Great All-Around

by: trescott - Apr 30, 2010

  • Overall Rating 5
  • Family Friendly 5
  • All-Mtn. Terrain 5
  • Terrain Park 4
  • Nightlife 4

    Pros: Variety for all levels, Live Music

    Cons: Cost

    Recommended For: Singles, Family Friendly, Empty Nesters

    Date Visited: Apr 1, 2010

Full review

We chose Sugar Bowl for our first family ski trip a year ago and have never regretted it. There's a really easy, yet fun training bowl for beginners and their instructional program - both private and group lessons - is the best we've experienced, so far. The prices are a little high for half-day lift tickets and youth equipment rental is out-of-this-world, so we highly recommend renting down the hill. Of course, once you realize you're going more than a few times in a single season, better to just go ahead and buy your kid's gear. :-) They've got some nice runs that are challenging, but still safe for beginners and for speed freaks, there's a huge, wide open downhill area with plenty of room to bring 'em to a stop safely at the bottom. Nothing beats the live music at the end of a long day of skiing and the menu - while expensive - has something for every palette. Donner may be more affordable, but Sugar Bowl just has so much more to offer that it's worth the extra expense.