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Investment and Upgrades Afoot at Sugar Bowl Resort

October powder at Sugar Bowl Resort

See this photo? It was taken this week at Sugar Bowl Resort. Powder in October? It’s a bit of a fluke but this doesn’t change the fact that Sugar Bowl gets over 500 inches of snow per year, more fluffy white goodness than any resort in the Lake Tahoe basin.

I learned to ski at Sugar Bowl and still consider it to be one of the best family ski resorts in the country with a variety of terrain for all abilities, an outstanding ski school program with a 3:1 ratio for all levels, and a ‘no attitude’ atmosphere.

Despite its age — the resort has been family owned and operated since 1939 — Sugar Bowl has invested in infrastructure where it counts including innovative chair operation programming that led to getting an award for the Best Chairlift Safety award from the National Ski Areas Association last year. As a parent, safety is what matters most out of all the amenities and perks a resort can offer.

New Crow’s Peak chairlift

Sugar Bowl Ski Resort 2013-14 Upgrades

This year Sugar Bowl skiers will benefit from $20 million in upgrades and improvements. Highlights include:

New Crow’s Peak Chairlift: This new lift provides access to what was hike-to only skiing, dramatically increasing skiable terrain for intermediate and advanced skiers. “Some of the best tree skiing in the region is right here,” says John Monson, Sugar Bowl’s Director of Sales and Marketing.

New Sport Haus Fitness and Aquatic Center: This new full-service fitness zone including lap lanes and a yoga studio, will be available to Sugar Bowl homeowners, Sugar Bowl Academy student athletes, and best of all, Sugar Bowl lodge guests. The Lodge at Sugar Bowl has been featured in the CB! Collection for years and is one of the few ski-out lodging options for families in the Lake Tahoe basin. It’s all-families-all-the-time at the lodge and the inviting setting makes it fun pre and post ski days.

New Sugar Bowl Academy Campus: Sugar Bowl hosts 75 student athletes who study and live at the resort. The new ski-in/ski out campus is scheduled to open in January 2014 and will feature state-of-the-art facilities for program participants.

Sugar Bowl operates Royal Gorge now, North America’s largest cross country resort. There’s signs of innovation here too with Snow Biking — fat tire mountain biking on snow — and Snow Kiting, a fast-growing winter sport.

Sugar Bowl Lift Ticket Pricing

Kids 5 and under ski free at Sugar Bowl. Otherwise, daily tickets/holiday tickets for kids ages 6-12 are $30-35, young adults ages 13-22 are $70-75, and adults are $82-88. Get more price details on the Sugar Bowl Lift Tickets page.

Need Help Booking a Family Ski Holiday?

If you need help booking a family ski holiday, CB’s expert Family Vacation Consulting team can help! Request assistance on our Connect with a Travel Advisor page.

Photos courtesy of Sugar Bowl Resort

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