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Donner Ski Ranch
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Location Donner Summit
Tahoe National Forest
Nearest city Norden, California
Coordinates 39°19′5.93″N 120°19′48.07″W / 39.3183139°N 120.3300194°W / 39.3183139; -120.3300194
Vertical 750 ft (230 m)
Top elevation 7,781 ft (2,372 m)
Base elevation 7,031 ft (2,143 m)
Skiable area 435 acres (176 ha)
Runs 52 total
Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg 25% beginner
Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg 50% intermediate
Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg 25% advanced
Lift system 8: 5 doubles, 1 triple, 2 moving carpets
Snowfall 412 in (1,050 cm)
Snowmaking Yes
Night skiing None

Donner Ski Ranch is a budget-oriented, family owned ski area located on Donner Summit in the Tahoe National Forest of Nevada County, California. It is owned by Janet and Marshall Tuttle, who purchased it after it went into bankruptcy. The area it is on has been used for skiing since 1937. It has ski lifts on both sides of Donner Summit, and is located close to Boreal. 25% of its terrain is beginner, 50% intermediate, and 25% advanced, but of the 52 runs 16 are of beginning difficulty, 20 are intermediate, and 16 are advanced.

The rustic lodge, built in 1947, is mostly made of wood, and has open pipes. It was renovated after its acquisition by its current owners. At the time of the acquisition, all of the ski lifts were painted as well.

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