In 1938 Walt Disney was among the visionaries who helped pick this picture-perfect location, and placed upon it the first chair lift in California. Because we were up here first, we naturally selected the best spot.
What Mr. Disney and his fellow adventurers found was a prime location near Donner Summit; a place of precipitous peaks, steep narrow chutes and wide open bowls. But more than that, they picked a spot that receives more snow than almost anywhere in North America. On average, receiving over 500 inches of feather-light snow per year. It also happened to be easier to get to than other locations in the Tahoe area.
Once you discover Sugar Bowl, you’ll see how the same man who brought the Matterhorn to Southern California, outdid himself with a grander, truer alpine experience in the Sierras. One with lots more fun and tons more snow.
- Summit: 8,383 feet
- Base: 6,883 feet
- Vertical Drop: 1,500 feet
- Lifts: 12
- Skiable Area: 1,500 acres
- Annual Snowfall: 500 inches