The season is winding down for Sugar Bowl ski resort. And one day prior to closing, there will be a cool party atmosphere with the new Pond Skim party.
Conveniently located off Interstate 80 at the Norden exit, Sugar Bowl celebrates a record-setting season of snow totals with a Tiki-themed Pond Skim party Saturday, April 20. Like many Tahoe ski resorts, Sugar Bowl will close on Easter Sunday, April 21.
The inaugural Pond Skim event will take place on the Village side of the resort between the Nob Hill and Disney chairlifts. The event filled up quickly and has 75 skiers and snowboarders, ages 10 and over. Interested skiers and riders can still put their names on the waiting list, in case anyone drops out. Costumes are required of each participant, along with a valid lift ticket or season pass.
Pond Skim awards will be based on distance and the biggest splash. Judges include Olympic skier Daron Rahlves, Sacramento TV personality Dina Kupfer, Tahoe OpenSnow forecaster Bryan Allegretto and professional freeride mountain biker Cam Zink.
Spectators are welcome and can watch the fun event for free. An expected day of spring skiing will include live music, tropical drinks and a Hawaiian BBQ. Proceeds from the registration will go to support the Donner Summit Association, which is working to improve trail access and revitalize the Donner Summit.
Tiki Pond Skim
- 10-11 am: Check-in on Village Deck
- 11 am.: Possible extra spaces released to wait list
- Noon-2:30 pm: Pond Skim event
- 3 pm: Pond Skim: awards on Village Deck
Sugar Bowl surpassed the 600-inch mark earlier this season and has 619 inches as of April 14 and has the second largest snow totals among Tahoe ski resorts. Squaw Valley has the most snow with 677 inches.
Sugar Bowl is one of many Tahoe ski resorts that offer discount lift tickets for the remainder of the 2018-19 season. The best deal for lift tickets is to shop online at least two days in advance. Skiers and snowboarders Lake Tahoe can save as much as 50-percent off a lift ticket, depending on how far out they purchase and for what date.
Wednesday’s Military & First Responders are able to extend this benefit to others with a 2-for-1 full-price adult lift ticket. Skiers or riders need to present a valid ID at any ticket window.
Sugar Bowl offers the “Advantage Card,” which is valid every day. The card costs $25 and the resort website says skiers and riders can “save $15 off the window rate any time, including weekends and holidays.”
CLOSING DATES TAHOE SKI RESORTS
- Tahoe Donner: Closed April 14
- Kirkwood Mountain: April 14 (weekend of April 19-21)
- Northstar California: April 21
- Boreal Mountain: April 21
- Diamond Peak: April 21
- Sugar Bowl: April 21
- Soda Springs: April 21
- Homewood Mountain: April 21
- Mt. Rose: April 28
- Sierra-at-Tahoe: April 21 (possibly later)
- Granlibakken: April 30
- Alpine Meadows: April 21 (open weekends in May)
- Heavenly Mountain: April 28 (open weekends in May)
- Squaw Valley: July 7