An unexpected accumulation of snow this week has prompted Sugar Bowl ski resort in Lake Tahoe to announce it will open for the 2012-13 season on Saturday, Nov. 17.
The storm dropped more than 18 inches on Sugar Bowl and the dramatic drop in temperatures this weekend ensured that the snow will remain and more can be added through snow-making methods.
Located off Highway 80 at the Norden exit on Donner Summit, Sugar Bowl will open with weekend operations on Nov. 17-18, offering 1,500 vertical feet of top-to-bottom skiing and snowboarding off the Disney, Nob Hill, Christmas Tree and Lincoln Express chairlifts.
Access to the mountain will be via the Village Gondola, which will operate from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. with village-side operations only. Village tickets will be open to accommodate ticketing and pass needs. Special tickets will also be open on the Mt. Judah side to assist with any season pass purchase and/or fulfillment needs. Lift tickets will be $80.
Current operating plans call for a midweek resort closure Monday through Wednesday (Nov. 19-21), and a reopening for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend Nov. 22-25.
Sugar Bowl suggests visiting its new website – www.sugarbowl.com – for operational updates, including opening plans for Royal Gorge Cross Country Resort, also available on www.royalgorge.com as snow and weather may mandate updates as needed.
Boreal is currently the only Lake Tahoe ski resort open right now. It will operate daily from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. and is hoping to maintain those hours on a regular basis.
Here are the projected openings for Lake Tahoe ski resorts:
Heavenly: November 16
Northstar: November 16
Sugar Bowl: November 17