The Lodge at Sugar Bowl
Photo © Felix McLaughlin
Built in 1939, the Bavarian style lodge was the pinnacle piece of founder Hannes Schroll's dream of developing a Tyrolean style resort in the heart of the Sierra Nevada. For a few exciting years, Sugar Bowl was a rarefied Hollywood outpost where high society, powerful businessmen and movie stars signed their names to Sugar Bowl's front desk registry with fair regularity. Levi Strauss, King Vidor, Robert Stack, Norma Shearer, Margaret Sullivan, Jean Arthur, James B. Conant and Doris Duke were just a few of the regular guests. Some came to ski, some just to relax, some to party and some to sit out Nevada's easy divorce requirements. Some, like Claudette Cobert, spent more time preening for the slopes than skiing on them.
Here are just a few of the notable celebrity stories found in "Skiing with Style" by local author, Robert Frohlich.
In 1942, actor Errol Flynn stayed at the lodge accompanied by his bodyguard. This caused a great deal of excitement.
Stockholder Walt Disney visited Sugar Bowl on occasion. One evening, the famed illustrator was in the bar when the bartender begged to be excused for a break and Disney agreed to take his place.
In February 1946, fur-clad actress Norma Shearer visited Sugar Bowl with her husband Marty Arrouge. Shearer introduced herself to the lodge's receptionist, Fred Morrison. Noticing a photograph of the teenage girl on the clerk's desk, Shearer remarked. "What a pretty face; she should be in pictures." Morrison explained that it was a photo for his daughter, Jeanette. Shearer asked if she could have a copy to take back with her to Hollywood. Returning to Southern California, the influential film actress showed the photo to MGM talent executives. Jeanette was summoned to the studio for a screen test. A contract was signed, a new name proposed and the daughter of this Sugar Bowl employee was cast as the lead actress opposite Van Johnson in the Civil War drama, Romance of Rosy Ridges. Thus began the film career of Janet Leigh.
The Lodge has been improved over the years and offers all the modern amenities desired by the overnight or week long guest. The snowbound lodge is accessed via snow cat or gondola and offers fine dining, spa and slope side accessibility. Guests are also encouraged to take a tour of the historic photographs hanging through out the Lodge.
Enjoy the European charm and warm friendly ambiance of The Lodge at Sugar Bowl. Park in the convenient indoor garage, have your luggage and skis loaded aboard a personal gondola and glide towards a classic alpine experience. Each of the 27 rooms have their own private bathroom, TV/DVD, coffee maker, and complimentary wireless internet. Laundry facilities are also available in the Lodge.
A visit to the Summit Spa is the perfect addition to a day at Sugar Bowl. Treat yourself to a morning sports massage to get the body primed for a day out on the mountain, or a deep tissue massage to relax those sore muscles from a day at play by professionally trained and experienced therapists.
The Lodge is located just steps from the Mt. Disney and Nob Hill lifts. Guests can request a mountain view room and escape in style. For reservations, please call 530-426-6742.
Seasons Open: Winter for skiing and winter sports. Summer for weddings and events.
Skiing and Winter Sports
2010-2010 Winter Operation: December 10, 2010 - April 23, 2011
Rate Range: Roughly December thru April...or when the snow falls.
For directions online, please visit http://www.sugarbowl.com/getting-here
For GPS directions, please use 629 Sugar Bowl Rd., Norden, CA 95724 or 39° 18' 20.8476" N, 120° 20' 3.552" W.
From I-80, please take Exit 174 and head east until you see the sign for the The Lodge at Sugar Bowl. From Truckee, to get a taste of history, take Old Highway 40 past Donner Lake and head up to the summit.