well after 6 years on the south shore, i might lose my place this winter. I hate to leave heavenly because it has become a second home to me and i know every fold and crease of the mountain. was thinking of keeping my summer rental for the winter at donner lake and thinking of getting a boreal pass for park. but I need a powder day pass. squaw is way too pricey (1800). alpine is a bit far from donner lake and weekday passes are around 550. sugar bowl is right up the road from donner lake and the passes are reasonably priced. I skied there once a couple years ago and looks like there is some good sidecountry runs down to donner lake as well as some cliffs to bomb.
any input on sugar bowl on powder days? does it get boring or is there enough terrain to keep a rider interested for 35+ powder days a year. also, does old donner lake road stayed plowed during the big dumps or do you have to go up and around on the 80? thanks