Summertime at Sugar Bowl Resort in Truckee, California

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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.

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Have you been to Sugar Bowl Resort? Interested in checking it out? Share in the comments below!

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Gingi is a photographer, cosplayer, amateur chef, crazy cat lady, anime otaku, bookworm, generic geek, world traveler, conservative Christian, homeschooler, devoted military wife and stay at home new mother of two little girls. Gingi blogs about anything and everything that is relevant to being a supermom, stay at home wife, homeschooler and geek girl! You can contact her at gingifreeman@gmail.com or via the contact form on her website at www.domesticgeekgirl.com

57 thoughts on “Summertime at Sugar Bowl Resort in Truckee, California

  • 22 July, 2015 at 8:20 pm
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    Hmm.. what’s the story with the Disney Express on the gondola? Interesting!
    My friend is from Truckee and I remember Donner Pass well. I remember having to Google it because it was some crazy story of people dying. Something like that.
    The air looks so crisp and fresh. I miss it so.

    • 23 July, 2015 at 3:04 pm
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      This was a favorite ski spot of Walt Disney… the resort has tons of Disney memorabilia and donated relics, hehe…

  • 22 July, 2015 at 9:31 pm
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    I was curious about the Disney Express thing too. Is this the resort that Walt was throwing in with just before he passed?

    • 23 July, 2015 at 3:06 pm
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      Yeah! This is the place!

  • 22 July, 2015 at 10:40 pm
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    Gosh!!!! This is so so so beautiful, it absolutely takes my breath away. I love how it is all wooden, anytime better than any of those concrete monstrosities these days. Those are so dead to the world, no life, no character. Love the homely looking cafe and the lobby too…and the breathtaking surroundings!!!

    • 23 July, 2015 at 3:06 pm
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      Right? I love all the large timber beams and etched in history!!

  • 23 July, 2015 at 12:19 am
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    I’d absolutely love to visit this resort. Your photo’s are spectacular. I love to travel too, just don’t do to much of it these days. We’re taking lots of hiking trips with the kids which is super fun =) Most one tank trips or the kids get whiney in the car. I would love to go here minus the kids despite the Disney express, ha.

    • 23 July, 2015 at 3:07 pm
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      Awww, thank you Laura! I need to get hiking more often, its on my summer checklist!

  • 23 July, 2015 at 12:48 am
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    Everything looks amazing! Wish I was there! Thanks for sharing girl!

    • 23 July, 2015 at 3:10 pm
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      <3

  • 23 July, 2015 at 7:33 am
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    This is such a fun post love the photos, thanks for sharing you have an amazing blog. Do you want to support each other’s blog by following each other?:) Please let me know if you do so I can follow you right back x

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    • 23 July, 2015 at 3:11 pm
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      Sure, I’ll keep in touch with ya! <3

    • 23 July, 2015 at 3:13 pm
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      Yeah, this was Walt’s favorite ski lodge! <3

  • 23 July, 2015 at 2:23 pm
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    We are big skiers, and we’ve skied Tahoe, but I’ve never been to Sugar Bowl. As much as I love the mountains in the winter, I love them even more in the summer. Alex and I hike for hours, and the guys mountain bike. Summer mountain vacations are one of my favorites. Beautiful pictures, Gingi!

    • 23 July, 2015 at 3:16 pm
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      Yeah, mountains in the spring and summertime are my FAVORITE!

  • 23 July, 2015 at 3:10 pm
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    Lovely photos as always my dear! It looks like a very pleasant resort even during the summer. Beautiful nature, mountins and SO green 🙂

  • 23 July, 2015 at 3:59 pm
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    Such a spectacular view. Beautiful pics, Gingi. I would love to go there one of these days.
    xox
    Lenya
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    • 24 July, 2015 at 2:44 pm
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      <3

  • 23 July, 2015 at 5:20 pm
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    How incredibly gorgeous! Certainly a place worth visiting with family and friends 🙂

    • 24 July, 2015 at 2:51 pm
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      I don’t ski either, but it’s on my bucket list!

  • 24 July, 2015 at 2:26 am
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    What a cool place! I bet it’s even better in the winter 🙂

    • 24 July, 2015 at 2:58 pm
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      I love California.. this and Florida have become my two favorite states! <3

  • 24 July, 2015 at 4:44 pm
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    What a beautiful nature in this resort! If it was close to me I’d definitely go there)
    I never visited ski resort in summer, however being a north country we have a lot of them with mountain bikes and other things for the hot days) Maybe one day I’ll try it)

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    • 27 July, 2015 at 2:16 pm
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      I hate the cold, so now I’m just sold on ski resorts in the summer, haha! <3

  • 24 July, 2015 at 10:25 pm
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    Well, I’ve not heard of this place before … my excuse is that I live in the UK !

    Love your pictures though, and the view of the lake looks amazing.

    Have a Happy Weekend

    All the best Jan

  • 25 July, 2015 at 6:40 am
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    I genuinely don’t even know what to say (and that doesn’t happen often) I love all of this. Looks like a perfect vacation, whether it’s during the summer or winter.

    x- Naomi in Wonderland

    • 27 July, 2015 at 2:16 pm
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      <3

  • 25 July, 2015 at 3:35 pm
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    That place looks amazing! I’ve never been, but I’ve always wondered what a ski resort looked like during summer. It’s weird seeing ski lifts without snow on the ground.

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  • 25 July, 2015 at 6:45 pm
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    Beautiful photos! I’m with you on ‘summer in the Alps, wth?’ That was until I visited the Swiss Alps during Summertime. It.is.gorgeous. The mountain air, sunshine, wildflowers, completely different from winter, but so wonderful. I imagine Truckee being very similar.

    • 27 July, 2015 at 2:18 pm
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      Oh man, the alps is on my bucket list so hard!! The more I travel, the more I want to travel MORE, ya know? haha..

  • 25 July, 2015 at 8:25 pm
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    What a beautiful place, wow! I would love to go there, it seems lovely. But sadly I’ve never left Europe, so maybe I should start by that haha 😉
    XO IMKE | Pastellics

  • 25 July, 2015 at 9:35 pm
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    I am always learning great new California stuff from you! This looks fun. I’d never heard of it. I do have a snow boarder, age 9, who is appalled by Monterey’s lack of snow.

    • 27 July, 2015 at 2:18 pm
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      LOL, you guys should hit this place up sometime!! <3

  • 26 July, 2015 at 2:37 am
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    Gingi since I am not a fan of snow…especially have the horrible winter we had last year, I would love this resort in the summer… being able to walk the trails and enjoy the flowers… I won’t even think of winter until I have no other choice…

    This place looks so lovely xox

    • 27 July, 2015 at 2:21 pm
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      It was! I had a fun time! <3

  • 28 July, 2015 at 7:09 pm
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    I’ve never been but boy are you making me want to go lol. I mean just look at everything. I so need a vacay, and this would be a wonderful place to visit. Thanks for taking me along with you by photos.

    Kia / House of KTS
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  • 1 August, 2015 at 4:18 pm
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    Wow, this place looks good to have a family time. I haven’t visited before, but won’t mind at all. Great shots, Gingi. 🙂

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    • 7 August, 2015 at 4:54 pm
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      Thanks Missy!! <3

  • 9 August, 2015 at 7:13 pm
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    The views are so stunning!!! And that place has so much history. I wish I could escape this hectic work of mine to run to a nice place like that.

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