Sugar Bowl

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  • Powder Bowl

    Apr 6, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Closest ski resort to the Bay Area, great service, great runs
    Cons: Lines can get long, Small

    Summary: This is a great family place. Sugar Bowl has a great ski school for all ages. It is even better because they just put in a new Express Quad to the top of Mt. Lincoln. It has 2 terrain parks and many runs that range from easy to super hard. I have ... read more

  • Drive the extra half hour to a REAL resort

    Oct 3, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Its closer to home but is it worth it?
    Cons: Too expensive, NO vertical drop

    Summary: So you live in the are and you keep hearing commercials for how much closer Sugar Bowl is, and for a quick second you think that is a great idea, I can go skiing and have fun and its closer to home so I will save time as well, right? Well forget all ... read more

  • As Sweet as Sugar

    Jan 18, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Close to the Bay Area, Great coverage, large mountain means small crowds
    Cons: slow gondola from the base

    Summary: Sugar Bowl has it all for the family and the solo adventurer, from expert to beginner, and it is the closest ski/snowboard resort to the Bay Area. I fully recommend it over some of the other larger ski resorts, not only for price, but for entertainment ... read more

  • The Best Bloody Mary on the Slopes

    Dec 4, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Tasty cocktails made from scratch
    Cons: Austere bar area

    Summary: Some judge a ski resort by its slopes. Others by its ski instructors or high speed lifts. As a novice snowboarder who spends plenty of time on my backside (and knees, and arms, and head...), I often need a break. Accordingly, I judge a resort by the ... read more

  • Needs Improvment.

    Nov 27, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: good food
    Cons: to many hard runs

    Summary: I just arrived home from my second trip to SugerBowl and man was I disapointed. They haven't gone out of there way at all to make this place better for the people. Also the place is covered in rocks. I think that they should add some terrain ... read more

  • Low-key gem, a favorite

    Nov 24, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: location (closest to SF), varied terrain, lots of snow, low-key atmosphere
    Cons: slow Silver Belt chair, not as much terrain as Alpine or Squaw

    Summary: OVERALL Sugar Bowl is one of my favorites in the Tahoe Area. I've been there many times over the past 20 years. The location and varied advanced and expert terrain and low-key atmosphere are big plusses, and make up for the slow lift on Mt. ... read more

  • Ski lift to nowhere

    Mar 26, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Challenging runs, great for the expert
    Cons: Service was a joke

    Summary: A note on my experience as a skier: I'm not a diehard shredder, but I'm comfortable on intermediate and most expert slopes. I've hit a few double-diamond slopes over the years and learned my limitations. I'm not the best-travelled skier in the ... read more

  • A mountain for everyone

    Mar 1, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: varied terrain, close to the highway
    Cons: It's a slow drive from Truckee if it is storming hard

    Summary: Truly a resort with something for everyone, I think Sugar Bowl is one of the best resorts in the Tahoe area. Beginners, intermediates, experts, families, powder hounds, huckers, jibbers, backcountry riders, skiers or snowboarders, there is a lot for ... read more

  • Gotta start somewhere!

    Feb 25, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Good beginner package, slopes and lifts. Easy access off I-80.
    Cons: Parking gets very full and rentals run out.

    Summary: This past President's Day weekend I entered the world of downhill skiing for the first time. It was spur of the moment, although my girlfriend (who is a skier) has been hoping I'd try it for a while. The snow was there, the long weekend was there, and ... read more

  • Good day trip, but limited

    Feb 20, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Close to San Francisco
    Cons: Small and poorly designed; horrible rental process

    Summary: I took a day trip to Sugar Bowl on Saturday of President's Day weekend. Although I found the skiing to be quite good (it had snowed the week before), I was disappointed by several things. First, the Mt. Judah side of the resort has fast ... read more

  • almost time

    Jan 25, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Good Runs
    Cons: Expensive Lift tickets(except Wednesday)

    Summary: I tried snowboarding for the first time this season, it took a few runs to get used to it. We went up to Sugar Bowl about 3 weeks ago, and the snow was scarce. My buddies went up this past Friday, and said that it was even worse than when I went. But ... read more

  • Snowboarder's Heaven!

    Jan 11, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent conditions, amazing halfpipes, incredible runs!
    Cons: None

    Summary: Sugar Bowl is an incredibly fun resort I recommend especially to SNOWBOARDERS! The runs aren't extremely long, but they're just long enough. This makes for more runs by the end of the day. It isn't usually very crowded, so long lift lines rarely ... read more

  • It's probably a mistake to rave about Sugar Bowl.

    Dec 17, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Mt. Judah is convenient and a delight
    Cons: The older section needs the promised upgrade

    Summary: Some of the sweetest skiing in California is also at one of the most convenient resorts. With the addition of the Mt. Judah area Sugar Bowl leaped out of its old past with the quaint but inconvenient lodge where you hiked up to the chair lifts. Please ... read more

  • Fun for all ability levels...

    Dec 12, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: cheaper, great mix of terrain, closest to SF for day-trippers
    Cons: Located over the pass and further away from Tahoe City, windy, medium-sized mountain

    Summary: I just returned from my first trip ever to Sugar Bowl and was delighted by what I found. Like many of the other reviewers wrote, Sugar Bowl is under-hyped and much less visited than the other major North Lake Tahoe resorts. In my 2 years of skiing at ... read more

  • Tahoe Board Patrol : Sugarbowl

    Nov 16, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Close to Home
    Cons: Not Much Off Trail

    Summary: Sugar Bowl Sweet Rides Sugar Bowl packs in a lot of varying terrain in a small area; the recent addition of the Mt. Judah lifts has really helped what was becoming a very congested mountain. Sugar Bowl is the perfect resort to hit for a day ... read more

  • Great for day trips...

    Nov 2, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Close to Tahoe, Lots of Expert Runs, Boarder friendly
    Cons: Smaller, not as scenic, boarder centric

    Summary: I've been to Sugar Bowl quite a few times but when going for the weekend I prefer to go to the larger resorts like Alpine and Squaw. On the other hand, when going up for just the day, Sugar Bowl is my preferred mountain because, relative to the other ... read more

  • Sweeeet Skiing

    Oct 20, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Close to SF, Not As Crowded, cheaper lift tickets
    Cons: Not as much terrain

    Summary: Sugarbowl is one of the quiet jewels of the Lake Tahoe resorts. While it doesn't get as much press and media as the bigger resorts like Squaw, Alpine, etc... it definitely gets it fair share of snow. Similar to Alpine Meadows, Sugarbowl is in a ... read more

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  • Locals Only?

    Dec 30, 2003 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Mid week specials, $39 Safeway Ticket Vouchers, and great beginner lesson/rental packages.
    Cons: Not a true destination resort.

    Summary: Sugar Bowl has it all for the family and the solo adventurer, from expert to beginner, and it is the closest ski/snowboard resort to the Bay Area. I fully recommend it over some of the other larger ski resorts, not only for price, but for entertainment ... read more

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