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Sugar Bowl Resort located in Norden, California is a historic alpine resort perched on top of Lake Tahoe’s Donner Summit. This picturesque venue built in 1939 is equally beautiful in the summer as it is in the winter and comes with amazing gourmet food and a helpful staff.
Sugar Bowl Resort, along with their lodge, can provide a private and romantic spot for those looking for a wedding in the mountains.
Facilities and Capacity
Couples can accommodate up to 300 guests at one of Sugar Bowl Resort’s many indoor and outdoor options. The Sun Deck on top of Mt. Disney provides gorgeous mountain views, beautiful sunsets and a well-manicured lawn for you and your guests. Or there’s a beautiful dining room inside their Four Peaks Restaurant coupled with a menu that is specific to you. For smaller affairs, there’s also the intimate Lake Mary for a unique and private ceremony.
Sugar Bowl Resort has been a part of the wedding industry for over 20 years. We strongly suggest hiring a month of coordiantor to help you leading up to the wedding day and the wedding weekend!
Our services include:
- Bridal suite
- In-house caterer
- Event rentals
- Outside vendors
- Lighting and sound
The Lodge at Sugar Bowl Resort provides accommodations for you and up to 80 of your guests. They also have additional lodging on site and nearby. Rooms include:
- Slopeside hotel rooms
- Magnificent lofts
- Newly-built condominium units
- Suites with mountain views
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A magical and unforgettable destination wedding venue
We booked the venue in July 2020 and because of Covid-19, we had to postpone the wedding from 2021 to 2022. Lisa and her team were so flexible and accommodating with our request. We did a site visit and taste testing on April 2022 and that was when we discovered how amazing the staff there was. The chef (Chef Mark) met with us as well as the property manager (Justin). Apart from the staff being so wonderful, the food was exquisite and the wine was impressive (imported from France, Spain, and Germany).
The wedding weekend came and again, the Sugar Bowl staff went above and beyond their duties. We had planned to do the chair lift experience for Cocktail Hour and their staff had worked for a week and a half to try to clear the snow from the venue up the hill. They had fresh paint in the Belt Room Bar where we were going to have a welcome party. Jose Yi, the Hotel and Property Rentals Manager, worked hard to ensure that all the guests were booked in the rooms I assigned them to and allowed me to leave gifts in each of their rooms. Ean, the overnight hotel concierge helped us put up decor late at night, and Giselle, the housekeeper, did an amazing job cleaning all the rooms for us all weekend. The waiters and waitresses (Tony, Mary, etc) took care of us during breakfast and dinners, making sure we had everything we needed, and the bartenders made the experience at the bar so fun. Every single one of the staff members made such an impact on each of our guests.
We also realized on Friday that it was going to rain during our wedding events (Saturday and Sunday) and we had planned all of them to be outdoors. However, Lisa and Sarah (wedding coordinator) sat down with me and came up with a Plan B for having the wedding ceremony and reception indoors. The staff once again worked hard to clean and set up Judah Lodge for the Ceremony and prepare the Sugar Bowl Lodge to house the Cocktail Hour and Reception. We had guests saying it was the best wedding they've ever been to and they had the time of their lives.
We are so grateful to the Sugar Bowl Staff for all you've done to accommodate our needs and for having such a magical venue for couples to celebrate such a memorable occasion. Thank you for an unforgettable weekend!
Sugar Bowl is THE Mountain Venue
And I can't say thank you enough for Lisa (venue manager) and Sarah who helped us leading up to the wedding weekend and day of the wedding. Such great communication and make you feel so special. They helped with all the little details and coordinated with our planner and other vendors to make sure everything went smoothly. Lisa helped us from giving a tour of the venue, to choosing dinner selections, drinks, activities - she wore many hats and was so easy to work with. We're truly thankful for her and her team.
Sugar Bowl is also away from the tourist trap of Tahoe during the summer peak season (around 40 minutes from Lake Tahoe), so it's the perfect location for your guests to escape from the crowds but still get that Sierra mountain experience. Highly recommend Sugar Bowl as a venue! Beautiful, convenient, and the people here were such a pleasure to work with and are SO kind. And multiple guests came up to us saying it's one of the best weddings they've been to ;)
The perfect wedding
Lisa, the Weddings and Special Events Manager. She answered every phone call, text, email in timely manner and was very communicative throughout the months leading up to the wedding. The day of the wedding, she made the entire night run so smoothly. We honestly would not ask for a better evening.
The food and beverage staff were phenomenal. All of our guests were so impressed with the food and the drinks. The bartender Bob also made it very special for our guests. He created delicious and unique drinks that all of the guests really enjoyed.
Overall our wedding at Sugar Bowl was so unique, fun, and everything we ever envisioned on our wedding day. Everyone always says “something will go wrong on your wedding” and I can easily say absolutely nothing went wrong thanks to SB staff and especially thanks to Lisa! I highly recommend working with this team to make all of your wedding dreams come true!
Ceremony venue: Lake Mary
Reception venue: Village Lodge
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As a photographer, this location is an absolute DREAM!!! It is such a wonderful setting, with a helpful, professional and passionate staff! I ACHE to come back and shoot at this location again. If you have your wedding here, trust me, you will not regret it... (and your photographer will love you for it too!!)
What a beautiful location for your wedding! You'll receive the best service with a view of the mountains. I love performing at Sugar Bowl!
Sugar Bowl is one of the most beautiful wedding locations I have ever shot at. The scenery and landscapes are breath taking! On top of that Meghon, Amanda and the staff are very helpful, organized, and friendly. They make everything run smoothly and seamlessly so that you dont have to stress about anything. I love how the team works with all the other vendors to make sure the wedding is perfect for the couple!
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- Bridal Suite
- Clean Up
- Event Planning
- Set Up
- Cake Cutting
- House Beer
- House Liquor
- House Wine
- Open Bar
- Specialty Beer
- Historic Building
- Uncovered Outdoor
- Bridal Shower
- Engagement Party
- Rehearsal Dinner
- Bar Services
- Catering Services
- Clean Up
- Event Rentals
- Get Ready Rooms
- Outside Vendors
- Pet Friendly
- Aisle Markers
- Audio Equipment
- Dance Floor