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Sugar Bowl Ski Resort


[Lift Tickets, Rentals & Repairs, Mountain Sports Learning Center, Kid's Stuff]


Skiing at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort - Click to ZoomHome to the first chairlift in California and the first gondola in the country, Sugar Bowl is the grand dame of Tahoe resorts. Known for its rich history and deep powder you'll find 1,500 acres of challenging terrain, four picturesque mountain peaks serviced by thirteen lifts, including, three high speed detachable quads and three day lodges with spectacular sun decks. Enjoy wonderful indoor/outdoor dining, awesome views of the jutting mountain peaks and fun barbecues on the deck.

As always at Sugar Bowl, you can count on the alpine charm of the facilities, the friendly character of the staff, and the deep storms of the finest powder in the Sierra

Sugar Bowl has always been a place where families can spend quality time together. And the recent Mt. Judah expansion has made it even easier for families to access the "Bowl," as well as adding great intermediate terrain for everyone. The new road into the base area, matched with the classic Mountain Lodge at Mt. Judah, has pushed Sugar Bowl to the forefront as one of the most desirable resorts for families to visit

Snowboarding at Sugar BowlCLOSER IS BETTER... You don't have to go far for some of the choicest skiing and boarding in the Sierras. Sugar Bowl is right off Interstate 80, on the west side of Donner Summit. So while others face an extra hour of bumper-to-bumper grind to those less convenient Tahoe resorts, you can be flying up and down our slopes. For family traveling, anyone with kids knows that more time on the slopes and less time in the car, is the ideal way to spend a family vacation

THERE'S PLENTY OF MOUNTAIN TO GO AROUND... There's something for everybody. From experts to beginners. Skiers to boarders. Adults to kids. Imagine serious steeps, groomed cruisers, tree-dotted glades, wide-open bowls, a sweet terrain park and pipe, and a fun new beginner area. The variety of terrain is unlike any mountain you can find this close to home.

  • 84 Runs
  • 17% beginner, 45% Intermediate, 38% Advanced
  • Lifts: 7 Quads, (4 high speed express), 3 Doubles, 1 Surface Lift & 1 Gondola
  • 1500 Ski able Acres
  • 6,883 feet base elevation, 8,383 feet summit elevation
  • 1,500 feet vertical drop
  • Longest Run Lakeview off of Silver Belt is over 3 miles long.
  • Snowmaking 25% - 375 Acres
  • Snowboarding
  • Over The Snow Shuttle services Donner Summit and Truckee
  • Trail Map, Location Map
  • Latest Ski Report & Current Events

2006/2007 Season Rates

Lift Tickets

  • Adult Lift Tickets (23-59 years)
    • Any Day $50.00
    • Half Day $42.00
    • Holiday $63.00
    • Holiday (half-day) $49.00

Powder Skiing at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort

  • Young Adult Lift (13-22 years)
    • Any Day $50.00
    • Half Day $42.00
    • Holiday $50.00
    • Holiday (half-day) $42.00
  • Child Lift Ticket (6-12 years)
    • Any Day $15.00
    • Half Day $15.00
    • Holiday $15.00
    • Holiday (half-day) $15.00
  • Children (5 & under) - FREE
  • Senior Lift Ticket (60-69 years)
    • Any Day $50.00
    • Half Day $42.00
    • Holiday $50.00
    • Holiday (half-day) $42.00
  • Senior (70+)
    • Any Day $5.00
    • Half Day $5.00
    • Holiday $5.00
    • Holiday (half-day) $5.00

Any Day Lift Ticket prices are good 7 days a week/non-holidays.

Holiday periods are 12/26/06-01/01/01, 01/14/06-01/16/07, and 02/18/07-02/20/07.

Ask about season pass, gift certificates, group & corporate rates. Call: (530) 426-6723 for more info.

NOTE: All prices subject to change at any time. Lifts operate from 9:00am to 4:00pm (subject to business and weather conditions). Ticket Windows Open Daily at 8:00am.

1/2 day tickets go on sale at 12:00 noon and are available for use on lifts at 12:30pm. For General Ticket Information Call: (530) 426-6785.


  • Early Departure
    • Turn in your adult all-day lift ticket by 12:30pm and You'll receive a voucher good for the difference between your all day lift ticket and the half-day rate. Not valid with any other offers or discounts

Rentals & Repairs

Rental facilities are located at both the Main Lodge at the base of Mt. Judah and in the Village. Both shops have a great selection of Rossignol shaped skis. Ski packages include skis, boots and poles. Snowboard packages include board and boots. Driver's license required for all equipment rentals and a credit card is required for snowboard rental and demo ski packages. Call: (530) 426-6792 for more rental information.

Ski and Snowboard Rental Rates:

Adult/Youth Rental: (13+) $35.00
Child Rental: (12 & under) $21.00
Demo Ski Package: $48.00
Snowboard Rental: Adult, $39.00; Child, 12 and under $33.00


Ski Package $18
Snowboard Package $25

Heather and her staff will set you up with sweet deals on the sickest snowboard equipment, clothes and accessories around. They are happy to answer any questions that you may have at E-mail or Call: (530) 426-7692.

Demo Center Quick Tune

The Demo Center is located at Sugar Bowl Ski & Sports near the Village lodge. Daily demos include the newest skis from Atomic, Fischer, Rossignol & Salomon.

The Mountain Sports Learning Center

Fresh new tracks in progress at Sugar Bowl Resort - Click to Zoom

Sugar Bowl's professional ski and snowboard staff offers a true mountain experience whether you are a first timer or a seasoned skier or rider. Sugar Bowl's advanced teaching methodologies will have most beginners navigating the easy green runs in the first two hours. Intermediate to advanced skiers and boarders can improve in bumps, race, steep, deep, crud, park, pipe or virtually any terrain that Sugar Bowl has to offer.
Mike Iman's versatile and professional staff will guide and challenge you beyond your expectations. "The Mountain Sports Learning center is here to address your specific needs and desires" states Mike Iman, MSLC Director," Our staff is well-trained to make your mountain experience memorable and provide you with the skills necessary to master any mountain, slope, or terrain conditions" Brush up your skill set with a MSLC professional today


Sugar Bowl debuts the new Mountain Sports Learning Center (“MSLC”) at Mt Judah.
MSLC is the absolute fastest, most convenient way to get your gear and hit the slopes. Designed with our guests in mind, the new MSLC is a streamlined approach for rentals, lessons and tickets. Guests are invited to pull up to the preferred parking area designated specifically for the MSLC. Once inside, follow our user friendly process to rent the newest in gear from our ski and board fleet, schedule lessons and purchase tickets. The exit places you right at the base of the White Pine lift for super easy access to the mountain. For added convenience, the MSLC is also equipped with basket check, a gift shop and bathrooms.

Learning Center Hours of Operation

Availability – All lessons are available seven days a week at the new MSLC. Call (530) 426-6770.

Check in time- please arrive one hour prior to your lesson meeting time to purchase tickets, rentals, lessons, or the all-inclusive Fast Track Package.

Meeting area and times- Lessons meet on the snow, adjacent to the MSLC and the White Pine chairlift. Please arrive at the meeting area at least 15 minutes before your lesson. Group lessons begin promptly at 10AM and 1PM daily.

Monday through Friday group lessons are available at the Mt. Judah Lodge only. Lessons are available at both the Judah and Gondola entrances Saturday and Sunday.

Adult & child lessons are available at both the Main Lodge at Mt. Judah (meet on the snow in front of the Main Lodge) & the Village Lodge (meet up the hill from the Disney Express Quad to the right.)

Lessons are guaranteed. If you're not satisfied you'll receive a credit for another lesson. Call: (530) 426-6770 for the Ski School

Finely-tuned shaped skis from Rossignol are available with all lesson packages.

Group lessons available for kids and adults, for both skiing and boarding, for beginners through advanced intermediates. Advanced students are encouraged to take private sessions to improve their skills.

FIRST TURNS PROGRAM - Beginner Packages

Learning to ski or snowboard is easy with the First Turns Program. This package includes a two-hour lesson, rental equipment and a lift ticket good on our beginner lifts- White Pine, Flume, Jerome Hill Express, Christmas Tree, Nob Hill, and Meadow.

  • Ski or Board Package
    • Adult (23-59) $85.00
    • Young Adult (13-22) $75.00
    • Absolute Beginner $50.00
      • Lifts include White Pine, The Flume, Nob Hill and Meadow

PRIVATE SESSIONS - First Timers to Experts

Whether you are just learning how to slide or are looking to push your limits in any or all terrain, the private lesson is the way to go. Request a professional that specializes in the steeps, the terrain park, the bumps, the backcountry and more. Create your own small private groups for an all mountain tour while cutting the lift lines and learning tactical approaches to the terrain and the use of modern equipment.
 Call (530) 426-6770.

  • 1-Hour Private Session (10:00am - 2:00pm) - $90.00/hr
  • 2-Hour Private Session (10:00am - 2:00pm) - $160.00
  • 3-Hour Private Session (9:00am - 12:00pm or 1:00pm-4:00pm) - $220.00
  • All-Day Private Session (9:00am - 4:00pm) - $500.00
  • Special Private Session Options
    • Sunrise Special (9:00am-10:00am) - $60.00
    • Extra person - $20.00/hr


We recommend families with little ones (6 years and under) take the Gondola to the Village entrance. All children's programs except Sugar Bears are available at both the Village and the Main Lodge at Mt. Judah, on certain days only. Please read signs upon arrival. Call: (530) 426-6776 for Reservations and Information. It is important that children arrive by 8:30 am for the morning or all day session and/or by 1:00pm for the afternoon session. There is a 24 hour cancellation policy. Please pick up your child at 1:00pm for the morning session or between 4-4:30pm for the afternoon or all-day session..


  • Sugar Bears Child Care Center is a fun-filled and friendly place helping youngsters learn to ski. Our experienced and caring personnel will ensure that your child will have a memorable experience. For children ages 3 to 5. Children need to be toilet-trained, as well as socially and emotionally ready for day care. License # 310313712. Sugar Bears Activity program includes Ski lessons, Snow play, Art/Free play, Singing/storytelling, Quiet time/movie and snacks and lunch. The cost includes ski equipment and lift access if applicable.
  • Your child should bring warm ski clothes, gloves/mittens/hat, sunglasses/goggles, sunscreen, change of clothes/socks, and snow boots. Please label your child's belongings to avoid mix ups.
    • Full-day (8:30am-4:30pm) - $100.00
    • Half-day (8:30am-1:00pm or 1:00pm-4:30pm) - $70.00


  • Ages 4-6. Full or Half-day sessions
    This is an outdoor extension of our popular Sugar Bears program designed for those kids ready for a little more on-hill challenge. Base Camp is operated by our caring kid friendly staff. Includes ski rental, lift ticket and lesson with at least one hour on the snow training plus basic skills with indoor orientation, tips and techniques.
    • Full Day Package (8:30am - 4:00pm) - $100.00
    • Half Day Package (8:30am-12:00pm or 1:00pm-4:00pm) - $70.00


  • Ages 6-12, all-day long snowboard or ski-oriented camp.
    Tickets must be purchased 1 hour before start of program!
    Kids will love this class which includes an all day lesson, a supervised lunch, mountain tour and rental. Camp hours are 8:30am - 3:00pm., so your child can show off for you with a run or two before the day ends. This is one of our most popular packages, so please arrive early. We also offer this program on weekends only through our Gondola Portal. Time for Summit Camp through the Gondola Portal is 10pm-3pm. All group lessons for both children and adults are only offered at our Mountain Sports Learning Center Pavillion at Mt. Judah Mid Week. All services are offered at both portals weekends and holidays only.
    • All Day Package (8:30am-4:00pm) - $100.00
    • Half-Day Package (8:30am-12:00pm or 1:00 -4:00pm) $70.00


Donner Summit Shuttle: Operates weekends and holidays, with the first shuttle leaving Mt. Judah Lodge at 8;00am for Donner Ski Ranch, Sugar Bowl Gondola, Tri Lodges, Donner Summit Lodge, Royal Gorge and returns to Mt. Judah Lodge every hour, on the hour
Truckee shuttle to Sugar Bowl
: The shuttle from Truckee to Sugar Bowl leaves the downtown Truckee Depot at 7:00am and runs on the hour, every hour, last run up the hill at 5:00pm. The shuttle from Sugar Bowl to Truckee leaves Mt. Judah at 7:30am and runs on the 1/2 hour, last run down the hill from Mt. Judah at 5:30pm. Numerous other stops along the way make this a very convenient shuttle.
Over the Snow Shuttle at Sugar Bowl
: Runs everyday from 8:20am-5:05pm, leaving the Main Lodge at :20 minutes and :50 minutes after the hour, every hour, and leaving the Village Lodge at :05 minutes and :35 minutes after the hour, every hour.


From Sacramento: Take Interstate 80 east, exit at the Norden/Soda Springs off ramp. Turn right on Hwy 40 eastbound and continue 3 miles to Sugar bowl's Village Gondola parking lot.
From Reno
: Take Interstate 80 west to the last Truckee exit at Donner Pass road. Turn left on Donner Pass Road. Follow the road past Donner Lake about 3 miles up over the summit. Turn left, at the main entrance sign to Sugar Bowl.

Ski Guarantee:

If for any reason you're not satisfied with your experience at Sugar Bowl, simply turn in your lift ticket within an hour of purchase and we'll give you a voucher for another day. Because if you're not happy, we're not happy.

Photos and information courtesy Sugar Bowl

Hwy 40 / Donner Pass Road off Hwy I-80
P.O. Box 5, 629 Sugar Pine Road, Norden, CA 95724
Information (530) 426-9000, Snowphone (530) 426-1111,
Pipe Park (530) 426-6711, Group Sales (530) 426-6723,
Fax (530) 426-3723
E-mail: Sugar Bowl

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