Tahoe Donner 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 ticket 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 work with Tahoe Donner. To purchase season passes, you'll need to visit Tahoe Donner's website.
There are numerous options to stay at Tahoe Donner around the resort. Check out the available options with the form below.
Tahoe Donner 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, 0.2 square miles, or 0.5 square kilometers.
Tahoe Donner's slopes see on average 80 inches (2.0 meters) of snowfall a year.
Tahoe Donner Elevation
Tahoe Donner 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.
Tahoe Donner Difficulty Level
26.1out of 100
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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.
Skiable Terrain 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.
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.
Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.
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 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 Location
Tahoe Donner is located in the state of California, USA. This ski area is nearest the town of Truckee, CA.
Truckee, CA 96161 USA
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Getting to Tahoe Donner
By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Tahoe Donner), 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.
|Reno–Tahoe International Airport||RNO||Reno, NV||28 mi|
|Sacramento International Airport||SMF||Sacramento, CA||85 mi|
|Oakland International Airport||OAK||Oakland, CA||155 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 Airport||MHR||Sacramento, CA||79 mi|
|Redding Municipal Airport||RDD||Redding, CA||134 mi|
|Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport||STS||Santa Rosa, CA||149 mi|
There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Tahoe Donner, 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.
|Boreal||Soda Springs, CA||7,700 ft||30%||5 mi|
|Donner Ski Ranch||Norden, CA||7,781 ft||38%||5 mi|
|Sugar Bowl||Truckee, CA||8,383 ft||53%||6 mi|
|Soda Springs||Soda Springs, CA||7,300 ft||31%||7 mi|
|Northstar||Truckee, CA||8,610 ft||58%||9 mi|
|Palisades Tahoe - Palisades Mountain||Olympic Valley, CA||9,050 ft||62%||12 mi|
|Palisades Tahoe||Olympic Valley, CA||9,050 ft||63%||12 mi|
|Palisades Tahoe - Alpine Meadows||Alpine Meadows, CA||8,637 ft||53%||13 mi|
|Granlibakken Tahoe||Tahoe City, CA||6,350 ft||15%||15 mi|
|Mount Rose||Reno, NV||9,700 ft||60%||18 mi|
|Homewood||Homewood, CA||7,880 ft||58%||20 mi|
|Heavenly||South Lake Tahoe, CA||10,067 ft||73%||34 mi|
|Sierra-at-Tahoe||South Lake Tahoe, CA||8,852 ft||53%||39 mi|
|Kirkwood||Kirkwood, CA||9,800 ft||68%||47 mi|
|Dodge Ridge||Pinecrest, CA||8,200 ft||54%||83 mi|
Tahoe Donner Mountain Stats
|Summit Elevation||7,350 ft|
|Base Elevation||6,750 ft|
|Vertical Drop||600 ft|
(40% Beginner, 50% Intermediate, 10% Expert)
|Avg. Annual Snowfall||80 inches|