Peaceful Pines at Tahoe Donner

Food and Activity Recommendations
Things to do inside the Tahoe Donner resort . . .
Tahoe Donner is a private resort. To get access to resort amenities, you need to either live here or be renting a home here. When renting at Peaceful Pines, you will receive a guest amenity pass that will grant you access to all Tahoe Donner amenities. There is still a daily fee for using the facility. Currently the fees are $6 to $8 per person per day. Golf, equestrian activities, and rental equipment are extra of course.
Check the links for operating dates and times. They change with the weather. Many activities closed in the winter.
 
A stunning 18-hole championship golf course, with lessons, driving range, pro shop, and rentals is located in the middle of the resort.

There are three swimming pools to chose from: Lap Pool, heated, open year around, Recreation Pool & Northwoods Pool, heated open during the summer. There are 3 spas, a steam room and a sauna within the Trout Creek complex.

Located at the Trout Creek Recreation Center offers a complete gym with a Cardio Room that has dozens of machines facing outside through floor to ceiling windows. The Weight Room has both free weights and cable machines. Between the two rooms, this gym is extremely well equipped and seemingly never too busy. The Rec Center also offers a number of fitness classes as well as a staff of certified massage therapists.

Beach club and marina at Donner Lake. Tahoe Donner has a beach club and marina located at the east end of Donner Lake, next to the Donner Lake State Park and Memorial. This is a great place to bring your small (0 to ~12) children to play in the water for the day. They also offer windsurfing or sailing lessons. They rent: kayaks, pedal boats, windsurfers, and paddle boards. There are clean restrooms. Large grassy areas for stretching out. The Marina Grill offers up a traditional grill lunch menu with beer and wine. They have picnic tables and BBQ's. In the water is a roped off play area (small kids) and a platform for the larger kids to jump off.

If you like hiking, you need to look at the Tahoe Donner Trail System. There are over 30 miles of multi use trails through out the resort. They range from a casual 1-hour walk to an aggressive all day adventure. The trail system is very well marked, but bring a map.

Bike riding around Donner Lake is now easy with rental at the Beach Club & Marina.

Down hill skiing. Great place for beginners, children, or for a fast afternoon stretch.

Cross country skiing. This place is massive and offers every terrain you could want. Rentals and lessons available.

Anybody with kids that has played in the snow on the side of the road will tell you that an open field with those spinning saucers of death are not a relaxing afternoon. Especially when the activity ends up in the doctors office. That can all be avoided at the Tahoe Donner snow play area. It doubles as the driving range in the summer, and is a fabulous place to take small children. There is plenty of parking close by so no need to get in a bad mood walking to the activity. You rent an inter tube there.

Even more things to do inside the resort:
• Equestrian center
• Tennis
• Massage
• Rent a bike
• Don't want to stay in the house, considering a night outdoors, try the campground

Things to do outside Tahoe Donner . . .
Beach
  • Everyone likes Lake Tahoe. It has it's place in my recreation pallet. However, not every day is a Tahoe day. Tahoe can be cold, choppy, and crowded (depending on your destination), and some days I just don't feel like making the drive (albeit only 30 minutes). Just minutes away is Donner Lake. I talked about the Beach Club and Marina above, but want to introduce you to the West End Beach. They have lots of parking, a snack shack, bathrooms, and your usual pile of lake-type things to rent. There is room to spread out and enjoy the afternoon. Admission is $4 per person.
  • Donner Memorial State Park offers camping, hiking, boating, fishing, and swimming. In the winter, this is an excellent place for snow shoeing.
Golf Near By (there are many more courses, but these are some of our favorites)
Fly Fishing
Want to fly fish some of the areas best hidden fishing spots? If you want to do it on your own, we like the Truckee River, Little Truckee River, Boca and Stampede reservoirs. Stop in at the Mountain Hardware and Sports for all the latest fishing information and supplies.

Shooting Area
The Boca Shooting Area is is located near the reservoir, You can get an access key from the ranger at the Truckee Ranger Station.

Hiking
There is so many hiking trails in the area. Too many to list. If you don't want hike inside Tahoe Donner, a fun place (but expensive) to hike is at Northstar. Take the tram to the top. The view is breathtaking. Take water and sun screen.

Skiing Near By (there are many more ski areas, but these are some of our favorites)
  • Sugar Bowl is our favorite ski area and is actually easy to get to if it's not snowing. Take Donner Pass Road up around the back side of Donner Lake. The drive is about 20 minutes from Tahoe Donner. If it's snowing, take Hwy 80. We really like this place. It's large enough to give everyone a challenging day yet small enough to feel intimate. Both downhillers and snowboarders share the slopes. There is a well maintained feature park. There are two lodges. Lots of parking. Like ALL Tahoe ski resorts, you really need to be in the parking lot (of any ski resort) by 10;30. Any later and you will have a long walk to the base.
  • Northstar at Tahoe is a really large resort. It's lots of fun with a big selection of runs. On nice days, expect to wait in line for the chair, food, bathroom, and rentals. Don't ignore this place just because it's busy, just be mentally prepared to wait in line. It is worth it (most of the time).
  • Squaw Valley USA was home to the 1960 winter Olympics. This place is legendary. It is massive with endless runs. It does get extremely crowded. Even with all the quad chairs you can wait in line 20 minutes or more. If you want serious terrain and lots of different runs, you can ski here all day and never go down the same run twice.
  • Boreal is at Donner summit. There is always snow on this hill. It's a very easy place to ski. Offers night skiing.
Biking
  • Downhill biking is a thrill with a fair amount of danger. Northstar has an extensive trail system. Take the chairlift up and ride down. Repeat.
River Rafting
River rafting at Tahoe City is a slow gentle float down the Truckee river. This is something the entire family can do. It take 2-4 hours. You can bring your lunch and stop mid way and enjoy a bite on the shore. There are no real rapids and you do not get wet. We like the folks at Mountain Air Sports. Easy access to the river, a fair amount of parking. The bus that brings you back from the take-out is clean and comes often.

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