Donner Ski Ranch

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Vital Stats for Donner Ski Ranch:

  • 505 acres
  • Base Elevation: 7,031 ft (2,143 m)
  • Top Elevation: 8,012 ft (2,442 m)
  • VerticalDrop: 981 ft (299 m)

Camping & Lodging

Clair Tappaan Lodge is a historic, rustic mountain lodge nestled in the woods near Lake Tahoe, California. With accommodations for up to 145 guests, our lodge is the perfect home base for year-round recreation and relaxation in the Sierra Nevada. The friendly, casual atmosphere, proximity to endless outdoor recreation opportunities and affordable nightly rates make Clair Tappaan the perfect rustic getaway to the Truckee-Tahoe area.

Situated at an elevation of 7,000 feet on historic Donner Summit, the Lodge is a charming spot from which to explore the riches of the Sierra Nevada. The area receives the highest average snowfall of the entire Sierra Nevada range, making the Lodge a favorite amongst cross-country skiers and snowshoers.

A network of nearby trails offers miles of hiking and provides access to fishing streams, remote meadows and peaks, and crystal clear lakes. The well-known Pacific Crest Trail is only a mile away and can be reached right out the back door of the lodge. The Donner Summit area is great for both road and mountain biking and is also widely known as a rock climbers’ mecca.

For those who are really adventurous, the Lodge is a great starting point for a multi-day trek to one of the four backcountry warming huts in the region. If you want to explore the mountains in the winter but don’t want to dig a snow cave or carry a tent, our backcountry huts may be perfect for you.

For more information, see the website.

Food & Drink

After the Ski Line: Local Favorites

Donner Lake Kitchen Donner Lake Kitchen returns to Truckee after being gone for four years! We are so happy and thrilled to be back serving breakfast & lunch all day, every day!
Smokey's Kitchen It's the only BBQ game in town and it hits the spot when you're craving it but not great bbq.
Taco Station Tacos Mexicanos are excellent! Carne Asada they use is cooked perfectly
Village Pizzeria Get the garlic chips. Just do it. And be changed forever.
Bill's Rotisserie Amazing tri tip burritos best enjoyed with a beer on the slopes
Tacos Jalisco Order a Wet Burrito = AMAZING
Panda Express The fried rice has huge chunks of egg in it, a pleasant surprise.
Truckee Bagel Company don't forget about the original location on Deerfield Rd...better parking than safeway!
Pizza on the Hill Cheese garlic bread. .yum
Burger Me Guy Fieri grabbed a bite to eat at this warehouse-turned-burger-spot where everything is fresh and made to order.
Marty's Cafe Food is excellent here. Owner is a Maine guy and we like it!
Morgan's Lobster Shack & Fish Market Lobster rolls are competitive with some of my favorite East Coast spots
Coffeebar Enjoy a lovely coffee and delicious crepe or panini! These will keep you coming back
Squeeze In Check in on Foursquare and get their free mimosa special. Their light fare is great for the health nuts.
Full Belly Deli Grab a Dirka-Dirka before hitting Sugar Bowl! Awesome Sandos! They will fill you up
Drunken Monkey Order the Hebi Saba sushi. Delish!!!
11253 Brockway Rd, Truckee CA — (530) 582-9755
Gold Coast Complex Time for a break and a cheeseburger
PlumpJack Cafe The halibut is really good...

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