Sugar Bowl Snowboard Resort Description:
Sugar Bowl covers 1500 acres near the top of Donner pass, 42 miles from Reno, 93 miles from Sacramento, and 179 miles from San Francisco. Although Sugar Bowl is not as big as some other resorts in the area, it feels like a big mountain. It certainly has the terrain of one, with everything ranging from a vast terrain park, to long cruising groomed runs, to The Palisades, a group of extreme chutes.
With the first chairlift in California (the Disney Chair, named after Walt Disney who paid for it), Sugar Bowl is also steeped in ski history. Because of it's location and a marketing plan devised specifically to enhance the on-hill experience, Sugar Bowl also tends to have a small number of skiers and boarders on the hill at any given time, making for short line ups and lots of fresh tracks on powder days.
Sugar Bowl Snowboard Resort Location/Directions:
Sugar Bowl is located at the top of Donner Pass, just a few miles from Donner Lake, 42 Miles from Reno, and 93 miles from Sacramento, in eastern California. The closest airport is the RenoTahoe Airport
Generally speaking, the only way to get to Sugar Bowl is to drive. However, on weekends NACSKI runs an affordable bus from San Francisco to Sugar Bowl, which can also be bundled with a discounted lift ticket.
- Driving Directions to Sugar Bowl
- California Department of Transportation Road Reports
- California Department of Transportation Road Webcams
- For road report updates call 530-426-1111
Sugar Bowl Snowboard Resort Statistics:
- Trails: 102
- Beginner Terrain: 17%
- Intermediate Terrain: 45%
- Expert Terrain: 38%
- Longest Run: 3+ miles (4.8+ kilometres)
- Lifts: 13
- Uphill Capacity: 21,740 people per hour
- Acres: 1500
- Mountains: 4
- Snowmaking Coverage: 375 acres
- Summit Elevation: 8,383 feet (2,555 meters)
- Base Elevation: 6,883 feet (2,098 meters)
- Vertical Drop: 1500 feet (457 meters)
- Superpipe: No
- Terrain Parks: 1
- Average Snowfall: 500 inches (1270 centimeters)
- Night Skiing: No
Sugar Bowl Snowboard Resort Reservations:
Sugar Bowl sets itself apart from other ski areas with a pretty fantastic deal for visitors: free rentals and ski lessons with the purchase of an all-mountain lift ticket (some date restrictions apply).
Sugar Bowl also works with online lift ticket vendor Liftopia, who often stocks .deeply discounted lift tickets that may be purchased online.
Sugar Bowl Snowboard Resort Accommodations:
Sugar Bowl boasts America's "only snowbound village". The mountain village is located at the top of the gondola, which shuttles visitors from the parking lot to the base area. The main ski-in ski-out accommodation for visitors is simply referred to as "The Lodge".
Visitors needn't stay on the hill to visit Sugar Bowl. There are plenty of accommodations also available in the Donner Summit area, Truckee, and Incline Village as well. If you're looking for luxury, the Hyatt High Sierra Lodge is widely considered to be the finest hotel in the area.
Sugar Bowl Snowboard Resort Alternative Activities:
Sugar Bowl is a bit isolated, so alternative activities on the mountain are limited to occasional live music events.
Just a few miles away are some excellent snowshoeing trails in Donner Memorial State Park, and, a bit further afield, Truckee and Tahoe City have excellent shopping and culinary scenes.