The basic Sugar Bowl recipe: Take everything you’ve got at Squaw, simmer until reduced by about a half, and add snow.
It’s well reported that Squaw Valley Ski Resort reports more snow in an average winter, but somehow the snow seems deeper and more plentiful at Sugar Bowl.
After all, it’s just a couple of miles from where the infamous Donner party got snowed in the grisly winter of 1847. Don’t sell the Sugar Bowl steeps short even if they actually are short; there’s some seriously challenging terrain here.
The Mt. Judah skiing is best for intermediates; novices will do better across the road at Donner Ski Ranch.
AREA’S SKIING STATISTICS
Elevation: Top 8,383
Vertical Drop: 1,500
Average Snowfall: 500″
Number of skiable acres: 1,500
Number of lifts: 12
% Expert Runs:
% Advance Runs: 38
% Intermediate Runs: 45
% Beginner Runs: 17
Sugar Bowl is located within the Tahoe Basin which boasts the highest concentration of ski resorts and winter activities in North America and also offers a variety of dining and nightlife possibilities.
Ski and snowboard lessons and rentals are available. The 7,000-square-foot Mountain Sports Learning Center has ticketing, lessons, and rentals under one roof. Childcare is available for children ages 3 through 12.