After a record-setting winter that resulted in an extended season, Sugar Bowl | Royal Gorge Resort has invested $3 million in capital improvements this summer, bringing its two-year investment total to over $6 million.
The resort, home to California’s first chairlift, continues to focus on enhancing the guest experience. This season, significant investments were made in snow grooming and snow removal technology, a new kids’ ski and snowboard school facility, renovations to Nob Hill Cafe, a new partnership with famed San Francisco chef Traci Des Jardins and improvements to the Royal Gorge cross-country experience.
New Village Kids Ski & Snowboard School
The historic Schule Haus located at the base of Disney Express has been renovated to house all kids ski and snowboard school operations and activities in the Village. Lessons, equipment rentals, lift tickets and food for kids lesson participants will originate out of the new Village Kids Ski & Snowboard School location.
The Village carpet has also been moved, and snowmaking added, to a location just uphill of Village Kids that will allow students to be on the snow and skiing in moments within a dedicated beginner learning area.
Partnerships with Chef Traci Des Jardins
Two-time James Beard award-winning chef and renowned San Francisco-based restaurateur, Des Jardins, has joined with Sugar Bowl Resort to serve as a culinary advisor for the resort’s food and beverage program. Des Jardins will assist in the development of new menus for all the resort’s culinary offerings including the historic Belt Room Bar, Village Lodge Dining Room and the Nob Hill Cafe.
To make the most of the tremendous snowfall Sugar Bowl | Royal Gorge Resort is known for, the resort has purchased four new snowcats to maintain high quality snow surfaces. Two new winch cats will add to the resort’s fleet, providing cable-assisted snow grooming capabilities that are essential for steep terrain. Two additional snow cats have the capability of free-grooming and sculpting terrain park features.
Expanded snow equipment
The resorts have invested in an extra-large snow blower, a medium snow blower designed to navigate tight spaces and around buildings, a highway-sized plow truck with sander and an extra-large front-end loader for pushing and bucketing snow will allow for dedicated equipment to be stationed at Royal Gorge, and will improve maintenance of Old Highway 40.
Nob Hill Cafe renovated
In addition to new menus created by Des Jardins, and on the heels of renovations to the Belt Room Bar and Village Lodge Dining Room, the Nob Hill Cafe has been updated with a modern design and fresh color palette. New tables and chairs featuring under-seat storage and an improved flow of the serving and cashier areas will make the space easier for guests to navigate.
Royal Gorge improvements
To enhance the experience for cross-country skiers and snowshoers of all ages, significant trail work was completed this summer to remove downed trees and install new culverts designed to divert and drain snowmelt.
In addition, a new Web site will launch on Nov. 1 with simple navigation and a responsive design that improves mobile device use. A new custom interactive map that reflects real-time conditions, trail status and signature tour routes has also been developed.