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Sugar Bowl Resort Reviews


Expectations Met


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). ...
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Convenient and fun to ski


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.

Good for noobs and families


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!

Not a bad mountain and very accessible to the SF Bay Area


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...
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Awesome small hill with nooks all over


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.

Great spring skiing


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

Sugar Bowl Rocks!


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.