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Does Sugar Bowl get as windy as Squaw?

post #1 of 6
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I'm heading up to Tahoe this weekend and it looks like it might be very windy. I was planning to hit up Sugar Bowl for the first time to meet some friends on Sunday. Does Sugar Bowl get as windy up top as Squaw tends to get?

TIA.
post #2 of 6

Wind

Unpossible. The answer is a big NO. Been to Squaw twice when they closed the top due to winds and wouldn't give me a refund on ticket. Sugar Bowl is ok in the wind.
post #3 of 6
Usually no...But, I was up there this last Wednesday w/my kids and it was blowing like it was going out of style, especially in the afternoon.
post #4 of 6
Unfortunately have not been to Sugar Bowl but Squaw can get very windy (as everyone else has commented) but one place I'd recommend if it is windy, and which isn't far from Squaw, is Homewood, right of the road on the west side of the lake. Nowhere near as technically demanding as Squaw but very well sheltered from wind, incredible views of Lake Tahoe, and some very nice tree skiing (well priced too, check out their webpage for when the specials are). Hope you have an enjoyable trip out, that region is one of my favorites.
post #5 of 6

Tahoe In Wind

As a general rule, In high winds Squaw Valley is the first to close. They
will close the entire top in a flash.

Alpine Meadows is next, not far behind. They will close everything except
Roundhouse, a lower HSQ that doesn't go far from the bottom.

Heavenly also closes upper lifts often.

Sugar Bowl for some reason doesn't catch the wind that bad and usually
can keep 1 or both upper lifts open.

Homewood is much lower and more sheltered in bad weather and almost
never closes due to wind.

YMMV In any given storm it's wind direction that affects operation. All bets in that case are off. The above is just the usual situation.
post #6 of 6
curious to know how your trip to sugar bowl was on sunday
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