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Donner Ski Ranch

Donner Ski Ranch

Overall
Overall PAF Score

Overall
Rank

125

Rank in
Region

16

Rank in
State

14

This resort is often compared with:

Heavenly
Squaw Valley
Northstar at Tahoe
Best time for snow at
Donner Ski Ranch
Snow quality compared w/
rest of North American resorts
Last 10 Days of Snowfall at Donner Ski Ranch

Powder
Forecast

Powder Forecast
Wednesday
Day
0-1"
Night
0"
Thursday
Day
0"
Night
0"
Friday
Day
0"
Night
0"
Saturday
Day
0"
Night
1-2"
Sunday
Day
4-7"
Night
14-18"
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6"+ of snow
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LAX to RNO
depart Thu Feb 23
return Sun Feb 26
United
$505
SEA to RNO
depart Thu Feb 23
return Sun Feb 26
Alaska
$595
MSP to RNO
depart Thu Feb 23
return Sun Feb 26
United
$671
EWR to RNO
depart Thu Feb 23
return Sun Feb 26
United
$692
SFO to RNO
depart Fri Feb 24
return Sun Feb 26
United
$708
DFW to RNO
depart Thu Feb 23
return Sun Feb 26
United
$789
ORD to RNO
depart Thu Feb 23
return Sun Feb 26
United
$863
IAD to RNO
depart Thu Feb 23
return Sun Feb 26
United
$885
BOS to RNO
depart Thu Feb 23
return Sun Feb 26
United
$1,000
ATL to RNO
depart Thu Feb 23
return Sun Feb 26
United
$1,029
IAH to RNO
depart Thu Feb 23
return Sun Feb 26
United
$1,137
True Snow: 384" per year
Snow Quality Rank

99

Accounts for resorts' snow quantity, moisture content, latitude, elevation, and slope aspects.

Dump Potential Rank

37

Donner Ski Ranch is ranked No. 37 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Historical Powder Odds
Daily Lottery

% of days with more than 6" of snow

16.1%

Extended Stay

% of months with more than 90" of snow

35.2%

Drought Threat

% of months with less than 30" of snow

23.9%

*Special thanks to Tony Crocker and Bestsnow.net.

Dump Potential Rank

37

Donner Ski Ranch is ranked No. 37 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Snow
Quality
Rank

99

Accounts for resorts' snow quantity, moisture content, latitude, elevation, and slope aspects.

Total Snow Score

This score accounts for total snow quantity, its moisture content, the resort's latitude, elevation, and its slope aspects, which affect total snow preservation.

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Core Strengths of Donner Ski Ranch

Core Strengths
Snow Volume
rank
37
score
67.2
Travel Ease
rank
48
score
76.6
Snow Quality
rank
99
score
54.5

Trail Breakdown

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Vertical Drop

750 ft

7781 ft
Base Elevation: 7031 ft

Slope Aspects

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A few words on the Snow at Donner Ski Ranch

Donner Ski Ranch has very good snow frequency of 16.2% of winter days with 6 inches or more and 33% of winter months with 90 inches or more, but also endures 24% of winter months with less than 30 inches. Donner Ski Ranch has decent potential for non-competitive powder skiing despite its short vertical.

Accumulation and Preservation

With its abundant snowfall Donner Ski Ranch should average about 3/4 open at Christmas. However, California droughts can be extreme, so even the snowiest areas are less than ¼ open at Christmas in the worst 15% of seasons. Donner Ski Ranch has modest altitude and varied exposures so spring conditions are likely from February onwards in warm weather.