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“for value and location they are excellent.”
Review of Sugar Bowl Resort

Sugar Bowl Resort
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Norden
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: For passionate skiing families and adventure enthusiasts alike, Sugar Bowl-Royal Gorge offers an extraordinary mountain resort experience with four great peaks, endless cross country trails, a world-class ski team and academy, and a magical snowbound village.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“for value and location they are excellent.”
Reviewed 4 January 2012

during gen admission days you get a free lesson and rental equip with your lift ticket. that is a value that cant be beat. man made snow is great on the bigger runs and feels like semi deep powder. icy on beginner runs though but def managable. i would love to come here after a storm. and the drive is the easiest of any resort. two and a half hours from oakland. i love this place.

1 Thank rtzubz
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Sydney, Australia
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202 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
“Sugar bowl Ski Resort - A great locals resort”
Reviewed 9 October 2011

I have visited Sugar Bowl ski resort from Australia for a week for the the last two years. It's an out of the way ski resort more known to locals. The mountain is good for learners up to advanced skiers. It isn't as big as other ski resorts near Lake Tahoe but it sure beats skiing Squaw on the weekend. It's small enough to feel like a locals mountain but big enough to have everything you might need.

Sugar bowl was the first ski resort to install a chairlift in California and one of the few privately owned resorts in the Lake Tahoe area.

There chair lift system is good and when the snow is good it's a fantastic place to be.
Give it a try-I am sure you will like it.

Visited February 2011
1 Thank MarkF54
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Singapore, Singapore
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195 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
“A great safe place to ski”
Reviewed 29 July 2011

I ski every christmas at Sugar Bowl for the past 6 years and will be back for more. The community working there are customer oriented and always put safety first. The food is great however the lines can get really long at peak season. If you are like me, from a long ways away, the best thing is to get settled with your rentals and warm friendly service. Sugar Bowl offers these and more - with charming ski patrollers to boot : )

Visited December 2010
1 Thank Sweetiemine
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albany, ca
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“There are better places”
Reviewed 12 January 2011

We stayed for one night at Unit 304: Family Connector on January 4th, 2011. The DVD player in our room did not work and the cable did not work either. The DVD player in our daughter's room keeps pausing. We stayed again on January 10th, 2011 at Unit 209: Mountain View. When using the bathroom sink, there was a leak on the bottom and wetted my socks, and the water was dark brown with clumps. So we had to call the front desk to come fix it. When it was time for our daughter to take a shower, we wash her hair using the bathroom sink. We turned the hot water knob on, undress her, brushed her teeth, and the water was still cold. It took over 25 minutes for warm water to come out, and when it finally did, the water was brown, therefor took another 5 minutes for the warm water to go back to regular color. After bathing our daughter who is 3 years old, my husband plug in the hair dryer to dry her hair. The hair dryer made this extremely loud noise, and nasty burning smell. We called front desk again, and it took them over 10 minutes to bring up a replacement while our daughter sat in the room with wet hair. After our daughter went to bed at 10, we decided to watch a movie. The DVD player DID NOT WORK again! It keeps saying tray error so my husband had to walk down to the front desk at 10:30 p.m. to ask for a portable DVD player. The same thing happened again the next morning with the hot water when it was time to wash up. We were not too please with our first experience last week, and then this last visit, it's hard to consider going back to this hotel ever again or to even recommend it. We paid almost $200/1 night for our first visit and $108/1 night for our second visit, and it was definitely not worth our money with the kind of accommodation the hotel provide.

Visited January 2011
1 Thank hmosier
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“best customer service!!!”
Reviewed 9 January 2011

my sis's husband is a ski patrol doc (volunteer) at Sugar Bowl and they and their kids have skied SB for years.

we joined them today and it gave us a good look at the mountain. we are now buying the CORE pass. it's a good value and we were so impressed by the facilities and especially by how helpful, hardworking and attentive the lift ops crew is with the kids and beginning skier/boarders -we have a seven year old, just starting.

i noticed the lift operators in the beginning area put real effort into helping everyone onto the chair at White Pine (everyone who needs help), even grabbing the chair from the back to better angle it for people to get seated, physically helping the smaller kids and make sure they are well placed as the chair "scoops" them onboard and going far above and beyond what most resorts do for beginners. i was standing at the lift (taking pictures) and saw the lift operators at White Pine and the Magic Carpet exerting quite a considerable amount of effort and muscle ALL DAY.

BTW, i have lived in Tahoe Truckee since '89 and skied Squaw, Alpine Meadows, Northstar, Homewood (a lot), Diamond Peak, Heavenly, Kirkwood, and the "lifties" at SB are just wonderful.

everyone at SB were friendly and professional, from the cafe cashiers (efficient and cheerful during the busy lunch crunch) to the instructors (patient and encouraging with kids and beginners).

plus the mountain offers great snow and varied terrain for double black diamond experts to first day on skis beginners.

we love this place!

Visited January 2011
2 Thank caldragon
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