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Snow Kiting in Sugar Bowl, Truckee, California USA

Elevation:
6.772 feet/2.064 meters
Area:
Over 2 mi²/5.1 km² of wide open
Sugar Bowl ski resort is a ski area in northern Placer County, near Norden, along Donner Pass of Sierra Nevada, at about 46 mi/74 km from Reno on Interstate 80, California, USA. The resort was opened on the 15th of December 1939.

In the north, there is Lake Van Norden, North Tahoe Home of Sierra Snowkite Center. It is the perfect place for snow-kiting. You can snow-kite there, regardless your level. Van Norden is a kind of straight forward snowkite location at an elevation of 6772 ft/2064 m.

There are over 2 mi²/5.1 km² of wide open. This spot can accommodate over 100 kiters at any time and offers some of the best winds. There are all wind directions, west, southwest, northwest and east and all of them very good. Forecast is over 10 mph/16 kph in any direction.

Launch is made in a wide open snowy meadow with an alpine lake. KGB and SSC have worked together to provide snow-kiting services in the Tahoe Area. SSC area has great snow coverage with built features, wide open terrain, creek crossing and groomed launch area.

If you get tired, you can always enjoy a hot cup of chocolate at a warm hut located nearby. This area is a government property, privately leased to Sugar Bowl and Royal Gorge, so if you want to have fun at this spot, a season pass and a brief safety assessment are required.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Reno
49.6 miles/79.82 km, 1 hour 21 minutes
Take interstate 80 west to Truckee. For the latest route from Truckee, take the last Truckee exit at Donner Pass Road.
BY CAR FROM Sacramento
91.6 miles/147.42 km, 1 hour 34 minutes
Take interstate 80 east, towards Donner Summit. Then exit at the Norden/Soda Springs off ramp, Exit 174. Turn right on Highway 40 eastbound, and continue 3 miles to Sugar Bowl's Village Gondola parking lot. The covered parking lot is on your right. Or for faster access to the slopes and terrain park, continue on Highway 40 another 1/2 mile. Turn right at the Main entrance and park in the Main Lot for convenient slope-side parking near the new Main Lodge.
BY CAR FROM San Francisco
178 miles/286.46 km, 2 hours 51 minutes
Take the Bay Bridge to Interstate 80, head east toward Sacramento/Reno. Just before you reach Donner Summit look for the "Sugar Bowl Next Exit" sign then exit at the Norden/Soda Springs off ramp. Turn right on Highway 40 eastbound, and continue 3 miles to Sugar Bowl's Village Gondola parking lot. The covered parking lot is on your right. Or for faster access to the slopes and terrain park, continue on Highway 40 another 1/2 mile to the Main Lot and convenient slope-side parking beside the new Main Lodge.
BY CAR FROM San Jose
208 miles/334.74 km, 3 hours 18 minutes
When you reach Sacramento, take Hwy 80 towards Reno. When you see the "Sugar Bowl Next Exit" sign on I-80, just before Donner Summit, exit at the Norden/Soda Springs exit. Turn right on Highway 40 eastbound, and continue 3 miles to Sugar Bowl's Village Gondola parking lot. The covered parking lot is on your right.
BY CAR FROM Tahoe City
22.1 miles/35.56 km, 34 minutes
Take Highway 89 north to Highway 80. Continue under the freeway to Donner Pass Road at the Gateway Shopping Center in Truckee. Turn left on Donner Pass Road and follow it past Donner Lake, three miles up and over the summit. Note: Donner Pass Road (Highway 40) is frequently maintained and open as conditions permit. It's the fastest route from Truckee, and much quicker than Interstate 80. Turn left at Sugar Bowl's Main Entrance for convenient slope-side parking near the new Main Lodge and quick access to our express quads and terrain parks.Or for a fun, scenic ride aboard the Village Gondola, continue 1/2 mile to the Village Gondola parking area.
BY CAR FROM Truckee
9.5 miles/15.29 km, 18 minutes
Take Donner Pass Road past Donner Lake. Head three miles up and over the summit. Note: Donner Pass Road (Highway 40) is frequently maintained and open as conditions permit. It's the fastest route from Truckee, and much quicker than Interstate 80. Turn left at Sugar Bowl's Main Entrance for convenient slope side parking near the new Main Lodge.
BY AIR
Sacramento International Airport,
100 miles/160.93km
BY TRAIN

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