Donner Ski Ranch sale falls through |

Donner Ski Ranch sale falls through

One of North Lake Tahoe’s oldest ski resorts is out of escrow and up for sale again.

Plans by a Las Vegas development company to purchase Donner Ski Ranch for $10 million went through the shredder last week when requirements for a new alpine village and resort community exceeded developer expectations.

“They are used to developing in Nevada and Arizona. The timing is quite different in California,” said Bob Hayes, planning consultant for the development company, Arizona Acreage LLC.

“With the California Environmental Quality Act they didn’t understand that it would take 18 months to two years to do something.”

Wetlands on Donner Summit and the area’s importance as a watershed for the Yuba River require careful mitigation. Hayes added that the short window for building and for conducting environmental assays further discouraged the potential developers.

Norm Sayler, owner and operator of Donner Ski Ranch, said the deal was mainly a real estate stipulation and that plans by the development company required substantial county involvement.

“We have quite a few other people that are interested,” he added.

The 460 acre parcel on top of Donner Summit includes six chair lifts, a small lake, meadow and 40,000 square foot lodge.

The asking price is $10 million.

“I’m certain that it will end up with people that want to keep the atmosphere of a small ski resort,” Sayler said.

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