Sugar Bowl Resort and Lake Mary Sugar Bowl Ski Area • Norden • CA 95715

Sugar Bowl Resort and Lake Mary

Sugar Bowl Ski Area
Norden, CA 95715

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Why You'll Love This Place

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Sugar Bowl Resort leads a double life. In the winter, thousands of skiers descend upon its well-groomed slopes, anxious to make the most of the ample snowfall. In summer, however, visitors discover a quiet, awe-inspiring, high-alpine resort that’s custom-made for an exclusive mountain wedding, retreat or family reunion.

Built in 1939 at the base of Mt. Disney, the original Lodge at Sugar Bowl is still the resort’s focal point and the site of most special events. When you host your celebration here, you have exclusive use of the entire venue, including bar, lounge, dining room, decks and lawn for the entire weekend. You also get accommodations for up to 90 guests in their 27 guest rooms, which are quite cozy—especially the spacious suite where the newlyweds usually spend their wedding night.

The Lodge’s décor is steeped in Old Tahoe charm with a European flair. A large stone fireplace and oak Craftsman-style furniture welcome you into the lounge, where creamy white board-and-batten walls are covered with vintage prints depicting Donner Summit’s rich history and storied past. Most rooms have a wall of windows overlooking scenic Mt. Disney.

While the lounge and dining room are often used for rehearsal dinners and indoor receptions, the Lodge’s expansive wooden deck is the standout site. Facing majestic mountains and a flower-studded hillside, it offers plenty of space for dining and dancing. It can also be partially covered with a white canopy or set with umbrella-shaded tables. Below the deck is a manicured lawn bordered by tall trees, a custom-built fire pit ringed by Adirondack chairs, and a gently flowing stream. It’s a lovely spot for exchanging vows and taking photos.

The resort's best-kept secret is the secluded Lake Mary, which offers a truly breathtaking setting. A generous deck at the water's edge faces a quintessential alpine vista of the sparkling lake and Mt. Disney. Intimate ceremonies (or a rehearsal dinner!) are spectacular on the deck, the adjacent lawn, or even on the lake’s private beach.

If you want to get married at Sugar Bowl but don’t plan to stay over, reserve the Judah Day Lodge, a large, contemporary venue featuring wraparound windows that provide mountain views from every table. You can tie the knot outside on the vast brick patio that runs along the front of the room, with the ever-present mountains as a backdrop.

And don’t miss the opportunity to invite your guests to the top of Mt. Disney for champagne and appetizers. As family and friends gather on the deck of the mountaintop station and take in the spectacular panoramas all around, they’ll be thanking you for bringing them to such a magical place.

It’s true, weddings simply shine here. Sugar Bowl’s natural assets, Old Tahoe charm and impeccable service impress everyone who visits, no matter what time of year.


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Prices: What's this going to cost?

Rental Fee
  • $4,500/event and up
  • Rental fee varies depending on:
    • Time of year
    • Space reserved
    • Guest count
  • Please inquire for off-season pricing.

Meals (when priced separately)
  • $65/person and up
Service Charge or Gratuity
  • 23%


Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 400 400
Cocktails, etc. Standing 400 400
Reception Seated 400 400
Meetings Total meeting capacity for this venue is 400.

CEREMONY, EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: The Lodge at Sugar Bowl can accommodate up to 300 guests outdoors and 150 guests indoors, the Judah Lodge up to 400 indoors or outdoors, and the Village Hall up to 125, indoors only. The Lake Mary venue holds up to 100 guests outdoors.

Venue Details

Site Uses

  • Ceremony
  • Outdoor Ceremony
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Outdoor Reception
  • Small Wedding
  • All-Inclusive
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Special Events / Parties
  • Business Functions / Meetings
  • On-Site Accommodations

Essential Info







Amplified Music


Wheelchair Access

Access limited



Venue Type

Buildings, other structures, and natural settings available at this venue:

  • Banquet Hall / Events Facility
  • Conference Center
  • Historic / Landmark Building
  • Hotel
  • Inn / Lodge
  • Lake
  • Mountain
  • Patio / Deck / Terrace
  • Restaurant
  • Retreat
  • Ski Resort

Venue Views

Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!

  • Creek / River
  • Forest / Woods
  • Garden
  • Lake
  • Meadow/Fields
  • Mountains
  • Panoramic

Services & Amenities

Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:

Catering: in-house, no BYO
Kitchen Facilities: fully equipped
Tables & Chairs: provided, extra fee
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided, extra fee
Restrooms: wheelchair access limited
Dance Floor: deck or lounge
Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: TVs, projector and screen, PA system
Parking: ample
Accommodations: 27 guest rooms for Lodge at Sugar Bowl functions only
Outdoor Night Lighting: limited
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BBQs, no BYO
Cleanup: provided
View: mountain peaks, lakefront
Other: event coordination and referrals, in-house florist


But take note of the following limitations!

Alcohol: in-house
Smoking: designated areas
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: limited
Insurance: not required


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