Sugar Bowl Ski Resort (©Maria Ly/Flickr, Creative Commons)
One of the first ski areas to be built west of the Rockies, Sugar Bowl combines history with ultra-modern lifts and convenient lodges. Snowbound Sugar Bowl Lodge offers guest rooms and superb dining in winter and idyllic private event facilities during spring, summer and fall. Modern Judah Lodge has the most convenient access to the slopes during ski season. Located atop the Sierra Crest at Donner Summit, Sugar Bowl records some of the highest annual snowfall in Tahoe. The resort has 12 chairlifts and skiing on 3 peaks, including Mt. Disney (named for one of Sugar Bowl's original investors).