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Sugar Bowl

Sugar BowlNorden, California

  • Published Monday, November 19, 2012
  • Updated on Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Sugar Bowl opened in 1939 as one of the first ski resorts in the western United States. It is still one of Tahoe's only remaining California-owned, independently operated resorts.


Weather you're just getting started or looking for the next challenge, Sugar Bowl Resort has the terrain, equipment and expertise to make this season one to remember. Unlimited adventure meets value and convenience.  Lessons and ski equipment rentals are available. Purchase an all-mountain lift ticket, ages 13-69, on a General Admission day and get standard rentals for the day and a 2-hour group lesson at any level – at no additional cost. Whether you're a first-timer or a seasoned pro, a lesson with one of our professional instructors at the Mountain Sports Learning Center will improve your skiing and riding. Call for more information.

Season Dates:

Mid Nov. - Mid April

FACTS:

Trails & Terrain:
Size: 1500 acres
Number of trails: 95
Longest Run: 3 miles
Terrain Difficulty: 17% beginner, 45% intermediate, 38% advanced
Lifts: 1 gondola, 5 express quads, 3 quads, 2 doubles 2 surface lifts
Terrain Parks: 3
Half pipes: 0
Snowmaking: 25%

Snowfall & Temperatures
500 inches annually

Elevation (in feet):
Summit: 8,383
Base: 6,883

HOW TO GET THERE:

Planes: Sugar Bowl Resort, atop Tahoe's majestic Donner Summit, offers some of the region's best skiing and riding on 1,500 acres, 1,500 vertical feet and 500 inches on annual snowfall. The closest major resort on the western front of the Sierra's, Sugar Bowl is just three hours from San Francisco and 45 minutes from Reno.

Sugar Bowl is easily accessed by 3 international airports:
Reno Tahoe International Airport: An easy 45 miles away via all-weather interstate 80, is served by major carriers with non-stop flights from most US destinations.
Sacramento International Airport: A short 1.5 hour drive.
San Fransciso International Airport: An easy 3.5 hour drive on highway 80.

Automobiles: From Reno
Take Interstate 80 west to Truckee. For the fastest route from Truckee, take the last Truckee exit at Donner Pass Road. Turn left on Donner Pass Road. Follow the road past Donner Lake about three miles up over the summit. Turn left at the Main entrance sign to Sugar Bowl.

Donner Pass Road (Highway 40) is frequently maintained and open as conditions permit. Call 530-426-1111 for road updates.

If you prefer to stay on Interstate 80, take it over Donner Summit to the Norden/Soda Springs exit. Turn left on Highway 40, and continue about 3 miles to Sugar Bowl's Village Gondola parking lot. The covered parking lot is on your right. Or continue on Highway 40 another 1/2 mile to the Main Lot and convenient slopeside parking near the new Main Lodge.

From Sacramento
Take interstate 80 east, towards Donner Summit. Then exit at the Norden/Soda Springs off ramp, Exit 174. Turn right on Highway 40 eastbound, and continue 3 miles to Sugar Bowl's Village Gondola parking lot. The covered parking lot is on your right.

Or for faster access to the slopes and terrain park, continue on Highway 40 another 1/2 mile. Turn right
at the Main entrance and park in the Main Lot for convenient slope-side parking near the new Main Lodge.

From San Francisco
Take the Bay Bridge to Interstate 80, head east toward Sacramento/Reno. Just before you reach Donner Summit look for the "Sugar Bowl Next Exit" sign then exit at the Norden/Soda Springs off ramp. Turn right on Highway 40 eastbound, and continue 3 miles to Sugar Bowl's Village Gondola parking lot. The covered parking lot is on your right.

Or for faster access to the slopes and terrain park, continue on Highway 40 another 1/2 mile to the Main Lot and convenient slopeside parking beside the new Main Lodge.


SNOWBus: Ski shuttles are available, call today to book your reservation (530) 426-9000


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