Sugar Bowl Ski Resort Review

Sugar Bowl Ski Resort is a California ski area located in northern Placer County. It is just 46 miles west of Reno, Nevada on I-80. Other close cities are Soda Springs and Truckee, both in California. It is also one of the closest ski areas to the San Francisco Bay Area.

In the Lake Tahoe area, Sugar Bowl is one of few privately owned ski resorts. It was the first resort in California to have a chair lift and the first in the U.S. to have a gondola. The slopes are on three connected peaks, Mt. Judah, Mt. Lincoln and Mt. Disney. The last peak must have been named after the resort founder because it was Walt Disney.

Sugar Bowl has 94 runs, the longest being three miles, of which 18% are beginner, 42% intermediate, 22% advanced and 18% expert. Getting to the top is done on 13 lifts, 5 high speed quads, 3 quads, 2 double chairs, 1 gondola and 2 surface lifts. Also on the mountain are three terrain parks and a scorpion cut halfpipe. The resort is spread over 1,500 acres and the vertical drop is 1500 feet.

If the runs are not enough visit the Backcountry Adventure Center for a professionally guided tour by Alpine Skills International. The center has a full schedule of programs and seminars including avalanche courses, powder adventures, snowshoe hikes and much, much more.

Sugar Bowl Ski Resort.
Snowboarding at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort.
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All your rental and repair needs can be taken care of at Sugar Bowl. They have your lessons covered also with programs for kids and adults. Private lessons are available and be sure to check into the free lessons.

From the parking lot you ride the gondola across a valley and to the lifts. Once there you realize you are not at a normal ski resort, at least not the modern day ones you may be used to. All you will find in the small village is the Inn at Sugar Bowl, also serving as the base lodge, a child care center and a ski shop. That's it.

There is a little more to the place, just not at first glance. Dining at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort is well taken care of at The Dining Room at the Village Lodge, Nob Hill Cafe, Nob Hill BBQ on the Deck, Sierra Vista Bar and Grill and the Sunset Grill.

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Skiing with the Easter at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort.
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The lodging at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort consists of 27 rooms slopeside. Truckee is just ten minutes away. Among the many options there are the Richardson House Bed and Breakfast Inn and the Best Western Truckee Inn. At North Lake Tahoe you can choose from Tahoe Sands Resort, Ferrari's Crown Resort, Firelite Lodge, Sunnyside and Granlibakken. In the Sierra Foothills try the Auburn Holiday Inn, Shinneyboo Creek Resort, Marriott Towne Place Suites or the Hampton Inn and Suites Roseville.

Other ski resorts in the area are Donner Ski Ranch, Alpine Meadows, Soda Springs, Squaw Valley, Boreal and Tahoe Donner. Sugar Bowl is, however, one of the first resorts on the roads from Oakland, Sacramento and San Francisco and can draw crowds on the weekends.

With a Ski Tahoe North Interchangeable ticket you have your choice of resorts to use it at. These include Diamond Peak, Homewood, Northstar, Mt. Rose, Sugar Bowl and Squaw Valley. Homewood and Diamond Peak sweeten this deal by honoring the tickets two for one.

The phone number for Sugar Bowl Ski Resort is 530-426-9000. The address is 629 Sugar Bowl Road, Norden, California 95724.

Sugar Bowl Ski Resort Map & Directions (click on "Marker" for your personalized directions)

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Perfect winter sunset walk at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort.
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