Donner Ski Ranch sale remains open |

Donner Ski Ranch sale remains open

Susan Wood

Since a once-interested developer pulled out of the deal to buy Donner Ski Ranch, the resort remains up for sale for $10 million.

The current owner of one of the Sierra Nevada’s oldest ski resorts has been fielding several offers. Some are from individuals and others are from companies interested in taking over the 70-year-old North Shore ski resort, President Norm Sayler reported Wednesday.

Soda Springs Ski Area is the oldest resort.

Sayler blames Nevada County’s cool reception to growth as the contributing factor that led to the downfall of the deal with Arizona Acreage LLC. The developer ran its plans by the county before closing escrow. Sayler thinks the Las Vegas company’s plans were perhaps too ambitious for the county.

Sayler, who wants to focus his efforts and time on his excavation business, isn’t concerned about finding another buyer.

“There’s a lot of interest. I’m constantly talking to people,” he said.

Sayler has owned and managed the 460-acre resort for 43 years. He placed the ski area up for sale last fall because he could no longer afford to finance it by working his excavation business part-time.

Development in the Tahoe area has been booming, with the median home price in the North Tahoe area soaring nearly 50 percent in the last few years.

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