SUGAR BOWL, CALIFORNIA
As Western resorts go, Sugar Bowl isn’t mega — its 13 lifts access 1,500 acres of skiing, less than half the size of nearby Squaw Valley USA — but that coziness makes Sugar Bowl manageable and affordable.
That means you'll have more money to spend on such features as The Lodge, a European-style on-mountain inn reachable by gondola only (staff handle your luggage while you ski to your room) or, if conditions are right, the guided ski from the summit of Mt. Judah to Donner Lake – covering more than two miles. Dining options range from casual café fare to white tablecloths and candlelight in The Lodge. Skiers in search of more solitude can hire a guide from the resort’s Backcountry Adventure Center and head into the surrounding wilderness to glide through the usually ample powder: Sugar Bowl gets a whopping 500 inches of snowfall annually.
Lift tickets: Ages 60-69 pay $59 (regularly $71); 70 and over, $17.
For more information, visit Sugar Bowl Resort.