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At Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area, we pride ourselves in offering some of the highest quality instruction in the nation. All of our instructors are coached by Professional Ski Instructors of America Trainers, and many have also trained with US Ski Team accredited coaches. Guests will quickly see how our instructors love to share their  passion for this sport.

Investing in lessons will develop new skills, build confidence and improve skiing technique. We offer group and private lessons for the beginner and improving skier, and suggest booking private lessons and attending some of our special clinics if you are an intermediate through advanced skier.

Private Lessons 2014-15

These are our most popular and productive lessons with the best instructors on our staff. Classes will move at a comfortable pace and are individually tailored to your learning needs. We purposely keep the cost low to encourage guests to invest in their technique. Private lessons are available every day, but must be reserved in advance.

Lesson only (available daily): $57 per hour; add $25 per hour for each additional person
Private Lesson Package (midweek non-holiday only): $81 per hour, includes one-hour lesson, all-day trail pass and rentals. Add $61 for each additional person.

Learn to Ski Group Lessons 2014-15

Learn-to-Ski Packages are perfect for guests new to the sport. Learn the basics of skating or striding and how to cruise the flats, climb the hills and control speed on the downhills. Our experienced instructors are well-versed in teaching beginners in a supportive group environment. They excel at teaching guests the skills needed to assist in helping each student decide where to ski to maximize the enjoyment of their day.

Learn to Ski group lessons are offered at 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., weekends and holidays only.

Lesson only (available weekends and holidays only): $31
Group Lesson Package (weekends and holidays only): $61, includes 1.5 hour lesson, all-day trail pass and rentals. After 1 p.m.: $51

Children’s Ski School 2014-15

Our children’s ski school instructors know how to get the young members of the family excited about skiing. The package deal includes supervision, ski instruction, snow play, and rental equipment. Ages 5 to 12 are welcome. Available weekends and holidays only.

Pricing: $40 per session, includes lesson, all day trail pass, and rentals.

Tiny Tracks Morning Sessions for ages 5 – 7 yrs
10 a.m. – 11:45 p.m., weekends and holidays only

Kids Club Afternoon Sessions for ages 7 – 12 yrs
12 – 1:45 p.m.,weekends and holidays only

Snowshoe Lessons/Tours

Snowshoeing is easy to learn and is a great activity for the whole family to experience together. We do offer lessons/tours for ages 13 and up throughout the season to learn the basic skills and learn about the local flora and fauna from one of our knowledgeable guides.

Dates: Friday, Jan. 2; Sunday, Jan. 11; Sunday, Feb. 8; Sunday, March 8
Time: 10:30 a.m.-noon
Tour only: $31
Snowshoe Package: $61, includes tour, all day trail pass and rentals.

Lessons for Mobility-Impaired Skiers

Our ski school offers adaptive equipment and ski lessons for skiers with disabilities. Cost: Private lesson $55 (includes trail pass). Sit ski + pole rental is available at $19. These lessons must be pre-booked and are subject to the availability of Tahoe Donner’s adaptive ski instructors. Call 530-587-9484 or email

Sign up at the Cross Country Ski Area or call 530-587-9484.

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