Sugar Bowl is one of the closest ski resorts to San Francisco and generally gets the most snow in the Lake Tahoe area. It opened in 1939 and was the first ski resort in California to open a chairlift.
What Makes It Great
Today, Sugar Bowl is known for its variety of advanced terrain. While there are beginner runs at Sugar Bowl, most of the trails are for advanced or intermediate skiers and snowboarders. General admission days include a free rental and lesson with the price of your lift ticket.
Tickets to all the Tahoe resorts can typically be purchased online or at Bay Area retailers before leaving. You can also check snow conditions before heading to the mountains. Once there, check out the many trails, including the Mt. Disney trail named after Walt Disney, who was an initial investor in the resort. And the view from the top of Mt. Lincoln is not to be missed.
Who is Going to Love It
Intermediates and advanced skiers and snowboarders will get the most out of a day at Sugar Bowl. The terrain tends to be steep, with lots of bump runs and tight trees. That said, there are trails for beginners and kids as well.