First Weekend of '09

by: vedhed - Jan 5, 2009

  • Overall Rating 4
  • Family Friendly 4
  • All Mtn. Terrain 4
  • Terrain Park 0
  • Nightlife 0

    Pros: Good Steeps

    Cons: Takes longer for snowpack to build

    Recommended For: Singles, Family Friendly, Empty Nesters

    Date Visited: Jan 1, 2009


Full review

Headed up to Sugar Bowl for the first weekend of '09 with 3 friends. Its a pretty straight shot from the Bay Area and a quick exit being so close to Donner Pass. This was my first time at Sugar and I was impressed with the steeps. I've only recently become a double black rider and I managed to scare the bejeezus out of myself twice without killing myself or my friends. Tahoe's getting pricey and Sugar Bowl is no exception. We got "discount" all day lift passes for $60 dollars. Where are we, The Canyons?

It was a good day of riding though and even though the snow pack isn't what it is on Sierra, Kirkwood or some of the other big name resorts, the corn was covered enough that it was a fun obstacle and not a danger to our boards. Plenty of blues and real challenging blacks to be had. There was an unusual number of riders bumping into skiers and vice-versa, but that may have been an aberration and not the norm at Sugar. I'll find out as I definitely plan on visiting again.

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