations can be made over the phone or via their website at for Snowflakes, Snow Shredders, Packages, and Programs.

Reservation and pre-sale can be made daily before 4 p.m. Full payment is required via Visa, Mastercard or American Express. Cancellations are accepted 48 hours before your scheduled lesson. “No Shows” are not eligible for a refund.

Plan a trip and check out these upcoming events at Tahoe Donner!

March 12, 2016, Winter Beach Party
Nothing beats a beach party in winter, right? Join Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area for some tropical fun, live music, food and games. This is great for the whole family and it’s free! This party kicks off at 12 p.m. March 19, 2016, 200-Foot Banana Split Extravaganza Help devour an incredible 200-foot banana split at 1:30 p.m. for free! Grab some spoons because this will be one tasty monster at Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area.

March 20, 2016, Tahoe Donner Family Challenge
The Family Challenge is a matched time competition raced by family teams at Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area. It is a Giant Slalom race, but the time that counts is the difference between first and second runs. The team component is a combined best difference from a child in a family with the best difference from an adult in the family. The winning team gets their name engraved on the trophy in the ski lodge. All children who complete their two runs will earn a medal, and there are other prizes as well. This event is free.

Stay in Truckee
Classic mountain charm, Hotel Tahoe-Truckee is located in the heart of downtown Truckee. Offering an abundance of amenities including free breakfast and Wi-Fi, heated pool and pet-friendly rooms, Hotel Tahoe- Truckee is centered in the heart of Sierra Ski Country and reminiscent of a modern mountain ski lodge. Great for families, affordable and comfortable, book your next family vacation here!

Hotel Truckee Tahoe
11331 Brockway Road | Truckee, California
Phone: 530-587-4525