Sugar Bowl Resort

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Jack Lee
SnowPak Local Insider
Jack Lee
Overall
4.2

One of the closest ski resorts to the San Francisco Bay Area, Sugar Bowl is also one of the best ski resorts in Lake Tahoe. Sitting at the top of Donner Peak sees the resort receive some of the highest snowfall in the region and since its rather isolated, there are fewer crowds and shorter lift lines. It offers a good mix of terrain including easy to access back and side country. Ski-in/ski-out accommodation is available but nearby Truckee or Tahoe City have plenty of options too. 

17/18 Historical Snowfall

Sugar Bowl Resort vs
Sugar Bowl ResortHeavenly Mountain Resort
beginner17 %20 %
intermediate45 %45 %
advanced26 %30 %
expert12 %5 %
total runs103 97
ski area1,650ac 4,800ac
summit elevation8,383ft 10,067ft
total lifts13 28
child lift ticketFree $80
adult lift ticket$115 $146
uncrowded
snow
back country
value for money
average total snowfall287″ 247″

Sugar Bowl Resort Reviews

Fabulous 4.3 / 5
based on 7 reviews

How well the resort caters for beginner skiers / boarders

Beginners

How well the resort caters for intermediate skiers / boarders?

Intermediates

How well the resort caters for advanced skiers / boarders

Advanced

How accessible and convenient it is to get to this resort from a major destination

Accessibility

Quality of the off-piste terrain

Side/Backcountry

Overall value for money of the resort

Value for money

Quality of lifts, lift speed and lift layout in the resort

Lifts

Quantity and quality of the snow

Snow

How uncrowded is the resort

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Après ski and dining options

Town

Services and facilities e.g. child care, tubing, health care, equipment hire

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How family friendly is this resort?

Family Friendliness
Very Good!3.9 / 5May 09, 2018
Ben C. Ben C.
advanced snowboarder
One of the best places to ride in northern california. great snow great parks great groomers. Food is awesome, overpriced like all resorts but good. Lots of places to chill and hangout.... More
Superb!4.7 / 5Apr 25, 2018
Flyingazrolls F. Flyingazrolls F.
expert skier
Best resort for your value...and no lines. The staff is amazing and it has well maintained terrain for all levels. Very family oriented, but still have all the terrain off piste to excite those expert skiers!!!... More
Average!3.4 / 5Apr 24, 2018
Charles W. Charles W.
advanced skier
Sugar Bowl is a hidden Tahoe gem. Truly a skiers mountain, this old school resort is a throwback to the simpler days of skiing. If you're looking for $20 espresso martinis by the fire in the lodge this isnt the mountain for you. But if you want more snow and less crowds then Sugar Bowl is your spot!... More
Very Good!4 / 5Dec 05, 2017
KGKyle G.
advanced skier
When ever I visit my hometown of Sacramento, I like to go to Sugar Bowl for the access and the availability of good consistent skiing conditions. Mt Lincoln is a good warm up for Mt Disney and I absolutely cant get enough of this mountain when I am there. Despite the crowds of families near the main lodge, you wont have to worry about massive... More
Fabulous!4.3 / 5Nov 07, 2017
GSGreg S.
advanced skier
Finally skied Sugar bowl with good friends. Great mountain with tons of options for every skill level! I will be back for more runs this season.Thanks again for such a great resort.... More
Very Good!4 / 5Oct 11, 2017
BBrad
Sugarbowl resort is a great place to snowboard and ski. Just off of i80 it's an easy drive to get to. All of the staff are friendly and helpful no matter what's the situation. Nice and wide open especially after opening up the new lift a few years ago. I would recommend this place to anyone from beginners to advance riders.
Superb!5 / 5Oct 09, 2017
CECharlie E.
Atop Donner Pass, a mere three hour drive from the hustle and bustle of the SF Bay Area sits one of the more conveniently located Tahoe resorts. But convenience isn't all Sugarbowl has to offer. The entirety of the mountain area sits high on the Sierra Crest making for excellent snow conditions that are consistent across the whole mountain.... More
Superb!5 / 5Oct 09, 2017
FAFabio A.
My visit at sugar bowl was so much fun, it's has alot of fun runs where you can smash down with your squad or cut away and find a line that catches your eye. All in all it was a great boarding trip.

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