Donner Ski Ranch is the place to be for a relaxing snowboarding experience. I always burn myself out at big resorts, trying to get my money's worth by riding all day- At Donner, the snow is so good, the off-groomers are awesome, and theres never a crowd- its never tracked out, especially on the backside and "out of bounds" - oops- should i say that? plus i feel like i can take a break and hang out on the deck by the bar without missing too many turns- the lodge is right at the bottom of the main chair, and the parking lot is right there.... no hiking to a ticket shack, then to a rental shop or wax counter, then to the lift. You get a great view of the mountain while having lunch or enjoying a beer in the sunshine on the wrap around deck... I definitely would reccomend this place for anyone looking for a chill relaxed place to hang out at on the weekends and get some great turns in.