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Happy Days Ahead: What to Expect- Opening Day 2023/24

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Winter 2023/24 is an exceptional year for us, it’s our 85th Anniversary! We’re just days away from another fantastic year of shredding, stoke, and snow. Make sure you know exactly how to kick off Opening Day on December 1 and don’t miss the special activations we have planned. We hope you will join us in welcoming in the new season the Sugar Bowl way.

Lifts Spinning

We will spin Jerome Hill Express with two runs open for top top-to-bottom skiing & riding. We will also be operating White Pine and the Flume Moving Carpet. There will be a small beginner park on Caboose with 5-6 features. We will be open daily as conditions permit.

Our Snowmaking team has focused all early season efforts on these zones of the resort to prepare as much terrain as possible for Opening Day. The team will look to expand terrain as conditions allow. Early-season conditions will exist, so please ski & ride with care. We have a long season ahead of us.

Don’t Miss First Chair Fun

We have something special planned at the Jerome Express Hill lift for our loyal early birds lined up for their first chair of the season. The first 50 people in line will receive a custom Blackstrap x Sugar Bowl neck tube as part of Blackstrap’s F1rst chair Project. We are also baking a few dozen trays of our fresh Sugar Bowl Sugar Cookies to share.

Of course, we’ll have music to keep the vibe going while we wait for the first chair of the season. Then, from 10:30am-1:30pm, DJ Chango will be spinning on the Sundeck. Hang out after some laps and enjoy our kickoff après of the season.

snowboarder holding up a neck tube at sugar bowl resort
Last year’s F1rst Chair Blackstrap x Sugar Bowl neck tube

Pick Up Your Season Pass

If you had a Sugar Bowl season pass last season and renewed the same pass type, your pass is active and you can head straight to the lift. If you are a new passholder or changed pass types and did not receive your season pass in the mail, you can pick it up at the Judah ticket office starting at 8:00am. Please make sure that your waiver has been signed online and that you have a profile photo uploaded. Our season pass office will be fully staffed every day beginning December 1st; however, please be patient if you are planning to pick up your pass during peak pass office hours (8:45am-10:15am.)

Skier Services Open

The special ticket and season pass office is open daily along with the rental shop and retail shop in Judah Lodge from 8:00am – 5:00pm. The Sugar Bowl Snowsports School will also offer lessons daily including first-timer lesson packages for only $149 (Learn More).

2 girls cheers drinks in the snow

Grab a Bite to Eat

The Judah Cafe is open daily from 7:30am-4pm. Don’t forget to check out the new food and beverage offerings at Judah. P.S. There is some amazing ramen on the menu now! The Sierra Vista Bar is open from 9am-5pm daily.

For those looking to experience the Village, there is no skiing but the Lodge, Dining Room and Belt Room Bar will be open. The Belt Room Bar is open 3pm-9pm on Friday and 11am-9pm on Saturday & Sunday. The Dining Room is open for breakfast only, 7:30am-10:30am, Saturday & Sunday.

Uphill Travel

Due to limited terrain and early season conditions, uphill travel will be closed.  As we are able to expand skiing terrain, we will look to provide uphill access.


If you want to park closest to the lifts that will be spinning, you’ll want to park in the upper lot at Sugar Bowl. The Gondola to access the Village Lodge will be spinning, but no skiing will be available from the Village at this time. 

Reminder: Carpooling is cool! We recommend sharing the drive with your Sugar Bowl friends and family if you can.

Authentic Alpine Experience
Perched atop Donner Summit, Sugar Bowl Resort has been family owned since the beginning in 1939. While visiting Sugar Bowl much of the historic charm is still maintained within the modern resort. Touches of Austrian character and Bavarian styling provide a glimpse into Hannes Schroll's and other founders' vision for this unique mountain.