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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

Norden, CA
     
    0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in a rural location, this historic lodge is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Sugar Bowl and within 6 mi (10 km) of Donner Lake and Boreal Mountain Resort. Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort and Donner Memorial State Park are also within 9 mi (15 km).

    Spacious Cabin Nestled on the West End of Donner Lake Great Location to Relax!
    Spacious Cabin Nestled on the West End of Donner Lake Great Location to Relax!

    Spacious Cabin Nestled on the West End of Donner Lake Great Location to Relax!

    Truckee, CA
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Donner Lake Woods, this vacation home is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Donner Lake and within 6 mi (10 km) of Sugar Bowl and Donner Memorial State Park. Emigrant Trail Museum and Frog Lake are also within 6 mi (10 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 vacation home is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Donner Lake and within 6 mi (10 km) of Sugar Bowl and Donner Memorial State Park. Emigrant Trail Museum and Frog Lake 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, 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 mi (10 km) of Sugar Bowl and Donner Memorial State Park. Emigrant Trail Museum and Frog Lake are also within 6 mi (10 km).

          Donner Lake Vacation Lodge
          Donner Lake Vacation Lodge

          Donner Lake Vacation Lodge

          Truckee, CA
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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

            Cute Donner Lake Cottage Pet-friendly By Lake
            Cute Donner Lake Cottage Pet-friendly By Lake

            Cute Donner Lake Cottage Pet-friendly By Lake

            Truckee, CA
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Donner Lake Woods, this historic vacation home is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Donner Lake and within 6 mi (10 km) of Sugar Bowl and Donner Memorial State Park. Boreal Mountain Resort and Emigrant Trail Museum are also within 9 mi (15 km).

              Alpine Haven: Spacious West End Donner Lake ! 3 Bedroom Home
              Alpine Haven: Spacious West End Donner Lake ! 3 Bedroom Home

              Alpine Haven: Spacious West End Donner Lake ! 3 Bedroom Home

              15591 Conifer Dr, Truckee, CA
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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

                Modern Truckee Family House - Walk to Donner Lake!
                Modern Truckee Family House - Walk to Donner Lake!

                Modern Truckee Family House - Walk to Donner Lake!

                Truckee, CA
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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