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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
Full Sugar Bowl Views From Schull Lodge at Sugar Bowl Gondola

Full Sugar Bowl Views From Schull Lodge at Sugar Bowl Gondola

58376 Donner Summit Rd, Norden, CA
     
    0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in a rural location, this historic lodge is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Sugar Bowl and within 6 miles (10 km) of Donner Lake and Boreal Mountain Resort. Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort and Donner Memorial State Park are also within 9 miles (15 km).

    Donner Lake Village CA $166
    Donner Lake Village

    Donner Lake Village

    15695 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Truckee, this beachfront hotel is in the historical district, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Donner Lake, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Donner Memorial State Park and Sugar Bowl. Boreal Mountain Resort and Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area are also within 12 mi (20 km).

      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 Stars

        Located in Donner Lake Woods, this holiday home is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Donner Lake and within 6 miles (10 km) of Sugar Bowl and Donner Memorial State Park. Boreal Mountain Resort and Emigrant Trail Museum are also within 9 miles (15 km).

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

        PaPaa's Place by RedAwning

        10211 Washoe Rd, Truckee, CA
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Donner Lake Woods, this cabin is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Donner Lake and within 6 miles (10 km) of Sugar Bowl and Donner Memorial State Park. Boreal Mountain Resort and Emigrant Trail Museum are also within 9 miles (15 km).

          Donner Lake Vacation Lodge
          Donner Lake Vacation Lodge

          Donner Lake Vacation Lodge

          16195 Pine St, Truckee, CA
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Truckee holiday home is located in the mountains, 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Donner Lake, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Sugar Bowl and Donner Memorial State Park. Commercial Row and Frog Lake are also within 9 miles (15 km).

            Donner Lake Vacation Lodge
            Donner Lake Vacation Lodge

            Donner Lake Vacation Lodge

            16195 Pine St, Truckee, CA
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Donner Lake Woods, this holiday home is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Donner Lake and within 6 miles (10 km) of Sugar Bowl and Donner Memorial State Park. Boreal Mountain Resort and Emigrant Trail Museum are also within 9 miles (15 km).

              Award Winning Truckee Cabin
              Award Winning Truckee Cabin

              Award Winning Truckee Cabin

              16315 Old Highway Drive, Truckee, CA
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Donner Lake Woods, this romantic holiday home is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Donner Lake and within 6 miles (10 km) of Sugar Bowl and Donner Memorial State Park. Emigrant Trail Museum and Frog Lake are also within 6 miles (10 km).

                Cutest Donner Lake ! 3br + Loft, New Listing 3 Bedroom Cabin
                Cutest Donner Lake ! 3br + Loft, New Listing 3 Bedroom Cabin

                Cutest Donner Lake ! 3br + Loft, New Listing 3 Bedroom Cabin

                15738 Spruce Street, Truckee, CA
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Donner Lake Woods, this holiday home is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Donner Lake and within 6 miles (10 km) of Sugar Bowl and Donner Memorial State Park. Boreal Mountain Resort and Emigrant Trail Museum are also within 9 miles (15 km).