Sugar Bowl Resort

Perched atop Tahoe’s Donner Summit, Sugar Bowl Resort is the closest major resort to Sacramento and the Bay Area. Sugar Bowl offers terrain to accommodate beginners and challenge experts, spreading across four peaks serviced by 13 lifts and 1500 acres with 500 inches of annual snowfall. As one of the country's oldest ski areas, Sugar Bowl has kept it's classic ski atmosphere while providing modern amenities. Guests can access the resort through two portals--a quick ride on the historic gondola to the snow bound Village or slope side parking at the modern Mt. Judah Day Lodge.

Location

Sugar Bowl is a ski and snowboard area in northern Placer County near Norden, California along the Donner Pass of the Sierra Nevada, approximately 46 mi west of Reno, Nevada on Interstate 80, that opened on December 15, 1939.

Seasons

  • Winter: Late-November – Late-April
  • Daily Lift Operations: 9am-4pm, subject to change due to weather and conditions

Elevations

  • Base Elevation: 6,883’
  • Peak Elevation: 8,383’
  • Vertical rise: 1,500'

Snow

  • Average Annual Snowfall: 500 inches
  • Snowmaking: 375 acres of snow making

Trail Classification (total mountain acreage)

  • 17% Beginner
  • 45% Intermediate
  • 38% Advanced
  • 12% Expert

Skiable Acres: 1,650 acres

  • Trails: 103
  • Terrain Parks: 3

Lift System

  • Total Number of Lifts: 13
  • Trams: 1
  • Express Quad: 5
  • Normal Speed Quad: 3
  • Triple Chairs: 1
  • Double Chairs: 2
  • Surface Lifts: 1

Climate

Sugar Bowl Resort sees more than 300 days of cloudless, sunny skies per year.Average daytime highs and night time lows in Fahrenheit.
  • Nov: 47 high, 24 low
  • Dec: 40 high, 20 low
  • Jan: 36 high, 16 low
  • Feb: 39 high, 18 low
  • Mar: 44 high, 21 low
  • Apr: 50 high, 26 low
  • May: 60 high, 32 low