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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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Norden, CA
     
    4.9
    of 5, from 27 reviews
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    Situated in a rural location, this historic resort is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Sugar Bowl and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Boreal Mountain Resort. Donner Lake and Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort are also within 12 mi (20 km).

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    15695 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA
       
      3.9
      of 5, from 598 reviews
      2.5 out of 5.0

      Located near the slopes, this Truckee hotel is in the mountains, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Donner Lake and close to winter activities such as cross-country skiing and snow tubing.

      3BR 2 5BA Lake Chalet by RedAwning
      3BR 2 5BA Lake Chalet by RedAwning

      3BR 2 5BA Lake Chalet by RedAwning

      16494 Fawn St, Truckee, CA
         
        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. KidZone Museum and Coyote Moon Golf Course are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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        PaPaa's Place by RedAwning

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        10211 Washoe Rd, Truckee, CA
           
          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. KidZone Museum and Coyote Moon Golf Course are also within 6 mi (10 km).

          Award Winning Truckee Cabin
          Award Winning Truckee Cabin

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            4.9
            of 5, from 12 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. KidZone Museum and Coyote Moon Golf Course are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            Prefect Location!! Short Walk to The West End Beach & Minutes From Ski Resort
            Prefect Location!! Short Walk to The West End Beach & Minutes From Ski Resort

            Prefect Location!! Short Walk to The West End Beach & Minutes From Ski Resort

            Truckee, CA
               
              5.0
              of 5, from 22 reviews
              0.0 out of 5.0

              Situated in Truckee, this historic vacation home is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Donner Lake and within 6 mi (10 km) of Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum. KidZone Museum and Coyote Moon Golf Course 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, CA
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0

                Situated in Truckee, this golf vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Donner Lake and within 6 mi (10 km) of Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum. KidZone Museum and Coyote Moon Golf Course are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                Spring Break at Donner Lake
                Spring Break at Donner Lake

                Spring Break at Donner Lake

                Truckee, CA
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated in Truckee, this romantic property is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Donner Lake and within 6 mi (10 km) of Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum. KidZone Museum and Coyote Moon Golf Course are also within 6 mi (10 km).