Sugar Bowl: the micro K-factor

by: zakk - Feb 18, 2009

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

    Pros: Lots of runs, good snow, great mountain

    Cons: vertical is so-so

    Recommended For: Singles

    Date Visited: Feb 1, 2008

Full review

With conditions looking so-so, we decided to head to the mountains and get some snowboarding in this past weekend. After a birthday party with too much beer, we go up at 5 am (!!!) and were on the road at 6am headed for Sugar Bowl.

The drive was very doable, much more than Squaw Valley, and the road was much more pleasant than heading to Bear Valley as well. Parking was great and even getting there at 9:30am there was plenty of prime parking left.

The lines were minimal and the people there were genuinely helpful and friendly. The guys on the Nob Hill lift were giving words of encouragement, tips on scooting to the lift and helping her time the lift as well.

While its true there isn't much vertical going on, I love the width of the mountain, as I try to take as long a route as possible to enjoy the mountain on the way down with BIG S's all the way down. The trails tie in nicely as well.