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At California's Sugar Bowl ski resort, a 75-year run of rustic charm
At California's Sugar Bowl ski resort, a 75-year run of rustic charm

In the 1941 Walt Disney cartoon "The Art of Skiing," Goofy slips and slides out of the shed-roofed Sugar Bowl Ski Resort lodge, where he's bunking, and heads to the slopes for several spectacular spills. In the background, there's occasional melodic yodeling performed by resort founder Hannes Schroll, an Austrian ski racer and instructor who also spent time at Yosemite National Park. The yodeling has declined markedly since the ski area opened 75 years ago, but the still privately owned resort and lodge looks much as it did in 1939. Moreover, the black-diamond runs remain as challenging. In the last few years, Sugar Bowl has invested $20 million in upgrades, such as...

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