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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.

Note: prices listed below are for last season. 2014-2015 prices will be determined in October. Please check back for updated rates.

Private Lessons 2013-14

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 at $55 per hour (plus $20 per hour for each additional person) to encourage guests to invest in their technique. Trail pass and rentals are not included.

Private lessons are available every day, but must be reserved in advance.

Learn to Ski Packages 2013-14

The Learn-to-Ski: Striding and Skating packages are perfect for guests new to the sport. Learn the basics of cruising the flats, climbing the hills and speed control 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.

full-day trail pass, equipment rental and a 60-75 minute group lesson $59
half-day trail pass, (after 1 p.m.) equipment rental and a 60-75 minute group lesson $49

Learn to Ski lessons are offered at:
10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., mid-week for Striding
12 p.m., Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays for Skating

Weekend and Holiday Learn to Ski Lessons are at 10:30 a.m., noon ($59), and 1:30 p.m. ($49) for both skating and striding. Lesson only $30.

Children’s Ski School 2013-14

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

$40 per session

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

Group Ski – Learn-to-Ski Lesson Only Rates 2013-14

A 60-75 minute group lesson to learn, or improve your skiing or skating for just $30 (does not include trail pass or rental).

Group Striding lessons are offered at:
10:30 a.m. and 1:30 a.m., mid-week

Group Skating lessons are offered at:
12 p.m., Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays

Weekends and holiday lessons for both Skating and Striding are available at 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

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 $17. Group lesson package pricing is available for two or more people taking a lesson together (can combine a standing skier and a sit skier). 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


See our clinic page for this year’s special clinics.


See our programs page for this year’s programs including Skating 101, Masters Group and Women’s Skate Group.

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: Sunday, Feb. 2; Sunday, Feb. 16; Saturday March 1; Saturday March 15

TIME: 10:30 a.m.-noon

COST: $30 (tour only); $59 (tour/rental/ trail pass).  Sign up at the cross country ski center or call 530-587-9484.

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