Sugar Bowl to open new Summit Chair on Wednesday |

Sugar Bowl to open new Summit Chair on Wednesday

Sun Staff report

NORDEN, Calif. and#8212; The recent winter storm that left behind more than 4 feet of snow on Sugar Bowl Resort, coupled with the current storm that added 10 inches more, has improved skiing and riding conditions enough for the Summit Chair to open earlier than anticipated.

The CTEC-built Garraventa fixed-grip quad, rising 420 vertical feet, will make its debut on Wednesday, Dec. 23.

Skiers and riders can access the new chairlift by riding the Mt. Judah Express lift, then skiing a short distance to the new liftand#8217;s bottom terminal.

Accessing the expert-only runs of the Judah Bowl, the new chairlift also improves lift service to Sugar Bowland#8217;s sidecountry terrain, with the new Backcountry Adventure Center taking skiers and riders on professionally-guided powder tours, teaching the skills needed for safe backcountry travel.

The Summit Chair was installed this past summer, employing environmental installation techniques that helped earn Sugar Bowl an and#8220;Aand#8221; rating in this yearand#8217;s environmental review from the Ski Area Citizens Coalition. The chair is the resortand#8217;s 13th lift and the first to be installed at Sugar Bowl since the Mt. Lincoln Express upgrade in 2000.

The resort has also planned an official celebration for the new Summit Chair on Jan. 30, part of Sugar Bowland#8217;s 70th anniversary festivities.

For more information on Sugar Bowl Resort, including interactive trail maps of the new Summit Chair, visit or call (530) 426-6724.