Tahoe Donner Ski Resort

Tahoe Donner Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of California in USA. The resort is in the town of Truckee, CA. We recently ranked all of California's ski resorts, so you can see where Tahoe Donner stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!

Tahoe Donner is not a part of any nationwide lift pass system. Passes such as Epic, IKON, or Mountain Collective allow pass holders to ski at multiple mountians with a single purchase. Unfortunately, none of those passes with with Tahoe Donner Ski Resort.

Tahoe Donner Lodging:

Tahoe Donner Ski Resort Terrain Overview

Tahoe Donner has a total of 17 ski trails, which are serviced by 2 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Tahoe Donner is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 120 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 49 hectares, 0 square miles, or 0 square kilometers.

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
120(0 km2)
Annual Snowfall

Tahoe Donner Ski Resort Elevation

Tahoe Donner Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 7,350 feet, or 2,240 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 6,750 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 600 feet (183 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

Tahoe Donner's summit elevation is higher than average. There are a lot of ski slopes that are much higher than this one (some stretch to 12,000 feet!), but it is not small by any stretch of the imagination.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
7,350'(2,240 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
600'(183 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
6,750'(2,057 m)

Tahoe Donner Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
25.1out of 100
←  EasyHard  →
Tahoe Donner is an extremely beginner-friendly ski area. It is in fact one of the easiest ski slopes in all of North America, ranking in the bottom 10% of overall difficulty. This is due to it having 40% of its trails are rated as "beginner", and a vertical drop of only 600 feet.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

Skiiable Area by Difficulty Level

Tahoe Donner has 120 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Since Tahoe Donner is an extremely beginner-friendly ski area, it has 40% of its trails are rated as "beginner-level". 50% trails are rated as intermediate.
40%(48 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
50%(60 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
10%(12 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Tahoe Donner Ski Resort good for beginners?

Tahoe Donner is a very beginner-friendly course. In fact, it is one of the easiest ski slopes in all of North America, ranking in the bottom 10% of overall difficulty. 40% of its trails are rated as "beginner".

Tahoe Donner Ski Resort Location

Tahoe Donner Ski Resort is located in the state of California, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Truckee, CA.

Truckee, CA 96161 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
39.35400, -120.25900

Getting to Tahoe Donner Ski Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Tahoe Donner Ski Resort), its coordinates of 39.35400, -120.25900 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Truckee, CA to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Tahoe Donner Ski Resort.

Reno–Tahoe International AirportRNOReno, NV28 mi
Sacramento International AirportSMFSacramento, CA85 mi
Oakland International AirportOAKOakland, CA155 mi

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Tahoe Donner.

Sacramento Mather AirportMHRSacramento, CA79 mi
Redding Municipal AirportRDDRedding, CA134 mi
Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County AirportSTSSanta Rosa, CA149 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Tahoe Donner Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Tahoe Donner Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
BorealSoda Springs, CA7,700 ft29%5 mi
Donner Ski RanchNorden, CA7,781 ft37%5 mi
Sugar BowlTruckee, CA8,383 ft51%6 mi
Soda SpringsSoda Springs, CA7,300 ft30%7 mi
NorthstarTruckee, CA8,610 ft51%9 mi
Palisades TahoeOlympic Valley, CA9,050 ft76%12 mi
Alpine MeadowsOlympic Valley, CA8,673 ft56%13 mi
Granlibakken TahoeTahoe City, CA6,350 ft14%15 mi
Mount RoseReno, NV9,700 ft58%18 mi
HomewoodHomewood, CA7,800 ft51%20 mi
HeavenlySouth Lake Tahoe, CA10,067 ft71%34 mi
Sierra-at-TahoeSouth Lake Tahoe, CA8,852 ft51%39 mi
KirkwoodKirkwood, CA9,800 ft56%47 mi
Dodge RidgePinecrest, CA8,200 ft52%83 mi

Tahoe Donner Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation7,350 ft
Base Elevation6,750 ft
Vertical Drop600 ft
(40% Beginner,  50% Intermediate,  10% Expert)
Skiable Acres120
Avg. Annual SnowfallN/A inches
Tahoe Donner Ski Resort Mountain Stats