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Quick Facts
Advanced Terrain: 38%
Average Annual Snowfall: 500 Inches
Base Elevation: 6,883 Feet (2145.6 Meters)
Beginner Terrain: 17%
Intermediate Terrain: 45%
Number of Lifts: 13
High-speed Quads: 3
Fixed Quad Chairs: 4
Double Chairs: 3
Gondolas: 1
Snowmaking Acres: 300 Acres 20%
Summit Elevation: 8,383 Feet (2613.2 Meters)
Vertical Rise: 1,500 Feet (467.6 Meters)
Surface Lifts: 2
Terrain Park: Yes 2 terrain parks, off the Mt. Judah Quad

General Information

Skiing the powder at Sugar Bowl
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Skiing the powder at Sugar Bowl
Description - Home to the first chairlift in California and the first gondola in the country, Sugar Bowl is the grand dame of Tahoe resorts. Enjoy wonderful indoor/outdoor dining, awesome views of the jutting mountain peaks and fun barbecues on the deck.

Attractions - Known for its rich history and deep powder, you'll find 1,500 acres of challenging terrain, four picturesque mountain peaks serviced by thirteen lifts, including, three high speed detachable quads, and three day lodges with spectacular sun decks.

Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Disney, Crows Peak, and Mt. Judah offer skiers and snowboarders every type of terrain for all abilities. Facilities include three cafeterias, one formal restaurant, three bars/lounges, a sundeck at the top of Disney, Mountain Sports Learning Center, licensed child care, rental & retail shops at both the Village & the Main Lodge, outdoor tuning & demo centers, lockers & basket check, video/photography services, & historic hotel lodging with great mountain views.

Recreation - Sugar Bowl offers 1,500 acres of excellent terrain for skiing and snowboarding.

Climate - Changeable weather conditions are common in the Lake Tahoe Basin throughout the year. Winter storms may occur from September through June, with heavy snow accumulations likely. Sugar Bowl expects an average of 500 inches of snow annually. Sunny, summer skies may cloud over quickly with thundershowers, catching some people by surprise. Weather may also vary or change rapidly from lake-level (6,225 ft) to mountain peaks (10,880 ft). . Sugar Bowl receives an average of 500 inches of snow annually! Sunny, summer skies may cloud over quickly with thundershowers, catching some people by surprise. Weather may also vary or change rapidly from lake-level (6,225 ft) to mountain peaks (10,880 ft).

Location - Sugar Bowl is located three miles east of Interstate 80, off the Soda Springs/Norden exit on top of historic Donner Summit. The closest major resort to Sacramento and the Bay Area, Sugar Bowl is 10 miles west of Truckee, 44 miles west of Reno, 90 miles east of Sacramento, and 180 miles east of San Francisco.

Directions from Sacramento: Take interstate 80 east, and 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 the 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 slopeside parking near the new Main Lodge.

Directions from Reno: Take Interstate 80 west to Truckee. For the fastest route from Truckee, take the last Tuckee 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.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Ski Season: November through April. (NOTE: Subject to weather and business levels..)

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ICON Downhill Skiing 1,500 acres of ski and snowboard terrain.
ICON Snowboarding 1,500 acres of ski and snowboard terrain.

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Contact Information:
Sugar Bowl, P.O. Box 5 (Mailing), 629 Sugar Bowl Road (Physical) , Norden, CA, 95724, Phone: 530-426-9000, Fax: 530-426-3723

Additional Information:
California Ski Resorts - The State of California is home to spectacular mountains and world famous skiing and snowboarding.
Lake Tahoe Region Ski Resorts - Located in the Sierra Nevada mountains, Lake Tahoe's beautiful, sapphire-blue waters straddle the California-Nevada state line. The Lake Tahoe region offers more places to ski and snowboard than any other destination in North America.

Sugar Bowl - Official Sugar Bowl website


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