Sugar Bowl

Vacation Travel Guide
Sugar Bowl featuring heritage architecture and snow

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.

Top Hotels Close to Sugar Bowl

Donner Lake Village
Donner Lake Village
2.5 out of 5
15695 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $277 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3
Located in Truckee, this beachfront hotel is in the historical district and within a 15-minute walk of Donner Lake and Donner Memorial State Park. Sugar Bowl ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (901 reviews)
"the view of the lake…hope they can give me a room facing the lake next time"

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2022

Donner Lake Village
'Lake Mary Getaway' A  hidden gem on the top of the Donner Summit.
'Lake Mary Getaway' A hidden gem on the top of the Donner Summit.
Norden, CA
This family-friendly Norden vacation home is within 2 mi (3 km) of Sugar Bowl and Donner Memorial State Park. West End Beach and Donner Lake are also within ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Peaceful
"Rustic beauty"

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2020

'Lake Mary Getaway' A hidden gem on the top of the Donner Summit.
Ski-In/Ski-Out Condo w/ Free WiFi, Wood-Burning Fireplace, plus Mountain Views
Ski-In/Ski-Out Condo w/ Free WiFi, Wood-Burning Fireplace, plus Mountain Views
Soda Springs, CA
Located in the mountains, this Soda Springs condo building offers ski-in/ski-out access within 3 mi (5 km) of Sugar Bowl and Boreal Mountain Resort and close ...
4/5 Very Good! (1 review)
"Beautiful convenient location."

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2021

Ski-In/Ski-Out Condo w/ Free WiFi, Wood-Burning Fireplace, plus Mountain Views
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near Sugar Bowl

Donner Lake Village
Donner Lake Village
2.5 out of 5
15695 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA
The price is $277 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3
Donner Lake Village
'Lake Mary Getaway' A  hidden gem on the top of the Donner Summit.
'Lake Mary Getaway' A hidden gem on the top of the Donner Summit.
Norden, CA
'Lake Mary Getaway' A hidden gem on the top of the Donner Summit.
Ski-In/Ski-Out Condo w/ Free WiFi, Wood-Burning Fireplace, plus Mountain Views
Ski-In/Ski-Out Condo w/ Free WiFi, Wood-Burning Fireplace, plus Mountain Views
Soda Springs, CA
Ski-In/Ski-Out Condo w/ Free WiFi, Wood-Burning Fireplace, plus Mountain Views
Comfortable home in the woods w/ mtn views, easy access to town, lake, & slopes!
Comfortable home in the woods w/ mtn views, easy access to town, lake, & slopes!
Truckee, CA
Comfortable home in the woods w/ mtn views, easy access to town, lake, & slopes!
Donner Creekside Cabin
Donner Creekside Cabin
Truckee, CA
Donner Creekside Cabin
Donner Lake Vacation Lodge
Donner Lake Vacation Lodge
Truckee, CA
Donner Lake Vacation Lodge
Award Winning Truckee Cabin
Award Winning Truckee Cabin
Truckee, CA
Award Winning Truckee Cabin
'Belcastro Family Cabin', Enjoy a Unique Mountain Charm.
'Belcastro Family Cabin', Enjoy a Unique Mountain Charm.
Truckee, CA
'Belcastro Family Cabin', Enjoy a Unique Mountain Charm.
'amity Cabin' A Peaceful Forest Setting for Friends and Family
'amity Cabin' A Peaceful Forest Setting for Friends and Family
Truckee, CA
'amity Cabin' A Peaceful Forest Setting for Friends and Family
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.