Sugar Bowl Resort


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The Lodge at Sugar Bowl




All rooms have their own private bathroom, TV/DVD, coffee maker and complimentary wireless Internet.  Lodge rooms and condominiums available.  The Lodge offers indoor parking.


Extra person charges may apply


$79 and up 


Donner Lake Inn 


Charming Inn offering five guest rooms beautifully furnished with breakfast daily. 

Extra person charges may apply

$169 and up 

The Cedar House Sport Hotel  




Luxury accommodations with refrigerators, fresh ground coffee, flat screen LCD televisions, Cable TV, complimentary breakfast buffet for two, free wireless and high speed Internet.

Extra person charges may apply 



 $170 and up













The Dining Room at the Village Lodge

Nob Hill Cafe

Nob Hill BBQ on the Deck

Village Hall Bistro

Sierra Vista Bar & Grill

Sunset Grill 







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Sugar Bowl Resort

Sugar Bowl averages 500 inches of annual snowfall and is the closest major resort to Sacramento and San Francisco. It is easily accessible from I-80 and has tremendous variety of terrain suitable for all levels of skiing and riding. The resort features steep chutes, bowls, trees, gullies, wide groomers and an extensive terrain park. It is known as an uncrowded resort with reasonable lift ticket prices. It has a unique discount pass called the "Core Daily" pass that can be purchased for $21 and gives the holder a $15 discount on lift tickets every day of the season. It also gives you the ability to bypass the lift ticket windows and go straight to the lifts -- your credit card is charged each day you use the pass. This is a good option for visitors who will ride the chairs at least two days a season but not enough days to justify a season pass. However, the season passes at Sugar Bowl have some of the lowest prices of all the medium/large Tahoe resorts. Basic stats: 1650 skiable acres 1500 vertical feet 500” average annual snowfall Base elevation: 6883' Summit elevation: 8383' Useable lifts: 5 High-Speed Express Quads 3 Fixed Grip Quads 1 Fixed Grip Triple 1 “Magic Carpet” Trail Ratings: 17% beginner 45% intermediate 38% advanced History: Sugar Bowl was founded in 1939. A yodeling ski fanatic from Austria name Hans Schroll first laid eyes on Mt Lincoln on July 4, 1937. Schroll took one look at the still remaining 30 foot base of snow and immediately began plotting places for lifts and runs. He was later quoted as saying, "When I saw the bowl at the foot of Mount Lincoln, I decided that was the place." The perfect place to build his dream Austrian style resort. With all his money tied up in a then occupied Austria, Schroll sought out investors for his newly planned resort. Schroll had taught some of California's most wealthy and influential families how to ski. One of his most famous clients was Walt Disney. With little convincing from Schroll, Disney invested the now seemingly small sum of $2500 and in turn his name was stamped on the peak that would become home to the first chairlift in California.

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Pros: reasonable crowds, friendly, close to bay, variety, homey feel, unique

Cons: smaller than the other majors, the greens that link the lodges can bee a bit steep for new skiiers, pricey food

We had a gret time at Sugar Bowl.  My girlfriend is relatively new to downhill skiing and I'm relearning after a long while. 


We had a great experience at Sugar Bowl.  We parked on the gondola side to get in on some nostalgia and skiied all around the easy trails.  I think the gondola lot fills up a little slower. 


The greens that come down off of Judah and Christmas tree that link the two lodges have one spot where they meet that is pretty steep and I think a little to hard for a new skiier that doesn't have that confidence yet.  But there is a ton of runout and its over pretty quick.


Then we spent a while working on technique on the beginner area near Judah Lodge (white pine lift).  There are 3-4 super easy runs that are great for working on technique.  It seemed like they keep the clases on only one of them for most of the lessons, so we had open trail on them most of the time to work on confidence and drills and really get warmed up for other runs.


Food was pricey (too be expected, but good).  My pasta was too small, however the panini was HUGE so it is a little hit-or-miss.  Wait was near nil, even though it seemed crowded, but


Everyone seemed to predict that resorts were gonna be crowded as so many people got turned back last weekend, but everyone must gone to the bigger hills.  This was the least crowded I've ever seen a resort on the weekend (in my limited experience)


Pros: Convenient; 1st resort off the 80; gets plenty of snow

Cons: Not as large as the major Tahoe resort, can get crowded

Sugarbowl is a fun place to ski for the day.  Have never skied there 2 days in a row as there are so many great choices in North lake tahoe.  Good variety of terrain with something for everyone.  Can get crowded.  All the interesting terrain is off the Lincoln and Disney chairs.  Looks like the entire Mt Judah area is now a terrain park; have not been there since they did that.


Pros: Closest resort, General Admission, Cheaper

Cons: No nightlife, some aging facilities, small park.

General Admission is great for people learning the sport, or those who want a good deal on tickets, rentals, and lessons!


Pros: easy drive from SF, pretty well groomed, easy parking

I haven't skiied Sugar Bowl a ton but last winter, my family was up in Tahoe for the weekend.  We drove to Alpine Meadows but it was starting to snow really wet, rainy snow which didn't look very appealing (especially when we would have to sit in wet clothes for the drive home to the Bay Area).  Instead, we headed south toward Sugar Bowl.  We decided if it looked okay, we'd hit it for a few hours before heading home.

Needless to say, it looked pretty good beyond low visibility.  The snow wasn't bad, quite well groomed and there was tons of parking.  On the slopes, the lift lines moved quickly and efficiently.  There's a decent amount of variety in terms of advanced terrain and beginner terrain.  The atmosphere is very mellow. 

I'd definitely ski there again.


Pros: Some real steeps - doesnt get too skied out

Cons: Short runs

Sugar bowl is great. Shorter drive from the bay and doesnt typically have the bro-bra skiers packing the mountain out by lunch. The few chairs do make for longer lines which is a bummer when the verticle isnt more than a >5 min drop.

However, the hill definately has steeps which remain unskied nearly all day. Hit it on a pow day and its all yours all day long.


Pros: No crowds, nice terrain

Cons: Part of mtn shut down

Skied here the last week of April. No crowds and snow cone bumps. If you haven't been here go. Disney (yes walt was one of the early investors) Express has moderate steeps. If you want crazier steeps and chutes go on the Lincoln Express


Pros: Cheaper than big name resorts

Cons: A little on the small side

I've been skiing at SugarBowl since I was a kid, just learning to ski. I love this place. It's a great mountain with some good variety. When the snow is good, you can get in some great challenging runs in the bowls or hike out even further. With the Judah expansion, the crowds aren't too bad and the price really beats the other big resorts in Tahoe.