Sugar Bowl is a small ski resort with rather high prices, particularly with the surcharges on holidays. They have raised their ticket prices considerably in the past four years, to where they can approach the cost of Northstar, a much larger resort with far more runs. It used to be that you could get a $39 ticket through Safeway. Now on holidays, the price is $72, or $66 on nonholidays.
There are only three decent length high speed quad ski lifts -Mt. Judah, Mt Lincoln and Mt. Disney.
Mt. Judah is shorter than the main ski lifts at Northstar, but is a good low intermediate lift, with wide shallow runs, and about two thirds of a mile in length.
Mt. Lincoln is the longest lift at Sugar Bowl - a little less than a mile in length. The top area around Rahlves run is a high intermediate run, with a narrow bottleneck curve area that rapidly gets chewed up by mid-day. A problem with this main run is that the second half of the run is basicly flat terrain -an intermediate run at the top of the mountain, that ends up as a beginner run at mid mountain.
Mt. Disney has some steep black diamond runs, but they no longer groom such runs as they have in the past. It too is basicly an intermediate run at the top of the mountain, and a green flat run at the second half of the mountain.
Sugar Bowl has done some economizing. No more parking shuttles on weekdays for Mt. Judah entrance customers. They have cut down on the grooming of the steeper blue and black diamond runs, grooming them perhaps once every other day in the case of the blue runs, and not grooming the black diamond runs at all. The mid mountain lodge restuarant is closed on weekdays.
Food is very expensive -$7.50 for an ordinary hamburger, $4.50 for french fries, $8.40 for a chili dog. They have a captive audience , and exploit it to the utmost, with jacked-up pricing, for ordinary food.
The ski experience is still better than average. I stuck to the Mt. Lincoln lift most of the day, and never had to wait more than 5-10 minutes even at the height of the crowds on a weekend. The runs were in decent groomed shape until the early afternoon, even on a relatively warm winter day. Most of the runs were wide enough so as to be able to avoid the kamakaze skiiers.
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