If theme park-like crowds and high prices aren’t your ticket to a simple day on the slopes, then Donner Ski Ranch is your place. Nestled between the larger Sugar Bowl Resort just to the south and the terrain parks of Boreal Mountain Resort to the north, Donner Ski Ranch sits on Historic Highway 40 and is a direct link to the golden years of Sierra resorts. As the sole, family-owned and -operated ski resort in the Tahoe region, Donner Ski Ranch is lowkey yet fun. It may not boast as much terrain, vertical and lifts as the area’s corporate-owned resorts, but its six lifts, two moving carpets and tubing area are perfect for those looking to take lessons and those who would rather tube their day away. And more advanced skiers and riders will find enough to keep them amused for a day at the 500-acre, 52-run resort. It’s even better partaking in Donner Ski Ranch’s super-affordable mid-week pass deals.
19320 Donner Pass Road, Norden, CA