Tahoe Donner: The Best Place to Begin

Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Resort is the best place in the Tahoe region for family fun and learning. Our affordable lessons are designed for all levels. We’re not only known for our learn-to-ski programs, but we’re also one of the only resorts in the area teaching kids as young as 3 years old. Adults can hone their skills with a private lesson with one of our pros. Whatever your level, Tahoe Donner is the best place to begin!


  • All students in lessons are required to have a valid lift ticket or season pass.
  • All lesson participants must wear a face mask which covers their nose and mouth.
  • It is required that all children in lessons wear appropriate attire: helmets, waterproof pants, gloves and goggles or sunglasses.
  • A parent or responsible guardian is required to remain at the downhill facility during their child’s lessons.
  • A parent/guardian with a lift ticket and ski/snowboard equipment must accompany children ages 6 and under during their private lesson.
  • Instructors will not be riding the chairlift with children in lessons.  A parent/guardian with a lift ticket and ski/snowboard equipment may accompany them during their lesson if desired.

Reserve Private Lessons Online

Private lesson reservations are available online. Online lesson sales are available until 4PM on the day prior to the lesson. Full payment is required via Visa, Mastercard or American Express.

Reserve Weekend Group Lesson Packages Online

Tahoe Donner is offering safe and exciting ski and snowboard group lesson packages starting at only $145 for kids 7-12 years old and $169 for ages 13 and up. Packages include lift tickets, rental gear and a two-hour morning or afternoon lesson for up to four participants. Participants will be assigned to a group depending on age and skill level – if you want a lesson with participants from the same household/circle, please book a private lesson.

All COVID-19 precautions will continue, including mask mandates, physical distancing and chairlift spacing.

Learn more about group lesson packages.

Helpful Hints

Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Resort specializes in teaching first-timers and novices. Consider these tips to make your experience as enjoyable as possible.

  • When purchasing a private ski or snowboard lesson, reserve your lift ticket and rental equipment online. Reservations are required in advance.
  • If renting equipment, allow at least one hour before your lesson to be fitted with your rental equipment on most days. Arrive up to two hours before your lesson on weekends and holiday peak dates (or at 8AM for a 9AM lesson), so you can make your lesson on time.
  • Meet at the Learning Center 10 minutes before your lesson starts.
  • Ask questions! Our staff is here to help and will do everything possible to make your day on the slopes a memorable one.

All sales are final. Due to limited capacity this season, there are no returns or refunds on tickets, rentals or lessons, and products cannot be transferred to another date. Please confirm your date(s) prior to completing your purchase. Tahoe Donner cannot guarantee weather conditions, driving and road conditions or operating lifts.