Physical Distancing + Private Lessons | Safe + Exciting Ski Adventures

Physical Distancing + Private Lessons | Safe + Exciting Ski Adventures

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Skiing has been deemed an essential activity for our physical and mental health by the State of California. On the slopes or the tracks, it allows for physical distancing, provides necessary outdoor recreation and creates family adventures all in one snowy day! Tahoe Donner is excited to offer private lessons in cross country and downhill skiing this winter for all ages and skill levels. By implementing COVID-19 protocols and professional instruction, you and your family can have a safe and exciting time learning or improving your favorite snow sports.

PLEASE NOTE: All tickets, day passes, rental gear and lessons must be purchased online in advance of your visit. A lift ticket, day pass or season pass is required and is not included with a private lesson. Purchase online at


Known as the “best place to begin” in Tahoe, Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Resort is the place for family fun and affordable learning. Here, you’ll find friendly terrain for those looking to boost their confidence on the slopes. With wide-open bowls, you’ll have room to dance all over the mountain! And did we mention there are no crowds? No need to worry about long lift lines or bustling skiers – this ski resort is a Tahoe hidden gem.

Our professional and certified instructors have the skills and the experience to teach ambitious skiers of all ages. Kids as young as 3 years old can take a private lesson and learn the
ropes to experience a lifetime of winter fun!

The ski school offers one- or three-hour private lessons with certified and professional instructors to provide the best possible experience, pace and activity for you and your family during these unique times. With private lessons beginning at just $144 for members, a lifetime of memories awaits when you learn to ski together.

Especially this winter, it is important to get out of the house and exercise. Even if it’s been a couple years (or more) since you’ve been on skis, our instructors are excited to give you a refresher course to get you confidently up the lifts and down the slopes.

When it comes to improving, David Walker, Tahoe Donner Ski and Snowboard School Director, shares, “Private lessons provide the best learning experience possible for you and your family. Our professional instructors will tailor the lesson specifically to you by assessing your abilities and then developing a lesson plan to move you toward a mutual goal in your skiing or snowboarding.”

Skiing can be even more exciting when you do it together as a family. If you are looking for a way to get the kids skilled on the slopes this season, take advantage of a private lesson. Up to two students are welcome in a one-hour lesson, and up to four students are welcome in a three-hour lesson. If parents are coming along just to ride lifts with the kids, they don’t count as part of that maximum.


The crisp clean air, the soaring conifers and the undulating meadows are just a few of the reasons folks love exploring Tahoe Donner trails in the winter. Whether you are just learning or have years of habits under your belt, consider taking a lesson to smooth out your style, become more efficient on the trails and have even more fun on the snow.

The traditional “classic” style of cross country skiing tends to be easier to learn and allows beginners to explore the snowy trails quicker than what is typical when learning to skate ski.
Skate skiing demands more finesse and balance and is a fast, fun experience once you get the hang of it.

No matter what mode you prefer or what your level of experience may be, let our instructors teach you the ropes to explore our beautiful snowy trail system and get a great workout without getting tired or frustrated. “We see over and over again that folks appreciate how much more fun they can have out there with some technique improvement tips,” says Andrea Brideau, Cross Country Ski School Director.

Make skiing a family affair. Lessons are available daily for those 7 years and older and must be purchased online at

A lesson for members costs just $85 and includes up to two people in your immediate household in the lesson. For an extra $20 per person, you can add up to three more members from your household. All students in a lesson are required to purchase a cross country day pass unless they have a season pass.

All of our cross country ski instructors are coached by Professional Ski Instructors of America trainers, and many have also trained with US Ski Team accredited coaches. Our instructors love to share their passion for this sport. Whether you want a classic, skate or refresher course, the ski school is excited to offer private lessons this season. Sally Jones, Cross Country Ski Area Manager, shares, “From my years of coaching top athletes, it’s clear that none of us are ‘too good’ to not benefit from an expert instructor’s eye and tips to become faster and more efficient on our skinny skis.”

• All students in lessons are required to have a valid cross country day or season pass.
• Masks covering your nose and mouth will be required at all times indoors, around the trailhead, in lines and
anywhere physical distancing cannot be maintained.
• Indoor seating will not be available at Alder Creek Adventure Center; the ski industry is encouraging guests to think of their cars as a lodge this year due to
indoor restrictions. Alder Creek Cafe is offering delicious to-go options.
• There will be minimal access to the Adventure Center, so be prepared to use an outdoor restroom.
• You will not be able to use indoor facilities to change; this means putting your boots and gear on at your vehicle.
• Read more about ongoing with COVID-19 safety efforts at To learn more about private lessons at the Cross Country Ski Center, visit