Sugar Bowl is a ski and snowboard area in northern Placer County near Norden, California along the Donner Pass of the Sierra Nevada, approximately 46 miles west of Reno, Nevada on Interstate 80. Sugar Bowl opened on December 15, 1939 with the first chairlift in California. This was followed with the opening of the first gondola in 1953. Sugar Bowl is a medium sized ski area in the Lake Tahoe region, and is well known for its long history, significant advanced terrain, high annual snowfall, and being one of the closest ski areas to the San Francisco Bay Area. Sugar Bowl was founded by Hannes Schroll and a group of individual investors and is one of the few remaining privately owned resorts in the Lake Tahoe area. It recently took control of managing Royal Gorge Ski Area.



  • Trail Classification

  • Beginner: 17%
  • Intermediate: 45%
  • Advanced: 38%
  • Skiable Acres: 1650
  • Trails: 102
  • Lifts: 13
  • Elevation

  • Base 6,883′
  • Summit 8,383′
  • Snow

  • Average Snowfall: 500 inches


As the first major ski resort in Lake Tahoe, Sugar Bowl has always been a visionary leader in the numerous communities it serves. The owners and staff proudly make a genuine commitment to being a positive force in supporting philanthropic endeavors, the environment, education, the arts and more. By forging a strong relationship with the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation and expanding its reach to over 200 nonprofits and 180 different types of philanthropic funds, Sugar Bowl’s impact snowballs from Donner through all of North Lake Tahoe to change the lives of the families who reside here, the people who visit, and the natural environs that encompass us. Sugar Bowl’s efforts are hands on as well, with leaders on multiple non-profit community and philanthropic boards.  The spirit of volunteerism and their genuine desire to make their communities a better place to live is rooted in the culture of Sugar Bowl’s history, and is very much present today.

    • 2019/2020 Tahoe50 Perks

    • Transferable Direct-to-lift pass
    • No black out dates