Perched atop Tahoe’s Donner Summit, Sugar Bowl Resort, established in 1939, is one of the country’s oldest ski areas and is the closest major resort to Sacramento and the Bay Area.
Stay and ski packages begin at $150 and include lodging, a lift ticket, access to onsite skiing and sledding hills, heated outdoor pool, hot tub and sauna, plus Granlibakken‘s famous hot breakfast buffet.
Sugar Bowl offers terrain to accommodate beginners and challenge experts, spreading across four peaks with 103 trails serviced by 13 lifts and 1,650 acres with 1,500 vertical feet. Seventeen percent of the resort’s trails are reserved for beginners, 45% intermediate and 38% advanced. Check out the terrain on their webcams.
Sugar Bowl is a favorite because it maintains a classic ski atmosphere while providing modern amenities, with more than $20 million in upgrades made in 2013. The upgrades include a new chairlift that opens an entire new peak to lift-served skiing and riding, a new fitness and aquatic center and a ski-in/ski-out campus for Sugar Bowl Academy.
More than three miles long, Crowley’s off of Mt. Lincoln is Sugar Bowl’s longest run, while the steepest would be The Palisades. Skiers and boarders say Sugar Bowl’s best kept secret is Strawberry Fields. Find out where you’re going before you hit the slopes with their trail map.
Sugar Bowl’s terrain park is off Mt. Judah Express and divided into three parks — Golden Gate, Coldstream and Caboose — all featuring jump lines, boxes, rails, spines, and mini boarder-x to name a few.
If you’re a first-time skier or boarder, or looking to brush up on your skills, Sugar Bowl offers lessons for children and adults, plus clinics and rentals. For children, The Den is a terrain-based learning school that simplifies and animates the process of getting kids on the slopes with a staff of accomplished instructors.
Meanwhile adults can take advantage of the Mountain Sports Learning Center which offers Progression Sessions that take you from first-time skier to intermediate skill level.
Whether you’re looking for some nourishment to jump start your day, or looking to wind down after skiing the Sierra Vista Bar & Grill at the Mt. Judah Lodge offers breakfast and lunch.
There’s also the Mid Mountain Lodge between Christmas Tree and Mt. Lincoln chairlifts that offers cafeteria and grill options such as pizzas, burgers and sandwiches as well as an upstairs loft bar for libations. There’s an outside barbecue area on weekends with a mountain-side deck that provides for stunning views of Disney’s East Face.
Meanwhile, The Village Lodge offers The Dining Room with French-inspired California cuisine in a classic high-alpine Lodge. Fine dining selections feature Scottish seared salmon, elk tenderloin and vegetarian penne pasta, complete with an extensive wine.
How will you enjoy Sugar Bowl?