Since 1939

A resort steeped with history

Proudly Independent for Over 80 Years

One of the oldest ski resorts in California, Sugar Bowl has a storied past with ties to Austrian ski culture, Hollywood and Walt Disney. This special place helped bring skiing to “sunny California,” was home to the state’s first chairlift, and the west’s first ski gondola. Today, Sugar Bowl continues to attract adventurous winter sports enthusiasts who are drawn to the authentic, community-based experience only offered here.

Read on to learn more about where we’ve come from…

Historic Sugar Bowl Ski Resort. Black and white vintage image of three skiers tucked and skiing down the mountain.

Trains & Donner Summit History