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Sugar Bowl Resort

Sugar Bowl Resort

Overall
Overall PAF Score

Overall
Rank

50

Rank in
Region

7

Rank in
State

7

Best time for snow at
Sugar Bowl Resort
Snow quality compared w/
rest of North American resorts
Last 10 Days of Snowfall at Sugar Bowl Resort

Powder
Forecast

Powder Forecast
Friday
Day
0"
Night
0"
Saturday
Day
0"
Night
0"
Sunday
Day
0"
Night
0"
Monday
Day
0"
Night
0"
Tuesday
Day
0"
Night
1-2"
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6"+ of snow
on the way
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LAX to RNO
depart Sun Dec 17
return Wed Dec 20
Alaska
$433
MSP to RNO
depart Sun Dec 17
return Wed Dec 20
United
$539
SEA to RNO
depart Mon Dec 18
return Wed Dec 20
Alaska
$568
ATL to RNO
depart Mon Dec 18
return Wed Dec 20
United
$595
SFO to RNO
depart Sun Dec 17
return Wed Dec 20
United
$712
BOS to RNO
depart Sun Dec 17
return Wed Dec 20
United
$740
EWR to RNO
depart Sun Dec 17
return Wed Dec 20
United
$750
DFW to RNO
depart Sun Dec 17
return Wed Dec 20
United
$795
ORD to RNO
depart Sun Dec 17
return Wed Dec 20
United
$873
IAH to RNO
depart Sun Dec 17
return Wed Dec 20
United
$1,153
True Snow: 456" per year
Snow Quality Rank

33

Accounts for resorts' snow quantity, moisture content, latitude, elevation, and slope aspects.

Dump Potential Rank

18

Sugar Bowl Resort is ranked No. 18 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Historical Powder Odds
Daily Lottery

% of days with more than 6" of snow

20.3%

Extended Stay

% of months with more than 90" of snow

41.0%

Drought Threat

% of months with less than 30" of snow

20.0%

*Special thanks to Tony Crocker and Bestsnow.net.

Dump Potential Rank

18

Sugar Bowl Resort is ranked No. 18 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Snow
Quality
Rank

33

Accounts for resorts' snow quantity, moisture content, latitude, elevation, and slope aspects.

Total Snow Score

This score accounts for total snow quantity, its moisture content, the resort's latitude, elevation, and its slope aspects, which affect total snow preservation.

Comparables

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Core Strengths of Sugar Bowl Resort

Core Strengths
Snow Volume
rank
18
score
73.9
Snow Quality
rank
33
score
70.3
Overall
rank
50
score
72.1

Trail Breakdown

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Vertical Drop

1500 ft

8383 ft
Base Elevation: 6883 ft

Slope Aspects

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A few words on the Snow at Sugar Bowl Resort

At Sugar Bowl 20.3% of winter days see 6 inches or more of snow and 41% of winter months see 90 inches or more. This is elite, blue-chip style snow frequency, rivaled only by a handful of areas in North America. However, Sierra snowfall is notoriously volatile, so 20% of winter months see less than 30 inches of snow. Sugar Bowl's base of 6,900 feet is low enough for it to see occasional winter rain. Sierra average snow density of 12% is not the blower of the Rockies but easily managed on modern fat rockered skis.

Accumulation and Preservation

With its ample snowfall Sugar Bowl averages about 3/4 open at Christmas, as good as anywhere in California. However, Sierra droughts can be extreme, so even the snowiest California areas are less than ¼ open at Christmas in the worst 15% of seasons. Sugar Bowl is predominantly north-facing but tops out at 8,400 feet, so overall snow preservation is about average for the Sierra.