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Backcountry safety starts with you: Pay attention at all times.

BACKCOUNTRY ACCESS

Backcountry safety starts with you: Pay attention at all times. Here is what you need to know before venturing outside the ski area boundary.

Sugar Bowl, in conjunction with the USFS maintains an open boundary policy. The area beyond the ski area boundary is in its natural state and entering the backcountry involves significant risks including those posed by deep snow, avalanches, steep terrain, cliffs, cornices and other terrain variations. We do not regularly perform avalanche mitigation or ski patrol support beyond our boundary and take no additional measures to mitigate the hazards to which skiers/boarders might be exposed. Persons skiing or riding beyond the ski area boundary assume all risks inherent in the backcountry. Before you leave the ski area boundary, please take the time to educate yourself about the backcountry.

For detailed backcountry access educational resources and the current backcountry report for the North Tahoe region visit the Sierra Avalanche Center website.

Always stay within sight and voice with a partner while skiing/riding in the backcountry. Only access the backcountry through the following Backcountry Gates, only when designated as “OPEN”. Refer to the resort trail map for these specific gate locations:

A. Flower Ridge D. Judah Bowl #2 G.  Anderson's
B. Tower E. Roller H. Patrol
C.  Judah Bowl #1  F. Crest  



We are happy to allow backcountry access from Sugar Bowl Resort but want to ensure all participants are respectful of the surrounding community. When traveling in the backcountry please be aware of local ordinances including resort boundary entry and exit regulations, the private property rights of others in adjacent areas, trespassing laws, and local parking restrictions.

UPHILL TRAVEL POLICY

Uphill travel within the resort and its surrounding areas by means of skinning, snowshoeing, hiking and running have gained popularity at Sugar Bowl. Skiers and riders must review and accept the terms of the Uphill Use Policy by downloading and completing this form . The rules and regulations set forth in the Uphill Travel Policy were developed in conjunction with the USFS, and the form must be signed and returned to the Judah Lodge Special Tickets offer before traveling uphill at Sugar Bowl Resort either during operating hours or after the resort has closed for the day.

In addition to a completed Uphill Travel Policy form, a valid season pass or Uphill Travel ticket is required to access Sugar Bowl Resort.



UPHILL & BACKCOUNTRY ACCESS RATES:

Uphill Travel Pass and Ticket Options:

Any valid Sugar Bowl Resort Season Pass (rates vary by pass type and age)  
1-Day Uphill Ticket (No lift access) $30
Uphill Travel Season Pass (no lift access) $159
1-Day Up & Out Ticket (provides 2 lift rides) $43*
*Guests must be on skis or snowboard to ride chairlifts, no foot passengers are allowed.

For daily status on Uphill Travel routes call (530) 426-6775 or see below.

 

Two Backcountry Splitboarders checking their avalanche beacons before going in the backcountry.
Backcountry snowboarder stoked on the fresh powder behind Sugar Bowl.

Current Uphill Status

Updated daily by 6:00am or as conditions change.
Mt. Judah Lower
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Mt. Judah Upper
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Mt. Lincoln
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Mt. Disney
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Uphill Travel hours are from 6am-7pm when open.
Last Updated: 05/24/2019 11:16 AM
Downhill Travel Terrain Areas
Mt. Judah Lower
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Mt. Judah Upper
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Mt. Lincoln
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Mt. Disney
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Crow's
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