Sugar Bowl ski resort
Perched atop Donner Summit in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, Sugar Bowl Resort is renowned for its impressive annual snowfall, long history and significant amount of intermediate and advanced terrain. Sugar Bowl is one of the closest major ski resorts to Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area, making it popular among locals and those flying into SFO. Sugar Bowl’s terrain spans across 1,500 acres over four peaks, which is serviced by 13 lifts. Sugar Bowl is blessed with about 500 inches of snow annually, making it a hotspot for powderhounds. As one of the country's oldest ski areas, Sugar Bowl has kept a classic, laidback ski atmosphere, but it’s not without modern amenities. Guests can access the resort via a quick ride on the historic gondola to the snowbound Village or slopeside parking at the contemporary Mt. Judah Day Lodge.
Boasting the first chairlift in the Sierras (1939), Sugar Bowl was popular with Hollywood movie stars and other notable guests. These days, Sugar Bowl enjoys plenty of updated facilities and an under-the-radar reputation, which means fewer lift lines. Sugar Bowl is renowned for its reasonably priced lift ticket. Many skiers make day trips from Truckee or Lake Tahoe, but staying at the Lodge at Sugar Bowl (the resort’s sole lodging option) offers convenient, ski in, ski out access and a laundry list of world-class amenities.