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Tahoe Donner: The Perfect Family Get-Away

Tahoe Donner is the ideal place for a family getaway. It was founded expressly to “create a family resort that had every recreation facility a family could want right at their fingertips.” Since its inception more than 40 years ago, the Home Owners Association of Tahoe Donner has painstakingly crafted the community into an intimate, family friendly environment with possibly the most expansive list of amenities in Tahoe. The community of Tahoe Donner offers guests everything from skiing to boating while maintaining a trademark emphasis on family fun.

Tahoe Donner is situated on the outskirts of the town of Truckee, 5 minutes from Donner Lake, 15 from Lake Tahoe, and 25 minutes from Squaw and Alpine Meadows. If you want to venture away from North Lake Tahoe, it's half an hour from Reno airport and 50 minutes from slot machines, Black Jack and Craps in South Lake Tahoe


The Tahoe area is famous for its snowy winters and sunny, warm summers. There is snow in town from December through April and the mountains will often have patches of snow through August. During Spring, Summer and much of Fall, Tahoe is sunny and warm with little rain and average temperatures peaking around 80.

  January February March April May June July August September October November December
Precipitation (inches) 6.18 5.50 4.22 3.22 2.29 0.69 0.20 0.31 0.64 1.83 3.68 5.40
Snowfall (inches) 43.8 38.0 35.5 15.2 3.8 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.3 2.4 16.2 33.5
Average High Temperature 36 39 44 50 60 69 79 78 70 51 47 40
Average Low Temperature 16 18 21 26 32 37 43 42 37 31 34 20
Private Facilities
RedAwning supplies all of its guests with guest passes to the private facilities of the Tahoe Donner Home Owners Association. These guest passes allow you access to:
Trout Creek Recreation Center

True to the community’s traditions, the Trout Creek Recreation Center offers facilities and activities for all ages and interests. The Center features a full gym, steam rooms, and saunas, as well as a heated 25 yard lap pool, a recreation pool equipped with a slide, and hot tubs, all nestled neatly between the creek and Tahoe Donner’s picturesque aspens and pines.  To top it off, professional instructors are present to teach Yoga, Nordic Skiing, Spin, Zumba and many other classes. 

Tennis Center

With the calming sounds of Trout Creek as a sound track and the beautiful meadows of Bennet Flat as a backdrop, it's hard to find a more idyllic place to play a set. The Tennis Center (right) provides lessons for kids and/or adults as well as plenty of court space for those who simply want to play.

Beach Club Marina

Situated on the sandy eastern shores of Donner Lake, the Beach Club Marina is a great place to rent a boat, windsurf, swim, or simply relax on the beaches. If you hang around till dusk, the waning sun often drapes the lake and magnificent peaks of Shallenberger Ridge with vibrant shades of gold, orange and purple, that make onlookers feel as if they are figures in a living work of art. 


There are plenty of great eats in the town of Truckee, but Tahoe Donner has two quality restaurants that can save you that five minute drive. The Lodge offers a bistro-style menu, while Pizza on the Hill (right) has made a reputation of perfecting wallet-friendly crowd pleasers like pizza, tri-tip, and burritos.


Outdoor Sports

The prices below are based on discounted rates available with all RedAwning Tahoe Donner bookings. In order to recieve these discounted prices, renters should present their guest card before paying for any of these sporting activities.

Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding

The Tahoe Donner Downhill (very top right) is a great place to learn how to ski or snowboard. The family resort prides itself on being the "Best Place to Begin," offering mellow, uncrowded slopes and a friendly atmosphere at a great price. The Tahoe Donner Downhill employs dozens of competent and patient instructors who make learning a joy.

Cross Country Skiing

In the Winter Tahoe Donner features over 100 km of the Tahoe area's best cross country ski trails (lower right). Whether you're an avid cross country skier or a first timer, you're bound to enjoy skating on the dozens of trails Tahoe Donner has to offer.

Cross Country Ski

Day Ticket Rates 






(12 and under)

Super Senior


All Day (8:30am-5pm) $20 $17 FREE FREE
Half Day (1-5 pm) $16 $15 FREE FREE
Twilight (3-5 pm) $14 $13 FREE FREE

Night Skiing

(Wednesday 5-7 pm)

$14 $13 FREE




You can take kayaks, pedal boats, paddle boards, windsurfers and catamarans out for afternoon on Donner Lake and cruise underneath the beautiful Shallenberger Ridge and the dormant vestiges of the historic transcontinental railroad. Renting a boat is an active and fun way to soak up the area's abundant sunshine, fresh air, blue skies and breathtaking vistas. 

One-Person Kayak $15/hr
Two-Person Kayak $18/hr
Hobbie Wave $35/hr
Two-Person Pedal Boat $18/hr
Four-Person Pedal Boat  $21/hr
Stand up Paddleboard $18/hr
Windsurfer $18/hr
Hobbie Getaway* $80/hr













 *This Catamaran can accommodate several adults and is only available with a skipper by reservation.

Horseback Riding

Tahoe Donner's stable of horses and ponies (right) can give you unparalleled access to the dozens of scenic trails surrounding the Tahoe Donner community. You can stroll through towering aspens and pines, ford rippling streams, or meander across rolling meadows as the summer's flowers bloom around you. There are guided tours and lessons, making this a great experience to enjoy with the whole family.

Price: One hour rides are available Thursday through Monday and are $36. Two hour rides are available Monday, Thursday, and Friday and are $68. Fifteen minute Pony Rides are also available for children ages 2-6, Thursday-Monday, and cost $11. 



Opened in 1976, Tahoe Donner Golf Course is the oldest golf course in the Truckee area. Over its first 31 years the course earned itself a reputation as one of the premiere golf courses in the High Sierra, but, after a 2007 remodeling by architect Cary Bickler and renowned shaper Eddie Krikorian, it raised the bar even higher. Golf Digest Magazine nominated Tahoe Donner Golf Course for Best Remodeled Golf Course in America,  and the course has become known for the "Best Greens Tahoe."

Green Fees: Contact RedAwning.com to get these discounted rates.






18 Holes  $75  $65
Afternoon (12:30-2:50 pm) $65 $55
Twilight (3-4:20 pm) $55 $45

9 holes

(after 4:30pm)

$40 $35