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Beginner at Sugar Bowl, which side to start on?

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 

I haven't skied in a few years and planning to go to Sugar Bowl this weekend.

 

Definitely going to be a bit rusty, so I think the green trails linking the two lodges may be a bit much.

 

If anyone has a suggestion on which side would be better to start on for a beginner, either Village or Judah, it would be appreciated.

post #2 of 5
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Originally Posted by hotarri View Post
 

I haven't skied in a few years and planning to go to Sugar Bowl this weekend.

 

Definitely going to be a bit rusty, so I think the green trails linking the two lodges may be a bit much.

 

If anyone has a suggestion on which side would be better to start on for a beginner, either Village or Judah, it would be appreciated.


Welcome to EpicSki!  Let's see if @TallSkinnyGuy will stop by.  He's the EpicSki Ambassador for Sugar Bowl.  How long has it been since you were sliding on skis?  Where did you ski the last time?

 

Might also see if @dchan can comment.

 

I added a tag for Sugar Bowl under Topics Discussed (right hand column).  It's a link to the Resort Page where a list of related thread can be found by scrolling to the bottom.

post #3 of 5

I think there is a really good progression of slopes on the Judah side. I recommend starting on the White Pine lift. It is a great beginner lift because it is protected from the rest of the mountain -- i.e. you don't get a bunch of advanced skiers going fast through the beginner zone. Once you are comfortable on the easy green trails under White Pine you should move over to the Jerome lift. Start with the Pioneer Trail run which takes you down the ridge off of Jerome. Once you are comfortable with that you can take Trailblazer. The Trailblazer run down from Jerome is nice and wide and is a great angle for that next step after the green beginner runs. Once you are comfortable with Trailblazer you can take Lincoln lift to the very top of the mountain and enjoy beautiful views and nice groomed intermediate trails all the way down.

 

When exiting Lincoln go right and then make your way over to the groomed cat track called Crowley's Traverse. You take that traverse track back under the Lincoln lift and over to the Lake View run. From there you can take any groomed run down to the bottom of Lincoln. Enjoy.

post #4 of 5

I second the Judah side. We were just there with a rank beginner and you have to be careful - many of the greens connecting the two sides have pitches that other resorts would mark blue.

 

Once she got to the Judah side she had a great day.

post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 

Thanks so much for the warm welcome and great info!

 

I haven't skied in about 8 years. Back then we mostly went to Kirkwood, Heavenly and Boreal. I was comfortable with all the green trails, but didn't try many blues, and I felt in over my head when I did. So was probably around level 4 at best.

 

Over the past month I've been going up to Boreal and Tahoe Donner to try snowboarding, but starting with my butt on the ground and unable to move my feet was not appealing so hopping back on skis this weekend.

 

We'll definitely start on the Judah side and follow TallSkinnyGuys suggested progression.

 

Thanks again!

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