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Sugar Bowl

This Bavarian-style ski resort with spa, restaurants, shops and powdery slopes is a favorite with visitors year-round.

Sugar Bowl includes four peaks near the Donner Pass in the Sierra Nevada. The consistently excellent ski conditions and 102 trails for all levels make it popular with competitive skiers and families alike. Outdoor activities don’t stop after the snow melts, but with an average annual snowfall of 500 inches (13 meters), Sugar Bowl is the perfect winter wonderland.

This popular winter destination was named by the charismatic skiing champion Hannes Schroll, who was known to yodel during races and taught Walt Disney how to ski. He even convinced Disney to invest in a ski resort and named a peak after him. The Bavarian-style resort opened in 1939, and its gondola was added in the 1950s.

Start the day with a yoga session or massage at the Summit Spa to prepare your muscles for the slopes. Experienced skiers can tackle the Palisades, the mountain’s steepest run. Daredevils can head to the Backcountry, while beginners will enjoy the much gentler slopes serviced by the White Pine Lift and The Den learning center for children. Once you’ve done a few runs, head to Mt. Judah Lodge where the coffee is always fresh and the fire is always lit. The lodge’s sun deck with barbecue is open during weekends and holidays.

Another dining option is the cafeteria, grill and deck at the Mid-Mountain Lodge near the Mt. Lincoln chairlifts. This a good spot to watch all the action in the arena, especially on a race day. Come back here at the end of the day for drinks in the Palisades Bar.

Sugar Bowl is on the northern side of Lake Tahoe. Book accommodation at The Lodge or one of the Donner Summit lodgings in Norden. Some inns near Interstate 80 also have easy access to the resort.


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Full Sugar Bowl Views From Schull Lodge at Sugar Bowl Gondola

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, Norden
     
    4.8
    of 5, from 25 reviews
    0.0 out of 5.0

    Situated in a rural location, this historic resort is close to Sugar Bowl, Boreal Mountain Resort, and Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort. Area attractions also include Donner Lake and Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area.

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    3BR 2 5BA Lake Chalet by RedAwning

    3BR 2 5BA Lake Chalet by RedAwning

    16494 Fawn St, Truckee
       
      3.0 out of 5.0

      Situated in Truckee, this vacation home is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Donner Lake and within 6 mi (10 km) of Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum. Sugar Bowl and KidZone Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      PaPaa's Place by RedAwning
      PaPaa's Place by RedAwning

      PaPaa's Place by RedAwning

      10211 Washoe Rd, Truckee
         
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Situated in Truckee, this cabin is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Donner Lake and within 6 mi (10 km) of Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum. Sugar Bowl and KidZone Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        Donner Lake Village C$262
        Donner Lake Village

        Donner Lake Village

        15695 Donner Pass Road, Truckee
           
          3.9
          of 5, from 584 reviews
          2.5 out of 5.0

          Nestled on the beach, this Truckee hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Donner Lake, Donner Memorial State Park, and Emigrant Trail Museum. Coyote Moon Golf Course and KidZone Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).

          Award Winning Truckee Cabin
          Award Winning Truckee Cabin

          Award Winning Truckee Cabin

          , Truckee
             
            4.9
            of 5, from 11 reviews
            0.0 out of 5.0

            Situated in Truckee, this romantic vacation home is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Donner Lake and within 6 mi (10 km) of Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum. Sugar Bowl and KidZone Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            Cutest Donner Lake Cabin 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom Cabin
            Cutest Donner Lake Cabin 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom Cabin

            Cutest Donner Lake Cabin 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom Cabin

            15738 Spruce Street, Truckee
               
              3.5 out of 5.0

              Situated in Truckee, this golf vacation home is close to Donner Lake, Sugar Bowl, and Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area. Area attractions also include Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum.

              Scheid 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms Home
              Scheid 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms Home

              Scheid 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms Home

              15542 South Shore Drive, Truckee
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Situated in Truckee, this vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Donner Lake and within 6 mi (10 km) of Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum. Sugar Bowl and KidZone Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                NEW Listing! Uniquely Accessible Ski-in/ski-out Home With two Master Suites!
                NEW Listing! Uniquely Accessible Ski-in/ski-out Home With two Master Suites!

                NEW Listing! Uniquely Accessible Ski-in/ski-out Home With two Master Suites!

                , Soda Springs
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated in Soda Springs, this cabin is close to Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort, Boreal Mountain Resort, and Sugar Bowl. Regional attractions also include Donner Lake and Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area.