Driving Directions to Sugar Bowl Resort

Comprehensive and detailed driving directions so you can spend less time driving and more time skiing at Sugar Bowl Resort.

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Sugar Bowl Resort

Perched atop Tahoe’s Donner Summit, Sugar Bowl Resort is the closest major resort to Sacramento and the Bay Area. Sugar Bowl offers terrain to accommodate beginners and challenge experts, spreading across four peaks serviced by 13 lifts and 1500 acres with 500 inches of annual snowfall. As one of the country's oldest ski areas, Sugar Bowl has kept it's classic ski atmosphere while providing modern amenities. Guests can access the resort through two portals--a quick ride on the historic gondola to the snow bound Village or slope side parking at the modern Mt. Judah Day Lodge.

By Car:

From Reno: Take Interstate 80 west to Truckee. For the fastest route from Truckee, take the last Truckee exit at Donner Pass Road. Turn left on Donner Pass Road. Follow the road past Donner Lake about three miles up over the summit. Turn left at the Main entrance sign to Sugar Bowl.

Donner Pass Road (Highway 40) is frequently maintained and open as conditions permit. Call 530-426-1111 for road updates.

If you prefer to stay on Interstate 80, take it over Donner Summit to the Norden/Soda Springs exit. Turn left on Highway 40, and continue about 3 miles to Sugar Bowl's Village Gondola parking lot. The covered parking lot is on your right. Or continue on Highway 40 another 1/2 mile to the Main Lot and convenient slopeside parking near the new Main Lodge.

From Sacramento: Take interstate 80 east, towards Donner Summit. Then exit at the Norden/Soda Springs off ramp, Exit 174. Turn right on Highway 40 eastbound, and continue 3 miles to Sugar Bowl's Village Gondola parking lot. The covered parking lot is on your right.

Or for faster access to the slopes and terrain park, continue on Highway 40 another 1/2 mile. Turn right at the Main entrance and park in the Main Lot for convenient slope-side parking near the new Main Lodge.

From San Francisco: Take the Bay Bridge to Interstate 80, head east toward Sacramento/Reno. Just before you reach Donner Summit look for the "Sugar Bowl Next Exit" sign then exit at the Norden/Soda Springs off ramp. Turn right on Highway 40 eastbound, and continue 3 miles to Sugar Bowl's Village Gondola parking lot. The covered parking lot is on your right.

Or for faster access to the slopes and terrain park, continue on Highway 40 another 1/2 mile to the Main Lot and convenient slopeside parking beside the new Main Lodge.

From San Jose: To get to Interstate 80 eastbound, there are 2 options:

1) Take Highway 880 north about 40 miles to 80 east toward Sacramento.

2) Or take Highway 680 north. Connect to Highway 80 east (at Fairfield). Take Hwy 80 east toward Sacramento/Reno.

When you reach Sacramento, take Hwy 80 toward Reno. When you see the "Sugar Bowl Next Exit" sign on I-80, just before Donner Summit, exit at the Norden/Soda Springs exit. Turn right on Highway 40 eastbound, and continue 3 miles to Sugar Bowl's Village Gondola parking lot. The covered parking lot is on your right.

Or for faster access to the slopes and terrain park, continue on Highway 40 another 1/2 mile to the Main Lot and convenient slopeside parking beside the new Main Lodge.

From Tahoe City: Take Highway 89 north to Highway 80. Continue under the freeway to Donner Pass Road at the Gateway Shopping Center in Truckee. Turn left on Donner Pass Road and follow it past Donner Lake, three miles up and over the summit. Note: Donner Pass Road (Highway 40) is frequently maintained and open as conditions permit. It's the fastest route from Truckee, and much quicker than Interstate 80. Call 530-426-1111 for road updates.

Turn left at Sugar Bowl's Main Entrance for convenient slopeside parking near the new Main Lodge and quick access to our express quads and terrain parks.

Or for a fun, scenic ride aboard the Village Gondola, continue 1/2 mile to the Village Gondola parking area.

From Truckee: Take Donner Pass Road past Donner Lake. Head three miles up and over the summit. Note: Donner Pass Road (Highway 40) is frequently maintained and open as conditions permit. It's the fastest route from Truckee, and much quicker than Interstate 80. Call 530-426-1111 for road updates.

Turn left at Sugar Bowl's Main Entrance for convenient slopeside parking near the new Main Lodge.

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