Sugar Bowl Resort, CA Forced to Halt Snowmaking Due to California Power Outages

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Power outages have disrupted snowmaking operations. Picture Credit: Sugar Bowl Resort

Sugar Bowl Resort, CA announced today that it has extended season pass sales for the 2019-20 winter season until November 6 due to significant power outages across Northern California. In addition to much of Northern California having been impacted by outages over the past several weeks, the resort has also been without power, hampering its ability to take advantage of cold temperatures and begin snowmaking operations.

“We know our guests have been significantly impacted by recent power outages and we want to try to help where we can,” said Jon Slaughter, executive director of marketing and sales at Sugar Bowl Resort. “By extending our pass sale by a week, we hope to allow our guests to focus on their safety and security during these rolling blackouts, and give them an opportunity to purchase their pass when it’s a bit more convenient.”

Sugar Bowl winter season passes start at $379 and includes friends and family 50% off lift tickets, monthly passholder exclusive discounts on food and beverage, retail, group lessons or rentals. Other passholder perks include a complimentary beginner trail pass, lesson, and rental package at Royal Gorge Cross Country, and two free beginner lift tickets and two 50% off First-Timer Lesson Packages (ages 13+) to encourage new friends and family members to start skiing or riding.

With cold temperatures forecast in the Tahoe area this week, and winter storms possible in the second week of November, snowmaking operations are expected to get underway once power is restored to the resort. Sugar Bowl is targeting a Nov. 29 opening (weather and conditions permitting).

“We’ve had ideal snowmaking conditions this week, but our team has been unable to take advantage of it because our power has been out. The snow guns are staged and we’re ready to get going as soon as the power is restored,” continued Slaughter.

Learn more and purchase a Sugar Bowl season pass at

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