Being a California girl who loves to travel, I’m ashamed to say I made my first trek to the famous Sugar Bowl Resort just last month.
I didn’t know what to expect, with this winter lodge and ski resort being in the height of summer. In my mind ski resorts in summer just.. don’t exist? I guess? In my minds eye they should just melt away with the snow in some Brigadoon-type apparition of Currier and Ives in the winter, haha.
So I was pleasantly surprised to have a blast in this beautiful summer spot. From wildflowers and birdsong, to walking trails and cozy firepits where you can roast smores and sip coffee, this place held so much mountain charm with a lingering 1940s era style that I am anxious to see it in it’s wintertime glory!
For those of you not in the know, Sugar Bowl is a ski and snowboard area near Truckee, California along the Donner Pass of the Sierra Nevada. This classic California ski resort opened on December 15, 1939. Sugar Bowl 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 the first ski area in California to install a chairlift and the first on the west coast to install a gondola lift.
The mountain peaks of Mt. Judah and Mt. Lincoln, that eventually became the ski slopes of the Sugar Bowl ski resort, were a part of the American pioneersv route, back in the 1800s. A part of the California wagon trail called Roller Pass ran between Mt. Judah and Mt. Lincoln. It was one of the wagon trails through Donner Pass that was used by settlers and prospectors, on the Emigrant Trail, coming from the eastern United States across the Sierra Nevada. Today the same pass can be reached by way of the Pacific Crest Trail or a new trail created by Sugar Bowl ski resort, in 1994, called the Mt. Judah Loop Trail.
Sugar Bowl is one of the oldest and longest running ski resorts on the west coast, having been in operation for over 75 years.